2025 Mid-March Holy Land Tour with Dann Hone + Optional Jordan Pre-Tour

Dates March 15-27, 2025
Destination Masada; Mediterranean Coast, Galilee; Nazareth; Capernaum; Jericho; Dead Sea; Jerusalem; Bethlehem; Gethsemane; Jaffa; Tel Aviv;
Duration 13 days 12 nights
Price From 3,579
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Israel is a religious headquarter for millions worldwide. Come join us as we discover this part of the world that keeps tourists coming back for more. Follow the footsteps of Christ in the Holy Land, sail on the Sea of Galilee, and pause at the Garden Tomb. Expert guide Dann Hone will teach you the history and culture of this part of the world and will make the tour one that you will remember for a lifetime. Also offering an exciting Jordan pre-tour option.

*Please note that due to the nature of this tour, you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. You will walk an average of 4-6 miles each day. 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 Jordan pre-tour adventure into another part of the Bible Lands where prophets, kings, and Jesus Christ traversed. This tour highlights the major sites of Jordan prior to your Holy Land experience in Israel and Palestine. At the conclusion of our Jordan tour, you will be transferred to our tour group hotel in Hadera, Israel, for the start of our Holy Land tour.

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
  • Pre-Departure Zoom seminars to help prepare you for a true spiritual experience
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate 
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Tour ID # 9224C16

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

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

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114

Email - dedmunds@morrismurdock.com 

OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR OF JORDAN: March 11-16, 2025
OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR OF JORDAN: March 11-16, 2025

OPTIONAL PRE-TOUR OF JORDAN

March 11, 2025: Depart from your home city to Amman, Jordan. 

March 12, 2025: Welcome to the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. You will be greeted by your host, Dann Hone, and trasnferred to the deluxe Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort with its private beach on the Dead Sea and freshwater swimming pools

March 13, 2025: Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Moses Spring, Wadi Musa, Old Village Resort, Petra

March 14, 2025: Petra Visitors Center and Museum, Wadi Rumm, Camel Trek, Bedouin lunch and lecture, Wadi Musa Old Village Resort

March 15, 2025: Wadi Musa, Karak Castle, The Jordan Museum (Amman), Amman Citadel, Mövenpick Amman Hotel (optional evening visit to the Amman Suq (open air market)

March 16, 2025: Amman, Jabbok River, Jerash, Baptismal Site of Jesus (Bethbara or Bethany Beyond Jordan), King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, Hadera Resort by Jacob Hotels

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Day 1 and 2: Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16, 2025
Day 1 and 2: Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16, 2025

Depart the USA and Arrive Tel Aviv

Today you will depart the USA from your home cities and fly overnight to Israel. You will arrive at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport. We will meet at the airport and transfer to Hadera for dinner and overnight. (Those having chosen the Jordan Optional Pre-tour will also arrive this evening.)

Meals : Dinner, In-flight
Day 3: Monday, March 17, 2025
Day 3: Monday, March 17, 2025

Caesarea - Armageddon - Haifa - Mt Carmel - Sea of Galilee

After breakfast we travel north to Caesarea Maritima archaeological site. Caesarea, a historic seaport and home to the summer palace of Herod the Great built in 22 BC and later home to Pontius Pilate. We continue north along the Mediterranean coastal plain and then pass through the low hills of Mount Carmel at Jokneam to Megiddo, the royal city of the Canaanites, fortified by Solomon as a “chariot city”. View from the Tel the Valley of Armageddon, the site of the last great battle before the Second Coming of Christ. Returning through the Megiddo pass we climb the ridge of Mount Carmel, passing Daliyat Carmel to a unique, local Druze restaurant for lunch. After lunch we continue to the Muhkraqa Monastery to view the Holy Land and Jezreel Valley and recount the stories of the prophet Elijah and the priests of Ba’al recorded in 1 Kings 18. Continuing north along the Carmel ridge we arrive at Haifa and the Haifa Observatory to view the Baha’i Gardens, which mark the world center of the Baha’i faith, and Haifa Bay. Here we will point out locations and discuss LDS dedications of the Holy Land. Going down to the Haifa Port we come to the German Templar Cemetery and burial site of early LDS converts and missionaries dating to 1888. Our final journey is through the Lower Galilee Hill Country to the Sea of Galilee and our three-night stay along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, March 18, 2025
Day 4: Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Mount Tabor - Nazareth - Magdala & Sea of Galilee

