Holy Land Tour

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Experience Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine!

This experience is designed to provide an opportunity for Latter-day Saint youth to become acquainted with their spiritual roots by retracing the Life of Christ from pre-mortality, birth, youth, ministry, death, crucifixion, resurrection ending with the ascension.

We will have hands-on experience with the major religions of Judaism, Islam, & Christianity, as well as providing an understanding of current affairs in the Middle East including issues involving Israel, Palestinians, the West Bank, Syria, Isis, Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and Egypt. Youth will interact with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian youth their age and enjoy some special cultural evenings with them. This experience is a multi-cultural, multi-country, multi-religious, historical and scriptural journey that spans a myriad of subjects, cultures, and experiences. It will also provide an up-close and personal look at the Life of Jesus Christ by visiting the significant sites in chronological order and exploring His teachings and interactions. Participants will gain a detailed view of His life as well as build a foundation of understanding of the Old Testament, Abrahamic Covenant, Tribes of Israel, Book of Mormon, Zion, the Temple, Armageddon, Second Coming, the Gathering, and most importantly a focus on the Life, Ministry, & Atonement of Jesus Christ!

It will uniquely prepare youth to serve full-time missions, enter the temple for the first time, and enhance their personal religious activities for the rest of their lives. Virtually every day has activities which will engage participants not only in educational forums but in fun and interactive ways applicable to their age. This is an active and interactive experience! Each day has adventure, activities, insight, perspective, Spirit, edification, application, and insight. Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime!

Tour Dates: July 2—July 12, 2020

Our Tour Directors

Clark AndersonMeet Dr. Clark D. Anderson. EdD

Clark was born to a remarkable family of 9 children and raised in Orem, Utah. His father Gary was a gifted religious educator at BYU and served as director of the BYU Study Abroad Program to the Middle East.  Clark accompanied his father to the Holy Land on both semesters and was a student at the BYU Jerusalem Center in 1986. Clark received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Wyoming. His professional career includes 20 years as a Religious Educator and 12 years as an EFY (Especially for Youth) Speaker & Session Director. Clark started the family business of Anderson Tours 22 years ago. Clark is married to the impressive Heather Ballard and together they have ten children and six grandchildren.

Clark has over 40 years of travel experience and expertise. Over the past 25 years he has organized and directed over 70 educational tours around the world, including a group of the BYU-Idaho Religion Faculty. He also pioneered the youth group program in partnership with HEFY (Humanitarian Especially for Youth) for the creation of Youth Summit Jerusalem (YSJ) taking youth to Israel. Clark spent the summer of 2000 in Israel as a student at an Ulpan learning Hebrew. He also enjoys learning Arabic. With so many visits, he now claims the Middle East as his second home.

More than anything Clark enjoys being a husband, father, and grandpa to his grandchildren. Clark is a very optimistic person and enjoys good humor and adventure and also appreciates and utilized music in all that he does. Clark is enthusiastic about learning and improving humanity and good will around the world.

Dann HoneMeet Dann Hone

Dann Hone is a founder and former Director of the BYU Jerusalem Center. He has served as an Instructor in the BYU Department of Ancient Scriptures, Director and Faculty for numerous Department of Travel Study (BYU) Tours and Programs in Europe and the Near East. He is the author of text books used in orientation to the Near East, and Biblical manners and customs guides. He holds a B.A (BYU, 1981, Political Science/International Relations [minor-Korean]), M.A. (Jerusalem University College, 1991, Biblical History [emphasis Biblical Hebrew Koine Greek, Archaeology, Geography, History]). He and his wife Shirley Rae Stokes are the parents of four sons and two daughters. He has served as advisor to Weston Fields (President of Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation), and as a Latter-day Saint Bishop. He is an avid scholar of languages, having studied German, French, Latin, Korean, Chinese, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and  early West Semitic Dialects (Proto Sinaitic, Proto Canaanite, Paleo Hebrew, some Native American Rock Art.

