Have you ever wanted to visit the Holy Land?  Walk where Jesus walked?  Come experience Israel on this guided tour of the Holy Land lead by the ONLY LDS Authorized Guides in Israel Daniel & Steven Rona.  You’ll hear them focus on the mortal life of the Lord in His homeland.  They guide with a love of the Savior, the itinerary is arranged according to ‘events’ rather than site-seeing locations.  They will set the culture, ethnic & religious background of the area, giving you a ‘Spiritual Oasis in the Holy Land’.
Want to make this experience even better?  Add on Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum) and Egypt to your tour.

Experience the best of the Holy Land!!!  

Fly into and out of: Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) – Depart USA on Friday Mar 8 arriving into TLV on Mar 9, 2019
Optional Pre Petra and Wadi Rum Experience: Depart USA March 5 arriving in Amman, Queen Alia Int’l Airport (AMM) on Mar 6, 2019
Optional Pre Egypt & Petra and Wadi Rum Experience: Depart USA March 2 arriving in Cairo Int’l Airport (CAI) on Mar 6, 2019
Ages:  All Ages

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Some of the AMAZING things this trip has to offer

 

It’s more just a trip to the Holy Land

When you join Cheri’s Travel Spot on this amazing Holy Land Getaway you will have the opportunity to hear from the ONLY LDS Authorized Tour Guides in Israel.

  • 8 Hotel Nights (in double occupancy rooms, additional cost if you would like your own room)
  • 7 Full Days of Touring with Steven &/or Daniel Rona
  • Full Sabbath Worship with the Jerusalem Branch at the BYU Jerusalem Center
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
  • Sea of Gailee swim
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Dead Sea Float
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Airport Transfers to and from Hotel
  • Sabbath Day Transfers to BYU Jerusalem Center (rest of the day is a leisure)
  • Head sets for listening comfort to Live Commentary & Sacred Music
  • All Gratuities for drivers, tour guides and hotel staff
  • Gospel Doctrine Supplement Manual with LDS/Jewish insights written by Daniel Rona
  • ISRAEL REVEALED’s Memory Book – with Tour Synopsis, Journal Space & Scriptural References
  • and much more….

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person based on double occupancy

Israel Tour: $ 2,799

Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum) & Israel Tour: $ 3,998

Egypt, Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum) & Israel Tour: $ 5,498

Egypt & Jordan (Petra & Wadi Rum) Only Tour: $ 2,699

Single Supplement additional $129 per night

 

Not Included in these rates

  • International flights
  • Visa/border charges (usually included in airline ticket)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Room Service
  • Additional drinks or snacks
  • Souvenirs or personal items
  • Additional voluntary gratuities in Israel
  • Gratuities in Jordan or Egypt

Deposit is $500 due at time of booking
($50 discount if booked by Sept 1)

Final Payment is due by Dec 18, 2018
(additional $50 discount if paid in full by Nov 1)

$200 per person discount when we reach 20 people in the group
Discount will be applied to your reservation once we hit 20 people

3.5% credit card fee is charged if paying via credit card
To avoid credit card pay via Venmo to @Cheri-Sandlin

 

Booking your Flights

Israel Only Tour:

  • Depart USA on March 8 flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport (TLV)  make sure to arrive on March 9
  • Depart Israel Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport (TLV) on March 17 after 10:00pm  (We have a full day of touring this day)

Petra, WadiRum  & Israel Tour:

  • Depart USA on March 5 flying into Amman Queen Alia Int’l Airport (AMM)  make sure to arrive on March 6
  • Depart Israel Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport (TLV) on March 17 after 10:00pm  (We have a full day of touring this day)

Egypt, Petra, WadiRum  & Israel Tour:

  • Depart USA on March 2 flying into Cairo Int’l Airport (CAI)  make sure to arrive on March 3
  • Depart Israel Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Int’l Airport (TLV) on March 17 after 10:00pm  (We have a full day of touring this day)

 

Reservations are non refundable after final payment date but are transferable to another person of the same gender.

This getaway is not a church sponsored event but LDS Standards are expected to be maintained.

