2020 Israel Christmas Tour with Dennis Leavitt

Dates December 27, 2020-January 6th, 2021
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Nazareth; Capernaum; Qumran; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,299
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We invite you to come with your family and friends this year and enjoy a magically meaningful experience for all as we celebrate the holiday season where it all began over 2000 years ago. 

Please join Morris Murdock Escorted Tours, as we experience Christ's birth in the fields of Bethlehem, his youth and ministry in the Galilee and the last week of his life and resurrection in Jerusalem. Each area will give an added spiritual dimension to your holiday traditions and special memories to the season that will last a lifetime. 

This tour has many highlights that will enhance the testimonies of all who join us and truly bring the Bible to life and the true meaning of the holiday to your heart.

DISCOUNTS OFFERED FOR FAMILY GROUPS of 10 or more-Call the office for more details.

For those with a little more time, please consider adding a breathtaking experience with a post trip to Egypt! Your adventure will take you to Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Pyramids of Giza and more!

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Dani Edmunds

(801) 483-6114

dedmunds@morrismurdock.com

Day 1/2: Sunday and Monday, Dec 27/28, 2020

Depart USA to Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Today you depart your home city and make your way to the Holy Land.  As you begin your journey in this ancient land, you will notice that the mountains have hidden secrets and the old ruins have legends. For 3,000 years on this small patch of land, men have toiled and battled; prayed and worshiped; and added their own small humanity to the history of this country. Listen and let the land of Israel tell you the stories of its past.  Sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean, Tonight we rest from our journey at a seaside hotel in Netanya.  Following our welcome dinner we have a chance to gather together and get to know your group members. Tonight, we will have a welcome orientation meeting after dinner at the hotel. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020

Caesarea\ Mt. Carmel\Megiddo\Jordan River\Nazareth

And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea Cornelius thy prayer is heard. Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod, residence of Pontius Pilate and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well-preserved amphitheater overlooking the blue sea and hear the story of Paul's conversion of the Centurion.  The scenery begins to change to the beautiful green pastures and high rolling hills of the Jezreel Valley as we approach Mt Carmel where the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal contested their faith. Not far away is Megiddo, the tragic site of ancient bloody battles where nations were won and lost. Upon these same tragic fields, the great and terrible last battle of Armageddon will be fought. Our last visit will be at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the banks of the Jordan River. It is here that people from around the world, representing diverse denominations, still come to be baptized We end our day at the beautiful Sea of Galilee where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020

Mt Tabor|Nazareth|Beit Shean

And he lifted his hands and blessed them while he blessed them; he was carried up into heaven. Mount Tabor is one of the mountains traditionally claimed to be the site of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. You will thrill to the almost hair-raising taxi ride up the mountain, but once at the summit, you will feel the peace and calm of the surrounding valley. 

We journey next to Nazareth, the quaint town where Jesus Christ spent his childhood, learned his earthly vocation as a carpenter and grew and waxed strong in spirit.” We will visit a recreated town from Christ's time and visit with the villagers to learn what life was like for the Jesus as a boy. This afternoon we will travel to the ancient tel of Bet She'an, where 6,000 years of civilization seem to unfold among the ruins. It is believed to be the very Bet She'an of the Old Testament where the former King of Israel, Saul, was fastened to the city wall without his head by the conquering Philistines. Following dinner we will have a group devotional at the hotel in a private room.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2020

Mount of Beatitudes|Tabgha|Capernaum|Sea of Gallee|Magdala

The Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors and a perfect place to start our day. While here we can see how it was possible for Jesus to teach the multitude all at the same time as we learn more about his teachings. From here we will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor of this miracle that you will not want to miss.  We will then venture over to Capernaum, where Jesus lived and recruited his first followers among the fishermen. The well-preserved city will amaze you as you sit in the synagogue and imagine Jesus' teaching and performing miracles for the masses. Next, we sail out on the Sea of Galilee. Ginnosar – Ein Gev .  Here we retell bible stories and have an incredible view of the area of Jesus Christ's early ministry. As the wind carries your boat, note the halo of mountains that surrounds its shores

We feast on St Peters fish as we have a special fish lunch.  Following lunch we visit Magdala and then see the Valley of the Doves.  Tonight, we’ll celebrate together the beginning of the New Year! 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Wednesday, Jan 1, 2021

Qumran\Dead Sea\Masada\Jerusalem

As we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, we enter the strange and barren desert of the Dead Sea. Once the Biblical Lands of Moab and Edom, the Dead Sea basin has been a refuge to prophets, zealots and outcasts throughout time. We will follow the Jordan River Valley south to near Jericho where we will visit Bethabara the site where the Savior was baptized by John the Baptist. Buried in the beige limestone bluffs, the ruins of Qumran still tell the story of the essences, a reclusive Jewish sect that buried the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Saturday, Jan 2, 2021

