Holyland & Jordan

Holy Land & Jordan Tour
12  Days

DAY 1 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport

Meet your local guide and driver, Drive to Ramat Gan Near Tel Aviv and check in Kfar Hamacabieh Resort for a day of Leisure and rest. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2 - Caesarea, Mt Carmel, Stella Maris, Carmelites, Baha’i Shrine, Akko

After breakfast, we start our day tour by departing via the coast to Caesarea Maritima, where St. Peter baptized the first Gentile converted (Cornelius) and where St Paul was held as a prisoner by Romans. It was the center of the Roman governors including Pontius Pilates. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, the Crusader City, the well preserved Theatre, the Harbour, and the Roman Aqueduct. Heading towards Haifa through Carmel Mountains, We will visit the Carmelite Monastery Stella Maris and Muhraqa located on the spot where the Prophet Elijah confronted the false priests of Ba’al (1 Kings 18:17-40). Visit the magnificent Golden Domed Baha’i Shrine and the Persian Gardens. We proceed up north to the port city of Accho [Acre] one of the oldest ports in the ancient world back to Canaanite period, we will see to see remains of Western Christian Crusader who ruled in Akko for almost 200 years and visit the Jezzar Pasha Mosque. We drive to Sea of Galilee for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 - Megiddo, Sepphoris, Cana, Nazareth, Annunciation, Ancient Boat

This morning we depart off from our hotel, driving into the beautiful landscape of lower Galilee, we stop at Megiddo which was inhabited from 7000 BC – 500 BC, considered one of the important Ancient caravan routes and the Armageddon which according to Christian tradition the final battle between the forces of light led by Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness led by Satan or the Anti-Christ after the End of Days. Drive to Sepphoris one of the capital cities of the Galilee, the capital of Herod’s son and was a flourishing city during Jesus time. We proceed to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle at the request of his mother (John 2:1-11), change of the water into wine. In Cana we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a renewal of wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. On our way back to our hotel we shall see the so-called “Jesus Boat” a fishing boat of the kind used by the disciples of Jesus. We arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 - Tiberias, Boat ride, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi

This morning we begin with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, from its shores Jesus recruited four of his apostles: the fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew and the brothers John and James (Matt 4:18-22). Our stop will be on the shore of Capernaum is where  St. Peter lived and where The Lord Jesus started his ministry in public (Matt. 4:13), there he began teaching in its Synagogue,  healed the man who had the evil spirit and healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law from the fever (Luke 4:31-41) followed by a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee and  where one of Jesus’ famous teaching episodes Sermon on the Mount was given (Matt 5-7). Then to Tabgha the fruitful garden where Jesus made the miracle of the Multiplication of the five loaves and two fish and fed the five thousand people (Mark 6:30-46), we shall see the magnificent mosaic commemorating the miracle of the multiplication, we head to the nearby Chapel of St. Peter Primacy, There we will attend the an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. We proceed to visit Caesarea Philippi, where the Apostle Peter made his great confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Matt. 16:13-17). Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Galilee.

DAY 5 - Jordan River, Mt Tabor, Beth Shan, Jerusalem

We start the day by going to the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows in the River where Our Lord was baptized by John (Mark 1:9). Continue to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8), we shall ascend by a smaller motor vehicle due to its narrow route, we will celebrate a Mass on its summit. We drive on passing the small town of Nain, where Jesus raised the widow’s son (Luke. 7:11-17). Next we visit the excavations of the ancient city of Beth Shan, In the New Testament it became one of the 10 Decapolis. Drive through the Jordan Valley and drive on up through the Judean Wilderness We make our way through the Judean Hills towards the house of the Lord. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6 - Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St Anne’s Church. Ecce Homo, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall, Upper Room, Dormition

It is an inspiring, full day of meditation. In the early morning we retrace the last steps of Jesus. As we walk along the Fourteen Stations of the Via Dolorosa, praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as he bore the burden of our sins on the Cross at Golgotha. Finally we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass.  Return back towards St. Stephen Gate to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy shrine for Jews.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock or Temple Mount. We exit at Mt Zion. At the Cenacle we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper and King David Tomb. Next we go to Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied the Lord three times. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7 - Ein Karem Visitation, Shepherds Field, Nativity Square

After breakfast we will head onto the hill country, to the city Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and visit the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:39-80). There we will celebrate a Mass, then we head back to our hotel in Bethlehem for Dinner, in the afternoon we drive towards the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus, there we will share the Mass with other groups. About midnight we shall heads to the Nativity square to watch live the event of the midnight-mass on the huge screens placed outside the Church. We go back to hotel for overnight.

DAY 8 - Nativity Church, Milk Grotto, St Catherine Church

After good rest and late breakfast we will visit the Church of Nativity we kneel in the Grotto the birth place of our redeemer and we will watch the greatness of our Lord in the presence of many different local communities each recites his own prayer in love and happiness. We will have the opportunity for our own Mass in St Catherine Church, after we will visit the Milk Grotto. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

DAY 9 - The Wilderness: Bethany, Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Dead Sea

We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, hometown of Martha and Mary. Here we shall visit Lazarus’ tomb. We may celebrate Mass in the Church of St. Lazarus, then the Inn of the Good Samaritan. The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian Tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus ‘walked’, is Wadi Qelt, site of the Monastery of St George. We shall stop in Jericho and visit Tel Jericho, the most ancient city in the world. We will also stop at the Sycamore Tree which believed that Zacchaeus had climbed up a Sycamore Tree as he wanted to catch a glimpse of this wonderful savoir then we stop to view Mt. Temptation where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan. Drive to the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. Enjoy a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its minerals and healing properties. Dinner and Overnight in Jericho.

DAY 10 - Madeba, Mt. Nebo, Kings Highway, Shoubak, Kerak, Petra

Travel from Jericho to Jordan, crossing the Jordan River.  Drive down the historic King’s Highway. Visit the Christian village of Madeba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land.  Also see the remains of Byzantine church with their mosaic floors. Drive on to Mt Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land and is believed to be the site of the Tomb of Moses. You can see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Judean hills beyond. Also see the remains of Byzantine church with their mosaic floors. Drive south along the historic Kings’ Highway to Shoubak and Kerak to see the impressive Crusader Castles. Continue to Petra for overnight.

DAY 11 - Petra – The Rose Red City Half as Old as Time

A full day to explore the Red Rose city of Petra. Take a horse ride through the dramatic “ciq” or canyon. An immense crack in the Nubian sandstone see the Treasury, carved in the pink stone, and continue past the Roman theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb to the Roman road. For those who wish to take the 60 minute walk to the Monastery they will be rewarded with one of the best sites in Petra. Drive the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, the place where St John the Baptist was beheaded. Drive to Amman via the Desert  Highway.  Overnight in Amman.

DAY 12 - Jerash, Baptismal Site

Morning visit to the uniquely preserved Roman city of Jerash, popularly called the Pompeii of the East. There we see the Elliptical Forum, the street of columns, the Temple of Artemis and Roman theatres.  Continue down to the Jordan Valley to the site believed to be where John the Baptist’s settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan , where Jesus was baptized.  John describes it as ‘… Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptising,’ (John 1:28) Continue to Jerusalem for overnight.

DAY 13 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, filled with cherished memories, for your return flight home

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