THURSDAY DAY 1: TEL - AVIV
Your Pilgrim tour of Israel & Jordan will begin with arrival to Ben-Gurion airport. Our representative will be waiting to greet and assist you.
Transportation will be provided to your hotel located in the heart of Tel-Aviv, the White City which lays on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
FRIDAY DAY 2: TEL-AVIV / SEA OF GALILEE / TIBERIAS
Our first day in the Holy Land includes a visit to Jafa and the ancient port city Caesarea. We than continue North to Megiddo, ending the day in Tiberias for a good night's rest.
Enjoy a hearty and a healthy, typical Israeli breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, we embark on Israel pilgrim tour.
We start the day with a short visit to the city of Jaffa (Joppa), the ancient port city.
We walk through the tranquil, cobbled alleys of the old town, passing by the house of Simon the Tanner, where St. Peter had stayed.
Stop for a panoramic view of the beautiful Mediterranean and the Tel-Aviv coastline.
Drive along the coast to Caesarea, which in the time of Herod the Great was a thriving port city, with temples, baths, public buildings, an amphitheater and a splendid aqueduct is today an impressive archeological site.
Continue to Megiddo, mentioned in the Book of Revelation 16:16, to the place which is called Har-Mageddon" in Hebrew.
Overlooking the Jezreel valley, Megiddo is an ancient city, strategically located on the Via Maris, the trade route of ancient times which connected between Egypt and Damascus.
After exploring the ancient ruins, we drive towards the Sea of Galilee.
Arrive at Tiberias and check-in to your hotel.
SATURDAY DAY 3: SEA OF GALILEE
We start the day with a tour of Tiberias. Continue to the Christian holy sites around the Sea of Galilee. We will be visiting Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. of Beatitudes. We will ascend the Golan Heights and see the beautiful Hulla valley spread out before us.
Continue to the Yardenit baptismal site, ending the day in Tiberias.
We begin the day with a tour of historic Tiberias. Located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias was in ancient times the capital of the Galilee.
Our next destination is Capernaum, which Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth and which became the center of His activity.
Continue to Tabgha, the site of the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, (Mark 6:30-44). We visit the Church of Multiplication, to see the beautifully preserved mosaic floor which depicts a basket with loaves and two fishes.
Our next stop is the Mount of Beatitudes, a serene spot with a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee. It is here that Jesus preached the famous “Sermon on the Mount”, which opens with the 8 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).
We drive up to the Golan Heights and enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Hermon and the flourishing Hula Valley, spread out beneath us.
Visit the Yardenit baptismal site, located along the Jordan River, south of the Sea of Galilee.
A short drive and we are back in Tiberias for a good night's rest.
SUNDAY DAY 4: NAZARETH / JORDAN VALLEY / BEIT SHEAN / JERUSALEM
After breakfast we travel to Cana to see the Wedding Church. Continue for a short drive to Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus. We pass throught the Jordan valley on our way to Beit Shean, for a visit at the ruins of the ancient Roman city. Continue to Jerusalem, where we will be spending the night.
Day 4 of our pilgrim tour of Israel & Jordan begins. After breakfast, we leave Tiberias and travel to Cana for a visit of the Wedding Church. It is here that Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine (John 2:1-11).
We continue to Nazareth. Lying in the valley among the Galilean hills, Nazareth was the hometown of Jesus, Mary and her husband Joseph. We visit the Church of Annunciation, built on what is believed to be the site where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-56). Stop for a visit at Mary’s Well and Joseph’s Church.
We drive through the Jordan Valley to Beit Shean to visit the remains of this magnificent Roman city. Walk through the two impressive colonnaded streets, see the beautifully preserved bath houses, Theater and Roman temple.
Drive on to Jerusalem for overnight.
MONDAY DAY 5: MASADA & THE DEAD SEA
Day 5 of the we will be combining history and relaxation. We will be visiting Masada, ascending the fortress by cable car. On our way to the Dead Sea, we will be stopping at the Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea scrolls were discoverd. Continue to one of the beaches at the Dead Sea for a dip and a mud mask. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
After breakfast we drive to Masada, passing through the unique and extraordinary landscape of the Dead Sea. Located on a mountain top with a magnificent view of the Dead Sea and the Judean desert, Masada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
We take the cable car up to the fortress and enjoy the many archeological treasures such as King Herod’s palace, the synagogue, bathhouse and much more. Before descending, we stop to take a look at the Dead Sea and the Roman camps which are spread before us.
En route to the Dead Sea, we will visit the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Weather permitting, we take a relaxing float in the Dead Sea, the world's lowest place, enjoying the rich minerals offered to us by Mother Nature.
Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
TUESDAY DAY 6: JERUSALEM
Today we will be spending the day in Jerusalem, starting with a visit at the Israel Museum. Our second stop is to the lovely village of Ein Karem. We then continue to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum for an approximately 2 hour visit. End the day with a visit to Bethlehem.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Today we start the heart of our pilgrim tour of Israel. Our first day in Jerusalem begins today, a diverse and fascinating city, a city of great importance to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
we Start the day with a visit at the Israel Museum with a detailed model of Jerusalem from the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Drive to Ein Karem a lovely and picturesque village immersed in greenery, laying in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. Ein Karem is believed to be the village where John the Baptist was born.
Continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, a living memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The museum was established in 1953 and is located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl.
Visit Bethlehem to see Rachel’s Tomb and the Church of the Nativity.
Back to your hotel for overnight.
WEDNESDAY DAY 7: JERUSALEM
We will be spending most our our day in the Old City of Jerusalem today, where we will see the Western wall ad the Temple Mount. We will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
End the day with a visit to the tranquil Garden of Gethsemane with its beautiful ancient olive trees.
Return to our hotel for overnight.
We begin our day in the Old City of Jerusalem. See the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.
Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection.
To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Today includes a panoramic view from the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem's highest peak, We then continue to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed in agony on the night of His betrayal by Judas. See the beautiful olive trees, masterfully sculptured by time, which are believed to be the same trees under which Jesus sheltered.
Return to hotel for overnight.
THURSDAY DAY 8: SHEIKH HUSSEIN BRIDGE / JERASH / AMMAN
Today we will be heading North to the Israel-Jordan border and begin the Jordan part of our Pilgrim tour of Israel & Jordan. After meeting our Jordanian tour guide, who will be meeting us on the Jordanian side, we will drive to visit the Roman city of Jerash. Continue to Amman for a short city tour and check in to our hotel.
Drive from Jerusalem to the border.
After border crossing procedures to enter Jordan.
Drive to Jerash - City of the Decapolis, located about 45Kms north of Amman in the fertile heights of Gilead.
Visit Roman city with colonnaded streets, the ancient theater, the baths and the hill top temple, the triumphal arch etc.
Drive to Amman for a City tour of the Jordanian Capital. Overnight in Amman
FRIDAY DAY 9: AMMAN / MT. NEBO / PETRA
We will be heading to the beautiful Rose City of Petra today, stopping on rout at Mt. Nebo. , After about a 3.5 hour drive, we arrive in Petra, where we will be spending the rest of the day.
Overnight in Petra.
After breakfast drive to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised land. Continue south along the Desert Highway to Wadi Musa, the modern of Petra. Enter the site of Petra and walk, or ride on horseback to the "Siq" (Canyon).Walk through the "Siq" to the red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from 3rd Century BC to 2nd Century AD. Visit the most interesting carved monuments such as the Treasury (El Khazneh - a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks and the altar (Al Madhbah) - from this point you can view the whole of the city. After the visit return to Wadi Musa.
Overnight in Petra.
SATURDAY DAY 10: PETRA / WADI RUM JEEPS / MADABA / AMMAN
One of the most fun days in our Jordan & Israel pilgrim tour. Today's tour includes an exciting 2 hour jeep safari in Wadi Rum, in which we will enjoy the unique and beautiful desert scenery. Continue to Madaba, where we will see the mosaic floor map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
End the day in Amman for a good night's rest.
After breakfast drive south to the towering mountains and rock formations of Wadi Rum, which mesmerized Lawrence of Arabia.
Drive through the stunning desert landscapes on a 2-hour jeep safari, visiting the Lawrence Spring and Khazali Canyon. Drive north to Madaba to visit the remains of the Byzantine church with its mosaic floor map, the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and Jerusalem. Overnight in Amman.
SUNDAY DAY 11: AMMAN / SHEIKH HUSSEIN / JERUSALEM / TEL-AVIV
We've reached the last day of our Jordan and Israel pilgrim tour. After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive to the border.
Cross the Jordan River and drive back to Ben-Gurion airport, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Arrival in Israel between noon – 15:00pm.
- 10 nights’ hotel accommodation including daily breakfasts.
- Assistance at the airport upon arrival on designated tour date.
- Transfer from/to the airport when arriving/departing on designated tour dates.
- Transfer to Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem when returning from Jordan.
- Sightseeing in a modern air conditioned motor coach.
- Service of a government licensed guide on all touring days.
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
- Wi-Fi: available in all hotels and public places, restaurants, cafés.
- ATMs: are available in all big cities, it is advisable to exchange money in a bank or an exchange place and not in your hotel. You can exchange currency at the airport, after exiting through customs.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants and cafes.
- Cell phones: If you wish to rent a local cell phone for your stay, this can be done at the airport. You can also purchase a local SIM card.
Suggested tipping on group tours is recommended at $5-10 per person per touring day for the guide and $3-5 per person per driving day for the driver.
Customary tips in Israeli restaurants and cafes is between 10-15% depending on how pleased you are with your waiter/waitress. 10% is usually the minimum, with 12% an average tip. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped (locals do not tip in taxis).
- Weather: It is best to check updated weather conditions a couple of days prior to your departure and pack accordingly.
- Clothes: Israel is a liberal and modern country, there is no particular dress code and you are not expected to dress up for restaurants etc. When visiting Holy sites, shoulders must be covered, trousers/dresses/skirts must be below knee length.
- Documents: your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering the country. Check with us if you require an entry visa to Israel/Jordan/Egypt.
- Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most sockets have a three-pin hole, although double pinned European plugs can also be used.
- If flying back home on this day, please make sure to book a late evening flight, preferably one departing after 19:00pm.• If you would like to stay on for an extra night, we will be happy to assist, please check with us for our rates.
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