Welcome to the Holy Land. We will be waiting for you at Ben Gurion Airport to assist you and provide the transfer to your hotel, where you can rest and get ready for your upcoming tour.
After a delicious local breakfast, you can seize this day by waking up early this morning to begin the tour with Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress. This is the spot where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. Following His condemnation, He was taken on this same road, Road to Calvary to His place of Crucifixion.
You can reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as you travel through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest site in Christendom where Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected. You'll have the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, your group can return to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. The rest of the tour will continue with a visit to the Church of St. Anne's, the home of Jesus' maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim), and the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the disabled man (John 5:1-9).
Later you'll head back to the hotel for overnight.
The tour starts with the Mount of Olives, where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. You can visit the Pater Noster Shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer. You will have the opportunity to stop at Dominus Flevit, a church commemorating where Jesus wept for Jerusalem.
The tour continues to Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Jesus brought His disciples here to pray the night before He was crucified. The Garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Beside the Garden is your next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the "Rock of Agony." This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest. You are invited to remain in prayer throughout this time and reflect on the agony Christ experienced.
Then you will visit the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu). This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter's Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18), Peters' repentance, and Jesus' forgiveness of Peter. You will also visit the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. In addition, you can visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, "fell asleep."
At the end of this day, you can return to the hotel overnight.
After having a traditional Palestinian breakfast, we'll head to Caesarea, the former capital of Judea. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological remains of this ancient port, which functioned as a base for the Herodian navy.
Next, the tour proceeds North to Haifa. Here, we'll visit the Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery. The monastery is located above the cave where Elijah, the prophet, once lived. A colorful painting of this "wonder-worker" can be found on the ceiling of the Church.
Following this visit, we will depart Stella Maris and enjoy the scenic drive with a view of the bay of Acre to Nazareth.
In Nazareth, you will experience the town where Mary once lived and where Jesus lived as a child.
During the visit to Nazareth, you will visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph, to which tradition identifies as the workshop and home of the Holy Family. Also, you will see Mary's Well, where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would bear the Son of God.
Then you'll head to your hotel in Nazareth for an overnight.
We depart from Nazareth to reach the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Tiberias, passing on the way by Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine.
The journey continues with a walk along the waterfront of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed many miracles and where you can see the Golan Heights forming a beautiful backdrop as you pass the city of Tiberias.
We will continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49).
Near the Mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus's miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish (Luke 9:10-17).
Furthermore, in Tabgha, we'll visit St. Peter's Primacy, where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9).
Your tour continues as we visit the birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala. The day concludes at Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus' ministry. In Capernaum, your group will have the opportunity to see the Synagogue of where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and gave His Sermon on the Bread of Life.
Later, we reach the southern region of the Kinneret, the Holy site where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight in Tiberias
Early morning after breakfast, we will head to Bethlehem. The city where Jesus Christ was born has plenty to offer for the faithful.
You can visit the old traditional markets and the Milk Grotto where Saint Mary nursed Christ in this tour. Second, you can see the Church of the Nativity, built above the cave that venerates Christ's birthplace. The third stop is the Mar Elias Monastery. The site was founded in the 6th Century upon the belief that St. Elias rested there on his flight from the vengeance of Jezebel.
Then, you will visit beautiful Mar Saba, the Greek Orthodox monastery. It is considered one of the world's oldest monasteries established by Saint Saba in the 5th Century in the middle of the Judean Desert.
Then, you can have a Palestinian dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Today you are free to relax or have a healthy walk in Battir, a Unesco World Heritage Site that represents a series of scenic agricultural valleys with stone terraces. It's a beautiful place for a short, 2-hour morning walk and a great chance to learn about Palestine's agriculture.
Then you will savor a traditional Palestinian course at a local restaurant. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to visit the Separation Wall (a looming 8-meter-high concrete wall lined with watchtowers, cameras and barbed wire that divides Palestinian neighborhoods and land). Then you will proceed to the Walled-off Hotel & Museum, where you are featuring customized rooms by some of the world's finest artists (including Banksy, Sami Musa, and Dominque Petrin).
Overnight in Bethlehem.
After having breakfast, your day starts with a visit to Bethany. Bethany is the site where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, which foreshadows His Resurrection.
Then the tour continues with a travel to the Jordan Valley to Qumran. Qumran is made up of 2,000-year-old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and the site where the Dead Sea lies.
If time and weather permitting, you'll have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest spot on Earth.
Your tour will continue by traveling through the Judean Wilderness to the Mount of Temptation, the site where Jesus spent His 40 days of fasting.
We later arrive at the oldest inhabited city Jericho for an overnight.
After having breakfast, the tour starts with views of hills and rivers from Wadi Qelt, the valley above which St. George's Monastery is carved, the Greek Orthodox complex built between the 5th and 6th centuries AD.
Following the visit, you can continue to the baptismal site of Jesus on the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17) and where you will be able to participate in a baptismal ceremony.
After some time at the Jordan River, you'll travel to Mount Tabor, where you will get the chance to reflect on Christ's Humanity and Divinity.
Your group will also have the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration.
Later, you'll head to Jordan. Crossing the bridge, and our representative will wait for you at the other side.
Meet & assist at the bridge and transfer to your hotel in Madaba.
The day begins with a visit to the Biblical city of Madaba. The town was a Moabite frontier town that has remained inhabited since the Nabatean and Roman periods. You can visit the most famous landmark of the city, like the Greek Orthodox Church, where the 6th-century mosaic map of Palestine has been preserved in its original form. It is an enchanting mosaic of 2 million pieces of colored stone conserved in its 25 x 5 meters original state.
Our Next stop would be a tour in Mt Nebo, where Mosses is believed to be buried. The site commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. There, you'll be able to study the panorama while reading the scripture of God showing Moses the "Promised Land" before He brought him home to heaven.
Afterward, we return to Amman for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, our tour starts with Jerash (approximately one hour and a half away from Amman). It is a city nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead. This ancient Roman city is one of the most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world. Its paved and colonnaded streets are home to soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains, and towers.
Later, you'll continue your Journey towards Petra overnight.
Early in the morning, we'll travel southward toward the impressive mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites. We begin the tour with a walk through the "Siq," a large crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra, a beautiful architectural masterpiece carved out of rose-red rock. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh, we'll be surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures.
After departing from Petra, we'll travel northward on the King's Highway, where we view the hills bordering the Dead Sea to the west. The area on the hilltop is the Fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. We then head to Amman overnight.
After having breakfast, transfer to the Queen Alia Airport.