Day 1 Tuesday 16 June
Depart UK for Israel – the Holy Land. Arrive in the evening, where our local representatives, will help you with the formalities at Ben Gurion Airport. After passing through customs you will be introduced to your guide and driver, who will be with you throughout your pilgrimage. Transfer to your hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Day 2 Wednesday 17 June
We will drive through Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first recorded miracle to Ginossar for a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. Visit Magdala and Continue to Mt Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit Tabgha (feeding of the 5,000) and Capernaum where Jesus lived during much of his ministry in the Galilee and where he performed many miracles. Continue to Yardenit a traditional baptism site on the Jordan River and Ein Gev.
Day 3 Thursday 18 June
After breakfast depart from Nazareth and drive to the Upper Galilee for a walk in the Banias National Part to the waterfall at Caesarea Philipi. Afternoon vist to Safed, walk the narrow alleys and artist colony.
Day 4 Friday 19 June
After breakfast depart to Megiddo, site of Armageddon continue to Casearea to visit the Roman port and amphitheatre built by King Herod and visit the aquaduct and the reconstructed old city.
Continue to Tel Aviv for walking tour of Old Jaffa.
Day 5 Saturday 20 June
Start the day with a visit to Mount of Olives for an overview of the Old City from the Lion’s gate. Visit St Ann church and Ecce Homo and continue through the Via dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We will enjoy rooftop observations of the Old City and a walk through the Bazaa to visit the Mt. Zion for a visit to the Upper Room and St Peter of Galicantu church. Visit the Western Wall and Jewish Quarters. In the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb where there will be an opportunity for communion.
Day 6 Sunday 21 June
Start the day with a visit to Yad Vashem and continue to the visit the City of David excavations walk under the Old City and Western wall. Continue to Bethlehem and visit the church of the Nativity.
Day 7 Monday 23 June
Transfer to Jordan. The ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Beneath its external Graeco-Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted – The Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the ancient traditions of the Arab Orient.
Day 8 Tuesday 23 June
Head from Amman along the 5,000-year-old Kings Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The first city to encounter is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics.” The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes.
From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, “in the valley opposite Beth-Peor” (Deuteronomy 34:6). His tomb remains unknown. After consulting the Oracle, Jeremiah reportedly hid the Ark of the Covenant, the Tent and the Altar of Incense at Mount Nebo.
Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses’ life. Some of the stones from that church remain in their original place in the wall around the apse area. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics.
The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the sanctuary, is symbolic of the bronze (or brazen) serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
Day 9 Wednesday 24 June
The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Located approximately three hours south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200m upwards. Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Used in the final sequence of the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” the towering façade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings – as well as a 3,000 seat open air theatre, a gigantic 1st century Monastery and a modern archeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure. A modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century by the Mamluk Sultan, high atop mount Aaron in the Sharah range. Then drive to the Dead Sea.
Day 10 Thursday 25 June
Morning at leisure and transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your flight home.
Price: £2,145.00 per person based on 2 people sharing
price in a single room £2617.00
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