There isn’t a better way to start your Holy Land experience than to begin it all with Jordan. See the ancient ruins of Jerash and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World — Petra — which also happens to be one of Diane (Cruise Lady) Larsen’s two favorite places in the world. (You can ask her where her other favorite place is when you see her.)
Sunday / May 12
Fly to Amman. (overnight on plane)
Monday / May 13
Arrive in Amman, Jordan. We will transfer to our hotel to rest from our flights and prepare for our tour. (D)
Tuesday / May 14
After breakfast, we will travel to the ancient city of Jerash where we can wander the ruins and imagine the chariot races of so long ago. After lunch near the ruins, we stop at the 12th century Al-Shawbak Castle built on a hill in the plain of Edom. Our day continues with a stop at Al Beidha, better known as Little Petra. In one of the buildings, we find remains of painted frescoes with birds, grapes and flowers. We end our day at Petra where we will check into our fascinating hotel—a converted Bedouin village where each room is unique. (B, L, D)
Wednesday / May 15
We will spend this day visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Petra! At Petra we will walk between the towering cliffs leading to the magnificent edifice made famous by the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The entire area is filled with fascinating caves and carvings that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Take the opportunity to ride a camel, a horse, or a horse-drawn chariot for part of the journey. Enjoy lunch at Petra before traveling on to Jordan’s largest wadi (a valley cut into sandstone and rock). Wadi Rum is the actual valley where Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence led the Arab revolt of 1916-18 and also where the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Our adventurous journey through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum will be safari-style on the open-air seats of trucks. Our safari ends with an unforgettable meal in an authentic Bedouin tent. We then board our bus and return to our hotel. (B, L, D)
Thursday / May 16
Today we leave Petra and stop at Mt. Nebo where Moses looked out on the Holy Land. At Mt. Nebo we enjoy lunch and some shopping time before heading to the border to begin our Israel tour. (B, L)
|HEADLINER: Eric Huntsman, Ph.D.|
Eric D. Huntsman is a Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, where he also directs the Ancient Near Eastern Studies Program in the Kennedy Center for International Studies. Professor Huntsman and his family lived in the Holy Land from 2011-2012 while he was teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center. He was a coauthor of Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament in 2006 and has since published three books for Latter-day Saint audiences that seek to bring biblical scholarship to a broader LDS audience: God So Loved the World (Deseret Book, 2011) on the Passion narratives; Good Tidings of Great Joy (Deseret Book, 2011) on the Infancy narratives; and The Miracles of Jesus (Deseret Book, 2014). His latest publications for LDS audiences are Worship: Adding Depth to Your Devotion (Deseret Book, 2016) and Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming unto Christ through the Gospel of John (Cedar Fort, 2018). A former bishop, he currently serves as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple and sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Cost: …$896 per person based on double occupancy plus $10 additional reservation fee and $58 pre-paid gratuities (due at final) for cash or check payments. Credit card payments: $924 per person plus $10 additional reservation fee and $58 gratuities. Single Supplement is $200.
Space is limited to 46 so BOOK NOW!
|Jordan Visas, Border Fees, & Departure Taxes|
|Meals as indicated|
|Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned Coaches|
|Bilingual Jordanian Guide|
|Hotel Accommodations at 4 star hotels|
|All entrance fees to all sites in itinerary|
|Group transfer from airport to hotel (extra charge if not with group)|
|Standard gratuities: $58 per person to be pre-paid with final payment|
|Reservation fee of $10 per person|
- $200 per person plus $10 per person reservation fee due at time of booking
- Final Payment by February 15, 2019
- $50 per person after deposit is received; $200 per person after February 15, 2019
- 100% cancellation penalty after final payment March 15, 2019
****PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid through November 2019***
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk briskly unassisted.
Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.