2022 Spring Jordan and Israel Holy Land Tour with Kay Godfrey

Dates April 18-May 4, 2022
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Galilee; Dead Sea; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem; United States
Duration 16 days 15 nights
Price From 3,659

Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level*:


ISRAEL CURRENTLY REQUIRES ALL TRAVELERS, REGARDLESS OF AGE, TO BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19  TO TRAVEL.

Come join acclaimed tour host, Kay Godfrey on a tour that will touch your heart and mind. Kay's passion for the Holy Land is matched with his experience to make sure you get the very best experience possible.

Journey back to the Holy Land where the land echoes with the voices of Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah. 16 days to see and experience the places where Christ's powerful teachings still permeate the land. You'll see the most incredible landscapes, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and several of the most sacred spots on Earth, all in one tour. From the ancient Petra in Jordan to Masada, from the Sea of Galilee to the Red Sea, from the Mt. of Transfiguration to the Temple Mount, from Gethsemane to the Garden Tomb, we will see and feel it all.

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1 bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and makes fast friends with those your traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

To complete the experience be sure to add on the Egypt post-tour to visit the ancient pyramids of Cairo (2000 years old when the boy Jesus visited) and the ancient temples of Luxor!

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Wendy Fracchia, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-5285

Tour ID # 9222D18

CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 for final payment by check

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not great, the days are full with touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Day 1/2:Monday & Tuesday, April 18-19, 2022

Depart USA to Amman

We will take flights from our various home cities, make transfers, and arrive the following day at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, where we will be taken to our comfortable hotel for dinner and rest from our travels. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Recovery Day and Amman City Tour

Today we will recover from our international travels and enjoy a late start morning.  After breakfast we will enjoy a half-day city tour of Amman.  This tour will see the old and new of this capital city of Jordan with a highlight visit to Jerash.  Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and get an opportunity to get to know each other and talk about the many highlights of the upcoming day

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Amman, Mt Nebo & Madaba

Today we get to explore the City known in the Old and New Testament times as Philadelphia. Traveling south we visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of St. George's Church. More mosaics can be seen in the Archaeological Park, which houses some masterpieces from Byzantine churches. We then journey to Mt. Nebo, the site where the Prophet Moses looked over the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea before sending the Children of Israel across without him. Here you view 4th and 6th century Byzantine churches with wonderful mosaics. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Petra

The red-rose city of Petra is a unique destination.  More than 2000 years ago the area was settled by the Nabataeans who carved magnificent buildings in the sandstone.  We begin our adventure with an optional horse ride, then walk through the Sig, an immense crack in the stone, to see at the end Petra’s most impressive monument: The Treasury.  You walk along the Street of Facades, see the Royal Tombs, and Qasr al Bint.  From here we depart for the beautiful city of Aqaba to stay the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Sunday, April 24, 2022

Aqaba to Tel Aviv

Travel across to Israel through Arava border and journey north to Tel Aviv with many special stops along the way that most pilgrims don't get to see. The first is the Timna Mines and Park. These ancient mines were a source of silver and copper dating back to ancient times. There is some indication that Lehi and his sons may have been metalworkers and visited this site. Here we also visit a marvelous full-sized model Tabernacle based on the one revealed to Moses in the wilderness. After traveling north through Beersheba, we will visit Joppa, the site of Jonah’s departure, running away from his mission and the site of Peter’s vision which opened missionary work to the Gentiles. We will arrive to our hotel in Netanya, a beautiful resting point on the Mediterranean Sea for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Monday, April 24, 2022

Caesarea - Nazareth

“And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius thy prayer is heard.” Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod, the residence of Pontius Pilate, and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well-preserved amphitheater overlooking over 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 will visit Nazareth and the historic re-creation Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Magdala - Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes - Capernaum - Tabgha

