2023 Spring Jordan and Israel Holy Land Tour with Kay Godfrey With Egypt Add On PRE Tour Option

Dates March 22-April 6, 2023
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Day at Sea Masada; Galilee; Jerusalem; Bethlehem; United States
Duration 16 days 15 nights
Price From 3,729
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Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level*:


Come join acclaimed tour host, Kay Godfrey on a tour that will touch your heart and mind. Kay's passion 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 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, and 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 makes fast friends with those your traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not great, the days are full of touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

To complete the experience be sure to add on the Egypt PRE-tour to visit the ancient pyramids of Cairo (2000 years old when the boy Jesus visited) and the ancient temples of Luxor!  You can get full details on the TOUR INCLUDES tab above.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director 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 are provided, an Israeli guide, and a driver!!
  • Licensed,  insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Tour ID # 9223C22

A CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER deposit

To Book This Tour, Contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473

Email - swangsgard@morrismurdock.com

Day 1/2:Wednesday & Thursday, March 22-23, 2023

Depart USA to Amman

We will take flights from our various home cities, make transfers, and arrive the following day 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. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Friday, March 24, 2023

Recovery Day and Amman City Tour

Today we will recover from our international travels and enjoy a late start morning.  After breakfast, we will enjoy a half-day city tour of Amman.  This tour will see the old and new of this capital city of Jordan with a highlight visit to Jerash.  Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel and get an opportunity to get to know each other and talk about the many highlights of the upcoming day

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Saturday, March 25, 2023

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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Sunday, March 26, 2023

Petra and 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 of Petra's most impressive monument: the Treasury. You walk along the Street of Facades, and 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 impressive 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. We end our day at the beautiful vacation town of Eilat on the Red Sea. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Monday, March 27, 2023

Aqaba - Timna Mines - Dead Sea

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 sailboats in the harbor. We now journey North to Tel Aviv with many 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. While we arrive 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.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Caesarea - Nazareth

Today we start the day 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. Moving now north, as 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.  Our final stop today is 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Nazareth - Megiddo - Mt Carmel - Caesarea

This morning we make our way to Nazareth and the historic re-creation Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. As we travel the high rolling hills of the Jezreel Valley, 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 continue to experience Mt Carmel where the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal contested their faith.  We finally enter into Caesarea to see this ancient seaport and the remains of a city founded by Herod, the 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.  We return tonight to our hotel in Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Mt Arbel - Capernaum - Mt of Beatitudes - Sea of Galilee

This morning we start our day walking a traditional path at the base of Mt Arbel that Jesus and his disciples would have traveled between Nazareth and the Galilee known as the “Valley of the Doves”.  Here we will have a devotional before starting our day touring the Galilee area.  We begin in the village of Magdala seeing an active archeological site still being unearthed today.  Here we’ll see a Synagogue dating back to the Savior’s day, where a newly discovered stone portrays the symbols of the ancient temple. We continue to the shoreside and 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.  A St. Peter’s fish lunch today is included and not only tastes fabulous but makes a great memory. 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. Then to 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.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Friday, March 31, 2023

Tel Dan - Caesarea Philippi - Golan Heights

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 farmlands that have made Israel one of the leading agriculture leaders in the world. We will visit Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic on the floor commemorating this miracle that you will not want to miss. 
 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Saturday, April 1, 2023

Sacrament Meeting at BYU Jerusalem Center - Israel Museum

Today is a very special day as we depart out of Galilee early to arrive in Jerusalem in time to enjoy Sacrament meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center. 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Sunday, April 2, 2023

Dome of the Rock - Western Wall Tunnel - Temple Steps - Last Supper room

We will begin our day with a visit to the Temple Mount, one of the most sacred spots of 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. We will explore the tunnels beneath the Western Wall and then 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. We will visit today Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” of ancient Jerusalem that was near 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 help one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13:Monday, April 3, 2023

Mt of Olives - Gethsemane - Old City - Caiaphas' Palace

Today we will visit Mount of Olives with a panoramic view that is breathtaking. On the mount, we visit the Pater Nester Church and discuss the sacred information Jesus shared with his disciples after his resurrection.  We then will visit the Garden of Gethsemane and have time to contemplate the Holy sacrifice that was made here for and every one of us.  We will return to the old city now, 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.  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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Garden Tomb - Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity

This morning begins by a limestone hill, which we revere as Golgotha, the 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.  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.  We will enjoy a fantastic lunch together in a traditional Bedouin tent restaurant before we visit the Church of the Nativity. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where this church now stands. Near sunset, we will gather on the Shepherd Field where modern-day 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Flight Home with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals : In-flight

Included:

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

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. *Group air from Salt Lake will be available price TBA
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with the group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for a quote
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $5229.00
    • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double
  • Optional Egypt Extension - $3229.00 per person/based on double occupancy

