Day 1 • Tel Aviv to Nazareth
Arrive at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport. Transfer to Galilee. Visit to Haifa and Mount Carmel. Arrive in Nazareth. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 • Nazareth
Visit the Shrine of the Annunciation, the New Church, and the Church of St. Joseph. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor; stop at Cana. Overnight in Nazareth.
Day 3 • Nazareth
Visit Capernaum (the synagogue and Peter’s home) and Tabga (site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes). Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes. We reach Tiberius Lake and board a boat, gliding along the lake and reading of Jesus quieting the storm and walking on water. Drive along the Golan Hights. Overnight in Nazareth
Day 4 • Jerash-Petra
Today we cross the Jordanian border and we reach the city of Jerash. Outside of Italy, this ancient Roman city is one of the most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world. In the evening we reach Petra where we will be spending our overnight
Day 5 • Petra
Petra is located among rugged desert canyons and mountains. Today, you will enjoy a walking tour of the former capital and trading center. Your first stop will be a visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. The walk will culminate with a visit to the Petra Museum. The Museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolithic period of the Nabataen history. The museum also contains architecture from the Romans as well as a Byzantine chapel. Free afternoon.
Day 6 • Amman
Today, your first transfer will be to the Castle of Karak the largest castle among mountain-top crusaders. Following this visit, you will transfer to the “City of Mosaics,” Madaba. While in this city, you will visit St. George’s Church, home to a true treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Later, you will visit Mt. Nebo, the holy site of where Moses died and was buried. We reach Amman for dinner and an overnight
Day 7 • Jerusalem
Crossing the border with Israel, in the afternoon we reach Jerusalem. We walk the Arabic quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which contains the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 • Jerusalem
Departure to Kaser El Yahud, the place of Jesus’ baptism. We move on to St. George Monastery for a desert walk to an ancient orthodox monastery hidden deep in Wadi Qelt. We visit the place where Jesus was tempted, and the city of Jericho. In the afternoon we visit the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9 • Jerusalem-Bethlehem
Visit Mount Zion: the room and the Church of the Last Supper, the Church of the Dormition, the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, the place where St. Peter denied Jesus. We go to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field and the Grotto of St. Jerome. Dinner at a Bedouin tent. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 • Jerusalem
Visit excavation of the Temple and the Davidson Center to learn about the Jewish Temple and the life of the pilgrims at the time of Jesus. Stop at the haunting Western Wall, magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod. Transfer to Dead Sea for a relaxing afternoon. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 11 • Departure
Free morning. Later in the afternoon we go to the desert for sunset, to eat dinner at Genesis Land, where we will enjoy the hospitality of Abraham and experience daily life as it was in Biblical times. Travel to airport and board night flight home.
The order of events and visits may be subject to change .