Experience Israel: Holy Land Tour

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October 12th - 23rd, 2017   Guided by Kay Godfrey

April 26th - May 7th, 2018   Guided by Brian Jenne

$2300 per person double occupancy

Our rate Includes:

  • Meeting & assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben-Gurion Airport by Amiel representative
  • Porterage at airport and hotels.
  • 9 overnights at the above mentioned hotels.
  • Guide Escort transfer from/ to Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival and departure
  • 8 full days sightseeing as per your program below.
  • English speaking Tour guide throughout the entire tour
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • On free day - No bus and guide services.
  • Meal arrangement: Half Board including full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinners at hotels daily. Starts with dinner on arrival day and ends with breakfast in hotel on departure day.
  • Entrance fees including all sites mentioned in your program below: Caesarea, Megiddo, Taxi ride to Mount Tabor, Beit Shaen, Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee, Masada with 2 ways cable car, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Bethlehem, all relevant churches as mentioned in your program below.
  • Pilgrimage Certificate

(Optional pre-tour to Jordan and Petra, Oct 9th -11th, 2017 or April 23rd - 26th, 2018)

$700 per person double occupancy

 

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ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart USA

Day 2

Arrival in Israel. Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport Gurion Airport. Meeting & Assistance by Amiel Representative. Meet your local guide. Dinner and overnight Netanya.Pre-tour group will meet us at the hotel this evening. D

Day 3 GALILEE

Drive to Caesarea, Roman Amphitheatre, Pontius Pilate Stella and aqueduct, Mt Carmel; Muhraka Carmelite Monastery. We then continue to Meggido, which was a fortress city for King Solomon. Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent most of his life. Visit the Church of Annunciation and St. Joseph's workshop. After the visit drive to Cana of Galilee, where the Lord made his first miracle, to visit the Wedding church. We will leave the Galilee area but stop first at the Nazareth Village to see and understand what life was like during the time of Jesus and his disciples Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. B,D

Day 4

Early morning start and head to Sepphoris, (Tizzpori,) the birth place of Mary, to see the famous mosaic of the "Mona Lisa of the Galilee". We then head up North to the Ramat Golan area to: Caesarea Phillipi (Banias) was a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan and was reconstructed in ancient times by Philip, the son of Herod. Here Saint Peter made his proclamation of faith in Jesus, who declared him the rock on which he would build his Church and promised him the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. One of Israel's most beautiful waterfalls flows from the foot of Mount Hermon to the Jordan River. It is considered to be the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon. Overnight: Dinner and Tiberias. B,D

Day 5

After Breakfast Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes; north of the Sea of Galilee. Here lies a church with an octagonal dome that represents the 8 "Beatitudes" of the sermon with which Jesus Christ blessed his disciples 2000 years ago On to Capernaum where a 2nd century synagogue was discovered and sheds new light on the life of the community at the time of Jesus. Capernaum is where Jesus lived after leaving Nazareth and where he recruited his first disciples. End our day with a Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight Tiberias B,D

Day 6

We'll drive south along the Jordan Valley to the ancient remains of Beit Shean, the city where Saul and his sons where hung up on the city walls by the Philistines (1st Samuel 31:10).We will tour one of the biggest excavated sites in Israel with its bathhouse and Cardo. Continue along the Jordan Valley passing Jericho the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Continue South to Visit Ein Gedi Waterfalls. Drive to Massada and ascend by cable car. Massada is the site of one of the most dramatic act in Jewish history. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod's Palaces, bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, and the oldest synagogue in the world. Enjoy a float on the Salty Unique Mineral waters. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem B,D

Day 7 JERUSALEM

The Western Wall is the most important site in all of Jewish civilization because these rough massive stones are all that is left of the great Second Temple. Revered and honored, the Jews wait and hope for the day they will rebuild their third and final temple upon theses sacred remnants. We begin to descend through the many layers of Jerusalem's past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Stand on the site believed to be the nearest spot to the "Holy of Holies". Above the wall is Mount Moriah where the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is located. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to the Pools of Bethesda. Discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games. Finally visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, erected over what many believe to be the probable site of the crucifixion. Located in the old quarter of Jerusalem, is the site believed to be the Room of the Last Supper. Devoid of gilded statues or ornate chapels, the quiet simplicity and elegance of this room helps one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B,D

Day 8

Music, bells and churches appropriately adorn the little town of Bethlehem for it was here that the Light of the World was given life. Pilgrimages, sacred holidays and festivities occur all year long to celebrate the birth of Christ. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where the Church of the Nativity now stands. Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing those glad tidings of great joy. Gathered on these fields, we sing the beloved hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B,D

Day 9

Today guests will have the opportunity to visit the Herodian, Kind Herod's fortress, palace and small town or the ancient site of Beit Lehi, currently under excavation. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B,D

Day 10

This morning begins with church services at the BYU Jerusalem center. Casting one's eyes to the south our gaze rests on the Mount of Olives on whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as you envision the momentous events, which took place at this sacred site.(Possible meeting spot if available-pre booking) Continue on to the House of Caiaphas, which owns the dark and sad dungeon that once imprisoned the Savior. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts. At the beautiful Garden Tomb, there is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior's mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, "Do not look for Him here for He is risen." You will never forget this moment in your life as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem B,D

Day 11

Free day at leisure for shopping and rest in Jerusalem. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B,D

Day 12

Check out the hotel four hours before flight and transfer to airport to our flight home.