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person due at booking
  • The final payment is due December 21. 2022
  • Terms & Conditions
  • *A minimum number of 30 passengers is needed for the advertised tour price. If enrollment falls under an additional supplement my apply if the tour is operated

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PRE Egypt Tour - March 15-23, 2023

$3229.00 per person/based on double occupancy   (Price requires 20)

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Accommodations in Cairo in a 4+ Stay hotel including daily breakfast
  • 3-night Nile Cruise - all meals and tours included
  • Nubian Village visits with a boat ride on Nile
  • 2 inter Egypt flights  (Cairo/Aswan - Luxor/Cairo)
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary and entrance fees
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entry Visa into Egypt

Day 1/2: Tuesday & Wednesday, March 15-16, 2023
Tel AvivUSA to Cairo
Depart today for your overnight flights to Cairo.  Upon arrival, we will be escorted to our hotel to rest from the travel.

Day 3: Thursday, March 17, 2023
Cairo - Giza Pyramids
Today we start our exploration of the mysteries Egypt holds at the pyramids in Giza and discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.  We have a safari on camels, or horse buggy if you prefer, on our way to see the solar boat museum which sits with the pyramids. We continue on to the Great Sphinx which was carved out of solid natural rock around 2500 B.C. After a stop for lunch, we visit the Papyrus institute to see how it is made and introduced to ancient Egyptian writing.  An explanation is also provided as to what a cartouche is, as we will see them throughout our tour!   Tonight, for those interested, we will make arrangements for you to travel back to the Giza pyramids for a laser light show. ($) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Friday, March 18, 2023
Cairo - Flight to Aswan - Nile Cruise
We start the day early with breakfast and then are transferred to the Cairo airport for our flight south to Aswan.  Our tour begins at the famous High Dam which was built to save Egypt from the wild Nile floods.  We continue on to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, the Philae Temple, which is the temple of ISIS, the goddess of magic and maternity. To access this temple we ride a motor boat, which also provides us our first views of the local terrain and interaction with people.  After our visit, we embark on our deluxe Nile cruise boat which is our home for the next three nights.  We enjoy lunch and some free time onboard to rest from our early morning.  For those who wish, we may take a motor boat up the Nile to a local Nubian village and learn about their culture and visit a local family.  We have time here to do our first market shopping and maybe find a special galabaya (traditional Egyptian garment) for our onboard party tomorrow night. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Saturday, March 19, 2023
Nile Cruise
As our riverboat moves north, our first visit today is to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt, which is dedicated to Horus the falcon, and Sobek the crocodile. Then we sail to Edfu and visit the most complete temple in Egypt. This afternoon we return to our ship and continue sailing to Luxor.  Along the way, we pass through a loch on the Nile in Esna which is exciting to see.  Tonight after dinner, we enjoy a traditional Egyptian celebration dressed in our traditional wear for those who’d like to attend. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sunday, March 20, 2023
Nile Cruise -  Valley of the Kings
For those who are adventurous and up for a thrill, there is an opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride this morning over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (a separate additional fee is required).  The view is incomparable and lets you appreciate the large scale of the burial place of many famous pharos.  We start our official tour today by visiting the Valley of the Kings and admire the magnificence of the grandeur of architecture which was used for many kings' burial sites. We visit 3 famous tombs, including the tomb of King Tut Ankh Amen!  We pass by the temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, the daughter of Thutmosis I for photo opportunity and then we return back to the ship for lunch.  This afternoon, one of the tour highlights of the whole tour is visiting the Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship in the history of Egypt.  It is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu.  Tonight after dinner we have a very unique experience of enjoying a fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse-pulled buggies. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Monday, March 21, 2023
Luxor - Cairo
Today we say goodbye to our home on the Nile as we disembark the ship and take an early flight back to Cairo.  From the airport, we depart on a tour to the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home of the treasures of King Tut’s tomb and the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Tuesday, March 22, 2023
Cairo - Sakkara
Today we journey south outside of the city of Cairo to see the area of Sakkara which is one part of the old great necropolis of Memphis. Sakkara is probably best known as the location of King Zoser's Step Pyramid, one of the oldest on record.  Our excursion proceeds to the old capital of Memphis, which was the capital city of the Old Kingdom. We see the ruins of the Temple of Ptah, and the gigantic colossi of king Ramses the second.  While in this area, we visit a local carpet school and we are able to watch the fascinating skills of those who make rugs by hand.  Tonight we enjoy our last meal together as we prepare for our journey home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Wednesday, March 23, 2023
Today (early AM) we depart Egypt and take your flight to Amman, Jordan to meet up with your tour group and continue this adventure of a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner