2019 Summer in the Bible Lands with Allan Gunnerson

Dates June 21–July 1, 2019
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Sea of Galilee; Nazareth; Capernaum; Masada; Bethlehem; Jerusalem; Cairo;
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 2,799

Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level*:


Welcome to an unforgettable experience! Immersing yourself in the spirit of the Holy Land with Tour Director Allan Gunnerson will help provide a greater appreciation of the numerous sacred sites and events as recorded in the Bible. The focus of our tour will be on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We will visit many sacred, traditional areas of Jerusalem (Mt. of Olives, Lazarus’ Tomb, Gethsemane, Golgotha, Holy Sepulcher), Galilee, Nazareth, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Bethlehem. We are confident you will sense an increased love for and knowledge of the Scriptures and strengthen your testimony and conversion to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

Days 1 & 2: Friday and Saturday, June 21 and

U.S.A. • Transatlantic flight to Amman, Jordan

We fly from our various home cities, make transfers, and arrive the following day at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, an ancient city of Old and New Testament times known as Philadelphia. We stay at Le Meridien Amman Hotel for the night.

Day 3: Sunday, June 23

Mount Nebo • Petra

This morning we drive south through the ancient region of Moab and stop at Mount Nebo before continuing on to the ruins of Petra, where we either take horses (half the distance) or walk to the ruins of this “rose-red city half as old as time.” This wonder of the ancient world, built out of sandstone by the Nabataeans, has beautiful temples and amphitheaters carved out of the cliffs which surround the hidden valley. We visit the Treasury and other sites as time allows. We check in to the Hayat Zaman Hotel for the night.

Day 4: Monday, June 24

Jerash • Sea of Galilee

We begin our day by traveling along the highlands of Gilead, first arriving at the Jabbok River that crosses the territory of Gilead. It was here that Jacob wrestled with the angel and was given the name Israel. We continue northward until we arrive at the ancient Greek–Roman city of Jerash. Jerash was a part of the Decapolis, was second in size to Damascus, and is known as the “City of a Thousand Pillars.” It is one of the most complete ruins of any Greek–Roman city in the world. We continue north, cross the border into Israel, and onto the Sea of Galilee, where we check in to Ein Gev Holiday Village for three nights.

Day 5: Tuesday, June 25

Mount Tabor • Nazareth • Mount Carmel • Caesarea

We begin the day by visiting Mount Tabor, where we take taxis to the top for a discussion of the Transfiguration. From there we drive through the hills of Galilee as we journey to Nazareth, where we visit the Nazareth Village and discuss the early life of Jesus. After crossing the historic Jezreel Valley, we travel up to Mount Carmel to Muhraka, the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal, enjoying a sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley. From there we travel through the hills and then down the Mediterranean coast to discover Caesarea, where we discuss the Apostles Peter and Paul and their relationship to Roman leaders who lived there. We end our day by returning to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee.

Day 6: Wednesday, June 26

Sea of Galilee • Capernaum • Dan • Banias • Golan Heights

Our day begins with a morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, after which we see the Galilee boat. We next visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, and the Mount of Beatitudes, where we discuss the Sermon on the Mount. We pass by the Canaanite city of Hazor on our way to Tel Dan. Here Jeroboam erected a golden calf for the Israelites to worship. The restored walls and gates give us an excellent idea of the fortifications Joshua would have faced as he conquered the land. We visit Banias, known as Caesarea Philippi in the days of Jesus. This is where the Savior asked His disciples, “Whom say ye that I am?” We continue on to the Golan Heights, which have been fought over since Old Testament times. We make a brief stop near the Syrian border where somewhere near here, while on the road to Damascus, Paul had his life-changing vision of Christ. We return to Ein Gev for our final night in Galilee.

Day 7: Thursday, June 27

Jordan Valley • Qasr el Yahud • Masada • Jericho • Jerusalem

Today we travel south down the Jordan Valley and discuss biblical history as we ride. We arrive at Qasr el Yahud to discuss important biblical events that occurred there and then continue south along the Dead Sea to Masada to see the museum and take the tram up to the fortress where we recall a tragic event in Jewish history. We drive past the site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and stop at Jericho for a view of its Old Testament ruins. We continue our drive through the Judean wilderness and along the Wadi Kelt on our way to Jerusalem. We have our first glimpse of Jerusalem as we drive to the Olive Tree Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel.

Day 8: Friday, June 28

Bethlehem • Jerusalem

We begin the day by driving to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity, including St. Jerome’s Grotto, and Shepherds’ Field, to review the biblical events that occurred in this area. Our next stop is at the Yad Vashem (Holocaust) Museum to review the impact of the Holocaust on the history of this land and the Jewish people. We drive by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on our way to visit the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls display) and the model city of Jerusalem to see how it looked near the time of Jesus. We then drive through the Jewish ultraorthodox section of Mea Shearim on our way to the Western Wall to watch the Jewish people welcome in the Sabbath. After dinner, those who choose to may do some shopping.

