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.
Wednesday / April 8
Depart for Israel. Overnight on the trans-Atlantic flight.
Thursday / April 9
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.
Friday / April 10
Today 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.” Not far away, the road rises to Muhraqa (Mt. Carmel), site of the prophet Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal. After a lunch stop at a local Druze Restaurant, we head to Sepphoris and marvel at the beautiful mosaics. 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. Our last stop is Mt. Precipice, where, in addition to enjoying the spectacular view, we discuss the transfiguration. We end our day at our hotel by the shores of Galilee, our home for the next two nights. (B, D)
Saturday / April 11
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. After dinner, we enjoy an inspiring devotional. (B, D)
Sunday / April 12
We begin our day onboard a replica of an ancient fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Our next stop is the Magdala Center where we explore a 1st century synagogue. Next is the Church of the Primacy of Peter followed by Capernaum—where Jesus lived and recruited His future apostles. After a delicious lunch of St. Peter’s Fish, we arrive at the beautiful ruins of Bet She’an where King Saul and his sons were hung from the walls. We end our day at our hotel in Jericho our home for the next two nights. (B, L, D)
Monday / April 13
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)
Tuesday/ April 14
Our first stop of the day is the Mount of Olives overlook for an excellent panoramic view of this incredible city. Next we visit 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. After time for lunch and shopping, we then head to the Old City and enter the Room of the Last Supper where we recall the poignant last moments of Christ with His beloved disciples. Our next stop is the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned before His final day in mortality. We drive through Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood. After arriving at our hotel in Jerusalem for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner followed by an opportunity to explore on our own. (B, D)
Wednesday/ April 15
Today we head to the little town of Bethlehem where first we spend some time in the shepherds’ field as we contemplate the events that took place near there so many years ago. Next we visit the Church of the Nativity to remember the birth of Christ followed by a visit to the Grotto of St. Jerome. We enjoy a unique lunch in a Bedouin tent restaurant overlooking the shepherds’ field. After lunch, we have some shopping time before heading to discover the treasures of 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. (B, L, D)
Thursday/ April 16
We begin our last day 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, we walk by Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” before stopping at the Western Wall and witness a few Bar Mitzvahs. We then head 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)
Friday/ April 17
Arrive back home.
|HEADLINERS: Michael Ballam, Ph.D.|
Michael Ballam performed in the major concert halls of America, Europe, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles. Currently serves as the General Director of the Utah Festival Opera, a company he founded in 1993. Popular BYU Education Week speaker and CD artist. He will touch our hearts with his fascinating experiences and talented performances.
TOUR COST: $2258 per person based on double occupancy
(Price is for Cash or Check payment. Price for Credit Card payments is $2326 per person)
Single Supplement is $500.
Space is limited to 46 so BOOK NOW!
|Lectures with MICHAEL BALLAM|
|Escorts DIANE (President of Cruise Lady) & LARRY LARSEN|
|Meals as indicated|
|Transportation in Deluxe Coaches|
|Bilingual Israeli Guide|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
- Deposit of $500 per person plus $30 per person reservation fee due at Registration
- FFinal Payment due January 8, 2020 (nonrefundable)
- $30.00 per person after deposit is received
- $500 per person after January 8, 2020
- 100% cancellation penalty after final payment on February 8, 2020
***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and must be valid through October 2020***
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.