2019 Wonders of the Holy Land Tour w/ Dr. L. Dean Marriott

Dates September 26-October 6, 2019
Destination Tel Aviv; Bethlehem; Caesarea; Nazareth; Capernaum; Masada; Jerusalem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,615
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The scriptures will come to life on this Holy Land tour with Dr. Dean Marriott On this tour we'll follow in His footsteps beginning in Bethlehem and ending at Golgotha at the Garden Tomb.

What more to expect? Well, We'll ride luxurious buses, walk historic pathways, swim in biblical seas, and lodge at amazing places at water’s edge or within ancient city walls. We'll eat “Peter fish” caught in Galilee, traditional shawarmas in Old Jerusalem, and appetizing buffets of American or Old World recipes.  We'll ride a camel, take a cable car to the top of Masada, explore ancient ruins, float on the Dead Sea, wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and take part in other adventures. We'll worship with BYU students on Mount Scopus, pray among Jews at the Western Wall, and marvel at the Temple Mount. In Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb, we will reflect on the wonders of the Atonement. Old Testament and Book of Mormon prophets are also discussed at appropriate locations.

This tour has been crafted by Dr. Marriott after many, many years of traveling with those seeking a personal experience in the Holy Land and is excited to do the same for you in 2019.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

TOUR CODE - 929I27

Cash Discount of $75.00 per person offered on this tour

Day 1/2: Thursday-Friday, September 26-27, 2019

Overnight international flight/Tel Aviv/Bethlehem

We will depart from SLC (or airport near you) on a flight to New York (JFK or other) and then connect with an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.  Our flight will arrive in the afternoon on Friday and we'll travel to Bethlehem and stay at the luxurious Casa Nova Hotel adjacent to the Church of the Nativity. 

Meals : Dinner, In-flight
Day 3: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • Shepherds’ Field • Jaffa • Tel Aviv


At the Church of the Nativity, we will speak of Herod’s deceitful conversation with wise men as described by Matthew. Following a star, they journeyed to Bethlehem bearing gifts, coming to see the newborn King of the Jews. The crowded streets and busy shops of Bethlehem remind us of the difficult journey long ago of Joseph and Mary, only to find “no room at the inn.” At the Church of the Nativity we see where Jesus is believed to have been born.  Below the chapel is Jerome’s cave, an undisturbed area of what may have been part of a stable. Here we tell Luke’s narrative in scripture and song of angels and shepherds testifying of the miraculous birth of Jesus. President Harold B. Lee felt the Savior was born here.


Our next stop is the BYU Jerusalem Center for sacrament meeting with the students. There atop Mount Scopus on the Mount Olives we have a breathtaking view of Old Jerusalem (we return later in the week for an extensive visit). Our drive to Tel Aviv takes us to the Valley of Elah to discuss the stories of David.


In Tel Aviv we will check in to the Metropolitan Hotel for the night. The afternoon is free time to rest, stroll along the boardwalk of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, or swim at the beach. In the evening we bus to nearby old Jaffa to discuss Peter’s mealtime vision at the home of Simon the tanner.  He was instructed by an angel that the time had come for the gospel to be preached to the Gentiles.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Tel Aviv • Natanya Academic College • Caesarea • Haifa • Jezreel Valley • Mount Tabor • Sea of Galilee


At Natanya Academic College we are reminded of Orson Hyde and others who came in the spirit of Elijah to bless the land. A plaque at various trees has been placed honoring each visiting Restoration apostles and Church President. At Caesarea Peter explained his vision to the Roman centurion Cornelius, saying that the gospel was now to go forth to all nations. We will see the amphitheater where the Tabernacle Choir has performed. Nearby is the Roman aqueduct. At Haifa we will discuss early LDS missionary activity. Orson Hyde was sent by Joseph Smith to dedicate this land for the return of Abraham’s children in preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mormon missionaries died while serving here in the 1890s and are buried nearby.  From Haifa we see Mount Carmel and are reminded of Elijah’s impact on history—as a mighty Old Testament prophet, a forerunner to the Messiah, and a key figure in the restoration of the gospel in the latter days. As we cross the fertile green valley of Jezreel, we will discuss Elijah’s role as well as the prophecy of the great Second Coming and last battle of Armageddon.


