2021 Spring Holy Land Scripture Discovery Tour with Dean Marriott

Dates May 20 -30, 2021
Destination Tel Aviv; Bethlehem; Sea of Galilee; Mount of Beatitudes; Capernaum; Masada; Mount Moriah; Old Jerusalem; Mount of Olives; United States
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,689

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The scriptures will come to life on this Holy Land tour with Dr. Dean Marriott. 

What to Expect on our Journey?

Our flights take us beyond the cares, chaos and calamities of this world. Upon arrival at Jerusalem (dwelling of peace) we begin experiencing the peace only the Savior can bring, “My peace I give unto to thee, not as the world giveth”. We begin our journey at the birthplace of the Prince of Peace—Bethlehem. We see the cave—once a stable. There we re-live the story of his sacred birth. Next we travel to Nazareth where Jesus “grew in stature, wisdom and favor with God and man”. Then we follow in his footsteps through Galilee visiting ruins of villages, synagogues, and even explore the remains of what is known as Peter’s house where Jesus resided for 19 months. Then a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. At each site we take time to connect with earth and stone to visualize Jesus having been there. This is a remarkable tour, unlike typical drive-by photo tours. You will stay in a Galilee Jewish Kibbutz at water’s edge, visit Monasteries, and Muslim holy sites. We dine with a Bedouin family, seated upon pillows in an authentic nomadic tent. Ride a Camel. Take the tram high atop Masada, viewing the “whole world” promised Jesus on the Mt. of Temptation. See the caves of Qumran where brass plates (think of Laban) and scripture scrolls were discovered. Then float the Dead Sea. Each day we encounter a “water” event—sand and sea of the Mediterranean, swim or wade in Sea of Galilee, enjoy natural warm-springs waterfalls, wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and refresh at hotel swimming pools. At Jerusalem we stay inside the old city walls in a Crusader era hotel where we will walk the streets of old Jerusalem, reflecting on the many crowded festivals attended by Jesus. At Bar Mitzvahs at the Wailing Wall we remember Jesus’ own experience at age 12. Nearby, atop Mt. Moriah, we see the Dome of the Rock, where Jesus taught daily in what was the temple courtyard. We conclude our tour by visiting where Jesus was tried and beaten by Pilate; Then follow the original “Via Delarosa”—way of the cross through the Damascus gate, to Golgotha and reflect on his mighty sacrifice. Next is the Garden tomb where Mary had her glorious experience on the morning of the Resurrection.  Afterwards we ascend Mt. Olives, beyond Gethsemane, to the BYU Jerusalem center to worship the Prince of Peace and reflect upon our many experiences in the Holy Land.

And MUCH more!!! We provide a maximum of meaningful events, making this a tremendous value, while maintaining a comfortable pace and options at strenuous events for the more leisure traveler.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

TOUR CODE - 9221E20

Day 1: Thursday, May 20, 2021

USA to Tel Aviv

We will depart from Salt Lake City (or airport near you) and then connect with an overnight flight, arriving in Tel Aviv Friday afternoon. 

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Friday, May 21, 2021

Tel Aviv 

Afternoon arrival in Tel Aviv where we will meet our local tour manager for a transfer to a comfortable hotel for dinner and rest from our travels.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, May 22, 2021

Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • Masada• Qumran* Valley of Elah • Jaffa • Tel Aviv

"NO ROOM AT THE INN"

We will travel to Bethlehem and will speak of Herod’s deceitful conversation with wise men as described by Matthew. Following a star, they journeyed to Bethlehem bearing gifts, coming to see the newborn King of the Jews; we will also discuss shepherds watching their flocks by night. The crowded streets and busy shops of Bethlehem remind us of the difficult journey long ago of Joseph and Mary, only to find “no room at the inn.” At the Church of the Nativity we will discuss the Savior’s birth and events at Bethlehem.

"MIGHTY FORTRESSES--MASADA"

Herod’s paranoia motivated him to build mountain-top fortresses for protection. He was fearful of revolution or invasion by Egyptians to dethrone him. These retreats were supplied with food and supplies to last for years if needed.  Herod was never over-thrown. He died of social diseases soon after the birth of Jesus. While here in the desert, we discuss Isaiah, Micah and Lehi, all of whom prophesied of Jesus birth. Masada was used years later as a refuge for Zealots and Essenes fleeing the Romans.  Here we discuss their final resistance before committing suicide.

"QUMRAN"

At Qumran we see the remains of the Essene city.  These people followed strict behavioral and dietary habits that remind us of John the Baptist. They kept precise religious and secular records. When the invading Romans came, the Essenes hid their scrolls in the caves above, then fled to Masada where they met their end.

