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 t
- 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.
Traditions of Christ and the Templars in the Holy Land Tour
Day 1 (Thurs) Sept. 12 Fly from USA
Day 2 (Fri) Sept 13 arrive in Tel Aviv. Transfer to Hotel, Overnight in Netanya.
Day 3 (Sat) Sept 14 Caesarea including port and crusader wall, Roman aqueducts. Mt. Carmel, then Templar Fortress in Acco. Overnight in Galilee
Day 4 (Sun) Sept 15 Banias-Caesarea Philippi (Mt Transfiguration), Mt Beatitudes. Schwarma lunch in Magdala. Tabgha; Church of Multiplication (loaves and fishes). Peter’s Primacy; according to tradition this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to “Feed my Sheep” after the miraculous catch (153). The third time he appeared to them after His resurrection. Capernaum, where Jesus performed the majority of his miracles. Finish the day with an optional swim in the Galilee before dinner. Overnight Galilee
Day 5 (Mon) Sept 16 Visit the ancient city of Magdala a newer excavation site. Some traditions have Magdala being the home town of Mary Magdalene. Boat ride on the beautiful Galilee and Yardinet near the Jordan River. This is a proposed site as to where Jesus was baptized. Lunch in route to the Dead Sea. Sunset float on the Dead Sea. Overnight at Dead Sea.
Day 6 (Tues) Sept 17 Sunrise float on the Dead Sea. Masada; Ein Gedi, one of Israel’s amazing desert wonders, including a hike to the waterfall. Stop at Qumram where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. On to Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. Considered holy to 3 Abrahamic religions-Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Overnight Jerusalem.
Day 7 (Wed) Sept 18 Explore the City of David and it’s archeological digs, walk the 2,700 year old Hezekiah’s tunnel, that was built to bring water into the city of Jerusalem during the Assyrian invasion. Western Wall Tunnels a journey through time through the depths of Jerusalem. St Anne’s Church, Pools of Bethesda and Templar Church. Overnight Jerusalem
Day 8 (Thur) Sept 19 Old City Tour: 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 the Crusades. Overnight Jerusalem
Day 9 (Fri) Sept 20 Bethlehem, House of Bread. Grab bread and walk down Star Street to Church of the Nativity. Chapel of Milk Gratto. Foster Home, Lunch at Shepard’s Tent, Shepherds’ Field. Drive by Herodian. Shopping. Kathisma on the way back to Jerusalem. Shabbat at the Western Wall. Overnight Jerusalem
Day 10 (Sat) Sept 21 Room of the Last Supper, St Peter Gallicantu, Caiaphas Palace, BYU Jerusalem Center for Sacrament Meeting from there Garden Tomb. Lunch near Hebrew University. Orson Hyde Park, Garden of Gethsemane (north garden), Church of All Nations. Overnight Jerusalem
Day 11 (Sun) Sept 22 Free Day; Optional BYU-Jerusalem Evening Concert
Israel only depart for airport in the evening. If staying on for Jordan, overnight in Jerusalem
Jordan Extension Itinerary
Day 12 (Monday Sept 23) 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
Day 13 (Tuesday Sept. 24) after breakfast we will visit Petra and take the day to explore this amazing site. It was a hidden away treasure until Raiders of the Lost Ark made it a popular destination for people all over the world. In 2007 Petra was announced as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. A must see visit for everyone’s Bucket List. From there we head further south to Wadi Rum and our Jordan desert adventure. Overnight in Bedouin Tent in Wadi Rum.
Day 14 (Wednesday Sept. 25) 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 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
Day 15 (Thursday, Sept. 26) Breakfast at Ma’in Hot Springs Resort before heading north to Madaba and then Mount Nebo. From there will drive to Jerash, an ancient city that prides itself for having an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. We will have our final Farewell Dinner in Amman before we head to the Amman airport.
Day 16 (Friday Sept 27) Leave Ammon, Jordan with our flight back to the USA
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.