December 26, 2018 Christmas in Israel with Hank Smith

December 26, 2018 Christmas in Israel
Price: $1,995 per person based on double occupancy ($2,075 if paying by credit card)
LDS Tour Directors: Hank Smith & Dave Hadlock

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to travel in the Holy Lands with Hank Smith & Dave Hadlock. This will be an awesome tour for families and couples who would love to discover the beauty, power and spirit of the Holy Lands with Hank and Dave as your tour directors. Christmas is a great time of year to travel to Israel (the temperature is very moderate for touring). Discounted rates for family groups of 10 people or more. Both Hank and Dave are great guides for youth and adults.

We will have two buses on this tour. Hank and Dave will rotate between the buses. You will have one of them on the bus and doing scriptures on site with you every day. So you will have half of the days with Hank and half with Dave. We think you will love both Hank and Dave. It will give you a different voice and different perspective as you travel through Israel. 

Tour Price Includes

  • 4 Star Hotels – Renaissance, Nazareth Legacy and Dan Boutique (or Dan Jerusalem or Olive Tree)
  • Breakfast & Dinner (Lunches Not Included)
  • First Class Coach/Bus
  • All entrance Fees
  • Tips – We collect pre-paid tips in advance of $100 per person. You will only tip hotel baggage porters if they take your luggage for you. 

Not Included In Tour Price

  • 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 suggest flight schedule.
  • Lunches, personal items, phone, internet, etc.

Dec 26 (Wed): Depart United States

Dec 27 (Thurs)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.

Dec 28 (Fri): Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea – Mt. Carmel 
We will begin our vacation with a bus tour of Tel Aviv and then 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 discuss the doctrinal implications of the two events and their correlation. 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, hippodrome and study the Biblical events that happened here. We’ll look at the Roman cultural influence on Paul’s teachings. 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 Abigail’s intercession between Nabal and David. We will overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.

Dec. 29 (Sat): Cana – Megiddo – Nazareth – Mount Tabor
Today we will visit Megiddo, which is prophesied as the venue for the commencing of Armageddon (derived from the name’s place in Hebrew) or the final battle between good and evil. From Megiddo, we will drive via Cana, the place where Christ turned water into wine at a wedding feast, on our way to Nazareth. Nazareth was the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we will see the Church of Annunciation and a local synagogue church, which would be similar to the synagogue Christ taught in as a youth. We’ll conclude the day with a beautiful view from the tops of Mount Tabor where we discuss the transfiguration of Christ and the bestowal of the temple keys upon his lead apostles. We will then return to our hotel in Tiberias.

Dec 30 (Sun): Sea of Galilee – Mount Hermon – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes – Tel Dan — Caesarea Phillipi 
Today will begin with a peaceful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee before arriving at traditional site where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. On the Sea, we will read through and discuss several of the miracles that took place here. Upon arriving at the Mount of Beatitudes, 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. We’ll continue our day with a visit to Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) and Tel Dan 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. Return to our hotel in Tiberias.  

Dec 31  (Mon): Beth Shean – Jordan Valley – Jericho Overlook (wadi qelt) – Bethabara Jordan River – Church Services in Tiberias
We will begin the morning with church services overlooking the Sea of Galilee. From there we will begin our drive to the strategic site of Beth Shean. 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 at the traditional site where Christ was baptized and near where the Israelites crossed into Canaan. From here we will continue on to Jerusalem. We will check into our hotel in Jerusalem. Following dinner, we will visit an olive wood shop for those who are interested.  

Jan 1 (Tues):  Mount of Olives – Gethsemane (private gardens) – Bethlehem – Western Wall (Tunnel Tour) – Gallacantu & Last Supper Room – Church of Holy Sepulchre
This morning will begin with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane where we will discuss the miraculous events that took place along this hillside and where you will be given a moment to ponder those events prior to sacrament service. Today we will tour the Old City in which we will see Mount Zion, visit the St. Anna Church with the Pools of Bethesda, and the Antonia Fortress. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall and descend into the tunnels of the Western Wall. In the afternoon, we’ll have an optional tour by way of the via dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Free time in the Old City for those who would prefer.

Jan 2 (Wed): Old City – Garden Tomb – Bethlehem – Golgotha – Jerusalem Center (if open)- 
This morning we will head out to Bethlehem, where we will see the church of the Nativity as well as the Shepherd’s fields. Coming back from Bethlehem, we will go to the Garden Tomb, we are 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.  We will have free time in the Old City today.

Jan 3 (Thurs): Qumran – Monastery – Massada – Dead Sea
We will begin our day by driving to Massada. 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.

Transfer to airport for late night flight home. Flight should be scheduled for around midnight.

Jan 4 (Fri): Arrive home for those not going onto Jordan

Optional Petra Add-on $650 Extra cost if you’d like to add on a 2 extra nights. Flight or bus transfer to Eilat is included in the price.

Jan 4 (Fri) – Red Sea Snorkeling (optional) and Wadi Rum Jeep Tour

This morning will be free time to enjoy shopping, swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. The hotel is right on the beach. Or you can also try out the world class snorkeling in the Red Sea. For about $30 you can grab a shuttle to the reef where snorkel gear is included (paid for at the hotel). In the afternoon, we will take a surreal jeep ride through Wadi Rum.

Jan 5 (Sat): Jordan – Petra –
Today we’ll 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-cu architecture and water conduit system. Petra was established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans. It is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. Flights Home.

Jan 6 (Sun): Arrive home – schedule your flight for around 1:00 AM on the morning of January 6th. You’ll arrive home the evening of the 6th.

Tour Directors: 

Hank Smith: Hank is a master teacher. He is super fun and engaging. Youth love him. He grew up in St. George, Utah and has an MBA from Utah State University. Hank is currently Ph.D. candidate at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he is also an instructor.  In addition to his work in consulting with companies and families, Hank has presented at nationwide Best of Especially for Youth, Retreat for Girls, Time to Blossom, and Time Out for Girls programs, several University Education Weeks, public school assemblies, and various forums around the country.  Hank has also authored many books and “Audio CDs” with Covenant Communications.

Hank and his wife, Sara, currently live in Mapleton, Utah.  Hank says that, “Sara is amazing, she knows everything about me and still loves me.” They have 3 adorable children. Hank enjoys running marathons (15 so far) and eating lots of ice cream, which is why he runs marathons.  More than anything else he loves being with his wonderful wife and children.

Dave Hadlock – Dave began guiding tour groups over fifteen years ago because of his love for teaching scripture. If you are looking for dave hadlockenlightening, unique insights into scripture on location, Dave is your guide. He has a gift for making the scriptures open up to all levels of students.
He began directing tour groups in, having also 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 has directed several groups to Israel every year. 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 ancient cultures, languages, and rituals and he looks for ways to bring fun insights to the scriptures. His style of teaching is straight from the scriptures, using them as his primary source. He has conducted many (over 80) cruises and tours during the last 15 years and has taught many years of gospel doctrine and institute classes. He loves teaching and having fun with his groups.

Terms & Conditions Deposit: $250 per person. Refundable for 7 days after deposit. After the 7 days, the deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be transferred to another person on the same trip.

Final Payment: Due October 25, 2018.

Passports: Required and must be valid 6 months after tour date

Price does NOT include international airfare and lunch (Everything else, including tips, is included)

To Reserve Call 800-217-7660 or 801-850-1498

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