"DAVID THE SHEPHERD KING AND HIS HEIR, JESUS THE GOOD SHEPHERD"

As we journey to Tel Aviv we discuss Jesus’ ancestral link to the great King David. Jesus’ love for David is reflected in His many recitations of the psalms of David, many of which are prophetic references to Jesus. As we pass through the valley of Elah, we remember David’s fight with Goliath which led to his becoming King.  In the nearby hills of Lehi (Hebrew for jawbone), we remember Samson’s encounters with the Philistines.  In the Book of Mormon, Jawbone (Lehi) was the name given to the Lord’s prophet (or mouthpiece). Here we remember Lehi’s sons being pursued by Laban in the wilderness. At Beit Lehi an inscription calls on Jehovah (written in 600 B.C. script) to rescue them from destruction. Also inscribed on the wall of the cave are two boats perhaps linked to Nephi’s vision of their escape. Local Bedouins have a legend of a great prophet coming there to bless his people. We travel back to Tel Aviv and the Metropolitan Hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Tel Aviv • Natanya Academic College • Caesarea • Haifa • Jezreel Valley • Mount Tabor • Sea of Galilee

"The Spirit of Elijah” 

At Jaffa an angel of God pronounced to Peter that the gospel was now to be taught to all nations

"ELIJAH’S PROPHETIC ROLE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE"

At Natanya Academic College we are reminded of Orson Hyde and others who came in the spirit of Elijah to bless the land. A plaque has been placed on various trees honoring each visiting restoration apostle and Church President. At Caesarea, Peter explained his vision to the Roman centurion Cornelius that the gospel was now to go forth to all nations. We will see the amphitheater where the Tabernacle Choir has performed. Nearby is the Roman aqueduct. At Haifa we will discuss early LDS missionary activity. Orson Hyde was sent by Joseph Smith to dedicate this land for the return of Abraham’s children in preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mormon missionaries died while serving here in the 1890s and are buried nearby.  From Haifa we see Mount Carmel and are reminded of Elijah’s impact on history—as a mighty Old Testament prophet, a forerunner to the Messiah, and a key figure in the restoration of the gospel in the latter days. As we cross the fertile green valley of Jezreel, we will discuss Elijah’s role as well as the prophecy of the great Second Coming and last battle of Armageddon.  

"ELIJAH BESTOWS SEALING KEYS TO APOSTLES ANCIENT AND MODERN"

Jesus took Peter, James, and John to Mount Tabor, where they were visited on the holy mount by Elijah. According to President Spencer W. Kimball, this is where Jesus was transfigured and holy angels gave gospel keys to Peter, James, and John. Elijah bestowed upon them the sealing powers. In more recent times this same Elijah appeared with these same keys to be given to Joseph Smith in 1836, thus fulfilling the promise that Elijah would precede the great second coming of the Messiah.  We will check in to the lakeside Kibbutz Ma’agan Holiday Village on the Sea of Galilee for two nights. You may want to swim in the pool or lake.                              

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Monday, May 24, 2021

Nazareth Village Yardenit Magdala • Mount of Beatitudes • Chorazin

"JESUS’ EARLY LIFE IN THE VILLAGE OF NAZARETH" 

Our morning drive brings us to Nazareth Village. Here we observe how Jesus may have lived, worked, and worshipped until age 30. Located here are an authentic ancient well and winepress from Jesus’ time.  He would have known this place. Also here are a reconstructed village olive press and a synagogue similar to one in which Jesus would have taught. We remember His statement of “treading the winepress alone.” Finally, we will see what a first-century family home may have been like, complete with a carpenter’s shop.

 "JESUS’ MINISTRY IN GALILEE"

Jesus’ ministry began shortly after His baptism by John in the river Jordan.  We visit Yardenit to visually recall this sacred event. Each day large groups of Christians are baptized. Next we follow the shoreline to Magdala, where there is a recently excavated synagogue where Jesus may have taught. Nearby on the Mount of Beatitudes Jesus called His twelve apostles and delivered His memorable Sermon on the Mount.  Here we will have a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the countryside Jesus loved. At Chorizin we remember Jesus’ harsh words for those who received God’s blessings then are slow to heed His counsel. At Nof Ginosar we see the remains of a fishing boat dating to the time of Jesus, then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before returning to Ma’agan.  After dinner we will gather at the seashore to discuss scriptures regarding Jesus and His experiences around the Sea of Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Kursi • Bethsaida• Capernaum Sea of Galilee 

"LOAVES AND FISHES"

We will drive along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee adjacent to the Golan Heights and stop at Kursi to reflect on Jesus’ experience there with the man possessing the demons of derangement.  Here Jesus healed him of his afflictions. As a sign, the swine became mad and cast themselves into the sea.  We will discuss the effects of this healing on the man, on his family, and the surprising community reaction. Next we pass by the ruins of Bethsaida, original home of Peter, Andrew, James, John, and others. Near here was the miracle of the loaves and fishes. At Capernaum we will visit the place called in scripture “Jesus’ own town.”  He lived here in the house of Peter for 19 months of His three-year ministry.  We will visit the seaside cove where He told Peter to cast his net on the other side of the boat.  After a miraculous catch, Jesus invited Peter, Andrew, James, and John to leave their nets and become fishers of men.  At the synagogue He preached His mighty sermons, including the “Bread of Life.” At the nearby home of Peter, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law and the man lowered through the roof by forgiving his sins.  Matthew then became converted and the centurion’s servant was healed. Next, we will have the options to enjoy a “Peter fish” lunch (on own), then cross the sea by boat. We journey southward along the Jordan River to Jericho for a restful night at the Oasis Hotel. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Jordan River Valley  Beit Shean  Authentic Bedouin Tent Lunch at Jericho • Jerusalem

