2022 Best of Israel Holy Land Tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor

Dates October 29 - November 9, 2022
Destination Tel Aviv; Nazareth; Galilee; Masada; Jerusalem; United States
Duration 10 days 9 nights
Price From 2,988

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ISRAEL CURRENTLY REQUIRES ALL TRAVELERS, REGARDLESS OF AGE, TO BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19  TO TRAVEL.    Vaccinations or booster shots must have been given no more the 6 months prior to leaving Israel.

Come join Meridian Magazine's Scot and Maurine Proctor on an unforgettable journey that will make the scriptures come alive on this Best of Israel Tour this fall.

This is an exciting and in-depth 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. 

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Day 1-2: Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 2022

Trans-Atlantic flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.   Upon arrival, we will transfer to our lovely hotel on the Mediterranean Coast and enjoy a wonderful dinner before getting a good night’s rest.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Monday, October 31, 2022

Today we’ll enjoy a late start day with time to recover from travel and enjoy your location on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.  This afternoon we will spend in the historic port city of Jaffa. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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.  We are on to Nazareth now, 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.  We Stay tonight by the Sea of Galilee.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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 6: Thursday, November 3, 2022

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 Magdala 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 7: Friday, November 4, 2022

This morning we are reminded of 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. then drive through the wilderness of Judea to Jesus’s baptismal site on the Jordan River then past Jericho and the Mt. of Temptation.  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.  Tonight, we visit Jerusalem’s Western Wall and see how the Jews celebrate Shabbat. We stay tonight (for four nights) in Jerusalem.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, November 5, 2022

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 woodshop to look for treasures.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, November 6, 2022

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 10: Monday, November 7, 2022

Arise early because we are going to the Temple Mount, a sacred place for 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 11: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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 12: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Today we will be traveling home with memories to last a lifetime. 

Meals : In-flight

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 the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Tips to native driver, Israeli guide, hotel and restaurant staffs
  • 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
  • Transfers via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Group transfers
  • 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
  • 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 July 27, 2022
  • 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 an additional supplement my apply if the tour is operated

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $4199 - ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double