Take a 2000 year step back: Israel and Jordan

Two weeks drifting from Israel and Jordan, we’ll be wanting more! We’ll arrive first in Tel Aviv and explore the Holy Land. Mount of Olives, Shepherds Fields, Yad Vashem, St. Peter’s Primacy, Jericho and much more will all be a part of our part 1. Then we’ll cross over to Jordan to begin our journey into the history that it holds. The Roman Theatre, Petra and Kerak Castle are just some of the places we’ll experience. Not to mention our jeep tour in Wadi Rum and our journey to the Dead Sea! Get ready to have a trip of a lifetime.

Day 1 – Arrival in Israel 1

Today we’ll arrive to Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv. We’ll be taken to our hotel in Jerusalem.

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Nativity Church - Shepherds Fields - Via Dolorosa 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Bethlehem to visit the Nativity Church and Shepherds Fields. The Old City is found around Manger Square and one of the highlights is the Church of the Nativity. This is one of the oldest churches in the world, and is built around a cave that is Jesus' birthplace.

Continuing on, we’ll drive through the 'new' city of Jerusalem to the Museum of Israel; home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest surviving version of the Bible.

We’ll then explore Mount of Olives and visit the Chapel of the Ascension where Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. We’ll walk to visit Pater Noster Church where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Matt.26:36-44).

Then we’ll go to an observation point that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.

We’ll walk the Palm Sunday route and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives that still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Near the Garden is our next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest (Luke 22:29-53).

Throughout this time, we are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that he experienced.

Afterwards, we go to Saint Ann’s Church and visit Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). We continue to walk towards the Via Dolorosa. We will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as we travel through the markets of the old city to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus’ crucifixion place) and, His tomb (Luke 23: 50-55).

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

* We would recommend modest dress for this excursion (no shorts or sleeveless shirts); while a head covering is required for visiting the holy places.

*You will also be required to take your passport with you on this excursion, so that you are allowed access into Bethlehem.

Day 3: Mount Zion – Cenacle - Yad Vashem 3

Following breakfast at our hotel, we go to Mount Zion. We’ll explore the Church of the Dormition. This church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “Fell Asleep”.

Then we’ll continue to visit Cenacle, also known as the “Upper Room”, where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Mark 14:12- 26).

Afterwards we’ll visit Saint Peter Gallicantu, this church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18). Afterwards we go to visit Yad Vashem, Knesset and Menorah.

At the end of our day we’ll have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Jericho -Masada - Qumran – Jordan Valley 4

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Jericho, the oldest city in the world that was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1).

Our first stop is Masada, an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea.

Our second stop is Qumran; it is made up of 2000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered (Ezekial 47:8-10).

We continue to visit Jesus’ baptismal site (Qasr El Yahud) on the Jordan Valley (Matthew 3:13-17).

We then visit the Sycamore Tree that recalls the incident in which the tax collector Zacchaeus, too short to see over the crowd, climbed a sycamore’s branches in order to see Jesus (Luke 18-19). 

Finally, our last stop, we’ll admire the view of Mount of Temptations; the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8).

We’ll end our day with a drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Mount Tabor – Nazareth - Basilica of Annunciation - Cana of Galilee 5

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Jezreel Valley to visit the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, we will have some time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. We continue to visit Nazareth; the home of Mary and Joseph. Afterwards we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary of her pregnancy. 

Then we visit Cana of Galilee. This is where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine.  Lastly, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat.

We end our day with dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Tabgha - St Peter’s Primacy - Capernaum - Transfer to Border and Airport Tabgha - St Peter’s Primacy – Capernaum - Transfer to Sheik Hussien Border) 6

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll journey to Tabgha. In Tabgha is St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9).

We’ll continue to visit Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, we’ll focus on the Synagogue of where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29), and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life.

Our driver will be waiting to transfer us to the Sheik Hussien Border for crossing into Amman, Jordan.

We will arrive in Amman and transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 7: Visit of Amman 7

Following breakfast, we’ll ride for a visit of Amman.

Our first stop is the Roman theatre. It is approached along a walkway lined with Roman columns. It holds seats that are capable of accommodating 6,000 people. The lowest tier nearest the action was reserved for the nobles, the next one up for the military and then the highest for the rest of the citizens.

Nearby is the Odeon, a small Roman theatre lovingly restored by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities.

As we overlook the theatre we view the Citadel; it is on one of the seven hills on which Amman was built.  The views from up here provide us a sense of Amman's history and its ruins. The best ruins are the Roman and Islamic ones – the three remaining erect pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules are the most prominent feature on the Citadel hill.

