Holy Land

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Holy Land

10 Day Land Tour

10/26/2022 - 11/03/2022

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Portrait of Daniel Peterson, Maxwell Institute.

August 17, 2006

Photo by:  Kaitlyn Pieper/BYU

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This is the trip you always dreamed of . . .

The scriptures will come alive for you as you read them and learn about their history in the actual places where they took place.  You will have insights and understanding like never before. You will be traveling with others who share similar beliefs and you will hear from top LDS scholars.  It is the spirit and feelings you get in these sacred sites that you will always remember, and that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Make the most of our tour with your optional Jordan/Petra extension.


Day 1 : Depart from Home or Continue the Jordan/Petra Tour

October 26, 2022 (Wednesday)
Continue from your Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum tour or Depart for Israel. Overnight on the trans-Atlantic flight.

Day 2 : Arrive in Israel

October 27, 2022 (Thursday)
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Transfer to the hotel and spend the evening on our own preparing for our amazing experience. Later that night, Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures will hold a “Welcome to Israel” meeting to go over the itinerary and meet everyone else in the group.

Day 3 : Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Megiddo or Sepphoris - Nazareth

October 28, 2022 (Friday)
Today we travel to Caesarea and recall the story of Paul preaching to King Agrippa. Not far away, the road rises to Muhraqa (Mt. Carmel), site of the prophet Elijah’s contest with the priests of Baal. After a lunch stop at a local Druze Restaurant, we head to Megiddo OR Sepphoris (headliner’s choice). We continue on to Nazareth, the town where Jesus Christ “grew and waxed strong in spirit…” In Nazareth we explore the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s carpentry shop, and The Synagogue Church. Our last stop is Mt. Precipice, where, in addition to enjoying the spectacular view, we discuss the transfiguration. We end our day at our hotel by the shores of Galilee, our home for the next two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Valley of the Doves - Mount of Beatitudes - Tel Dan - Caesarea Philippi - Mt. Bental

October 29, 2022 (Saturday)
This morning we walk a short distance in the Valley of the Doves to experience part of “the Jesus trail” between Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. We then visit Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and view a 5th Century Byzantine mosaic floor. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes to discuss the “Sermon on the Mount” and the national park at Tel Dan to see the remains of an ancient Israelite temple. Our lunch stop will be at a unique Lebanese restaurant near the gate into Caesarea Philippi. After lunch we enter Caesarea Philippi (the location of “Peter’s confession”), explore Palace of Agrippa II, and then drive to Mt. Bental, which offers a sweeping view north to Mt. Hermon (possible site of Jesus’s Transfiguration) and the road to Damascus. After dinner, we enjoy an inspiring lecture. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : Magdala - Capernaum - Sea of Galilee - Bet She'an

October 30, 2022 (Sunday)
Our first stop is the village of Capernaum, where Jesus lived for much of his Galilean ministry. Next is Magdala—the hometown of Mary Magdalene—where we explore the remains of a 1st century synagogue and harbor. After a delicious lunch of St. Peter’s Fish we board a replica of an ancient fishing boat and sail on the Sea of Galilee. We continue our journey to the beautiful ruins of Bet She’an where King Saul and his sons were hung from the walls. We end our day at our hotel in Jericho, our home for the next two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Masada - Qumran - Jordan River - Dead Sea

October 31, 2022 (Monday)
Our day begins as we journey to Masada and take the aerial tram up to Herod’s mighty fortress. Visit the caves of Qumran where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found and have free time for lunch. In the afternoon, we see the traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River. Our last stop is Qumran Beach where we can enjoy the buoyant salty waters of the Dead Sea. (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Bethlehem - Shepherd's Field - Church of the Nativity - Israel Museum including the Holy Land Model & Shrine of the Book

November 1, 2022 (Tuesday)
Today we head to the little town of Bethlehem. First we spend some time in the shepherds’ field as we contemplate the events that took place near there so many years ago. Next we visit the Church of the Nativity to remember the birth of Christ followed by a visit to the Grotto of St. Jerome. We enjoy a unique lunch in a Bedouin tent restaurant overlooking the shepherds’ field. After lunch, we have some shopping time before heading to discover the treasures of the Israel Museum. First, we see the Holy Land Model, a unique scale model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Christ. We then visit the Shrine of the Book, the site chosen to house the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls. We end our visit exploring the fascinating Israeli artifacts housed in the museum. After arriving at our hotel in Jerusalem for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner followed by an opportunity to explore on our own. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : Dome of the Rock - Pool of Bethesda - Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Room of the Last Supper - House of Caiaphas

November 2, 2022 (Wednesday)
Our first stop of the day is the Temple Mount to see the Muslim mosque and Muslim shrine—Dome of the Rock. Next, we experience the incredible acoustics of the St. Ann Church. At the Pool of Bethesda, we marvel once again at Christ’s miracles. In the Old City, we will see the area where the Antonia Fortress once stood and where Christ was scourged. We then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After a break for lunch and/or shopping, we walk by Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” and then head to the Room of the Last Supper to recall the poignant last moments of Christ with His beloved disciples. Our next stop is the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned before His final day in mortality. We stop at the Mount of Olives overlook for an excellent panoramic view of the incredible city. (B, D)

