Traditions of Christ and the Templars in the Holy Land Tour
September 12 - 23, 2019 Guided by Kay Godfrey
$2400 per person double occupancy
Our rate Includes :
- Meeting & assistance upon arrival and departure at Ben-Gurion Airport
- 10 overnights
- 9 full days sightseeing
- Expert English speaking Israeli guide
- English speaking Tour guide throughout the entire tour
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- On free day - No bus and guide services.
- Breakfast and dinner each day in Israel.
- Entrance fees
- Guide fees
- Tips for driver and guide
- Tips for hotel dining staff
- Listening receivers
(Sep 23 - 27, 2019 Optional post-tour to Jordan and Petra)
$900 per person double occupancy
- Airfare to Tel Aviv, Israel and from TIsrael or Jordan
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals other than listed
- Additional trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance
- tips for luggage porterage
- $300 pp deposit at time of booking
- Final payment due 45 days before departure
- **This tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and max of 45 passengers.
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Traditions of Christ and the Templars in the Holy Land Tour
Day 1 (Thursday) Depart USA
Day 2 (Friday) Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel at Ben Gurion Airport. We will meet our local guide, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight in Netanya. D
Day 3 (Saturday) 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 Acre and the Hospitaller Fortress then back to Kibbutz Nof Ginosar B, D
Day 4 (Sunday) We will start our day at Magdala. 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. From there visit Kissinger Point on the Golan Heights, then dinner and overnight Nof Ginosar. B, D
Day 5 (Monday) 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 Nof Ginosar. B, D
Day 6 (Tuesday) We will drive south along the Jordan Valley and past 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 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
Day 7 (Wednesday) 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 (Thursday) City of David, Hezikiah’s tunnel. Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem. B, D
Day 9 (Friday) Our time in Bethlehem will be extra special with our Arab LDS guide, Mohammad. 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. 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. (We will provide a guide)
Day 10 (Saturday) 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 (Sunday) Free day at leisure for shopping and visiting other sites in Jerusalem. After a late check out from the hotel, guests will gather their luggage and depart for Tel Aviv where we will enjoy a farewell dinner before being transferred to the airport for midnight departures.
Day 12 (Monday) Return home or Extension Tour to Jordan. After breakfast head to border to cross into Jordan. Visit Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded on our way to Petra. O/N Seven Wonders.
Day 13 (Tuesday) Full day Petra, including hikes to the monastery Ad Deir O/N Bedouin tent, Wadi Rum.
Day 14 (Wednesday) Camel Tour of Wadi Rum, Bedouin Lunch in Wadi Rum. Drive north and see Bab Edh-Dhra - Lot’s Cave, Shobak; Crusaders Castle. O/N Ma’in Hot Springs
Day 15 (Thursday) Enjoy the morning at the Ma’in Hot Springs before visiting Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Amman. Farewell dinner before heading to airport for early morning departures.
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).
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. The only thing Mandy enjoys more than experiencing a new place for the first time is introducing it to someone else.