Tour: TGE - 2014 (TGE) - 2014 / 2015

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Bible in Jerusalem
Bible in Jerusalem
Bahai Shrine
Graves on the Mt. of Olives
Monastery in Petra
Garden of Gethsemane
Caesarea
Dormition Church on Mt. Zion
Mt. Nebo, Moses Memorial Church
Garden Tomb

Itinerary

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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