June Bible Lands Scripture Discovery Tour with Don Beesley

Dates May 31-June 16, 2021
Destination Cairo; Luxor; Giza; Caesarea; Capernaum; Sea of Galilee; Jericho; Masada; Bethlehem; Jerusalem; Tel Aviv;
Duration 16 days 15 nights
Price From 2,699

Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level*:


Come join Don Beesley, former Jerusalem Center faculty, on a tour that will entertain as well as educate.

Journey back to the Holy Land where the land echoes with the voices of Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah. Sixteen 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 Seven Wonders of the World and the 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 Mount 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 with your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and make fast friends with those your traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Wendy Fracchia, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-5285
wfracchia@morrismurdock.com

Haws Marble,
Tel:  (801)815-1387
marble761@comcast.net

 

CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 for final payment by check

Day 1/2: Monday and Tuesday, May 31-June 1, 2021

USA transatlantic flight to Cairo, Egypt

We will take flights from our various U.S.A. homes. We will arrive in Egypt at the Cairo International Airport on June 1 and check in to the El Salam Hotel for two nights. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Wednesday, June 2

Cairo

Our first visit today will be to the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammed Ali Mosque (the Alabaster Mosque). We will then visit the world-famous Cairo Museum, where the discoveries from King Tut's Tomb are on display, along with many other interesting exhibits from the various periods of ancient Egyptian history. This evening we will prepare for tomorrow's early morning flight to Luxor. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, June 3

Cairo -  Luxor

After arriving in Luxor on an early morning flight, we will go to the Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel (where we will stay tonight), and have breakfast. After breakfast, we'll visit the west bank of the Nile River and the Valley of the Kings. There the tombs and mortuary temples of the famous kings and queens of the New Kingdom (when Egypt ruled the East) are located. We will visit the spectacular tomb of Seti 1. Next, we will visit the Ramesseum. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a felucca (sailboat) ride on the Nile. There should be time for shopping in the bazaar this evening.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Friday, June 4

Luxor-Cairo

Today we will visit the largest temple complex in the world, the famous Temple of Karnak, and the Temple of Luxor. We will catch a late afternoon flight back to Cairo and return to the El Salam Hotel for two nights. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, June 5

Giza-Memphis-Sakkara

Our last day in Egypt will begin with a visit to Giza to visit the world-famous pyramids, classified among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will stand in awe of their size and magnificent engineering. We will see the spectacular 135-foot-long solar boat constructed over 4,500 years ago using lumber from the cedars of Lebanon. We will then have the opportunity to ride a camel. We will also come face-to-face with the well-known Sphinx. Next, we'll visit a papyrus factory. After lunch we will visit Memphis (capital of the Pyramid Age) and Sakkara (Zoser's famous step pyramid). After dinner, we will prepare for our departure to Israel in the morning. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, June 6

Cairo-Tel Aviv-Caesarea-Haifa-Muhraka-Galilee

We will take a morning flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, to begin our experience in the land of our forefathers. (Those wishing to join the Israel portion of the tour will meet with those coming from Egypt on this morning.) If time allows, our first stop will be Jaffa, where Peter received the important revelation about taking the gospel to the Gentiles. We will drive through Tel Aviv, the largest Jewish metropolitan area in the world, and then north along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Roman New Testament seaside capital, Caesarea. Here in the ancient Roman Theater, we will study the biblical events that happened in this place. We will then drive to Haifa (modern port of Israel and center of the Baha’i faith), stop for a view, and recount some LDS Church history related to this area. We will drive along the top of Mount Carmel to Muhraka, the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal, to enjoy a view of the Jezreel Valley and talk about the importance of this valley both anciently and now.  We will drive on to Tiberias, and stop at Magdala for a brief look at the shrine dedicated to the women in the Savior’s life. We will check in at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, for three nights. Following dinner, we will have an opportunity for a possible swim in the Sea of Galilee. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Monday, June 7

Mount of Beatitudes – Banias - Golan Heights - Capernaum

Our day will begin with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount. On the way north we will pass the ruins of Tel Hazor, an ancient Canaanite citadel conquered by Joshua. At Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi, at the foot of Mount Hermon, we will recall the events of Matthew 16. On the Golan Heights we will stop for lunch and then visit Mount Bental to not only admire the view but to orient ourselves to the geography and history of the area.  Upon returning to the lake, we will visit the site of ancient Capernaum, Jesus’ home during His ministry, before taking a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Nof Ginosar and visit the boat museum before returning to our rooms. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Tuesday, June 8

Mount Tabor - Nazareth Village - Mount Arbel

Today we will focus mainly on sites related to the Savior’s ministry.  After arriving at the base, we will take taxicabs to the top of Mount Tabor, the probable site of Christ’s transfiguration, and discuss the sacred events that happened here. Our drive will take us past Nain and into the Jezreel Valley to the lovely city of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we will visit the Nazareth Village (developed to show life as it existed at the time of Jesus) and briefly reflect on His early life. As we return to the Sea of Galilee area, we will enter the Beit Netofa Valley and pass by the remains of biblical Cana. Our final site for the day will be the spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee from Mount Arbel, before arriving back at Nof Ginosar.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, June 9

