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Latter-Day Saints 11-15 Days Israel and Jordan Tour

This special crafted tour is specifically designed  for Latter-Day Saints families and groups. It offers an intense and in-depth excursion of the Holy Land. It covers many of the significant historical landmarks in Israel, with an optional extension of touring Jordan. The destinations are a mix of Old Testament, New Testament, and Mormon heritage related sites. The tour also includes some fun and extreme activities, all combined to generate an awsome and unforgettable experience!

Day 1 – To the Galilee

WELCOME TO ISRAEL! Upon arrival, we will head to the north for a few days. Pending on the time of your landing, we could make a visit to Caesarea, where we will review the wealth of finds, and especially those relating to Paul’s prison (Acts 23-26) and the baptism of Cornelius by Peter (Acts 10).  We could also visit Megiddo, identified in the Apocalypse with “Armageddon” (Revelations 16:16), Mount Tabor, possible site of the transfiguration (Luke 9), or Nain, where Jesus raised from the Dead the Widow’s son (Luke 7).

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 2  – Jesus and the Sea of Galilee

This day is devoted to exploring holy Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee. We start with a visit to the first century synagogue discovered in Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene. We then continue to the exhibition of the 2,000 year old wooden boat at Ginosar “Sea of Galilee Boat,” from where we can also go for a sail on the Sea of Galilee.  After lunch, in a local fish restaurant, we continue to the  Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish (Luke 9), the nearby Church of the Primacy of Peter  (John 21), and of course – Capernaum, the “town of Jesus.” We end the day at the  Mount of Beatitudes, the possible locations of the Sermon on the mount (Matthew 5).

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 3 – On the Way to Damascus

Heading to the sources of the Jordan River, at one of its springs we exlpore ancient Caesarea Philippi (Banias), where Jesus named Simon- Yona “Peter”. Next we head up the Golan Heights, along the possible historical path “On the way to Damascus” (Acts 9).  In the Golan heights, we will have a lunch break at a Druze village, and then head up to a panoramic view from the top of Mt. Bental. We will also drive along the Syrian border and learn about the modern conflicts in this region.

Overnight: Tiberias

Day 4 – Nazareth and its Vicinity

Returning to the Galilee, our first stop will be te Wedding Church at Cana, where we will learn about Jesus’ First Miracle (John 2), and possibly conduct a renewal of the vows ceremony.  Next, we will head to Jesus’ hometown  –  Nazareth.  Strolling through the local market we will visit the  Church of Annunciation (Luke 1), its Archaeological Museum, the  Synagogue Church (Luke 4), and S. Gabriel Church next to Nazareth’s main spring in antiquity (Mary’s Well). If time permits, we will also drive to Mount Precipice before heading to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 5 – Biblical Jerusalem

The first day in Jerusalem will be devoted to learning about its foundation and Old Testament era by exploring the City of David. Under the Visitor Center we assess possible remains of King David’s Palace. Heading underground, we walk from Gihon Spring along the Canaanite Tunnel, to the Pool of Siloam, also known as the spot Where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9). We continue into the old city by walking along the underground Herodian era Drainage Channel, up to the Western wall at the Southern Wall Archaeological Park. After a lunch break in the Jewish Quarter, we could visit the Temple Institute, and the possible location of Jesus’ interogation and arrest by the High Priest in the Herodian Quarter. We will also review some remains of Jerusalem’s fortifications from the time of King Zedekiah. These might be the wall and gate mentioned in I Nephi 4:5. We end the day with visit to the site of the Last Supper (Cenacle) on Mount Zion. If time permits, we will also visit the sites of the Pentacost event and the rest place of Mary (Dormition Abbey), the First Century Church on Mount Zion?, and the site of Peter’s denial of Jesus (Petrus in Gallicantu).

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 6 – Along the “Stations of the Cross”

We start the day at the famous Mount of Olives Viewpoint, where we can also visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the site where Jesus’ taught the Lord’s Prayer and the site where the Lord Wept (Dominus Flevit ). At the foot of Mount of Olives, we will visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Grotto, and Mary’s Tomb. We then enter the old city throught the Lions Gate, and visit the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a sick man (John 5). Next, we will join the Via DolorosaThis is the holy path, by Christian tradition, from the place of Jesus’ trial to the site of his crucifixion – the Golgotha. After a lunch break along the way will reach Church of the Holy Sepulchre to see the Golgthotha and possibly enter the Tomb of Jesus.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 7 (Saturday) – BYU, Orson Hyde Memorial Park and Bethlehem

Saturday (Shabbath) will start with attending morning prayers at the beautiful Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center campus on Mount Scopus, followed by a visit to Orson Hyde Memorial park on Mount of Olives , the Garden Tomb, and a shopping opportunity at Jimmy’s Bazaar.  Later, you will be lead by a Palestinian guide into Bethlehem, and learn about the birth of Jesus at the Church of Nativity. If time permits, you may also visit the Shepherds’ Field and Herodium.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 8 – Tour of the Dead Sea