We begin in the village of Magdala seeing an active archeological site still being unearthed today, and the incredible mural of the woman who touches the hem of Jesus robe. Here we’ll see a Synagogue dating back to the Savior’s day, where a newly discovered stone portrays the symbols of the ancient temple. We continue to the shoreside and sail upon the Sea of Galilee to view the area of Jesus Christ's early ministry. As the wind carries your boat, note the halo of mountains that surrounds its shores.  A St. Peter’s fish lunch today is included and not only tastes fabulous but makes a great memory. The Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors. We will read the words of the greatest teacher of all time as He taught the greatest sermon of all time. Then 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 in this important place.  We will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor commemorating this miracle that you will not want to miss.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Tel Dan - Caesarea Philippi

We will visit Tel Dan National Park, which combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience. Beside a massive rock cliff, a place of great natural beauty, Banias is the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Peter bore testimony of the Savior and Jesus said “Thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build my church”. As we make our way back south we will stop at Kissinger’s Point that looks out over Syria.  This area is patrolled by the United Nations.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Bethabara - The Dead Sea 

As we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, we 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. We then enter the strange and barren desert of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is an overnight experience.  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy a buoyant dip in its waters and cover yourself in the wonderful medicinal mud. 
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Friday, April 29, 2022

Ein Gedi - Qumran - Masada

Today We will see Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul.   Buried in the beige limestone bluffs, the ruins of Qumran still tell the story of the Essenes, a reclusive Jewish sect that buried the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls.  Next its on to the fortress of Masada where we will reach the top of the plateau by cable car.  At Masada 960 Jews preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to the overwhelming Roman forces.
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Saturday, April 20, 2022

Gethsemane - Sacrament Meeting at BYU Jerusalem Center - Old Jerusalem Tour - Last Supper Room - Caiasphas Palace

Today is a very special day it will begin in Gethsemane following the path the Savior took as he descended into Jerusalem.  We will spend some quiet time together prior to attending our Church services.  We will enjoy Sacrament meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center. After lunch we will visit the Pool of Bethesda, Antonia Fortress, and the Western Wall.  Two of the most Christian sites we will visit today are the site of the Last Supper and Caiaphas Palace.  This sad site with its sad dungeon 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dome of the Rock - Western Wall Tunnel - Israel Museum 

We will begin our day by visiting one of the most holy sites in Jerusalem.  Holy to the Muslims, Jews, and Christians.  We will visit theTemple Mount.  We will discuss its importance and then take a tour of the famous tunnels beneath the Western Wall.  We will also visit the archeological park located on the south side of the temple mount. The original steps located here were certainly walked on by the Savior himself many times. After lunch we will discover the treasures of 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 will 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Monday, May 2, 2022

Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity - Shepherd Field

This morning we will be traveling south toward Bethlehem we visit the Herodium, built by Herod the Great as a fortress and palace as well his burial place. 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.  We will enjoy a fantastic lunch together in a traditional Bedouin tent restaurant before we visit the Church of the Nativity. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where this church now stands.  We will gather later on the Shepherd Field where modern-day shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago.  We will sing the beloved Christmas hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten. Later that evening after dinner we will visit Jimmy’s Olive Woodshop for all your olive wood needs.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Free Day in Jerusalem - Farewell Dinner

Today is a free day, a day of shopping and doing any additional sightseeing.  Tonight, we will 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Flight Home with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals : In-flight

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!

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star hotels and specialty lodging in Jordan
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Group transfers
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Day Bag and document package

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. *Group air from Salt Lake will be available price TBA
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for a quote
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $
    • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double
  • Optional Egypt Extension - $2999.00 per person/based on double occupancy

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per-person due at booking
  • Final payment due Jan 11th, 2022
  • Terms & Conditions
  • *A minimum number of 30 passengers is needed for the advertised tour price. If enrollment falls under an additional supplement my apply if the tour is operated

What's included in Egypt Extension - $2999.00 per person/based on double occupancy  

  • Overnight in Tel Aviv with transfer to the airport
  • Flights from Tel Aviv to Cairo
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Accommodations in Cairo in a 4+ Stay hotels including daily breakfast
  • 3 night Nile Cruise - all meals and touring included
  • Nubian Village visits
  • All flights (Cairo/Aswan - Luxor/Cairo)
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary and entrance fees
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entry Visa into Egypt

Day 1: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Tel Aviv to Cairo
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo.  Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival, we are escorted to our hotel to rest from the travel.

