Insights from the Lands of the Scriptures with Blair Van Dyke

Dates May 26-June 9, 2018
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum; Nazareth; Jericho; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem; Cairo;
Duration 15 days 14 nights
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This wonderful tour with Blair Van Dyke will focus on the prophets as well as the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ while you visit the sites where many of the sacred events recorded in the Bible took place both in Israel and Egypt.

This tour will be breathtaking all the way through with too many highlights to list but guarantee a spiritual and educational experience everyday highlighted with a dynamic teacher.

Come with us next Spring and enjoy the great weather and magic that happens when you get to walk where Jesus walked.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Karen Gerlach, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6152
Email Karen


CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 for final payment by check

Days 1-2: Sat and Sun., May 26-27

U.S.A. • Transatlantic Flight • Tel Aviv, Israel

We will take a morning flight from our various U.S.A. homes, change planes at J. F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, and arrive the next evening at the Ben Gurion International Airport. After our arrival in Israel, we will first stop at Jaffa before driving up the Mediterranean Coast to Natanya to stay the night at the Island Suites Hotel. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Monday, May 28

Caesarea • Haifa • Megiddo • Nazareth • Sea of Galilee

Our day begins with a stop at King Herod’s Roman port city, Caesarea (the pride of the Mediterranean world), where Paul the Apostle was tried before being sent to Rome. We will visit the amazing aqueducts that Herod built to bring water into his city. We continue on to Haifa for a breathtaking view of the city from Mount Carmel at Kaiser’s Watch to recount the important LDS Church historical events which took place in this area and view the beautiful Baha’i temple and gardens. We will visit the Old German Cemetery, where two LDS missionaries are buried. We will travel east along the top of Mount Carmel to Muhraka to discuss the interesting life of the prophet Elijah. Our next stop is at Tel Megiddo, with its 22 levels of historical occupation, before we cross the Jezreel Valley to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we will begin to step back in time as we visit the Church of the Annunciation, if time allows, and visit the Nazareth Village, a wonderful re-creation of the area from the days of Jesus. We will drive to the Sea of Galilee and check in to the Ein Gev Holiday Village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where we will spend four nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, May 29

Capernaum • Mount of Beatitudes • Dan • Banias

This morning begins with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to the site of ancient Capernaum, Peter’s home and the headquarters for Jesus’ Galilean ministry. We continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount, for a discussion and personal contemplation of the teachings of Jesus. We will pass the ruins of Hazor, an ancient Canaanite citadel conquered by Joshua, then continue north to Tel Dan, the ancient northern limits of Israel (“from Dan to Beersheba”). We will visit Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi, at the foot of Mount Hermon before returning to the guesthouse, where we will enjoy an evening of swimming and much- needed relaxation.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, May 30

Nazareth • Mount Tabor • Galilee

The day begins with a drive to Nazareth, where we will visit Nazareth Village to step back in time in a wonderful re-creation of first-century life in a small Galilean village. Next we will visit the village of Devaria, where we will take taxis to the top of Mount Tabor, the traditional site of Christ’s transfiguration. From its heights we will see many important New Testament sites. We will next stop at Ein Herod, where the Lord separated Israel’s military forces for Gideon at the foot of Mount Gilboa. We make our way toward Tiberias, which was originally built by Herod Antipas in honor of his Roman emperor. We will stop to visit the Galilee Branch building, which is the only property the Church owns in Israel. We will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before returning to the guesthouse for a quiet evening on our own to enjoy the local color.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, May 31

Kursi • Bethsaida • Chorazin • Beit Shean • Jericho

Our first stop today will be Kursi, the traditional site where Jesus cast out legions of evil spirits and allowed them to enter the bodies of nearby swine. The geography provides compelling evidence that this may be the actual site of the miracle. Our next stop will be Bethsaida, home of Peter and Andrew, and another city where Jesus taught. Our final destination is Chorazin, where we will have time to explore the black basalt ruins, discuss the layout of  the ancient synagogue, and consider teachings and miracles of Jesus in this village that ultimately rejected the Master and was cursed by Him. Our last stop on the lake is Magdala, where we will learn of the women in the Savior’s life. In the afternoon, we will drive down the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, the most complete ruins in all Israel. This Roman city of the Decapolis will bring the opulence of the Greco–Roman world to life. Just east of the Roman and Byzantine ruins lies the Old Testament tel of Beit Shean. Here the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung on the wall for all Israel to see. We continue south following the Jordan River to Qasr el Yahud to recall the important events that occurred here at the Jordan River. In Jericho, where we will check in to the Oasis Hotel for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, June 1

Dead Sea • Masada • Jerusalem

Our morning travels will take us to the Old Testament Tel Jericho before heading south along the Dead Sea, 1,300 feet below sea level. Our first stop will be at the ancient mountaintop fortress built by King Herod, Masada. We will ride the tram to the top and explore the ruins there. The tram will return us to the bottom, and our bus will take us to the Dead Sea and one of the most enjoyable and unusual swimming experiences of a lifetime. We will also visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We drive to Jerusalem (the city of gold), where we will check in to the Leonardo Plaza Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel. We end the day at the Western Wall to watch religious Jews welcome in the Sabbath.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, June 2

