10 Day Holy Land and Petra
10 Day Holy Land and Petra
- Opportunity to renew wedding vows in the Wedding Church of Cana.
- Visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Last Supper room, and the Church of the Nativity.
- Enjoy a float on the Dead Sea.
- Experience a full day tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Garden Tomb.
- Explore Petra, "The Rose-Red City," during a full day excursion.
DAY 1: NEW YORK
We depart on our international flight to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
DAY 2: GALILEE
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where we are met by our tour escort and transferred to our hotel in Galilee. Enjoy some free time before dinner. Overnight in the Galilee area. (D)
DAY 3: GALILEE
Our exploration of the Holy Land begins with visits to Christian sites along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus taught and performed miracles here. We visit the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon is commemorated in the Church of the Beatitudes, built overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We continue to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. A mosaic commemorating this miracle is located near the altar at Tabgha. We also visit Capernaum and the Church of the Primacy of Peter. Later we proceed to the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor and the Jordan River, site of Jesus' baptism. We enjoy a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and visit Ginnosar where we see a fisherman's boat that dates to Christ's time. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee area. (B,D)
DAY 4: JERUSALEM
Today we travel to Nazareth in the Lower Galilee, the place where Jesus grew up and lived most of his life with Mary and Joseph. We visit the Church of the Annunciation, built over the Grotto of the Annunciation, where early Christian tradition says the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary saying, “Hail favored one” and Mary said “Yes” to God. We continue to Joseph's carpentry workshop and then to Cana, site of the wedding feast, where Jesus turned water into wine. Next is Mount Carmel stopping at the Carmelite Monastery at Muhraka, site of Elijah's altar and Stella Maris Church. Paintings in the church dome depict Old Testament stories, including one of Elijah being swept up to heaven in a fiery chariot. We continue to Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea to discover the ancient Crusader and Roman town, its aqueduct and theater. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 5: JERUSALEM
We spend the day in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting St. Anne's Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Ecce Homo Arch. We continue through the Bazaar to the Via Dolorosa which winds through the streets of Old Jerusalem commemorating the path that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. We will carry a wooden cross along this same path ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Later we head to Bethlehem for an inspiring visit to the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born, stand on Shepherd's Field and visit the cave where the shepherds saw the star that lead them to the stable. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)
DAY 6: JERUSALEM
Our destination for today is the Dead Sea region, the lowest point on earth. We drive to Masada, the fortress where Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing death over surrender. We continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. This afternoon we can opt to “float” on the Dead Sea. On our way back to Jerusalem, we visit the caves of Qumran where, in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 7: JERUSALEM
Today we participate in a full-day tour of Jerusalem including the Mt. of Olives, Mt. Scopus, walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the church of Domus Flevits, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, continue to the Church of All Nations with the Garden of Gethsemane and pray at the “Rock of Agony”. We continue to the Kidron Valley and to Mt. Zion, site of the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We drive to the village of Ein Kerem, to visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of the Visitation where Mary visited Elizabeth. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner on the way to the airport for our flight home. (B,D)
DAY 8: JERUSALEM/PETRA/AMMAN
Depart early for the Allenby bridge to cross 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 and dominated the trade routes. It was completely lost 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 was filmed here. We travel to Amman for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 9: AMMAN
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 include 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). 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 have some leisure time to walk around the city, to shop and enjoy the local culture. 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, taking with us memories and blessings to last a lifetime.
*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
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)