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experience a private tour of the Holy Land with Cheri’s Travel Spot and guided by Dr. Clark D. Anderson EdD.

Anderson tour’s LLC expertise is in providing sacred and meaningful experiences at various scriptural sites throughout the world. An LDS Family owned and operated company, they have been learning about, studying, and orchestrating impactful Scriptural Tours for over forty years!  

 

Join us on this unique and Spiritual Tour of The Holy Land.

Dates: November 3-12 , 2023
Airport: Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV)
Tour Guide: Dr. Clark D. Anderson EdD
All Ages: LDS Singles & Couples

Optional Add-on:  Jordan, Sinai, & Egypt (Nov 12-19)

Trip Description:  We invite all our welcome guests to please personally consider the of the amount of driving, walking, and moving that will be involved with this tour prior to making your reservation.  Typically, we will be changing hotels daily, spending a signifcant amount of time in the bus to each destination, walking many steps at each attraction, and enjoying fully planned days.  For example, most days breakfast will be 7am at the hotel, departing for the day by 8am, and touring until we check-in to the next hotel by 7pm.  It will be spiritually uplifting and phyically challenging.  We look forward to hosting you on this wonderfully memorable trip. 

Please contact us directly with any questions.  

Countdown to the LDS Singles Holy Land Tour

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Trip Highlights

 

Mount of Olives

Bethesda

Temple Mount

Bethlahem

Nazareth

Beatitudes

Sea of Galilee

Capernaum

Lazaru's Tomb

Dead Sea

Garden of Gethsemane

(Church of all Nations)

Caiaphas’ Palace

(St. Peter of Gallicantu)

Via Dolorosa

(or Path of Suffering)

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Garden Tomb

Petra, Jordan

Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Karnak Temple, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Valley of Kings, Egypt

Pyramids & Sphinx, Egypt

About Anderson Tours LLC

At Anderson Tours we take your experience very seriously! We understand the sacred and delicate nature of visiting holy sites on an organized tour and we know this may be your one and only time to visit these sacred sites. So much of your experience at sacred sites depends on the attitudes, philosophies and motivations of the people organizing the tour and those directing the experience. In placing your trust in a company that will provide you with such sacred experiences this point becomes paramount and cannot be overstated! At Anderson Tours each LDS Israel Tour, LDS Church History Tour, Book of Mormon Land Tour, and Specialty Cruise is prepared and executed with this in mind. We do our very best to keep our selected scriptural Mission Statement at the forefront of all we do;

 
The Anderson Tours story began with Dr. A. Gary Anderson, who taught Religion in the Church History department at Brigham Young University for 25 years. He was an extraordinary man with a unique ability to touch lives. During his time at BYU he directed several LDS Tours for the BYU Travel Study program and allowed his family to travel with him on multiple occasions. They were inspired as they had personal, spiritual experiences at sacred places while visiting Israel, Egypt, and American and Church History sites. Gary’s passion for the ‘Spirit of Place’ was contagious, and all nine Anderson children came to appreciate the value and power of being “on site” while learning of the sacred events of the scriptures.
 
In 1995, Gary passed away and the Anderson family took a healing trip to the Holy Land to revisit places he had loved and taught so well. Two of Gary’s sons; Clark and Ron followed in their father’s footsteps professionally. Ron has been in CES for 36 years and recently retired from the BYU-Idaho Religion Faculty. Clark is the original founder and director and taught for 20 years in CES including six years as Institute Director at the Laramie Institute. He has directed over 80 educational tours around including 50+ to the Holy Land, 30+ Church History Tours, and 30+ Humanitarian tours. Together Clark & Ron combine for over 56 years of experience in teaching Religious Education and have also directed over 90 LDS Tours to Israel, Egypt and Church History sites. Their father lit the flame and instilled the desire in them. From there, these two experienced sons have taken the on-site learning phenomenon and refined it over and over again so that your Anderson Tours experience is now a proven, tested and effective program with over 40 tours under their belt. You will discover this ‘power of place’ experience manifesting itself in every detail of the tour. With 40 years of proven experience we are confident that your LDS Tour to Israel, Egypt, LDS Church History Tours, Book of Mormon Lands Tours, and Specialty Cruises with Anderson Tours will be second to none! The motives are pure; the directors are sensational and seasoned and understand what it takes to provide participants with an on-site scriptural experience.

It’s more than just a vacation

When you join Cheri’s Travel Spot on this spiritual getaway, you’ll experience all the amazing amenities that  we are providing on this custom tour, plus you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other cool LDS Singles just like you.  Make friends, make memories, check off those bucket list items.  We do the work so you can do the play. 

Here are some examples of what’s included.

  • Welcome Dinner
  • First-class, top quality Tour with experienced Tour Directors
  • All airline travel mentioned in the program (which includes all 3 in country flights in Egypt but does NOT include the international flight).
  • 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
  • A diverse group of other cool LDS Singles like you that love to travel and make new friends.

Payment Terms and Pricing

  • Pricing is per person.  
  • Gratuities for the driver and trip guides are not included.
  • Deposits Due at Booking are $1000 Per Person for double Occupancy rooms and $1500 for single occupancy rooms.
  • Final Payment or Remaining Balances are Due August 11, 2023.
  • prices include all visas, fuel surcharges, 2 meals daily, entrance fees and transportation, service materials and tools.
  • Prices do Not include lunches and airfare to and from Tel Aviv.
  • If any reservations are made on or after August 11, 2023, then full payment is due at time of booking.
  • Rates and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Reservations are non-refundable.

Israel Only Rooming Options:

Single Occupancy

  • Own room in all hotels
  • Male or Female

Double: $4,263

*November 3-12

Double Occupancy (Male)

  • Shared Room w/another male
  • Room has two beds

Double: $3,513

*Pricing is per person

*November 3-12

Double Occupancy (Female)

  • Shared Room w/another female
  • Room has two beds

Double: $3,513

*Pricing is per person

*November 3-12

Jordan, Sinai, Egypt Add-on:

Single Occupancy

  • Own room in all hotels
  • Male or Female

Double: $3,923

*November 12-18

Double Occupancy (Male)

  • Shared Room w/another male
  • Room has two beds

Double: $3,353

*Pricing is per person

*November 12-18

Double Occupancy (Female)

  • Shared Room w/another female
  • Room has two beds

Double: $3,353

*Pricing is per person

*November 12-18

Know before you go

  • For questions, feel free to contact us at cheri@cheristravelspot.com or tom@cheristravelspot.com
  • Our tour is guided by Dr. Clark D. Anderson EdD
  • Make flight arrivals and departures from Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion International (TLV)
  • When booking flights, make sure to arrive by Friday afternoon November 3, 2023.
  • It may be safer to arrive Thursday, November 2, 2023 to ensure any delayed or cancelled flights don’t interupt your trip, however that will require an extra hotel stay and cost.
  • If you are doing the Israel portion only, book your return flight anytime after 1pm on Saturday, November 11th, 2023 from Tel-Aviv International (TLV).
  • If you are joining the Egypt portion, book your return flight anytime on Sunday, November 19th, 2023 from Cairo International (CAI).  The tour concludes after dinner on Saturday the 18th.
  • We will help provide hotel options for an additional cost.
  • This getaway is not a church sponsored event but LDS Standards are expected to be maintained.

Not Included:

  • Travel Insurance is recommended for all international travel.  Normal medical insurance plans do not cover expenses outside the US. : Contact Cheri’s Travel Spot for pricing or your preferred broker.
  • International Flights to Tel-Aviv
  • Lunches or Meals not specifically mentioned on your itinerary
  • Optional Excursions
  • Photo Packages
  • Room Services
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry Services
  • Phone Charges
  • Gratuities 

Itinerary

*subject to change

– Please note, we will be changing hotels daily, spending a signifcant amount of time in the bus to each destination, walking many steps at each attraction, and enjoying fully planned enjoyable days.  Typically, breakfast will be 7am at the hotel, departing for the day by 8am, and touring until we check-in to the next hotel by 7pm.

Days 1-2:  Thursday-Friday, Nov. 2-3, 2023

Welcome to Israel!

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.

