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
Tour Directors: Dr. Clark D. Anderson and Ruel Hammond, with Dann Hone
Tour Cost: $2,450 (does not include flight)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Jesus’ baptismal 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.
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.
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!
Registration opens August 17, 2019
COSTS AND DETAILS
TOUR COST: $2,450 per person double occupancy
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]
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: $500 per person.
ROOMMATES: Those traveling SOLO may sign up for accommodations on a share basis and 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
REGISTRATION, DEPOSIT, PAYMENT, AND CANCELLATION:
Early reservations are strongly recommended, and a deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure. Applications received after this date should include full payment. Any payments made after this date should also include full payment. All cancellation penalties are the responsibility of the participant.
Participants may select monthly payments or a lump sum.
GOOD HEALTH ENCOURAGED
Good health is encouraged for our Holy Land 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.
CURRENT PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR
Indicate on the tour registration or let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org when you have secured your passport.