Mount of Olives • BYU Jerusalem Center • Bethany

We begin this special Sabbath day with a visit to the Mount of Olives for an orientation to the Old City of Jerusalem. We then go to the beautiful BYU Jerusalem Center, where we will attend sacrament meeting with the Jerusalem Branch. Our next visit is to the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden for a review of some important LDS Church history. We will then drive to the ancient village of Bethany, where we will visit the Tomb of Lazarus and the traditional site of the home where he lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, June 3

Benjamin Plateau • Shephelah • Valley of Elah • Hebron

We will begin our day on the Benjamin Plateau, where we will visit Nebi Samuel, where Solomon was promised wisdom by the Lord. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea. Also, we will be very near Gibeah, the home village of Saul, king of Israel. We will discuss Saul’s rise to power in humility and track his tragic fall and rejection by Samuel and the Lord. We will then descend the Benjamin Plateau and drive down the Shephelah to Beit Shemesh (the location where the captured ark of the covenant was returned to Israel by the Philistines). Continuing south, we will stop in the Valley of Elah, where David slew Goliath.

We will pass Mareshah, where the prophet Micah may have lived. Depending on time and conditions, we hope to visit Hebron, where we will see the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives). This is the only Herodian building that still stands complete.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Monday, June 4

Jerusalem • Yad Vashem • Model City • Bethlehem

The day begins with a drive through Mea Shearim (an ultra-orthodox community) on our way to Yad Vashem, the sobering Holocaust memorial. We will pass the Knesset Building, where the Israeli parliament meets, on our way to the Israel National Museum, which includes the Shrine of the Book (the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the wonderfully re-created Model City of Jerusalem, which portrays the city as it looked near the time of Jesus. We next drive to Bethlehem to eat lunch as a group in a Bedouin tent atmosphere and before going to the Church of the Nativity (traditional site of the birth of Jesus), visit a grotto which overlooks a shepherds’ field, and discuss the wonderful events of His birth. There will probably be some shopping time during the day.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Tuesday, June 5

Jerusalem • Old City • City of David

We visit the Ophel area before we walk up to the Temple Mount, which is located atop Mount Moriah where Abraham took Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice. It was also the site of the temples of Solomon and later Herod; today it is occupied by the magnificent Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque, making this city the third most sacred site in all the world of Islam. After the Western Wall, we visit the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah’s Broad Wall and stroll down the Roman Cardo, which was originally built by the Roman emperor Hadrian. A great adventure will be had when we walk through the excavated City of David, including Warren’s Shaft, and into Hezekiah’s Tunnel─the ancient water system carved through the hill in the time of Isaiah. We’ll continue to the Pool of Siloam, site of one of Jesus’ miracles. After we return to the hotel to change into dry clothes and eat dinner, we will enjoy a free evening to experience Jerusalem’s nightlife and prepare for the crescendo of our travels—the final week of the life of our Lord.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Wednesday, June 6

Jerusalem • Footsteps of Jesus 

On this special day we tread the footsteps of the Savior, reviewing the last 24 hours of His mortal ministry. We will begin with a visit to the Upper Room, where a Passover meeting was held with Jesus and the Twelve and the sacrament was introduced. Next we visit the site of the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the Savior was illegally tried after His arrest. In the Garden of Gethsemane, centuries-old olive trees will remind us of the sacred account of our Savior’s suffering and arrest. We enter Lion’s Gate, through which we walk to the Pool of Bethesda area to discuss the events in John 5, before going on to the general area of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was sentenced to be crucified. After lunch in the Old City, we will walk out the Damascus Gate to Golgotha, the place of the Crucifixion, and conclude at the Garden Tomb, where the body of Christ was interred and from which He rose on that Easter Sunday so long ago. We return to the hotel to complete our packing, and have our last dinner in the Holy Land.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Thursday, June 7

Cairo, Egypt

We will drive to the airport for our flight to Egypt. We first visit the exhibits from throughout Egypt’s history at the world-famous Cairo Museum, including the discoveries from King Tut’s Tomb. Then we will stop at the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammed Ali Mosque (Alabaster Mosque) and discuss Islam. If time allows, we will visit a papyrus factory for a demonstration and shopping. We will check in to the Fairmont Hotel for two nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Friday, June 8

Cairo • Giza

Our day begins with a visit to the sites of Egypt’s ancient splendor, beginning with the Giza Pyramids. We will go inside the Cheops or Chephren pyramid and then visit the 5,000-year-old Sphinx. We will stop at the pharaonic capital of Memphis on our way to lunch. Then we will see the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the Pyramid of Unas, and the Mastaba of Ti (or Mereruka) at Saqqara. We will return to the hotel for dinner and to pack for our flight home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Saturday, June 9

Cairo • U.S.A.

We will bid a very early morning farewell to Egypt as we depart for the U.S.A. from the Cairo International Airport—taking with us never-to-be-forgotten memories.  We will arrive home in the afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate -Tour, transportation, Tips & taxes, breakfast & dinner daily - All you pay for is lunches & souvenirs! 
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided, Israeli guide and driver!!
  • Licensed,  insured and bonded travel agency with 60 years experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Price includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Local guides
  • Experienced LDS Tour Director
  • Accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Whisper hearing devices throughout tour
  • Document materials including study books

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare * Group options will be available
  • Additional possible airfare from cities other than Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation/ Trip interruption coverage
  • Lunches

Payment options:

  • $500 Deposit is due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due on March 02, 2018
  • Payments made by check or electronic account bank transfer will qualify for a $75 off per person cash discount

Other pricing:

  • Triple occupancy - Same as Double
  • Single supplement: