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Latter-Day Saints 5 Days Israel Tour

This specially designed tour is a high-pace experience of the Holy Land. It covers many historical landmarks that relate to the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Mormon heritage. The schedule also includes hikes, swims, a sail on the Sea of Galilee, and more!

Day 1 – Jerusalem Unfolded

Your pilgrimage to Jerusalem begins with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Grotto of Gethsemane. These sites mark where Jesus rested and was arrested after the “Last Supper” in Jerusalem. Next, we cross the Kidron Valley and enter the Old City via the Lions Gate. We visit the remarkable remains of the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus once again demonstrated his healing powers (John 5). After that,  we will join the Via Dolorosa, the holy path, by Christian tradition, that begins from the place of Jesus’ trial, to the site of his crucifixion. After a lunch break, we enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to see and touch the Golgotha, the Stone of Unction, and the Tomb of Jesus. A souvenir shopping break will also be possible, before we continue to Mount Zion. By local tradition, several significant events took place here  – the Last Supper (Cenacle), the Pentecost (Dormition Abbey), and the place where Jesus was interrogated by the High-Priest Caiaphas (Petrus in Gallicantu). On our way, we will pass 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.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 2 – Around the Sea of Galilee

This day is devoted to exploring holy Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee. We start with the hometown of Mary Magdalene –  Magdala. New research has uncovered a 2,000 year old synagogue. Perhaps this is where Mary saw Jesus for the first time? Next, we will visit another astounding discovery – the 2,000 year old “Sea of Galilee Boat,“ displayed in a Kibbutz right next to the lake. From here, we can also go on a sail on the Sea of Galilee.  After lunch, in a local fish restaurant, we continue to the “town of Jesus” –  Capernaum. Here, Jesus recruited his first disciples, performed miracles, and formed his church! Nearby, we could visit Mount of Beatitudes , possible locations of the  Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). On the way back we will also visit Nazareth and it main Holy Christian sites.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 3 (SAT) – Visiting BYU, Orson Hyde Park and Bethlehem

Saturday (Shabbath) will begin with attending morning prayers at the beautiful Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center campus on Mount Scopus. It will be followed with a visit to Orson Hyde Memorial Park on Mount of Olives, and possibly scheduling a guided tour at  the Garden Tomb. Later, you will be lead by a Palestinian guide into Bethlehem, and learn about the birth of Jesus at the Church of Nativity.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 4 –  To the Baptism Site and the Dead Sea

Heading to the lowest point on the planet, we pass by Jericho, whose ancient site was conquered by Joshua (ch. 6). Nearby, we visit the baptism site of Jesus by John the Baptist. It will also be possible to conduct our own baptismal ceremony. Afterwards, we will drive to the viewpoint where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found (around 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. We will then pass by the Ein Gedi oasis, and possibly spot some local ibex. Using the cable car, we will reach the top of Masada. The site was magnificently built by King Herod some 2,000 years ago. However, it is also famed for its dramatic and tragic end, where Jews favored death over Roman slavery. We end the day with an optional swim at the Dead Sea.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 5 – Tracing Goliath, Samson, and Prophet Lehi

A day devoted to the Judean Lowlands (the Shephelah) will start with a visit of ancient Beth Shemesh. Here, some 3,000 years ago, the Ark of the Covenant was displayed after being held by the Philistine for 5 months. We will review the latest finds related to this Biblical story, and also review places and events related to Samson and his deadly love affairs. We then continue to the Battle site of David and Goliath, and check out the children’s skills in operating a slingshot with local pebbles. After lunch, we explore the important site of Lachish. The site was the second capital of the Judean Kingdom in Biblical times, yet was conquered and destroyed after a fierce battle with the Assyrians in 701 BCE. If we arrange off-road transportation, we could also drive to the site related to the estate of Lehi – Khirbet Beit Loya / Beit Lehi.

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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 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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