2020 Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart

Dates Oct 24-Nov 8, 2020
Destination Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;
Duration 16 days 15 nights
Price From 3,299
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Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level*:


Come join acclaimed Tim Taggart on a tour that will entertain as well as educate. Tim's enthusiasm for the Holy Land is matched with his experience to make sure you get the very best experience possible.

Journey back to the Holy Land where the land echoes with the voices of Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah. 16 days to see and experience the places where Christ's powerful teachings still permeate the land. You'll see the most incredible landscapes, one of the new 7 wonders of the world and the several of the most sacred spots on Earth, all in one tour. From the ancient Petra in Jordan to Masada, from the Sea of Galilee to the Red Sea, from the Mt. of Transfiguration to the Temple Mount, from Gethsemane to the Garden Tomb, we will see and feel it all.

While other companies take 2 and 3 buses on their tours, ours has a 1 bus guarantee that ensures you have an intimate experience at the sites as well as your educator. It allows your group to bond as a family and make fast friends with those your traveling with. You will not come home wishing you had more.

To complete the experience be sure to add on the Egypt post-tour to visit the ancient pyramids of Cairo (2000 years old when the boy Jesus visited), and the ancient temples of Luxor!

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Sarah Wangsgard, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6473
Email Sarah

CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 for final payment by check

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not great, the days are full with touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Day 1/2: Sat/Sun, Oct 24/25, 2020

Depart USA to Amman

We will take flights from our various home cities, make transfers, and arrive the following day at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, where we will be taken to our comfortable hotel and rest from our travels. 

Day 3: Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Amman, Jerash 

Today we will start our exploring by visiting the ancient city of Jerash, which boast of an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years.  Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins.  This afternoon we will return to the modern city of Amman to see the Citadel and King Abdullah Mosque during our city highlight tour.  Tonight we'll have our welcome dinner to get to know each other better.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tues, Oct 27, 2020
Day 4: Tues, Oct 27, 2020

Madaba & Mt Nebo 

Today we travel south and visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of St. George's Church. We then journey to Mt. Nebo, the site where the Prophet Moses looked over the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea before sending the Children of Israel across without him. Here you view 4th and 6th century Byzantine churches with wonderful mosaics. We then continue our journey to Petra and enjoy dinner tonight at our hotel. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Petra & Wadi Rum

The red-rose city of Petra is a unique destination. More than 2000 years ago the area was settled by the Nabataeans who carved magnificent buildings in the sandstone. We begin our adventure with an optional horse ride, then walk through the Siq, an immense crack in the stone, to see at the end Petra's most impressive monument: the Treasury. You walk along the Street of Facades, see the Royal Tombs, and Qasr al Bint. After lunch we will drive 1.5 hours to the dramatic Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world and view the spectacular rock formations, canyons and Nabatean rock inscriptions. This landscape is reminiscent of Lehi’s family’s journey through this area. At the end of the day will cross the Israeli border to Eilat, a beautiful vacation town on the Red Sea. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Thurs, Oct 29, 2020

Eilat to Netanya

This morning you may choose to rise early and go for a swim in the Red Sea, walk along the beach walk or just sit and watch the sail boats in the harbor. We now journey North to Tel Aviv with may special stops along the way that most pilgrims don't get to see. The first is the Timna Mines and Park. These ancient mines were a source of silver and copper dating back to ancient times. There is some indication that Lehi and his sons may have been metalworkers and visited this site. Here we also visit a marvelous full-sized model Tabernacle based on the one revealed to Moses in the wilderness. After traveling north near Beersheba, we will visit Joppa, the site of Jonah’s departure, running away from his mission and the site of Peter’s vision which opened missionary work to the Gentiles. We will arrive to our hotel in Netanya, a beautiful resting point on the Mediterranean Sea for dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Caesarea - Mt. Carmel - Megiddo - Nazareth – Cana

“And on the morrow, they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius thy prayer is heard.” Enter Caesarea, remains of a city founded by Herod, residence of Pontius Pilate and a prison for Paul. Sit in the well-preserved amphitheater overlooking the blue sea and hear the story of Paul's conversion of the Centurion. The scenery begins to change to the beautiful green pastures and high rolling hills of the Jezreel Valley as we approach Mt Carmel where the prophet Elijah and the priests of Baal contested their faith. Not far away is Megiddo, the tragic site of ancient bloody battles where nations were won and lost. Upon these same tragic fields, the great and terrible last battle of Armageddon will be fought.

