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Traditions of Christ in Israel Tour Includes:
- Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben-Gurion Airport
- 10 overnights
- 9 full days of sightseeing
- Expert English speaking Israeli guide
- American tour guide throughout the entire tour
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Breakfast and dinner each day in Israel
- Entrance fees
- Guide fees
- Listening receivers
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals other than listed
- Additional trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance
- Tips for luggage porterage
- tips for driver and guides
- Bus and guide services on free day
USA - Thursday
Fly from USA to begin your Traditions of Christ in Israel Tour
NETANYA - Friday
Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel at Ben Gurion. We will meet our local guide, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight in Netanya, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
CAESAREA - Saturday
Today we drive to Caesarea to see the Roman ampitheater, including port, crusader wall, Pontius Pilate Stella and aqueduct. We then drive inland to the beautiful Mt. Carmel, to see the the Muhraka Carmelite Monastery and to review the powerful moment when Elijah called down fire to consume the sacrifice as a witness to the wicked priests of Baal. Next we visit Nazareth and the Nazareth Village to see a recreated 1st century village and way of life, and if time, the church of the Annunciation. Overnight in Galilee.
BANIAS-CAESAREA PHILLIPPI - MT. BEATITUDES- Sunday
Banias-Caesarea Philippi (Mt Transfiguration), Mt Beatitudes. Schwarma lunch in Magdala. Next site is Tabgha to see the Church of Multiplication (loaves and fishes) or feeding of the 5,000. We will also visit Peter’s Primacy where, according to tradition this where Jesus told Peter to “Feed my Sheep.” And finally to Capernaum, where Jesus performed the majority of his miracles. Finish the day with an optional swim in the Galilee before dinner. Overnight Galilee
GALILEE - YARDINET - Monday
We will then have a boat ride on the beautiful Galilee before visiting Yardinet near the Jordan River. This is one of the proposed sites as to where Jesus was baptized. Lunch in route to the Dead Sea. We will have an opportunity to enjoy a sunset float on the world’s lowest elevation and the saltiest lake on earth. Our hotel is located on the shores of the Dead Sea.
DEAD SEA - MASADA - QUMRAM - Tuesday
Guests have the opportunity for a sunrise float on the Dead Sea. We will formally begin the day at Masada;, the fortress built by Herod and used by Jews as a place of retreat from Roman persecution. From the road we will stop to see the caves at Qumram where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We then drive on to Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. Considered holy to 3 Abrahamic religions-Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Overnight Jerusalem.
CITY OF DAVID - HEZEKIAH'S TUNNEL - Wednesday
Today we explore the newly excavated City of David and the archeological dig site. Guests will learn about the the 2,700 year old Hezekiah’s tunnel, that was built to bring water into the city of Jerusalem during the Assyrian invasion. For those who would like to, you can actually walk the tunnel. Head lamps, shorts and water shoes recommended. We will next visit the Western Wall Tunnels for a a journey through time as we view the depths of Jerusalem. Finally we visit St Anne’s Church, Pools of Bethesda and Templar Church. Overnight Jerusalem.
THE CARDO - WESTERN WALL - DOME OF THE ROCK - Thursday
Today we have a tour of the Old City: The Cardo. The Madaba mosaic replica, Jerusalem 1st Temple period (wall), Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, South Temple Archeological Park, Temple Mount, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock. Lunch in the Christian Qtr. Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the traditional sites for the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. An important site to the Knights Templar and one of the reasons for the Crusades. Overnight Jerusalem.
BETHLEHEM - CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY - KATHISMA - Friday
We will spend our day in Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread.” We begin with a walk down Star Street to Church of the Nativity. We will pass by the Chapel of Milk Grotto. We will enjoy Lunch at Shepard’s Tent, Shepherds’ Field. As we depart Bethlehem we drive by Herodian, another one of Herod’s monumental . construction projects. We will stop at Kathisma on the way back to Jerusalem and learn of it’s significance to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Tonight is the beginning of Shabbat. Anyone interested can walk from teh hotel to the Western Wall to experience the welcoming in of the holy day with Jewish people, from traditional to Orthodox. Men will need a head covering. Overnight Jerusalem
ST. PETER GALLICANTU - CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS - Saturday
We observe the Sabbath on Saturday while in Jerusalem. So today we will have an opportunity to have sacrament meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center. We visit many other sacred sites today like the Room of the Last Supper, St Peter Gallicantu, Caiaphas Palace, the Garden Tomb, Orson Hyde Park, Garden of Gethsemane (north garden), and Church of All Nations. Overnight Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM - Sunday
Free Day in Jerusalem. If you would like time for shopping, or exploring the Old City, walking the walls or visiting the Holocaust museum – today is free for you to choose what you would like to do. Our guide will have suggestions of optional places to visit. Israel only guests will depart for airport in the evening for an early morning flight (Mon. Nov 14) concluding your Traditions of Christ in Israel tour. If staying on for Jordan extension, overnight in Jerusalem.
Traditions of Christ in Jordan Extension Itinerary
November 14-18, 2022
December 7-10, 2023
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LOT'S CAVE - WADI RUM - Monday
After breakfast we will leave Jerusalem and head to the border to cross into Jordan. Our first stop will be Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. Our next stop is Lot’s Cave, where Lot and his two daughters survived and fled near the small town of Zoar (modern-day Safi) (Genesis 19: 15-22). The Bible says Lot’s daughters gave birth to sons whose descendents would become the Ammonite and Moabite people, whose kingdoms were in what is now central Jordan. From there we will head to Petra in Wadi Musa. Overnight near Petra
PETRA - WADI RUM - Tuesday
Today we will explore one of the seven wonders of the ancient World – Petra. In addition to hiking to the monastery there will be free time to explore the tombs and temples carved into red sandstone. Petra was the Nabatean capitol built around 300 BC. In the evening we will drive to the Wadi Rum for a Bedouin dinner under the stars in the desert before spending the night in a modernized Bedouin tent.
WADI RUM - MA'IN HOT SPRINGS RESORT - Wednesday
We will start our day with breakfast and then we’re off for our Jeep tour and Camel ride of the Wadi Rum Desert. The magical place where Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, the Martian and most recently Aladdin were filmed. After our Bedhouin lunch we will head north and visit Shobak; a Crusaders Castle built in the 12th century by Baldwin the I, the first King of Jerusalem. Then on to Ma’in Hot Springs Resort to enjoy the natural thermal hot springs. Overnight Ma’in Hot Springs
MADABA - MOUNT NEBO - AMMAN - Thursday
Breakfast at Ma’in Hot Springs Resort before heading north to Madaba to visit St George Church and then Mount Nebo. From there will drive to Amman and visit the Citadel and other sites before we have our final Farewell Dinner in Amman as the tour concludes, before driving to the Amman airport.
USA - Friday
Leave Amman, Jordan early in the morning on your flight back home.
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World Traveler and Linguist
After serving an LDS mission in Moscow, Russia, Mandy Green earned her BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University, with a minor in English Literature. She married Brent Green in 1998 and they are the proud (if not perplexed) parents of three children. Mandy is fluent in Russian and can read and write in Biblical Hebrew and Koine (New Testament) Greek. Her post graduate studies include courses in Ancient Texts and Temples, the Nag Hamadi Writings, Egyptian Religion, Hermeticism, and Grail Lore. She also spent a summer taking a special archaeology course at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2014.
Mandy currently teaches adult religion courses in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Mandy is a passionate student of the world and has traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan, France, England, Scotland, Israel and Italy. She has recently launched a new podcast: Reflecting Light. The only thing Mandy enjoys more than experiencing a new place for the first time is introducing it to someone else.