Ruel HaymondMeet Ruel Haymond

Ruel Haymond is passionate about mentoring youth, and loves teaching, learning, and discussing truth. He earned a Bachelors of Arts, Family Science & Spanish, Utah State University; and Master of Science, Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

He and his wife Tresa  have seven children and two grandchildren. He loves spending time together with family. His hobbies consist of praying, repenting, thinking, reading, speaking, playing, traveling to serve, making food, improving my husbandry and fathering, and striving to be a partaker of the “divine nature”.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-2, Thurs & Fri July 2—3rd   FLY FROM USA to TEL AVIV

Today we fly from the USA to Tel Aviv. When we arrive we will go directly to the Mount of Olives for a view of ‘the Golden City’. We overnight in Jerusalem where our hotel is only steps away from the Old City.

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Day 3, Sat July 4th  JERUSALEM CENTER / MT OF OLIVES (BETHESDA)

This morning we enjoy Church Services at the remarkable BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The view of Jerusalem during our Service is inspiring. On our way to lunch we will wander down the Mt. of Olives and pass thousands of Jewish graves, including those of the Biblical Prophets; Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi. We make a brief stop at the ‘Teardrop Church’ and then enjoy lunch in a unique local place near the Old City. We will then visit St. Anne’s which is the ancient site for the Pool of Bethesda. As we make our way back to the hotel we will be introduced to the shopkeeper that makes Latter-day Saint scripture covers, necklaces, etc. and after dinner those interested can peruse olive wood carvings from the shopkeepers who have been making Latter-day Saint Olive Wood pieces for over 40 years. We enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight in Jerusalem.

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Day 4, Sun July 5th   HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: BETHLEHEM / (MUSEUMS)

This morning we explore what Jews believe is the Center of the Universe and where the Spirit of the Lord resides with a visit to the Tunnels at the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. We view the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, etc. and discuss the past, present and future of that significant site for all three major religions: Jews, Muslims, & Christians. From here we will enjoy the sights and sounds of Jerusalem by walking on the Old City Walls of Jerusalem on the Rampart. Following lunch we visit two of the unique historical museums in Jerusalem. First the Israeli Museum which hosts the Dead Sea Scrolls and features the very impressive miniature model of the city of Jerusalem in Christ’s day; The Model City. Our last museum visit is the sobering Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Following this visit we cross through ‘The Wall’ (20’ cement wall that separates Israel and Palestinian controlled land) and visit the traditional birthplace of the Savior in Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity). We conclude our day with a visit to a local Shepherds’ Field near Bethlehem where we will review the account of the humble beginnings of the Saviors Life. In this setting we will review the Saviors Birth as well as consider Jesus as the ‘Good Shepherd’.  We again overnight in Jerusalem!

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Day 5, Mon July 6th JESUS/MARY AS A TEENAGERS: NAZARETH (TEMPLE MT)

Today we consider Jesus and Mary during their teenage years as we visit Nazareth and the surrounding areas. Our first stop of the day will be in Caesarea which is on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. This represents the spot where the first Gentile convert joined the Church and the Gospel spread to the world. Paul was imprisoned for 2 years here and also departed for his 4 historic missionary journeys. We will view the ancient theater and aqueducts before making our way north to Mount Carmel. On Mt. Carmel is a great view of the Jezreel Valley (Valley of Armageddon). From this vantage point we will discuss Armageddon, the 2nd Coming and the future of this Holy Land as well as reenact the remarkable story of Elijah and the Priests of Baal. We travel to Nazareth and from Mount Precipice we will have an amazing view of Nazareth and the surrounding area. We then drive around the Sea of Galilee to our Hotel. Checking into our Hotel this evening is a joy. Every room is only steps away from the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This evening you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening strolling on the Sea shores, or taking a dip in the Sea, etc.

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Day 6, Tues July 7th  BEATITUDES / PETER’S PRIMACY / MAGDALA / YARDENIT

Today we spend our day seeing the sights and sounds surrounding the Sea of Galilee. We begin with a visit to a beautiful overlook of the Sea of Galilee on Mount Arbel. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered. Lunch is a unique experience where those interested can enjoy St. Peter’s Fish. Next we visit Peter’s Primacy where we will discuss John 21. This afternoon we will visit Magdala (birthplace of Mary Magdalene) followed by Yardenit at the Jordan River (Jesus’ traditional baptismal site). This evening we enjoy another relaxing evening by the Sea of Galilee.

