Israel & Jordan w/ Egypt Pre-Tour

14 day - March 15, 2014

Israel & Jordan Tour with Optional Egypt Pre-Tour - NEW!

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Elder John M. Madsen
Elder John M. Madsen
Special Guest Educator

This once in a lifetime tour of Israel will visit many sites that other tours miss, some even leave off Bethlehem.

Our special tour includes all of the important sites in Israel such as Jerusalem, Garden Tomb, Galilee, Bethlehem, Masada, the Dead Sea and more. It also includes Petra, Mt. Nebo & Christ’s baptismal site in Jordan PLUS the Pyramids, Sphinx and King Tut’s Treasure in Egypt.   This special tour includes 8 full days of touring in Israel. 
 
This once in a lifetime tour will visit many sites that others are not able to see when they go to Israel. For example: The City of Lehi excavations, located a short distance down from Jerusalem. This is where caves were discovered with writings on the inside walls. It was determined that the writings were by a prophet in hiding that date approx. 600 BC. The Arabs have considered the hill above the cave to be a sacred place. As they put it – “before Mohamed there was a great prophet named Lehi and he taught from that hill." Even the archeologists in Jerusalem now call the area Beit Lehi. With the Lehi excavations being on an army base, we are the only ones that have received permission to visit the site.
 
Visiting the Holy Land is a life changing experience. You will never read the scriptures in quite the same way after walking in the footsteps of prophets, apostles, and the Savior. The men and women whose stories have inspired us since childhood come to life in a manner that is remarkable and penetrating. When Jesus walked to Emmaus with two of his disciples they later remarked, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” We feel confident you too will feel the power of the Bible’s familiar stories as you experience the sights and sounds of the land that gave to us our shared spiritual heritage. After visiting the lands of the scriptures you will always feel a certain unique homesickness for them and a longing to return.
 
About Elder John M. Madsen:
Elder Madsen is an Emeritus General Authority, a former associate professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University.  He has participated in 9 tours to the Holy Land before being called as a General Authority.  He has led many tours to Israel since being granted Emeritus status.  We don’t just send a name, with no experience, we send the best in Educators and those with the most experience!

Whisper Perfect - Headset Receivers

Everyone on this tour will have their own individual “whisper perfect” headset receiver. You will be able to hear every word clearly spoken by our guides and educators, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.

Pricing Information

Package Pricing Includes:

Important Note: Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.
Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less!  Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.
  • Deluxe Hotels.
  • Special Guest Educator: Elder John M. Madsen.
  • All land taxes and booking fees.
  • All transfers, guides, buses and entrance fees.
  • Breakfast & Dinner throughout Israel – Breakfast in Jordan.
  • All of the important sites in Israel & Jordan.
  • Fun For Less Tours staff throughout your tour – “We don’t send you, we take you."
  • Headset Receivers: Everyone on this tour will have their own individual “whisper perfect” headset receiver. You will be able to hear every word clearly spoken by our guides and educators, even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
  • Option to purchase our discounted group airfare.
 
Package Pricing: $2,495*
 
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include optional hotel, optional extension, airfare and tips.
 
Airfare examples:
SLC roundtrip - $1,888 (Includes SLC to Tel Aviv & Amman to SLC, 1 night hotel in NYC after tour, taxes and fees)
JFK roundtrip - $1,389 (Includes JFK to Tel Aviv & Amman to JFK, taxes and fees)
Please call if originating from another city, it may vary from the examples above.
You may also purchase your own airfare.

Optional Egypt Pre-Tour

Optional Egypt Nile Cruise Pre-Tour: Our four day three night Nile cruise pre-tour includes 3 nights on a luxury 5 star Nile cruise ship.  All Tours in Aswan, Luxor, Valley of the Kings and all shore excursions!  It also includes airfare Cairo to Aswan and airfare Luxor to Cairo. You are already there.  Do not miss out on this option!!!
Option Price:  $699 (includes ship, tours, airfare, taxes and fees)

Day to Day Itinerary

Group 2
Your day by day itinerary is a partial list of your tour. The itinerary below is subject to change as needed at any time to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
 
Day 1: March 15: Fly to Cairo
Today everyone will fly on our international flight to Amman Jordan. Upon arrival you will change planes and fly to Cairo.
 