Israel Tour

Friday: March 8, 2019 - Depart USA for overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Depart USA for your overnight connecting flight to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)

Saturday: March 9, 2019 - Arrive Tel Aviv

Arrive at Tel Avivi’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) where you will be met by a ‘SMILE’ representative, collect luggage & be escorted to your transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Dinner (depending on flight arrival time)

Sunday: March 10, 2019 - 'The Living Desert'


Life, Death, and Resurrection

Sites of the Day:

Oldest Jewish Cemetery in the World (along a Road to Jericho) – Passing a Samaritan’s Inn – Massada – Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Dead Sea (Float) – The Jordan River Valley

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior told a story of a Levite and a Priest, and of a Samaritan (who ended up extending himself past his ethnic identity, saving a life).
  • With hope of higher life, the Essenes, consecrating their wealth, migrated to the Dead Sea wilderness.
  • Learning of temples where the sacrifice of a lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of One bringing new life.
  • Zealots at Masada ultimately sacrificed their lives in vain with real hope of redemption. (Ezekiel 37 was the only full chapter surviving Masada’s ruin. It contains a promise of the hope of redemption.)
  • Today, as the land is being redeemed, ethnic identities and border lines are being extended in hope of peace.

 

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monday: March 11, 2019 - 'The Galilee'

Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Sites of the Day:

Tel-Dan (Headwaters of the Jordan) – Passing Caesarea Philippi – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms & group size) – Mt. of Beatitudes

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, at the Headwaters of the Jordan River, asked, “Whom do men say that I am?” . . . here he named Simon “Rocky” (Peter).
  • The same water turning the millstones, grinding and producing bread, maintained life.
  • The ‘Fountain of Living Waters”, bearing the weight of our millstones, gives us life.
  • In Capernaum, where He performed most of his miracles, we learn of Jesus relieving the millstone of death, healing a family as “Talitha” arose.
  • The Sea of Galilee, continuing to provide Israel with water, maintains life in the land.
  • On the same water, the sinking Peter (Rock), crying “Lord save me,” learns that the “Rock of Salvation” came to save.
  • On the Mount of Beatitudes, opening eyes, ears and heart, the Savior taught “Come unto me,” promising the Healing Spirit.

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Tuesday: March 12, 2019 - 'The Way of the Sea'

Teach Me To Walk in the Light

Sites of the Day:

Nazareth (The Brow of the Hill) – Haifa (Panorama) – Caesarea – Jaffa – The Judean Hills up to Jerusalem

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, “passing through the midst of them”, taught us to walk in his light.
  • A modern city rising on a dew-endowed Mount Carmel, becomes the resting place of Mormons and Bahais. Learn how the feelings of brotherhood can replace persecution.
  • Almost” was not enough as Paul, teaching Herod Agrippa in Caesarea, challenges listeners to become like “I Am.”
  • Jonah, avoiding the call to teach Gentiles, by escaping to Jaffa, sinks to new heights as the Lord brings him up from the depths of the sea.
  • Terraces, olive trees and unfinished watchtowers used to maintain peace, remind us that all roads lead “Up to Jerusalem,” beckoning us to gather to the Mountain of the Lord to find “Shalom” – peace.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday: March 13, 2019 - 'Jerusalem at Worship'

Symbols of the Past, Pattern the Future

Sites of the Day:

The Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock & Al-Aksa) – The Model City & Shrine of the Book (Israel Museum & the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Bet Shemesh (Sampson & Delilah) – Valley of Elah (David & Goliath)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s House, located on the Temple Mount (where Moslem worship patterns are witnessed today), causes one to ask, “Will He suddenly return home to the same place?”
  • In the Israel Museum, ancient temple artifacts reflect the timeless eternity of worship practices.
  • The Essenes’ Dead Sea Scrolls reveal a redesigned temple that includes the entire city of Jerusalem. Although they had an understanding of the signs of the seasons, they failed to recognize the Lord and the signs of his times.
  • A view of a miniature city of 2000-years ago, revealing Jerusalem’s major impact on the world, also reminds us that from the City of Peace (Shalom) came His peace.
  • Samson, from Bet Shemesh, a judge in Israel, misused his God-given strength. In crushing the Philistines, he worshiped himself.
  • David’s childlike faith in the Lord brought down a giant with a sling and a stone.
  • Israel, the diamond capital of the world, reveals its knowhow and “brilliant” skills. (Precious gem stones, including a diamond, were used in the ancient Temple.)