Jordan Extension

Day 1 Depart USA

Day 2 Arrive Amman, Jordan. Meet guide at airport and transfer to the Seven Wonders Hotel in Petra.

Day 3 After breakfast in the hotel visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the ancient city of Petra. Located a couple of Hours from the sunny city of Eilat, Israel. Petra offers a full day tour of History, adventure and beauty. The city was carved in a red sandstone rock and offers many sites such as the short hike in the Siq, the lost city and the treasury. Continue to Wadi Rum and enjoy a jeep tour and camel ride before arriving in Aqaba on the Red Sea. Overnight at Marina Plaza, Agaba.

Day 4 After breakfast, depart Agaba drive to Madaba. Madaba has a very long history stretching from the Neolithic period. The town of Madaba was once a Moabite border city, mentioned in the Bible in Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9. Madaba dates from the Middle Bronze Age. Then we will continue to Mount Nebo, one of Jordan's most important Christian Holy Sites: this is the spot where Moses is believed to have first seen the Promised Land that he would never entered. We conclude our day as we continue to Amman for dinner and overnight. Amman International Hotel.

Day 5 (same day as DAY 2 of Holy Land Tour) Transfer to Leonardo Plaza hotel in Netanya via Allenby Bridge and meet up with other guests. Arrive to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Experience IsraelItinerary

Guided by Kay Godfrey

Day 1  Depart USA

Day 2  Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel at Ben Gurion Airport. We will meet our local guide, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight in Netanya. D

Galilee

Day 3  Drive to Caesarea to see the Roman Amphitheatre, Pontius Pilate Stella and aqueduct. Next, we drive to Mt Carmel and visit Muhraka Carmelite Monastery.  We then continue to Meggido, which was a fortress city for King Solomon.  Continue to Nazareth where Jesus spent most of his life. We will visit the Church of Annunciation and St. Joseph's workshop. Then we drive to Cana of Galilee, where the Lord made his first miracle, to visit the Wedding church.  We will leave the Galilee area but stop first at the Nazareth Village to see and understand what life was like during the time of Jesus and his disciples  Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. B, D

Day 4 We will have an early morning start as we begin our day at Sepphoris, (Tizzpori,) the birth place of Mary, to see the famous mosaic of the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”.  We then head up North to the Ramat Golan area to Caesarea Philippi (Banias). This was a pagan city dedicated to the god Pan and was reconstructed in ancient times by Philip, the son of Herod. Here Saint Peter made his proclamation of faith in Jesus, who declared him the rock on which he would build his Church and promised him the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. One of Israel’s most beautiful waterfalls flows from the foot of Mount Hermon to the Jordan River. It is considered to be the largest spring feeding from Mt. Hermon. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B, D

Day 5 After breakfast proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, north of the Sea of Galilee. Here lies a church with an octagonal dome that represents the 8 “Beatitudes” of the sermon with which Jesus Christ blessed his disciples 2000 years ago.  On to Capernaum where a 2nd century synagogue sheds new light on the life of the community at the time of Jesus. Capernaum is where Jesus lived after leaving Nazareth and where he recruited his first disciples.  End our day with a Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. B, D

Day 6 We will drive south along the Jordan Valley to the ancient remains of Beit Shean, the city where Saul and his sons where hung up on the city walls by the Philistines (1st Samuel 31:10).We will tour one of the biggest excavated sites in Israel with its bathhouse and Cardo.  We continue along the Jordan Valley passing Jericho the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.  We travel next to visit the Ein Gedi Waterfalls.  Then a drive to Masada and ascend by cable car or by foot. Masada is the site of one of the most dramatic acts in Jewish history. Explore the ancient excavation of Herod’s Palaces, bathhouse, the storerooms, the Ramp, and the oldest synagogue in the world.  Enjoy a float on the Salty Unique Mineral waters. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem B, D

 JERUSALEM

Day 7 The Western Wall is the most important site in all Jewish civilization because they believe these rough massive stones are all that is left of the great Second Temple. Revered and honored, the Jews wait and hope for the day they will rebuild their third and final temple upon theses sacred remnants. We begin to descend through the many layers of Jerusalem’s past at the time of the Temple through the Western Wall Tunnels. Inside, a most interesting model shows different dwelling periods and history of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Above the wall is Mount Moriah where the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, is located. Entering the oldest quarter of Jerusalem, follow the winding alleys and crowded streets to the Pools of Bethesda. Discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games. Finally visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, erected over what many believe to be the probable site of the crucifixion. Located in the old quarter of Jerusalem, is the site believed to be the Room of the Last Supper. Devoid of gilded statues or ornate chapels, the quiet simplicity and elegance of this room helps one to focus on the words of Christ and the poignant last moments with his beloved disciples. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B, D

