2022 April Ultimate Holy Land tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor

Dates April 7-20, 2022
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Dead Sea Jordan Masada; Banias; Capernaum; Nazareth; Jerusalem; United States
Duration 14 days 13 nights
Price From 3,399

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Come join Meridian Magazine's Scot and Maurine Proctor on an unforgettable journey that will make the scriptures come alive on the Ultimate Holy Land Tour.  

This is a unique tour you may not have seen offered before because in addition to seeing all the inspirational and historic sites you would want to see on a visit to the Holy Land, we are taking you to some places we find fun and unforgettable–places that most tour groups don’t get to go. After so much time in the Holy Land, we found some things we think are “not-to-be-missed” that most miss. 

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To Book This Tour, Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
Email Sarah

Day 1/2: Thursday/Friday April 7-8

Today you'll depart on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Amman, Jordan. After arrival, we'll be met, clear customs, and continue to our lovely hotel. Be sure to get a good night's rest tonight!

Day 3: Saturday, April 9

Today we will start our exploring by visiting the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts of an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. This afternoon we will return to the modern city of Amman to see the Citadel and Kind Abdullah Mosque during our city highlight tour. Tonight, we'll have our welcome dinner to get to know each other better. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, April 10

Traveling south from Amman, we pass Mt. Nebo where, like Moses, we get a sweeping view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the Promised Land. Then we spend the day in Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where the Nabataea's carved magnificent buildings our of red sandstone, (you've seen it in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie). We will walk through the immense crack in the stone along a pathway that will take you to Petra's most impressive monument--the Treasury. You walk along the Street of the Facades, see the Royal Tombs and more. That night, we dine and stay in the 7 Wonders Bedouin Camp where red cliffs soar and the stars shine. We eat and dance around the fire and feel a little like both Nephi and the Children of Israel. This is really unforgettable. (You may get a lesson in nighttime photography.)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Saturday, April 11

Drive to Wadi Rum, associated with Lawrence of Arabia, where we will four-wheel out into the desert to see one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. The scenery here is almost beyond imagination! We then cross the border into Israel at Eilat and begin our journey north towards the Dead Sea. Later this afternoon we float in the Dead Sea and demonstrate how you can do perfect water ballet without sinking! Stay that evening at the base of impressive Masada. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, April 12

This morning we will take a Gondola ride to the top of Masada! You will never forget the views of the Dead Sea while exploring one of Herod's grand palaces, but also the last stand of the Jewish resistance when they were overrun by the Romans in 73 AD. It is an amazing and heartbreaking story. We vis Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then drive through the wilderness of Judea to Jesus' baptismal site on the Jordan River, then past Jericho and the Mount of Temptation. This afternoon we are reminded how the Romans lived during Jesus' time as we visit Beit Shean, impressive Roman city, which was one of the Decapolis where Christ's apostles preached. Stay tonight by the Sea of Galilee. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, April 13

Today we walk where Jesus walked in the Valley of the Doves, followed by a visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes where He gave His Sermon on the Mount and you will be able to see how He could address so many people at once. This is always a highlight of the tour. Then it is on to Banias, a place of natural beauty and a cascading waterfall. We come to the origins of the Jordan River. This is also the site of Caesarea Phillippi, where Peter declared that Christ was the "Son of the Living God." We will also see Mt. Hermon, a candidate for the Mt. of Transfiguration. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Thursday, April 14

In first light, we sail today where Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee. We stop by the Boat Museum to see a boat that was discovered from the time of Jesus. We next visit the newly excavated ruins of Magdahla where Mary Magdalene called home. Then it is on to the town where Peter lived and where Jesus ministered for three years, Capernaum. Here Christ performed so many miracles and taught in the synagogue. You can close your eyes and almost be in the scene at the healing of the daughter of Jairus. At St. Peter's Primacy on the Galilee we remember both the miracles of loaves and fishes and also the resurrected Jesus preparing fish on the seashore for his hungry apostles. We will eat St. Peter's fish today. Late this afternoon, we will go to the top of Mt. Arbell, overlooking the Galilee for the best view on the region, a place so beautiful we made it the cover of one of our books. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Friday, April 15