Day 3:  Saturday, November 4, 2023

– 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 LDS scripture covers, necklaces, etc. and after dinner those interested can peruse olive wood carvings from the shopkeepers who have been making LDS Olive Wood pieces for over 40 years. We enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4:  Sunday, November 5, 2023

– BETHLEHEM / (TEMPLE MOUNT / MUSEUMS)

Our morning begins with a visit to the place where 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. Next we will visit the unique historical museums in Jerusalem. The Israeli Museum displays the Dead Sea Scrolls and also features the very impressive miniature model of the city of Jerusalem in Christ’s day; The Model City. We conclude our museum visits with the sobering Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Time permitting we will enjoy the sights and sounds of Jerusalem by walking on the Old City Walls of Jerusalem on the Rampart. Next we will 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 by visiting 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:  Monday, November 6, 2023

– JESUS/MARY AS A TEENAGERS: NAZARETH (CAESAREA) 

Today we consider Jesus and Mary during their teenage years as we visit Nazareth and the surrounding areas. We will drive up north and our first stop features the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and 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. Following lunch, near Carmel, we travel to Nazareth and from Mount Precipice we will have an amazing view of Nazareth, Mt Tabor and the surrounding area. We will overnight in the Nazareth area.

Day 6:  Tuesday, November 7, 2023

– 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). 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 7:  Wednesday, November 8, 2023

– JESUS’ MINISTRY: SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / DAN

Today we explore more of the Galilee area where Jesus spent the majority of His ministry as well as some other significant scriptural sites. Our first adventure of the day is boarding a small fishing boat and crossing 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 will drive to the very north border of Israel where we will look over into Lebanon and Syria. We will enjoy a short nature hike to view the ancient city and alter at Tel Dan. Our next stop is at Banias, the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter was promised to receive the Keys of the Kingdom and is declares as ‘the Rock’. As we bus our way home we will travel on the Golan Heights where we can look over into Syria.

 

Day 8:  Thursday, November 9, 2023

– JESUS’ FINAL DAYS: BETHANY (LAZARU’S 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 Scrollsand 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:  Friday, Nov 10, 2023

– 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! This evening those interested will view how the orthodox Jews bring in the Sabbath at the Western Wall. We overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 10:  Saturday, November 11, 2023

 END OF ISRAEL TOUR / MT OF OLIVES / DEPARTURES 

Today we conclude our tour with one final visit to the Mount of Olives. From the Mt of Olives Jesus officially concluded His mortal ministry on that continent (Acts 1) and fittingly we will in similar fashion conclude our visits here as well.

*The Israel Tour ends at 9am.  Those ending their trip in Israel will fly home from Tel Aviv Airport anytime after 1pm on the 11th.

From here the group will divide; those continuing on will head southward and cross the border into Jordan (see below). Those returning home will make their way to the airport in Tel Aviv and begin their journey home.

Day 10:  Saturday, November 11, 2023

 BEGINNING OF JORDAN, SINAI, & EGYPT TOUR / MT OF OLIVES / MASADA

Following our Mt of Olives visit those who would like will 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.

Following our visit of Masada we will head south and make our way to the Israeli/Jordanian border. On the way we enjoy a brief stop at Timnah where we will view a replica of the ancient Tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness. We will also discuss Sodom & Gomorrah as we drive through that remains of those ancient cities. We will either cross the border and make our way up to the fascinating city of Petra, Jordan where we will overnight or we will overnight in Eilat (depending on the current border restrictions).

Day 11:  Sunday, November 12, 2023

– TRAVEL TO 7th WONDER OF THE WORLD: PETRA, JORDAN

Today we explore Petra, one of the newly voted “7 Wonders of the World.” We will walk down the narrow canyon to the breathtaking view of the Treasury, Petra’s most famous landmark. You will have time to visit this fascinating city carved from the cliffs of the canyon and experience some of the best ruins found anywhere in the world. Petra was once a great commercial empire with a long history, it is best known today as the lost city in the Indiana Jones Movie, The Last Crusade. Time permitting we will take a jeep ride through Wadi Rum and enjoy the majestic desert. We will then make our way to the boat docks in Aqaba and prepare for our evening ferry boat ride across the Red Sea into Egypt.

