Day 1 & 2 - USA to Amman
Upon arrival in Amman, our guide will assist us through customs and passport control.
Day 3 - MadabaMt. Nebo
This morning we drive to Madaba (included) the sight of a mosaic map of Jerusalem from the Byzantine era and then on to Mt. Nebo (included), to stand where Moses stood to view the Promised Land. From there we have a fairly long drive to our hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - PetraWadi Musa
After breakfast, we will visit Petra (included). The “rose red city half as old as time,” This ancient Edomite and Nabatean capital is an amazing example of prophecy. We’ll see the spectacular “city of the dead,” with its famed gorge, ancient streets, temples, dwelling places and tombs, carved in the solid rock. Then we arrive at El-Ji Post, and continue the one-mile journey on horseback, or walk, passing through the famous Siq (the natural gorge) and arrive at the Treasury. We then drive to our hotel, where we can enjoy the remains of the day at leisure to perhaps soak in the mineral rich Dead Sea or take in a spa treatment. We enjoy dinner and overnight at the hotel on the Dead Sea
Day 5 - Border CrossingJerichoBeit Shean
We continue to our border crossing, then leave Jordan for Israel. From there on our way to the Galilee area we will go to the city of Palms, Jericho the oldest existing city on earth. Here we will see Tel Jericho and the Mount of Temptation. From Jericho we follow the Jordan Valley Road north to Beth Shean, the capital of the Decapolis. There we will see the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine cities. We will also discuss the demise of King Saul and his sons, whose bodies were hanged on the walls of Beth Shean. From there we drive north where we check in to our hotel and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 - Mount of BeatitudesTabghaCapernaumBoat Ride & Museum
This morning we rise at our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today will include many Biblical sites along the shore of the Sea of Galilee: e.g., Capernaum (included) (Matt. 4:13), Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7), Church of Peter of Primacy (John 21), The Jesus Boat exhibition; Sunset boat ride across the Sea of Galilee; we will also visit Magdala (included) (the hometown of Mary Magdalene) with its 1st century synagogue. Lunch of St Peter’s Fish and overnight in Tiberias
Day 7 - HazorTel DanCasarea PhillippiBethsaida
There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee from your guesthouse or from a boat. Today will include many biblical sites in the Upper Jordan Valley: Hazor (included) (Josh. 11:10; 1 Kgs. 9:15), Tell Dan (included) and the Nature Reserve, Border of Lebanon (Josh. 11:17), view Mt. Hermon (Deut. 3:8), Caesarea Philippi (included) (Paneas; Mark 8:27), The road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19) in the Golan Heights (Bashan) and Peace Vista (demons into swine) and Bethsaida. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 8 - NazarethMeggidoMt. CarmelCaesarea
Today we depart the Galilee, visiting the following biblical sites: Nazareth – Mount of Precipice (Luke 1 & 2), Mt. Carmel (included) (1 Kings. 18), Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kgs. 9:15; Rev. 16:16) and Caesarea Maritima (included), the springboard of Christianity to the West (Acts 9 & 25). We proceed south to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 - Western Walls Rabbinical TunnelTemple MountSouthern StepsDavidson Centre
After breakfast, we will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herod’s temple. At this point we will enter the Rabbinical Tunnel (included) where we get as close to the temple as allowed without being on the Temple Mount. Here you will see the foundation stones of Herod’s wall surrounding the Temple Mount. When we exit the Rabbinical tunnel we will make our way from the temple area. Beyond the Western Wall of the Temple Mount lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Sam. 24:18-25). On this site now stands the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the El Aksa Mosque. We will then visit the Southern Steps (included), the main entrance to the Temple and the Teaching steps where Rabbis such as Gamaliel used to teach. From there we will go to see a 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Herod the Great and the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 - Western Wall TunnelsJerusalemVia DolorosaPossible Free TimeGarden Tomb
After breakfast, we will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herod’s temple. At this point we will enter the Rabbinical Tunnel (included) where we get as close to the temple as allowed without being on the Temple Mount. Here you will see the foundation stones of Herod’s wall surrounding the Temple Mount. When we exit the Rabbinical Tunnel we will make our way from the temple area. We then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Sisters of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate) and the Ecce Homo Arch (included), and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. (John 5). The end of the day will be at leisure with various options in the Old City. Late in the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb and celebrate a communion service. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 - Mount of OlivesGarden of GethsemaneHouse of CaiaphasBethlehemShepherd’s Field
Today we begin our tour with an orientation of the City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. We will then go to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and there visit the Church of Agony, where Jesus prayed and was arrested. From there we go on to on Mt. Zion where we will visit the Upper Room, where Jesus spent those last momentous hours with His disciples before His passion, and it was also here where the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on Pentecost. We will then make our way to the house of Caiaphas (included), where Jesus was tried and where Peter denied Our Lord.
We will then visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity where Our Lord was born and Shepherd’s Fields. Time will be given for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 12 - MasadaEin GediQumran
Leaving Jerusalem, we will descend down to the Dead Sea and the wilderness of Judah. Our first stop will be Masada (included), where we will ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Following the road north along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we will stop at Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul (I Samuel 24). Continuing north, we will stop at Qumran (included) and the possible settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 13 - Bethany Beyond JordanJerash
After breakfast at our hotel, we will drive toward the Dead Sea area again. Our first stop will be stop at the Wadi Qelt. The Biblical Valley of the Shadow of Death. From there we will drive to the same border crossing we entered into Israel through and go back into Jordan. We will then make our way to Bethany (included) Beyond the Jordan. We will have an opportunity to be baptized here, the place where John the Baptist lived when he baptized Jesus. From there we drive north to the ancient city of the Decapolis called Jerash. We then check into our hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 - Departure
We depart from Amman to board our flight back home. This will be the close of an unforgettable tour.