Holy Land Discovery with Jordan - Faith-Based Travel – Catholic Itinerary (5325)

11 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Amman

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The roots of your faith will come to life on this extraordinary journey through the Holy Land. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you learn more about his life and ministry. To stand in the very places where history unfolded is a true highlight as you visit sites of biblical importance. Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, the river Jordan, and Jerusalem are only some of the sites in the Holy Land where your experience will reignite your faith. The addition of Jordan completes your spiritual journey with visits to Mount Nebo, Bethany beyond the Jordan, Jerash and the amazing mysterious city of Petra. All of this—and much more—awaits you on this Israel and Jordan tour designed for value-minded travelers.
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 Tour Highlights

TEL AVIV
Orientation drive and Jaffa visit
CAESAREA and MEGIDDO
Ancient sites
NAZARETH
Church of the Annunciation visit
BET SHE’AN
Archaeological site visit
GALILEE
Full-day excursion
JORDAN VALLEY
River Jordan baptismal site
BETHLEHEM
Church of the Nativity visit
JERUSALEM
Old town walking tour
MOUNT NEBO
St. George’s church in Madaba
PETRA
Archaeological site and Treasury
JERASH
Greco-Roman ruins
ANJARA
See the holy cave
MassMass MASS SERVICES:
Magdala, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (all in local language and venues subject to change).


Headsets throughout the tour except Jordan.

Notes:

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.
April 10 Departure Easter in Nazareth
December 22 Departure Christmas in Nazareth.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Baha'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
  • "Baptism Site ""Bethany Beyond the Jordan""
  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity (Bethlehem)
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route (Bethlehem)
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • Petra
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement

Transportation:

Transfers by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–MEGIDDO–NAZARETH

Enjoy a full day exploring some of the Holy Land’s ancient biblical and modern sights. Begin by driving to the old port of JAFFA, an atmospheric town, where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by the whale. Continue to CAESAREA, an ancient port turned incredible ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, the city was one of the most splendid in ancient Palestine and its capital for more than 600 years. Admire what remains of Herod’s grandiose building works, including the restored 3,500-seat Roman theater, the aqueduct, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. From here, travel to the archaeological site of MEGIDDO, an age-old FORTIFIED TOWN with 25 layers of archaeological findings and one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, this is where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, the final struggle between good and evil, which will prompt the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continue to Nazareth to visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. This evening you may have an opportunity to join a candlelight procession starting from the Church of the Annunciation square.
Today's Distance: 121 mi / 195 km

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Day 3 NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO BET SHE’AN

Attend one of the early morning Mass services if you wish, then join today’s included excursion. Bet She’an is one of the best preserved archaeological sites of this region and well worth some time to wander around. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site revealed time-worn colonnade-style streets, bathhouses, and a theater with perfect acoustics.
Today's Distance: 48 mi / 77 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO MAGDALA–SEA OF GALILEE–TABGHA–CAPERNAUM–MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–CANA

Today, celebrate MassMass Mass in Magdala, home to Mary Magdalene, then skirt the Sea of Galilee, and enjoy its scenic beauty. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church commemorating the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. On to CAPERNAUM, home to the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew, and to Jesus himself. Here, you’ll see its ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE and the HOUSE OF ST. PETER. Spend some time in the gardens on the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his famous sermon, and meditate its significance. On the way back to Nazareth, stop in CANA, site of the wedding miracle.
Today's Distance: 91 mi / 147 km

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Day 5 NAZARETH–BETHLEHEM–JERUSALEM

Enjoy a spectacular drive through the Jordan Valley. Stop at the QASR EL YAHUD baptismal site where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, built over the cave thought to be the spot where Jesus was born. Here, you will have time to pray and attend MassMass Mass, if you like. Reach the holy city of Jerusalem in the late afternoon.
Today's Distance: 119 mi / 192 km

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Day 6 JERUSALEM

A day of reflection awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city’s domes, walls, and rooftops before strolling in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the JEWISH QUARTER, pointing out the WESTERN WALL with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Walk the famous Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), following in Jesus’ footsteps as he bore the cross to Calvary for his crucifixion and burial, where the BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE now stands. Later this afternoon, attend MassMass Mass, if you like.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 JERUSALEM. OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA

Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, revisit some of the most significant places of worship, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert and pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ride the cable car up to the magnificent Fortress of Masada, perched high on a clifftop plateau above the Dead Sea, where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have some time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the salt water. Toward the end of the afternoon, return to Jerusalem.

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Day 8 JERUSALEM, ISRAEL–PETRA, JORDAN

Drive to Allenby Bridge, and cross the border into Jordan. Arrive at BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN. Stop at MOUNT NEBO, where Moses saw the Promised Land and where he is believed to be buried. Next, travel to ancient Madaba, the “City of Mosaics”. See the spectacular BYZANTINE MOSAICS and the precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land, and visit ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH.
Today's Distance: 174 mi / 280 km

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Day 9 PETRA–AMMAN

This morning, visit the archaeological site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World®. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and stand in awe in front of the iconic Treasury. This afternoon, travel north to Amman for two overnight stays.
Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

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Day 10 AMMAN. EXCURSION TO JERASH, AJLOUN & ANJARA

Begin your day with a stop in JERASH, which was inhabited as early as 3200 BC. Although the city was impacted by the earthquake of 749 AD, it is the site of the best preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Middle East. Travel through beautiful pine forests and olive groves before arriving in AJLOUN, where Hadrian stayed during the winter of 129-130 AD. Next on the agenda is the biblical city of ANJARA, where Jesus, his disciples, and the Virgin Mary stopped and rested in a cave as they traveled between Jerusalem and Galilee. Today, the cave is a holy place for pilgrims.
Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

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Day 11 AMMAN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Qumrun, Masada & the Dead Sea

Qumrun, Masada & the Dead Sea

From the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery site and Fortress of Masada to the incredible buoyancy of the salty Dead Sea, this day trip into the Judean wilderness is an experience you¿ll never forget!

Price Range: $$

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