Journey Through the Holy Land with Jordan – Faith-Based Travel (TGE) - 2014 / 2015

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14 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Dead Sea


Journey Through the Holy Land with Jordan – Faith-Based Travel
Bet She'an
Bet Shean
Along the Via Dolorosa
Petra, Jordan is famous for its rock cut architecture
Crosses outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is ideally situated in a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley
Place where Jesus was baptized in Bethany, Jordan
Wadi Rum, the largest Wadi in Jordan
Dead Sea
Roman theater of Caesarea, Israel

Vacation Overview

A wonderful vacation! Start in Tel Aviv, then travel via the ancient port of Jaffa and Caesarea—with visits to the Roman Amphitheater and the impressive Crusader Fortress, the fortified city of Megiddo, and Muhraqa—to Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee, where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy an included excursion to Cana, where Jesus changed water into wine, and Nazareth, where you visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church. On your way to Jerusalem, enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the Mount of Beatitudes; Tabgha; Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen; and Bet She’an with its Roman and Byzantine relics. During your five-night stay in Jerusalem, excursions are included to Ein Karem and Bethlehem, to Masada and the Dead Sea, and a guided walking tour through the Old City. Visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa, the Wailing Wall, and more. A full day at leisure allows time for an optional excursion to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem.
Travel via the Allenby Bridge, Jerash, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East, and Um Quais to Amman, Jordan. On your way to the “rose-red city” of Petra, stop in Wadi Rum and experience a spectacular four-wheel drive through the sand dunes. A full day of guided sightseeing includes a walk down the Siq, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Admire the Treasury and sip tea in a Bedouin tent. Next, travel to the Dead Sea via Kerak and Wadi Mujib. Two nights here allow time for an included excursion to Madaba, Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan.

     
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TEL AVIV
Welcome dinner

JAFFA
Walking tour of the ancient port

CAESAREA
Visit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortress

MEGIDDO
Visit the biblical site

MUHRAQA
Panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley

CANA
Visit the site of the first miracle

NAZARETH
Visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church

SEA OF GALILEE
Enjoy a cruise

MOUNT OF BEATITUDES
Visit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon

TABGHA
Visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy

CAPERNAUM
Visit the site where Jesus recruited his first followers

RIVER JORDAN
Visit a baptismal site

BET SHE’AN
Admire the Roman and Byzantine relics

EIN KAREM
Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of Visitation

BETHLEHEM
Visit the Church of the Nativity

JERUSALEM
Visit the Garden Tomb; panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; guided walking tour, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa; visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas

MASADA
Ride a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortress

DEAD SEA
Visit one of the resorts

JERASH
Orientation

UM QUAIS
Stop at the site of the Gadarene swine miracle

WADI RUM
Visit the largest wadi in Jordan

PETRA
Guided sightseeing, including the Siq and the Treasury; sip tea in a Bedouin tent

KERAK
Visit the Crusader Castle

WADI MUJIB
Visit the Jordanian Grand Canyon

MADABA
Visit St. George’s Church and the Archaeological Museum

MOUNT NEBO
Visit the mountain where Moses saw the Promised Land

BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN
Visit the site of John the Baptist’s settlement

Headsets throughout the tour (except in Jordan for technical reasons)

NOTES:

  • April 7 Departure–Good Friday at the Dead Sea, Jordan
  • April 14 Departure–Good Friday & Easter Sunday in Jerusalem
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler


DAY 1Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to Tel Aviv. Enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner, hosted by your Tour Director. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Tel Aviv–Jaffa–Caesarea–Megiddo–Muhraqa–Sea of Galilee

Start your tour of the Holy Land with a stop in Jaffa for a walk through the beautifully restored ancient port, where medieval pilgrims started their strenuous 2-day trek to Jerusalem. Next is Caesarea, the perfect place to learn about the Roman and Crusader presence in the country. Visit the ROMAN AMPHITHEATER and the impressive CRUSADER FORTRESS, and admire Herod’s Stadium and harbor. In the afternoon, travel to the ancient fortified city of Megiddo, regarded as one of the most important biblical sites in Israel. This is the famous battleground where armed struggles of Assyrians, Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites, Persians, Philistines, and Romans took place. According to the New Testament, Armageddon will serve as the gathering place for an army that will fight in the battle that causes the return of Jesus Christ. Next, continue along the coast through Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s vineyards and apricot groves to the slopes of the scenic Carmel mountain range. At Muhraqa, site of Prophet Elijah’s contest of faith with the priests of Baal, enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the fertile Jezreel Valley. Continue to the Sea of Galilee and arrive in your hotel in Tiberias. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 3Sea of Galilee–Cana–Nazareth–Sea of Galilee

See an ancient fisherman’s boat, said to be from the time of Christ, before arriving in Cana, site of the first miracle, where Jesus changed water to wine at a wedding. Due to this, many couples renew their wedding vows at this sacred place. On to Nazareth in Galilee, chief scene of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Here, visit the contemporary CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Continue to ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH, built over a cave known as St. Joseph’s Workshop, and pass by Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. Afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Sea of Galilee–Mount of Beatitudes–Tabgha–Capernaum–Bet She'an–Jerusalem

