Tour Detail

10 Day Holy Land and Petra

Itinerary

Day 1 New York/Istanbul:

Depart New York, boarding an overnight flight to Istanbul. Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard.

Day 2 Istanbul/Tel-Aviv/Tiberias:

Upon arrival Istanbul International Airport will be met by your guide and transferred to the marvelous city center for breakfast and your tour of Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, The German Fountain, Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Hagia Sophia Museum, and the Underground Cistern. Return to the airport for our flight to Tel-Aviv, Israel. Upon arrival in Tel-Aviv we will be met and assisted through customs and driven to our hotel in Tiberias for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tiberias:

Today we begin our first day in the beautiful Galilee area with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee followed by a view of the famous ancient boat, which dates back to the time of Jesus. Continue to the holy sites where the ministry of Jesus began, Mt beatitudes, Capernaum and Tabgha where the miracle of the multiplication and the Feeding of the 5,000 took place. We cap this thrilling day by climbing up the beautiful Golan Heights for a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee from the Mitzpe Shalom observation deck. Overnight in Tiberias area. (B, D)

Day 4 Tiberias:

We start our day heading to Cana. We'll pass by the Wedding church on our way to Nazareth. ortunity to renew our Wedding vows to Christ and to each other awaits us at the wedding church in the Galilee village of Cana, and then we continue our journey to Nazareth. After a short visit we'll continue to the historic ruins of Caesarea, once the pride of the Herodian Kingdom. Learn about its rich History and see the first inscription ever to mention Pontius Pilate. Our next stop will be at Tel Megiddo, the most famous Tel in the Holy Land, also known as Armageddon. On to the famous Carmel Mt. for a spectacular panoramic view at Muhraka where Elijah challenged the false prophet of Baal.  Overnight in Tiberias. (B, D)

Day 5 Jerusalem:

An early start in the morning gets us to Yardenit, the bapticimal site on the banks of the Jordan River. We'll then continue via the Jordan valley south towards Jerusalem. Will Pass by Jericho and start our ascent to the Goldan City along the way the Jesus took when he made his pilgrimage to the Holy City. Our first stop with be the top of Mt. of Olives. From here we'll go down the mountain to the Garden of Gethsemane and on along the Kidron Valley to Mt.  Zion. We'll visit the Last supper room before crossing to Bethlehem. Here we shall visit the Church of Nativity and have some time for shopping before returning to our hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 6 Jerusalem:

Following breakfast, we head out to the southern lands of Israel, en route to the amazing Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Setting out on this unforgettable adventure, we shall learn about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, and the heroic struggle of the Jewish rebels at Masada. The rich minerals of the Dead Sea will keep us a float the water before our return to Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 7 Jerusalem:

Today we enjoy a full day tour of Jerusalem's Old city. We start at St. Anne church there we shall have the best singing experience that Jerusalem can offer. On to the Via Dolorosa (way of the cross) and the colorful bazaar and market of Jerusalem, for lunch and shopping opportunity. We then tour the Jewish quarter and visit the Davidson Center and the Wailing Wall. Our tour will culminate with a worship service at the peaceful, serene Garden Tomb. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Day 8 Jerusalem/Petra/Amman:

Depart early for the Allenby bridge to cross back into Jordan for a full day trip to Petra to explore, The Rose-red City”. This site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is more than 2,000 years old. This place that dominated the trade routes was completely lost to the west by the 16th century and remained that way for 300 years. In 1812 it was “rediscovered”. Petra is carved out of rock deep inside a narrow gorge. We will see the Palace Tomb, Monastery, and Treasury to name a few. The Apostle Paul studied here for three years and Herod the Great came from this city. The movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed here. Return to Amman for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 9Amman:

Today we drive to the city of Jerash, known as the Pompeii of the East. It is also known as the city of a thousand Pillars. We will have time to walk around the ancient ruins, which included churches dating back to the 4th century. As we leave Jerash we drive to Mount Nebo where Moses saw the land of Caanan (the land of Milk and Honey) before dying continue to Madaba the city of Mosaics. We return to the beautiful city of Amman driving past the King Hussein's Sport City. We will spend some time to walk around the city to shop or just enjoy the flavor of the city and its people. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Amman (B, D)

Day 10 Amman/USA:

We start our way back to the USA by transferring to the airport for our flight home, arriving the same day.

Inclusions

Walk where Jesus walked visiting Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.
Experience the land where St. Paul studied, Petra, and Bethany Beyond Jordan where St. John baptized.

INCLUDED:

Roundtrip from New York Area Gateway
Superior Tourist Class Hotels
Breakfast and Dinner Daily
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Airport-hotel transfers & porterage
Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Services of a Professional Regina Tours Escort
Priest to accompany trip (if available)