Sacrament Service at the BYU Jersalem Center|Bethleham|Karem Village|Emek Haela

We travel up Mount Scopus to attend sacrament services at the BYU Jerusalem Center. From there Music, bells and churches appropriately adorn the little town of Bethlehem for it was here that the Light of the World was given life. Pilgrimages, sacred holidays and festivities occur all year long to celebrate the birth of Christ. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where the Church of the Nativity now stands. Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing them glad tidings of great joy. Gathered on these fields, we sing the beloved hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten.   While in Bethlehem we enjoy a fun traditional lunch at the Tent Restaurant before heading back into Jerusalem.  This afternoon, we stop is in Ein Karem Village.  Christian tradition places the birth of John the Baptist in this picturesque village.  Next we stop at Emek Haela.  Emek Haela is best known as the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Sunday, Jan 3, 2021

Western Wall| Dome of the Rock Old City|Israel Museum| Hezekiah's Tunnel

The Western Wall is the most important site in all of Jewish civilization because these rough massive stones are all that is left of the great Second Temple. Revered and honored, the Jews wait and hope for the day they will rebuild their third and final temple upon these sacred remnants. Above the wall is Mount Moriah where the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is located. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to the Pools of Bethesda and learn about their importance. We will discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress. 

We visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, the site chosen to house the Dead Sea Scrolls. This unique building is shaped like the ancient pottery in which the precious scrolls lay hidden for thousands of years. While we are there, we get to see the Holy Land Model, a unique scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. The model visually explains the layout of the ancient city as well as the design and magnitude of the Second Temple. This afternoon we spend time at the City of David to explore the ancient waterway of Hezekiah’s Tunnel!  When Jerusalem was preparing defenses against the approaching Assyrian army in the 8th century B.C.E., King Hezekiah decided to protect the water source by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system. This engineering feat was accomplished by digging a 1,750-foot tunnel into the mountain we can explore today.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Monday, Jan 4, 2021

Mt Zion| Sifting Project| Free Time in the Old City

Located in the old quarter of Jerusalem is the site believed to be the Room of the Last Supper. Devoid of gilded statues or ornate chapels, the quiet simplicity and elegance of this room helps one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples. Our next stop will be at the House of Caiaphas, which owns the dark and sad dungeon that once imprisoned the Savior. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts.  Next we experience an adventure where we get our hands in the dirt as we have a special opportunity to participate in a sifting project of dirt taken from under the Dome of the Rock.  Here we find bone, pottery and maybe an ancient coin!  

This afternoon we have some free time to go back into the Old City to revisit sites or to finish up shopping for treasures to take home. Following dinner a private room has been reserved for us to have a final devotion on our last night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021

Mount of Olives|Gethsemane|Davidson Center Archeological Park| Garden Tomb

This morning we start our day at the Mount of Olives on whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as you envision the momentous events, which took place at this sacred site at Virgin Mary Garden.  Our next stop will be the Davidson Center Archaeological Park at the base of the Temple Mount to visit the Southern Steps of the 2nd temple then we end our 

Our last stop will be at the beautiful Garden Tomb.  There is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior's mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, do not look for Him here for He is risen”. You will never forget this moment in your life as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life.  Tonight, we have a farewell dinner together as we prepare to leave the land we have grown to love to travel back home. After clearing immigration and customs, you will transfer to the connecting gate for your flight back home with memories to last a life time.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11, Monday, Jan 6, 2020

Arrive Home

Arrive home with memories to last a lifetime!

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 Israeli guide, bus driver hotels and restaurants where meals provided!!
  • Licensed, insured and bonded travel agency with 60 years experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation throughout tour
  • Group transfers if flying with the group or arriving at the same time
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Local guide & experienced LDS Tour Director
  • Hotel accommodations in comfortable 4 star hotels with porterage
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Audio hearing system throughout tour
  • Entrance fee and all admissions during tour
  • All tipping for Israeli guide, driver, hotels and restaurants
  • Destination and study guide material
  • Travel bag and document package

Israel Not Included:

  • Round-trip air to and from Tel Aviv - Group airfare will be available in Feb 2020
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance starting as low as $35 
  • Lunches and misc expenses
  • Tipping for Morris Murdock Tour Director

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Rate $2880.00 ** Ask about our Single Share program
  • Triple Rooms available, same cost as double rate
  • $75 cash discount for main tour

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person deposit due at the time of booking
  • Final payment due 21 Sep 2020

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TOUR CODE - 9221L27