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Day 7, Wed July 8th   SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / DAN / GOLAN

After breakfast we board a small fishing boat and cross the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. On our way we cut the engines & have a short discussion. On shore we’ll visit Capernaum. Next we take a short nature hike to the ancient city and alter at Tel Dan. From here we visit Banias, the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter was promised to receive the Keys of the Kingdom. As we bus our way home we travel on the Golan Heights where we can look over into Syria. This evening will be our final opportunity to enjoy the evening views of the Sea of Galilee and surrounding cities at night.

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Day 8, Thurs July 9th   JESUS’ FINAL DAYS: BETHANY (LAZARUS’ TOMB / DEAD SEA)

Today we visit and consider the events leading up to the death of the Savior and the final days of His mortal ministry. As we make our way back to Jerusalem we pass through the Green Line and parts of the West Bank and will take this opportunity to discuss the current political situation, borders, and history. As we pass Bet She’an we will consider the ‘Fall of Saul’. We drive by Jericho and then make a stop at the Jordan River (Children of Israel River Crossing and Jesusbaptismal site). Following lunch we will enjoy a quick visit to Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and also have the unique experience of taking a float in the Dead Sea. You cannot sink! From here we make our way up to Jerusalem. We will visit Bethany and Lazarus’ Tomb and conclude our day with a unique walk through the flowing waters in Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We overnight in Jerusalem.

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Day 9, Fri July 10th    JESUS’ FINAL HOURS: (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST!)

Today is one of our most significant as we venture through the wonders of the ‘Eternal City’ and retrace the events and sites of the final moments of the Saviors Life! We begin in the Upper Room where the Savior held the Last Supper. From here we trace His steps to the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of all Nations). We next visit Caiaphas’ Palace (St. Peter of Gallicantu) where Jesus went before the Sanhedrin and where Peter allegedly denied Christ thrice. Following lunch we enjoy a stop at the Antonio Fortress (Jesus before Pilate) and from here we will follow the Via Dolorosa (or Path of Suffering), the path Jesus carried His cross to Golgotha. Next we will reflect on the burial & resurrection of the Savior as we visit the two possible sites for Golgotha & Calvary. First we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher [believed site for many Christians] and then the Garden Tomb [where others feel is the true site]. We will discuss the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior and the majesty of the final moments of His mortal ministry! We will enjoy our final evening at our hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.

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Day 10, Sat July 11th   MT OF OLIVES / BOOK OF MORMON BEGINNINGS: WILDERNESS (MASADA)

Today we conclude our Jerusalem and New Testament portion and consider the Me…Here…Now of all we have experienced. We begin our day on the Mt of Olives with some ponder time in the Orson Hyde Memorial Park (Church regulated property and where some feel is the real ‘Garden of Gethsemane’). From the Mt of Olives Jesus officially concludes His mortal ministry on that continent (Acts 1) and fittingly we will in similar fashion conclude our study here as well. We will next depart Jerusalem and go ‘down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea’ (1 Nephi 2:5) just as Lehi and his family. As we do so we will be traveling on the road from ‘Jerusalem to Jericho’ and will reflect on a certain parable (Luke 10). On the way we pass Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and stop for a picture of the natural spring and waterfall at Ein-Gedi (where David hid from King Saul) and where we most always see ibex. We visit the majestic Masada and gondola to the top and reflect on its remarkable story. We will next make our way to the airport. We will enjoy our ‘Last Supper’ together and begin our journey home.

Day 11, Sun July 12th   FLY HOME

Today we arrive at our homes and will be reunited with our loved ones!

TUITION AND DETAILS

TOUR TUITION (does not include flight)

Until September 30th, this tour is only open to Ensign Peak Academy high school students, faculty, and relatives of those high school students and faculty. Students who will be starting the 9th grade in August 2020 are considered high school students.