Jesus took Peter, James, and John to Mount Tabor, where they were visited on the holy mount by Elijah. According to President Spencer W. Kimball, this is where Jesus was transfigured and holy angels gave gospel keys to Peter, James, and John. Elijah bestowed upon them the sealing powers. In more recent times this same Elijah appeared with these same keys to be given to Joseph Smith in 1836, thus fulfilling the promise that Elijah would precede the great second coming of the Messiah.  We will check in at the lakeside Kibbutz Ma’agan for three nights on the Sea of Galilee. You may want to swim in the pool or lake.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Monday, September 30, 2019

Nazareth Village • Yardenit • Magdala • Mount of Beatitudes • Chorazin 


Our morning drive brings us to Nazareth Village. Here we observe how Jesus may have lived, worked, and worshipped until age 30. Located here are an authentic ancient well and winepress from Jesus’ time.  He would have known this place. Also here are a reconstructed village olive press and a synagogue similar to one in which Jesus would have taught. We remember His statement of “treading the winepress alone.” Finally, we will see what a first-century family home may have been like, complete with a carpenter’s shop.


Jesus’ ministry began shortly after His baptism by John in the river Jordan.  We visit Yardenit to visually recall this sacred event. Each day large groups of Christians are baptized. Next we follow the shoreline to Magdala, where there is a recently excavated synagogue where Jesus may have taught. Nearby on the Mount of Beatitudes Jesus called His twelve apostles and delivered His memorable Sermon on the Mount.  Here we will have a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the countryside Jesus loved. At Chorizin we remember Jesus’ harsh words for those who receive God’s blessings then are slow to heed His counsel. After dinner we will gather at the seashore to discuss scriptures regarding Jesus at the Sea of Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Kursi • Bethsaida • Capernaum • Sea of Tiberius

LOAVES AND FISHES: As we drive along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee adjacent to the Golan Heights, we stop at Kursi to reflect on Jesus’ experience there with the man possessing the demons of derangement.  Here Jesus healed him of his afflictions. As a sign, the swine became mad and cast themselves into the sea.  We will discuss the effects of this healing on the man and his family, and the surprising community reaction. Next we pass by the ruins of Bethsaida, original home of Peter, Andrew, James, John, and others. Near here was the miracle of the loaves and fishes. At Capernaum we will visit the place called in scripture “Jesus’ own town.” He lived here in the house of Peter for 19 months of his 36– month mission.  We will visit the seaside cove where He told Peter to cast his net on the other side of the boat.  After a miraculous catch, Jesus invited Peter, Andrew, James, and John to leave their nets and become fishers of men.  At the synagogue He preached His mighty sermons, including the “Bread of Life.” At the nearby home of Peter, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law and the man lowered through the roof by forgiving his sins.  Matthew then became converted and the centurion’s servant healed. Next we enjoy a “Peter fish” lunch. At Ginosar we see the remains of a fishing boat dating to the time of Jesus, then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before returning to Ma’agan. After a restful afternoon and dinner, we will gather seaside for an evening fireside.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Jordan River Valley • Masada • Qumran • Dead Sea • Jerusalem

THE FUTILITY OF WORLDLY WALLS: We drive down the Jordan Valley, passing by Jericho (where the city walls were toppled by Joshua’s faithful Israelites). Nearby, where the Jordan flows into the Dead Sea, is the actual site where Jesus was baptized by John. Then He went into the surrounding wilderness, the Mount of Temptation, where He fasted 40 days. Afterward, He rebuked the temptations of this world. We then visit Herod’s mighty walled fortress at Masada, where we will ride a cable car to the top. Here we will tell accounts of Herod’s impressive engineering feats, built as fortifications against the world. Then we tell of those who died within these walls during the Roman conquest as foretold by Jesus. A short bus drive brings us to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Here we discuss further John the Baptist, whose teachings and lifestyle were similar to those who lived here. Next, those who wish to will float the Dead Sea. After driving up through the Judean wilderness to Jerusalem, we will check in to the Gloria Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Mount Moriah • Ecce Homo (Antonia Fortress) • Western (Wailing) Wall • Ophel (Temple Gates and Steps) • Temple Mount Institute • City of David • Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Pool of Siloam • Gethsemane

