2019 Israel December Holy Land Tour

Dates December 6-15, 2019
Destination Tel Aviv; Nazareth; Galilee; Capernaum; Jericho; Masada; Bethlehem; Jerusalem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
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It's a wonderful time to see the Holy Land AND this experience will help you prepare for your Christmas holiday as you celebrate the birth of our Savior! 

On this tour you will travel to the seaports of Joppa and Caesarea, to the top of Mount Carmel and Mary’s well in Nazareth.  While visiting the sacred sights of Israel you will read of the first miracle in Cana, sit in the synagogue in Capernaum and discuss miracles and parables around the shore of Galilee. Quote the "Beatitudes" from the Mount which overlooks the Sea which Jesus calmed and shout the "Blessing and Cursing" from Ebal and Gerizim. Drink from Jacob’s well and sip from the springs Elisha made sweet in Jericho. Take a dip in the Jordan River and float in the Dead Sea, before walking your way down into the tomb of Lazarus.  To end your amazing trip in Israel, you will retrace the footsteps of the Savior’s last week in Jerusalem. 

Notes: $50 CASH DISCOUNT for all payments made by check

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Karen Gerlach, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6152
Email Karen

TOUR ID#929L07

CASH DISCOUNT of $50.00 for final payment by check

Day 1/2: Fri-Saturday, Dec 6 and 7, 2019

U.S.A. - Transatlantic Flight to Tel Aviv

We will depart from Salt Lake City (or an airport near you) for our overnight flight to Ben Gurion International airport in Israel, arriving Saturday afternoon. We will meet in the airport lobby to board our bus and drive to Netanya, to check in to the Island Suite Hotel for the night.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Sunday, Dec 8, 2019

Caesarea • Mount Carmel • Megiddo • Nazareth   

We begin our traveling north along the coast of the Mediterranean to Caesarea, the Roman capital at the time of Jesus. Walking through the amphitheater, hippodrome, and coliseum gives us a feel for Roman splendor in the first century. Caesarea is also the home of the first Gentile convert, Cornelius (Acts 10) and is where Paul delivered his famous speeches in the royal court (Acts 23–26). Next, we drive to Haifa to the top of Mount Carmel to view the beautiful garden and review some important LDS history that occurred in the area.  We continue on to Muhraka, a possible site for Elijah’s spectacular confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Looking out to the Jezreel Valley, we are reminded of other dramatic history in this area. If time allows, we stop at Tel Megiddo and 25 layers of history. This is also the battlefield for Armageddon (Revelation 16–18). Arriving in the bustling city of Nazareth and boyhood home of Jesus, we will experience first-century life in Nazareth Village. We will pass Mary’s well and the Church of the Annunciation to recall the angel Gabriel’s visits to Joseph and Mary. We will check in to the Golden Crown Hotel for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Monday, Dec 9, 2019

Mount Tabor • Tel Dan • Caesarea Philippi • Mount Bental • Sea of Galilee  

This morning we will drive to Mount Tabor, which is a traditional site of the transfiguration of Christ (Luke 9). Just south we will review the New Testament miracle in Nain (Luke 7) and the Old Testament account at Shunem (2 Kings 4). Looking to the west is Ein Harod, where the Lord chose Gideon’s 300 (Judges 7), and Mount Gilboa, the tragic story of Saul and his sons (1 Samuel 31).  We travel to the northern border of Tel Dan and read of Abraham coming to rescue Lot (Genesis 14) and the misfortune of Israel’s king introducing his golden calves (1 Kings 12). This afternoon will stop at the area of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked His apostles, “Whom do men say that I . . . am?” On the Golan Heights is Mount Bental, where we will stop for a quick view of nearby Syria and Mount Hermon. Traveling south through the fertile plains of the Hula Valley, we pass the Canaanite city Hazor (Joshua 11) before turning east past the fishing village of Bethsaida (John 1), home to Peter and Andrew. We will then travel to our lodgings at Ein Gev on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for two nights. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Capernaum •  Mount of Beatitudes • Magdala • Mount Arbel • Sea of Galilee Boat Ride

We begin our day in Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and where He performed many miracles, taught parables, and delivered His “Bread of Life” sermon (John 6). We will stand on the shores at St. Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared to His apostles after His resurrection (John 21), and on the Mount of Beatitudes to read the greatest sermon ever given. We continue on to Magdala, where a shrine is dedicated to the women in Jesus’ life. At Mount Arbel we get a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee and review the travels of the Savior here. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to discuss the miracles on the water (Mark 4). 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Beth Shean - Shechem - Shiloh - Jordan River - Jericho

