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Israel: Christian Holyland & Jordan Tour

From $2,649

OVERVIEW

This Holy Land tour is a personal, deeply spiritual experience; highlights include visits to the beautiful Christian sites of Nazareth, Megiddo, and Bethlehem. Explore the ancient streets of Jerusalem where Jesus carried His Cross and learn about Israel’s rich cultural history at every turn. Gil Travel’s Christian Israel tours will leave you with a sense of fulfillment and wonder that can only come from walking in the very footsteps of Jesus.

Departures

Multiple Departures

Duration

11 Days/10 Nights

Highlights

Caesarea, Meggido, Sea of Galilee boat ride, Capernaum, Mount of the Beatitudes, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Jordan River, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Amman, Petra, Tel Aviv

Notes

Land Only. Price Based on Double Occupancy

Activity Level

Moderate

Tailor Made

This tour can be booked privately

Itinerary

Join us in Israel on one of the best Christian Holy Land pilgrimage tours to explore a two countries that are rich in culture and historic sites, taking you on a journey to the Holy Land’s most sacred places.

DEPARTURE, SATURDAY
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Depart from the USA for your Christian Holyland Tour

DAY 1, SUNDAY
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Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to the arrival hall.

Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.

Overnight Tel Aviv

DAY 2, MONDAY
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Depart Tel Aviv and drive along the coastal plain to Caesarea, once the Roman capital of the region.

Visit the excavations of the ancient city, the Roman Theater, and the aqueduct.

Proceed to Muhraka, the site of confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.

Enjoy the spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley and the lower Galilee.

Continue to Megiddo, identified as the site of Armageddon. Learn the impressive history of this battlefield as you visit the archaeological excavations, including the well-preserved water supply system. Onto Acre to visit the remarkable underground Crusader City and crypt; walk through the Old City, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and visit the local market and harbor.

Overnight Kibbutz Lavi Guesthouse

DAY 3, TUESDAY
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After a short tour of Tiberias, enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Visit the Yigal Allon Center where the “Jesus Boat,” an ancient fishing boat from the 1st century, is displayed.

Continue to Capernaum to visit the remains of the 2nd-century synagogue.

Stop at Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of Fish and Loaves, and visit the Church of Multiplication with its 4th-century mosaic floor. Proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

Drive to the Banias Springs and tour the Golan Heights.

Overnight Kibbutz Lavi Guesthouse

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY
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Drive to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, where Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine.

Continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation, Joseph’s workshop, and Mary’s well.

Proceed to Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River

Followed by a stop at Beit Shean to visit the newly excavated Roman city and amphitheater.

Drive along the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem.

Overnight Jerusalem

DAY 5, THURSDAY
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Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city.

Visit the Church of All Nations, King David’s Tomb, and Room of Last Supper on Mt. Zion.

Enter the Old City; walk through the Cardo, the ancient Roman road.

Visit the Jewish and Christian quarters; see the Jewish Wailing Wall; view the Temple Mount.

walk along the Via Dolorosa and the oriental Bazaar to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher.

Next, drive to the Garden Tomb and enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful ambiance.

Overnight Jerusalem

DAY 6, FRIDAY
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Drive to Ein Karem to visit the Church of Visitation.

Proceed to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust.

Visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are housed, and the miniature model of Jerusalem as it was during the Second Temple period.

Proceed to *Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus; visit Shepherds’ Field; walk through Manger Square to visit the remarkable Church of Nativity. Return to Jerusalem. * Visit subject to security conditions.

Overnight Jerusalem

DAY 7, SATURDAY
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Drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea-the lowest point on earth. Then, visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.

Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada. Ascend Masada by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, and bathhouse. Descend by cable car.

Continue to the Dead Sea; Cover yourself with the mineral-rich mud and experience a swim in the Dead Sea*which many believe will offer therapeutic effects.

Overnight Jerusalem

DAY 8, SUNDAY
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Drive from Jerusalem to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing for procedures to enter Jordan. Proceed to Jerash – city of the Decapolis, located about 45km north of Amman in the fertile heights of the Gilad.

Visit the ancient Roman city with colonnaded streets, the baths and the hill of the top Temple etc.
Drive to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian capital.

Overnight Amman

DAY 9, MONDAY
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After early breakfast, leave the hotel and travel south on the road to Wadi Musa, the modern village of Petra.

Walk, or ride on horseback, to the “Siq” (canyon) and then on foot into Petra, known as “Sela Edom” or red rock city, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D.

Visit the most interesting monuments such as the Treasury, El Khazneh (a tomb of a Nabatean king) then the field of tombs, obelisks, the altar, (Al Madhbah) – from this point you can view the whole of the rock city, then back to Wadi Musa village.

Overnight Petra

DAY 10, TUESDAY
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Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land and ruins of historical sites.
Continue about 10kms. to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. From there you will see the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Dead Sea etc.

Visit the remains of the Byzantine church with a mosaic floor. Drive to the border and onwards to Tel Aviv.

Overnight Tel Aviv

DAY 11, WEDNESDAY
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Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for Departure

*Itinerary is subject to change

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