Enjoy a 45-minute CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Then, visit the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION OF LOAVES AND FISHES at Tabgha as well as the CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY, where Jesus instructed Peter “to feed my lambs and tend my sheep.” At this place, warm springs used to flow into the sea, attracting fish, which is why Peter came here to earn a living. On to CAPERNAUM, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen. Via the ruins of Kursi, which memorialize two of Jesus’ miracles, arrive at the Jordan River and visit a BAPTISMAL SITE. Then, visit the ancient city of Bet She’an with its fine ROMAN and BYZANTINE RELICS. The city is located at the foot of Mount Gilboa, where King Saul and his son died by their own hands in battle with the Philistines. On the way to Jerusalem, stop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Holy City, considered one of the oldest places in the world with a history dating back as far as 4000 BC. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 5Jerusalem. Excursion to Ein Karem, Bethlehem & The Garden Tomb

This morning, drive to Ein Karem and visit the CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and the CHURCH OF VISITATION, said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents. Enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding wooded hills. Continue to Bethlehem and see Shepherd’s Field, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Next, visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, which stands on the site where Jesus was born. On the way back to Jerusalem, visit the GARDEN TOMB, where you will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful holy garden. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 6Jerusalem. Excursion to the Old City

After a panoramic view from the MOUNT OF OLIVES over the old and modern parts of the city, start your guided walking tour. Via the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, arrive at the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. Here, see the Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Nearby is the Cave of the Assumption of Mary and the Cave of Betrayal. Follow the VIA DOLOROSA, the Way of the Cross, to Golgotha, and visit the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Erected over the site of the crucifixion, this church is shared by six Christian communities. Walk past the Temple Mount, from where you can see the Dome of the Rock, a splendid mosque on the holy mount. On to the WAILING WALL, the most holy shrine in the Jewish religion. Then, stroll through the restored Jewish Quarter to MOUNT ZION and visit the UPPER ROOM, the TOMB OF KING DAVID, and the HOUSE OF CAIAPHAS, where Jesus was kept the night after he was arrested. (Breakfast)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 7Jerusalem. Excursion to Masada & The Dead Sea

Drive through the Judean wilderness to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the scenery as you follow the road between the salty water and majestic desert mountains. Catch glimpses of the Caves of Qumran, where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ascend by cable car to the spectacular clifftop FORTRESS of Masada, and hear how 960 Jewish zealots preferred death at their own hands to the indignity of surrender to overwhelming Roman forces. Around lunchtime, reach one of the comfortable Dead Sea resorts. You will have plenty of time here to experience the feeling of buoyancy in the heavy water. Then, back to Jerusalem. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 8At Leisure in Jerusalem

A full day at leisure, with time to attend a Mass or service in one of Jerusalem’s churches. Later, maybe join an optional excursion featuring the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Bible in the world, and the model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Also visit the famous Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your traveling companions of an unforgettable journey through the Holy Land. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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DAY 9JERUSALEM, ISRAEL–ALLENBY BRIDGE–AMMAN, JORDAN–JERASH–UM QUAIS–AMMAN

After breakfast this morning enjoy a comfortable drive across the Allenby Bridge, which brings you to Jordan. Drive north to JERASH, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East. Next, stop in Um Quais, site of the Gadarene swine miracle, before arriving in Jordan’s capital, Amman. (Dinner)

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is ideally situated in a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley 
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DAY 10Amman–Wadi Rum–Petra

An exciting visit to Wadi Rum is on the program today. Wadi Rum is the largest wadi in Jordan and made eternally famous through the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Also enjoy a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE through the sand dunes. Continue to the “rose-red city” of Petra. Relax at your hotel this evening or explore the ancient city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Petra

Full day of guided sightseeing in Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®. Lost to the world for centuries, it is located in the biblical land of Moab. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Stand in awe in front of the iconic and famed TREASURY. In addition to seeing numerous spectacular temples and tombs created out of the rose-colored sandstone, sip tea in a BEDOUIN TENT. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 12Petra–Kerak–Wadi Mujib–Dead Sea

This morning features Kerak, with a visit to the CRUSADER CASTLE and Wadi Mujib, the “Jordanian Grand Canyon.” Continue to your hotel at the Dead Sea for your 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner).

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DAY 13Dead Sea. Excursion to Madaba, Mount Nebo & Bethany Beyond The Jordan

A fascinating day today! Stop in Madaba to visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, which houses a precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Also explore the MADABA ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. One of today’s major highlights is a visit to MOUNT NEBO, where Moses saw the Promised Land. Next is Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Return to the Dead Sea. (Breakfast, Dinner).

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DAY 14Dead Sea

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Amman). (Breakfast)

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is ideally situated in a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley 
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Transportation

Motorcoach (or minibus); boat cruise



Full Israeli breakfast;12 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv and a farewell dinner in Jerusalem; in Jordan, full buffet breakfast

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Tour Directors
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Transportation
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Journey Through the Holy Land with Jordan – Faith-Based Travel:

  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
  • Petra
  • Wadi Rum Protected Area