Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart** SOLD OUT

Dates 29 Oct-Nov 12, 2017
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada; Jerusalem;
Duration 15 days 14 nights
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 Take advantage of the $75.00 CASH DISCOUNT offered on this tour making the per person cost only $2624!

Come join acclaimed Tim Taggart on a tour that will entertain as well as educate. Tim's enthusiasm for the Holy Land is matched with his experience to make sure you get the very best experience possible.

Journey back to the Holy Land where the land echoes with the voices of Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah. 16 days to see and experience the places where Christ's powerful teachings still permeate the land. You'll see the most incredible landscapes, one of the new 7 wonders of the world and the several of the most sacred spots on Earth, all in one tour. From the ancient Petra in Jordan to Masada, from the Sea of Galilee to the Red Sea, from the Mt. of Transfiguration to the Temple Mount, from Gethsemane to the Garden Tomb, we will see and feel it all.

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1 bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and make fast friends with those your traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

To complete the experience be sure to add on the Egypt post-tour to visit the ancient pyramids of Cairo (2000 years old when the boy Jesus visited), and the ancient temples of Luxor!

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
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Day 1/2: Sun/Mon, Oct 29/30

Depart USA to Amman
We will take flights from our various home cities, make transfers, and arrive the following day (October 30) at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, where we will be taken to our comfortable hotel for dinner and rest from our travels. (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Tue, Oct 31

Amman, Mt Nebo & Madaba
Today we get to explore the City known in the Old and New Testament times as Philadelphia. Traveling south we visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of St. George's Church. More mosaics can be seen in the Archaeological Park, which houses some masterpieces from Byzantine churches. 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 hotel. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Wed, Nov 1
Day 4: Wed, Nov 1

Petra & Wadi Rum

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, 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 will cross the Israeli border to Eilat, a beautiful vacation town on the Red Sea. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Thursday, Nov 2

Eilat to Tel Aviv


This morning you may choose to rise early and go for a swim in the Red Sea, walk along the beach walk or just sit and watch the sail boats in the harbor. We now journey North to Tel Aviv with may special stops along the way that most pilgrims don't get to see. The first is the Timna Mines and Park. These ancient mines were a source of silver and copper dating back to ancient times. There is some indication that Lehi and his sons may have been metalworkers and visited this site. Here we also visit a marvelous full-sized model Tabernacle based on the one revealed to Moses in the wilderness. After traveling north through Beersheba, we will visit Joppa, the site of Jonah’s departure, running away from his mission and the site of Peter’s vision which opened missionary work to the Gentiles. We will arrive to our hotel in Netanya, a beautiful resting point on the Mediterranean Sea for dinner. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Fri, Nov 3

Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Megiddo - Nazareth

“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. As we make our way towards the Sea of Galilee we will visit Nazareth and the historic re-creation Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sat, Nov 4

Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes - Capernaum

We will attend Church at the Galilee Branch and learn about life as a member of the Church in Israel. The St. Peter’s fish lunch today is included and not only tastes fabulous but makes a great memory. 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. The Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors. We will read the words of the greatest teacher of all time as He taught the greatest sermon of all time. We will end our day in Capernaum, 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 in this important place. (B/L/D).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Sun, Nov 5

Banias -Tel Dan - Golan - Tabgha

We will visit Tel Dan National Park, which combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience. Beside a massive rock cliff, a place of great natural beauty, Banias is the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Peter bore testimony of the Savior and Jesus said “Thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build my church”. As we make our way back south towards the Sea of Galilee you will observe some of the rich farm land that has made Israel one of the leading agriculture leaders of the world. We will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor commemorating this miracle that you will not want to miss. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Mon, Nov 6

Mt. Tabor - Beit Shean

Mount Tabor is traditionally known as the site of the transfiguration of the Savior, it is also the site where the ancient First Presidency received their endowment. You will enjoy the “thrill-ride” as you take the taxi ride up the mountain, but once at the summit, you will feel the peace and calm of the surrounding valley. We then 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 the former King of Israel, Saul, was fastened to the city wall without his head by the conquering Philistines. Today we will also visit the Magdala Synagogue dating back to the Savior’s day, where a newly discovered stone portrays the symbols of the ancient temple.(B/D)
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Tue, Nov 7

Bethabara - Qumran - Dead Sea  Masada - Jerusalem

As we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, we follow the Jordan River Valley south to near Jericho where we will visit Bethabara the site where the Savior was baptized by John the Baptist. We then 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. 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. Further south lays Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul. 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. 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 at Kalia Beach! Even Cleopatra sent her slaves to retrieve this magical mud in order to preserve her legendary beauty. This evening we will journey to the beloved city of Jerusalem. (B/D)
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Wed, Nov 8

