Pilgrimage in the Holy Land and Jordan

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Pilgrimage in the Holy Land and Jordan 

ITINERARY

 (10 days – 9 night)

Day 1:

Arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv. Reception and transfer to hotel in Nazareth for overnight.

Day 2: Nazareth – Lake of Tiberias – Nazareth

A visit to Nazareth, another major site of biblical significance! Here you will explore not only the Basilica of the Annunciation, but also a synagogue and the « tomb of the Just » (an archaeological site looked after by the Sisters of Nazareth). Then you will move onto Lake Tiberias, one of the main places of Jesus’ activities including it being the place he called his first disciples. A day immersed in Biblical significance on the Galilee and on the shores of Lake Tiberias, it’s a fascinating journey through time, reuniting you with events that have shaped and will forever shape the history of our civilization. Around the lake you will visit the beautiful church of Tabgha which is remembered because of the miracle of the multiplication of loaves, and the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum, with the house of St. Peter. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.

Day 3: Nazareth – Al Hula – Nazareth

After breakfast, you will visit Mount Tabor and the Shrine of the Transfiguration of Jesus. You will travel up to the valley of Al Hula to the main source of the River Jordan where there is the Banias Nature Reserve and ancient Caesarea of Philippi where Peter recognized Jesus as Messiah. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Nazareth.

Day 4: Nazareth – Jerash – Amman

After breakfast, cross to Jordan via the Sh.Hussien. Start with the visit by Jerash – A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan, The ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. It lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities, the Decapolis League. Jerash, was known as the Pompeii of the east, and also known as the city of 1000 pillars, you will also visit the triple arched gate, the huge hippodrome, the theatre… continue to Amman. Amman is the capital of Jordan, a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situation on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. The visit will include the fascinating Roman Theatre and Nymphaeum that reflect the historic legacy of the city, and the enchanting Citadel which has stood since the ancient times of the Ammonites. Overnight at the hotel in Amman.

Day 5:   Amman – Madaba – Mt Nebo -  Betheny

After breakfast, visit to the biblical town of Madaba. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and for its Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.  Here we will view the earliest original map of Palestine. We continue to the biblical Mt. Nebo which, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dea Sea. Visit Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist is purported to have baptized Jesus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Petra

Day 6: Petra

Full day visiting Petra Site. Petra – one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites and today’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The 2,000-year old ancient city of Petra. Known as the red rock city,  Petra was the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AC. Carved by the Nabataeans out of solid rock, Petra was forgotten for hundreds of years until it was rediscovered in 1812.  At the entrance to Petra travellers are offered the option to ride a horse for 800m – from the visitors centre to the entrance of the dramatic “Siq” ( canyon).  From the entrance to the Siq there is a 1,250 meter walk to the 1st monument “The treasury”. Throughout most of the day we will explore Petra’s incredible structures: the treasury, the field of tombs, the obelisks and the altar, and much more. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Petra

Day 7: Petra – Jericho  Bethlehem

After breakfast, cross to Palestine via the Allenby Bridge. After visiting the city of Jericho, visit the Quarantine Mount. You will cross the desert of Judah and pass by the Inn of the Good Samaritan, of significance because of the famous passage in the Gospels. Across the canyon of Wadi Qelt and arrive at the beautiful monastery of St George which is situated on the ochre cliffs of the mountain. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 8: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem

After breakfast, the day will be dedicated to visiting holy Jerusalem: this ancient city that has throughout its history been a place of great bloodshed. From the Mount of Olives, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city and visit the shrine of the Ascension, Dominus Flevit Chapel, Church of the Pater Noster and the tomb of the Virgin, as well as the Garden of Gethsemane, with the Basilica of all Nations. In the Old City, you will follow the last steps of Christ along the Via Dolorosa and be awestruck by the Holy Sepulchre which houses both the place of Calvary and the tomb of Christ. After this you will see the Wailing Wall. From there you can admire the Dome of the Rock, the gem emblematic of the Holy Land, its golden dome shining brilliantly on the Jerusalem skyline; and next to it, El Aqsa Mosque, the largest mosque in the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 9: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Bethlehem

After breakfast, there will be a tour of Bethlehem where it all began. You will visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the oldest church in the world which is built over the cave that housed Christ at his birth. You will also see the Chapel of St. Jerome (who translated the Bible into Latin), the Church of St. Catherine, Milk Grotto. In Beit Sahour, you will discover the ruins of the Byzantine Monastery of the Shepherds’ Field. After continue to Jerusalem, In this unforgettable city, pilgrims and visitors retrace the greatest story ever told. Here you will discover the different areas in the old city and walk through the souk.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 10:

After breakfast transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for the return flight.

The order of visits may be changed.

 

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