After an early breakfast, we will journey across the Galilean Hills to ascend Mt. Tabor, the site of the Mt. of Transfiguration, and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration. We proceed across the Jezreel Valley to the 1st-century reconstructed Nazareth Village. We tour the village, built as Jesus would have known it in his lifetime, and enjoy a 1st-century lunch. Following lunch, we travel through the Nazareth hills past Cana, where the first recorded miracle of Christ took place turning water to wine, and the Horns of Hittin, where the Crusaders suffered their final defeat in 1187.  Our next visit is to the New Testament city of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. Here we will stand in a 1st Century synagogue where Jesus and his apostles stood and taught. After visiting the beautiful chapel Duc-in-Altum, we transfer to Ein Gev Holiday Resort. Here we board a fishing boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday March 19, 2025
Day 5: Wednesday March 19, 2025

Galilee - Capernaum - Mt of Beatitudes - Tel Dan - Banias - Golan Heights

Following breakfast, we travel along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee below the Golan Heights, passing Kursi (Jesus feeds the multitudes), Bethsaida, and the northern Jordan River to Capernaum. In Capernaum, we see the synagogue where Jesus preached and nearby what is believed to be the house of Peter. Here is Primacy of Rock where the resurrected Jesus asks Peter, “Lovest thou me?”; Tabgah, the site of the multiplication of the fishes and loaves; and the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered His epic “Sermon on the Mount”. We continue our journey past Chorazin, Hatzor, the Hula Valley, to the Lebanese border near Tel Dan. We will visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi) at the foot of Mt. Hermon where Peter confessed the Savior’s divinity. This day we see the northern borders of Israel with Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. Return to the resort to relax and perhaps swim in the Sea of Galilee. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, March 20, 2025
Day 6: Thursday, March 20, 2025

Galilee – Beit She’an – Shiloh – Crossing of Jordan – Jericho

We depart the Galilee and drive south along the Jordan River to Beit She’an, inhabited more than 6,000 years ago, and later occupied by the Romans. Here the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung by the Philistines. The spectacular remains of the Byzantine city are comparable to the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, Turkey. After touring the Roman Byzantine city, we continue south along the Jordan River Valley to Jericho. Near Jericho we visit the site recently identified as the baptismal site of Jesus on the Israeli side of the border called Qasr Al-Yahud. We visit Tel es-Sultan, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. And here we see the remains of the Walls of Jericho that came “tumbling down” during Joshua’s siege of the city. Overnight at Jericho.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, March 21, 2025
Day 7: Friday, March 21, 2025

Jericho - Dead Sea - Masada - Qumran - Jerusalem

We depart Jericho and drive south to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and continue along its banks to Masada, a magnificent Herodian Mountain fortress once occupied by Jewish zealots under siege by the Romans. From here we continue to Qumran, site of the original Dead Sea Scrolls found by shepherds in local caves. Before we continue to Jerusalem, those who choose will have an opportunity to “float” in the waters of the Dead Sea. Departing the Dead Sea Rift Valley, we pass through the Judean hills to Jerusalem. We detour near the Old Roman Road of Jesus’ day to view the Judean wilderness and take a walk to view Kozeba or St. George’s Monastery across Wadi Qelt. We continue on to Jerusalem. This evening a visit to the Western Wall to watch the faithful Jewish community welcome Shabbat (the Sabbath day which begins at sundown) is available. Overnight at Jerusalem.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, March 22, 2025
Day 8: Saturday, March 22, 2025

BYU Jerusalem Center - Dead Sea Scrolls - West Jerusalem 

For Latter-day Saints in the Holy Land, this is the Sabbath. From our hotel, we proceed to the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies (BYU) and participate in the LDS Sacrament meeting. After church services, we depart Jerusalem Center to West Jerusalem and the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed at the Israeli Museum. Here we see a Model City of Jerusalem that is a reconstruction of the Herodian city before its destruction in 70 AD. A brief stop at the National Menorah and Israel Knesset, or Parliament building. Return to our hotel in East Jerusalem.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, March 23, 2025
Day 9: Sunday, March 23, 2025

Old City of Jerusalem - Temple Mount - Western Wall - Bethlehem

Today we visit the four quarters of the Old City, including the Muslim, Jewish, Armenian, and Christian quarters. We visit the Temple Mount, the Western or Wailing Wall of Solomon’s Temple, and site of the Ophel Museum.  We will follow the Via Dolorosa (“Way of the Cross”) and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We then travel a few miles south of Jerusalem to Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus. We visit Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and Shepherd’s Fields. Optional tour this evening to Ha Kotel excavations along the length of the Western Wall. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Monday, March 24, 2025
Day 10: Monday, March 24, 2025

Last Week of the Savior's Life - Bethany - Bethpage - Mount of Olives - Gethsemane - Mount Zion - Garden Tomb

We travel to Bethany this morning to visit the tomb where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. At Bethpage, on the eastern side of the Mt. of Olives, we visit the Church of Mounting, the traditional place of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus during the “Passion Week” or the last week of the Savior’s life. After a panoramic view of Jerusalem from atop the Mt. of Olives, we visit the sacred Garden of Gethsemane to remember the Atonement and Christ’s final hours before His arrest. In the Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens, we will review the events of Gethsemane, the visit of the Apostle Orson Hyde in 1841. We visit Mt. Zion and the “Upper Room” of the Last Supper, the traditional House of Caiaphas at St. Peter en Galicantu, the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralyzed man and follow a portion of the Via Dolorosa or “Way of the Cross”, which is the route Jesus took when He carried His cross. Other sites include King David’s Cenotaph Tomb, Lions’ Gate, and the Damascus Gate. Our day will end at the Garden Tomb where Christ was buried and resurrected with time for instruction and personal thought and reflection.  

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Tuesday, March 25, 2025
Day 11: Tuesday, March 25, 2025

Jerusalem - with optional tours

This morning, we have optional tours to West Jerusalem, Yad Vashem (Museum of the Holocaust), and Mt. Hertzl, or for the adventurous a visit to the City of David Excavations, Hezekiah’s Water Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, and the newly excavated tunnel to the Ophel excavations. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish. You can return to sacred sites and/or explore new ones. It’s a great day for shopping the bazaars and walking the labyrinth of alleyways and side streets throughout the Old City or visiting the “New City” with its many shops, restaurants, and boutiques along Ben Yehuda Street. Overnight Jerusalem

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Wednesday, March 26, 2025
Day 12: Wednesday, March 26, 2025

Jerusalem - Emmaus - Jaffa - Airport

Today we will have a free morning and check out of our hotel by noon. We then bid farewell to Jerusalem and travel to the ancient Emmaus (Nicopolis) before going on to Jaffa. It was from Jaffa that Jonah embarked on his fateful ocean voyage, and here Peter had his vision to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. We will enjoy a farewell dinner together before ending at the Tel Aviv airport for our flights back home.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Thursday, March 27, 2025
Day 13: Thursday, March 27, 2025

Return Flights Home

Today we continue our flight home with a full heart and memories to last a lifetime. 

Meals : In-flight

Price Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Transfers when arriving with the group
  • Local guides
  • Hotel accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities for Israel tour guides, bus drivers, hotels, and restaurants where meals are included
  • Minimum travel insurance
  • All breakfast and dinner meals on the land portion

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip air from your home city to Amman, Jordan if doing the pre-tour or Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Transfers when not arriving or departing with the group
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations if needed for per or post tour stays
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., phone calls, room service, e-mails, etc.)
  • Travel insurance and cancellation waiver
  • Lunches except where noted

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person deposit due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due on December 14, 2024
  • $100 per person cash discount (please inquire for more details)

Optional Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy - $3,579 per person
  • Triple Occupancy - $3,579 per person
  • Single Supplement - $4,959 private Room


PRE-TOUR JORDAN OPTION: THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

March 11-16, 2025

Double Occupancy - $2,272 per person | Triple Occupancy - $2,272 | Single Occupancy - $2,752

Our exciting and unique “Kingdom of Jordan” pre-tour adventure provides the Columbus Holy Land traveler an adventure into another part of the Bible Lands where prophets, kings, and Jesus Christ traversed. This tour highlights the major sites of Jordan prior to your Holy Land experience in Israel and Palestine. At the conclusion of our Jordan tour, you will be transferred to our tour group hotel in Hadera, Israel, for the start of our Holy Land tour.

Tuesday, March 11, 2025

USA to Amman, Jordan. Depart your home city to Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2025: Arrive in Amman

You will be met upon your arrival in Amman where you will be greeted by your tour host, Dann Hone, and transferred to your deluxe Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort with its private beach on the Dead Sea and freshwater swimming pools. (D) 

Thursday, March 13, 2025: Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Moses Spring, Wadi Musa, Old Village Resort, Petra

Today, after a float in the Dead Sea, we journey southeast up to the Medeba Plateau and visit Mount Nebo, also known as Pisgah, where Moses saw the all the Land of Promise to the 12 Tribes of Jacob (Israel). Here he would commission Joshua to lead the tribes across the Jordan. From here Moses descended from the mount to be “buried by the hand of the Lord.” After visiting a mosaic factory, we will have a brief lunch before proceeding to St; George’s Church where we will see the oldest map of the Holy Lands displayed in the mosaic floor of the 6th Century A.D. Byzantine church. After our visit, we journey southeast along the King’s Highway through the biblical lands of Moab and Edom (tribal inheritances of Rueben). Along the Kings Highway we will pass many of the biblical cities and locations from the days of the Patriarchs through the Exodus of the Children of Israel. We continue traveling south toward Petra, a marvel long before “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” opened in theaters. Arriving to Wadi Musa, we stop at a revered Moslem site called the Spring of Moses where tradition records the site of water coming from the rock and may even taste the cool water of the spring. After a memorable day, we arrive at our Old Village Hotel Resort in Wadi Musa for dinner and overnight. The hotel is a unique experience with the true ambience of the Bedouin-Nabatean cultures. (B, D)  

Friday, March 14, 2025: Petra Visitors Center and Museum, Wadi Rumm, Camel Trek, Bedouin lunch and lecture, Wadi Musa Old Village Resort

After an early breakfast, we will head to the ancient ruins of Petra by entering through the Siq. Most people recognize Petra for the Treasury, but there is so much more to see. The best way to see Petra is by foot, which allows for a scenic and memorable experience and is not a difficult walk. WE will take 4 hours to visit this wonder of the world and the very informative Petra Museum. The we follow the scenic road to the Visitors Center at Wadi Rumm and journey to a Bedouin camp for an hour camel trek before having a Bedouin lunch prepared under the sand in the traditional style of the tribes. During lunch a Bedouin will present a fascinating lecture and question-answer time on their society and customs. This day is considered the highlight of the Jordan experience by most visitors to the land. We will return to our Old Village Resort in Wadi Musa after a very full day. (B, L, D)  

Saturday, March 15, 2025: Wadi Musa, Karak Castle, The Jordan Museum (Amman), Amman Citadel, Mövenpick Amman Hotel (optional evening visit to the Amman Suq (open air market)

Rising early, we will travel north after breakfast towards Amman. Enroute we will visit the famous ruins of al-Karak Castle, one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant. Karak has a history that dates from Old Testament times through the Crusaders of the 14th Century A.D. Following our exploration of al-Karak, we will take a sack lunch (shawarma sandwich) and take the Desert Highway directly to Amman and The Jordan Museum, where the copper scroll and other dead Sea scrolls may be seen. It is the finest exhibits of Jordanian history in the world. Our last visit for the day is the ancient Amman Citadel. Amman goes by a number of names through history – Rabbath Amman, Philadelphia, Amman.  From the citadel we can view nearly all of Amman, the Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. If time permits, we will also visit the Archaeological Museum. In the evening, either before or after we have dinner some may choose to see the famous bazaar and open-air market of Amman. We spend the night at the Mövenpick Amman Hotel. (B, D) 

Sunday, March 16, 2024: Amman, Jabbok River, Jerash, Baptismal Site of Jesus (Bethbara or Bethany Beyond Jordan), King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, Hadera Resort by Jacob Hotels

After breakfast, we will head north to one of the major Greek-Roman cities of the Decapolis, Jerash. The New Testament gospels record that Jesus taught in all the cities of the Decapolis and Perea. This day we will be visiting both the tribal areas of Rueben and Gad, then cross over Jordan River to the territories of Ephraim, Judah, Benjamin, Dan, and Menasseh. Our first stop on the borders of the ancient lands of Perea, Amman, and Gilead is the Jabbok River (called today the Zarqa River) where Jacob wrestled with an angel and had his name changed to Israel by God. He called the place of this event along the river Penuel (“face of God”). Traveling further north, the Roman Decapolis city of Jerash (Gerasha) and its extensive ruins lay before us. These are considered one of the best of all the preserved Roman cities in the world. Our two hours are just barely enough to cover the temples and theaters, forums, and streets of this monumental city. Following a traditional buffet lunch, we descend through the high hills of the Ajloun province to the great rift valley of the Jordan River and see in the distance the city of Palms, Jericho. We will make the crossing of the Jordan close to where Joshua and the children of Israel, Elijah and Elisha, Joseph and Mary, and Jesus and His disciples crossed near Al-Mughtas or “Bethany beyond the Jordan”, the probable site of Bethbara where the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist occurred. We will reminisce those events as we visit the place of the Baptism of Jesus Christ and the translation of Elijah before we cross the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the modern nation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority Territories. After crossing the border, we will pass by Jericho and through the Judaean Hill Country before continuing our journey to the Mediterranean coastal city of Hadera and our accommodations for dinner and overnight at the Hadera Resort by Jacob Hotels located with a private beach un the sea. Here we will meet the rest of the Holy Land group and, if time permits, have a brief get-acquainted meeting after supper. (B, D)