Day 2: March 16: Cairo
This evening we will arrive into Cairo, and then transfer to your 5 star luxury Intercontinental City Stars Hotel.
 
Day 3: March 17: Cairo - Taba
Today we will be touring the Pyramids built over four thousand years ago and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We will also visit the Sphinx and visit a Papyrus institute where we will learn about the ancient skill and where you can purchase a beautiful example of hieroglyphics. We will then travel through the Sinai Desert to your 5-star luxury resort Marriott on the Red Sea.
 
Day 4: March 18: Taba
Today you will have a free day to enjoy the beautiful resort.
 
Day 5: March 19: Masada - Galilee
This morning we will cross into Israel. After crossing the border we will make a quick stop for a photo of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Rising above the desert floor is Herod the Great’s fortress of Masada which we will visit via cable car. During the Jewish revolt in 70 C.E. Masada’s defenders committed suicide rather than be taken prisoner by the Romans. We also plan to swim in the Dead Sea before we drive to Galilee. We will overnight in Galilee.
 
Day 6: March 20: Nazareth - Galilee 
This morning we will travel to Ein Harod, the spring where Gideon chose his three hundred men before routing the Midianites. Then it is on to the top of Mt Carmel where Elijah had his historic confrontation with the priests of Baal with its dramatic conclusion. We travel on to Nazareth, home of the Savior for thirty years of his life. Our day ends with a sweeping view of the Jezreel Valley from Nazareth dominated by Mt. Tabor where we will discuss the transfiguration of the Savior. Deborah and Barak gathered their forces at Mt Tabor and defeated Sisera’s iron chariots. We will also visit today the Arbel Cliff for a fantastic overview of the Sea of Galilee. Our day would not be complete without a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we can discuss Jesus walking on the water and stilling the storm.
 
Day 7: March 21: Galilee
Our journey today takes us north of the Sea of Galilee. We begin by visiting Capernaum where so many wonderful events and teachings of the Savior took place. We then stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where we will ponder the great truths delivered by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Driving to the far north of Israel we pass the Canaanite city of Hazor on our way to Tel Dan. Here Jeroboam erected a golden calf for the Israelites to worship, marking the beginning of a road that would end with the “lost ten tribes.”The restored walls and gates give us an excellent idea of the fortifications Joshua would have faced as he conquered the land. We will visit Banias, known as Caesarea Philippi in the days of Jesus where he asked his disciples, “Whom do ye say that I am?”At the end of the day we will return to our hotel in Galilee.
 
Day 8: March 22: Caesarea - Bethlehem - Jerusalem
This morning we turn west to the Mediterranean Sea. Our focus shifts now to the Apostles Peter and Paul as we discover Caesarea. Here the Roman centurion, Cornelius, became the first gentile convert to Christianity and Paul related his account of his vision on the road to Damascus to King Agrippa. We will visit the picturesque old Roman aqueduct and let you wade in the Mediterranean Sea. We conclude our visit to Caesarea at the Roman theatre, and hippodrome where chariot races were held. We will then continue on to Bethlehem where we will remember the wondrous account of the Savior’s birth as recorded in Mathew and Luke and retold each Christmas. We will walk through the Church of the Nativity and sing Christmas Carols. We will have time to shop in the best Olive Wood store in Israel, Nissan Brother in Bethlehem. Tonight we overnight in Jerusalem.
 
Day 9: March 23: Jerusalem
Our attention today is drawn to the Old City of Jerusalem. We will explore the ruins located south of the Temple Mount where you can walk the sidewalks and stairs of Jesus’time. We will climb the Temple Mount where both Solomon’s and Herod’s temples once stood and where the magnificent Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosques now stand. We will stop at the Western Wall, the most sacred site for the Jewish faith. You can write a prayer on a piece of paper and place it into the cracks of the wall as millions have done before you. We will then travel to the new city of Jerusalem and visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are located, and the Model City, a reproduction of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. We will also have time to visit the Jerusalem Museum, recently opened after a 2 year renovation. The day will end at your hotel in Jerusalem.
 
