Date: March 25, 2017
Cruise Destination: Canada to Jordan
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- 10 Nights Accommodation
- Daily breakfast & dinner
- Airport transfers
- Tours with licensed English speaking guide
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- International airfare from Vancouver.
- All taxes and service charges.
- See St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well in Nazareth
- Tour the old city of Jerusalem and see the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion
- Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem*, at the site where Jesus was born
- Explore the red rock city of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabateans
- See Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Holy Land
Day 1: Canada - Tel Aviv
Board your flight today.
Day 2: Ben Gurion - Tel aviv
Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 3: Caesarea - Megiddo - Haifa - Acre
Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, capital of Judea under the Romans. Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon; Visit the archaeological excavations including the well-preserved water supply system. Drive to Haifa; view the Persian Gardens at the Baha’i Temple. From Haifa, drive to Acre to visit the ancient city and harbor. Continue on to Kibbutz Lavi for an overnight.
Day 4: Tiberias - Capernaum - Banias
After a short tour of Tiberias, we take a boat ride to Capernaum. Visit Yigal Alon museum where the "Jesus boat", an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed. Visit the remains of the 2nd century synagogue. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of fish and loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th century mosaic floor. Continue to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Drive to Banias Springs and waterfalls and tour the Golan Heights. Return to Kibbutz Lavi for overnight
Day 5: Nazareth - Beit Shean
Drive to Nazareth via Cana of Galilee. Visit the Church of Annunciation, St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s well. Drive to Yardenit, the place where the Jordan River lives The Sea of Galilee, and Baptism place, Continue to Beit Sheen, a newly excavated city, and visit the Roman theatre. Drive along the Jordan River to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 6: Jerusalem - Old City
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city; visit the church of All Nations, King David’s tomb and the room of the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. Enter within the walls of the city and visit the Cardo, Temple Mount (entrance to the mosques not included), Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Oriental Bazaar. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 7: Jerusalem - New City and Bethlehem
Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation; proceed to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the holocaust; Visit the Israel museum, the shrine of the book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the second temple period. Proceed to Bethlehem * to visit the Church of Nativity. Overnight in Jerusalem * Visits subject to availability
Day 8: Dead Sea - Massada
Drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. Visit the ancient city of Qumran and drive along the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, to Massada, the last stronghold of the Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. Ascend Mt. Massada by cable car and visit the food storeroom, water irrigation system and Herod’s Palace. Return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9: Hussein Bridge - Jerash Amman
Drive from Jerusalem to the border and go through crossing procedures to enter Jordan. Continue on to Jerash [ancient Gerasa], the Graeco-Roman city, and close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan. Boasting an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years and hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash is a fine example of the grand, formal and provincial Roman towns found throughout the Middle East. One can walk beneath four imposing gates or down the "Street of Columns" north from the “Oval Plaza” while stepping over the tracks of chariot wheels still visible in the paving stones. Then drive to Amman for a city tour of the Jordanian Capital. Overnight in Amman
Day 10: Amman - Petra
After breakfast, begin the trip to south from Amman along the 5,000-year-old King's Highway which is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land to Petra. Petra was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to Civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Around 11,000 BC Stone Age man was already exploiting the abundant natural resources of the Petra region, particularly wild goats and by 7000 BC some of the world’s earliest farmers were living in a walled village at Beidha, cultivating cereals and collecting nuts and fruits. But Petra really came to prominence in the 7C BC when the Edomites settled on Umm al-Biyara and other mountain strongholds and built a town at Tawilan above ’Ain Musa, in the hills to the north. Subject to Assyria, Babylonia, and then Persia, Edom in the 3C BC became the nucleus of an Arab state, the Nabateans kingdom and its capital at Petra. Originally from North Arabia, the Nabateans are first mentioned by the 1C BC historian Diodorus, who relates that in 312 BC Antigonus, the One-Eyed sent his general Athenaeus against ‘the land of the Arabs who are called Nabateans’, at that time a nomadic people who raised cattle and sheep and could survive for long periods in the desert, where they created a network of secret underground reservoirs. Athenaeus attacked a certain strong, though un-walled rock, perhaps the great massif of Umm al-Biyara at Petra, where the Nabateans had left their valuables, elders, women and children while celebrating a festival, killed some of the Arabs there and made off with vast quantities of frankincense, myrrh and silver. Some 150 years later the Nabateans had settled and Petra was the capital of an organized state, Then on horseback to the "Siq" (canyon) and then on foot to Petra known as "Sela Edom" or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D. Visit the most interesting monuments, such as the Treasury, El Khazneh (a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks, the altar, (Al Madhbah) from this point you can view the whole of the rock city, then back to Wadi Musa village. Overnight in Wadi Musa
Day 11: Petra - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Jerusalem - Tel Aviv
Drive to Madaba(Saint George’s Church) "the City of Mosaics". Madaba's chief attraction, in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George, is a wonderfully vivid, sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Ten minutes to the west is the most revered site in Jordan: Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place. A small, square church was built on the spot by early Byzantine Christians and later expanded into a vast complex. From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho, Dead Sea, etc. Drive to the border and re cross into Israel. Transfer back to Tel Aviv for an overnight.
Day 12: Tel Aviv
Today you will be transferred back to Ben Gurion International Airport for your onward flight.