As we make our way towards the Sea of Galilee, we will visit Nazareth and the historic re-creation Nazareth Village, a living presentation of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. We will make our way towards the Sea of Galilee, drive through the village of Cana, where the Savior turned water into wine.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Sat, Oct. 31, 2020

Sea of Galilee - Mount of Beatitudes – Capernaum– Tabgha

 We will begin our Sabbath with a short devotional in the Valley of the Doves, walking where Jesus walked. We then travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount is always a highlight to visitors. We will read the words of the greatest teacher of all time as He taught the greatest sermon of all time. Today, we will sail upon the Sea of Galilee to view the area of Jesus Christ's early ministry. As the wind carries your boat, note the halo of mountains that surrounds its shores. . The St. Peter’s fish lunch today is included and not only tastes fabulous but makes a great memory. We will also visit Capernaum, where Jesus lived and recruited his first followers among the fishermen. The well-preserved city will amaze you as you sit in the synagogue and imagine Jesus' teaching and performing miracles in this important place. Today we will also visit the Magdala Synagogue dating back to the Savior’s day, where a newly discovered stone portrays the symbols of the ancient temple. If time permits, we will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. There is a beautiful Byzantine mosaic in the floor commemorating this miracle. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Sun, Nov 1, 2020

Chorazin  -Tel Dan - Banias - Golan – Mt. Bental

This morning we will travel north to visit Chorazin, a site dating back to the Savior’s day with a black basalt Synagogue that looks similar to the one in Capernaum of the first century.  We will visit Tel Dan National Park, which combines a lush nature reserve with a biblical archaeological experience. Beside a massive rock cliff, a place of great natural beauty, Banias is the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi, where Peter bore testimony of the Savior and Jesus said “Thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build my church”. As we make our way back south towards the Sea of Galilee you will observe some of the rich farm land that has made Israel one of the leading agriculture leaders of the world. On the Golan Heights we will stop at Mount Bental to not only admire the view but to orient ourselves to the geography and history of the area. As we make our way back south towards the Sea of Galilee you will observe some of the rich farm land that has made Israel one of the leading agriculture leaders of the world.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Mon, Nov 2, 2020

Mt Tabor - Beit Shean 

Mount Tabor is traditionally known as the site of the transfiguration of the Savior, it is also the site where the ancient First Presidency received their endowment. You will enjoy the “thrill-ride” as you take the taxi ride up the mountain, but once at the summit, you will feel the peace and calm of the surrounding valley. We then travel to the ancient tel of Bet She'an, where 6,000 years of civilization seem to unfold among the ruins. It is believed to be the very Bet She'an of the Old Testament where the former King of Israel, Saul, was fastened to the city wall without his head by the conquering Philistines.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Tues, Nov 3, 2020

Bethabara - Qumran - Masada - Dead Sea – Jerusalem

Early this morning we leave the fertile valleys of the Galilee, and we follow the Jordan River Valley south to near Jericho where we will visit Bethabara the site where the Savior was baptized by John the Baptist. We then enter the strange and barren desert of the Dead Sea. Once the Biblical Lands of Moab and Edom, the Dead Sea basin has been a refuge to prophets, zealots and outcasts throughout time. Buried in the beige limestone bluffs, the ruins of Qumran still tell the story of the Essenes, a reclusive Jewish sect that buried the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Further south lays Ein Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul. From the desert floor, ascend by cable car to the spectacular cliff-top fortress of Masada, where a community of 960 Jews preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to the overwhelming Roman forces. While at the Dead Sea, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the buoyant waters and bathe in the wonderful medicinal mud at Kalia Beach! Even Cleopatra sent her slaves to retrieve this magical mud in order to preserve her legendary beauty. This evening we will journey to the beloved city of Jerusalem. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Wed, Nov 4, 2020

