2020 April Ultimate Holy Land tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor

Dates April 9-22, 2020
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Aqaba, Jordan Masada; Galilee; Capernaum; Nazareth; Bethlehem; Jerusalem; Tel Aviv;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
Price From 3,199
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Come join Meridian Magazine's Scot and Maurine Proctor on an unforgettable journey that will make the scriptures come alive on the Ultimate Holy Land Tour.  

This is a unique tour you may not have seen offered before because in addition to seeing all the inspirational and historic sites you would want to see on a visit to the Holy Land, we are taking you to some places we find fun and unforgettable–places that most tour groups don’t get to go. After so much time in the Holy Land, we found some things we think are “not-to-be-missed” that most miss. And please consider adding the exciting Egypt Pre-Tour to your adventure. Egypt is one of the most unique places on earth.

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Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
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Day 1-2: Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, 2020

Trans-Atlantic flight to Amman, Jordan. Arrive at our lovely hotel and receive a welcome and attend out group orientation. Get a good night’s rest tonight!

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, April 11, 2020

Today we will start our exploring by visiting the ancient city of Jerash, which boast of an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years.  Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins.  This afternoon we will return to the modern city of Amman to see the Citadel and Kind Abdullah Mosque during our city highlight tour.  Tonight after dinner we'll have our welcome dinner to get to know each other better.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, April 12, 2020

Traveling south from Amman we pass Mt. Nebo where, like Moses, we get a sweeping view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the Promised Land. Then we spend the day in Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where the Nabataea’s carved magnificent buildings out of red sandstone, (You've seen it in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie). We will walk through an immense crack in the stone along a pathway that will take you to Petra's most impressive monument—the Treasury. You walk along the Street of Facades, see the Royal Tombs and more. That night we dine and stay in the 7 Wonders Bedouin Camp where red cliffs soar and the stars shine. We eat and dance around the fire and feel a little like both Nephi and the Children of Israel. This is really unforgettable. (You may get a lesson in nighttime photography.)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Monday, April 13, 2020

Drive to Wadi Rum, associated with Lawrence of Arabia, where we will four-wheel out into the desert to see one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. The scenery here is almost beyond imagination! Tonight we overnight in the resort city of Aqaba in Jordan on the Red Sea.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Tues. April 14, 2020

This morning we cross the border into Israel at Eilat and begin our journey north towards the Dead Sea.  We will take a Gondola to the top of Masada! You will never forget the views of the Dead Sea while exploring one of Herod's grand palaces, but also the last stand of the Jewish resistance when they were overrun by the Romans in 73 AD. It is an amazing and heartbreaking story. We visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, then drive through the wilderness of Judea to Jesus’s baptismal site on the Jordan River then past Jericho and the Mt. of Temptation. This afternoon we are reminded how the Romans lived during Jesus’ time as we visit Beit Shean, an impressive Roman city, which was one of the Decapolis where Christ’s apostles preached. Stay tonight by the Sea of Galilee at the unforgettable resort, Ein Gev.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wed. April 15, 2020

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. This is always a highlight of the tour. Then it is on to Banias, a place of natural beauty and a cascading waterfall. We come to the origins of the Jordan River. This is also the site of Caesarea Philippi, where Peter declared that Christ was the “Son of the living God.” We will also see Mt. Hermon, a candidate for the Mt. of Transfiguration. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Thur. April 16, 2020

In first light we sail today where Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee. We stop by the Boat Museum, to see a boat that was discovered from the time of Jesus. We next visit the newly excavated ruins of Magdahla where Mary Magdalene called home. Then it is on to the town where Peter lived and where Jesus ministered for three years, Capernaum. Here Christ performed so many miracles and taught in the synagogue. You can close your eyes and almost be in the scene at the healing of the daughter of Jairus. At St. Peter’s Primacy on the Galilee we remember both the miracle of the loaves and the fishes and also the resurrected Jesus preparing fish on the seashore for his hungry apostles. We will eat St. Peter’s fish today. Late this afternoon, we will go to the top of the Mt. Arbell, overlooking the Galilee for the best view in the region, a place so beautiful we made it the cover of one of our books. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Fri. April 17, 2020

We are on to Nazareth today, first to Mt. Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley. When the people of Nazareth rejected the Savior, this is where they tried to kill him. Below is also the scene of the last battle of Armageddon and to the east Mt. Tabor,another candidate for the Mt of Transfiguration. Then it is on to one of our favorite stops,Nazareth Village where you see what Nazareth would have looked like in the time of Christ, including villagers and shepherds who are dressed up as in the period to enhance the scene. Next, we go to Caesarea Maritima, which was once a grand Roman city with a beautiful aqueduct that is still standing. It is also the site of Paul’s trial before King Agrippa. Tonight we visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall and see how the Jews celebrate Shabbat. We stay tonight (for four nights) in Jerusalem.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Sat. April 18, 2020

Shabbat Shalom. Today we attend sacrament meeting at the unforgettable BYU Jerusalem Center. We will arrive early to see the magnificent views from the center. Following this, we will head to a wonderful lunch in Bethlehem’s Tent Restaurant. Then we see Shepherd’s Fields, where we celebrate Christmas once again. Next we visit the Church of the Nativity, which has been standing since 330 AD over a cave where many believe Christ was born. Tonight, when Shabbat is over, we visit Jimmy’s Olive wood shop to look for treasures. Stay at Olive Tree Hotel

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Arise early because we are going to the Temple Mount, a sacred place to Jews, Muslims and Christians, a place some believe is the very origin of creation. We will see the Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa mosque and more. Then we go to the Pool of Bethesda, where Christ healed a paralytic man and to St. Anne's Church where the acoustics make us all sound like angels when we sing. We will stop at Pilate's Judgment Hall, Chapel of Flagellation and show you where Antonia's Fortress was that housed the Roman soldiers who scourged Christ. We then follow the Via Dolorosa (the way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site believed by many Christians to be where Christ was crucified and resurrected. This afternoon we visit Yad Vashem, the vivid Holocaust museum, followed by a visit to the Dead Sea Scrolls Museum, and the Second Temple Model of Jerusalem. This gives you a picture of what Jerusalem once looked like and helps you understand today's layout. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Monday, April 20, 2020

Antiquities Day! This is a favorite since you will do things you would never get to do. We begin on Mt. Scopus, just below the BYU Jerusalem Center, working with archaeologists to sift some layers of material that came from the Temple Mount looking for shards, pottery, coins etc. You will feel like an explorer and a treasure hunter all at once. Next we go to the City of David, the most ancient area of Jerusalem. We will walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel, one of the most outstanding engineering feats of the ancient world. Then we head to the Archaeological Park that is part of the temple complex where you will learn about the temple Jesus knew and walked on the very steps he walked on that once led into the temple. Finally, Joseph Zanbil, an antiquities dealer will teach us about the antiquities of Israel—how he has found them and what they are. This afternoon you’ll have free time to explore the Old City on your own.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Our last day in the Holy Land is the highlight of the tour. We start at the top of the Mt. of Olives and then walk down the route Jesus may have come on his last week. We have a special meeting in the Garden of Gethsemane and see olive trees that are at least one thousand years old.  Then we visit the Orson Hyde gardens and talk about the dedication of Israel for the gathering of the Jews. Next, we visit the Upper Room, believed to have been built on the site of the Last Supper, then move to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on Caiaphas’s palace where Jesus was tried. Our tour is capped with a visit to the Garden Tomb where we will remember that “He is not here for he has risen.” . Here will have a testimony meeting. We end with our final feast together and go on to the airport

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Wednesday. April 22, 2020

Today we take our Trans-Atlantic flight and arrive home. 

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • 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!