We are on to Nazareth today, first to Mt. Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley. When the people of Nazareth rejected the Savior, this is where they tried to kill Him. Below is also the scene of the last battle of Armageddon, and to the east Mt. Tabor, another candidate for the Mt. of Transfiguration. Then it is on to one of our favorite stops, Nazareth Village, where you see what Nazareth would have looked like in the time of Christ, including villages and shepherds who are dressed up as in the period to enhance the scene. Next, we go to Caesarea Meritima, which was once a grand Roman city with a beautiful aqueduct that is still standing. It is also the site of Paul's trial before King Agrippa. Tonight, we visit Jerusalem's Western Wall and see how the Jews celebrate Shabbat. We stay tonight (for four nights) in Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Saturday, April 16

Shabbat Shalom. Today we attend sacrament meeting at the unforgettable BYU Jerusalem Center. We will arrive early to see the magnificent views from the center. Following this, we will head to a wonder lunch in Bethlehem's Tent Restaurant. Then we see Shepherd's Fields, where we celebrate Christmas once again. Next, we visit the Church of the Nativity, which has been standing since 330 AD over a cave where many believe Christ was born. Tonight, when Shabbat is over, we visit Jimmy's Olive Wood shop to look for treasures. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, April 17

Arise early because we are going to the Temple Mount, a sacred place to Jews, Muslims and Christians, a place some believe is the very origin of creation. We will see the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa mosque and more. Then we go to the Pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed a paralytic man and to ST. Anne's Church where the acoustics make us all sound like angels when we sing. We will stop at Pilate's Judgement Hall, Chapel of Flagellation, and show you where Antonia's Fortress was that housed the Roman soldiers who scourged Christ. We then follow the Via Dolorosa (the way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site believed by many Christians to be where Christ was crucified and resurrected. This afternoon we visit Yad Vashem, the vivid Holocaust museum, followed by a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls Museum, and the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem. This gives you a picture of what Jerusalem once looked like and helps you understand today's layout. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Monday, April 18

Antiquities Day! This is a favorite since you will do things you would never get to do. We begin on Mt. Scopus, just below the BYU Jerusalem Center, working with archaeologists to sift some layers of material that came from the Temple Mount, looking for shards, pottery, coins, etc. You will feel like an explorer and a treasure hunter all at once. Next, we go to the City of David, the most ancient area of Jerusalem. We will walk through Hezekiah's tunnel, one of the most outstanding engineering feats of the ancient world. Then we head to the Archaeological Park that is part of the temple complex where you will learn about the temple Jesus knew and walked on the very steps he walked on  that once led to the temple. Finally, Joseph Zanbil, and antiquities dealer will teach us about he antiquities of Israel--how he has found them and what they are. This afternoon you'll have free time to explore the Old City on your own. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Tuesday, April 19

Our last day in the Holy Land is the highlight of the tour. We start at the top of the Mt. of Olives and then walk down the route Jesus may have come on His last week. We have a special meeting in the Garden of Gethsemane and see olive trees that are at least one thousand years old. Then we visit the Orson Hyde gardens and talk about the dedication of Israel for the gathering of the Jews. Next, we visit the Upper Room, believed to have been built on the site of the Last Supper, then move to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on Caiaphas's palace where Jesus was tried. Our tour is capped with a visit to the Garden Tomb where we will remember that "He is not here for he has risen." Her we will have a testimony meeting. We end with our final feast together and go on to the airport. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Wednesday, April 20

Transatlantic flight and arrive at home.


Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • LDS tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate -Tour, transportation, Tips & taxes, breakfast/dinner daily + a few lunches  
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided, Israeli & Jordan guides and drivers!!
  • Licensed,  insured and bonded travel agency with 60 years experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star deluxe hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Tips to native driver, Israeli & Jordan guide, bus, hotel and restaurant staffs
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Jordan/Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Group transfers
  • Departure tax Israel-Jordan per person
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Document package (lanyard & name tags, baggage tags, draw sting back pack & document holder)

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. 
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for quote
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Passport 

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 per-person due at booking
  • Final payment due Jan 3, 2022
  • Pay final payment by cash and receive a $100.00 discount PER PERSON
  • Terms & Conditions
  • *A minimum number of 25 passengers is needed for the advertised tour price. If enrollment falls under a additional supplement my apply if tour is operated

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $4399.00 - ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate $3399.00

April 20-27, 2022 Egypt Post-tour Itinerary

($3179 p/p based on double occupancy--Optional 2 night Alexandria extension $200 p/p

Day 1: Weds. April 20- Tel Aviv to Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel to rest from your travels. Overnight in Cairo. 

Day 2: Thurs. April 21- Cairo to Luxor--Nile Cruise

Early wakeup call and check out before heading to Cairo airport and taking the flight to Luxor and start our tour to the Valley of the Kings and admire the magnificence of the the grandeur of architecture which was used for many kings' burial sites. You will visit 3 of the famous tombs of kings, excluding the tomb of Tut Ankh Amen (a supplement must be paid by guests if they wish to visit this one.)

Next you will just pass by the temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I, just for the outer photo. Embark our Nile cruise, stay on the cruise for 4 nights on full board basis (3 meals a day are included. For those looking for something else this evening, you can do an optional fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse buggies. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Fri. April 22- Nile Cruise

Today we will visit Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship history, dedicated to the god, Aman, his wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. We will then head back to the ship and have lunch on board as we sail to Edfu via Esna. Dinner on board and overnight.  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Sat. April 23- Nile Cruise

Today we will visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the most complete temple in Egypt. We will make our way back to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo. Lunch on board and then we will visit the only double temple in Egypt which is dedicated to Horus the falcon and Sobek the crocodile, then sailing to Aswan. Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Sun. April 24- Nile Cruise

Breakfast on board.

Today we will visit the famous High Dam which was built to save Egypt from the wild Nile flood. Then we will drive to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt--Philae Temple, ISIS temple, goddess of magic and maternity. To access this temple we will ride a motor boat for about 10 minutes. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DInner)

Day 6: Mon. April 25- Cairo

Today we will disembark the cruise ship and take an early flight back to Cairo and do our touring to the world famous Egyptian Museum, the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Also today we will enjoy visiting the pyramids area to discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, including a 1 hour long safari on camels or horse buggy, the solar boat museum, and the mysterious Sphinx that was carved out of a solid natural rock around 2500 B.C. This tour will take 4 hours--this kind of visit is a new brand that we invented recently to ensure complete coverage of the secrets of this area--and to get the utmost fun as well. A chance for visiting Papyrus Institute to see how it gets made, you can pick nice paintings on papyrus as well. Check into your hotel in Cairo & overnight. (Meals: Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 7: Tues. April 26- Memphis

Today we will visit the area of Sakkara, located south of Cairo, which is one part of the great necropolis of Memphis: it was the capital of the Old Kingdom. Sakkara is probably best known as the location of King Zoser's Step Pyramid. Your excursion will proceed to the old capital of Memphis. You will see the ruins of the Temple of Ptah, and the gigantic colossi of King Ramses the second. You will also be fascinated by visiting the carpet school where you will get to see live how handmade rugs are made. And you can do well-worth-the-money shopping. A stop for lunch. Back to your hotel and overnight. (Meals: Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 8: Wed. April 27- Transfer from hotel to airport -or- those wanting to do the Optional 2 nights in Alexandria

Early morning transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to U.S.

--For those that want to do the optional Alexandria add-on, transfer to Alexandria (additional $200 p/p based on double occupancy).

Today we will move to Alexandria to enjoy the stay there for 2 additional nights. Upon arrival in Alexandria, we will visit the Roman Amphitheater and the famous Bibliotheca. We will have a stop for lunch then continue to visit the Montazah Park. Check into your hotel in Alexandria and overnight. (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 9: Thurs. April 28- Alexandria

Today we will visit the catacombs of Kom El Shokafa and will have a chance to take a photo from outside of Pompey's Pillar. Overnight in Alexandria. (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 11: Fri. April 29- Alexandria/Amman

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight out of Alexandria for the Ultimate Holy Land II Tour. Have a safe flight! (Meals: Breakfast)

What's included in the Egypt Post-tour- $3179 p/p based on double occupancy-

Included:

  • Hotel in Tel Aviv April 19 and transfer to airport for flight to Cairo
  • Flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo
  • Meet and Assist upon arrival
  • Entry Visa
  • Accommodation in a 5 star hotel in Cairo for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Accommodation in Luxor and Aswan for 4 nights on a 5 star Nile Cruise on full board basis
  • Accommodation in a 5 star hotel in Alexandria for 2 nights on a Bed & Breakfast basis 
  • Transportation during the program by private A/C vehicles
  • Private English speaking Tour leader guide accompanying the Group all the way through
  • Round trip flight ticket (Cairo-Luxor//Aswan-Cairo)- economy class
  • Entry fees to the mentioned sightseeing
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • 2 small bottles of mineral water daily

Not Included:

  • Optional 2 night stay in Alexandria- $200 per person addition
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Drinks, Mineral Water and Beverages
  • Tips all over the trip and personal expenses
  • Round-trip air from your home city. *Group air from Salt Lake City will be available- price TBA
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance *Call for quote
  • Meals not specified in itinerary