Day 10: March 24: Jerusalem
Today we reach the spiritual pinnacle of our pilgrimage as we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last hours of his life and feel the deep appreciation these places create for the sacrifice of the Son of God. We begin on Mt. Zion at the traditional site of the Upper Room where the Last Supper was shared with devoted apostles. We visit St. Peter in Gallicantu, the possible site of the cock’s crowing and the Palace of Caiaphas where Jesus was tried. From there we descend into the Kidron Valley to visit Gethsemane, the Garden of the Savior’s deepest prayers. In the afternoon we will enter the Old City and continue the last hours of the Savior’s life. We will visit The Church of St Anne where the Pools of Bethesda were located. Here Jesus commanded the impotent man to take up his bed and walk. We visit the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, the location of the Antonia Fortress where Pilate tried the Savior. Our highlight day concludes at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb where we will have time to ponder the Resurrection and final triumph of Christ.
 
Day 11: March 25: Jerusalem - Beit Lehi
We will walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, built over 2500 years ago to secure the water supply of Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege. You will need a flashlight for the tunnel. At its end we find the Pool of Siloam where the man born blind washed as instructed by Jesus and came away seeing. We will then head to Beit Lehi to experience an archeological dig firsthand. Our visit to Beit Lehi includes beautiful early Christian mosaics, oil presses, a mikvah (a ritual bath) and the recently discovered columbary where doves were raised by the thousands for sacrifice at the Temple. There is also a New Testament period stable which will give you one of the best settings for the birth of the Savior. We will also stop at the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath on our way back to Jerusalem.
 
Day 12: March 26: Jerusalem - Amman
This morning you will have time today to explore the old city and shop. We will then drive to the border to cross into Jordan. After crossing into Amman we will visit Christ’s Baptismal site on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. We will conclude the day at your deluxe hotel in Amman.
 
Day 13: March 27: Petra
This morning we will travel to Petra, the newly voted “Wonder of the World.”We will walk down the narrow canyon to the breathtaking view of the Treasury, Petra’s most famous landmark. You will have time to visit this fascinating city carved from the cliffs of the canyon and experience some of the best ruins found anywhere in the world. We will then head back to Amman to overnight.
 
Day 14: March 28: Fly Home
This morning we will fly from Amman back to the US 

OPTIONAL Egypt Pre-Tour Itinerary

Pre-Tour Day 1: March 15: Fly to Cairo
Today everyone will fly on our international flight to Amman Jordan. Upon arrival you will change planes and fly to Cairo.
 
Pre-Tour Day 2: March 16: Cairo
This evening we will arrive into Cairo, and then transfer to your 5 star luxury Intercontinental City Stars Hotel.
 
Pre-Tour Day 3: March 17: Cairo
Today we will visit the Cairo Museum which houses the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts anywhere in the world, including King Tut’s Treasures. Then we will visit the citadel. You will have a free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful hotel.
 
Pre-Tour Day 4: March 18: Cairo - Aswan
This morning we will visit the pyramids, built over four thousand years ago and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We will also visit the Sphinx and visit a Papyrus institute where we will learn about the ancient skill and where you can purchase a beautiful example of hieroglyphics. Late this afternoon you will fly to Aswan where you will board your 5 star luxury cruise ship on the Nile River.
 
Pre-Tour Day 5: March 19: Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu
Today you will visit Aswan’s High Dam. You will take a boat ride to the Philae Islands with its temple dedicated to Isis. We will then set sail on the Nile heading to Luxor. This afternoon you will visit Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples. You will sail through the night before reaching Luxor.
 
Pre-Tour Day 6: March 20: Luxor
Luxor is more impressive than Cairo and the Pyramids! You will marvel at its sheer grandeur and its monumental architecture and excellent state of preservation. This morning we will visit the Valley of the Kings, site of the tombs of the Pharaoh’s. In the afternoon we will visit the best ruins in Egypt –Karnack! We will also visit Luxor Temple before returning to your cruise ship.
 
Pre-Tour Day 7: March 21: Taba
This morning we will fly to Taba where you will have the day to enjoy your 5-star luxury resort Marriott on the Red Sea.