April Israel Holy Land Scripture Discovery Tour with Joel Judd

Dates April 13-25, 2018
Destination Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum; Galilee; Qumran; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 13 days 12 nights
Price From 2,735
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Come and see the Bible come to life with Joel Judd, former teacher at Jerusalem Center and retired Institute teacher! You will discover that there is a special spirit in the Holy land, and you will come home with a new appreciation for the many sacred events recorded in the Bible. You will experience the wonders of the Holy Land by visiting such sites as Caesarea, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Jericho, Masada, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem, Bethlehem, the BYU Jerusalem Center, Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb, and more! To enhance your experience there is a Pre-tour option to travel to Jordan. Come and explore amazing Petra and other sites that tie into your Bible Studies.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

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

Days 1–2: Fri-Sat, April 13-14

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

We will take a morning flight from our various U.S.A. homes and change planes at the JFK International Airport in New York. We will arrive in Israel the following afternoon at the Ben Gurion Airport—which is near New Testament Lydda, where Peter healed Aeneas. We will visit Jaffa, where Peter received the important revelation about taking the gospel to the Gentiles. We will check in to the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv, where we will have our group meeting before retiring for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Sunday, April 15-Tel Aviv • Caesarea • Haifa • Muhraka • Nazareth

Tel Aviv • Caesarea • Haifa • Muhraka • Nazareth

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.  At the lovely city of Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, 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. We will then drive past ancient Cana toward the Sea of Galilee and check in to the Nof Ginosar Guesthouse for two nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Monday, April 16 -Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee Capernaum Mount of Beatitudes Tel Dan Banias Golan Heights

Our day will begin with an exhilarating boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. Then we will visit Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, where He performed many miracles and gave many teachings, including His “Bread of Life” sermon. We will pass St. Peter’s Primacy on our way to the Mount of Beatitudes, where the important Sermon on the Mount will be discussed. We will pass Hazor on our way to Tel Dan, the ancient northern limits of Israel (“from Dan to Beersheba”), to enjoy a beautiful nature walk and to see this historic tel. We’ll continue on to Banias at the foot of Mount Hermon, which is ancient Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s testimony of the Savior. This is where one of the sources of the Jordan River emerges from the foothills of Mount Hermon. We will then drive up on the Golan Heights—home of many Druze people as well as the scene of fierce fighting between Israel and Syria in 1967 and again in 1973—to enjoy a view of Mount Hermon near Har Bental. We will return to Nof Ginosar to enjoy dinner and an evening on the lakeshore.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, April 17 Galilee

Galilee • Mount Tabor • Beth Shean • Jericho

Today begins with our first stop at Mount Tabor. From this high point we will discuss biblical events associated with Gideon, Deborah, King Saul, and the Savior’s Transfiguration and His visit to the village of Nain at the foot of Mount Moreh. Next we will see the impressive ruins of Beth Shean and experience the splendor of Roman life and Hellenistic culture. We will then continue south down the Jordan Valley and view the meandering Jordan River and the Jordan Plateau to the east with its interesting biblical history. We will stop at Qasr El Yehud, the possible site of Jesus’ baptism, and review some important scriptural events that took place in this area. Next we will visit the Old Testament site of Jericho before checking in to the Oasis Hotel for the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Wednesday, April 18 - Dead Sea

Jericho • Dead Sea • Masada • Ein Gedi • Qumran • Jerusalem

A morning drive will take us south along the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Here we will take the cable car to the top of Masada to see the ruins of the palace-fortress built by King Herod and to recall the story of the Zealots’ last stand against the Romans. Before leaving this desert fortress, we will visit the museum at Masada’s base. As we drive north, we will stop for a quick float in the Dead Sea and lunch at Ein Gedi, one of the areas where David hid from King Saul. Then we’ll drive on to Qumran, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and discuss their importance on the way to Jerusalem. We will next enjoy a brief stop in the historic Judean Wilderness, where we will discuss the Savior’s forty-day experience and temptations. We will make a brief stop in Bethany and talk of events related to Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. We will check in to the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem for the remainder of our nights in Israel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Thursday, April 19-Jerusalem