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday: March 14, 2019 - 'Jerusalem's Holy Places'

Rebuilding and Restoring

Sites of the Day:

The Old City & Cardo (“Holy” Sepulcher & Jewish Quarter) – The Western (Wailing) Wall – The City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Bethlehem (Manger Square & Church)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s atonement (obscured by arguments over ownership of a Sepulcher) manifests itself in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
  • Destroyed by fire in the first century, the preserved and rebuilt ruins of the Holy City remind us of promised redemption.
  • One discovers temple-like clothing and ritual celebration at the Western (Wailing) Wall.
  • Ancient money changers, who assisted people with temple worship, are remembered as one steps where Jesus walked.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: March 15, 2019 - 'The Footsteps of Jesus'

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

Sites of the Day:

The Hillsides of Bethlehem – An Upper Room – Mt. of Olives (account of Gethsemane) – Caiaphas’ Palace & Antonia Fortress (accounts of trial before Caiaphas & Pilate) – Place of a Skull (Golgotha) – The Garden Tomb (Death, Burial & Resurrection)

Insights of the Day:

  • Bethlehem hillsides with sheep and shepherds overshadow churches’ disputations of ownership of Jesus’ traditional birthplace. The loneliness, obscurity and difficulty of His birth are sweetly replaced with songs of Herald Angels.
  • The Savior brought Lazarus out of a grave, causing a Bethany family to be reunited, helping us understand that families can be together forever!
  • The symbolism of Passover rituals set the stage for understanding the Last Supper and the sacrament.
  • The Mount of Olives, place of the Red heifer sacrifices, is where the Savior’s blood-stained atoning sacrifice occurred. He will return to this mount in red clothing.
  • Walking ancient steps to Caiphas’ and Pontius Pilate’s palaces, reminds us of the mocking trials He endured.
  • Remembering the reason He came, visualizing along the roadway, a visible place of execution. Close by, a Jewish Garden Tomb of the first century is empty, quietly reminding us that He lives. He suffered, died, and came alive again, preparing the way for us to be together with Him and our Father in Heaven.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday: March 16, 2019 - The Peaceful Sabbath

The Peaceful Sabbath Day

Sites of the Day:

BYU Jerusalem Center – Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch – Afternoon at Leisure (for rest & worship)

Insights of the Day:

  • With the re-establishment of the Jerusalem Branch in the Latter-days, the Brethren established Church approval for Saturday observance of the Sabbath in Israel.
  • With respect for the “cultural and religious identity of the people of Israel,” LDS church members are welcome to attend LDS Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch.
  • The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps for venturing on one’s own into the Old City & walking atop its walls!

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday: March 17, 2019 - 'Mt Tabor' and Flight Home

Keys Revealed – Keys Conferred

Sites of the Day:

Jordan River Baptismal Site – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms) – Mt. Tabor (the Transfiguration) – The Jezreel (Armageddon) Valley – Late night flight back home

Insights of the Day

  • At the lowest spot on the face of the Earth, where living waters still flows, the Savior descended below them all.
  • Simple followers, who save, are honored by one who has the higher glory.
  • The Savior, coming to be immersed, is tempted by wealth.
  • At Mt. Tabor, above the Armageddon, Pres. Spencer W. Kimball opened our eyes to “the highest spot on the face of the Earth.”

 

Hotel: None – Your flight back home leaves
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Petra, Wadi Rum & Israel Tour

Tuesday: March 5, 2019 - Depart USA for overnight flight to Ammon

Depart USA for your overnight connecting flight to Ammon International Airport (AMM)

Wednesday: March 6, 2019 - Arrive in Ammon

Arrive at Ammon International Airport (AMM) where you will be met by a ‘SMILE’ representative, collect luggage & be escorted to your transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: in Ammon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday: March 7, 2019 - Wadi Rum


Experience Wadi Rum and immerse yourself in the magnificent desert landscape. We will head off onto a jeep tour visiting the most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum.  You’ll explore canyons, sand dunes, arches and much more.  The day will end with a night the a Bedouin Camp where you will enjoy an authentic Bedouin dinner and sleep in Bedouin tents.

