Pilgrimage Israel- Jordan, March 17-28, 2019
Day 1 - March 17 - Departure from Boston to Israel - Tel Aviv, Israel using EL AL Airlines.
Day 2 - March 18 - ARRIVAL- Jerusalem- Mount OLIVE. Upon arrival to Tel Aviv, meeting with the tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and sleeping in Bethlehem.
Day 3 - March 19 - Caesarea- Haifa- Mount Tabor- Cana- Nazareth
Breakfast. In the morning visiting Caesarea on the seaside- aqueduct dating to Roman Empire, later- visiting Haifa. Viewing Bahai Garden in Haifa from Mount Carmel and visiting Stella Maris Church. Transfer to the top of Tabor Mountain using “Sherut Taxis”- local, multiple passenger vehicles. Later: Cana of Galilee. There- a special opportunity for married couples to renew wedding vows. Vine tasting. Sightseeing in Nazareth: Annunciation Basilica and St. Joseph’s House, place where the Holy Family used to live. Dinner and sleeping in Nazareth.
Day 4 - March 20 - Mount of Beatitudes- Capernaum- Tabgha- Amman. Breakfast. Transfer to See of Galilee also known as Lake Kinneret/ Kinnereth or Lake Gennesaret. House of Peter, boat ride on the lake. Tasting of local dish: St. Peter’s fish. That day you will visit Church of the Primacy of Peter in Tabgha and St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias. Transfer to the border of Jordan. Border formalities, Dinner and transfer to the hotel for the night in Amman.
Day 5 - March 21 - Madaba- Mount Nebo- Wadi Rum. Breakfast. After that visit at St. Georges Church which is a home to a treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest, famous map of Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine and Southern Egypt. You can find Nile River, Dead Sea and Jerusalem with Holy Sepulchre Basilica. Later- transfer to Mount NEBO, the most revered of holy sites of Jordan. While there- you will tour the Holy site where Moses died and was buried. Following your visit to this Sacred place -transfer to Wadi Rum- jeep ride in the desert. Dinner and transfer to the hotel for the night in Petra.
Day 6 - March 22 - Petra- Amman. Breakfast. Later- visiting lost city of Petra, located among rugged desert canyons and mountains. Enjoy walking tour through Siq- a mile long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. The gorge leads to beautifully preserved city of Nabateans. The walk will culminate with a visit to the Petra Museum. The Museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolitic period of the Nabatean history. It also contains architecture from the Romans as well as a Byzantyne chapel. Dinner and transfer to the hotel for the night in Amman.
Day 7 - March 23 - Amman- Jerash- Bethleem
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Amman-citadel and a view of Roman Theater. Transfer to Jerash. Nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, is the grandeur of Imperial Rome being one of the largest and most well preserved of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy. To this day, its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierces by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition. Transfer to the Israeli border. Customs. Transfer to the hotel located in Bethlehem. Dinner.
Day 8 - March 24 - EIN KAREM- YAD VASHEM- BETHLEEM. Breakfast. Vistit on Shepherd’s Fields, where the angels announced the birth of Jesus.. In the caves of these fields, you are still able to see soot marks of fires that shepherds lit to keep warm. Next- Ein Karem. It is known that there are two churches in Ein Karem, both representing the two homes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. Transfer to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Later- visiting Yad Vashem- Holocaust Remembrance Center. In Bethlehem you will have the opportunity to view Church of the Nativity- the church was erected in the place of Jesus’ birth. As you enter the Church you will proceed down to the Grotto of the Nativity. Beneath the altar, there is a silver star and a Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS Later, a bus trip: “Jerusalem by Night”. Dinner and transfer to the hotel for the night in Bethlehem.
Day 9 - March25 -WADI KELT-JERICHO. Breakfast. Transfer through the Judean Desert which lies east of Jerusalem and descends to the Dead Sea. You can see Wadi Kelt/Wadi Quelt it is a valley or stream originating near Jerusalem and running into the Jordan River. Near Jericho and the Dead Sea. It is a home to a unique variety of flora and fauna. St. George’s Monastery and the royal winter palace complex built by Hasmoneans and King Herod are located in the Wadi. Upon arriving to ancient city of Jericho you will stop and rest at Qarantal- Monastery of the Temptation. A few miles northwest of Jericho is the Mount of Temptation, the traditional scene of the temptation of Christ. The actual site of the solitary meditations of Jesus is a small cave, 170 meters up the steep side of the mountain. You will take the cable car up the mountain. There is also a possibility of renewing the sacrament of Baptism in Jordan River. Later- visiting Bethany, on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives and the Tomb of Lazarus. Dinner and transfer to the hotel for the night in Bethlehem.
Day 10 - March 26 - Jerusalem: Breakfast. After that you will have an opportunity to take a walk through The Lion’s Gate located in the Old City of Jerusalem and is one of the open seven Gates in Jerusalem’s Old City walls. The Lion’s Gate is also called St. Stephen’s Gate, close to the place of the first martyr’s place of death. That day you will also see Church of St. Anne’s the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim) and the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man. Next- “Way of Sorrow”) that is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem. The winding route that leads to a Church of Holy Sepulchre is marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Later- visiting Kotel Maarawi- The Western Wall is considered the holiest place of worship for Jews around the world. Also, later: Mount Zion and the Abbey of the Dormition (where according to tradition, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep”), King David’s Tomb, Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. In the evening: dinner Bedouin style and a local folklore show and transfer to the hotel for the night in Bethlehem.
Day 11 - March 27 - After breakfast we will make our way to the Mount of Olives where you will be able to take in the beautiful, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. You will visit Pater Noster Shrine where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. You will have the opportunity to at Dominus Flevit which is a church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. You will continue on to the Gethsemane, a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The garden still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus…
Transfer to the airport and farewell dinner. Return flight home to the United States.
Day 12 - Arrival in Boston in the early morning hours of March 28th