Day 9: Saturday, June 29

Jerusalem

The day begins with a stop on the Mount of Olives for an orientation and view of the historic city, Jerusalem. We then visit the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden to review the history of the Church in Israel. Our next stop is at the BYU Jerusalem Center where we attend sacrament meeting with members of the Jerusalem Branch. After lunch we view Lion’s Gate and the Pool of Bethesda to recall the events recorded in John 5. We also see the Sisters of Zion Convent, built on the site of the Antonia Fortress, where Pilate may have questioned Jesus. Walking along the Via Dolorosa, we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before returning to the hotel.

Day 10: Sunday, June 30

Jerusalem

We visit the Old City for a tour of the Rabbinic Tunnel and the Holy (Temple) Mount or Mount Moriah, ancient site of the temples of Solomon and Herod, now occupied by the magnificent Dome of the Rock and El Aksa mosques. This is where Gabriel opened the New Testament and where the Savior did most of His teaching when He was in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, we have some time for shopping before ending the day with a visit to the City of David and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a water system dating back to the time of Isaiah. We also view the Pool of Siloam before returning to the hotel to change clothes. After dinner, those who choose to may spend more time shopping.

Day 11: Monday, July 1

Jerusalem • “Footsteps of Jesus”

We begin this day with a visit to the traditional Upper Room—scene of the Last Supper, washing of feet, and the last teachings of Jesus to His disciples—and then visit St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, possible site of the cock’s crowing and the palace of Caiaphas. We continue on to Gethsemane, where the great atoning sacrifice took place, and Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. We conclude with a visit to the Garden Tomb to discuss the sacredness of the Resurrection. We return to the hotel to pack and after dinner drive to the airport for our trip home or to Egypt.

Day 12: Tuesday, July 2

Jerusalem • U.S.A.

In the very early morning, we depart Jerusalem for Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv for our return flight to the U.S.A., arriving home sometime in the afternoon.

Possible Egypt Extension:

Day 12: Tuesday, July 2 Cairo, Egypt • Luxor

We depart Jerusalem for Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv for a flight to Cairo, Egypt, arriving at the Cairo International Airport. We first visit the exhibits from throughout Egypt’s history at the world-famous Cairo Museum, including the discoveries from King Tut’s Tomb. If time permits, we stop at the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammed Ali Mosque (Alabaster Mosque) and discuss Islam. We then drive to the airport and take an early evening flight to Luxor, checking in to the Steigenberger Hotel for the night.

Day 13: Wednesday, July 3 Luxor • Cairo

We visit the west bank of the Nile, where the tombs and mortuary temples of the famous kings and queens of the New Kingdom (when Egypt ruled the East) are located. In the Valley of the Kings we see King Tut’s Tomb and others and view Pit Tomb 33 (believed by some to be the place from which Joseph Smith’s Abraham papyri came). We visit an alabaster factory for a demonstration and shopping and then enjoy a felucca (sailboat) ride and a provided lunch. We then visit the largest temple complex in the world, the famous Temple of Karnak. If time permits, we visit the Temple of Luxor. We take an evening return flight to Cairo and check back in to the Fairmont Hotel for two nights.

Day 14: Thursday, July 4 Cairo

We begin the day with a visit to the sites of Egypt’s ancient splendor, beginning with the Giza Pyramids. We go inside the Cheops or Chephren pyramid and then visit the 5,000-year-old Sphinx. If time permits, we stop at the pharaonic capital of Memphis on our way to lunch. Then we see the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the Pyramid of Unas, and the Mastaba of Ti (or Mereruka) at Saqqara. We visit a papyrus factory for a demonstration and shopping. We return to the hotel to pack, have dinner, and then drive to the airport for our flight to the U.S.A.

Day 15: Friday, July 5 Cairo • Transatlantic flight to the U.S.A.

We say a very early farewell to the city of Cairo as we depart from the Cairo International Airport for the U.S.A. We arrive home in the evening.

Price includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Local guides
  • Hotel accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Minimum travel insurance
  • All breakfast and dinner meals on the land portion

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip air from Salt Lake City–Amman–Tel Aviv or Cairo–Salt Lake City $TBA
  • Additional possible airfare from cities other than Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., phone calls, room service, e-mails, etc.)
  • Additional travel insurance and cancellation waiver
  • Lunches except where noted
  • Single supplement: Jordan and Israel $920; Egypt option $160

Payment options:

  • $500 Deposit is due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due on March 02, 2019
  • 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 - $3720.00 * Ask about our Single Share option