Our Israel – Jordan 9 Days Tour offers a creative itinerary covering the highlights of those 2 peaceful countries, On this tour, you will explore the magic of Jerusalem, the beauty of the Galilee, the magnificent lost city of Petra in Jordan, Masada National Park and much more.
Like most of our tours, this is a draft itinerary which is subject to modifies AP our customers’ desire & budget!
Meet & Assist at Ben Gurion airport, If flight schedule permits, Driving past Emmaus, where Jesus was first seen after his resurrection, we arrive at the old city of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land: Through its port the Cedar trees for Salomon’s Temple were brought, the prophet Jonas tried to flee God, but most important: It was in Jaffa where Christianity began to be spread among the nations. Here St. Peter lived in the house of Simon the Tanner and had the “Vision of the Flesh”, and here he made his first miracle by healing the little girl. Today Jaffa’s renovated alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there. According to the time left before our flight, we will leave you free time in the city of Tel Aviv, of which Jaffa is a part. Transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem
We start with an introduction to the city from the top of the Mount of Olives and then walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We also visit the “Wailing Wall”, the last remnants of the Temple in Jerusalem. If the current situation allows it, we will try to visit the Temple Mount as well. We continue in the footsteps of Jesus along the Stations of the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ “Way of Suffering”, and unto the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Via Dolorosa also passes through the Old City’s oriental “Suq” (Bazaar). At the end of the day, we visit King David’s Tomb and the “Room of the Last Supper”, the Ceanaculum. Overnight Jerusalem.
We drive to Bethlehem, where we first visit the ancient Church of the Nativity, where we can really touch the very place where Jesus was born. Built by St. Helena already in the 4th century, it has been an active church and never destroyed ever since! Here St. Heronymus wrote the first Latin translation of the Bible – the “Volgata”. We shall also visit the “Milk Grotto” and the “Shepherds Fields”. Please note that the tour to Bethlehem can be canceled without prior notice due to security circumstances. As this area is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, responsibility for your security there is by the Palestinian Authorities. Returning to Jerusalem we drive to the Picturesque village Ein Karim, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the “St. John in the Mountains” church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard and prophecized her the birth of St. John. Overnight in Jerusalem.
We start our pilgrimage in the city of Nazareth, where our Lord Jesus Christ spent most of his life. It was also here where the Angel Gabriel announced the Birth of Emmanuel the Messiah. We will visit the great Basilica of the Annunciation, built according to the most modern ideas of the Vatican on the remnants of St. Mary’s home. We shall also visit the St. Joseph’s Church, and the Church of the Synagogue, built on the place where Jesus was rejected in his own town. We continue in the footsteps of the Lord to the Village of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle, by turning water into wine at a wedding. The church of Cana is a good place for the married among you to strengthen their bonds of marriage with their spouses. We drive through the hills of Galilee to the majestic Mt. Tabor, to visit the special church built by the italian architect Berlucci to commemorate the miracle of the transfiguration. Overnight Tiberias/Nazareth.
Today we visit the places where Jesus acted around the Sea of Galilee: Capernaum, with Peters House and the famous Synagogue, enjoy the view from Mt. of the Beatitudes, where the “Sermon on the Mount” was given, and the reconstructed church at Tabgha, where tradition puts the miracle of the Bread and The Fish. At the “Church of Primacy” we will see the Rock identified as “Mensa Christi”, where Jesus sat and ate fish with the disciples after his resurrection. We will also sail on the Sea of Galilee in a boat similar to the boat used by Jesus and his disciples… Before crossing to Jordan at Sheik Hussein border terminal, we will visit Yardenit, the Baptismal Site on the Jordan River, where you can renew you’re baptismal, or take with you holy water from the Jordan River for Baptism at home. Transfer to Jordan River border terminal (Sheik Hussein) – departure to Jordan, overnight in Amman, Jordan
After breakfast we drive to Jerash, a well-preserved Greco-Roman city, one of the “Deca Polis” – an alliance of the richest cities of the region in classic times, continue to Madaba. Here, in the Greek-Orthodox church, we can see the famous 6th-century mosaic floor showing the Holy Land just it was more than 15 centuries ago! We continue to Mt. Nebo, from which Moses could see the Promised Land, but was never allowed to enter. Besides the view that also Moses saw, Mt. Nebo is also famous for the colorful mosaics, also dating back to Byzantine days, evening arrival to your hotel in Petra, dinner & overnight.
Today we visit The amazing Rose Red City”, Petra, recently declared one of the new “Seven Wonders of the World”. Petra is cut out of the sandstone by the ancient Nabatheans, a nomad people who used this site as their religious and political capital, and as a center for the caravans on the “Incense Road”. We start walking through the narrow “Siq” (gorge) until we suddenly see the famous monument the Bedouins call “Hazane” – Pharao’s Treasury! From the treasury, we enter the central valley of the “Lost City”, where we visit some more of its ancient monuments, such as “The Colonnaded Street”; “Pharao’s Daughter Temple”, the Theater, and more, evening cross to Israel – Overnight in Eilat.
After early breakfast, we set out from Eilat, and drive along the Arava Valley towards the Dead Sea. We climb (by cable-car…) the famous cliff-fortress of Massada, where Herod the Great built a magnificent palace in the middle of the desert. Massada was then used as a fortress by the Jewish “Zealots” who fought, few against many, against the pagan Roman Empire. Their heroic struggle became a symbol for the modern State of Israel. We will not miss, of course, some floating (not swimming!) on the Dead Sea, the deepest point on earth! After experiencing all this, we drive back to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International airport (TLV AIRPORT) for your flight back home.