2019 Israel Christmas Tour with Patrick Degn

Dates Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Galilee; Capernaum; Qumran; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,146

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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 our tour director, CES teacher and BYU Education Week speaker Patrick Degn, 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!

  • Notes: $50 CASH DISCOUNT for final payments made by check (deposit OK by CC)
  • EGYPT OPTION - Jan 5-10, 2020: $1899 per person (price may vary depending on how many participants)

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Dani Edmunds

(801) 483-6114

dedmunds@morrismurdock.com

Day 1/2: Friday & Saturday, Dec 27/28, 2019

Depart USA to Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Depart Salt Lake City to Tel Aviv and then welcome to Israel! As we begin our journey in this ancient land, we 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 to let the land of Israel tell stories of its past. Sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean, Jaffa still stands as one of the world's oldest ports. Tradition claims that Jaffa was settled by Noah's youngest son when the Flood receded and ever since being founded, Jaffa has been a center of commerce, activity, and historical events. Located in one of the small alleyways, visit Simon the Tanner's house that remains a monument to the wonderful revelation Peter the Apostle received to go and preach to the entire world. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Sunday, Dec 29, 2019

Caesarea\Mt. Carmel\Megiddo\Nazareth

“And on the morrow they entered into Caesarea” as said in the Bible story with Peter and Cornelius and as with us as we raise early today and enter into Caesarea, or at least the 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. As we make our way towards the Sea of Galilee we stop by the church in Cana that celebrates the first miracle performed by Christ when he turned water to wine at the wedding.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Monday, Dec 30, 2019

Mount of Beatitudes\Tabgha\Capernaum\Sea of Galilee

“And he lifted up 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. We thrill to the almost hair-raising taxi ride up the mountain however, once at the summit we 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 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 travel to the ancient tel (mountain) 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. We end our day with a visit to the beautiful state park Sahne.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019

Mt Tabor\Beit Shean\Jordan River

The Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors. Here we see how it was possible for Jesus to teach the multitude all at the same time. This afternoon we sail upon the Sea of Galilee to view the area of Jesus Christ's early ministry. As the wind carries our boat, note the halo of mountains that surrounds its shores. We end our day Capernaum, where Jesus lived and recruited his first followers among the fishermen. The well preserved city amazes as we sit in the synagogue and imagine Jesus' teaching and performing miracles for the masses.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020

Qumran\Dead Sea\Masada\Jerusalem

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  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. 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. Further south lays Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul. From the desert floor, ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, where a community of 960 Jews preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to the overwhelming Roman forces. While at the Dead Sea, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the buoyant waters and bathe in the wonderful medicinal mud! Even Cleopatra sent her slaves to retrieve this magical mud in order to preserve her legendary beauty. This evening we journey to the beloved city of Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Western Wall\Dome of the Rock Old City\Old Jerusalem

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 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 discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress. 

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 last stop is at the House of Caiaphas, which owns the dark and sad dungeon that once imprisoned the Savior. Experiencing the cold dismal cells and feeling the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Friday, Jan 3, 2020

Israel Museum\Yad Vashem\Davidson Center Archeological Park

At the Israel Museum, we discover treasures 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 year. 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. One of the most memorable pages of Jewish history unfolds as we visit Yad Veshem, the official memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi-wrought Holocaust in Europe.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Saturday, Jan 4, 2020

Mount of Olives\Gethsemane\Sacrament at the BYU Jerusalem Center\The Old City

This morning begins on the Mount of Olives, whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as we envision the momentous events, which took place at this sacred site. We travel up the hill to attend sacrament services at the BYU Jerusalem Center. After lunch we stop 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.” Never forget this moment in looking for Him, not in the tomb, within each life.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Sunday, Jan 5, 2020

Bethlehem\Free Time in the Old City 

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. This afternoon we have free time to go back into the Old City to revisit sites or to finish up shopping for treasures to take home.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, 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
  • 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 2019
  • Round-trip air from other cities available upon request
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance starting as low as $35
  • Lunches and misc expenses

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement for private room $800 ** Ask about our Single Share program
  • EGYPT Option: $1899 per person based on double or $2325 single rate (for those with their own room)
  • Jordan option is available - ask for pricing
  • $50 cash discount for main tour

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person deposit due at the time of booking
  • Final payment due 21 Sep 2019