Israel - The land of Jesus in 6 days
Israel is a fascinating country, rich in history and culture. Discover it with this 6-day tour that will bring you through the main highlights of this troubled and mysterious land. You won't even need a map, we'll take you everywhere. Departing from Amman, in Jordan, you'll cross the Sea of Galilee and visit the main cities, including beautiful Jerusalem and Bethelem, exploring the places where Jesus was born and lived according to the Gospel. Among the main relevant sites you'll have the chance to see are:
Today you'll arrive at Amman Airport where you'll be met and assisted. You'll start your visit with Mt Nebo and Madaba, before crossing into Israel and stop at Jericho. This was the first city conquered when the Israelites entered the Promised Land. You'll also visit Yardenit for a renewal of baptism. Then we will proceed to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Today you'll enjoy a morning cruise on the Sea of Galilee - along its shores much of Jesus' public ministry took place. We'll then proceed to Capernaum, where Jesus lived after he left Nazareth; here, Jesus preached to the people and made miracles according to the Gospel. Capernaum was the home of St. Peter. We'll proceed to the Greek Orthodox Church and the nearby archaeological excavations of the Synagogue and community.
We'll then drive to nearby Tabgha, the site where Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish; you'll visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish Miracle. On the stone which serves as the altar, there is a mosaic of a basket of loaves flanked by two fish to commemorate this miraculous event. Two hundred yards away is the Church of Primacy, built in1934 in basalt over a massive rock called "Mensa Christi".
You'll then climb the Mount of the Beatitudes, where you'll visit the Church and its grounds for a private reading of the Sermon on the Mount. Breakfast, dinner and overnight in hotel are included.
After breakfast, we will drive across to the Gallilee - on the way visit Haifa - then we'll visit Ceasarea and the aqueducts of the crusader city. We'll then drive via the port city of Haifa, atop Mount Carmel, forever renowned as being the scene of a contest between monotheism and paganism, before visiting the Stella Maris Church and the Bahai Shrine and Gardens.
We'll continue to visit Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent his childhood, the Church of the Annunciation which was believed to be where the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to the Mother.
We'll drive to Cana for a visit of the Church of the First Miracle known also as the Marriage Church, here couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage vows. Finally, we'll cross the valley to Mount Tabor and ascend by taxi to the Church of Transfiguration. In the late afternoon, we'll descend Mt. Tabor and proceed to hotel for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, dinner and overnight are included.
After breakfast, you will visit Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the burial place and resurrection of Jesus. It was built over the site of the place called Golgotha, which means "a place of skull". You'll proceed on your tour of the Old City, starting from the St. Stephen's Gate (the Lion's Gate), stopping at St. Anne's Church, regarded as the birthplace of the Virgin Mary and the home of St. Anne and Joachin, the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus told the lame man to take up his bed and walk.
You'll then visit the Cardo and the Jewish Quarter before arriving at the Western (Wailing) Wall, the last vestige of the second temple, where Jews all over the world gather to commemorate the destruction of the first and second temple and pray for Israel's restoration. You'll drive to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and visit the Church of the Nativity, where we'll find the Grotto of Nativity, the Altar of Christ's Birth and Manger's Square. There will be time for some last minute gift shopping at one of the Church stores around before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, dinner and overnight are included.
Today we'll start our appreciation of the Holy City of Jerusalem with a visit to the Mount Of Olives, for a panoramic view of the city, Ascension Chapel, the traditional place where Jesus ascended into heaven; then Pater Noster Church, traditionally the site where Jesus taught the disciples how to pray "Our Father"; then Dominus Flevit Church in memory of Jesus weeping over the fate of Jerusalem.
We'll then visit the Church of Ascension and walk the Palm Sunday route down the hill to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent his last night before he was arrested; Basilica of Agony, stopping along the way at the Maria Magdalena Church. We'll then visit the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, we'll drive to nearby Mount Zion and visit the Last Supper's Room and the Tomb of King David.
We'll then move to the Dormition Abbey, the site where the Virgin Mary slept last; and St. Peter's Church in Gallicantu, where St. Peter denied Jesus for three times. We'll drive to Emmaus, an old town on the eastern edge of the Ajalon Valley. Here, the resurrected Jesus walked, talked and dined with two of his disciples, Cleophas and Simon. In the late afternoon, you'll enjoy a tour of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist (now the Church of St. John the Baptist can be found here) and the Church of Visitation. Breakfast, dinner and overnight are included.
After breakfast, you'll head to Qumran for a tour of the site were the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and then proceed to Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth and enjoy some time at the private beach till the transfer to border crossing. At the border you'll meet your guide and driver and move onto Amman airport for departure.