Day 8  Our time in Bethlehem will be extra special with our Arab LDS guide, Mohammad. Pilgrimages, sacred holidays and festivities occur all year long to celebrate the birth of Christ. Tradition holds that the small humble inn with just a stable for lodging was located where the Church of the Nativity now stands. Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing those glad tidings of great joy. Gathered on these fields, we sing the beloved hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B, D

Day 9  Today we will explore the Old Testament sites of David and Goliath as we visit the Elah Valley. Next we will marvel and the ruins of Bet Guvrin, one of the important towns of Judah during the time of the First Temple.Archaeological artifacts unearthed at the site include a large Jewish cemetery, a Roman-Byzantine amphitheater, a Byzantine church, public baths, mosaics and burial caves There are also about 800 bell-shaped caves located in the area. Many of the caves are linked via an underground network of passageways that connect groups of 40–50 caves. Tonight, after dinner, for those that are interested, we will have the opportunity to welcome in the Shabbat at the Western Wall with other visitors and local Jews. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B, D

Day 10  This morning begins with church services at the BYU Jerusalem center. Casting one's eyes to the south our gaze rests on the Mount of Olives on whose slopes the Garden of Gethsemane lies nestled. Feel the powerful spirit in the Garden as you envision the momentous events, which took place at this sacred site. We will then continue to the House of Caiaphas, which owns the dark and sad dungeon that once imprisoned the Savior. To experience the cold dismal cells and feel the sorrow and grieving of such a place, brings understanding and gratitude to our hearts. At the beautiful Garden Tomb, there is a limestone hill, which many revere as Golgotha, site of the crucifixion. Just around that hill is an old cemetery with an ancient tomb that once held the Savior's mortal body and saw its glorious resurrection. There is a sign on the door of the tomb that says, "Do not look for Him here for He is risen." You will never forget this moment in your life as you look for Him, not in the tomb but within your own life. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem B, D

Day 11  Free day at leisure for shopping and rest in Jerusalem. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B, D

Day 12  Check out the hotel four hours before flight and transfer to airport for flight home.

Legacy Tours and Travel, LLC reserves the right to alter the itinerary and/or substitute sightseeing and/or other tour features if deemed necessary.

Our rate Includes:

  • Meeting & assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben-Gurion Airport by Amiel representative
  • Porterage at airport and hotels.
  • 10 overnights at the above mentioned hotels.
  • Guide Escort transfer from/ to Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival and departure
  • 9 full days sightseeing as per your program below.
  • English speaking Tour guide throughout the entire tour
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • On free day - No bus and guide services.
  • Meal arrangement: Half Board including full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinners at hotels daily. Starts with dinner on arrival day and ends with breakfast in hotel on departure day.
  • Entrance fees including all sites mentioned in your program below: Caesarea, Megiddo, Taxi ride to Mount Tabor, Beit Shaen, Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee, Masada with 2 ways cable car, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Bethlehem, all relevant churches as mentioned in your program below.
  • Pilgrimage Certificate

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Kay Godfrey

Kay Godfrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University, holding degrees in Historic Archaeology and Anthropology. His Archaeological degree has an emphasis on biblical archaeology. He speaks Hebrew and has conducted religious related research in the Holy Lands. Brother Godfrey has spent the better part of thirty years researching the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He has authored many articles in LDS church related magazines on a variety of themes singular to the Prophet. Kay has spoken at a Deseret Book symposium in Nauvoo on the "trials of the Prophet Joseph in Missouri" and lectures regularly on the topic of modern day restoration to zones of full-time missionaries. Kay has lectured extensively through-out the United States and Canada, and is dedicated to sharing with others his testimony of the significance of the Prophet and Man - Joseph Smith

Kay authored a four-part DVD series in cooperation with Digital Memories entitled, "Following The Footsteps of Joseph", "The Early Years" (1805-1830), "The Echo Of A Beating Heart" (1830-1838), "The Silver Lined Clouds Of War" (1838-1839) and "The Passport To Heaven" (1840-1844).

Brian Jenne

Brian Jenne has a MS in Education from Troy University.  He taught school for 10 years and currently runs his own concrete and construction company. Brian studied the life of the Savior and the scriptures in a 4 year seminary program. He has also served a 2 year LDS mission in Portland, Oregon, teaching about Jesus Christ and His gospel.  Brian is currently enrolled in an anthropology and archaeology degree program at Troy University. He has traveled several times to Israel and other parts of the Middle East in the last few years. His knowledge and insight will give you an unforgettable experience of the Holy Land. 

 

  
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