Day 2: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Cairo - Giza Pyramids
Today we start our exploration of the mysteries Egypt holds at the pyramids in Giza and discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.  We have a safari on camels, or horse buggy if you prefer, on our way to see the solar boat museum which sits with the pyramids. We continue on to the Great Sphinx that was carved out of a solid natural rock around 2500 B.C. After a stop for lunch, we visit the Papyrus institute to see how it is made and introduced to ancient Egyptian writing.  An explanation is also provided as to what a cartouche is, as we will see them throughout our tour!   Tonight, for those interested, we will make arrangements for you to travel back to the Giza pyramids for a laser light show. ($) Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Friday, May 6, 2022
Cairo - Flight to Aswan - Nile Cruise
We start the day early with breakfast and then are transferred to the Cairo airport for our flight south to Aswan.  Our tour begins at the famous High Dam which was built to save Egypt from the wild Nile floods.  We continue on to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, the Philae Temple, which is the temple of ISIS, goddess of magic and maternity. To access this temple we ride a motor boat, which also provides us our first views of the local terrain and interaction with people.  After our visit, we embark on our deluxe Nile cruise boat which is our home for the next three nights.  We enjoy lunch and some free time onboard to rest from our early morning.  For those who wish, we may take a motor boat up the Nile to a local Nubian village and learn about their culture and visit a local family.  We have time here to do our first market shopping and maybe find a special galabaya (traditional Egyptian garment) for our onboard party tomorrow night. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Nile Cruise
As our riverboat moves north, our first visit today is to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt, which is dedicated to Horus the falcon, and Sobek the crocodile. Then we sail to Edfu and visit the most complete temple in Egypt. This afternoon we return to our ship and continue sailing to Luxor.  Along the way, we pass through a loch on the Nile in Esna which is exciting to see.  Tonight after dinner, we enjoy a traditional Egyptian celebration dressed in our traditional wear for those who’d like to attend. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sunday, May 8, 2022
Nile Cruise -  Valley of the Kings
For those who are adventurous and up for a thrill, there is an opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride this morning over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (a separate additional fee is required).  The view is incomparable and lets you appreciate the large scale of the burial place of many famous pharos.  We start our official tour today by visiting the Valley of the Kings and admire the magnificence of the grandeur of architecture which was used for many kings' burial sites. We visit 3 famous tombs, including the tomb of King Tut Ankh Amen!  We pass by the temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, the daughter of Thutmosis I for photo opportunity and then we return back to the ship for lunch.  This afternoon, one of the tour highlights of the whole tour is visiting the Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship in the history of Egypt.  It is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu.  Tonight after dinner we have a very unique experience of enjoying a fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse-pulled buggies. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Monday, May 9, 2022
Luxor - Cairo
Today we say goodbye to our on home on the Nile as we disembark the ship and take an early flight back to Cairo.  From the airport, we depart on a tour to the world famous Egyptian museum, home of the treasures of King Tut’s tomb and the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Cairo - Sakkara
Today we journey south outside of the city of Cairo to see the area of Sakkara which is one part of the old great necropolis of Memphis. Sakkara is probably best known as the location of King Zoser's step Pyramid, one of the oldest on record.  Our excursion proceeds to the old capital of Memphis, which was the capital city of the Old Kingdom. We see the ruins of the Temple of Ptah, and the gigantic colossi of king Ramses the second.  While in this area, we visit a local carpet school and we are able to watch the fascinating skills of those who make rugs by hand.  Tonight we enjoy our last meal together as we prepare for our journey home. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Today (early AM) we depart Egypt and take your flight home with memories to last a lifetime. Meals: Breakfast