2019 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew

Dates May 11-22, 2019
Destination Cairo; Luxor; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum; Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 2,490
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Come join Brother Ron Bartholomew on a tour to Israel and let it come alive for you as you travel your own personal journey through the Holy Land.

Israel means much to many and different things to different people. Whether looking for answers to life's challenges or to solidify your testimony of Christ's life and the atonement, a visit to the Holy Land will change you forever.

Walking in the footsteps of the Savior will bring you peace, hope and understanding. You can bring your scripture study to life as you visit sites such as the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Qumran & Masada, Caesarea, the Mt of Beatitudes & many important sites on the Sea of Galilee to name a few.

Now is the time to visit Israel and have the experience of a lifetime.

Make the most of your travel dollar by adding the PRE TOUR OPTION to Egypt or POST TOUR to Jordan! 

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114
Email - Dedmunds@morrismurdock.com

Pre-Tour Egypt Options: Day 1-2 - Mon-Tue, May 6 and 7, 2019

Flights from the states and arrive into Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! As you arrive today you'll have a day to recover from your flights and enjoy the beautiful hotel or go out and walk around and enjoy the area.

Pre-Tour Egypt Option: Days 3 - Wed, May 8, 2019

Cairo

If Egypt was the birthplace of civilization, then Memphis was the first cradle. Today, Memphis is literally nothing more than a bend in a dusty road; yet, here lies the most magnificent and colossal statue of ancient days, the great Pharaoh Ramses II. Sakkara boasts the world's oldest pyramid, dating from 2700 BC - the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Meals : Breakfast
Pre-Tour Egypt Option: Day 4 - Thur, May 9, 2019

Cairo - Luxor

This morning we’ll visit the Egyptian Museum where magnificent artifacts from the ancient Pharaonic Egypt have gathered and displayed in over 100 rooms. Next we visit the Mohammad Ali Mosque, after which we adventure into the Khan El Kahalili Bazaar, full of local goods, treasure, bargains, and souvenirs.

Meals : Breakfast
Pre-Tour Egypt Option: Day 5 - Fri, May 10, 2019

Luxor

Crossing the famous Nile River, we'll visit the Valley of the Kings that is hidden in the mysterious limestone mountains that hover above the lush green plain. Today we'll go to the Colossi of Memnon and also visit the magnificent tombs and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This afternoon we'll enjoy a felucca boat ride on the Nile.

Meals : Breakfast
Pre-Tour Egypt Option: Day 6 - Sat, May 11, 2019

Luxor - Cairo 

After breakfast you will enjoy a tour at the Karnak temple covering 64 acres followed by a tour at the Luxor temple. Back to the hotel for some lunch and check out. This afternoon we will drive to the Luxor airport for our flight back to Cairo.

Meals : Breakfast
Pre-Tour Egypt Option: Day 7 - Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cairo – Tel Aviv

This morning you will be collected from your hotel early for your flight into Israel. You will be meet by a private driver at the airport in Tel Aviv and taken to your hotel on the Mediterranean coast to wait for the group arrival and enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with them.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
START OF MAIN TOUR: Day 1:Sat, May 11, 2019

Depart USA to Tel Aviv

Depart Salt Lake City on Delta to Tel Aviv

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Sun, May 12, 2019

Tel Aviv 

As you begin your journey in this ancient land, notice that the mountains have hidden secrets and the old ruins have legends. For 3,000 years on this small patch of land, men have toiled and battled; prayed and worshiped; and added their own small humanity to the history of this country. Listen and let the land of Israel tell you the stories of its past. Tonight we will gather at the hotel for dinner and if time permits we’ll enjoy an evening stroll on the beach.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Mon, May 13, 2019

Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Megiddo –Nazareth Village

“And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea; Cornelius thy prayer is heard.” Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod, residence of Pontius Pilate and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well- preserved amphitheater overlooking the blue sea and hear the story of Paul’s conversion of the Centurion. The scenery begins to change to the beautiful green pastures and high rolling hills of the Jezreel Valley as we approach Mt Carmel where the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal contested their faith. Not far away is Megiddo, the tragic site of ancient bloody battles where nations were won and lost. Upon these same tragic fields, the great and terrible last battle of Armageddon will be fought. We journey next to Nazareth, the quaint town where Jesus spent his childhood, learned his earthly vocation as a carpenter and “grew and waxed strong in spirit.” We will visit a recreated town from Christ’s time and visit with the villagers to learn what life was like for Jesus as a boy. Next we’ll make our way towards the Sea of Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tue, May 14, 2019

Mount of Beatitudes – Tabgha – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee – Jordan River

The Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors. Here you can see how it was possible for Jesus to teach the multitude all at the same time. From here we will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor you will not want to miss. Capernaum is where Jesus lived and recruited his first followers among the fishermen. The well preserved city will amaze you as you sit in the synagogue and imagine Jesus’ teaching and performing miracles for the masses. This afternoon you will sail upon the Sea of Galilee to view the area of Jesus Christ’s early ministry. As the wind carries your boat, note the halo of mountains that surrounds its shores. Our last visit will be at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the banks of the Jordan River. It is here that people from around the world, representing diverse denominations, still come to be baptized.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Wed, May 15, 2019

Chorazin – Tel Dan – Banias – Mt. Bental

We will start our day with a visit to the ruins of Chorazin, one of the three Galilean cities cursed by Jesus. We’ll see the remains of an elaborate synagogue and a replica of the Seat of Moses. Our next stop will be Tel Dan. This Nature Reserve is one of Israel’s most beautiful parks and archaeological site. Tel Dan hosted both an ancient Canaanite civilization and the Israelite tribe of Dan. We’ll continue north to Banias. Besides a place of great natural beauty Banias is the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was. Mount Bental can be found in the middle of the Golan Heights towards the Syrian border. Mount Bental is one of Israel’s favorite mountain peaks to visit, partly due to the great panoramic views of the Golan but also because Mont Bental was the site of a courageous battle fought during Israel’s war for the Golan.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thur, May 16, 2019

Mt. Tabor – Gideon Springs – Beit She’an

“And he lifted up his hands and blessed them while he blessed them; he was carried up into heaven.” Mount Tabor is one of the mountains traditionally claimed to be the site of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. You will thrill to the almost hair-raising taxi ride up the mountain, but once at the summit, you will feel the peace and calm of the surrounding valley. This afternoon we will travel to the ancient tel of Bet She’an, where 6,000 years of civilization seem to unfold among the ruins. It is believed to be the very Bet She’an of the Old Testament where King Saul of Israel was fastened to the city wall without his head by the Philistines. We will end our day with an evening fireside at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Fri, May 17, 2019

Qumran - Dead Sea - Masada - Jerusalem

As we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, we enter the strange and barren desert of the Dead Sea. Once the Biblical Lands of Moab and Edom, the Dead Sea basin has been a refuge to prophets, zealots and outcasts throughout time. Buried in the beige limestone bluffs, the ruins of Qumran still tell the story of the essences, a reclusive Jewish sect that buried the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Further south lays Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul.

From the desert floor, ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, where a community of 960 Jews preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to the overwhelming Roman forces. While at the Dead Sea, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the buoyant waters and bathe in the wonderful medicinal mud! Even Cleopatra sent her slaves to retrieve this magical mud in order to preserve her legendary beauty. This evening we will journey to the beloved city of Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Sat, May 18, 2019

Sacrament Services at the BYU Jerusalem Center – Israel Museum – Ein Karem Village – Emek Haela

This morning we will attend sacrament services at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Following lunch we will discover the treasures of the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, the site chosen to house the Dead Sea Scrolls. This unique building is shaped like the ancient pottery in which the precious scrolls lay hidden for thousands of year. While there we will get to see the Holy Land Model, a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. The model visually explains the layout of the ancient city as well as the design and magnitude of the Second Temple. Next we will see Ein Karem Village. Christian tradition places the birth of John the Baptist in this picturesque village. Our last stop will be Emek Haela. Emek Haela is best known as the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Sun, May 19, 2019

Western Wall - Dome of the Rock Old City - Old Jerusalem - Davidson Archaeological Park - Yad Vashem

The Western Wall is the most important site in all of Jewish civilization because these rough massive stones are all that is left of the great Second Temple. Revered and honored, the Jews wait and hope for the day they will rebuild their third and final temple upon these sacred remnants. Above the wall is Mount Moriah where the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is located. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to the Pools of Bethesda and learn about their importance. We will discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress. Located in the old quarter of Jerusalem is the site believed to be the Room of the Last Supper. Devoid of gilded statues or ornate chapels, the quiet simplicity and elegance of this room helps one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples. We will end our day at the Yad Veshem museum, where one of the most memorable pages of Jewish history unfolds. This is the official memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi-wrought Holocaust in Europe.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Mon, May 20, 2019

Bethlehem - Free Time in the Old City

Music, bells and churches appropriately adorn the little town of Bethlehem for it was here that the Light of the World was given life. Pilgrimages, sacred holidays and festivities occur all year long to celebrate the birth of Christ. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where the Church of the Nativity now stands. Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing them glad tidings of great joy. Gathered on these fields, we sing the beloved hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten.

This afternoon we will have some free time to go back into the Old City to revisit sites or to finish up shopping for treasures to take home. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Tue, May 21, 2019

Mount of Olives – Gethsemane – Mt Zion – Garden Tomb

This morning begins with on the Mount of Olives on whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as you envision the momentous events, which took place at this sacred site. Next we’ll visit Mt. Zion and the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was arrested before being trialed. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts. After lunch we will stop at the beautiful Garden Tomb, there is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior’s mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, “Do not look for Him here for He is risen”. You will never forget this moment as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner together as we prepare to leave the land we have grown to love to travel back home. After clearing immigration and customs, you will transfer to the connecting gate for your flight back home with memories to last a life time. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12:Wed, May 22, 2019

Arrive USA. Welcome Home!!!!

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides for city
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate -Tour, transportation, Tips & taxes, breakfast & dinner daily - All you pay for is lunches & souvenirs! 
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided, Israeli guide and driver!!
  • Licensed,  insured and bonded travel agency with 60 years experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and all activities as specified in itinerary
  • Airport and hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used through out tour
  • Experienced LDS guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Prepaid gratuities for your Israeli guide and driver
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Destination study and informational book
  • Travel bag and Documents

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not specified in itinerary

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Occupancy-$3,355.00 - Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate some as double

Payment Terms:

  • Deposit is $500.00 per person due at booking 
  • Full payment is due on February 11, 2019
  • Terms & Conditions
  • TOUR CODE: 92D12