Holy Land and Jordan 12 Days 10 Nights

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Day 1: USA – AMMAN


 Day2: AMMAN

Arrive at Amman International Airport. Meet, assist and transfer to our hotel for overnight.


 Day3: AMMAN – JERASH – TIBERIAS

Late breakfast (around 11:00 am) and leave to Jerash, the well preserved Greco-Roman city. Enter through the Arch of Hadrian and walk through the oval plaza and the main streets to visit a large number of temples, the Theater and the remains of several Byzantine churches. Transfer to Sheick Hussein Bridge, the crossing point between Jordan and Israel. Cross and meet with your guide and continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at your hotel.


 Day4: CANA – NAZARETH – HAIFA

After breakfast, leave to Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary's Fountain till the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary's House, the Upper Basilica, the Museum and the Church of the Holy Family.
In the afternoon, leave to Haifa, capital of the industry and the major port. Ascend to Mount Carmel passing by the Persian Gardens of the Bahai sect. Visit the Church of Stella Maris, the birthplace of the Carmelite Order which contains a natural grotto of the Prophet Elijah. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.


 Day5: TIBERIAS - THE SEA OF GALILEE – MOUNT TABOR

After breakfast, leave to Mount of Beatitudes to recall the Sermon of the Mountain. Continue to Tabgha (Heptapegon) for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves, admiring the well conserved Byzantine mosaic from the fifth century. Then visit the small chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter before heading to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the "Insula Sacra" and the White Synagogue. Then, you will experience a boat ride crossing along the Sea of Galilee.

In the afternoon, ascend to Mount Tabor and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, built of on the ruins of two earlier sanctuaries: Byzantine and Crusader. Descend and continue to River Jordan where we will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows. Back to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.


 Day6: JORDAN VALLEY – JERICHO – DEAD SEA – QUMRAN – BETHLEHEM

After breakfast, drive through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest city in the world for a visit to Tel El-Sultan, the site of the biblical Jericho and view of Mount of Temptations. Enjoy a bath in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

In the afternoon, continue to Qumran for a visit to the ruins of the Essenes Monastery and view the Caves of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then drive through the Judaean Desert, passing by the Good Samaritan Inn to Jerusalem for a first contact with the Holy City from Mount Scopus. Arrive to your selected hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.


 Day7: BETHLEHEM – NEW CITY OF JERUSALEM – EIN KAREM

After breakfast, start a detailed visit to the Basilica of the Nativity: the Grotto of Nativity, the Manger, St. Catherine Church, St. Joseph and St. Jerome Chapels. Continue to the village of Beit Sahour to visit the Shepherds' Field with the natural grottos and the remains of the Byzantine churches and monasteries.

In the afternoon, an orientation tour through the New City of Jerusalem. Visit the Model of Jerusalem from the 1st. century at the Israel Museum. Continue to Ein Karem for a visit to the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Visitation Chapel. Back to our hotel in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight.


 Day8: MOUNT OF OLIVES AND MOUNT ZION

After breakfast, drive to Mount of Olives for a visit to the Ascension Chapel and then to Pater Noster Church. Walk down to the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit and enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City with all its major shrines. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane for a visit to the Church of Agony (called also of All Nations) and Mary's Tomb in the Josaphat Valley.

In the afternoon, explore Mount of Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu, David's Tomb, the Last Supper Room (The Cenacle) and the Dormition Abbey. Then entering Zion's Gate, walk through the Cardo Maximum and the Jewish Quarter to the Wailing Wall. Continue in a panoramic tour through the new city of Jerusalem for a visit to the Shrines of Ein Karem: The Visitation and St. John the Baptist churches.
Back to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.


 Day9: OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Lions' Gate and enter the Old City for a visit to St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue then walking through the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher for a detailed visit to Mount Calvary, the Holy Tomb and St. Helen Chapel.
Free afternoon for leisure and personal activities. Farewell dinner at a typical restaurant.


 Day10: JERUSALEM – ALLENBY BRIDGE – MADABA – MOUNT NEBO - AMMAN

After breakfast, transfer to Allenby Bridge and cross the border to Jordan. Meet with your Jordanian guide and continue to Madaba to visit the Orthodox Church which hosts the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land from the sixth century. Ascend to Mount Nebo, from where Moses saw the Promised Land and visit the remains of the Byzantine church. Continue to your hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.


 Day11: AMMAN – PETRA – AMMAN

After breakfast, drive through the Kings Highway to Petra, the Rose City, capital of the Nabateans, excavated totally in the red rock of the mountain. Walk through the Siq (a narrow passage) to the first monument: the Treasury Temple. Visit also the House of Justice, the Royal Tombs and the Theater.

In the afternoon, back to Amman, dinner and overnight at your hotel.


 Day12: AMMAN – USA

Breakfast at the hotel. In a due time, transfer to Amman International Airport and
board your flight back