Hotel: in Bedouin Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: March 8, 2019 - Petra

Experience PETRA! Here you will find yourself beginning to experience an adventure much like the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” where Indiana (Harrison Ford) discovers the coveted Holy Grail. It was filmed on location at Petra. Petra, carved out of stone more than 2,000 years ago is hidden in craggy mountains. We reach it by horseback and by walking through a narrow defile or “SIQ” flanked by towering cliffs. The sudden view of Petra’s most spectacular monument, the KHAZNEH or Treasury, is dramatic. Other monuments carved right into the multicolored-mountains are spread throughout the area.

Hotel: in Ammon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday: March 9, 2019 - Arrive Tel Aviv

After checking out of the hotel a PLAZA TOUR representative will meet departing guests and assist you as you will be transferred to a Jordan River crossing into the Promised Land.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Dinner (depending on flight arrival time)

Sunday: March 10, 2019 - 'The Living Desert'


Life, Death, and Resurrection

Sites of the Day:

Oldest Jewish Cemetery in the World (along a Road to Jericho) – Passing a Samaritan’s Inn – Massada – Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Dead Sea (Float) – The Jordan River Valley

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior told a story of a Levite and a Priest, and of a Samaritan (who ended up extending himself past his ethnic identity, saving a life).
  • With hope of higher life, the Essenes, consecrating their wealth, migrated to the Dead Sea wilderness.
  • Learning of temples where the sacrifice of a lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of One bringing new life.
  • Zealots at Masada ultimately sacrificed their lives in vain with real hope of redemption. (Ezekiel 37 was the only full chapter surviving Masada’s ruin. It contains a promise of the hope of redemption.)
  • Today, as the land is being redeemed, ethnic identities and border lines are being extended in hope of peace.

 

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monday: March 11, 2019 - 'The Galilee'

Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Sites of the Day:

Tel-Dan (Headwaters of the Jordan) – Passing Caesarea Philippi – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms & group size) – Mt. of Beatitudes

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, at the Headwaters of the Jordan River, asked, “Whom do men say that I am?” . . . here he named Simon “Rocky” (Peter).
  • The same water turning the millstones, grinding and producing bread, maintained life.
  • The ‘Fountain of Living Waters”, bearing the weight of our millstones, gives us life.
  • In Capernaum, where He performed most of his miracles, we learn of Jesus relieving the millstone of death, healing a family as “Talitha” arose.
  • The Sea of Galilee, continuing to provide Israel with water, maintains life in the land.
  • On the same water, the sinking Peter (Rock), crying “Lord save me,” learns that the “Rock of Salvation” came to save.
  • On the Mount of Beatitudes, opening eyes, ears and heart, the Savior taught “Come unto me,” promising the Healing Spirit.

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday: March 12, 2019 - 'The Way of the Sea'

Teach Me To Walk in the Light

Sites of the Day:

Nazareth (The Brow of the Hill) – Haifa (Panorama) – Caesarea – Jaffa – The Judean Hills up to Jerusalem

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, “passing through the midst of them”, taught us to walk in his light.
  • A modern city rising on a dew-endowed Mount Carmel, becomes the resting place of Mormons and Bahais. Learn how the feelings of brotherhood can replace persecution.
  • Almost” was not enough as Paul, teaching Herod Agrippa in Caesarea, challenges listeners to become like “I Am.”
  • Jonah, avoiding the call to teach Gentiles, by escaping to Jaffa, sinks to new heights as the Lord brings him up from the depths of the sea.
  • Terraces, olive trees and unfinished watchtowers used to maintain peace, remind us that all roads lead “Up to Jerusalem,” beckoning us to gather to the Mountain of the Lord to find “Shalom” – peace.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday: March 13, 2019 - 'Jerusalem at Worship'

Symbols of the Past, Pattern the Future

Sites of the Day:

The Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock & Al-Aksa) – The Model City & Shrine of the Book (Israel Museum & the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Bet Shemesh (Sampson & Delilah) – Valley of Elah (David & Goliath)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s House, located on the Temple Mount (where Moslem worship patterns are witnessed today), causes one to ask, “Will He suddenly return home to the same place?”
  • In the Israel Museum, ancient temple artifacts reflect the timeless eternity of worship practices.
  • The Essenes’ Dead Sea Scrolls reveal a redesigned temple that includes the entire city of Jerusalem. Although they had an understanding of the signs of the seasons, they failed to recognize the Lord and the signs of his times.
  • A view of a miniature city of 2000-years ago, revealing Jerusalem’s major impact on the world, also reminds us that from the City of Peace (Shalom) came His peace.
  • Samson, from Bet Shemesh, a judge in Israel, misused his God-given strength. In crushing the Philistines, he worshiped himself.
  • David’s childlike faith in the Lord brought down a giant with a sling and a stone.
  • Israel, the diamond capital of the world, reveals its knowhow and “brilliant” skills. (Precious gem stones, including a diamond, were used in the ancient Temple.)

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday: March 14, 2019 - 'Jerusalem's Holy Places'

Rebuilding and Restoring

Sites of the Day:

The Old City & Cardo (“Holy” Sepulcher & Jewish Quarter) – The Western (Wailing) Wall – The City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Bethlehem (Manger Square & Church)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s atonement (obscured by arguments over ownership of a Sepulcher) manifests itself in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
  • Destroyed by fire in the first century, the preserved and rebuilt ruins of the Holy City remind us of promised redemption.
  • One discovers temple-like clothing and ritual celebration at the Western (Wailing) Wall.
  • Ancient money changers, who assisted people with temple worship, are remembered as one steps where Jesus walked.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: March 15, 2019 - 'The Footsteps of Jesus'

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

Sites of the Day:

The Hillsides of Bethlehem – An Upper Room – Mt. of Olives (account of Gethsemane) – Caiaphas’ Palace & Antonia Fortress (accounts of trial before Caiaphas & Pilate) – Place of a Skull (Golgotha) – The Garden Tomb (Death, Burial & Resurrection)

Insights of the Day:

  • Bethlehem hillsides with sheep and shepherds overshadow churches’ disputations of ownership of Jesus’ traditional birthplace. The loneliness, obscurity and difficulty of His birth are sweetly replaced with songs of Herald Angels.
  • The Savior brought Lazarus out of a grave, causing a Bethany family to be reunited, helping us understand that families can be together forever!
  • The symbolism of Passover rituals set the stage for understanding the Last Supper and the sacrament.
  • The Mount of Olives, place of the Red heifer sacrifices, is where the Savior’s blood-stained atoning sacrifice occurred. He will return to this mount in red clothing.
  • Walking ancient steps to Caiphas’ and Pontius Pilate’s palaces, reminds us of the mocking trials He endured.
  • Remembering the reason He came, visualizing along the roadway, a visible place of execution. Close by, a Jewish Garden Tomb of the first century is empty, quietly reminding us that He lives. He suffered, died, and came alive again, preparing the way for us to be together with Him and our Father in Heaven.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday: March 16, 2019 - The Peaceful Sabbath

The Peaceful Sabbath Day

Sites of the Day:

BYU Jerusalem Center – Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch – Afternoon at Leisure (for rest & worship)

Insights of the Day:

  • With the re-establishment of the Jerusalem Branch in the Latter-days, the Brethren established Church approval for Saturday observance of the Sabbath in Israel.
  • With respect for the “cultural and religious identity of the people of Israel,” LDS church members are welcome to attend LDS Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch.
  • The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps for venturing on one’s own into the Old City & walking atop its walls!