Then we’ll tour Jerash; an hour drive outside Amman. It is one of the best preserved Graeco-Roman cities in the Middle East, although it traces its origins right back to Neolithic times

Our guide will help us explore the ruins that remain of the temples, agora and colonnaded streets. Of the temples, the Artemis is the most impressive and has a small forest of beautiful columns in front of it, topped with perfect Corinthian capitals.

At the end of our day we will head back to our hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 8: Madaba - Mount Nebo - Kerak 8

Following breakfast at the hotel, we check out and we’ll journey to Petra.

On the way to Petra we will stop to visit Madaba, Mount Nebo and the Kerak Castle.

We’ll freely explore independently.

Our first stop is Madaba; it is a largely Christian town and home to several churches. We’ll admire the Greek Orthodox church of St George. And we will have various options to view; some being: a 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land, Madaba's Archaeological Park, and Madaban mosaics that are from early Islamic era.

The second stop is Mount Nebo; the site from which Moses first saw the Holy Land at the end of the Exodus. It is also the site of his death and burial. We’ll admire a Byzantine basilica church that now stands on the spot which commands stunning views over the Jordan Valley.

After visiting these two churches, we continue south. Our final stop before Petra is to the Crusader Castle of Kerak; it represents the best aspects of both crusader and Islamic military architecture.

From Kerak we continue to Petra. With all the sightseeing, our journey down to Petra will occupy our whole day today.

We end the day with dinner and an overnight at the hotel in Petra.

Day 9: Petra Day 9

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll view Petra for the first time. Petra is the legendary city of the Nabateans, dramatically concealed behind a wall of mountains, pierced only by the Siq canyon.  By controlling and taxing this route, the Nabateans grew wealthy, and began to put down roots, most dramatically at Petra, a city cut off from the rest of the world by Sandstone Mountains, with Siq canyon being its only entrance. The most impressive of the preliminary tombs is the Obelisk tomb. This actually consists of two tombs - one on top of the other; the upper most being capped with four obelisks, and the lower displaying the typical classically-inspired façade of Nabatean tombs.

We will be accompanied by a local guide for a couple of hours. After that we are free to explore on our own.

At the end of our day we head back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 10: Wadi Rum 10

Following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and journey over to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum has some of the most spectacular desert scenery anywhere in the world. Lawrence of Arabia spent quite a bit of time here during the Arab Revolt, and many of the scenes from the film were shot here. Wadi Rum is a landscape of bizarre, soaring rock formations, known as jebels. The area is forbiddingly majestic; the only residents of the area are around 4,000 villagers and Bedouin nomads, and the only buildings are goat-hair tents, a few concrete shops and houses, and the fort headquarters of the Desert Patrol Camps.

Upon arrival in Wadi Rum we’ll enjoy a jeep tour. Our tour today takes in seven sights of Wadi Rum and is a detailed exploration of the deeper recesses of the wadi.

Afterwards we will have dinner and an overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Transfer to the Dead Sea 11

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea; this is a journey of around 4.5 hours. Upon arrival, at the Dead Sea, we will be able to independently explore our surroundings.

The Dead Sea is some 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) below sea level, the Dead Sea is famously the lowest point on earth. The mineral-laden waters are what allow people to float and even read newspapers while supine in the waters, as it is impossible to sink. For many centuries, these same minerals have given the waters and mud curative properties, and many people are positively evangelical about the benefits of a visit to the Dead Sea.

At the end of our day we head back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

*We recommend wearing water shoes to protect your feet from cuts.

Day 12: Dead Sea 12

Following breakfast at the hotel, today we will have the day at our leisure.

At the end of our day we head back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

*We recommend wearing water shoes to protect your feet from cuts

Day 13: Border and Airport 13

Following breakfast at the hotel, we check out and head to the border where we will cross over to Israel. There we will be met and taken to the Ben Gurion Airport.

*The departure point will be according to your return flight arrangements.

End of services.

Inclusions

  • Meet & Assist service from/to Airport and Border
  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotel(s) in Israel and Jordan
  • Tour guide on duty in Israel and Jordan
  • Sightseeing to the places as per program in Israel and Jordan
  • Entrance fees to sites while touring in Israel and Jordan
  • Portage at hotels in Israel and Jordan
  • Free tour leader in Israel and Jordan

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (international calls and laundry)
  • Visa fees and border taxes
  • Extra entrance fees outside the program
  • Lunches and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • All kinds of tips
  • Anything not mentioned above

 


  • Hotels

  • St. George Hotel or similar  – Jerusalem
  • Golan Hotel or similar – Tiberius
  • Arena Space Hotel or similar -- Amman
  • Petra Panorama or similar -- Petra
  • Dead Sea Spa Hotel or similar -- Dead Sea

 


Arrival / Departure

Starting Place:

Ben Gurion Airport or Bridge

 

End Place:

Ben Gurion Airport or Bridg

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