Day 01: Amman – Allenby/Sheikh Hussein Border – Tiberias (D)
Arrival at Amman. Meeting and assistance by our Jordanian representative. If time permits visit Madaba and Mount Nebo. The trip south of Amman along the 5,000 years old King’s Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The first city along the way from the north is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics” which has been intermittently inhabited for nearly 3,500 years. The chief attraction in this city is a wonderfully vivid, six-century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites; there are also literally hundreds of other mosaics scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes. Ten minutes to the west is Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, and the presumed site of the prophet’s death and burial place Afternoon transfer to the Allenby/Sheikh Hussein border crossing into Israel. After emigration formalities, transfer to Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 02: Cana – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Tabgha – Mount of Beatitudes (B.L.D)
In the morning after breakfast, we will visit the city of Cana where Jesus performed His first Miracle, changing water into wine. Then on to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus and home of Mary and Joseph. In the afternoon, we drive through the landscapes of Galilee and later for a ride in a replica of a Galilean fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on the water. Visit Capernaum – the center of Jesus’ ministry after he left Nazareth, stop at Tabgha- the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. We’ll make a brief halt at St. Peter’s house. This is believed to be the place where Jesus dined with His disciples. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 03: Jordan Valley – Jericho – Qumran – Dead Sea – Bethlehem (B.L.D)
Today after breakfast we leave Galilee for Jerusalem. After a stop at Yardenit, the traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River we will continue to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea. We will visit the ancient city of Jericho, believed to be the oldest city on earth and view from here Mt. Quarantal, where Jesus spent 40 days when Satan tried to tempt him. We will visit the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Make a brief stop at a private beach and take the opportunity to float in the salty buoyant water, rich in minerals (towels and swim dress necessary. Then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.