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Holy Land Tour

10 Day Land Tour

05/10/2024 - 05/19/2024

Steve Harper
Steve Harper
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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to travel in the Holy Lands with Steve Harper & Bountiful Travel. This will be an awesome opportunity to discover the beauty, power and spirit of the Holy Lands with Steve as your tour director. Steve lived in Israel and has taken groups throughout the Holy Lands while teaching students at the Jerusalem Center. He has a great scriptural approach to his teaching. You will love his personable, teaching style and amazing insights.


You can add onto any of our Israel tours with a trip to Jordan/Petra or Egypt. Petra extensions are listed below in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Depart Home

May 10, 2024 (Friday)

Depart for Israel. Overnight on the trans-Atlantic flight.

Day 2 : Arrive in Tel Aviv

May 11, 2024 (Saturday)

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.

Day 3 : Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea - Mt. Carmel

May 12, 2024 (Sunday)

We will begin our vacation with a bus tour of Tel Aviv and then a visit of Old Jaffa (Joppa) and the Artist’s 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. 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 a couple of 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. We will overnight at our hotel on the Sea Galilee.

Day 4 : Cana - Church of Annunciation - Nazareth Village - Nazareth Precipice (or Mount Tabor) - Megiddo -

May 13, 2024 (Monday)

Today we will spend most of the day discovering the early childhood home of Christ. Here we will see the Church of Annunciation and possibly a local synagogue church, which would be similar to the synagogue Christ taught in as a youth. We will visit Nazareth Village, which will demonstrate life in a small, first century village such as Nazareth. We will visit Cana, where the first recorded miracle of Christ took place in the turning of water to wine. Time permitting, we will visit Megiddo, the site of many ancient battles and the prophetic site of Armegeddon. We will then return to our hotel in Galilee.

Day 5 : Sea of Galilee - Magdala - Capernaum - Mount of Beatitudes - Caesarea Phillipi (Banias)

May 14, 2024 (Tuesday)

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 will continue our day with a visit to Banias (Caesarea Phillipi), which is the site of Peter’s testimony of Savior (Thou art the son of the living God – Matthew 16) and one of the sources of the Jordan River as it emerges from the foothills of Mount Hermon. Time permitting we will visit the site of Magdala, which is believed to be the home town of Mary Magdalene and the site of a first century synagogue. Return to our hotel in Galilee.

Day 6 : Bet She'an - Jordan Valley - Jericho Overlook (Wadi Qelt) - Jordan River (Bethabara) - Dead Sea Float

May 15, 2024 (Wednesday)

We will depart this morning from Galilee to Jerusalem. We will begin our drive with a stop at the strategic site of Bet She'an. 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 from an overlook known as Wadi Qelt. We will stop at the traditional site where Christ was baptized and near where the Israelites crossed into Canaan. Before ascending into Jerusalem, we will float in the Dead Sea (optional). 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.

Day 7 : Mount of Olives - Western Wall (Davidson Center Museum) - Southern Temple Steps - Church of the Holy Sepulchre - House of Caiaphas/Gallacantu - Hezekiah's Tunnel.

May 16, 2024 (Thursday)

This morning will begin with a scenic view on the top of the Mount of Olives. Today we will tour the Old City in which we will see Mount Zion, visit the St. Anne’s Church with the Pools of Bethesda, and the Antonia Fortress. We will walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall, visit the Herodian Quarter or House of Caiphas and Room of Last supper. 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. We will finish the day with the optional tour to Hezekiah's tunnel and the Pools of Siloam.

Day 8 : Old City - Garden Tomb - Bethlehem - Golgotha

May 17, 2024 (Friday)

We will begin the morning in the Old City Jerusalem. In the afternoon, 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, where we are also 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.

Day 9 : Gethsemane (private gardens) - Jerusalem Center - Masada

May 18, 2024 (Saturday)

We will begin our day in the Private Gardens of Gethsemane where we will be able to study and ponder the events of the atonement. We will then head to Church Services at the Jerusalem Center. After Church, 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 Zealot’s last stand against the Romans. We will then transfer to the Red Sea to cross into Jordan or back to the airport in Tel Aviv.

Day 10 : Arrive Home or Continue to Jordan

May 19, 2024 (Sunday)

Arrive home for those not going onto Jordan.

Day 10 : Wadi Rum - Red Sea

May 19, 2024 (Sunday)

The morning begins with a pickup ride through the Wadi Rum desert. The scenery is surreal and the site of many movies, ranging from Lawrence of Arabia to the most recent Star Wars moving. After returning from the desert, you will have 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). Petra extension will be guided by a local guide. Steve will not be with you on this part of the tour.

Day 11 : Petra

May 20, 2024 (Monday)

Today we will leave our amazing resort on the Red Sea around 9:00 AM to 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. It was made famous from the Indiana Jones movie. 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. We will have about 4.5 to 5 hours on site in Petra before leaving for the airport in Amman. We will arrive to the airport around 9:30 PM. Schedule your flight to depart after 11:00 PM.

Day 12 : Arrive Home

May 21, 2024 (Tuesday)

Information

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INCLUDED
4-5 Star Hotels – Herods, Ramada Nazareth, Olive Tree
Local Guide & LDS Tour Director
Breakfast & Dinner (lunches not included)
First Class Coach/Bus
All entrance fees
Whisper Head Sets

 

NOT INCLUDED
Tips: Additional information in the pricing section below
International Airfare: We email the group about 4 months prior to the tour with 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 $1,400-$1,700 out of SLC.
Lunches, Personal Items, Phone, Internet, etc. 

Pricing

Price

  • $2570 per person based on double occupancy
  • $75 cash/check discounted price of $2495.
  • Single Supplement: $150 per night

Optional Petra Add-on

  • $675 per person based on double occupancy
  • $25 cash/check discounted price of $650
  • Guided By: Local tour guide.
  • Single Supplement of $150 per night if traveling alone.
  • Tips not included
  • Price includes 5 star, luxury hotel, visa, and local guide.
  • Exit tax is about $35 and will be added to your final payment invoice.

Tips

  • We collect pre-paid tips in advance of $100 per person for the Israeli guide and driver. You will need to tip hotel baggage porters if they take your luggage for you.
    We are often asked about tipping the LDS tour director. They greatly appreciate tips.  If you feel they did a good job and would like to thank them, this is an appropriate way to do so. 
  • Tips are not collected in advance for any tour extensions, such as Jordan or Egypt. We recommend $4-$5 per day for the guide and $2-$3 per day for the driver on those tours.

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 either we or you can find someone to take your spot, we will refund the deposit.
  • If we cancel the tour: Deposit is non-refundable if we cancel due to a pandemic or political unrest; 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. If we cancel for any other reason, the deposit will be refunded.
  • 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: Currently Israel is not requiring covid tests or vaccinations.

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. You walk about 4-7 miles per day.

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

Headliners

Steve Harper
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Steven C. Harper is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, editor in chief of BYU Studies, and executive editor of The Wilford Woodruff Papers. From 2012 to 2018 he was the managing historian and a general editor of Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days.

Professor Harper is married to Jennifer Sebring. They graduated from BYU in 1994, she in art education and he in history. He earned an MA in American history from Utah State University, where his thesis analyzed determinants of conversion to the restored gospel in the 1830s. Chapters were published in the Journal of Mormon History and Religion and American Culture that were awarded by the Mormon History Association with the T. Edgar Lyon Award for best article of the year and the Juanita Brooks Award for best graduate student paper respectively. He earned a PhD in early American history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was Lawrence Henry Gipson Dissertation Fellow.

Professor Harper joined the religion and history faculties at BYU Hawaii in 2000 and the Church history and doctrine faculty at BYU in 2002, when he also became a volume editor for The Joseph Smith Papers. He taught at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in 2011-2012. He has been awarded a Gest Fellowship by the Haverford College Quaker Collection, a Mayers Fellowship by the Huntington Library, and the Eliza R. Snow Fellowship by Brigham Young University.

Professor Harper’s books include Promised Land (Lehigh University Press, 2006), Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants (Deseret, 2008), Joseph Smith’s First Vision (Deseret, 2012), First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Let’s Talk About the Law of Consecration (Deseret, 2022). He has published dozens of academic articles and is currently working on a study of The Doctrine and Covenants to be published in the Guides to Sacred Texts series by Oxford University Press.

Professor Harper’s primary work is to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that help students develop resilient faith in, and become lifelong disciples of, the Savior.

Professor Harper’s primary work is to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that help students develop resilient faith in, and become lifelong disciples of, the Savior.
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Holy Land Tour - 10 Day Land Tour

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