Summer Holy Land Tour with Roger C. and Lyn Manning

Dates July 20-30, 2018
Destination Tel Aviv; Nazareth; Capernaum; Galilee; Qumran; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,185
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Welcome to an unforgettable experience! Immersing yourself in the spirit of the Holy Land 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.

Director: Dr. Roger C. Manning, Representative of the Missionary Department, former Administrator and Religious Educator for CES, experienced tour director, and returned mission president.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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


CASH DISCOUNT of $50.00 for final payment by check

Days 1–2: Fri-Sat, July 20-21

U.S.A. • Transatlantic Flight • Tel Aviv, Israel

We will take a morning flight from our various U.S.A. homes, change planes at J. F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, and arrive the next evening at the Ben Gurion International Airport.  After our arrival in Israel, we will first stop at Jaffa before driving up the Mediterranean Coast to Netanya to stay the night at the Seasons Hotel.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Sunday, July 22

Caesarea • Haifa • Mount Tabor • Sea of Galilee

Our day begins with a stop at King Herod’s Roman port city, Caesarea (the pride of the Mediterranean world),where Paul the Apostle was tried before being sent to come. We will visit the amazing aqueducts that Herod built to bring water into his city. We continue on to Haifa for a breathtaking view of the city from Mount Carmel at Kaiser’s Watch to recount the important LDS Church historical events which took place in this area and view the beautiful Baha’i temple and gardens.  We will travel east along the top of Mount Carmel to Muhraka to discuss the interesting life of the prophet Elijah. Next we will visit the village of Devaria, where we will take taxis to the top of Mount Tabor, the traditional site of Christ’s transfiguration. We continue on to the Sea of Galilee and check in to the Royal Plaza Hotel near the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where we will spend two nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Monday, July 23

Capernaum • Mount of Beatitudes • Dan • Banias

This morning begins with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to the site of ancient Capernaum, Peter’s home and the headquarters for Jesus’ Galilean ministry.  We continue on to the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount, for a discussion and personal contemplation of the teachings of Jesus. We will pass the ruins of Hazor, an ancient Canaanite citadel conquered by Joshua, then continue north to Tel Dan, the ancient northern limits of Israel (“from Dan to Beersheba”). We will visit Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi, at the foot of Mount Hermon to recall the Savior’s discussion on priesthood keys in (Mt. 16.)  Our last stop is at Mount Bental for a view of the area before returning to the guesthouse, where we will enjoy an evening of swimming and much-needed relaxation.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, July 24

Magdala • Nazareth • Beit Shean • Jericho area

The day begins with a stop at Magdala, where we will learn of the women in the Savior’s life. We continue on to Nazareth, where we will visit Nazareth Village to step back in time in a wonderful re-creation of first-century life in a small Galilean village. In the afternoon, we will drive down to the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, the most complete ruins in all Israel. This Roman city of the Decapolis will bring the opulence of the Greco–Roman world to life. Just east of the Roman and Byzantine ruins lies the Old Testament tel of Beit Shean. Here the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung on the wall for all Israel to see.  We continue south following the Jordan River to Qasr el Yahud to recall the important events that occurred here at the Jordan River. In Jericho, where we will visit the Old Testament Tel before checking in to the Jericho Resort Village Hotel for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Wednesday, July 25

Dead Sea • Masada • Qumran •Jerusalem

Our morning travels will take us south along the Dead Sea, 1,300 feet below sea level. Our first stop will be at the ancient mountaintop fortress built by King Herod, Masada. We will ride the tram to the top and explore the ruins there. The tram will return us to the bottom, and our bus will take us to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. After a float in the Dead Sea, we drive to the ancient village of Bethany, where we will visit a possible Tomb of Lazarus and the traditional site of the home where he lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha.  We will drive to Jerusalem (the city of gold), where we will check in to the Holy Land Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Thursday, July 26

Jerusalem • Old City • City of David

We begin the day with a visit to the Mount of Olives for an orientation to the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit the Ophel area before we walk up to the Holy Mount, which is located atop Mount Moriah—the place where Abraham took Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice.  It was also the site of the temples of Solomon and later Herod; today it is occupied by the magnificent Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque, making this city the third most sacred site in all the world of Islam.  After a visit to the Western Wall, we visit the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah’s Broad Wall and stroll down the Roman Cardo, which was originally built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. A great adventure will be had when we walk through the excavated City of David, including Warren’s Shaft, and into Hezekiah’s Tunnel the ancient water system carved through the hill in the time of Isaiah. We’ll continue to the Pool of Siloam, site of one of Jesus’ miracles. After we return to the hotel to change into dry clothes and eat dinner, we will enjoy a free evening to experience Jerusalem’s nightlife and prepare for the crescendo of our travels - the final week of the life of our Lord.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Friday, July 27

Bethlehem • Footsteps of Jesus

On this special day begins with a drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity (traditional site of the birth of Jesus). We then visit a shepherds’ field, and discuss the wonderful events of His birth. We then to begin to tread the footsteps of the Savior, reviewing the last 24 hours of His mortal ministry. It starts with a visit to the Upper Room, where a Passover meeting was held with Jesus and the Twelve and the sacrament was introduced. Because of traffic problems, we next we visit the possible site of the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the Savior was illegally tried after His arrest. In the Garden of Gethsemane, centuries-old olive trees will remind us of the sacred account of our Savior’s suffering and arrest. We enter Lion’s Gate, through which we walk to the Pool of Bethesda area to discuss the events in John 5, before going on to the general area of the Antonia Fortress,where Jesus was sentenced to be crucified. We should have some time for shopping before ending the day at the Western Wall to watch religious Jews welcome in the Sabbath.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Saturday, July 28

BYU Jerusalem Center • Garden Tomb

We begin the day at the beautiful BYU Jerusalem Center, where we will attend sacrament meeting with the Jerusalem Branch.  From there we will visit is the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden for a review of some important LDS Church history.  After lunch, we will walk to Golgotha, the place of the Crucifixion, and conclude at the Garden Tomb, where the body of Christ was interred and from which He rose on that Easter Sunday so long ago.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Sunday, July 29

Jerusalem • Yad Vashem • Model City

The day begins with a drive through Mea Shearim (an ultraorthodox community) on our way to Yad Vashem, the sobering Holocaust memorial. We will pass the Knesset Building, where the Israeli parliament meets, on our way to the Israel National Museum, which includes the Shrine of the Book (the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the wonderfully re-created Model City of Jerusalem, which portrays the city as it looked near the time of Jesus. The rest of the day is free to do some shopping or visit other sites.  We return to the hotel to complete our packing, and have our last dinner in the Holy Land.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Monday, July 30

Tel Aviv • U.S.A.

We will bid a very early morning farewell to the Holy land as we depart for the U.S.A. from the Ben Gurion International Airport—taking with us never-to-be-forgotten memories.  We will arrive home in the afternoon taking with us long lasting memories of the Holy Land.

(Itinerary is subject to change)

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!

Price includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Experienced Tour Director
  • English speaking local guides
  • Accommodations in moderate to first class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Gratuities
  • Breakfasts and dinners daily

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City–Tel Aviv/ Ask about current rates
  • Additional possible airfare from cities other than Salt Lake City
  • Additional sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service,etc.)
  • Travel insurance and cancellation waiver
  • Lunches

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Occupancy-$2799.00 - Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate some as double

Payment Terms

  • Deposit is $500 per person due at booking 
  • Full payment is due Apr.26, 2018
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