Travel off-season for low crowds, best rates...
Perfect times of year to go! Low season travel means no crowds and bargain prices at fine hotels. Perfectly moderate - usually 60-70s daytime, 50s at night.
Nov 9-20, 2013
Nov 30-Dec 11, 2013
BYU Center is open! And well it should be! It is safer now than it has been for many years. Likely safer than staying home! Both sides paid a high price and gained nothing in the 34-day conflict begun July 11, 2006. Neither side wants to do it again! Obviously, our Church leadership agrees or they would not send hundreds of our choice young people there to study and travel the country on field trips.
Superb tour at modest cost
Our expert guides have years of experience hosting thousands of delighted tour members at sacred places and they especially love Israel. All are returned missionaries with years of dedicated church service since. They include church Institute and gospel doctrine teachers, former bishops, stake presidents, Relief Society presidents, etc. They understand why you come and present the right things in the right ways, to assure the experience you hope for. In addition to expert MHA guides on each bus, there will also be on board a hand-picked, licensed, Israeli guide who is adept at the various languages and local customs. At the sites and on the bus, well-prepared presentations will be given by the tour guides and tour members describing the remarkable events and sites we'll be discovering.
See comments from former tour members below...
Accommodations & Food
Our groups have unanimously praised the food and the hotels. All hotels are clean, comfortable, and convenient. The food is exceptionally good and so is the variety! Breakfasts and dinners are elaborate buffets at the hotels. Lunches are unique, regional delights--and ALL meals are included in tour price! You will be amazed at the quality and size of the fresh produce grown there. People everywhere show a warm, sincere appreciation that we would come at a time when so many are still afraid and choose to stay home.
"It is good to bask in the memories of meeting wonderful people, those from the tour group and the people that touched my life in the places we went. It was an interesting experience to watch people of other faiths. I will treasure the spiritual experiences I had. Very tender to me. A wonderful trip." Diane Tenney
"Thanks for everything you did to make our tour a success. My mind is seriously marinating and I don't know when or how but we're determined to take our children. We recommend you so highly." Danelle Richards
"I am still on a spiritual high. Even being back at work hasn't taken the glow away. It's wonderful to share with [family and friends] some of the amazing things we did. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip and for being with us. It was an experience I'll always remember." Jan McBride
"Very rewarding. We are now able to place a mental image with those mentioned in the scriptures. We experienced times of inspiration and many times contemplation. We return home much more thoughtful about our personal heritage as members of the House of Israel."
Bruce & Suzanne Sorensen
"Of the many trips we have taken, this will always be our favorite. Every experience was meaningful." Frances Patterson
"As I sat in the BYU Center partaking of the sacrament and looking out over Jerusalem, tears of love and gratitude streamed down my face in appreciation for our Savior’s sacrifice in my behalf. This was truly an experience that I will always cherish!" Janet Forbush
"A wonderful experiences to be in the places we have read about all of our lives and we feel increased appreciation and love for Jesus." Miriam & Bob Winegar
"It was the Tour of a Lifetime!" Gayle & Bob Sims
"One cannot visit the Holy Land without gaining a desire to live closer to their Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Everything about the tour was just wonderful, our guides were SUPER, SUPER GREAT. The 'Awesome Israel Tour' was just that, 'Awesome,' and I loved every minute of it. Jane Beagley
"It was amazing! I'll be referring everyone to Mormon Heritage--what a great program!"
"Wonderful! We're still on cloud nine." Mark & Carolyn Zaugg
|Tour ID||Dates, Days||Price if One per room||Price each if Two per room||Price each if Three per room||Guides and Tour Comments|
|IS27||Nov 9-20, 2013||$3987||$3560||$3482||Patty Steadman and Ron Millburn. Ron is a retired full-time CES instructor offering insightful and enthusiastic presentations. Patty is a very experienced tour coordinator with a deep love for this land and its people. Lovely mid-70-degree weather. ($1550 credit for providing your own air or to use as a budget to fly from another city.)|
|IS28||Nov 30-Dec 11, 2013||$3987||$3560||$3482||Joe Staker with Briant & Jamie Stringham. Joe and Briant have years of experience guiding groups to Israel providing inspiring, thoughtful presentations with great understanding. Jamie will share her knowledge of pertinent historical architectural features seen at the sites. Hanukkah season. Mild 60-70-degree weather. ($1550 credit for providing your own air or to use as a budget to fly from another city. Limited air seats also available from Las Vegas--call for details 801-272-5601.)|
Prices are per person by number of people sharing hotel room. Price includes: round-trip SLC air (including current fees and taxes; other departure cities by request), all meals (except airports), deluxe charter bus, very nice lodging, group admissions, expert MHA guide services, as well as bus driver and local guide fees and tips. It's a fantastic deal and an awesome experience!