"THE FUTILITY OF WORLDLY WALLS"

As we drive southward, we stop at Beit Shean. This is perhaps the most beautiful of ancient ruins. We speak of ancient prophets and the many civilizations here. We drive to Jericho (city walls were toppled by Joshua’s faithful Israelites). Nearby, where the Jordan flows into the Dead Sea is the actual site of Jesus’ baptism by John.  Afterwards, He went into the surrounding wilderness, the Mount of Temptation, where He fasted 40 days, and He rebuked the temptations of this world.   Next we will eat an authentic Bedouin lunch, while seated on the floor of a camel-hair tent. Next those who wish to will float the Dead Sea. Then we will follow Jesus’ final journey through the wilderness of Judea to Jerusalem from Jericho. At Jerusalem, we will check in to the Gloria Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Mount MoriahWestern (Wailing) Wall Ophel (Temple Gates and Steps) City of David Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Pool of Siloam Gethsemane

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: FROM TRIUMPHAL ENTRY TO GETHSEMANE"

We begin our day at the Dome of the Rock mosque on Mount Moriah, where Herod’s temple once stood. At an altar near the Dome of the Rock, a sacrifice was made for Jesus when He was 40 days old. Solomon’s Porch in the Temple Courtyard is where Jesus and His apostles taught and blessed the people. Next we will walk to the Western (Wailing) Wall to observe Jewish worshippers, some celebrating their bar mitzvahs. Here we will talk about Jesus’ similar experience at age 12 when He was found teaching the priests. We will discuss other wonderful things Jesus said and did at various times throughout His life and the mixed response He received by those in attendance. Next we will enter the Ophel to see excavations showing where people prepared for temple worship (immersion pools, money changers, dove and lamb merchants). Here we will tell of Jesus’ cleansing the temple.  Then, while seated on the 2,000-year-old steps to Herod’s temple, we will recount the stories of Jesus’ encounter with the priests inside the temple.   Those who wish to return to the hotel will depart while others will walk down to the City of David, where we’ll take an exciting walk through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. There we will discuss the healing of the man born blind. We will reflect on scriptures about the last supper Jesus had with His disciples.  To end the day, we will bus across the Kidron Valley to Gethsemane (at the base of the Mount of Olives) to hear the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ prayers, suffering, betrayal, and arrest. After dinner we all gather in an upper-room setting to learn more about Passover and last supper.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Friday, May 28, 2021

St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace) Model City and Israel Museum Citadel (Herod’s Palace) • Church of the Holy Sepulcher • Golgotha Garden Tomb

"FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: TRIALS TO THE CROSS TO RESURRECTION"

First we will visit St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace), where Jesus was tried after His arrest in Gethsemane. On the ancient steps leading to the palace, Peter denied Jesus three times as the cock crowed.  We will then bus to the Model City at the Israel Museum. This large replica of Jerusalem gives a strong visual of the city as Jesus knew it. Next is the Citadel (Herod’s Palace) where we will read of Herod’s interrogation of Jesus, and His Roman trial before Pilate where he attempted to “wash his hands” of the blood of Christ. After the Citadel, we follow the original Via Dolorosa through the Christian Quarter bazaar to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, then continue walking through the Old City to the Ecce Homo Convent to see the Lithostrotos, said to be where Jesus was flogged and robed before going through the Damascus Gate to Calvary. Near the skull-shaped rock at Golgotha, where crucifixions occurred, we will discuss Jesus’ final hours.  We will walk a short distance along a pathway lined with beautiful foliage to the peaceful Garden Tomb, which our prophets have identified as the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. We will take time for hymns and reflection on the atoning love of the Savior. We return to the hotel by bus for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Saturday, May 29, 2021

Garden Tomb BYU Jerusalem Center

"WORSHIP SERVICE ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES"

We begin our day by revisiting the lovely Garden Tomb for some quiet spiritual reflection on His glorious resurrection. In 1972, President Harold B. Lee met here with the BYU Study Abroad students and local saints to organize the Jerusalem Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  From this experience the brethren later designated Saturday as the LDS day of worship in Israel.  Nearby we will worship at a sacrament meeting with students at the BYU Jerusalem Center. Free time will follow for resting, shopping, or visiting additional sites. We will finish packing and leave for the airport after dinner.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, May 30, 2021

United States

We will arrive home at mid-day with memories to last a lifetime!


To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

TOUR CODE - 9221E20

Meals : In-flight

Included in the tour:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Group transfers
  • 8 Nights Hotel accommodations - 4 Star Hotels
  • Local guides
  • Hotel accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and gratuities
  • Basic travel insurance
  • All breakfasts and most dinners during land portion
  • Audio hearing system throughout tour
  • Travel bag and document package
  • Digital travel App

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare 
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, emails, etc.)
  • Travel insurance 
  • Passport fees
  • Lunches (and one or two dinners)
  • Single room rate: $3,669.00 (for singles with a private room)

Payment Terms:

TOUR CODE - 9221E20