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday: March 17, 2019 - 'Mt Tabor' and Flight Home

Keys Revealed – Keys Conferred

Sites of the Day:

Jordan River Baptismal Site – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms) – Mt. Tabor (the Transfiguration) – The Jezreel (Armageddon) Valley – Late night flight back home

Insights of the Day

  • At the lowest spot on the face of the Earth, where living waters still flows, the Savior descended below them all.
  • Simple followers, who save, are honored by one who has the higher glory.
  • The Savior, coming to be immersed, is tempted by wealth.
  • At Mt. Tabor, above the Armageddon, Pres. Spencer W. Kimball opened our eyes to “the highest spot on the face of the Earth.”

 

Hotel: None – Your flight back home leaves
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Egypt, Petra, Wadi Rum & Israel Tour

Saturday: March 2, 2019 - Depart USA for overnight flight to Cairo

Depart USA for your overnight connecting flight to Cairo International Airport (CAI)

Sunday: March 3, 2019 - Arrive in Cairo

Arrive at Cairo International Airport (AMM) where you will be met by the ‘Travel House of Egypt’ representative, collect luggage & be escorted to your transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: in Cairo
Meals: Dinner (depending on flight arrival)

Monday: March 4, 2019 - Grand Cairo and Giza Plateau

A morning drive will bring you to SAKARRA, about 22 miles south of Cairo. Some of the oldest pyramids and a complex of pharaonic burial sites are found here. Next, you will visit the newly opened PYRAMID of DAHSHOUR. After lunch, a short drive will bring you to GIZA where you will marvel at the grandeur of the PYRAMIDS, including CHEOPS, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Seeing the ageless pyramids along the Nile is like stepping into a time machine. Coming face-to-face with the SPHINX, who has been staring into the desert for five-thousand years, is wondrous.

Optional Evening Opportunity to Experience the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids

Hotel: in Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday: March 5, 2019 - Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

Following an early morning flight to LUXOR, begin with crossing the NILE to the West Bank and continue with a lively visit to the NECROPOLIS of THEBES, burial ground of the great Pharaohs, and also the COLOSSI of MEMNON. Today’s highlight is visiting the fabulous VALLEY OF THE KINGS, where, so far, sixty-four Pharaonic tombs have been discovered, including TUTANKHAMEN’S TOMB. Winding through tunnels and corridors, you discover the TOMB OF SETI-I, an extraordinary underground complex with breathtaking paintings. After lunch, you first return to the East Bank of the Nile, seeing two of Egypt’s finest temples, LUXOR and KARNAK. The 4000-year-old Karnak was the seat of Amon-Re, the Imperial God. It may just take your breath away as you survey the temple structure which focuses on the awesome HYPOSTYLE HALL. LUXOR, sacred to Amon, is beautiful with its impressive statues of Ramses II. There you will marvel at the inner sanctuary rebuilt by Alexander the Great . . . better yet, recognize familiar signs and symbols of temple worship which reveal the eternal nature of covenant making. An evening flight returns you to Cairo.

Hotel: in Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday: March 6, 2019 - Historic Cairo and the Egyptian Museum

Experiencing CAIRO includes hearing about Islamic religion in the ancient mosques, and sensing the bustle of nearly 14-million people. Visiting the CITADEL, the MOSQUE and the BAZAAR is experiencing an enthralling mix of old and new. In the Bazaar you can begin practicing the ancient art of bargaining. In the afternoon, enjoy the treasures of the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM and the fabulous KING TUT TOMB EXHIBITION.

Flight to Ammon this evening

Hotel: in Ammon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday: March 7, 2019 - Wadi Rum


Experience Wadi Rum and immerse yourself in the magnificent desert landscape. We will head off onto a jeep tour visiting the most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum.  You’ll explore canyons, sand dunes, arches and much more.  The day will end with a night the a Bedouin Camp where you will enjoy an authentic Bedouin dinner and sleep in Bedouin tents.

Hotel: in Bedouin Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: March 8, 2019 - Petra

Experience PETRA! Here you will find yourself beginning to experience an adventure much like the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” where Indiana (Harrison Ford) discovers the coveted Holy Grail. It was filmed on location at Petra. Petra, carved out of stone more than 2,000 years ago is hidden in craggy mountains. We reach it by horseback and by walking through a narrow defile or “SIQ” flanked by towering cliffs. The sudden view of Petra’s most spectacular monument, the KHAZNEH or Treasury, is dramatic. Other monuments carved right into the multicolored-mountains are spread throughout the area.

