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Centering our Sites on the Savior
Sacred Ground. Jesus lived his 33 year life in a relatively small geography. A visit to the Holy Land is not just another travel experience – it’s a singular, spiritual pilgrimage that is truly life changing. There is nothing like being in the places where He was – and understanding His teachings by learning in the places He taught them. Our directors have prepared carefully so that you can see and learn and feel the unmistakable spirit of the Holy Land.
And there is of course much other history here: This is the most fought over, sought after and prayed for ground in the world. It is home to the most sacred sites of Christians, Jews and Muslims – representing over half of the world’s population. There is simply no other travel experience to equal a journey to Israel and Egypt.
We have offered tours to the Holy Land for over 20 years. Our director for this year’s tour is Michael King (see bio below). He’ll be joined by CES instructor, Michael Hyatt who will add additional insights. In addition, we’ll have excellent local guides who will provide an invaluable local perspective as we travel through the area. Most get to go to Israel only once – and you want to make sure that it is the best that it can be. You know you can trust Webb Tours to exceed your expectations – so join us as we journey to the Land of Jesus and surrounding areas. We promise you’ll be glad you did.
12 day tour of Israel includes:
5 day extension to Egypt includes:
Escorted sightseeing by luxury motor coach
Professional Webb Tours Directors and local Jewish guides throughout
Accommodation with private bath at first class and superior tourist class hotels (3 1/2 & 4 star hotels) – including the beautiful Leonardo Plaza on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem
Full Breakfast (B) and dinners (D) daily that are pre arranged and delicious
Visits to an impressive list of sites throughout the Holy Land
Additional Cost for Egypt Extension (recommended):
This tour is directed by Michael King. Before recently retiring, Michael taught with the Church Educational System for 35 years. He has presented at both the BYU-Provo and BYU-Idaho Education Weeks, the Sperry Symposium at BYU Provo, EFY, and was a presenter for the Know Your Religion Series. He is known for his passionate and energetic style of teaching. His engaging style and thought-provoking questions lead the learner to ponder and discover the Savior through truths that are simple yet profound.
Michael has published works through Brigham Young University on the book of Isaiah, the book of Alma, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He also developed and taught an Adult Education Course on the Atonement of Jesus Christ that has been enjoyed by hundreds of eager adults from Texas to California. He is a student of the scriptures and has studied extensively about the Holy Land. His experience and insights will add tremendously to your travel experience.
Michael will be aided by Michael Hyatt who has also recently retired form CES instruction. You’ll be well guided on the tour.
Centering our Sites on the Savior
A Scripture Study Tour of the Holy Land and Egypt
March 8-22, 2024
Directors: Michael King & David Webb
Days 1 and 2: Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9 Transatlantic Flight • Tel Aviv, Israel
We’re off! Our exciting adventure begins with a morning flight from Salt Lake City (or home airport) to Tel Aviv, Israel. Arriving on Saturday afternoon, we catch our first glimpse of the Holy Land as we land at Ben Gurion Airport. Following arrival formalities, we will be met by our guide and luxury coach driver, who will take us on to Tel Aviv, where we will overnight at the lovely Metropolitan Hotel, just a block from the Mediterranean Sea. A nice dinner is included at the hotel. D
Day 3: Sunday, March 10 Caesarea, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Megiddo
Driving up the coast, we will visit the ruins of ancient Caesarea, the magnificent seaport and capital city built by Herod the Great. Next we will visit Mount Carmel, the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the priests of Baal. On we go to Haifa, Israel’s third largest city and major seaport, stopping at Kaiser’s Watch, where two apostles dedicated the Holy Land. Our final stop will be Megiddo in the beautiful Jezreel Valley. We continue to Tiberias where we check in to the Leonardo Plaza Hotel (or similar) near the shores of the Sea of Galilee for three nights. We also visit Nof Ginosar where we will view an ancient boat from the time of Christ that has been reclaimed from the sea. B, D
Day 4: Monday, March 11 Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, Nazareth
It is easy to see why Jesus loved Galilee as we visit places where He walked, taught, and performed many miracles. This morning we will boat across the Sea of Galilee to visit the ruins of Capernaum, the town Jesus called His own city, where He spent almost two years of His three-year ministry. At the Mount of Beatitudes we will take time to reflect on Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Next we will ascend Mount Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration. We then journey to Nazareth, the bustling city which was once the little town where Jesus spent His youth. At Nazareth we visit a first-century village showing life at the time of Christ. We stay again in Tiberius tonight. B, D
Day 5: Tuesday, March 12 Dan, Jordan Headwaters, Magdala, Mt. Arbel
This morning we drive up to the headwaters of the Jordan River: Dan, ancient Israel’s northern-most city. On our way, we’ll make an interesting stop at Caesarea Philippi to review important events that transpired here. We then make our way to Magdala, the city of Mary the Magdalene to visit interesting ruins and the chapel by the sea. This afternoon, we’ll ascend up Mt. Arbel to enjoy the views of the Sea of Galilee but more importantly to be in the place where Jesus often went to ponder and pray to prepare himself for what was ahead. We ponder what it means for our lives. We stay in Tiberius again tonight. B, D.
