2021 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew

Dates October 9-20, 2021
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum; Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem; United States
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 2,825

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Come join Brother Ron Bartholomew on a tour to Israel and let it come alive for you as you travel your own personal journey through the Holy Land.

Whether looking for answers to life's challenges or to solidify your testimony of Christ's life and the atonement, a visit to the Holy Land will change you forever.

Walking in the footsteps of the Savior will bring you peace, hope and understanding. You can bring your scripture study to life as you visit sites such as the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, Qumran & Masada, Caesarea, the Mt of Beatitudes & many important sites on the Sea of Galilee to name a few.

Now is the time to visit Israel and have the experience of a lifetime.

Make the most of your travel dollar by adding the PRE TOUR OPTION to Jordan! 

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114
Email - Dedmunds@morrismurdock.com

Day 1:Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

Depart USA to Tel Aviv

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Tel Aviv 

Group arrives in Tel Aviv.  As you begin your journey in this ancient land, notice that the mountains have hidden secrets and the old ruins have legends. For 3,000 years on this small patch of land, men have toiled and battled; prayed and worshiped; and added their own small humanity to the history of this country. Listen and let the land of Israel tell you the stories of its past. Tonight, we will gather at the hotel for dinner and, if time permits, we’ll enjoy an evening stroll on the beach. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Monday, Oct 11, 2021

Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Megiddo –Nazareth Village

“And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea; Cornelius thy prayer is heard.” Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod, residence of Pontius Pilate, and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well- preserved amphitheater overlooking 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. We journey next to Nazareth, the quaint town where Jesus spent his childhood, learned his earthly vocation as a carpenter, and “grew and waxed strong in spirit.” We will visit a recreated town from Christ’s time and visit with the villagers to learn what life was like for Jesus as a boy. Next we’ll make our way towards the Sea of Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021

Valley of the Doves - Mount of Beatitudes – Tabgha – Capernaum – Sea of Galilee – Jordan River

Today we walk where Jesus walked in the Valley of the Doves, followed by a visit to the Mt. of Beatitudes where He gave his Sermon on the Mount and you will be able to see how he could address so many people at once. From here we will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor you will not want to miss. Capernaum is 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 for the masses.  This afternoon you will 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. Our last visit today will be at the Yardenit Baptismal Site on the banks of the Jordan River. It is here that people from around the world, representing diverse denominations, still come to be baptized.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tel Dan – Banias –  Kursi

We will start our day with a visit to Tel Dan. This Nature Reserve is one of Israel’s most beautiful parks and archaeological sites. Tel Dan hosted both an ancient Canaanite civilization and the Israelite tribe of Dan. We’ll continue north to Banias.  Besides a place of great natural beauty, Banias is the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus demanded to know of His disciples who people were saying He was.  Our last stop will be Kursi, the site of the Miracle of the Swine. We will end our day with an evening fireside at the hotel.   

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, Oct 14, 2021

Mt. Tabor – Gideon Springs – Beit She’an - Dead Sea

 “And he lifted up his hands and blessed them while he blessed them; he was carried up into heaven.” Mount Tabor is one of the mountains traditionally claimed to be the site of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. You will thrill to the almost hair-raising taxi ride up the mountain, but once at the summit, you will feel the peace and calm of the surrounding valley. This afternoon we will travel to the ancient tel of Bet She’an, where 6,000 years of civilization seem to unfold among the ruins. It is believed to be the very Bet She’an of the Old Testament where King Saul of Israel was fastened to the city wall without his head by the Philistines.  Next, we drive to the David Spa Hotel at the Dead Sea.  As we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, we enter the strange and barren desert of the Dead Sea. Once the Biblical Lands of Moab and Edom, the Dead Sea basin has been a refuge to prophets, zealots and outcasts throughout time. While at the Dead Sea, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the buoyant waters, and bathe in the wonderful medicinal mud! Even Cleopatra sent her slaves to retrieve this magical mud in order to preserve her legendary beauty. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, Oct 15, 2021

Masada - Ein Gedi - Qasr El Yahud - Qumran - Jerusalem

We begin our day with a visit to Masada. From the desert floor, ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, where a community of 960 Jews preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to the overwhelming Roman forces. Our next stop will be Ein Gedi.  Ein Gedi is an Oasis and nature reserve, and is believed to be the place 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. This evening we will journey to the beloved city of Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, Oct 16, 2021

Sacrament Services at the BYU Jerusalem Center – Israel Museum –Bethlehem

This morning we will attend sacrament services at the BYU Jerusalem Center.  Following 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 there we will get to see the Holy Land Model, a 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.  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. Tradition holds that the small humble inn, with just a stable for lodging, was located where the Church of the Nativity now stands. Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing them glad tidings of great joy. Gathered on these fields, we sing the beloved hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Western Wall - Dome of the Rock Old City - Old Jerusalem - Davidson Archaeological Park - Church of the Holy Sepulcher

The Western Wall is the most important site in all of Jewish civilization because these rough massive stones are all that is left of the great Second Temple. Revered and honored, the Jews wait and hope for the day they will rebuild their third and final temple upon these sacred remnants. Above the wall is Mount Moriah where the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is located. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to the Pools of Bethesda and learn about their importance. We will discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress. Located in the old quarter of Jerusalem is the site believed to be the Room of the Last Supper. Devoid of gilded statues or ornate chapels, the quiet simplicity and elegance of this room helps one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Monday, October 18, 2021

Valley of Elah - Ein Karem Village - Hezekiah's Tunnel - Free Time in the Old City

This morning we will see Ein Karem Village.  Christian tradition places the birth of John the Baptist in this picturesque village. Our next stop will be Emek Haela.  Emek Haela is best known as the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath.  After lunch we will drive to the City of David to explore the ancient waterway of Hezekiah’s Tunnel!  When Jerusalem was preparing defenses against the approaching Assyrian army in the 8th century B.C.E., King Hezekiah decided to protect the water source by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system. This engineering feat was accomplished by digging a 1,750-foot tunnel into the mountain we can explore today.  After this adventure will be free time in the old city to revisit sites or to finish up shopping for treasures to take home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021

Mount of Olives – Gethsemane – Mt Zion – Garden Tomb

This morning begins with on the Mount of Olives on whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as you envision the momentous events which took place at this sacred site. Next we’ll visit Mt. Zion and the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was arrested before being trialed. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts. After lunch we will stop at the beautiful Garden Tomb. There is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior’s mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, “Do not look for Him here for He is risen”. You will never forget this moment as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life. 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 with memories to last a life time. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Arrive USA. Welcome Home!!

Prices:

Double Occupancy      $2,825 per person

Single Occupancy        $3,745 per person

Triple Occupancy         $2,725 per person

Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation 
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Local guide and Historian Ron Bartholomew
  • Hotel accommodations in comfortable 4 star hotels with porterage
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Audio hearing system throughout tour
  • Entrance fee and all admissions during tour
  • All tipping for Israeli guide, driver, hotels and restaurants
  • Destination and study guide material
  • Travel bag and document package

Not Included:

  • Round trip air to and from Tel Aviv--Call for air quote
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches and misc. expenses
  • Tipping for Historian

Optional Pricing:

  • Egypt Option: TBA
  • Jordan Pre-Tour
  • $75 cash discount for main tour

Payment Terms:

    • Deposit is $500.00 per person due at booking 
    • Full payment is due on July 9, 2021
    • Terms & Conditions 

Jordan Pre-Tour  October 5-10, 2021

Day 1- Tuesday, October 5-Depart USA

Day 2 – Wednesday, October 6 – Amman, Jordan

Arrive into Amman.  Hotel accommodations for two nights at the Olive Tree Hotel.

Day 3 - Thursday, October 7 - Jerash / Amman City Tour
We start our day in the ancient city of Jerash where we discover ancient civilizations from the Roman Empire and beyond.  The streets of Jerash are widely considered among the best-preserved of all the world’s ancient Roman cities. Admire plazas, temples, theaters and colonnaded avenues once abuzz with life under Roman rule. Discover settlements dating from the Bronze and Iron Age, and gaze back over 2,500 years of human occupation.  This afternoon we return to the modern city of Amman to see the Citadel and King Abdullah Mosque during our city highlight tour. Meals provided:  Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4- Friday, October 8- Madaba/Mount Nebo/Kingway/Little Petra Camp

Today we travel south and visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of St. George's Church. 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.  We then continue our journey to Petra and enjoy dinner tonight at our Little Petra Camp.  Accommodations for one night at Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp. Meals provided:  Breakfast and Dinner.

 Day 5 – Saturday, October 9 – Petra / Wadi Rum/ Eilat

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, and then walk through the Siq, 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. After lunch we will drive 1.5 hours to the dramatic Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world and view the spectacular rock formations, canyons and Nabatean rock inscriptions. This landscape is reminiscent of Lehi’s family’s journey through this area. At the end of the day we cross the border into Israel and stay in Eilat, a beautiful vacation town on the Red Sea.  Accommodations for one night at the Astral Hotel Eilat. Meals provided: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 – Sunday, October 10 – Cross the border to Israel / Meet group at the Tel Aviv Airport

Today we journey north to Tel Aviv with many special stops along the way that most pilgrims don't get to see.  After we meet the group in Tel Aviv we will transfer to our hotel in Netanya and enjoy our group dinner. Meal provided:  Breakfast and Dinner.

Prices:

  • $890--Double Occupancy per person
  • Triple Occupancy same price as double.
  • $1087 Single Occupancy per person

Included:

  • Meet & Assist upon arrival and departure on the Jordanian and Israeli side
  • English speaking guide in Jordan
  • Accommodations in 4-star hotels
  • Modern air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and all activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Group transfers if flying with the group or arriving at the same time
  • Departure tax Jordan
  • Transfer from Arava Border to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv

Not Included:

  • Air from your home city
  • Airport and hotel porterage
  • Gratuities for your Jordanian guide and driver
  • Gratuities for Housekeeping
  • Gratuities for Meals
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in itinerary (Lunches)

Optional Pricing:

  • A minimum of 10 passengers are needed for the advertised price. If enrollment falls under, an additional supplement may apply for the tour to operate.