POSTED PRICE IS ALL YOU PAY! Dare to compare!
Price variations generally reflect airfare price differences by date. Maximum 3 persons per room.
Generous credit if you don't need our air transportation--call for details 801-272-5601. MHA reserves the right to make changes as necessary.
$200 per person secures your reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. Balance due six weeks before departure.
Credit cards by telephone 801-272-5601 or mail checks to: Mormon Heritage Association, 2367 W Goldenpointe Way, West Jordan UT 84088
Passport required (valid at least 6 months beyond tour date). Application process can take 3-8 weeks, please apply right away! Notify Mormon Heritage Association upon signup if you are NOT a US Citizen (for airline regulations).
Register online or by telephone 801-272-5601 or toll-free 866-335-5601 (within US)
REGISTER by 90 days prior to departure to guarantee above pricing.
Jonah departed for encounter with the whale. Crucial ancient sea port. Beginning of Jewish rebellion against the Romans. Immense crusader fortresses & battles, Peter’s vision regarding great sheet and unclean animals to be eaten, Cornelius, etc. (Visited as airline arrival allows.)
Beautiful city on the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea, 40 miles north of Joppa. Incredible Orson Hyde Square with olive trees planted in honor of each of the latter-day prophets from Joseph Smith thru Thomas S. Monson! First hotel night.
Huge, elaborate, exciting ruins of an ancient Roman city right on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Peter lived here as did Cornelius. Paul was prisoner for at least a year. Built by King Herod. Roman theatre, chariot racing hippodrome, Crusader fortress, moat, etc.
Haifa German Cemetery
Graves of two early Mormon Missionaries, proving the LDS Church was already there when Israel became an independent state in 1948. We stop here to honor the service of these men and their families.
Baha’i Shrine park and grounds
Beautiful, immaculately-groomed gardens. High on a hill overlooking port city of Haifa.
Where Elijah had his exciting duel with the Priests of Baal. Complete account read from the bible. Overlooks the Valley of Armageddon; we'll discuss incredible Armageddon prophecies, too.
Most famous battlefield in the world with an amazing past--future battlefield, too.
Home of Joseph and Mary and for most of 30 years the scene of the Savior's life. Jesus' followers were called Nazarenes.
Thriving city on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. 3 hotel nights here.
Galilee Boat Ride
Jesus walks on the water, calms the sea. Recount these marvelous events on board a beautiful, wooden boat built especially for this purpose by dear Jewish friends.
Home of Mary Magdalene. Jesus came here after feeding the 4000.
Mount of the Beatitudes
Each of the beatitudes will be read by a tour member at this site, overlooking the peaceful Sea of Galilee. Sermon on the Mount site.
Jesus performed more miracles here than any other place. Peter the fisherman lived here. Jesus lived with him much of the time he was in Galilee. See ruins of Synagogue built over ancient synagogue where the Lord likely preached and performed many miracles.
“Who do men say that I am?” "Thou art the Christ."
Likely transfiguration site.
Ruins of City of Dan
Marked the northern limit of the land of Israel. The largest of all the springs that make up the sources of the Jordan River. See water gushing forth from under these natural underground springs.
Immense ruins. 21 levels of building over previous civilizations. Powerful Canaanite city destroyed by Joshua.
Excavated ancient city--impressive! Recently-uncovered Roman-period ruins. Saul's and his son's bodies were hung from the walls of this city by the Philistines; valiant Israelites gave the bodies a proper burial.
City of Palm Trees. Walled city ruled by a king. Joshua's spies went to Jericho, walls fell, captured and cursed by Joshua. Jesus taught here, too.
Take "a float" in the beautiful, extremely buoyant, mineral & salt water at the Dead Sea. People come from all over the world to experience the rejuvenating effects of the mineral-rich water and mud baths. (It's very different from the Great Salt Lake.)
Greco-Roman name of the former biblical City of Salt (or "Salt Lake City"). Dead Sea Scrolls discovered here (scrolls of the Essenes). Many caves visible from the viewing platforms.
Walled "winter palace" fortress of Herod the Great. Captured by Jewish patriots from a Roman garrison. One of the last strongholds to resist the Romans. See the remains of this palace and the ramp built by the Roman soldiers to re-capture it (only to find Eleazar and his followers had killed themselves in a dreadful mass murder-suicide).
Birthplace of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Shepherds' fields. Original home of Elimelech and Naomi. Ruth and Naomi returned here after the famine. Here Ruth married Boaz and became the great-grandmother of David, king of Israel. Thus, Bethlehem is the original home of the Davidic family, and for this reason Joseph and Mary came here for the census.
Jerusalem – Old walled city
The most sacred city in the world, and the most important one in biblical history. Sacred to Christian, Muslim, and Jew. Walk the streets of this ancient city and feel as if you have stepped back in time. Shops, cathedrals, lively culture, etc.--a must-have experience!
Pool of Bethesda
Where Jesus met and healed an invalid man on the Sabbath day.
Mount of Olives
Separated from Old Jerusalem by the Kidron Valley. Overlooks Jerusalem. Where Jesus addressed the disciples, suffered at Gethsemane, and ascended to heaven.
Western Wall/Wailing Wall
A portion of the supporting western wall Herod built around the temple area. Holiest shrine of the Jewish world. Pray alongside our Jewish cousins at this revered spot.
BYU Jerusalem Center
Unforgettable Sacrament meeting while enjoying a spectacular view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Stirring organ recital. Beautiful, peaceful grounds. Has re-opened to BYU students!
Orson Hyde Memorial Park
Dedicated by Spencer W. Kimball in 1979. Beautiful 5-1/2 acre park, amphitheater, olive trees; overlooking the old walled city of Jerusalem.
Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, Mount Moriah
Extremely sacred site! Today: Muslim mosque held sacred by the Muslims. Herod's, Solomon's days: where temple to the Lord was built; David purchased this property for a future temple. Abraham's day: Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Temple Steps/Excavation site - located at the south end of the temple mount. Walk on actual steps which led to Solomon's Temple. Excavations of ritual baths, etc. Walk along the top of the old city walls, if you wish.
King David’s Citadel
Also Built by Herod the Great. The only part of the walls of Jerusalem to remain standing after Titus and the Roman army destroyed the cit in A.D. 70. Spectacular evening light show rehearsing the history of the many occupations of this magnificent city.
Free time activity, for those who wish. Houses the "Shrine of the Book," Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit with some actual scrolls on display. Also, visit a facinating scale-model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus complete with Solomon's Temple!
Free time activity, for those who wish. Contains many relics excavated from the many ancient ruin sites throughout the region. Fascinating stop.
Free time activity, for those who wish. Also known as Siloam Tunnel. Walk through about a foot of water (sometimes deeper) for about 1700 feet, or 1/3 of a mile. This amazing tunnel was dug during the righteous King Hezekiah's reign as he prepared Jerusalem for an impending siege by the Assyrians. This tunnel led the water of the Gihon Spring straight to the City of David, the old walled city. It is one of the few intact 8th century BC structures in the world that the public can not only visit, but enter and walk through. This ancient tunnel was excavated by two teams, one starting at each end to meet in the middle. Narrow passageway, not for the claustrophobic nor less-able walkers. Take a flashlight and wear shoes that can get wet.
Relive the Lord’s last week from the small, private amphitheatre at edge of Garden of Gethsemane. Hear scriptures read by fellow tour members recounting the events from the Triumphal Entry to the Crucifixion to Jesus' ascension to heaven.
Home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Probable site of Lazarus’ tomb.
Garden Tomb Park
Site of the actual tomb where the Lord was buried after the crucifixion and resurrected three days later. A few hundred feet from the cross site. Enjoy this eaceful setting amidst a bustling city as we share testimonies of the Savior in a private devotional setting just yards from the empty tomb. You will relive this incredible scene over and over forever after.
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US TO EXPERIENCE THIS AWESOME, HOLY LAND!