Temple Mount – Israel Museum – Hezekiah’s Tunnel  

We will begin our day to a visit to the Temple Mount, one of the most sacred spots to three religions. This was the site of Solomon’s Temple then the massive Second Temple rebuilt by Herod. We will also visit the archeological park located on the south side of the temple mount. The original steps located here were certainly walked on by the Savior himself many times. After Lunch we will discover the treasures of the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, the site chosen to house the Dead Sea Scrolls. This unique building is shaped like the ancient pottery in which the precious scrolls lay hidden for thousands of year. While we are there we will get to see the Holy Land Model, a unique scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. The model visually explains the layout of the ancient city as well as the design and magnitude of the Second Temple. We end our day with an optional tour of the Ancient city of David and a walk-through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. One of the highlights of our trip.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Thur, Nov 5, 2020

Western Wall Tunnels-Dome of the Rock-Old Jerusalem

We will begin our day with a tour of the tunnels beneath the Western Wall. 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 these sacred remnants. Today at the Western Wall we will see Jewish families rejoicing in the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their youth 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 and learn about their importance. We will discover the ancient city beneath the modern streets where the old paving stones are carved with Roman games at Antonia Fortress. We will visit today Hezekiah’s “Broad Wall” of ancient Jerusalem that was near to where Lehi and his family lived. We will also walk in the old quarter of Jerusalem to 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. Our last stop will be at 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. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Herodian – Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity - Shepherd Field 

We travel south toward Bethlehem we will see the Herodian, built by Herod the Great as a fortress and palace as well his burial place. 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. Near sunset we will gather on the Shepherd Field where Shepherds still tend their flocks on the fields overlooking Bethlehem just as they did over 2,000 years ago when the angel appeared bringing them glad tidings of great joy. We will sing the beloved Christmas hymns and listen to the wondrous story - a moment not to be forgotten.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Sat, Nov 7, 2020

BYU Jerusalem Center - Gethsemane - Garden Tomb- Mount of Olives

This Sabbath Day we will enjoy visiting the grounds of the BYU Jerusalem Center followed by Sacrament meeting. After lunch we will visit the Garden of Gethsemane.  Here we’ll talk about and have private time to contemplate the amazing sacrifice that was made for each of us. Afterwards we will visit the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden, for another view of the Old City and a review of some of the interesting LDS history related to this land, we will visit Mount of Olives with a panoramic view that is breathtaking. On the mount we visit the Pater Noster Church and discuss the sacred information Jesus shared with his disciples after his resurrection. Our Sabbath day will conclude by visiting the Garden Tomb.  Here we will see Golgotha, to talk about the Savior’s crucifixion, and then the tomb, where the body of Christ was interred and from which He arose on that Easter Sunday so long ago. Tonight, we will have a farewell dinner together as we prepare to leave the land we have grown to love, to travel back home. After clearing immigration and customs, you will transfer to the connecting gate for your flight back to Salt Lake City or continue on to Egypt.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16: Sun, Nov 8,2020

Flight Home with memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides
  • VERY INCLUSIVE rate -Tour, transportation, Tips & taxes, breakfast & dinner daily - All you pay for is lunches & souvenirs! 
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided, Israeli guide and driver!!
  • Licensed,  insured and bonded travel agency with 60 years experience!!  IT MATTERS!

Included:

  • Accommodations 4/5-star hotels 
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel porterage - 1 bag per person
  • Tips to native driver, Jordan guide, Israeli guide, hotel and restaurant staffs
  • Whisper technology headsets to be used during tour
  • Experienced US guide traveling and Services of a bilingual licensed Israeli tour guide throughout tour
  • Transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches
  • Group transfers
  • Destination study and informational books
  • Travel Day Bag and document package

Not Included:

  • Round-trip air from your home city. *Group air from Salt Lake will be available price TBA
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation & Travel insurance * call for quote
  • Meals not specified in itinerary

Optional Pricing:

  • Single rate $4259.00
    • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Triple Rate same as double
  • Optional Egypt Extension - $2919.00 per person/based on double occupancy

