The scripture will come alive as you visit the homeland of Jesus. It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims over the centuries. Above photo of Architecture in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Noam Cheng and Israeli Ministry of Tourism http://info.goisrael.com)
A WEEKLY GUARANTEED TOUR OF THE HOLY LAND AND JORDAN
10 nights – operated from Sunday to Wednesday
1 night Tel Aviv, 2 nights Kibbutz Lavi, 4 nights Jerusalem, 1 night Amman, 1 night Petra and 1 night Tel Aviv
Day 1 – Sunday
Welcome to Israel, the Holy Land! Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, you are met by our staff and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Monday
Caesarea / Megiddo / Haifa / Akko
Following a delicious Israeli buffet breakfast (which you will enjoy each morning prior to departing for your day of touring), depart Tel Aviv. Drive north along the coastal plain to Caesarea (Acts 9.30 Acts 10 24-48), capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of this ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo (1 Kings 4.28, 9, 15, 2 Kings 23, 29 & Revel. 16.16), identified as the site of Armageddon. Visit the archaeological excavations at Megiddo, including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to the beautiful port city of Haifa, nestled on the Mediterranean Sea, for a panoramic view of the Bahai gardens and Haifa Bay. From Haifa continue to Acre (Micah 1.10), capital of the Crusaders for more than a century. Visit the ancient city and harbor before continuing eastwards across the plains of the Galilee to Kibbutz hotel Lavi, not far from the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight in a kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 3 – Tuesday
Tiberias / Capernaum / Caesarea Phillipi
After a short tour of the Kibbutz grounds we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum (Matt. 4.13 13.54, 17.24, Luke 7, Mark 1.2, John 4.46-54). Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha (Matt. 13, Mark .33-45, & John 21), the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5,6,7,8), where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to the Caesarea Philippi Spring and Waterfall (Matt. 16.13 and Mark 8.27), where Jesus was recognized as The Messiah by His Disciples. Tour the Golan Heights, with its valleys, grazing land and snow-capped mountains. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for dinner.
Overnight at a kibbutz guesthouse.
Day 4 – Wednesday
Nazareth / Beit Shean / Jerusalem
Begin the day with a drive to Nazareth (Luke 1.26, 4.16-29, Matthew 2.23) via Cana of Galilee (John 2.1-11). In Nazareth, we shall visit the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s well. Next on our program is the Jordan River and the Baptismal site Yardenit. Continue to Beit Shean, one of the ancient Decapolis cities (Mark 5.20, 7.31), and visit the Roman theatre. This is the city where Saul and his son Jonathan were nailed to the walls (1st Samuel 31.10). Judges 1.27 also mentions Beit Shean. Continue south along the shores of the River of Jordan. Passing Jericho, we proceed westward and climb to the Golden City of Jerusalem. Dinner in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 – Thursday
Jerusalem – Old City
Today we visit the Old City of Jerusalem. Our appreciation of this Golden City begins with a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walls of the old city and the ancient Jewish cemetery. Visit the Church of All Nations. Proceed to Mount Zion to see the tomb of King David and the nearby Room of the Last Supper (Mark 14.13, Luke 22. 10-38, Matt 26 17-29, Acts 1.13 and Acts 2 the Pentecost). Enter the Old City to begin exploring the wonders of Jerusalem. Walk through the Cardo, the main street of Jerusalem 2000 years ago. View the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried His Cross. Continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matt. 27. 33-57, 28.10). No visit to Jerusalem is complete without a walk through the colorful Arab bazaar (a chance to test your negotiating skills). Visit the Garden Tomb. Dinner in Jerusalem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6 – Friday
Jerusalem – New City and Bethlehem
Today’s program is dedicated to the new city of Jerusalem. Visit the model of ancient Jerusalem .Continue to Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Enter the site by walking along the Street of the Righteous Gentiles, dedicated to the non-Jews that risked their lives in order to save their Jewish neighbours. Continue to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptists (Luke 1.39-80). This Spanish style church and Mary’s well is where Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth. Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of the Nativity. Dinner in Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 – Saturday
Qumran / Massada / Dead Sea
Drive through the Judean Desert to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found in 1947 by a Bedouin boy. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Time and weather permitting we will have an opportunity to float on the Dead Sea waters.
Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Sunday
Hussein Bridge / Jerash / Amman.
Drive from Jerusalem to the border crossing procedures to enter Jordan. Proceed to Jerash – city of the Decapolis, located about 45Km North of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad, visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill of the top Temple etc. Then drive to Amman for a city tour of the Jordanian Capital.
Overnight in Amman.
Day 9 – Monday
Amman / Petra
After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa. Then on horseback to the “Siq” (canyon) and then on foot to Petra known as “Sela Edom” or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D. Visit the most interesting monuments, such as the Treasury, El Khazneh (a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks, the altar, (Al Madhbah) from this point you can view the whole of the rock city, then back to Wadi Musa village.
Overnight in Petra.
Day 10 – Tuesday
Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Tel Aviv
Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holyland and ruins of historical sites. Continue about 10 km to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho, Dead Sea, etc. Visit the remains of a Byzantine church with a mosaic floor, and then drive to the border and to Tel Aviv.
Day 11 – Wednesday
Transfer from hotel to airport for your departure flight.
Included services in our tour rates:
- Private transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to Hotel in Tel Aviv and from Hotel in Jerusalem to Airport.
- Meeting point on arrival at the La Farina coffee shop at the Main Arrival Hall at the Ben Gurion Airport.
- 9 full day touring with all entrance fees as mentioned.
- 10 nights’ accommodation on Half Board Basis (buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels). *See restriction for PLAN B – 1-st class and PLAN C – moderate 1-st class category in August.
Please note that there is NO credit for unused services or joint transfers.
Not included in our tour rates:
- Personal extras or meals not mentioned.
- Border tax & visa to Jordan.
Hotels on tour:
|HOTEL PLAN||PLAN A
SUPERIOR 1st CLASS
MODERATE 1st CLASS
|Tel Aviv||Dan Panorama||Grand Beach||Grand Beach||1|
Lavi Hod ||Kibbutz Lavi Hod||Kibbutz Lavi Lev||2|
|Jerusalem||Dan Panorama||Grand Court||Prima Park||4|
|Amman||Regency Palace||Grand Palace||Liwan||1|
|Petra||Petra Marriott||Nabatean Castle||Amra Palace||1|
|Tel Aviv||Dan Panorama||Grand Beach||Grand Beach||1|
Tours over Jewish holidays and August are subject to hotel confirmation and restrictions.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
You will visit the following 3 places:
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, though not internationally recognized as such. If the area and population of East Jerusalem is included, it is Israel's largest city in both population and area, with a population of 763,800 residents over an area of 48.3 square miles. Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown far beyond the boundaries of the Old City. Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In Judaism, Jerusalem has been the holiest city since, according to the Torah, King David of Israel first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel inc. 1000 BCE, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city.
Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan. It is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It was named one of the area's best cities according to economic, labour, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Amman is one of the most liberal cities in the Middle East and Eurasia. It is also one of the most "westernised" cities in the region, ahead of places like Cairo or Damascus. The city is generally reasonably well-organized, enjoys great weather for much of the year and the people are very friendly.
Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".