Nov 2020 “Well Women” Holy Land Tour
Nov 12 — 24th, 2020
Director: Dr. Clark D. Anderson EdD
Host: Carol Ann Guest
~WELL WOMEN visit the Holy Land, retrace the Life of Christ and explore Christ as the Healer and Redeemer. It also includes sites of particular interest to “Well Women” (Woman at the Well)~
Day 1-2 (Thurs & Fri Nov 12—13th): FLY FROM USA to TEL AVIV
Today we fly from the USA to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival we will go directly to the Mount of Olives for a view of ‘the Golden City’. We overnight in Jerusalem where our hotel is only steps away from the Old City.
Day 3 (Sat Nov 14th): JERUSALEM CENTER / MT OF OLIVES (BETHESDA)
This morning we enjoy Church Services at the remarkable BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The view of Jerusalem during our Service is inspiring. On our way to lunch we will wander down the Mt. of Olives and pass thousands of Jewish graves, including those of the Biblical Prophets; Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi. We make a brief stop at the ‘Teardrop Church’ and then enjoy lunch in a unique local place near the Old City. We will then visit St. Anne’s which is the ancient site for the Pool of Bethesda. Tonight we enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4 (Sun Nov 15th): BEGINNINGS: BETHLEHEM / (TEMPLE MOUNT & MUSEUMS)
Our morning begins with a visit to the place where Jews believe is the Center of the Universe and where the Spirit of the Lord resides with a visit to the Tunnels at the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. We view the Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, etc. and discuss the past, present and future of that significant site for all three major religions: Jews, Muslims, & Christians. Next we will visit the unique historical museums in Jerusalem. The Israeli Museum displays the Dead Sea Scrolls and also features the very impressive miniature model of the city of Jerusalem in Christ’s day; The Model City. We conclude our museum visits with the sobering Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem. Time permitting we will enjoy the sights and sounds of Jerusalem by walking on the Old City Walls of Jerusalem on the Rampart. Next we will cross through ‘The Wall’ (20’ cement wall that separates Israel and Palestinian controlled land) and visit the traditional birthplace of the Savior in Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity). We conclude our day by visiting a local Shepherds’ Field near Bethlehem where we will review the account of the humble beginnings of the Saviors Life. In this setting we will review the Saviors Birth as well as consider Jesus as the ‘Good Shepherd’. We again overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 (Mon Nov 16th): JESUS/MARY AS A TEENAGERS: NAZARETH (CAESAREA)
Today we consider Jesus and Mary during their teenage years as we visit Nazareth and the surrounding areas. We will drive up north and our first stop features the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and represents the spot where the first Gentile convert joined the Church and the Gospel spread to the world. Paul was imprisoned for 2 years here and also departed for his 4 historic missionary journeys. We will view the ancient theater and aqueducts before making our way north to Mount Carmel. On Mt. Carmel is a great view of the Jezreel Valley (Valley of Armageddon). From this vantage point we will discuss Armageddon, the 2nd Coming and the future of this Holy Land as well as reenact the remarkable story of Elijah and the Priests of Baal. From here we travel to Nazareth and from Mount Precipice we will have an amazing view of Nazareth, Mt Tabor and the surrounding area. Following our visit and time there we will enjoy a visit to the Nazareth Village which portrays life in the 1st Century. We will overnight in Nazareth.
Day 6 (Tues Nov 17th): BEATITUDES / PETER’S PRIMACY / MAGDALA / YARDENIT
Today we explore more of the Galilee area where Jesus spent the majority of His ministry as well as some other significant scriptural sites. We spend most of our day seeing the sights and sounds surrounding the Sea of Galilee. We begin with a visit to a beautiful overlook of the Sea of Galilee on Mount Arbel. Next we visit the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered. Lunch is a unique experience where those interested can enjoy St. Peter’s Fish. Next we visit Peter’s Primacy where we will discuss John 21. This afternoon we will visit Magdala (birthplace of Mary Magdalene) and where they have constructed a new Church where a portion of it is dedicated to the women in Christ’s life. Well Women will truly love this site! Our final stop of the day will be the traditional site of Jesus Baptism at Yardenit at the Jordan River. We then drive around the Sea of Galilee to our Hotel. Checking into our Hotel this evening is a joy. Every room is only steps away from the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This evening you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening strolling on the Sea shores, or taking a dip in the Sea, etc.