After September 30th, the tour will be open to anyone of high school age and older.

Hold Your Seat by clicking this button which will direct you to fill out and submit the registration form and pay a $150 fee to hold your seat:

$150 Online Registration Hold My Seat

Lump Sum Discount Option: $150 online registration + $2,300 mailed lump sum tuition = $2,450

Mail lump sum check to: Ensign Peak Academy, 10965 E 19000 N, Mount Pleasant, UT 84647

Monthly Payment Option: $150 online registration + 8 automatic online monthly tuition payments of $300 = $2,540

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Price include all visas, fuel surcharges, 2 meals daily, entrance fees and transportation, service materials and tools. Not included would be lunches and airfare to and from Tel Aviv]

We will provide a $400 discount for two male and two female adult leaders who will help the directors with some light chaperone duties throughout the tour. This will help us take care of and keep track of these amazing youth. This will be on a first come first serve basis. Parents of youth participants and faculty are preferred. If you have interest please contact Diann Jeppson.
$500 discount will be provided for a participant (adult or youth) who would be willing to be our designated photographer for the group throughout the experience. This would include making photos available to participants throughout and for sure at the end of the tour. Contact Diann Jeppson to make arrangements.

ROOMMATES: Those traveling without an adult or youth companion will be assigned roommates as circumstances permit. If a roommate is unavailable, the participant will be notified of the adjusted price for single supplement prior to departure.

CANCELLATION FEES: A $25 fee will be charged for all cancellations until 60 days prior to departure, at which time the fee will be $100. In addition, all cancellation charges imposed by airlines, hotels, vendors, operators, etc., will be passed on to the participant.

TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • First-class, top quality Tour with experienced Tour Directors
  • All airline travel mentioned in the program. If you would like us to help you arrange your international flights to Tel Aviv which is a free service we provide and also includes Travel Insurance in the price of the airline ticket. We can add the international flight to your total amount due.
  • Private, deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor Coach
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Cold Bottled Water will be available for purchase on board bus
  • Two Meals Daily (breakfast and lunch or dinner) as indicated in the detailed itinerary
  • All Admission and Entrance Fees to sites specified in the itinerary
  • Country Visas, Airport as well as other Departure Taxes

GOOD HEALTH ENCOURAGED

Good health is encouraged for our Holy Land Tour! Eat your veggies and engage in regular physical activity for several weeks prior to the tour.

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Items of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
  • Excess baggage or portage charges
  • Personal, trip, or baggage insurance
  • Room service; laundry; phone charges
  • Food or beverages not part of the group menu (most lunches)
  • Gratuities for special services
  • Expenses incurred on personal activities not included where group participation is not specified in the itinerary
  • International flight to Tel Aviv is not included but we are more than able to assist in arranging flights.
FLIGHTS

All participants are encouraged to book their flight through Traverse Tours and Travel. This agency will assist our group with connecting in major airports, arriving at the same or similar times in Tel Aviv, and handle all issues that may arise during travel.

Most of our international flights route through JFK in New York but sometimes we can get better flights through Paris or Amsterdam. We hope to have small groups who will be departing from the same departure city. Travel can and will be coordinated as much as possible.

We plan on everyone meeting in Tel Aviv at the airport by 5:00 pm on July 3rd where our tour will officially begin. We will make arrangements for those arriving before or after that time to ensure you meet up with the group. 

Let Traverse Tours and Travel know that you are booking a flight with the Ensign Peak Academy group, through Anderson Tours, for the Holy Land Tour, July 2-12, 2020.

  • Office: 801-821-2299
  • Email: mauricio@flytraverse.com

Note: Traverse Travel may be able to assist you with applying your travel miles for an airfare discount. Flights to Tel Aviv are typically on Delta or American Airlines.

CURRENT PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR

Indicate on the tour registration or let us know by emailing admin@ensignpeakacademy.com when you have secured your passport.

SABBATH OBSERVANCE

We will attend church at the Jerusalem Center on our first sabbath there which will be a highlight for all of us. On our 2nd Sunday we will be flying on that day and will most likely depart on Saturday evening.

