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Biblical Tours - Jordan and Holy Land

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Amman - Amman City Tour

After passing your Immigration and Customs control, proceed to the Arrivals Hall where your English speaking driver will be waiting. Begin your holiday by visiting undertaking a tour of downtown Amman and visiting the Citadel before checking-in to your hotel.
Overnight: Amman

Day 2: Umm Qais - Tel Mar Elias - Anjara - Jerash

Travel to Umm Qais (Gadara), where according to the Bible, Jesus performed the Gadarene Swine miracle when he cast out the devil from two men into a herd of pigs. Visit Tall Mar Elias which has long been identified with Tishbe, mentioned in the Bible as the hometown or region of the Prophet Elijah. Drive to Anjara to see the Shrine of the Lady of the Mountain at the Roman Catholic Church. Then with your English speaking local guide take a 2-hour guided tour of Jerash, one of the best preserved cities of Roman times. Enter through Hadrian's Arch to see the Hippodrome, Greek temples and Byzantine churches, Roman theatres, colonnaded streets, forum and marketplace. Return to Amman.
Overnight: Amman.

Day 3: Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - (border crossing) - Nazareth

Drive to Madaba along the Kings' Highway, an ancient caravan route, to see the oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land in existence on the floor of the 6th Century St George Church. A short drive will bring us to Mt. Nebo, the most revered holy site in Jordan. The Mount is mentioned many times in the Bible when Moses went up from the Plain of Moab to the Mount of Nebo and God showed Moses the Promised Land. From the lookout view the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho, and the Mountains of Jerusalem. Descend into the Rift Valley and drive to King Hussein Bridge on the border to cross the holy river of Jordan. Once across the border, meet your Palestinian driver and guide and continue on to Nazareth.
Overnight: Nazareth.

Day 4: Nazareth - Cana - Mt. Tabor

Breakfast in the hotel, then start the day with a visit to the Annunciation Church in Nazareth ''the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of the approaching virgin birth'' (Luke 1:26-38). Visit the St. Joseph the Carpenter Church, believed to have been built over the holy family's workshop, visit Mary's Well & Springs - the site of the Annunciation. Travel to Cana to visit the Church of Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle ''the transformation of water into wine'' (John 2:1-11, 4:46-54). Then drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36). Return to Nazareth.
Overnight: Nazareth.

Day 5: Mt of Beatitudes - Tabgha - Sea of Galilee

Breakfast in the hotel, then travel to Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-8). Visit Tabgha on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee, traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion. Travel to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter Primacy which allegedly marks the spot of Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the apostles. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before continuing on to Capernaum where Jesus lived and healed the sick, preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles (Matthew 9:1, 4:13). Finally, visit the House of Peter where Jesus is believed to have lived. Back to Nazareth.
Overnight: Nazareth.

Day 6: Haifa - Caesarea - Tel Aviv (Jaffa) - Jerusalem

Following breakfast and check-out, we drive to the beautiful City of Haifa, ascending Mt. Carmel to enjoy a panoramic view over the Bay, then on to visit Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery at the top and the Cave of Alia (Elijah's Cave) at the base. Visit Muhraka, the Hanging Gardens of the Bahai' Shrine, through Meggido, then proceed to Caesarea to visit the Water Aqueduct and the Roman Theatre, Hippodrome and Crusader fortress. We drive to Tel Aviv, the commercial capital of Israel, then on to Jaffa to visit Peter's Church, the House of Simon the Tanner, the Old City and port of Jaffa before heading to Jerusalem. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Old City before checking-in to your hotel.
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 7: Walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Breakfast in the hotel then we enter the Old City of Jerusalem from Dung Gate to visit the Walling Wall. See the Area of the Mosque built on Mt. Moriah (Temple Mount), then walk the traditional Way of the Cross (the 14 Stations of the Cross). View the Holy Sepulcher Church and the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ.
Overnight: Jerusalem.

Day 8: Bethany - Jericho - Dead Sea

After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Bethany to visit the House of Mary & Martha, and the Tomb of Lazarus. Next we travel to Jericho, the oldest town in the Holy Land. Visit the Sycamore Tree (Zacharious the tax collector climbed the tree to view Jesus) and view Mt. of Temptation. Travel to the border crossing and bid farewell to your driver and guide. Once across the Allenby and King Hussein Bridges, your Jordanian driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel on the northern foreshore of the Dead Sea. At 420m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Float on the Sea, 7 times saltier than regular seawater and full of minerals which provide therapeutic remedies to many skin ailments.
Overnight: Dead Sea.

Day 9: Dead Sea - Karak Castle - Overlooking Dana Nature Reserve - Shobak Castle - Petra

Explore Karak the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Continue along the King's Highway through the beautiful Al Sharah Mountains - stop to overlook the wild natural reserve of Dana. On to Shobak Castle, another crusader castle. Drive to Petra for Overnight.

Day 10: Petra - Amman

With your English speaking guide, walk through the mile-long Siq to reach the city of Petra, passing the remains of Nabataean shrines, water channels, wall carvings and some of the original paving stones. See the magnificent Treasury as you exit the Siq, investigate the Street of Facades, the Theatre, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Church, Winged Lion's Temple, Qasr al Bint, and the Petra Museum where your guided tour will end. Climb to the Monastery and/or High Place of Sacrifice on your own.
In the afternoon return to Amman for Overnight.

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.

 

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