Hotel: in Ammon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday: March 9, 2019 - Arrive Tel Aviv

After checking out of the hotel a PLAZA TOUR representative will meet departing guests and assist you as you will be transferred to a Jordan River crossing into the Promised Land.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Dinner (depending on flight arrival time)

Sunday: March 10, 2019 - 'The Living Desert'


Life, Death, and Resurrection

Sites of the Day:

Oldest Jewish Cemetery in the World (along a Road to Jericho) – Passing a Samaritan’s Inn – Massada – Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Dead Sea (Float) – The Jordan River Valley

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior told a story of a Levite and a Priest, and of a Samaritan (who ended up extending himself past his ethnic identity, saving a life).
  • With hope of higher life, the Essenes, consecrating their wealth, migrated to the Dead Sea wilderness.
  • Learning of temples where the sacrifice of a lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of One bringing new life.
  • Zealots at Masada ultimately sacrificed their lives in vain with real hope of redemption. (Ezekiel 37 was the only full chapter surviving Masada’s ruin. It contains a promise of the hope of redemption.)
  • Today, as the land is being redeemed, ethnic identities and border lines are being extended in hope of peace.

 

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monday: March 11, 2019 - 'The Galilee'

Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit

Sites of the Day:

Tel-Dan (Headwaters of the Jordan) – Passing Caesarea Philippi – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms & group size) – Mt. of Beatitudes

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, at the Headwaters of the Jordan River, asked, “Whom do men say that I am?” . . . here he named Simon “Rocky” (Peter).
  • The same water turning the millstones, grinding and producing bread, maintained life.
  • The ‘Fountain of Living Waters”, bearing the weight of our millstones, gives us life.
  • In Capernaum, where He performed most of his miracles, we learn of Jesus relieving the millstone of death, healing a family as “Talitha” arose.
  • The Sea of Galilee, continuing to provide Israel with water, maintains life in the land.
  • On the same water, the sinking Peter (Rock), crying “Lord save me,” learns that the “Rock of Salvation” came to save.
  • On the Mount of Beatitudes, opening eyes, ears and heart, the Savior taught “Come unto me,” promising the Healing Spirit.

 

Hotel: in Galilee
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday: March 12, 2019 - 'The Way of the Sea'

Teach Me To Walk in the Light

Sites of the Day:

Nazareth (The Brow of the Hill) – Haifa (Panorama) – Caesarea – Jaffa – The Judean Hills up to Jerusalem

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior, “passing through the midst of them”, taught us to walk in his light.
  • A modern city rising on a dew-endowed Mount Carmel, becomes the resting place of Mormons and Bahais. Learn how the feelings of brotherhood can replace persecution.
  • Almost” was not enough as Paul, teaching Herod Agrippa in Caesarea, challenges listeners to become like “I Am.”
  • Jonah, avoiding the call to teach Gentiles, by escaping to Jaffa, sinks to new heights as the Lord brings him up from the depths of the sea.
  • Terraces, olive trees and unfinished watchtowers used to maintain peace, remind us that all roads lead “Up to Jerusalem,” beckoning us to gather to the Mountain of the Lord to find “Shalom” – peace.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wednesday: March 13, 2019 - 'Jerusalem at Worship'

Symbols of the Past, Pattern the Future

Sites of the Day:

The Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock & Al-Aksa) – The Model City & Shrine of the Book (Israel Museum & the Dead Sea Scrolls) – Bet Shemesh (Sampson & Delilah) – Valley of Elah (David & Goliath)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s House, located on the Temple Mount (where Moslem worship patterns are witnessed today), causes one to ask, “Will He suddenly return home to the same place?”
  • In the Israel Museum, ancient temple artifacts reflect the timeless eternity of worship practices.
  • The Essenes’ Dead Sea Scrolls reveal a redesigned temple that includes the entire city of Jerusalem. Although they had an understanding of the signs of the seasons, they failed to recognize the Lord and the signs of his times.
  • A view of a miniature city of 2000-years ago, revealing Jerusalem’s major impact on the world, also reminds us that from the City of Peace (Shalom) came His peace.
  • Samson, from Bet Shemesh, a judge in Israel, misused his God-given strength. In crushing the Philistines, he worshiped himself.
  • David’s childlike faith in the Lord brought down a giant with a sling and a stone.
  • Israel, the diamond capital of the world, reveals its knowhow and “brilliant” skills. (Precious gem stones, including a diamond, were used in the ancient Temple.)

