Fall Holy Land Scripture Discovery Tour with Dean Marriott

Dates October 22 - November 1, 2020
Destination Tel Aviv; Bethlehem; Sea of Galilee; Nazareth; Capernaum; Masada; Gethsemane; Qumran; Jerusalem;
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 2,610
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The scriptures will come to life on this Holy Land tour with Dr. Dean Marriott. 

Our flight leaves behind the cares, chaos, and calamities of this world.  We soon arrive in Jerusalem, “the city of peace” (Hebrew). Immediately the contrast is evident: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth . . . Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). As if passing back in time, we realize there is but one Savior. And this is the place chosen for his blessed birth, miraculous ministry, and incomprehensible atonement. We will follow in his footsteps beginning in Bethlehem and ending at Golgotha—Garden Tomb.  We will ride luxurious buses, walk historic pathways, swim in biblical seas, and lodge at water’s edge or within ancient city walls. We will eat seated on rugs in a Bedouin tent, “Peter fish” on the shores of Galilee, traditional shawarmas in Old Jerusalem, and appetizing hotel buffets. We will ride a camel, take a cable car to the top of Masada, explore ancient ruins, float the Dead Sea, wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and experience other adventures; including worship with BYU students at the Jerusalem Center, prayer among Jews at the Western Wall, and reflection among Muslims at the Dome of the Rock. At Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb, we’ll contemplate the Atonement.

Old Testament and Book of Mormon prophets are also discussed at appropriate locations.

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Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
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TOUR CODE - 9220J22

Day 1: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Overnight International Flight

We will depart from Salt Lake City (or airport near you) and then connect with an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

Day 2: Friday, October 23, 2020

Israel • Bethlehem


When our flights arrive on Friday, we will travel to Bethlehem to the Luxurious Casa Nova Hotel at the Church of the Nativity. After dinner, from the rooftop, we will speak of Herod’s deceitful conversation with wise men as described by Matthew. Following a star, they journeyed to Bethlehem bearing gifts, coming to see the newborn King of the Jews. We will also discuss shepherds watching their flocks under the stars by night.  The crowded streets and busy shops of Bethlehem remind us of the difficult journey long ago of Joseph and Mary, only to find “no room at the inn.”

Day 3: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Bethlehem • Church of the Nativity • BYU Jerusalem Center • Beit Shemish • Jaffa • Tel Aviv 


At the Church of the Nativity we see where Jesus is believed to have been born.  Below the chapel is Jerome’s cave, an undisturbed area of what may have been part of a stable. President Harold B. Lee felt the Savior was born here. As we leave Bethlehem, we will pass by Herod’s winter palace at Herodion.


Before traveling west to the coast, we will stop at the BYU Jerusalem Center for sacrament meeting with the students. There atop Mount Scopus (Mount of Olives) we have a breathtaking view of Old Jerusalem.


As we journey to Tel Aviv we discuss Jesus’ ancestral link to the great King David. Jesus’ love for David is reflected in his many recitations of the Psalms of David, many of which are prophetic references to be fulfilled by Jesus. At the nearby Valley of Elah, David the shepherd boy, proclaimed to Goliath “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down.”


At the archeological site of Beit Shemesh, the birth place of Samson, we remember him slaying the Philistines with a jawbone (pronounced Lehi in Hebrew). The Book of Mormon speaks of a Prophet Lehi (mouthpiece of Lord).   Nearby is the archeological site and Arab village called Beit Lei (or house of Lehi). According to Arab legends, an ancient prophet named Lehi lived here and blessed his posterity.


We will check in to the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv to enjoy a restful afternoon there or a quiet stroll or swim at the nearby beach. After dinner we will bus to old Jaffa. Here we will discuss Peter’s lunchtime vision at the home of Simon the tanner, being instructed by an angel that the time had come for the gospel to be preached to the Gentiles. 

Day 4: Sunday, October, 25, 2020

Tel Aviv • Natanya Academic College • Caesarea • Haifa • Jezreel Valley • Mount Tabor • Sea of Galilee


At Natanya Academic College we are reminded of Orson Hyde and others who came in the spirit of Elijah to bless the land. A plaque at various trees has been placed honoring each visiting Latter-Day Saint Church President or Apostle. At Caesarea Peter explained his vision to the Roman centurion Cornelius, saying that the gospel was now to go forth to all nations. We will see the amphitheater and nearby Roman aqueduct. At Haifa we will discuss LDS missionary activity in the 19th Century. Orson Hyde was sent by Joseph Smith to dedicate this land for the return of Abraham’s children in preparation for the coming of the Lord. Mormon missionaries died while serving here in the 1890s and are buried nearby.  From Haifa we see Mount Carmel and are reminded of Elijah’s impact on history—as a mighty Old Testament prophet, a forerunner to the Messiah, and a key figure in the restoration of the gospel in the latter days. As we cross the fertile green valley of Jezreel, we will discuss Elijah’s role as well as the prophecy of the great Second Coming and last battle of Armageddon.   


