April 25, 2018 Holy Land Tour – Israel with optional Petra add on
Check price $1,895 – Credit Card Price $1995
Tour Director: Donald Parry & Dave Hadlock (see bios below)
Wow…an Israel tour doesn’t get much better than this. Join Dave Hadlock and Donald Parry this spring in the Holy Lands. Discover the Holy Land with both Don & Dave taking you on a scriptural feast. Feel the power of the Savior’s and apostles words as you study them on site.
Tour Price Includes
- 4-5 star Hotels – Dan Jerusalem, Nazareth Legacy or Leonardo Plaza (Tiberias), Renaissance (Tel Aviv)
- Local Guide
- Breakfast & Dinner (Lunches Not Included)
- First Class Coach/Bus
- All entrance Fees
- Whisper Head Sets
Not Included In Tour Price
- Tips: We will collect these in advance $100 per person. You will not need to tip anybody during the course of the tour.
- International Airfare – We can assist you in making the airline reservations at no charge if necessary. We email the group about 4 months prior to the tour the suggested flight schedule. We do not arrange group airfare since usually it is considerably more expensive to do so. We are flexible on flights and we will give you an arrival time for when you should arrive in Tel Aviv. Flights are usually around $1,300-$1,500.
- Lunches, personal items, phone, internet, etc.
April 25 (Wed): Depart United States
April 26 (Thur): Arrive in Tel Aviv: Enjoy a relaxing evening, walk on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean as you recover from jet lag and prepare for our wonderful adventure.
April 27 (Fri): Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea – Mt. Carmel
We will begin our vacation with a visit of Old Jaffa (Joppa) and the Artists’ Quarters. Jaffa is where Peter received his vision leading to the expansion of missionary work to the Gentiles and is also the place that Jonah attempted to flee from the Lord’s presence aboard a ship bound for Tarshish. We will look at similarities between these two events as well as the symbolic message of Jonah. From Jaffa, we will travel along the Mediterranean coast to the Roman, New Testament capital, Caesarea. Once in Caesarea, we will see an ancient Roman theatre and study the Biblical events that happened here, connecting them to the events at Joppa. From Caesarea, we will go to Tiberias stopping at Mt. Carmel on the way, where we will discuss the epic battle between Elijah and the wicked priests of Baal as well as take a look at the story of David & Nabal. We will overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
April 28 (Sat): Cana – Megiddo – Nazareth (Nazareth Village) – Mount Tabor – Church Services
This morning we will start with church services overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Then we will continue with a visit to Megiddo, which is prophesied as the beginning location for Armageddon. This was an ancient cross-roads where taxes were collected and many battles fought, foreshadowing the “end of days” battle between good and evil. From Megiddo, we will drive via Cana, the place where Christ turned water into wine at a wedding feast, to Nazareth. Nazareth was the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we will visit a village to see what life was like during the time of Christ in a small village. We will finish the day on Mount Tabor, where we will discuss the transfiguration as understood in context of modern revelation. In the evening, we will dine at the home of our Bedouin sheik driver before returning to our hotel in Tiberias (this is a highlight for many of our guests).
April 29 (Sun): Sea of Galilee – Caesarea Phillipi – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes – Tel Dan
Today will begin with a drive along the coasts of the Sea of Galilee before arriving at traditional site where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Here we will find a quiet place to study the doctrines of that amazing sermon. Then we will visit Capernaum, which was the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. In Capernaum, Christ performed many miracles and gave many profound teachings, including the “Bread of Life” sermon. We will see the remains of a synagogue from the time of Christ, which very well may have been the synagogue in which He taught. Lunch today is included as everyone will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s Fish. After lunch, we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Feel the power and peace of this amazing location and learn of those miracles that took place on this Sea. We’ll continue our day with a visit to Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) at the foot of Mount Hermon, which is the site of Peter’s testimony of Savior and one of the sources of the Jordan River as it emerges from the foothills of Mount Hermon. Time permitting, we will visit the ancient site of Tel Dan and discuss why the Northern Kingdom would have begun to worship the golden calf. Return to our hotel in Tiberias.
April 30 (Mon): Beth Shean – Jordan Valley – Jordan River (Bethabara) – Wadi qelt
We will begin the day with a visit to the strategic site of Beth Shean (one of the decapolis cities of the New Testament). At these impressive ruins we will see the splendor of Roman life and Hellenistic culture. Here Saul’s body was nailed to the city walls when he was captured. We will then drive through the Jordan Valley passing by Jericho and review some of the important scriptural events that took place on the road to Jericho. We will stop by what is believed to be near the ancient baptismal site of Christ on the Jordan River. From here we will continue on to Jerusalem. If time permits, we will make a brief stop in Bethany and talk of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We will check into our hotel in Jerusalem for a relaxing evening.
May 1 (Tue): Jerusalem – Mount of Olives – Old City – City of David/Hezekiah’s tunnel – Western Wall (Tunnel) – House of Caiaphas/Church of Gallacantu
We will begin our first full day in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives, where we can view and discuss the history of ancient Jerusalem. Then we will begin a walking tour of the Old City in which we will see Mount Zion, the St. Anna Church with the Pools of Bethesda, and the Antonia Fortress. We will walk a portion of the “Via Dolorosa”, which is the traditional road that Christ walked on his way to Golgotha. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall and descend into the tunnels of the Western Wall. In the afternoon, we will see the Cardo Maximus, Mount Zion and the House of Caiaphas. For those who would like, there will be the option of going through Hezekiah’s tunnel. We will return to our hotel in the evening.
May 2 (Wed): Bethelehem – Jerusalem Center – Garden Tomb – Mount of Olives – Golgotha – Gethsemane
We will begin our day with an early morning visit to Gethsemane, walking down to the private gardens from the top of Mt. of Olives. Afterwards, we will do a tour of the Jerusalem Center. We will then head to Bethlehem, the birth home of Christ. From there we will proceed to the Garden Tomb, where we will also be able to view the ancient Golgotha. Here we will be discuss and ponder the final moments of Christ’s mortal life and his glorious resurrection.
May 3 (Thur): Qumran – Massada – Dead Sea
This will be the final day of tour in Israel. We will begin our day by driving to the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. From there, we will head to Masada. Here we will take a cable car to the top of Masada to see the ruins of the palace-fortress built by King Herod. We will discuss the history of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. From Masada, we will drive to Qumran to visit the sites in which the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. For those interested in swimming, we will stop on our way back at a beach on the Dead Sea where those who would like can float in the salty water. Those flying home to the US will go directly to the airport this evening. Those continuing on to Jordan will stay on the bus as we head down to the Red Sea.
Transfer to airport for late night flight home. Flight should be scheduled for around midnight if not going on to Petra/Jordan.
May 4 (Fri) – Arrive Home
$650 Per person – Check Price
May 4 (Fri): Red Sea Free Time & Wadi Rum. We’ll begin the morning with free time at our resort. You can swim, snorkel or just relax. The hotel has amazing swimming pools at it is right on the Red Sea. In the afternoon, we will drive to Wadi Rum where we’ll get in jeeps to take a ride through the Rum Wadi desert. This is a surreal experience not to be missed. This is a great place to ride camels. After our trip to Wadi Rum, we will transfer to the Marriott hotel in Petra.
May 5 (Sat): Jordan – Petra & Madaba/Mount Nebo
Today we will visit the amazing site of Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Petra was established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans and was later occupied by the Romans. It is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. We will make brief stop by Mount Nebo where Moses prophetically envisioned the promised land. Time permitting, we will stop in Madaba, where there is a mosaic depicting Jerusalem.
May 6 (Sunday): Arrive home
Dave Hadlock – Dave began guiding tours about 14 years ago because of his love for teaching scripture (he loves looking at new perspectives on the scriptures) and being around people. If you are looking for enlightening insights into scripture on location, Dave is your guide. He began by taking groups to Mesoamerica, having studied a lot of Mayan and Mesoamerican culture. After doing tours into Mesoamerica for five years, Dave opened Bountiful Travel and began taking groups to Israel as well. He takes two or three groups every year to Israel. Dave studied at BYU for a master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on the Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. His passion is the study and teaching of the scriptures looking for insights based on their ancient cultural and linguistic contest. Dave is an easy going tour director who loves having fun.
His style of teaching is straight from the scriptures,using them as his primary source. He has conducted many (over 70) cruises and tours during the last 14 years and has taught many years of gospel doctrine and institute classes. He has been to Israel more than 20-25 times with groups and over 40 times to Central America.
Don Parry: Donald is Professor of Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He taught for many years at the Jerusalem Center. He is married to Camille Mills, from Las Vegas, Nevada; they have six children. Donald is a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls (He has worked translating the Dead Sea Scrolls of Isaiah, 1 & 2 Samuel, and others). Don has directed over 20 different tour groups with Bountiful Travel, taking groups into the Holy Lands and the lands of the Book of Mormon. He has authored or edited twenty-seven books including: Understanding Isaiah, Temples of the Ancient World, Visualizing Isaiah, and other books on the Old Testament, Book of Mormon, and Dead Sea Scrolls. He is a popular Education Week speaker. He has a wonderful sense of humor and a is personable host to our groups. His scriptural knowledge is extensive and he is fascinated with old cars. You will love traveling with Don.
Comparing us with our competitors:
When comparing our tours to Israel with our competitors, you will want to consider accommodations, guides (LDS & local), price and itinerary.
Price: Our prices are significantly lower than almost all of our competitors on a per day basis.
Accommodations: We stay and 4 and 5 star hotels and use first-class motor coaches. For groups over 30 guests, we will use headsets so that everybody can hear. Most LDS tour operators use similar accommodations.
Group Size: We limit our groups to one bus load per LDS tour director.
Guides: Our LDS guides are not just gospel scholars, they are personable and good teachers. Please see the testimonials to get a feel for how Dave’s guests feel about his teaching. Donald is a popular professor at BYU and Education Weeks. We are very selective about our local guides and drivers as well. The local guide we typically work with is an orthodox, Scottish Jew. We have found over the years that Israeli and Palestinian guides often do not work well with American, LDS groups. Our local guides must be easy going, flexible and fun-loving as well (which is tough to find in Israel).
Itineraries: You will find that most itineraries are similar. We do pride ourselves on not commercializing our tours. We will not stop during the day at diamond shops, rug shops, olive wood shops, etc. We schedule a little free time during the day in Jerusalem for shopping and then an evening trip for those interested to an olive wood shop (Jimmies Bazaar). You will have a little free time at each site. During that time you can take photos, shop or ponder & pray on the events of the site. We have also chosen to de-emphasize visits to Catholic & Greek Orthodox churches. Invariably you will visit many of churches and cathedrals on a visit to the Holy Lands, but we focus more on the Biblical events that took place rather than on the Christian churches that have built up on most of the sites.
Terms & Conditions
Deposit: $250 per person (after 7 days, the deposit is non-refundable – it can be transferred to another person on the same date)
Final Payment: Due February 28, 2018
Passports: Required and must be valid 6 months after tour date
Price does NOT include airfare, lunch and tips
To Reserve Call 800-217-7660 or 801-850-1498