Leave Toronto by air, via Frankfurt, to Cairo, capital of Egypt and land of Pharoahs.
Afternoon arrive in Cairo. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight
Morning we visit the ancient Cairo, the famous Coptic Hanging Church of St. Mary and St. Sergius church, followed by the Egyptian Musuem. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon drive to Giza, visit the famous Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx
Sinai - St. Catherine - Taba
This morning we depart to Sinai, the land bridge between Asia and Africa. Lunch en-route. Continue to St. Catherine, at the foot of Mount Sinai, to visit the Greek Orthodox Monastery dating back to the 4th Century. Continue to Taba, on the Red Sea, for dinner and overnight.
Taba - Eilat - Petra
Cross the border at Taba between Egypt and Israel, and then continue to Arava border to cross to Jordan. Continue to Petra for dinner and overnight.
Petra - Amman
Full day sightseeing tour of magnificent Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world. A visit to this ancient Nabatean city carved out of red rose rock includes The Treasury, Monastery and Theatre. Continue to Amman, capital of Jordan for dinner and overnight.
Madaba - Mount Nebo - Qasr El Yahud
Morning drive to the town Madaba, where you find the famous mosaic Byzantine 6th century map of the Holy land in St. George’s Church. Continue to Mount Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died and alleged to be his burial place. Drive to the Allenby Bridge, cross the bridge to Israel and visit Qasr El Yahud, the place where Jesus was baptized. On to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Tiberias - Capernaum - Mount of Beatitudes - Tabgha
Morning excursion to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Cruise to Capernaum to see the ruins of the Synagogue where Jesus preached and the House of Peter. On to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Magdala, Tabgha and its ancient Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and Church of Primacy.
Cana - Mount Tabor - Nazareth
Morning visit to Cana, the traditional site of the wedding feast and Christ’s first miracle. In the afternoon, visit Mount Tabor, the Church of Annunciation, Mary’s Well, the Church of Joseph and the Old Market in Nazareth.
Haifa - Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Today we depart Galilee for Judea and the area of Jerusalem. En route we visit Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. On to Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
A full day touring the Holy City, Jerusalem. We proceed to the Kidron Valley and the Garden of Gethsemane. On to the Pool of Bethesda, Saint Anne’s Church with its incredible acoustics, the Via Dolorosa, the Wailing Wall. On to the Temple grounds, the Dome of the Rock and El-Aksa Mosque on Mount Moriah. Walk through the Old City Bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most venerated church in Christendom
Jerusalem - Bethlehem
Morning visit the Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, the Church of Dormition, the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb of King David. In the afternoon, visit Bethlehem: the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Field
Dead Sea - Jericho
This morning we leave for a Full day excursion to Masada, the ruins of the Good Samaritan Inn with a view of the Mount of Temptation. Through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Jericho, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran. “Swim” in the Dead Sea.
Flight to Toronto
Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for return flight via Frankfurt to Toronto
PILGRIMAGE TO EGYPT, JORDAN & HOLY LAND
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