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star deluxe hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Tips to native driver, Israeli guide, hotel and restaurant staffs
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Jordan/Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Departure tax Israel-Jordan per person
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Document package (lanyard & name tags, baggage tags, draw sting back pack & document holder)

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for quote
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Passport 

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 per-person due at booking
  • Final payment due Jan 8th, 2020
  • Pay final payment by cash and receive a $100.00 discount PER PERSON
  • Terms & Conditions
  • *A minimum number of 25 passengers is needed for the advertised tour price. If enrollment falls under a additional supplement my apply if tour is operated

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $4199.00 - ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double

Optional Egypt Tour - $2999.00 per person/based on Double

Includes:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star deluxe hotels & River boat
  • Flight to Cairo from Tel Aviv (added as post tour) or flight from Cairo to Amman (added as pre tour)
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Egypt Travel Visa
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Document package (lanyard & name tags, baggage tags, draw sting back pack & document holder)

Day 1 and 2 - Tue/Wed - Apr 21-22, 2020 - Depart the US on your overnight flight to arrive Cairo. Welcome to Egypt. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel to rest from your travels.

Day 3 -Thursday - Apr 23, 2020: Cairo and Giza Enjoy a full day at the pyramids area to discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, including 1 hour long safari on camels or horse buggy, the solar boat museum, and the mysterious Sphinx that was carved out of a solid natural rock around 2500 B.C. This tour will take 4 hours there and this kind of visit is a new brand that we invented recently to ensure complete covering of the secrets of this area and to get utmost fun as well. A chance for visiting Papyrus institute to see how it gets made, you can pick nice paintings on papyrus as well.

Day 4 - Friday, Apr 24, 2020: Cairo to Aswan Early wake up call and check out before heading to Cairo airport and taking the flight to Aswan start your tour directly by visiting the famous High Dam which was built to save Egypt from the wild Nile floods. Then we will drive to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt; Philae Temple, ISIS temple, goddess of magic and maternity to access this temple we will ride a motor boat for about 10 minutes. Embark our deluxe Nile cruise, stay on the cruise will last for 3 nights on Full board basis (3 meals a day are included) overnight.

Day 5 - Saturday, Apr 25, 2020: Nile Cruise Today we shall start sailing North heading to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt which is dedicated to Horus, the falcon and Sobek, the crocodile. Then we’ll sail to Edfu to visit the most complete temple in Egypt. We’ll return to the cruise ship, sailing to Luxor to arrive in the evening and overnight there.

Day 6 - Sunday, Apr 26, 2020: Nile Cruise We will start our tour by visiting the Valley of the Kings and admire the magnificence of the grandeur of architecture which was used for many kings' burial sites. You will visit 3 of the famous tombs of kings excluding the tomb of Tut Ankh Amen (a supplement must be paid by guests if they wish to visit this one) Next, you will just pass by the temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I, just for outer photo Back to the ship for lunch. After lunch we shall start our tour by visiting Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship in the history, dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu, We will then return for some relaxation. For those looking for something else this evening, you can do an optional fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse biggies.

Day 7 - Monday, Apr 27, 2020: Return to Cairo and Egypt Museum Visit Today we will disembark the cruise ship and take an early flight back to Cairo and do our touring to the world famous Egyptian museum the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world.

Day 8 - Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Sakkara and Memphis Open buffet breakfast, Going to the area of Sakkara, located south of Cairo. Which is one part of the great necropolis of Memphis; it was the capital of the Old Kingdom. Sakkara is probably best known as the location of King Zoser's step Pyramid, Your excursion will proceed to the old capital of Memphis. You will see the ruins of the Temple of Ptah, and the gigantic colossi of king Ramses the second. You will also be fascinated by visiting the carpet school around, where you will get to see live how handmade rugs are made and you can do valuable and well worth the money shopping. A stop for Lunch.

Day 9 - Wednesday, April 29, 2020: Cairo to Alexandrea Today we will move to Alexandria to enjoy the stay there for 2 additional nights, during our stay you will enjoy visiting the famous bibliotheca, the catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, the roman amphitheater, Montazah park and Pompey’s Pillar

Day 10 - Thursday, April 30, 2020: Depart Egypt Today you will depart Egypt and take your flight Home to the US or continue onto Amman for your Holy Land tour. Have a safe flight