Western Wall Tunnels - Dome of the Rock - Old Jerusalem

We will begin our day with a tour of the tunnels beneath the Western Wall. 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. We will visit today Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” of ancient Jerusalem that was near to where Lehi and his family lived. We will also walk in the old quarter of Jerusalem to 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. Our last stop will be at the House of Caiaphas, which owns the dark and sad dungeon that once imprisoned the Savior. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Thur, Nov 9

Western Wall – Temple Mount - Israel Museum - Yad Vashem

We will begin our day to a visit to the Temple Mount, one of the most sacred spots to three religions. This was the site of Solomon’s Temple then the massive Second Temple rebuilt by Herod. 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. Today at the Western Wall we will see Jewish families rejoicing in the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their youth. We will also visit the archeological park located on the south side of the temple mount. The original steps located here were certainly walked on by the Savior himself many times. After 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 year. While we are there we will get to see the Holy Land Model, a unique 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. One of the most memorable pages of Jewish history unfolds as we visit Yad Veshem, the official memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi-wrought Holocaust in Europe. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Fri, Nov 10

Mount of Olives - Gethsemane -Herodium – Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity - Shepherd Field


This morning begins 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. Traveling south toward Bethlehem we will see the Herodium, built by Herod the Great as a fortress and palace as well his burial place. 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. Near sunset we will gather on the Shepherd Field where 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. We will sing the beloved Christmas hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten. (B/D)

 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Sat, Nov 11

Jerusalem Garden Tomb - Farewell Dinner

Our last day in Jerusalem you will enjoy Sacrament meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center. After lunch we will Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditional site of the crucifixion and tomb. The empty feeling will be a huge contrast to the beautiful Garden Tomb, which we will visit next. Next to the Garden is a limestone hill, which we 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, “He is not here - for He is risen.” This will be an unforgettable experience as you contemplate the promise of the Resurrection. 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 to Salt Lake City or continue on to Egypt. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Sun, Nov 12

Flight Home with memories to last a lifetime.

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star hotels with Kibbutz Stay in the Galilee
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Day Bag and document package

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. *8 Group air from Salt Lake on Delta available $1459
  • Tips & gratuities -$150 pp is paid in advance for your Jordan and Israeli guide and driver (required)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for quote
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Passport

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $3799.00
    • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per-person due at booking
  • Final payment due Aug 19th, 2017
  • 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

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    • Post Egypt Tour Tour Option $1499pp/dbl
      Dates are Nov 11-16th and includes 3 flights, hotels, private transportation, specialty guides and special touring features NOT to be missed!

Day 1  Nov 11th  You will travel to Tel Aviv at the end of the regular tour to drop off the group for their flight home and then be taken to a nearby hotel for the evening to rest and get ready for an exciting experience in EGYPT! 

Day 2 - Nov 12th - Arrive into Cairo - Arrive at 12:10 from Tel Aviv -Egyptian Museum Visit Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival this morning at the Cairo airport you will be met by your group leader and escorted to the famous Egyptian Museum where you will start to see history come alive. This afternoon we will have a short visit to the impressive Khan El Khalili Bazaar if there is time to find a wonderful treasure to bring home. Our visit to the museum does include special admission to the King Tutankhamen Tomb. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3- 13 Nov - Cairo If Egypt was the birthplace of civilization, then Memphis was the first cradle. Today, Memphis is literally nothing more than a bend in a dusty road; yet, here lies the most magnificent and colossal statue of ancient days, the great Pharaoh Ramses II. Sakkara boasts the world's oldest pyramid, dating from 2700 BC - You will next visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Meals: Breakfast 

Day 4 - 14 Nov - Cairo - Luxor We'll have a morning flight south to Luxor where we'll tour the Temple of Karnak and the temple of Luxor. This afternoon we'll enjoy a felucca ride down that Nile before dinner. This evening gets eciting as we watch a special the light show done at the Luxor Temple. Meals: Breakfast 

Day 5 - 15 Nov - Luxor/Cairo Today we will go to The Valley of the Kings and also visit Hatshpsute & Memnon. This afternoon will be free in Luxor to enjoy the sights and some shopping. This afternoon we'll be transferred back to the Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo where we will overnight and prepare for our flights home. Meals: Breakfast 

Day 6  16 Nov - Cairo - Final departure Today enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to the airport for your flight home, with memories to last a lifetime. Meals: Breakfast