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per-person due at booking
  • Final payment due July 20th, 2020
  • Terms & Conditions
  • *A minimum number of 30 passengers is needed for the advertised tour price. If enrollment falls under a additional supplement my apply if tour is operated

What's included in Egypt Extension - $2919.00 per person/based on double occupancy  

Overnight in Tel Aviv with transfer to the airport

Flights from Tel Aviv to Cairo

Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports

Accommodations in Cairo in 4* hotels including daily breakfast

3 night Nile Cruise - all meals and touring included

All flights (Cairo/Aswan - Luxor/Cairo)

All sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary and entrance fees

English speaking tour guide

Entry Visa into Egypt

Meals outlined on the itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, Nov 8, 2020

Tel Aviv to Cairo

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo. Welcome to Egypt! As you arrive today you'll have a day to recover from your flights and enjoy the beautiful hotel or go out for a walk around and enjoy the area.

Day 2: Monday, Nov 9, 2020

Cairo – Flight to Aswan – Nile Cruise

We start the day early with breakfast and then are transferred to the Cairo airport for our flight south to Aswan. Our tour begins with a visit to one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, the Philae Temple, which is the temple of ISIS, goddess of magic and maternity. To access this temple we ride a motor boat, which also provides us our first views of the local terrain and interaction with people. After our visit, we embark on our deluxe Nile cruise boat which is our home for the next three nights. We enjoy lunch and some free time onboard to rest from our early morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020

Nile Cruise

As our riverboat moves north, our first visit today is to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt, which is dedicated to Horus the falcon, and Sobek the crocodile. Then we sail to Edfu and visit the most complete temple in Egypt. This afternoon we return to our ship and continue sailing to Luxor. Along the way, we pass through a loch on the Nile in Esna which is exciting to see. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4: Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020

Nile Cruise – Valley of the Kings

For those who are adventurous and up for a thrill, there is an opportunity for an optional hot air balloon ride this morning over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (a separate additional fee of $130 per person is required). The view is incomparable and lets you appreciate the large scale of the burial place of many famous pharos. We start our official tour today by visiting the Valley of the Kings and admire the magnificence of the grandeur of architecture which was used for many kings' burial sites. We visit 3 famous tombs, including the tomb of King Tut Ankh Amen! We pass by the temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, the daughter of Thutmosis I for photo opportunity and then we return back to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, one of the tour highlights of the whole tour is visiting the Karnak Temple, the greatest example of worship in the history of Egypt. It is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Tonight after dinner we have a very unique experience of enjoying a fascinating tour around the city of Luxor by night on horse-pulled buggies.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5: Thursday, Nov 12, 2020

Luxor - Cairo

Today we say goodbye to our home on the Nile as we disembark the ship and take an early flight back to Cairo. From the airport, we depart on a tour to the world famous Egyptian museum, home of the treasures of King Tut’s tomb and the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities in the world.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 6: Friday, Nov 13, 2020

Cairo – Giza Pyramids

Today we explores the mysteries Egypt holds at the pyramids in Giza and discover the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. We have a safari on camels, or horse buggy if you prefer, on our way to see the solar boat museum which sits with the pyramids. We continue on to the Great Sphinx that was carved out of a solid natural rock around 2500 B.C. After a stop for lunch, we visit the Papyrus institute to see how it is made and introduced to ancient Egyptian writing. An explanation is also provided as to what a cartouche is! Tonight for those interested we will make arrangements for you to travel back to the Giza pyramids for a laser light show (additional cost).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 7: Saturday, Nov 14, 2020

Cairo - Sakkara

Today we journey south outside of the city of Cairo to see the area of Sakkara which is one part of the old great necropolis of Memphis. Sakkara is probably best known as the location of King Zoser's step Pyramid, one of the oldest on record. Our excursion proceeds to the old capital of Memphis, which was the capital city of the Old Kingdom. We see the ruins of the Temple of Ptah, and the gigantic colossi of king Ramses the second. While in this area, we visit a local carpet school and we are able to watch the fascinating skills of those who make rugs by hand.  After lunch we will head back to the hotel to get some rest before your early morning flight on November 15th. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 8: Sunday, Nov 15, 2020

Today (early AM) we depart Egypt and take your flight home with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast