2023 Ultimate Holy Land tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor

Dates April 27-May 10, 2023
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Dead Sea Jordan Masada; Galilee; Nazareth; Jerusalem;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
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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. 

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 + several lunches  
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals are provided, Israeli & Jordan guides, and drivers!!
  • Licensed,  insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!!  IT MATTERS!

See the "Tour Includes" tab for all details

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 Sarah

Tour ID#9223D28

Day 1/2: Thursday/Friday April 27-28, 2023

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

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Saturday, April 29, 2023

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 we'll have our welcome dinner to get to know each other better.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunday, April 30, 2023

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, May 1, 2023

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! We then cross the border into Israel at Eilat and begin our journey north towards the Dead Sea. Later this afternoon we float in the Dead Sea and demonstrate how you can do perfect water ballet without sinking! Stay that evening at the base of impressive Masada. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

This morning we will take a Gondola ride 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, impressive Roman city, which was one of the Decapolis where Christ's apostles preached. Stay tonight by the Sea of Galilee.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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: Thursday, May 4, 2023

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: Friday, May 5, 2023

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: Saturday, May 6, 2023

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Sunday, May 7, 2023

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, May 8, 2023

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, May 9, 2023

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, May 10, 2023

Transatlantic flight and arrive home.


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

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. 
  • 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
  • Passport 

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 per person due at booking
  • Final payment due Jan 20th, 2023
  • 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 $4799.00 - ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
    • Triple Rate same as double - $3619 per/person 

Optional Egypt Pre-tour - April 18th-28th, 2023

Price per person based on double occupancy $3589 per person 

Day 1: Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 -Home City to Cairo

Today you will depart the U.S. for your international flight to Cairo. 

Day 2: Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel to rest from your travels. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3: Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Cairo to Luxor--Nile Cruise

Early wakeup call and check out before heading to Cairo airport and taking the flight to Luxor and start our tour to 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 the outer photo. Embark on our Nile cruise, and stay on the cruise for 4 nights on a full board basis (3 meals a day are included.) For those looking for something else this evening, you can do an optional fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse buggies. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Friday, April 21, 2023 -  Nile Cruise

Today we will visit Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship history, dedicated to the god, Aman, his wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu. We will then head back to the ship and have lunch on board as we sail to Edfu via Esna. Dinner on board and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Saturday, April 22, 2023 - Nile Cruise

Today we will visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the most complete temple in Egypt. We will make our way back to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo. Lunch on board and then we will visit the only double temple in Egypt which is dedicated to Horus the falcon and Sobek the crocodile. Then sailing to Aswan. Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sunday, April 23, 2023 -Nile Cruise -  Valley of the Kings

Today we will visit the famous High Dam which was built to save Egypt from the wild Nile flood. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner -

Day 7: Monday, April 24, 2023 - Cairo - Alexandria

Today we will disembark the cruise ship and take our flight to Cairo. We will make our way to Alexandria and check into our hotel & overnight.  

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - Alexandria - Cairo

Today we will visit the catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, and we will have a chance to take a photo from outside for the Pompey’s Pillar, next we visit the roman amphitheater & the famous bibliotheca. We will have a stop for lunch and head back to Cairo & overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - Cairo

Today we shall do our tour to the world-famous Egyptian museum the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Also today we will enjoy visiting the pyramids area to discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, including 1-hour long safari on camels or horse buggy, and the mysterious Sphinx that was carved out of 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 coverage of the secrets of this area and to get utmost fun as well. A chance for visiting the Papyrus institute to see how it gets made, you can pick nice paintings on papyrus as well.

Check-in your hotel in Cairo & overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Thursday, April 27, 2023 - Cairo

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. Back to your hotel & overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Friday, April 28, 2023

Transfer to Cairo Airport to take our flight to back to the US.

Meals: Breakfast

What's included in the Egypt Pre-tour- $3589 p/p based on double occupancy- Single occupancy $4439


Meet and Assist upon arrival

Entry Visa

Accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Cairo for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis

Accommodation in Luxor and Aswan for 4 nights on a 5-star Nile Cruise on a full board basis

Transportation during the program by private A/C vehicles

Private English speaking Tour leader guide accompanies the Group all the way through

Round trip flight ticket (Cairo-Luxor//Aswan-Cairo)- economy class

Entry fees to the mentioned sightseeing

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

2 small bottles of mineral water daily

Flight from Cairo to Amman

Not Included

Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with the group

Drinks, Mineral Water, and Beverages

Tips all over the trip and personal expenses

Round-trip air from your home city. 

Items of a personal nature

Cancellation & Travel Insurance *Call for a quote

Meals not specified in the itinerary