Beit Shean - Jordan River Valley-Jericho

As we leave the Sea of Galilee and proceed down the Jordan River Valley, we will first stop at Beit Shean, or Scythopolis, as it was known in Jesus’ day, to see the impressive ruins. We will also stop at Beit Alpha to learn from the impressive mosaic imagery on the floor of an ancient Jewish synagogue. We continue south to Qasr el Yahud, located on the banks of the Jordan River, to recall the important biblical events that occurred in this area, including the baptism of Jesus. We will continue on to Jericho, to learn more of the important events that took place in this area before checking in to the Oasis Hotel for the night. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Thursday, June 10

 Masada - Dead Sea  Area– Jerusalem- Qumran-The Garden Tomb

This morning we will depart early for Masada. We will first visit the outstanding museum before taking a cable car to the top, where we will see the ruins of the palace-fortress built by King Herod. We will also recall the story of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. At Ein Gedi, those desiring to do so, will have the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea (the lowest point on the earth’s surface). We will then stop at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.We will drive through the Judean Wilderness (where the Savior had His 40-day spiritual experience), and go up to the Holy City—Jerusalem. We will drive to the southern end of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of the city. We will then make our first visit to the Garden Tomb. The remaining nights of our tour in the Holy Land will be spent at the Olive Tree Hotel, which is convenient to sites and shopping near the Old City of Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Friday, June 11

Mount of Olives – Israel Museum – Yad Vashem - Bethlehem 

We will begin this day by driving to the Mount of Olives, where we will review the last events of the Savior’s life. We will drive by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on our way to the Israel Museum, including the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls display) and the famous Model City of Jerusalem. 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 then go to Bethlehem, the site of the Savior’s birth, to visit the Church of the Nativity. At Shepherds’ Field overlooking Bethlehem, we will review the biblical events connected with this area. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Saturday, June 12

Orson Hyde Memorial Garden - BYU Jerusalem Center

We will begin our Sabbath by going early to the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden on the Mount of Olives for a special experience. We will then attend Sacrament meeting with the members of the Jerusalem branch at the BYU Jerusalem Center.  There will then be free time to revisit some of your favorite sites, ponder at the Garden Tomb, etc.

Day 14: Sunday, June 13

City of David

In the morning, we will visit the City of David ruins, which gives us an idea of the Jerusalem that Isaiah and Nephi knew. This includes Area G, Warren’s Shaft (where we’ll recount Jerusalem’s early biblical history), and Hezekiah’s Tunnel, through which we will wade. We will then see the Pool of Siloam mentioned in John 9 and other ruins from the time of the Savior. After going to the hotel to change clothes, we will have free time to explore the Old City shops, museums, visit the Garden Tomb, etc. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Monday, June 14

Jerusalem 

This day in Jerusalem will begin at the Dung Gate to visit the Holy Mount and to see the outside of the Dome of the Rock, built to honor Mohammed, Islam’s founder. Later we will stop at the Western Wall, where we will observe Jews as they participate in morning prayers and bar mitzvahs at Judaism’s holiest shrine.  We will visit the Ophel to examine how it looked at the time of the Savior.  In the afternoon we will visit the Jewish Quarter to see the Broad Wall and the Cardo.  There will also be time spent in the Christian Quarter as we visit the major shrine of Christendom, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  We will leave the Old City through the Damascus Gate. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 15-16

Footsteps of Jesus - Flight Home to the U.S.A.

On this special day we will visit the scenes of the last 24 hours of the Savior’s ministry. We will begin at the traditional Upper Room (scene of the Last Supper, washing of feet, and the last teachings of Jesus to His apostles) and then go to St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, possible site of the cock’s crowing and the Palace of Caiaphas. Our next visit is to Gethsemane, where the great atoning sacrifice took place as well as the arrest of Jesus. Then we will go through Lion’s Gate and past the Pool of Bethesda to the general area of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus may have been questioned by Pilate. We will walk out the Damascus Gate to Golgotha, where He was crucified, and to the Garden Tomb, where the Savior broke the bands of death. While there we will have a group meeting. After dinner, we will prepare for our flight home, departing for the airport in the evening. A lifetime of memories and friendships will be our to keep! 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Pricing- 

Egypt- $4499

Israel Only- $2699

Price Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Group airport transfers
  • Local guides
  • Hotel accommodations--Deluxe to first class 
  • Sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • All tip and gratuities
  • Whisper headsets throughout the Israel tour
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Travel documents and tour materials

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare (group air price available)
  • Sightseeing not included on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, e-mails, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (can be purchased separately) --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • Passport fees
  • Single supplements: Egypt; Israel