Jordan – Israel – Jordan

5 Nights / 6 Days

Day 01: Amman – Allenby Border – Tiberias (D)

Arrival at Amman Airport.  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 immigration formalities, you will be met by the Israeli guide, transfer to Tiberias hotel for check-in, 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Jordan Valley – Jericho – Qumran – Dead Sea – Bethlehem (B.L.D)   

Today after breakfast and check out, we leave Galilee to drive to Jerusalem.  After a stop at Yardenit, the traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River we will continue driving 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. Qarantal, 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 drive to your hotel in Bethlehem for check-in, dinner, and overnight.

Day 04: Mt. Of Olives – Old City of Jerusalem – Jewish Quarter – Wailing Wall (B.L.D) 

We start in the morning by visit the Mt of Olives to the Church of Ascension, which commemorates the assents of Jesus to heaven.  Then continue to the panoramic view of Jerusalem and from there, by foot travel to Dominos Flavit where Jesus wept over eminent destruction of Jerusalem where the chapels are built in the shape of a tear as a poignant reminder to this event, and then visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed while Judah betrayed him to the Romans. Visit the Basilica of agony. We then go to the pools of Beit Hasda, and from there we take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus.  Follow the 14 Stations of the Cross to Golgotha. You will see the Pilate’s Judgments Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation, where the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus and placed a crown of thorns on His head.  The last four Stations of the Cross are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre visible from the distance, wish is two silver domes, also “The Tomb” widely believed to be part of the stone that covered Jesus Tomb. In the afternoon, we go through the Jewish quarter to the Wailing. Then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 05: Ein Karem – Mt. Zion –Bethlehem (B.L.D)

Today morning After breakfast, we will visit Ein Karem – the town of Judah and the birthplace of John the Baptist. We then visit Mt Zion the cynical, the room for the last supper, and King David’s Tomb.  We also visit the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu the site where the High Priest imprisoned Jesus before he was turned over to the Romans and the church of Dormition. Then onto Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity and the Manger Square. Later return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 06: Bethlehem – Allenby Border – Amman Airport (B)

After breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Allenby border to cross Jordan.  After emigration formalities, you will meet our Jordan representative, who will transfer you to Amman Airport for your flight back home.