Holy Land Tour with Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.


This is the trip you always dreamed of . . .

The scriptures will come alive for you as you read them and learn about their history in the actual places where they took place.  You will have insights and understanding like never before.

You will be traveling with others who share similar beliefs and you will hear from top LDS scholars.  It is the spirit and feelings you get in these sacred sites that you will always remember, and that you will cherish for the rest of your life.


Day 1 Wednesday / May 16

Continue from your Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum tour


Depart for Israel. Overnight on the trans-Atlantic flight.

Day 2 Thursday / May 17

Welcome to Israel

Arrive in Tel Aviv. Transfer to the hotel and spend the evening on our own preparing for our amazing experience. Later that night, Cruise Lady will hold a “Welcome to Israel” meeting to go over the itinerary and meet everyone else in the group.

Day 3 Friday / May 18

Today we head to the little town of Bethlehem where first we spend a little time shopping before we visit the Church of the Nativity to remember the birth of Christ followed by a visit to the Grotto of St. Jerome. Next, we enjoy a unique lunch in a Bedouin tent restaurant overlooking the shepherds’ field. After lunch, we spend some time in the shepherds’ field as we contemplate the events that took place near there so many years ago. We then head into Jerusalem where our first stop is the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned before His final day in mortality. Our last stop of the day is the Mount of Olives overlook for an excellent panoramic view of this incredible city. We then head to Jericho to check in to our hotel for the next two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Saturday / May 19

Our day begins as we journey to the traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River. We then head to Masada and take the aerial tram up to Herod’s mighty fortress. This afternoon we have free time for lunch then visit the caves of Qumran where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Our last stop is Qumran Beach where we can enjoy the buoyant salty waters of the Dead Sea. (B, D)

Day 5 Sunday / May 20

We begin our day at the beautiful ruins of Bet She’an where King Saul and his sons were hung from the walls. We then board a replica of an ancient fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. After a delicious lunch of St. Peter’s Fish, our next stop is Capernaum—where Jesus lived and recruited His future apostles. We then stop at the Church of the Primacy of Peter followed by the Magdala Center where we explore a 1st century synagogue. We end our day at our hotel in Tiberias where after dinner, we enjoy an inspiring devotional. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Monday / May 21

This morning we walk a short distance in the Valley of the Doves to experience the trail of Jesus in a way that is authentic. We then visit Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and view a 5th Century Byzantine mosaic floor. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes. Hear again the words Jesus offered as He taught the “Sermon on the Mount.”  We will pass Tel Hazor and Tel Dan on our way to the Banias Waterfall. Our lunch stop will be at a unique Lebanese restaurant near the gate into Caesarea Philippi.  After lunch we enter Caesarea Philippi, where the Savior asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”  We then drive to Mt. Bental which offers a gorgeous and sweeping view north to Mt. Hermon and the road

to Damascus. We drive by Bethsaida—home of Peter, Phillip, and Andrew before returning to our hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Tuesday / May 22


Our first stop today is Mt. Precipice, where, in addition to enjoying the spectacular view, we discuss the transfiguration. We continue on to Nazareth, the quaint, sacred town where Jesus Christ “grew and waxed strong in spirit…” In Nazareth we explore the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s carpentry shop, and The Synagogue Church. We then head to Sepphoris and marvel at the beautiful mosaics. After a lunch stop at a local Druze Restaurant, we resume out tour. The road rises to Muhraqa (Mt. Carmel), site of the prophet Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal. We travel back in time to Caesarea and recall the stories of Paul preaching the gospel in the King’s Court. Hear again the words of King Agrippa to Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” We then head to our hotel in Jerusalem. After dinner, there will be time for shopping for olivewood. (B, D)

Day 8 Wednesday / May 23

The Dome of the Rock

We begin today in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount to see the Muslim mosque and Muslim shrine—Dome of the Rock. Next, we experience the incredible acoustics of the St. Ann Church. At the Pool of Bethesda, we marvel once again at Christ’s miracles. In the Old City, we will see the area where the Antonia Fortress once stood and where Christ was scourged. We then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After a stop for lunch and shopping, we walk by Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” and then walk through the Roman Cardo to Zion’s Gate and enter the Room of the Last Supper where we recall the poignant last moments of Christ with His beloved disciples. We then head to the Israel Museum. First, we see the Holy Land Model, a unique scale model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Christ. We then visit the Shrine of the Book, the site chosen to house the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls. We end our visit exploring the fascinating Israeli artifacts housed in the museum. We drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood. (B, D)

Day 9 Thursday / May 24

Today we begin with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane (and Orson Hyde Park if you want to walk UP the hill) and the Church of All Nations. Here we walk among ancient olive trees and feel the spirit of that sacred area. At the amazing Jerusalem Archaeological Park, we see the ancient steps leading to the temple mount that Christ must have tread. We then head to the Western Wall and witness a few Bar Mitzvahs. Following lunch, our day continues with a visit to the unforgettable BYU Jerusalem Center. Our final stop is the beautiful Garden Tomb, believed to be the site of Jesus’ burial. Next to the Garden, there is a limestone hill which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. After our farewell dinner, we transfer to the airport for our return flights to the USA. (B, D)

Day 10 Friday / May 25

Arrive back home.


Continue to your Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum tour


Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.

Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor''s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.

TOUR COST: $1996 per person based on double occupancy plus $30 per person reservation fee.

(Price is for Cash or Check payment. Price for Credit Card payments is $2058 per person, plus reservation fee)

Single Supplement is $500.

Space is limited to 46 so BOOK NOW!

Terms & Conditions


  • Lectures with DANIEL PETERSON
  • Escorts DIANE (President of Cruise Lady) & LARRY LARSEN
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation in Deluxe Coaches
  • Bilingual Israeli Guide
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Use of a Listen Technologies receiver to listen to the guide’s narrative and instructions above the background noise
  • Entrance Fees & Activities
  • Transfer to Airport on departure evening

Not Included

  • Meals on arrival day and some lunches as indicated
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Tel Aviv (taxi fare is around $50.00)
  • Roundtrip Air
  • Personal Items
  • Trip Cancellation Protection
  • Gratuities ($105 per person to be paid with final payment)
  • Optional extra night hotel in Jerusalem to enjoy one more day at your leisure

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit of $500 per person plus $30 per person reservation fee due at Registration
  • Final Payment due February 16, 2018 (nonrefundable)

Cancellation Policy

  • $30.00 per person after deposit is received
  • $500 per person after February 16, 2018
  • 100% cancellation penalty after final payment on March 16, 2018

***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and must be valid through November 2018***

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb steps and walk briskly unassisted.

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

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