March 15, 2017 Holy Land Tour – Israel with optional Petra add on
Price: $1,695 per person based on double occupancy – check price
$1,775 if paying by credit card
Tour Director: Dave Hadlock (see bio below)
We are sorry, but this tour is now sold out. We are looking for another tour director to lead a tour on this date or around this date in March. We will update the website with new tour information once we have that available.
Join Dave Hadlock this spring in the Holy Lands. This is a beautiful time of year to visit Israel. Dave’s tours emphasize coming to know the Savior and His teachings through on site scripture study. We will stop at almost all the important Biblical sites with an optional Jordan add on experience. We believe you will love Dave’s style of teaching and his personal, fun, easy-going style.
Tour Price Includes
- 4 & 5 star Hotels – Ramat Rachel (Jerusalem), Quibbutz Lavi or Ein Gev (Tiberias), Renaissance (Tel Aviv)
- Local Guide
- Breakfast & Dinner (Lunches Not Included) – Including dinner/cultural experience at our Bedouin bus driver’s home.
- First Class Coach/Bus
- All entrance Fees
- Whisper Head Sets – I typically do not use head sets. My voice is plenty loud and I personally prefer teaching without them. However, if the group is larger than 30 guests, we will provide head sets for the group.
Not Included In Tour Price
- Tips: Tips for the local Israeli guide, the bus driver and hotel porters/waiters are an additional. We will collect these in advance $75 per person.
- 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. We do not arrange group airfare. We are flexible on flights and have found it is often much cheaper to book individually rather than through group rates. We will give you an arrival time for when you should arrive in Tel Aviv.
- Lunches, personal items, phone, internet, etc.
March 15 (Wed): Depart United States
March 16 (Thu): 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.
March 17 (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. 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.
March 18 (Sat): Cana – Megiddo – Nazareth – Mount Tabor
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 see the Church of Annunciation and a local synagogue church. This synagogue will give us an idea of the synagogue where Christ taught his first recorded sermon. We will finish the day on Mount Tabor, where we will discuss the transfiguration as understood in context of modern revelation. We’ll finish the evening by dining at the home of our Bedouin sheik driver before returning to our hotel in Tiberias (this is a highlight for many of our guests).
March 19 (Sun) – Sea of Galilee – Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum – Banias (Caesarea Phillipi) – 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.
March 20 (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.
March 21 (Tue): Jerusalem – Mount of Olives – Old City – City of David/Hezekiah’s tunnel – Western Wall – House of Caiaphas
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.
March 22 (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.
March 23 (Thu): Qumran – Monastery – 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.
March 24 (Fri) – Arrive Home
$650 Per person – Check Price
March 24 (Fri): We’ll begin the morning by driving to Rum Wadi where we’ll get in jeeps to take a ride through the Rum Wadi desert. This is a surreal experience not to be missed. The afternoon will be free to relax at our luxurious resort on the Red Sea or to go snorkeling. We stay at an amazing 5 star resort on the Red Sea (Intercontinental).
March 25 (Sat): Jordan – Petra
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 have dinner and then travel to Amman for flights home.
March 26 (Sun): Arrive home
Tour Director: Dave Hadlock – I began guiding tours about 14 years ago. I fell into this career, not even knowing that it existed as an option. However, I feel it is a great fit for my skill set. I love for teaching scripture (I believe I have a gift for looking at the scriptures from new perspectives and making the profound simple) and I love being with people. I began by taking groups to Mesoamerica, having studied a lot of Mayan and Mesoamerican culture. After doing tours into Mesoamerica for five years, I opened Bountiful Travel and began taking groups to Israel as well. I take several groups every year to Israel. I studied at BYU for a master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on the Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. My passion is the study and teaching of the scriptures looking for insights based on their ancient cultural and linguistic contest and I love scriptural symbolism, which is best understood with a knowledge of the ancient context of the scriptures.
I am an easy going tour director who loves having fun. My style of teaching is straight from the scriptures,using them as the primary source. I have conducted many (over 70) cruises and tours during the last 14 years and have taught many years of gospel doctrine and institute classes — I’m currently teaching primary to the 10 year olds :). I have been to Israel more than 20-25 times with groups and over 40 times to Central America.
I have been married for 21 years to LeAndrena Hadlock and have five kids ranging from 10-19 years old.
Comparing us with our competitors:
We are often asked to compare our tours with our competitors. The following are the different components of the tour, which you will want to consider in making your decision.
Price: There is a wide range of pricing for virtually identical itineraries. Our prices are typically far cheaper than our primary competitors. For example, this tour with Petra included is 9 days touring. Cost is $2,345 plus tips of $75. Funforless offers this tour for $2,595 (plus tips and expensive flights) and it is one day shorter. For the same length Israel tour with Cruiselady, her tour cost is $2,026, which is $330 more than Bountiful Travel’s $1,695. We can be much cheaper because we are based from a home office. We have no staff and in many cases the owner (me) guides the tours.
Accommodations: You will find that the transportation and hotel accommodations are similar for most LDS companies (although there are a couple of LDS tour operators that use very inexpensive hotels, we recommend avoiding companies that use 3 star hotels). We always use four and five star hotels and first-class coaches. Our accommodations are similar to our largest competitors (in fact we stay in many of the same hotels).
Itineraries: There is very little difference in the itineraries for most LDS tours. I believe what stands out about our itineraries is the lack of commercial stops (we do not stop the group during the day for visits to diamond shops, antiquity shops, olive wood shops, etc.) and we focus on natural sites as opposed to churches (virtually every religious site in Israel has a Catholic and Greek Orthodox church you can visit). I try to pace the tour so that there is time for historical study, scriptural study and personal time at each stop (particularly the most holy sites).
We have tried to de-emphasize the commercial aspects of touring with very little, if any, organized (commercial) stops during the day. We do go to an olive wood shop in the evening after dinner for those interested. You will have a little free time each day (and in the evenings) for shopping on your own and you will have some shopping time in the Old City bazaar as well.
Guides: In my opinion, the guides (along with pricing) should be the primary considerations when choosing a tour. The accommodations and itineraries are all very similar. The guides make or break a tour experience. Over the last ten years, we have used over 10 different local guides in Israel, looking for a guide who best understands the desires and culture of an LDS group. Most of the time we travel with a Scottish, religious Jew. This works well for a couple reason: He is easy to understand. He is more sensitive to LDS and western culture. And he is a believer in God…many guides in Israel are secular and are not very interested in the spiritual aspects of the sites.
We ask of our LDS guides that they not only know the scriptures and doctrines related to the sites visited; but also that they are personable and interact with the guests. We are confident that the LDS guides for our tours are as good as you will find in the industry. We limit our group size to one tour bus per LDS tour director. More than one buses with a single guide slows the group down considerably.
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 January 15, 2017
Passports: Required and must be valid 6 months after tour date
Price does NOT include airfare and lunch (Everything else, including tips, is included)
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