Jordan River Baptism Tour - Heritage of the Holy Land & Jordan Tour - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Heritage of the Holy Land & Jordan Tour – 11 Days / 10 Nights

Weekly Departures from 5th March 2020 – 28th Feb 2021 (Tour with our friends)

Day 1
Thursday – Your arrival in Israel (Thursday Arrivals Only)

Meet and Greet at Ben Gurion Airport Arrivals area
Transfer by Coach to Tel Aviv hotel

Day 2
Friday – Tel Aviv, Caesarea and Tiberius

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel and will then transport you to Jaffa (Joppa) for a short walking tour of the city.  You will see the picturesque alleyways of the old fortified town before passing by the house of Simon the Tanner.  Leaving Jaffa you will be driven North along the old Damascus Road to the amazing archaeological ruins of Caesarea (Herod’s Maritime City built in honor of Augustus Caesar).   Continuing North your next stop will be at Megiddo where the book of Revelations says a great battle at the place called “Armageddon” is to take place in the future.   Leaving Megiddo you will cross the Jezreel valley towards the Sea of Galilee to head to Tiberias to check-in to your hotel.

Day 3
Saturday – Sea of Galilee

Today you will start the day off from historic Tiberias, where Jesus sojourned & preached on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Your first stop / destination will be at Capernaum (Hometown of Jesus) – the center of Jesus ministry and location of many miracles. Continuing on, you will next visit Tabgha (Loaves and fishes), the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (& the Church of Multiplication) before continuing to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the ‘Sermon on the Mount’.

Leaving the Sea of Galilee you will ascend the Golan Heights for panoramic views of Mt. Hermon and the rugged Golan Platau.  Visit Banias (Caesarea Phillippi) where Simon Peter asked Jesus “who do people say I am?” before passing by Druze villages on your return to Lake Kinneret (The Sea of Galilee).  The final stop of the day will be at Yardenit Baptismal Site located on the Jordan River before returning to Tiberias for another night in town.

Day 4
Sunday – Nazareth, Jordan River, Beit Alpha & Jerusalem

This morning you will be taken to Nazareth (where Jesus spent his childhood) and the Church of Annunciation.  This is the site that tradition / archaeologists believe the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. You will also see Mary’s Well & Joseph’s Church before proceeding to nearby Beit Alpha Synagogue at the base of the northern slopes of the Gilboa Mountains.  

Continuing on, you will be driven through the Jordan River Valley passing by Jericho before ascending into Jerusalem to check-in to tonight’s hotel.

Day 5
Monday – Masada & the Dead Sea

This morning you will leave Jerusalem and travel through the remarkable scenery of the Dead Sea as you continue your tour with a visit to Masada (Herod’s Mountain Fortress).  Situated on an isolated cliff in the Judean Desert this site is a truly impressive sight to be seen.  You will ascend by cable car to the mountain top fortress, which was the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their war against the Romans. You will have time to visit the excavations, King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse & much more.

After your visit to Masada you will then be taken to Qumran, the location where the world famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  You will end today at the lowest places on Earth (some 1,300 feet below sea level) – the Dead Sea.  Ensure you bring your swimming costume along for this one and enjoy a swim (or should we say ‘float’) in the mineral rich waters. Return to Jerusalem for another overnight stay in your hotel.

Day 6
Tuesday – Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Today you will begin with a visit to the Israel Museum’s ‘Shrine of the Book’ where the Dead Sea scrolls are now located.  Take a look at the ancient scrolls before visiting the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple.

Leaving the Israel Museum you will then travel a few miles to the village of Ein Karem.  This picturesque village is according to tradition the birthplace of John the Baptist.

This afternoon you will visit the place where it all began – Bethlehem.  You will be able visit the birthplace of Jesus (Church of the Nativity) and Manger Square before returning back to your Jerusalem hotel. (Make sure you bring along your passport to enter Bethlehem)

Day 7
Wednesday – Jerusalem

Today you will get to explore the Old City of Jerusalem.  You will begin by entering the Old City where you will visit the Western Wall and the site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.   Next, walk along the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of the Crucifixion & the Tomb of the Resurrection.

Continuing just outside the Old City you will next visit Mount Zion with stops at the traditional tomb of King David & the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper).  A short drive from Mount Zion and you will find yourself on the Mount of Olives with its spectacular panoramic views of Jerusalem.   You will end your day with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus before returning to your hotel for another overnight stay.

Day 8
Thursday – Jerusalem to Amman

Today you will leave Israel and begin your journey into Jordan.  Leaving Jerusalem you will be driven to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for the necessary procedures to enter Jordan. Once though border control you will be taken to the city of the Decapolis – Jerash.  Here you will visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, Roman baths & the hill of the top Temple.  You will finish your day off with a city tour of the Jordanian capital, Amman, before heading to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Friday – Amman, Madaba, Mt Nebo, Shobak & Petra

After breakfast you will leave Amman and be driven to Mount Nebo (where Moses viewed the Promised Land).  From Mt Nebo you can see the Jordan River Valley, Jericho & the Dead Sea – just as Moses would have seen many centuries ago.  Continuing South along the Desert Highway you will eventually reach Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra.  Here you will enter the World heritage site of Petra by walking, or riding on horseback through the “Siq” (Canyon).  You will have the opportunity to visit red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd Century BC, view the carved monuments such as the Treasury (El Khazneh – a tomb of a Nabatean king), the field of tombs, obelisks & the altar (Al Madhbah) – with views of the whole city.

After your visit to Petra you will be returned to Wadi Musa for an overnight stay in your Petra hotel.

Day 10
Saturday – Petra, Wadi Rum Jeeps, Madaba, Amman

After breakfast you will be driven South to the spectacular mountains and rock formations of Wadi Rum (which even amazed Lawrence of Arabia).  You will drive  through the stunning landscapes on a desert jeep (4 x 4) safari, visiting the Lawrence Spring & Khazali Canyon.

After your safari you will be taken North to Madaba where you can visit the remains of the Byzantine church with its mosaic floor map (the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land known today).

Overnight stay in the Jordanian capital – Amman.

Day 11
Sunday – Amman to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Ben Gurion International Airport

After breakfast you will leave the hotel and drive back to the border crossing into Israel.  After crossing the border you will be taken to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion International Airport) depending on your choice.

Please note that the sequence of the tour and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances at the company’s or the guide’s discretion.

Included
What the Tour Includes

Airport Transfers: Collection and Drop off at Ben Gurion International Airport (Meet and Greet plus assistance)

Transportation: Fully Air-conditioned Coach with PA System

Accommodation:

10 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis

Guide: Certified Tour Guide

Entrance Fees: All tickets & entrance fees are included in the price

Not included:

  • Porterage at airport.
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff.
  • Beverages with meals.
  • Personal medical / baggage insurance.
  • Entry Visa to Jordan (if required for restricted nationalities)
  • Border Taxes & Border Shuttle transfers – Israel & Jordan

    (approx. US$52 per person – paid on tour – subject to change)

Notes:

1. The tour is on a guaranteed departure basis – subject to a minimum of 2 participants.

2. The sequence of the tour, hotels used, and sites visited may be amended due to circumstances.

3. Reservations received less than 14 days prior to departure are on a request only basis.

4. Sites within Palestinian areas are subject to situation

Guides: Guides / Drivers for these guaranteed weekly tours may not be Christian / Messianic – most are Jewish. Our Christian / Messianic guides are reserved for bespoke Christian Group Tours and our one day tours (Baptism Tour, Jerusalem Tour, Dead Sea Tour & Galilee Tour). All weekly tours however do visit a variety of Christian sites.

 

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