Day 12:  Monday, November 13, 2023

EGYPT: SINAI / CLIMB MT. SINAI / SHARM

Those continuing on to the Egypt portion of the tour will arrive into Nuweiba, Egypt by ferry boat very early in the morning and bus our way through the Sinai to our Hotel (Morganland Village) which is near the base of “Mt. Moses”. We will review the scriptural account of Moses and the Children of Israel in preparation for our climb up the ancient temple….Mt Sinai. After enjoying some rest we will hike up Mount Sinai (Camels are available for those interested in the adventure). On top we will enjoy a very special meeting before making our descent. Once off the mountain we will bus our way to one of the very best locations for snorkeling and deep sea diving in the world…Sharm El Sheikh (Ras Mohammed). Arriving at this luxurious resort is a very welcomed experience following our strenuous hike. We will enjoy all the amenities and comfort of this 5-star resort for the next day and a half. There will time for deep sea diving, snorkeling, swimming, reading, spa treatments, relaxing, etc. We overnight in Sharm.

Day 13:  Tuesday, November 14, 2023

RED SEA / SHARM

Today we are free to enjoy the Red Sea and all of the amenities of our 5-star resort. Those who desire can enjoy some of the world’s best snorkeling & deep sea diving and those who are not interested in getting in the water can relax at the resort hotel which has several beautiful pools, a lazy river, spa options, para-sailing, submarine, other boat adventures, etc. This afternoon those interested can participate in a 4 wheeling experience in the Sinai desert. Other options include a visit to Naama Bay for some shopping and night life, or one can enjoy retiring early and other various options at the resort. We once again overnight in Sharm.

Day 14:  Wednesday, November 15, 2023

RED SEA / LUXOR

This morning we will continue to enjoy the Red Sea and the resort. This afternoon we will take a short flight from Sharm to Cairo and then from Cairo to Luxor. Luxor is known as the world’s greatest open air museum as 30% of the world’s ancient monuments reside in Luxor. It also represents 70% of all the monuments in Egypt. We overnight in Luxor.

Day 15:  Thursday, November 16, 2023

LUXOR: EGYPTIAN TEMPLES: (LUXOR & KARNAK)

Today we will explore the sites on the East Bank of the river Nile. Our first site is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World and is also one of the largest temple structures in the world; the Karnak Temple. You will truly be amazed at this 64 acre temple. Following lunch we will enjoy a horse and buggy ride through the local streets and markets. Following dinner we will enjoy an evening visit to the impressive Luxor Temple. These structures are amazing and must be seen to be believed. We again overnight in Luxor.

Day 16:  Friday, November 17, 2023

LUXOR: VALLEY OF KINGS / TEMPLES

This morning we will explore the sites on the West Bank where we will visit one of the most intriguing spots in the world; the “Valley of the Kings” (burial spot for the Egyptian Pharaohs & Queens). You will marvel at the similarities in Egyptian and LDS beliefs and rituals! We will next take pictures of the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Collosi of Memnon & Nobels as well as Pit Tomb #33 where the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price was discovered. We will next explore the Temple of Ramses III. Alabaster is mined near Luxor and we will visit a shop that specializes in hand carving alabaster items. This evening we will take a short flight to Cairo and overnight.

Day 17:  Saturday, November 18, 2023

CAIRO: PYRAMIDS & SPHINX / MUSEUM

Today we enjoy a full day touring the sites in Cairo! We begin with the splendor of the famous Pyramids & Sphinx. Those interested can go inside the Pyramid as well as take a camel ride (these have a small extra cost). From here we will make a visit to the Egyptian Museum and explore all the unique items there (including a Rosetta Stone replica and the opportunity to view real mummies as well as King Tut items). This afternoon we will visit one of the largest mosques in the world; the Mohamed Ali Mosque. This evening we will enjoy our ‘last supper’ together with a short program followed by a short rest in our hotel rooms before making our way to the airport to begin our journey home.

The tour officially concludes after dinner this evening.

Day 18:  Sunday, November 19, 2023

– DEPARTURES, FAREWELL

Meet your driver-guide at the agreed time in the lobby of your hotel and make the short journey to airport.

We would advise that you arrive at the airport 3-4 hours prior to your international flight to allow you sufficient time for a stress-free check-in.

Depart on your return flight home anytime on Sunday, November 19th, 2023 from Cairo International (CAI).

Come experience for youself the beauty of the holy land.

"Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures."

~ Lovelle Drachman