PRE-TOUR STUDY PREPARATION

If you would like to do some preparation for this tour,  there is an excellent book that came out in the year 2000 in relation to the beginning of the new millennium. It is written by 3 Latter-day Saint scholars who have spent their life living in and studying the Holy Land. The book is, “Jerusalem the Eternal City” by David Galbraith, Kelly Odgen, & Andrew Skinner.

TOUR PARTICIPANT INFORMATION PACKET

Participants should carefully review the Holy Land Participant Information Packet.

FAQ

Is it safe? Safety is our number one objective. We have locals on the ground who keep us informed and up to date on any safety concerns in country that would affect our safety both while we are there and leading up to the tour. We will not go if it is unsafe and we will avoid any areas of concern or question. The Church and BYU have students living and studying in the Jerusalem Center and they feel comfortable having them there. They are very conservative and as long as they are there we feel confident being there as well.

Do I need any vaccines? No specific vaccines are required for visiting Israel.

What if I get sick or hurt? We have adult chaperones who can assist if anyone becomes ill on the trip. We will have access to hospitals and doctors if anything serious is needed. We can also arrange to have you transported home if needed.

Is insurance needed? Travel insurance is required for all tour participants, and is provided through Traverse Tours and Travel. Participants who reside in the United States will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost insurance during the registration process, as follows:

  • Age 20 and Younger: $23
  • Ages 21-34: $29
  • Ages 35-49: $38
  • Ages 50-69: $42
  • Age 70 and Older: $78

Participants who reside in countries other than the United States should contact Traverse Tours and Travel to arrange for traveler’s insurance.

  • Office: 801-821-2299
  • Email: mauricio@flytraverse.com

Will I be able to use my cell phone? What do I need to do? Cell phone use will be limited during the touring day at the directors request but available in the evenings. Cell coverage and availability varies depending on your cell phone provider. T-Mobile customers are allowed free texting and 2G of data. Most other providers have a charge per text. Those with iphones will be able to utilize Facetime and other communications means while connected to wifi at the hotels. If you need to use your cell phone during the tour you will need to contact your cell phone provider and inquire about international use with your individual plans. In some cases you can purchase an international plan for the time you will be in country.

Will I have access to wifi? Virtually every hotel we stay in will have wifi. It doesn’t always work efficiently or effectively, but it is available.

What will the lodging be like? Most of our hotels are 4 and 5 star hotels. Sometimes we use high quality hostels which can accommodate several in a room which is ideal for our youth groups.

What is the food like? The food is Middle Eastern and they use a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. The eat a lot of chickpeas in their food; humus, falafel, etc. You can eat a cucumber or tomato at every meal if you so desire. Their dairy products are really great and their bread as well. (The ice cream is amazing as well!)

Will I be able to speak English? Virtually everyone we interact with will speak English. Language will not be an issue where we will be traveling.

Does the passport stamp provide a 90-day tourist visa? Israel is very unique in this regard as they do not provide a passport stamp upon entry into their country. Instead they provide a small piece of paper that serves as your visa and you are required to keep with you at all times while traveling in Israel.

What luggage can be taken? Airlines typically allow one 50 lb suitcase, one carry-on and a personal item per person. This should be sufficient for your needs.

Packing list? We will send out a packing list a few weeks before departure.

What laundry facilities will be available? Washer and dryers are available to us while in the Galilee area, but not while in Jerusalem. Considering bringing a laundry soap bar, such as Fels-Naptha, in a small ziplock freezer bag.

What will the weather be like? We will be visiting in July and it will be hot! (Probably in the 90’s). We will need to hydrate and cold water will be available for purchase on the bus to help with this.

What is the dress code? All tour participants are required to adhere to the dress standards in For the Strength of Youth, which is part of the Honor Code for Ensign Peak Academy. On the day we visit the Temple Mount we will need to be extremely modest with virtually no skin showing on the chest, arms, and legs. Scarfs for the ladies can be a helpful item to drape over your shoulders.

Is there a code of conduct? Yes, all participants are required to adhere to the Ensign Peak Academy Honor Code throughout the tour.