Day 6: Wednesday, March 13 Baptism of Jesus, Shepherd’s Field, Temple Mount
This morning we drive to the Jordan River and ponder about the baptism of Jesus. We then travel to Jericho, the ancient city conquered by Joshua. Ascending the east side of the Mount of Olives, we visit Bethany, home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. We then continue into Jerusalem where we will check into the Olive Tree Hotel. After a brief rest, we will go immediately to the Dome of the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah) where Abraham came to offer Isaac and where the Temple of Solomon and the second temple stood. It is also the place where Muslim tradition holds that Mohammed ascended into Paradise. It is a holy site for the three great world religions and a profound place to visit. We will be able to see the famous Dome of the Rock, El Aksa Mosque and the Golden Gates. We then return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 7: Thursday, March 14 Bethlehem, Upper Room, Palace of Caiaphas, Via Dolorosa
We start our day with a visit to the Shepherd’s field where will be reminded of the message of the angels (by word and song) before continuing on to Bethlehem to visit the traditional birthplace. Then into Jerusalem to visit the places that were critical in the final days of the Savior’s life. The most consequential events in history happened in the places we are visiting today and tomorrow. First, we’ll visit the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives. We will see the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a crippled man. We then walk through the Old City to visit the Upper Room where Jesus initiated the sacrament. We will see the Palace of Caiaphas where Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin before we continue down the famous Via Dolorsa or the Stations of the Cross which takes us to the Antonia Fortress where Christ may have been tried by Pilate and finally to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which is the traditional site of the crucifixion, burial tomb and the resurrection. B, D
Day 8: Friday, March 15 Jerusalem Center, Hyde Memorial, Gethsemane, Garden Tomb
This morning we travel through the Judean Wilderness to the Dead Sea to Qumran. At Qumran we see the remains of the village where the Essenes lived, who wrote and hid the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves. We travel on to the spectacular fortress of Masada, where we will ascend by gondola to see the ruins of the palace/fortress built by Herod. We will next stop at Ein Gedi for a dip in the Dead Sea. We will return to Jerusalem tonight for a nice dinner together. B, D.
Day 9: Saturday, March 16 Qumran, Masada & the Dead Sea
Today is the Jewish Sabbath and a very spiritual day is in store. We begin our day at the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden which is a five acre park on the Mount of Olives (dedicated by President Kimball). We will then attend Sacrament Meeting at the BYU Jerusalem Center which is a treat. We will spend our time this afternoon at Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb as we reflect on the Savior’s atonement and its personal impact for each of us. It is a day we’ll never forget. B, D
Day 10: Sunday, March 17 Jerusalem, Model City, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel
After driving by the Knesset, we will go to the Israel Museum to see the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited) and the Model City of Jerusalem, which shows how the city looked at the time of the Savior. We return to the Dung Gate to enter the Ophel Archaeological Gardens, where we know for certain that Jesus walked. We’ll also observe the Jewish rituals at the Western Wall. Descending south we enter the City of David, where we visit Warren’s Shaft and Gihon Spring; here we will enter Hezekiah’s Tunnel dug by King Hezekiah’s workmen at the time the Northern Kingdom was taken captive by Assyria and Jerusalem was threatened by siege in the eighth century B.C. We exit the tunnel near the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus restored a blind man’s sight. We make our way back to Tel Aviv this afternoon stopping at the old city of Joppa that, according to legend was settled by Japheth, Noah’s youngest son, and is known as one of the world’s oldest cities. We stay at the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv tonight. B, D
Day 11: Monday, March 18 Ben Gurion Airport, Cairo, Egypt
Today we bid farewell to Israel. Those flying back home will depart Tel Aviv for the States. Others will catch the flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, we’ll transfer to the hotel for a rest and a nice dinner. B, D
Day 12: Tuesday, March 19 Giza, Memphis, Train
A great tour to the famous Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, Memphis (the capital of ancient Egypt) and Saqqara. A camel ride from the Giza Pyramids to the Sphinx is included. Lunch provided in Sakkara. After a full day of touring, we will proceed to the famous Cairo train station to board the famous sleeper train to Luxor. Dinner is served on the train as you travel south through the Nile Valley to Upper Egypt. We’ll get a good night’s sleep and be ready to see Luxor in the morning. B, D
Day 13: Wednesday, March 20: Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Kamak
After breakfast on the train, we arrive in Luxor. Our local guide will be there to meet us as we exit the train.
We will enjoy a full day of touring today as there is much to see here. We’ll start our day on the “West Bank” of the Nile visiting the Valley of the Kings which houses the tombs of the Pharaos. After a unique lunch, we’ll cross over to the East Bank and see the spectacular Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple (along with other interesting sites in the area). We’ll stay in Luxor tonight. B, L, D.
Day 14: Thursday, March 21: Cairo
There is much more to see in Cairo on our final day and a half. We’ll see the world-famous Cairo Museum. We’ll also have a chance to visit the Old City of Cairo, the Citadel and Alabaster Mosque, and pass through the City of the Dead. Dinner at the hotel. B, D
Day 15, Friday, March 22: Flights Home
FLIGHTS HOME, arriving back in home cities on the same day.
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The per person price for insurance for the ISRAEL ONLY tour is $249
The per person price for insurance for the ISRAEL & EGYPT tour is $299
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