Israel Christmas Tour with Craig Manscill ** 1 spot available for a single male or female roommate share

Dates Dec. 26-Jan 5, 2018
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Galilee; Masada; Bethlehem; Jerusalem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 1,899
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We invite you to come with your family and friends this year and enjoy a magically meaningful experience for all as we celebrate the holiday season where it all began over 2000 years ago.  Please join our special tour director, BYU Professor Craig Manscill this year as we experience Bethlehem, the Galilee and Jerusalem. 

Each area will give an added spiritual dimension to your holiday traditions and special memories to the season that will last a lifetime.  This tour has many highlight that will enhance the testimonies of all who join us and truly bring the Bible to life.

DISCOUNTS OFFERED FOR FAMILY GROUPS-Call the office for more detail

For those with a little more time, please consider adding a breathtaking experience with a post trip to Egypt! Your adventure will take you to Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Pyramids of Giza and more!

  • Notes: $50 CASH DISCOUNT for final payments made by check (deposit OK by CC)
  • EGYPT OPTION - Jan 5-10, 2018: $1599 per person (price may vary depending on how many participants)

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Day 1: Dec. 26, 2017

U.S.A. to Tel Aviv

Today we start our adventure of traveling back to the time of the Old and New Testaments.  As you leave your home cities you will meet up with the group either in Salt Lake, our international gateway or our final destination at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.   This is an overnight flight that will have you arriving the next day. 

Day 2: Dec. 27, 2017

Tel Aviv - Joppa - Haifa

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. As we leave the airport we will see the modern city of Tel Aviv with its large buildings and bustling traffic. Sitting on the Mediterranean Sea, our hotel for the night will give you views of its beautiful sandy beaches and an opportunity to dip your toe in the water if interested. Departing the airport we dive right into the Bible starting at the ancient seaport town of Joppa and talk about Daniel and whale as well as a visit to the traditional site of Simon the Tanners house where Peters stayed and received the important revelation about teaching the Gentiles.  Arrive to our hotel on the Mediterranean coast for dinner and rest.  (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Dec. 28, 2017

Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Mt Carmel - Megiddo - Nazareth

And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea & Cornelius thy prayer is heard. Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod the Great, the residence of Pontius Pilate and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well-preserved theater overlooking the blue sea and hear the story of Peters vision of opening the Gospel message to the gentiles worldwide. You will hear for Sauls conversion on the road to Damascus. From here our 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. Journey next to Nazareth, the town where Jesus Christ spent his childhood, learned his earthly vocation as a stone mason and grew and waxed strong in spirit. While there we will visit a Nazareth Village of 2,000 years ago with its shepherds, carpenters and cloth makers. Tonight we stay on the shores of the Sea of Galilee!(B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Dec.29, 2017

Caesarea Philippi - Golan Look out Point

And he lifted up his hands and blessed them while he blessed them; he was carried up into heaven. Caesarea Philippi is at the base of Mount Hermon, the highest peak in the Holy Land and one of the possible sites of the Saviors transfiguration. While here we will visit the Crusaders Castle, the remains of the area that they highly fortified during their time in Israel and hike down toward the springs which is one of the starts of the Jordan River.  Also while in this area we will see many of the other important historical facts of this area and its modern day significance.  From here we skirt the Golan boarder and see the remains of past wars and the security in place in today’s world.  (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Dec. 30, 2017

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

Stand on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Visit Tabgha, a site dedicated to the miracle of the loaves and fishes and Capernaum, where Jesus lived and recruited his first followers among the fishermen. This is also the site of at least 14 of Christ miracles and one of the few sites where you literally walk in the sandals of the Savior. 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.  We will have a special opportunity this afternoon to become part of Israel as you perpetuate a life by planting a tree to thrive and become part of the land.  (B/L/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Dec. 31, 2017

Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea - Jerusalem

Today 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 cover yourself 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 to celebrate the bringing in of the New Year. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Jan. 1, 2018

Jerusalem - Bethlehem

Happy New Year Jerusalem style! This morning we will start in 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 cave-inn with just a stable cave 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. We will continue on to see the Herodian, the This afternoon we will have the opportunity to do service for the people in Bethlehem. (B.D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Jan. 2, 2018

Western Wall - Antonias Fortress - Pools of Bethesda - Gethsemane

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. Here you will have the opportunity to approach the wall and contemplate those you love. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress, the location for the beating and trial of the Savior. The Pools of Bethesda are nearby. Learn about their importance and the lessons of selfless service rendered by the Savior.  This afternoon we will see the stunning view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, the ancient olive trees in the gardens at Gethsemane and the BYU Jerusalem Center. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Jan. 3, 2018

Free Day to Explore

Today is a free day to catch up and relax a little.  It’s usually a fun day for your to go and explore on your own or follow your tour leader into the Old City.  It is a great shopping day to find those treasures you’ve seen along the way and have those personal interactions with the culture of the city.  We will have lots of suggestions to for you to make sure you have just the experience you are looking for making today your own personal experience. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Jan 4, 2018

Last Supper Room - Caiaphas House - Golgotha & Garden Tomb - Farewell Dinner - Airport

Today is our last day and it will be a very spiritual & sacred experience.  We begin by visiting the traditional site of the Last Supper. Here the Savior expressed his love for his Apostles, sang with them and administered the sacrament Next, we will visit Caiaphas House, the High Priest who condemned Christ to death. See the original steps the Savior walked to and from Gethsemane. We then will go together to the Garden Tomb where many believe is the place of the Lords crucifixion (Golgotha), burial and resurrection is located. There we will sing together and remember the Resurrection as we visit the empty tomb. 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 to Salt Lake City (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Jan 5, 2018

Arrive Home

Arrive home with memories to last a lifetime!


  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Local guide & experienced LDS Tour Director - BYU Teacher of Religion
  • Hotel accommodations in comfortable 4 star hotels with porter age
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Audio hearing system throughout tour
  • Entrance fee and all admissions during tour
  • Destination and study guide material
  • Travel bag and document packge

Israel Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from Salt Lake City on Delta is $1699/$1599 cash price (Air is limited).
  • Pre-paid tipping of $125 per person (collected at the time of booking)
  • Round-trip air from other cities available upon request
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance starting as low as $35
  • Lunches and misc expenses


Optional Pricing:

  • ISRAEL: $2799 single supplement (for those with their own room)
  • EGYPT Option: $1599 per person based on double or $1725 single rate (for those with their own room)
  • Jordan option is available - ask for pricing
  • $40 cash discount for main tour

Payment Terms:

  • $500 deposit due at the time of booking
  • Final payment due at the time of booking