We say goodbye to the Galilee and travel to the impressive Roman ruins at Beth Shean.  Here we finish recalling the tragic bible story of Saul and his sons (1 Samuel 31). If conditions permit, we will drive down the West Bank to visit Jacob’s Well in Nablus, which was where ancient Shechem was located. It was here Abraham built an altar (Genesis 12) and Jesus taught the Samaritan woman (John 4).  We next travel to Shiloh, the center for religious worship when the children of Israel entered the Promised Land and where the tabernacle stood for 369 years. Not far from here Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1). Traveling to the Qasr el Yehud on the Jordan River, we will discuss Joshua leading the Israelites in to the Promised Land (Joshua 3), Elijah dividing the waters and ascending in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2), Naaman dipping himself seven times to be healed (2 Kings 5), and John baptizing the Son of God (Matthew 3). As the sun sets, we enter Jericho, the “City of Palms” and oldest city on earth, to discuss Joshua and his famous battle, Elisha healing the waters (2 Kings 2), the temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4), Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree (Luke 19), and Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10). Tonight we will stay the night at the Jericho Resort Village. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Masada - Ein Gehi - Dead Sea - Qumran - Jerusalem

Driving south along the Dead Sea, we will take a cable car to the top of Masada. As we walk through the ruins of Herod’s fortress, we recall the catastrophic story of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans.  We pass Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 23), where David hid from Saul, on our way to Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. We’ll welcome a float in the Dead Sea. Traveling on the highway to Jerusalem, we remember the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). Our last stop is the Old City, where we enter through Dung Gate to experience the Holy Mount and Dome of the Rock, where Solomon’s and Herod’s temples once stood. Tonight we will check in to the Holy Land Hotel in Jerusalem for the remainder of our nights in Israel. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Bethlehem • Old City of Jerusalem • City of David •  Hezekiah’s Tunnel 

This morning we will travel south to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity and birthplace of Jesus. On a short drive to Shepherds’ Field, we can almost see Ruth gleaning in the fields and the shepherds watching their flocks. We will read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke as we ponder the miraculous birth of Jesus. This afternoon we will experience Judaism’s holiest place, the Western Wall. We will have time for lunch and shopping before we explore the ruins south of the Temple Mount and climb the ancient stairs from Jesus’ time. After a tour of the City of David, we will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel and marvel at the engineering masterpiece that saved Jerusalem from total destruction (2 Chronicles 32). Outside the tunnel, we will discuss the healing miracle at the Pool of Siloam (John 9) before returning to our hotel for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Mount of Olives • Mount Zion • Gethsemane • Golgotha • Garden Tomb

Today we reach the spiritual pinnacle and retrace the footsteps of the Savior during His last hours on earth and enjoy Sabbath worship. We begin at the top of the Mount of Olives to review the Triumphal Entry and events of the Savior’s last week. Our next stop is the BYU Jerusalem Center for sacrament meeting. Traveling to Mount Zion, we will stand in the Upper Room, where the Last Supper was shared at Jesus’ last Passover. Down the hill we enter the palace of Caiphas, where Jesus was tried at St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, the possible site of the cock’s crowing. Driving to the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden, we will recall the dedicatory prayers. We walk down to Gethsemane to ponder the atonement of Christ. We conclude our day at Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion, and the Garden Tomb, where we have time to ponder the resurrection and final triumph of Christ. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner together before driving to the airport, going through security, and boarding our late night flight home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

International Flight Home

We have a midnight flight home, arriving the next afternoon—taking with us experiences and memories never to be forgotten.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!  No shuffling
  • LDS Travel Study tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides
  • We include all admissions and sited listed on our itineraries, no hidden cost
  • We include all tipping for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants where meals provided

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star deluxe hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Tips to local driver, Israeli guide, hotel and restaurant staffs
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Group Visa to Jordan
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Document package (lanyard & name tags, baggage tags, draw sting back pack & document holder

Israel & Jordan Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from Salt Lake City to Tel Aviv
  • Air from other cities
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary during free time
  • Additional hotel accommodations if needed
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance starting as low as $35 (HIGHLY recommended)
  • Lunches
  • Single occupancy(for those with their own room)

Optional Pricing:

  • $50 cash discount for main tour
  • $Single occupancy rate (for those with their own room) ASK about our Single Share program

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due 07 Sep 2019
  • This tour is based on 22 passengers traveling together to operate at the advertised price.