Our first full day in Jerusalem will begin as we enter the Old City through the Dung Gate. We will begin a walking tour of the Old City by visiting the Holy Mount to see 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.  Leaving the Old City through the Damascus Gate, we will make our first visit to Golgotha and the Garden Tomb.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Friday, April 20-Jerusalem


As the morning begins, we visit the Yad Vashem Memorial, the Holocaust museum, in West Jerusalem.  We will drive by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on our way to visit the Israel Museum, including the famous Model City of Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls display). The afternoon will be free for shopping. We will return to the Western Wall in the late afternoon to watch the religious Jews welcome in the Sabbath. Following our experience at the Western Wall, we will return to the hotel for dinner and an evening lecture.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Saturday, April 21-Bethlehem

Jerusalem Bethlehem

We will begin our Sabbath by going early to the BYU Jerusalem Center and having sacrament meeting with the Jerusalem Branch in the center’s beautiful auditorium, with its spectacular view of the Holy City. Following the meetings, we will travel to nearby Bethlehem, site of the Savior’s birth, and visit the Church of the Nativity. We will then visit Shepherds’ Field, overlooking Bethlehem, and review the biblical events connected with this area in a special late afternoon program before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Sunday, April 22 -Jersalem

Nebi Samwil Shephelah Valley of Elah Tel Mareshah Tel Lachish

We will drive to Nebi Samwil, where we will view the Benjamin Plateau, the area where many important Old Testament events took place. We will then proceed down through the Bet Horon pass and enter the low hills west of Jerusalem called Shephelah.  We will stop atop ancient Beth Shemesh, where Israel received the lost ark of the covenant back from the Philistines. We’ll continue on to the Valley of Elah, where David slew Goliath, and to the ancient Tel Mareshah and the interesting caves and structures in the area. Our next stop is at Tel Lachish, the ancient biblical fort city. Following dinner, we will have an evening lecture.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Monday, April 23-Jerusalem


Our day in Jerusalem will begin as we enter the Old City through Lion’s Gate and go to the site of the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne to discuss John 5. We will also visit the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden, where we will discuss the symbolism of Gethsemane and enjoy a view of Old Jerusalem. We will then proceed to the City of David to see the Jerusalem of Nephi’s time and walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a hydrological wonder of Isaiah’s time.  We will also visit the true Pool of Siloam mentioned in John 9.  We will enjoy some free time before returning to the hotel.  An evening lecture will follow dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Tuesday, April 24 - Jerusalem

Jerusalem Footsteps of Jesus

Today we will walk from the Mount of Olives down to Bethphage as we focus on the events of the last week of the Savior’s life, beginning with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We will proceed down the west side of the Mount of Olives and stop at a view point to discuss more of the Savior’s final week. We will continue down the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane on the way to Mount Zion and the location of the Upper Room, a reminder of the Last Supper and the ordinance of the sacrament. At St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, the possible site of the palace of Caiaphas, we will discuss Peter and the trials of Jesus. Our day will conclude at Golgotha, the place of the Crucifixion, and the Garden Tomb—where we will consider the final mortal events in Jesus’ life and His Atonement. The rest of the day will be open to prepare for our departures to Jordan or home.  We will have our farewell meeting before the non-Jordan group leaves for the Ben Gurion Airport for their flight home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Wednesday, April 25-Flights Home

Ben Gurion Airport Transatlantic Flight U.S.A.

Those not going on the Jordan option will fly all night and arrive in New York to change planes in the early morning.  This will involve going through customs.  We will arrive home in the late morning.

Price includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Local guide
  • Experienced LDS Guide
  • Hotel accommodations in moderate 3 to 4 Star-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and gratuities
  • All breakfasts and dinners in country

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip air from Salt Lake City–Tel Aviv
  • 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, e-mails, etc.)
  • Additional travel insurance and cancellation waiver (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
  • Lunches
  • Single supplement for Israel $3515 (for those with their own rooms)

Payment schedule:

  • $500 deposit is required at the time of booking. Payments by check will receive a $75 off per person discount