Day 9 : Garden of Gethsemane - Orson Hyde Park - BYU Jerusalem Center - Western Wall - Jersualem Archaeological Park - Garden Tomb - Late Night - Flight Home

November 3, 2022 (Thursday)
We begin our last day with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane (and Orson Hyde Park if you want to walk UP the hill) and the Church of All Nations. Here we walk among ancient olive trees and feel the spirit of that sacred area. We then head to the unforgettable BYU Jerusalem Center before stopping at the Western Wall and witness a few Bar Mitzvahs. At the amazing Jerusalem Archaeological Park, we see the ancient steps leading to the temple mount that Christ must have tread. Our final stop is the beautiful Garden Tomb, believed to be the site of Jesus’ burial. Next to the Garden, there is a limestone hill which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. After our farewell dinner, we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the USA. (B, D)

Day 10 : Arrive Home

November 4, 2022 (Friday)
Arrive back home.

Day 1 : Optional Jordan/Petra Extension

October 23, 2022 (Sunday)
Fly to Amman. (overnight on plane)

Day 2 : Arrive In Jordan

October 24, 2022 (Monday)
Arrive in Amman, Jordan. We will transfer to our hotel to rest from our flights and prepare for our tour. (D)

Day 3 : Jerash - Al-Shawbak Castle - Little Petra

October 25, 2022 (Tuesday)
After breakfast, we will travel to the ancient city of Jerash where we can wander the ruins and imagine the chariot races of so long ago. After lunch near the ruins, we stop at the 12th century Al-Shawbak Castle built on a hill in the plain of Edom. Our day continues with a stop at Al Beidha, better known as Little Petra. In one of the buildings, we find remains of painted frescoes with birds, grapes and flowers. We end our day at Petra where we will check into our fascinating hotel—a converted Bedouin village where each room is unique. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Petra - Wadi Rum

October 26, 2022 (Wednesday)
We will spend this day visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Petra! At Petra we will walk between the towering cliffs leading to the magnificent edifice made famous by the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The entire area is filled with fascinating caves and carvings that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Take the opportunity to ride a camel, a horse, or a horse-drawn chariot for part of the journey. Enjoy lunch at Petra before traveling on to Jordan’s largest wadi (a valley cut into sandstone and rock). Wadi Rum is the actual valley where Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence led the Arab revolt of 1916-18 and also where the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Our adventurous journey through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum will be safari-style on the open-air seats of trucks. Our safari ends with an unforgettable meal in an authentic Bedouin tent. We then board our bus and return to our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : Mt. Nebo - Arrive In Israel

October 27, 2022 (Thursday)
Today we leave Petra and stop at Mt. Nebo where Moses looked out on the Holy Land. At Mt. Nebo we enjoy lunch and some shopping time before heading to the border to begin our Israel tour. (B, L)


Space is limited so BOOK NOW!

Meals as indicated
Transportation in Deluxe Coaches
Hotel Accommodations
Use of Listen Technologies receiver to listen to the guide’s narrative and instructions above the background noise
Entrance Fees & Activities
Transfer to airport on departure evening


Meals on arrival day and some lunches as indicated
Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Tel Aviv (taxi fare is around $50)
Roundtrip Air
Personal Items
Trip Cancellation Protection
Tips ($105 per person for Israel and $68 per person for Jordan to be paid with final payment)
Optional extra night hotel in Jerusalem to enjoy one more day at your leisure




  • $2198 per person based on double occupancy for cash or check payments.
  • $2264 per person based on double occupancy for credit card payments.
  • Single Supplement is $500.

Optional Jordan/Petra Add-on

  • $896 per person based on double occupancy for cash or check payments.
  • $924 per person based on double occupancy for credit card payments.
  • Single Supplement is $200

Payment Schedule

  • $250 per person due at time of booking (deposit is non-refundable – it can be transferred to another person on the same tour date. We will attempt to find someone to take your spot if you cancel but we cannot guarantee it).
  • Final Payment: Final payment is due three months before the tour departure date.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it is transferable to another guest on a new booking, traveling on the same tour date. After final payment, the full amount is non-refundable. If you cancel and you can find someone to take your spot, we will refund the deposit. If we have a waiting list, we will refund your deposit by placing someone in your spot.
  • If we cancel the tour for any reason: Deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be transferred to any other tour or kept as a future tour credit to be used at any time on one of our advertised tours (cannot be transferred to a cruise). The balance will be refunded or applied to a future tour as a credit.
  • The only way to avoid trip cancellation penalties is to buy trip cancellation insurance. If you are interested in the insurance, we can help you purchase it.

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

COVID: Vaccines are currently required to enter Israel

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid 6 months after the end of the tour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.


Daniel Peterson
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Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor’s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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