Day 7 (Wed Nov 18th): JESUS’ MINISTRY: SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / GOLAN
Today we continue to explore the Galilee area where Jesus spent most of His ministry. We board a small fishing boat and cross the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. On our way we cut the engines & review some of the scriptural accounts that take place on the Sea. On shore we visit the ruins of Capernaum which Jesus called ‘His own City’. Next we drive to the north border of the country and take a short nature hike to the ancient city and alter at Tel Dan. From here we visit Banias, the ancient site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter was promised to receive the Keys of the Kingdom. As we bus our way home we travel on the Golan Heights where we can look over into Syria. This evening will be our final opportunity to enjoy the evening views of the Sea of Galilee and surrounding
Day 8 (Thur Nov 19th): JESUS’ FINAL DAYS: BETHANY (LAZARU’S TOMB / DEAD SEA)
Today we visit and consider the events leading up to the death of the Savior and the final days of His mortal ministry. As we make our way back to Jerusalem we pass through the Green Line and parts of the West Bank and will take this opportunity to discuss the current political situation, borders, and history. As we pass Bet She’an we will consider the ‘Fall of Saul’. We drive by Jericho and then make a stop at the Jordan River (Children of Israel River Crossing and Jesus’ baptismal site). Following lunch we will enjoy a quick visit to Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and also have the unique experience of taking a float in the Dead Sea. You cannot sink! From here we make our way up to Jerusalem. We will visit Bethany and Lazarus’ Tomb and conclude our day with a unique walk through the flowing waters in Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 (Fri Nov 20th): JESUS’ FINAL HOURS: (THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST!)
Today is one of our most significant as we venture through the wonders of the ‘Eternal City’ and retrace the events and sites of the final moments of the Saviors Life! We begin in the Upper Room where the Savior held the Last Supper. From here we trace His steps to the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of all Nations). We next visit Caiaphas’ Palace (St. Peter of Gallicantu) where Jesus went before the Sanhedrin and where Peter allegedly denied Christ thrice. Following lunch we enjoy a stop at the Antonio Fortress (Jesus before Pilate) and from here we will follow the Via Dolorosa (or Path of Suffering), the path Jesus carried His cross to Golgotha. Next we will reflect on the burial & resurrection of the Savior as we visit the two possible sites for Golgotha & Calvary. First we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher [believed site for many Christians] and then the Garden Tomb [where others feel is the true site]. We will discuss the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior and the majesty of the final moments of His mortal ministry! We will enjoy our final evening at our hotel and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 (Sat Nov 21st): ASCENSION: GETHSEMANE (Mt of OLIVES / PETRA)
Today we conclude our Jerusalem and New Testament portion of our tour with one final visit to the Mount of Olives. From the Mt of Olives Jesus officially concluded His mortal ministry on that continent (Acts 1) and fittingly we will in similar fashion conclude our visits here as well. Those continuing on will head southward and begin the Book of Mormon/Old Testament focus and portion of our tour while the others will make their way to the airport and begin their journey home.
JORDAN / SERVICE Option:
Day 10 (Sat Nov 21st): BofM BEGINNINGS: WILDERNESS (TIMNAH / PETRA)
Those continuing on into Jordan will depart Jerusalem and go ‘down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea’ (1 Nephi 2:5) just as Lehi and his family. As we do so we will be traveling on the road from ‘Jerusalem to Jericho’ and will reflect on a certain parable (Luke 10). On the way we pass Qumran (discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls) and stop for a picture of the natural spring and waterfall at Ein-Gedi (where David hid from King Saul) and where we most always see ibex. We visit the majestic Masada and gondola to the top and reflect on its remarkable story. On our way to the Israeli/Jordanian border we enjoy a brief stop at Timnah where we will view a replica of the ancient Tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness. We will also discuss Sodom & Gomorrah as we drive through that remains of those ancient cities. We cross the border and make our way up to the fascinating city of Petra, Jordan where we will overnight.
Day 11 (Sun Nov 22nd): 7 WONDER OF THE WORLD: PETRA, JORDAN / CENTER
This morning we explore Petra, one of the newly voted “7 Wonders 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. Petra was once a great commercial empire with a long history, it is best known today as the lost city in the Indiana Jones Movie, The Last Crusade. Following our Petra we will make our way up to Amman. On the way we will visit a Center for women where they make crafts and other various items. These Centers were established to support women in Jordan. We overnight in Amman, Jordan.
Day 12 (Mon Nov 23rd): SERVICE IN JORDAN
Today we will visit another Center for women and will have the opportunity to purchase their goods and crafts. We may also be able to meet and get an insider look at the country of Jordan with one of the most powerful women in the entire Middle East. It will be our opportunity to meet and serve the wonderful women and people living in Jordan. We will also visit the impressive ruins of Jerash and time permitting will visit Mt. Nebo where Moses looked over into the Promised Land. We again overnight in Jordan.
Day 13 (Tues Nov 24th): FLY HOME
Today we make our way home to be reunited with our loved ones!
Carol Ann Guest will be hosting this incredible adventure and will provide insights, lectures, and extras.
To aid in maximizing this experience a Tour Booklet/Journal will be provided to each participant which will become a memoir and keepsake of their experience as well as an instrument of application and learning (work is underway to create a digital and interactive instrument where participants will use their smart phones in this process). Please let us know if you would like a hard copy of the booklet or if you would prefer a digital copy…or both.