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday: March 14, 2019 - 'Jerusalem's Holy Places'

Rebuilding and Restoring

Sites of the Day:

The Old City & Cardo (“Holy” Sepulcher & Jewish Quarter) – The Western (Wailing) Wall – The City of David & Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Bethlehem (Manger Square & Church)

Insights of the Day:

  • The Savior’s atonement (obscured by arguments over ownership of a Sepulcher) manifests itself in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
  • Destroyed by fire in the first century, the preserved and rebuilt ruins of the Holy City remind us of promised redemption.
  • One discovers temple-like clothing and ritual celebration at the Western (Wailing) Wall.
  • Ancient money changers, who assisted people with temple worship, are remembered as one steps where Jesus walked.

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Friday: March 15, 2019 - 'The Footsteps of Jesus'

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

Sites of the Day:

The Hillsides of Bethlehem – An Upper Room – Mt. of Olives (account of Gethsemane) – Caiaphas’ Palace & Antonia Fortress (accounts of trial before Caiaphas & Pilate) – Place of a Skull (Golgotha) – The Garden Tomb (Death, Burial & Resurrection)

Insights of the Day:

  • Bethlehem hillsides with sheep and shepherds overshadow churches’ disputations of ownership of Jesus’ traditional birthplace. The loneliness, obscurity and difficulty of His birth are sweetly replaced with songs of Herald Angels.
  • The Savior brought Lazarus out of a grave, causing a Bethany family to be reunited, helping us understand that families can be together forever!
  • The symbolism of Passover rituals set the stage for understanding the Last Supper and the sacrament.
  • The Mount of Olives, place of the Red heifer sacrifices, is where the Savior’s blood-stained atoning sacrifice occurred. He will return to this mount in red clothing.
  • Walking ancient steps to Caiphas’ and Pontius Pilate’s palaces, reminds us of the mocking trials He endured.
  • Remembering the reason He came, visualizing along the roadway, a visible place of execution. Close by, a Jewish Garden Tomb of the first century is empty, quietly reminding us that He lives. He suffered, died, and came alive again, preparing the way for us to be together with Him and our Father in Heaven.

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Saturday: March 16, 2019 - The Peaceful Sabbath

The Peaceful Sabbath Day

Sites of the Day:

BYU Jerusalem Center – Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch – Afternoon at Leisure (for rest & worship)

Insights of the Day:

  • With the re-establishment of the Jerusalem Branch in the Latter-days, the Brethren established Church approval for Saturday observance of the Sabbath in Israel.
  • With respect for the “cultural and religious identity of the people of Israel,” LDS church members are welcome to attend LDS Sabbath Services with the Jerusalem Branch.
  • The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps for venturing on one’s own into the Old City & walking atop its walls!

 

Hotel: in Jerusalem
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday: March 17, 2019 - 'Mt Tabor' and Flight Home

Keys Revealed – Keys Conferred

Sites of the Day:

Jordan River Baptismal Site – Sea of Galilee Boat Ride (availability depending on no sudden storms) – Mt. Tabor (the Transfiguration) – The Jezreel (Armageddon) Valley – Late night flight back home

Insights of the Day

  • At the lowest spot on the face of the Earth, where living waters still flows, the Savior descended below them all.
  • Simple followers, who save, are honored by one who has the higher glory.
  • The Savior, coming to be immersed, is tempted by wealth.
  • At Mt. Tabor, above the Armageddon, Pres. Spencer W. Kimball opened our eyes to “the highest spot on the face of the Earth.”

 

Hotel: None – Your flight back home leaves
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Feel the Spirit in the Holy Land

"Every Latter-day Saint, who can afford it, should travel to the Holy Land, it will change your life." - Spencer W. Kimball