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: FROM TRIUMPHAL ENTRY TO GETHSEMANE: We begin our day at the Dome of the Rock mosque on Mount Moriah, where Herod’s temple once stood. At an altar near the Dome of the Rock, a sacrifice was made for Jesus when He was 40 days old. Solomon’s Porch in the Temple Courtyard is where Jesus and His apostles taught and blessed the people. As we leave the Temple Mount, we will pause to discuss Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. We will leave via the north exit to visit the Ecce Homo Convent Guesthouse to see floor pavements of Jesus’ time at the Antonia Fortress. Then from the rooftop we will look down upon the Dome of the Rock and speak of holy ordinances of past times. Next we will walk to the Western (Wailing) Wall to observe Jewish worshippers, some celebrating their bar mitzvahs. Here we will talk about Jesus’ similar experience at age 12 when He was found teaching the priests. We will discuss other wonderful things Jesus said and did at various times throughout His life and the mixed response He received by those in attendance. Next we will enter the Ophel to see excavations showing where people prepared for temple worship (immersion pools, money changers, dove and lamb merchants). Here we will tell of Jesus’ cleansing the temple. Then while seated on the 2,000-year-old steps to Herod’s temple, we will recount the stories of Jesus’ encounter with the priests inside the temple. Next we will tour the Temple Mount Institute to better visualize Jewish temple rituals. We will walk down to the City of David, where we’ll take an exciting walk through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. There we will discuss the healing of the man born blind. After dinner we will gather in an upper-room setting to learn about Passover. We will reflect on scriptures about the last supper Jesus had with His disciples. To end the day, we will bus across the Kidron Valley to Gethsemane (at the base of the Mount of Olives) to hear the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ prayers, suffering, betrayal, and arrest.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Friday, October 4, 2019

St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace) • Citadel (Herod’s Palace) • Golgotha • Garden Tomb

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: TRIALS TO THE CROSS TO RESURRECTION: First we will visit St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace), where Jesus was tried after His arrest in Gethsemane. On the ancient steps leading to the palace, Peter denied Jesus three times as the cock crowed. We will then bus to the Citadel (Herod’s Palace), where we will read of Herod’s interrogation of Jesus. We will discuss this location, as well as Ecce Homo, as the actual site of Jesus’ trial before Pilate—where he tried to “wash his hands” of the blood of Christ. Next we will wander through the Arab bazaar to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then we continue walking through the Old City to Damascus Gate, where Jesus was led on the road to Calvary. Near the skull-shaped rock at Golgotha where crucifixions occurred, we’ll discuss Jesus’ final hours. Then we will walk a short distance along a pathway lined with beautiful foliage to the peaceful Garden Tomb, which our prophets have identified as the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. We will take time for hymns and reflection on the atoning love of the Savior. We will bus to the hotel for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Garden Tomb • BYU Jerusalem Center • Airport 

We begin our day by revisiting the lovely Garden Tomb for some quiet spiritual reflection. In 1972 President Harold B. Lee met here with the BYU Study Abroad students and local saints to organize the Jerusalem Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In his remarks he designated Saturday as the LDS day of worship in Israel.  Nearby we will again worship at a sacrament meeting with students at the BYU Jerusalem Center. After church is free time for rest, shopping or visiting additional sites. At 6 pm we gather for sharing time and goodbyes before dinner then board the bus for the airport. Flight departures will be just after midnight on Sunday morning.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Early morning flight home

We will arrive in Salt Lake City at midday Sunday.

(itinerary is subject to change)

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:

  • Accommodations 3-4 star hotels with private bath 
  • 11 nights/ 10 days of touring
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees and all activities as specified in itinerary
  • Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide
  • Experienced and knowledgeable LDS Tour Director
  • Transfers via air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Hotel porterage 
  • Gratuities for local guides, bus drivers and meals
  • Tour headsets for easier hearing of tour leaders

Price does not Included:

  • Round-trip air on Delta from Salt Lake City to Tel Aviv -  $1700.00
  • Airfare from other cities * call for quote
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance * informational available at booking
  • Tours not included on the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature 

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per-person deposit at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due 27 June 2019
  • Single rate $3330 (for those with their own room)
  • ** $75 cash discount for all deposit and final payment made by check of electronic bank transfer **
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