2019 Insights from the Lands of the Scriptures with Blair Van Dyke

Dates June 17-30, 2019
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Nazareth; Capernaum; Jericho; Masada; Hebron; Jerusalem;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
Price From 3,779

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This wonderful tour with Blair Van Dyke will focus on the prophets as well as the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ while you visit the sites where many of the sacred events recorded in the Bible took place in Israel.

This tour will be breathtaking all the way through with too many highlights to list but guarantee a spiritual and educational experience everyday highlighted with a dynamic teacher.

Come with us next summer and enjoy the magic that happens when you get to walk where Jesus walked.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

TOUR ID: 929F17

CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 for final payment by check

Days 1-2:Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18, 2019

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

We take a morning flight from our various U.S.A. homes and arrive the following day at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Upon arrival, we meet our guide and driver and, if time permits, make a stop at Jaffa before driving to the Metropolitan Hotel on the Mediterranean Coast to stay the night.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Caesarea • Haifa • Megiddo • Nazareth • Sea of Galilee

This morning we start with a visit to King Herod’s Roman port city, Caesarea (the pride of the Mediterranean world), where Paul the Apostle was tried before being sent to Rome. We 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. Here, we recount the important LDS Church historical events which took place in this area and view the beautiful Baha’i temple and gardens. We visit the Old German Cemetery where two LDS missionaries are buried. We travel east along the top of Mount Carmel to Muhraka to discuss the incredible life of the prophet Elijah. Our next stop is at Megiddo to discuss its interesting history. We continue on to the Galilee, where we spend one to three nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Nazareth • Mount Tabor • Galilee

The day begins with a drive west to Sepphoris for a walk through some of the site before arriving in Nazareth. We visit Nazareth Village to step back in time in a wonderful re-creation of first-century life in a small Galilean village. Next, we visit the village of Devaria, where we take taxis to the top of Mount Tabor, the traditional site of Christ’s transfiguration. From its heights we see many important New Testament sites. Our next stop is at Ein Herod, where the Lord separated Israel’s military forces for Gideon at the foot of Mount Gilboa. We make our way toward Tiberias, which was originally built by Herod Antipas in honor of his Roman emperor. We return to the guesthouse for a quiet evening on our own to enjoy the local color.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Friday, June 21, 2019

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 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 visit Banias, ancient Caesarea Philippi, at the foot of Mount Hermon before returning to the guesthouse, where we enjoy an evening of swimming and much-needed relaxation. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kursi • Bethsaida • Chorazin • Beit Shean • West Bank

Our first stop today is Kursi, the traditional site where Jesus cast out legions of evil spirits and allowed them to enter the bodies of nearby swine. The geography provides compelling evidence that this may be the actual site of the miracle. Our next stop is Bethsaida, home of Peter and Andrew, and another city where Jesus taught. Our final destination is Chorazin where we have time to explore the black basalt ruins. We discuss the layout of the ancient synagogue, consider the teachings and miracles of Jesus, in this village that ultimately rejected the Master, and was cursed by Him. Our last stop on the lake is Magdala, where we learn of the women in the Savior’s life. In the afternoon, we drive down the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean, the most complete ruins in all Israel. The Roman city of the Decapolis brings 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 then drive to the West Bank and check in to the Haddad Tourism Village, near Jenin, to stay the night. We also visit the Museum of Palestinian History and Culture.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Samaria • Nablus • Shiloh • Bethel • Jerusalem

Today we visit the West Bank Palestinian historical sites which include a stop near Dothan (Joseph was sold there), Sebastia (ancient Samaria and capital of the Northern 10 tribes of Ephraim), tour-paid lunch at Sebastia, Nablus (ancient Shechem/ Tel Balata and Jacob’s Well), Mount Gerizim to include the Samaritan Museum, Shiloh, and a possible stop at Bethel. We check in to the Herbert Samuel Hotel in Jerusalem for the rest of our nights in Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Monday, June 24, 2019

Benjamin Plateau • Shephelah • Valley of Elah • Hebron

We begin our day on the Benjamin Plateau, visiting Nebi Samwil, where Solomon was promised wisdom by the Lord. On a clear day we can see the Mediterranean and Dead seas. Also, we are very near Gibeah, the home village of Saul, king of Israel. We discuss Saul’s rise to power in humility and track his tragic fall and rejection by Samuel and the Lord. We then descend the Benjamin Plateau and drive down the Shephelah to Beit Shemesh (the location where the captured Ark of the Covenant was returned to Israel by the Philistines). Continuing south, we stop in the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath. We pass Mareshah, where the prophet Micah may have lived. Depending on time and conditions, we hope to visit Hebron, where we see the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives); this is the only Herodian building that still stands complete.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dead Sea • Masada • Bethany  

We start the day driving down to the Jordan River to Qasr el Yahud, where we recall the important events that occurred in this area. In Jericho, we visit the Old Testament Tel Jericho before heading south along the Dead Sea, 1,300 feet below sea level. Our next stop is at the ancient mountaintop fortress built by King Herod, Masada. We ride the tram to the top and explore the ruins there. The tram returns us to the bottom where we meet out bus to take us to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We conclude the day at the Dead Sea and one of the most enjoyable and unusual swimming experiences of a lifetime. If time allows, we stop at the ancient village of Bethany, where we visit the Tomb of Lazarus and the traditional site of the home where he lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jerusalem • Yad Vashem • Model City • Bethlehem

The day begins with a drive through Mea Shearim (an ultraorthodox Jewish community) on our way to Yad Vashem, the sobering Holocaust memorial. We pass the Knesset Building, where the Israeli parliament meets, on our way to the Israel National Museum. This Museum 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. We next drive to Bethlehem to eat lunch as a group in a Bedouin tent atmosphere before going to the Church of the Nativity (traditional site of the birth of Jesus). We visit a grotto which overlooks a shepherd’s field and discuss the wonderful events of His birth. There will probably be some shopping time during the day. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jerusalem • Old City • City of David                                  

Our day in and around the Old City begins with a visit to the Ophel area before we walk up to the Temple 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. We enjoy a great adventure as 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 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 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 12: Friday, June 28, 2019

Jerusalem • Footsteps of Jesus

On this special day we tread the footsteps of the Savior, reviewing the last 24 hours of His mortal ministry. We begin with a visit to the Upper Room, where a Passover meeting was held with Jesus and the Twelve and the sacrament was introduced. Next we visit the 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 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. After lunch in the Old City, we walk out the Damascus Gate 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. We end the day again at the Western Wall to watch religious Jews welcome in the Sabbath.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mount of Olives • BYU Jerusalem Center 

We begin this special Sabbath day with a visit to the Mount of Olives for an orientation to the Old City of Jerusalem in relation to biblical events. We then go to the beautiful BYU Jerusalem Center, where we attend sacrament meeting with the Jerusalem Branch. Our next visit is to the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden for a review of some important LDS Church history. We have free time to return to the Garden Tomb or other sites as we wish on our own, before returning to our hotel to prepare for leaving the country.   Tonight after dinner we will travel to the airport and check into our flights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tel Aviv • U.S.A.

We will bid a late-night farewell to Israel 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

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
  • Local guides
  • Experienced LDS Tour Director
  • Accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Whisper hearing devices throughout tour
  • Document materials including study books

Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare * Group options will be available
  • Additional possible airfare from cities other than Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation/ Trip interruption coverage
  • Lunches

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 - $3779.00 Same as Double
  • Single supplement - $4579.00 * Ask about our Single Share option