Upon morning arrival in Tel Aviv we are transferred to Aqaba in Jordan. Time for rest, dinner and overnight.
In the morning we travel to Wadi Rum, one of the world’s outstanding desert landscapes to observe local life and Bedouin culture. This is where the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” was made in 1962. We have a traditional Bedouin lunch in one of their tents. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Petra - Amman
Today we travel to Petra, world’s wonder and Jordan’s most valuable treasure. The city was carved into the sheer rock face by Nabataeans, settled 2000 years ago and made an important junction for silk, spice and other trade routes linking China and India with Egypt, Greece and Rome. We visit the Treasury, Monastery and amphitheater. Late afternoon continue to our hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
Madaba - Mt. Nebo, Jordan River - Nazareth
This morning we depart to visit other treasures of Jordan. We visit Madaba, best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and stop at Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the Promised Land for the first time. Late afternoon we cross the Jordan River and Allenby bridge to Israel, visit Qasr El Yahud, the place where Jesus was baptized. Continue to Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
Mt. Tabor - Cana - Nazareth
After breakfast we depart to Galilee. En route we ascend Mount Tabor – the Mount of the Transfiguration. Continue to Cana – the site of Jesus' first miracle. Here we celebrate a marriage renewal ceremony. We move on to Nazareth where we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and we visit Mary's Well and St. Joseph's Carpentry Shop. Dinner and overnight in our hotel Nazareth.
Tiberias - Sea of Galilee, Capernaum - Tabgha, Mt. of the Beatitudes
After breakfast we depart for Tiberias. We travel by boat on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the site of Jesus' preaching, on to Tabgha to see the Church of the Multiplication with its beautiful 5th century fish mosaic. We also visit the Church of the Primacy and celebrate Mass on the Mount of the Beatitudes. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Haifa and Mt. Carmel, Cesarea - Ein Karem, Bethlehem
Today we depart for Bethlehem. En route we visit Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass. We continue via Cesarea, the ancient Roman Capital by the sea, on to Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist.
Jerusalem - Bethlehem
In the morning we depart to Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and visit Garden of Gethsamene, Church of All Nations, Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit churches. Continue to Mount Zion with the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) and the Church of St. Peter's in Gallicantu. In the afternoon we visit Bethlehem – where Jesus was born, celebrating Mass in one of the churches. We visit the Manger, the Crusaders' Cloister and the Grotto of St. Jerome – Shepherd’s field. Return to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Today's journey takes us to the ancient city of Jerusalem: St. Ann's Church, Pool of Bethesda, Pilate's Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Arch of Ecce Homo, the convent of the sisters of Zion. We continue with the Stations of the Cross – Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre. Mass will be celebrated in one of the many churches of Jerusalem. In the afternoon we visit the Western Wall, also called the “Wailing Wall”. We see the place of the Mosque of Omar and El Aksar. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Masada - Dead Sea, Jericho - Tel Aviv
Return to Toronto
Morning arrival in Toronto
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LISTED COST ($4,390.00) INCLUDES:
transportation from Toronto (unless specified otherwise), incl. airport taxes and surcharges
hotel accommodation first class or superior tourist class based on double occupancy – single room supplement is $875
2 meals daily (breakfast and dinner)
all sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide,
entry visa to Jordan.
tips to drivers, guides, restaurants, hotels
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