Jesus took Peter, James, and John atop Mount Tabor. According to President Spencer W. Kimball, this is where Jesus was transfigured and Elijah and holy angels gave gospel keys to Peter, James, and John where Elijah bestowing upon them the sealing powers. In more recent times this same Elijah appeared with these same keys to be given to Joseph Smith in 1836, thus fulfilling the promise that Elijah would precede the great second coming of the Messiah.  We will check in at the lakeside Sea of Galilee Hotel for two nights. You may want to swim in the pool or lake.

Day 5: Monday, October 26, 2020

Nazareth Village • Yardenit • Magdala • Mount of Beatitudes • Chorazin 


Our morning drive brings us to Nazareth Village. Here we observe how Jesus may have lived, worked, and worshipped until age 30. Located here are an authentic ancient well and winepress. We remember his statement of “treading the winepress alone.” He would have known this place. Here also is a reconstructed village and a synagogue similar to one in which Jesus would have taught.” Finally, we will see what a first-century family home may have been like, complete with a carpenter’s shop.


Jesus’ ministry began shortly after His baptism by John in the river Jordan.  We visit Yardenit to visually recall this sacred event. Each day large groups of Christians are baptized. Next we follow the shoreline to Magdala, to a recently excavated synagogue where Jesus may have taught. Nearby on the Mount of Beatitudes Jesus called his twelve apostles and delivered his memorable Sermon on the Mount.  Here we will have a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee and the countryside Jesus loved. At Chorizin we remember Jesus’ harsh words for those who receive God’s blessings then are slow to heed His counsel. After dinner we will gather at the seashore to discuss scriptures regarding Jesus at the Sea of Galilee.

Day 6: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Kursi • Bethsaida • Capernaum • Sea of Tiberiusane


As we drive along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee adjacent to the Golan Heights, we stop at Kursi to reflect on Jesus’ experience there with the man possessing the demons of derangement.  Here Jesus healed him of his afflictions. As a sign, the swine became mad and cast themselves into the sea.  We will discuss the effects of this healing on the man and his family, and the surprising community reaction. Next we pass by the ruins of Bethsaida, original home of Peter, Andrew, James, John, and others. Near here was the miracle of the loaves and fishes. At Capernaum we will visit the place called in scripture “Jesus’ own town.” He lived here in the house of Peter for 19 of his 36 month mission.  We will visit the seaside cove where He told Peter to cast his net on the other side of the boat.  After a miraculous catch, Jesus invited Peter, Andrew, James, and John to leave their nets and become fishers of men.  At the synagogue He preached His mighty sermons, including the “Bread of Life.” At the nearby home of Peter, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law and the man lowered through the roof by forgiving his sins.  Matthew then became converted and the centurion’s servant healed. At Ginosar we see the remains of a fishing boat dating to the time of Jesus, then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. From Tiberius we drive south along the Jordan River stopping at Beit Shean perhaps the most spectacular site in all Israel. Then we journey to the Oasis Hotel in Jericho for the night. You may want to swim in the pool or relax at the hotel. 

Day 7: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Jordan River Valley • Masada • Qumran • Dead Sea • Jerusalem

Our day begins we pause for a brief camel ride, for those high adventurers. Others will take pictures.


At Jericho the city walls were toppled by Joshua’s faithful Israelites. Nearby, where the Jordan flows toward the Dead Sea, Jesus was baptized. Then he went into the surrounding wilderness, the Mount of Temptation, and fasted 40 days. There he was promised all the worldly kingdoms if he would give allegiance to Satan. Jesus responded, “Thou shat worship the Lord… and him only shalt thou serve”. We then visit Herod’s mighty walled fortress at Masada, to ride a cable car to the top. Here we will see Herod’s impressive engineering feats built as fortifications against the world. Then we tell of those who died within these walls during the Roman conquest (as was foretold by Jesus). A short bus drive brings us to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  Here is where many feel the orphaned John the Baptist lived among the Essenes, whose teachings and lifestyle were similar.  

Near Jericho we stop at Wadi Kelt for an authentic Bedouin meal. Seated on pillows inside a traditional nomadic tent, we recall Abraham and other wandering shepherds. Next, those who wish to will float the Dead Sea. Jesus’ final journey was from this wilderness of Judea to Jerusalem. Along the way he taught of true discipleship—comparing the rich young ruler to the good Samaritan. At Jerusalem, we will check in to the Gloria Hotel for the rest of our nights in Israel. 