Heading to the lowest point on the planet, we pass by Jericho and visit the baptism site (“Qasr el-Yahud”), where we could also conduct a ceremony, and later view the caves where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found (Qumran). Among others, this is where the Copper Scroll was found. Its discovery forms a great parallel to the story of hiding the Brass Plates in antiquity. Next, we will pass by the oasis of Ein Gedi, and possibly spot some local ibex. The main focus will be on the magnificent site of Masada, famed for its dramatic and tragic history. We end the day with an optional swim at the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 9 – Temple Mount and Israel Museum

An early start will take us up to the Temple Mount, where we will be able to appreciate its current architecture and also learn about remains from the Jewish Temple period on the Temple Mount. We then continue to the Israel Museum, to see the famous Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book, assess Jerusalem at the time of Jesua at the First Century Model of Jerusalem, and review the highlights at the museum’s Archaeological Wing. If time and will permits we could also drive to Ein Karem and visit sites related to the childhood of John the Baptist, or visit the Israeli National monument in memory of the Holocaust – Yad Vashem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 10 – Tracing Goliath, Samson and Prophet Lehi

A day devoted to the low hill country side of Israel (the Shephela) will start at ancient Beth Shemesh, where we will learn about the capture of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines, as well as the unsuccessful love affairs of Samson.  We then continue to the  battle site of David and Goliath, and possibly collect a few pebbles from the local brook (deadly weapons as David proved…).  After lunch, we explore the major Biblical site Tel Lachish.  If we set off-road transportation, we could drive to the site related to the estate of Lehi – Khirbet Beit Loya / Beit Lehi. If time and will permits, on the way back to Tel-Aviv we could also visit Emmaus-Nicopolis, where Jesus appeared after his resurrection according to Luke (24:13-31).

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Day 11 – Jaffa and Tel-Aviv

The last day of the tour will be devoted to Old Jaffa and modern Tel-Aviv. We start with a review of remains from Canaanite times at Ramesses II’s Gate Garden, and then search for the House of Simon the Tanner at the Armenian home of the Zakarians.  We continue to modern Tel-Aviv, and at Rothschild Boulevard present the site where the modern State of Israel was declared (“Independence Hall“), as well as Rabin Assassination site.

Overnight: Tel-Aviv

Optional Extension Tour to Jordan:

If you wish, we can also arrange an extensted Three days tour in Jordan, with a focus on Biblical history and archaeology.

Here is a possible schedule –

Day 12 – Tabernacle in the Wilderness

A 5 hour drive will get us to Eilat, with an optional stop (on the way) at Tel Be’er Sheva, Abraham’s Well in Beer-Sheva, or the Tabernacle Replica in Timna. We cross the border into Jordan, and drive another 1-2 hours to Wadi Rum or Wadi Musa for the night.

Overnight: Bedouin tents in Wadi Rum or a hotel in Wadi Musa

Day 13 – Petra and Lot’s Cave

An early start will get us to start on the hike into Petra along the Siq ahead of the crowds, and the heat. We will stop to gaze at the iconic tomb facade known as The Treasury (Arabic “Al-Khazneh”). We will later continue strolling along the main street of this fascinating ancient Nabatean city. If time and will permits, we could include a hike to the Monastery (Arabic: Ad Deir), the High Place of Scrifice, or to the Tomb of Aaron (Arabic: Jabel Haroun). Around noon, we will head north, with optional stops at ShobakLot’s Cave or Bab Edh-Dhra / Sodom and Gomorrah possible sites.

Overnight: Ma’in Hot Springs

Day 14 – Facing the Promised Land

In the morning, we will visit the site where John the Baptist was executed –  Machaerus. We will then head into Madaba to appreciate the famous Madaba map, as well as a selection of other ancient mosaic floors. We will end the day with a visit to Mount Nebo, to view the Promised land Where Moses did!

O/N: Madaba

Day 15 – Baptism site

Depending on the time of your departure from Amman, on the last day, we could visit the Baptism Site on the Jordanian side (Bethany beyond the Jordan), and/or visit Amman before flying out from the Amman airport.

Farewell!

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Danny is incredibly knowledgeable on the biblical, historical and political information surrounding all the sites… As a Christian, Danny has offered me so much insight into the life of Jesus as well.

Richard E., USA

We are a Christian Family of five from the United States. Danny gave us an outstanding tour of Jerusalem and Herodion. His Archaeology background and knowledge of the Old and the New Testament is impressive and his explanations brought the holy sites to life... Our three teenage children loved his tours!

Joan D., USA

I learnt more about the Bible with Danny in a day than I have ever had attending Sunday school or church. The tour was just excellent!

John M., UK

..my trip to the Holy Land will last my entire life…I really appreciated how you wove the history from the New Testament into our tours…You taught me so much. Please don’t think me presumptuous- I am very sincere. It was a privilege to spend time with you.

Pam H., USA

Thanks very much for a really special day. I loved being able to go to the special places for Christians.. an everlasting experience for me… And thanks… for your professionalism and deep knowledge and dedication...

Ann D., New Zealand

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