Palestine & Petra | 8 Days
Day 1 Airport – Amman
Arrival and transfer from Airport to the hotel in Amman for an overnight.
Day 2 Amman – Petra – Amman
- Early in the morning we’ll travel southward toward the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites. We begin the tour with a walk through the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra, a beautiful architectural masterpiece carved out of the 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 to the west we view the hills bordering the Dead Sea. The area on the hilltop is the Fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded.
- We then head to Amman for an overnight.
Day 3 Amman – Mount Nebo – Madaba – Jericho
- The day begins with a visit to the Biblical city of Madaba. The city was a Moabite frontier town that has remained inhabited since the Nabatean and Roman periods. You can visit the most famous landmark of the town, 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.
- As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge we will cross the Jordan River for an overnight into Jericho.
Day 4 Jericho – Dead Sea – Jorden River - Jerusalem
- We begin the tour by leaving the hotel and visiting the Monastery of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 days and nights fasting and meditating.
- This visit is followed by 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.
- The tour continues to a site where annual pilgrimage festivals are held and to a display of splendid architecture, Maqam Al-Nabi Musa "the Prophet Moses".
- Our day in Jericho will continue with Al Maghtas, the place where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River about 10 Km southeast Jericho. Here you’ll be able to participate in a baptismal ceremony in the very same spot where Jesus was baptized.
- The Jericho Tour concludes at the edge of the Dead Sea, Qumran, the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then continues into the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. The Dead Sea is famous for the mud and minerals that are natural healers and skin exfoliators. Its waters contain a high content of salt making it inhabitable for any form of marine life.
- After experiencing the waters and mud of the Dead Sea, the journey ends by going to Jerusalem for an overnight.
Day 5 Jerusalem – Nazareth – Cana – Tiberias – Jerusalem
- The tour begins by traveling passed Herzliya and Natanya and continuing north along the coastal road parallel to the Mediterranean (146 KM).
- In Nazareth, you begin by visiting The Church of Annunciation, constructed on the spot where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would soon be with child.
- Nearby, you find the Church of Saint Joseph where Jesus’ father, Joseph, had his carpentry.
- 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 on 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).
- Also, 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.
- Afterwards, we reach the southern region of the Kinneret, the Holy site where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee.
- As you head south towards Jerusalem, you can see Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6 Jerusalem – Haifa - Jerusalem
- We will journey to Haifa, a distance of around 150 KM, a city that welcome its visitors with amazing hospitality.
- We start with the Louis promenade, named the balcony of the country, which sits on top of the infamous Mount Carmel. There you can indulge your senses with the superb view and fresh air.
- The next stop would be the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery and Elijah’s Cave.
- Then you’ll continue to the wonderful the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens followed by the German Colony and Ben-Gurion Street which is home to Haifa’s best dining and shopping.
- And for some original Arabic character, you will visit Wadi Nisnas Market to explore its food and art.
- The tour ends with a visit to the Castra Arts Center after which you will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches of Haifa.
- Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 Jerusalem – Bethlehem
- The city were Jesus Christ was born has plenty to offer for the faithful.
- In this tour, you can visit the traditional old markets and the milk Grotto where Saint Mary nursed Christ.
- Second you can visit Church of the Nativity, built above the cave that venerates Christ's birthplace.
- The third stop is the Mar Elias Monastery. The site has been founded in the 6th century upon the belief that St. Elias rested there on his flight from the Vengeance of Jezebel.
- The stop after is Rachel’s Tomb where Jacob’s wife, Rachel, is said to have died while giving birth to her son Benjamin.
- 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.
Day 8 Bethlehem – Airport
After having breakfast, transfer to the Airport or Allenby Bridge.