13-Nights Journey Through The Holy Land With Jordan – Faith-Based Travel
This wonderful vacation starts in Tel Aviv, Israel. Next, travel via Jaffa to Caesarea, with visits to the Roman amphitheater and the impressive Crusader fortress; the ancient fortified city of Megiddo; and Muhraqa to Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee, where you will stay for two nights. A morning excursion is included to Cana, site of the first miracle where Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding, and Nazareth, where you visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Church. Afternoon is at leisure. On your way to Jerusalem, cruise on the Sea of Galilee, then visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, and Capernaum, where Jesus recruited his first followers among the fishermen, a baptismal site on the river Jordan, and Bet She’an with its fine Roman and Byzantine relics. During your 5-night stay in Jerusalem, excursions are included to Ein Karem, Bethlehem, and the Garden Tomb, as well as to Masada, 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 to relax or to join an optional excursion featuring the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem. On your final evening in Jerusalem, celebrate with your travel companions at a farewell dinner at your hotel. Next, travel via the Allenby Bridge, Jerash, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East, and Umm Qais to Amman, Jordan. On your way to the "rose-red city" of Petra, stop in Wadi Rum to experience a spectacular 4-wheel drive through the sand dunes and receive a keffieyeh, a local scarf. 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. Then, 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.
TEL AVIVWelcome dinnerJAFFAWalking tour of the ancient portCAESAREAVisit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortressMEGIDDOVisit the biblical siteMUHRAQAPanoramic view of the Jezreel ValleyCANAVisit the site of the first miracleNAZARETHVisit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s ChurchSEA OF GALILEEEnjoy a cruiseMOUNT OF BEATITUDESVisit the site where Jesus delivered his sermonTABGHAVisit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s PrimacyCAPERNAUMVisit the site where Jesus recruited his first followersRIVER JORDANVisit a baptismal siteBET SHE’ANAdmire the Roman and Byzantine relicsEIN KAREMVisit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of VisitationBETHLEHEMVisit the Church of the NativityJERUSALEMVisit 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; farewell dinnerMASADARide a cable car and visit the cliff-top fortressDEAD SEAVisit one of the resortsJERASHOrientationUM QUAISStop at the site of the Gadarene swine miracleWADI RUMVisit the largest wadi in Jordan; four-wheel-drive through the sand dunesPETRAGuided sightseeing, including the Siq and the Treasury; sip tea in a Bedouin tentKERAKVisit the Crusader CastleWADI MUJIBVisit the Jordanian Grand CanyonMADABAVisit St. George’s Church and the Archaeological MuseumMOUNT NEBOVisit the mountain where Moses saw the Promised LandBETHANY BEYOND THE JORDANVisit the site of John the Baptist’s settlementHeadsets throughout the tour (except in Jordan for technical reasons)
13 nights from $4050 per person
Situated high in the Judean Hills, Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world, presenting a unique combination of ancient history, spiritual sanctity and colorful cultures.
Established 3000 years ago by King David, Jerusalem is a fascinating city of many contrasts and diversities. It is a city where old and new, holy and secular, pure nature and beautiful architecture mix into magical harmony of smells, sounds and sights. Sacred to the world's three main religions, Jerusalem is a captivating city, whose visitors are left touched and inspired by the shining glow of its religious shrines, picturesque scenery and magnificent golden limestone. It is home to the Israeli parliament, the President's Residence and the government offices. A visit to Jerusalem, known as the "City of Gold" is an unforgettable experience.
Stretched along the beautiful beach of the Mediterranean, Tel-Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires visitors with an atmosphere of excitement and fun. With its seafront skyscrapers and exclusive hotels, Tel-Aviv presents a lively combination of entertainment venues, shopping malls, exotic markets, nonstop active nightlife, gorgeous golden beaches, and wonderful restaurants. It is also the country's greatest cultural center, a home for a variety of museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls. By contrast, the ancient port city of Jaffa, has a medieval appearance. This special blend of Mediterranean ambience, seaside resort and modern facade is what makes the city so uniquely appealing.
From Jordan's port on the Red Sea, you can travel to the mysterious lost city of Petra, which was hidden for centuries. At first it looks like a mirage: rugged sandstone hills seem to melt into windows and doorways, columns and gargoyles. But it is not: all the buildings of Petra, except one, were elaborately carved into the rock hills by a nomadic Arabian tribe in the 6th century B.C. It is a remarkable sight. You can also visit Wadi Rum, where Bedouin families set black goat-hair tents at the base of massive, striated "jebels," the sheer-faced hills of the region.
Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is built on seven enchanting hills. Gleaming white houses, kebab stalls and cafes are interspersed with bustling markets and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents who give visitors a warm welcome.
There are many reasons why the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and the largest "Natural Spa" in the world, is also one of the world's true natural wonders and a unique tourism destination. Starting with the Dead Sea itself, it is a one-of-a-kind body of water, 1,373 feet below sea level with mineral-rich waters and mud flow with natural health and beauty benefits acclaimed globally. Visitors to the Dead Sea come to a world of blue skies, year-round sunshine, magnificent natural landscape, and extraordinary touring options, such as thrilling encounters with history and exploration of the living desert.
Less than an hour's drive from Jerusalem, the Dead Sea is also a Sea of Peace, joining Israel and Jordan. Recognized as a mini-universe with its own micro-climate, the Dead Sea is the saltiest and most mineral-laden body of water in the world. The unparalleled buoyancy and warmth of the water has everyone floating. And its health promoting thermo-mineral springs and world famous cosmetic black mud have been praised by visitors for millennia.
Galilee is the northern region of Israel. It is a mountainous region with waterfalls and beautiful views across the green bush-covered mountains. There are national parks, nature preserves and mineral baths in this area. The Sea of Galilee is an area closely associated with the life and time of Jesus making it a religious center for both Christians and Jews. Galilee has many religious shrines and historical sites of interest. Today it is a popular vacation spot offering year-round water activities, hot springs, health resorts and magnificent national parks.
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