Just when you have had enough of being cooped up, this fall it is time to travel again and breathe fresh air. Come and travel with Scot and Maurine Proctor in one of our transformational tours to Israel that will make the scriptures come alive as never before. We call it transformational because you will be changed in your love and knowledge of the New Testament as you hear Jesus’ words and see those places Jesus knew.
Most of us dream of going to Israel, and with good reason. Here, the Savior’s ministry comes to life as you sail where Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee, climb the Mount of Beatitudes, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, and see the empty tomb where He arose.
Usually, our tours are filled before they are advertised, but we have just added this tour to our line up, so you have a chance to go to Israel this very year! Maurine and Scot are authors and teachers who have led tours to Israel for many years. They like to do hands-on activities that totally engage you in the tour—like play archaeologist for a morning and sift through dirt from the Temple Mount or visit Nazareth Village, where characters re-enact those ancient scenes.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this 10-day, 9-night tour that starts at $2799, not including air. A link on this page allows you to ask questions or book the tour.
You can also learn more by calling Dani Edmunds at 801-483-6114 or by emailing her at [email protected]
Day 1-2: Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31, 2021
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.
Day 3: Monday, November 1, 2021
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.
Day 4: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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.
Day 5: Wednesday, November 3, 20211
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.
Day 6: Thursday, November 4, 2021
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.
Day 7: Friday, November 5. 2021
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.
Day 8: Saturday, November 6, 2021
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.
Day 9: Sunday, November 9, 2021
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.
Day 10: Monday, November 10, 2021
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.
Day 11: Tuesday, November 11, 2021
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.
Day 12: Wednesday, November 12, 2021
Today we will be traveling home with memories to last a lifetime.