Israel: Christian Holyland & Jordan Tour
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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.
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.
Depart from the USA for your Christian Holyland Tour
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, proceed to the arrival hall.
Transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv.
Overnight Tel Aviv
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for Departure
*Itinerary is subject to change
The Dan Panorama Hotel Jerusalem with its dignified architecture and honey-colored Jerusalem stone exterior resonates with the spirit of this legendary city. The Dan Panorama Hotel boasts an exceptional location that enables you to explore Jerusalem’s multifaceted attractions simply by stepping outside.
The Dan Panorama is furnished with contemporary flair and highlighted by splendid views, the Dan Panorama Hotel features elegantly appointed guestrooms that blend luxury with the efficacy of advanced technology. Across the street is the Mediterranean Sea so you can be on the inviting sandy beach within minutes.
The hotel is located in Kibbutz Lavi, an area of lush vegetation surrounded by green fields. Guests and visitors have magnificent views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. The design combines happiness and colors with serenity and harmony; this is a place that tells you to sit down and relax!
Just a minute’s walk from Tel Aviv’s Metzizim Beach, the exquisitely renovated Tal by the Beach is the ultimate location for those seeking the most fun from the White City. Combining upscale style and design, the beautiful property offers guests a superb Israeli buffet breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner options, a range of seminar halls, a breezy rooftop and also a gym and sauna. The definition of comfort and convenience, the hotel resides at the epicenter of all things Tel Aviv, including trendy restaurants, bars, nightclubs, the port, the designer boutiques of Dizengoff St and the sprawling beaches.
The Grand Court Hotel Jerusalem is overlooking and within easy walking distance from the old city of Jerusalem, with it’s important holy and ancient archaeological sites and it’s colorful bazaars.
In the heart of the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the Grand Beach Hotel offers you spacious rooms, stylish urban design, and the unmatched sensation of a truly relaxing vacation.
Conveniently located at Jerusalem’s entrance, Hotel Prima Park Jerusalem is an ideal starting point for touring and exploring Jerusalem sites, surroundings and superb wineries, whether on leisure, excursions or business. Our impressively designed 217-room Jerusalem hotel, with contemporary interior design and décor, toned with shades of earthy and light brown, burgundy, leafy green and champagne, illuminated with soft, warm, intimate lighting, is made for comfort and unwinding
The Jerusalem Gate Hotel conceptualizes everything that a Jerusalem hotel in the Holy City has. It embodies a spirit of health, happiness & high standards of service. Its easily accessible to any part of the city.
Set in Wadi Musa and with Petra reachable within 1.9 km, The Old Village Hotel & Resort, situated on the outskirts of Wadi Musa, overlooking the Shahara Mountains, home to the fabled UNESCO world heritage site of the rose-red city of Petra, offers five star comforts for the traveler. Throughout the resort there are many seating areas where guests can relax and enjoy a refreshing cup of mint tea or Arabic coffee whilst enjoying the view over the terraces and catching the spectacular sunset over the mountains.
The 138 guest rooms are all fitted with air-conditioning, minibar, safebox and wireless internet access with large bathrooms. The rooms are fitted with sound proof windows.
Located in Petra next to the Wadi Musa Souk, this hotel offers panoramic views of the Petra Mountains. It has a spa with indoor heated pool surrounded by loungers. The Hotel is within a walking distance from the Petra Gate.
Just 150m from the entrance gate to Petra and only 100 m from Petra Musem. this hotel features spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool.
*Star rating standards vary from country to country.
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