Day 8: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mount Moriah • Western (Wailing) Wall • Ophel (Temple Gates and Steps) • Temple Mount Institute • City of David • Hezekiah’s Tunnel • Pool of Siloam • Gethsemane


We begin our day at the Dome of the Rock mosque on Mount Moriah, where Herod’s temple once stood. At an altar near the Dome of the Rock, a sacrifice was made for Jesus when he was 40 days old. Solomon’s Porch in the Temple Courtyard is where Jesus and his apostles taught and blessed the people. Next we will walk to the Western (Wailing) Wall to observe Jewish worshippers, some celebrating their bar mitzvahs. Here we will talk about Jesus’ similar experience at age 12 when he was found teaching the priests. We will discuss other wonderful things Jesus said and did at various times throughout His life and the mixed response received by those in attendance. Next we will enter the excavations at Ophel. Here is where people prepared for temple worship—ritual washings/cleansing, acquiring temple attire, exchanging money for Temple coins, and purchase of sacrificial doves or lambs. Here we will tell of Jesus’ cleansing the temple.  Then while seated on the 2,000-year-old steps to Herod’s temple, we will recount the stories of Jesus’ encounter with the priests inside the temple.  Next we will tour the Temple Mount Institute to better visualize Jewish temple rituals. Those who wish to return to the hotel will depart. Others will walk down to the City of David, where we’ll take an exciting walk through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Pool of Siloam. There we will discuss the healing of the man born blind. After dinner we all gather in an upper-room setting to learn about Passover. We will reflect on scriptures about the last supper Jesus had with His disciples.  Next we will cross the Kidron Valley to Gethsemane (at the base of the Mount of Olives) to hear the scriptural accounts of Jesus’ prayers, suffering, betrayal, and arrest.

Day 9: Friday, October 30, 2020

St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace) • Model City and Israel Museum • Citadel (Herod’s Palace) • Church of the Holy Sepulcher • Golgotha • Garden Tomb 


First we will visit St. Peter’s in Gallicantu (Caiaphas’ Palace), where Jesus was tried after His arrest in Gethsemane. On the ancient steps leading to the palace, Peter denied Jesus three times as the cock crowed.  We will then bus to the Model City at the Israel Museum. This large replica of Jerusalem gives a strong visual of the city as Jesus knew it.  Then some may visit museum exhibits while others enjoy a snack before returning to the bus. Next is the Citadel (Herod’s Palace) where we will read of Herod’s interrogation of Jesus followed by the Roman trial before Pilate who attempted to “wash his hands” of the blood of Christ. After the Citadel, some may choose to rest at our nearby hotel and join us later by bus at the Garden Tomb. Others will wander through the Christian Quarter bazaar to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll continue walking through the Old City to Damascus Gate, where Jesus was led on the road to Calvary. Next we rejoin others at the Garden Tomb. Near the skull-shaped rock at Golgotha, where crucifixions occurred, we’ll discuss Jesus’ final hours.  Then we will walk a short distance along a pathway lined with beautiful foliage to the peaceful Garden Tomb, which our prophets have identified as the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. We will take time for hymns and reflection on the atoning love of the Savior. We return to the hotel by bus for dinner. 

Day 10: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Garden Tomb • BYU Jerusalem Center • Airport


We begin our day by revisiting the lovely Garden Tomb for some quiet spiritual reflection. In 1972 President Harold B. Lee met here with the BYU Study Abroad students and local saints to organize the Jerusalem Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In his remarks he designated Saturday as the LDS day of worship in Israel.  Nearby we will again worship at a sacrament meeting with students at the BYU Jerusalem Center. After church is free time for rest, shopping or visiting additional sites. At 6 pm we gather for sharing time and goodbyes before dinner then board the bus for the airport. Flight departures will be just after midnight on Sunday morning. 

Day 11: Sunday, November 1, 2020

Early Morning Flight Home

We will arrive in home at midday Sunday.

Included in the tour:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Local guides
  • Hotel accommodations in moderate-class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and gratuities
  • Basic travel insurance
  • All breakfasts and most dinners during land portion

Price does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City to Cairo or Tel Aviv:  $TBA
  • Additional possible airfare from cities other than Salt Lake City
  • Sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Additional hotel accommodations
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e., phone calls, room service, emails, etc.)
  • Enhanced travel insurance and cancellation waiver
  • Passport fees
  • Lunches (and one or two dinners)
  • Single supplement: Egypt option: $270;  Israel: $620 for singles with a private room

Other Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy - $2,610
  • Triple Occupancy - $2,610
  • Single Occupancy - $3,380
  • *Ask about our Single Share Option
  • $75 cash discount for final payment made by check

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