Best of the Holy Land & Jordan
Christian Believers Pilgrimages
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival Hall, where your tour guide and driver will greet you. Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 1: Tel Aviv
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we board our motor coach to Caesarea by the sea. We will visit the Crusader’s Castle, the Roman Amphitheater and water duct, and the port from which the Apostle Paul sailed to Rome. Driving through the Jezreel Valley, we will visit Megiddo and continue to the fields of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), continuing northward along the Mediterranean Sea to Haifa and Mt. Carmel – the biblical site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal (I Kings: 18). Traveling eastward across Galilee we will view Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12), Deboriya – the hometown of the prophetess Deborah – at the foothill of Mt. Tabor (Judges 4 and 5). Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
Day 2: The Mediterranean Sea | Caesarea | Mount Carmel | Megiddo | Plain of Armageddon
This day will be exciting in the Galilee area after a delicious breakfast. We will depart from the Roman hot springs resort city of Tiberias via a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first-century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:13-17). Then on to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7) and to Tabgha – the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes – (Mark 6:34-44). We will then proceed to upper Galilee and the site of Peter’s confession (Matt. 16:16) at Caesarea Philippi and to Mt. Hermon (Psalm 89:12), the probable site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8) and the present-day Golan Heights where Israel, Lebanon, and Syria come together. We will follow the fresh mountain waters of Mt. Hermon to the Sea of Galilee and the outlet passage at the southern tip of the Sea. We will stop at the beautiful Yardenit Baptismal Site at the Jordan River. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Tiberias | The Sea Of Galilee | Capernaum | Mount Of Beatitudes
Today we drive to Nazareth to visit The Church of the Annunciation and the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached. Then we continue to Bethshean and then south through the Jordan Valley to ancient Jericho, where the walls came tumbling down (I Kings 17:1-6 and II Kings 2:19-22) and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation (Matt. 4:1-11) and Elisha’s Fountain. Then up to Jerusalem through the Judean wilderness. Check-in, dinner, and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Nazareth | Jericho | Jerusalem
After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast, this exciting day will begin with a drive to Mt. Scopus and the Mt. of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and the Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations that stands on the Rock of Agony where Judas (Matt. 26:36-57) betrayed Jesus. See the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate, and the Pinnacle of the Temple. We then drive to Mt. Zion, where we visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the site of Caiaphas House, the Room of the Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20), and the Tomb of King David. Continue to tour New Jerusalem and see Yad Vashem – the immensely moving memorial to the six million martyrs of the Holocaust. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Jerusalem | Mt Olives | Mt Zion | Yad Vahsem
Today begins with a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Starting at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God, we continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple (Genesis 22:9-14) and over the Rock of Sacrifice, where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals. After this, we walk along the Via Dolorosa to Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19:13), where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15:6). Then continue through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha – Place of the Skull – for a worship service. This afternoon we continue our tour to Bethlehem. We will visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20), then the Field of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13). We return to Jerusalem, passing Rachel’s Tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Old City Of Jerusalem | Western Wall | Garden Tomb | Bethlehem
This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to Masada, Herod’s magnificent fortress, with its palaces, bathhouses, and ramparts. Masada was also the scene of the last stand of the Jews against the Romans in the Great Revolt, attested to by a substantial Roman siege ramp and other finds. The combination of its dramatic story and its fabulous architecture and finds has won its recognition as a World Heritage Site. We ascend to Masada in a cable car. Then we drive to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the remains of the Community Center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. Finally, it is time to float on the Dead Sea before we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Jerusalem | Masada | Qumran | Dead Sea
Cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan, make your way to the baggage claim area, and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival Hall, where your tour guide and or driver will greet you. Transfer to the hotel in Petra for check-in and enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 8: Arrive in Amman
This morning, you will transfer to the "lost' city of Petra! This city is located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains. Enjoy a walking tour of the former capital and trading center. Your first stop will be visiting the Siq, a mile-long gorge with several magnificent structures carved into the mountains. The walk will culminate with a visit to the Petra Museum. The museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolithic period of Nabataean history. The museum also contains architecture from the Romans and a Byzantine chapel. Spend this afternoon at your leisure; feel free to shop. Transfer to the hotel in Wadi Rum for check-in and enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 9: Petra
Today, after breakfast, travel to the Castle of Kerak, the largest castle among mountaintop crusaders. Following this visit, transfer to the "City of Mosaics" Madaba. While in this city, you will visit St. George's Church, home to a true treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest map of the Holy Land, including Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Later, visit Mt. Nebo, Jordan's most revered holy site. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, "Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah." While here, you will tour the Holy site where Moses died and was buried. Following your visit to this sacred place, transfer to the hotel in Amman for check-in and enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 10: Kerak | Madaba | Mt. Nebo
Early morning departure to the Airport for our return home - the end of a most enjoyable journey.
Day 11: Return Flights Home
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