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    Jordan, Holy Land



On arrival at Queen Alia airport you will be meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Amman for dinner overnight.
In the New Testament period, North Jordan was the region of the Decapolis (Greek for ‘ten cities’), where Jesus taught and performed miracles (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20). The city of Gadara (modern Um Qais), with its spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is the site of Jesus' miracle of the Gadarene swine. (Matthew 8:28-34). Lunch at Um Qais. Drive to Rihab, in northern Jordan near Syrian border, to visit a 2000 years old St. Georgeous church. It bears an inscription in mosaic, reading "70 beloved by God and the divine". Those were early Christians who fled persecution in Jerusalem during the first century. Underneath, a chapel is located with approximately 12m long and seven meters wide. There is a circular area of worship with stone seats separated from living quarters. In the cave there is also a tunnel that leads to a cistern which supplied water to the dwellers. This chapel dates to the period between 33AD and 70AD, which is the world's oldest known church. It is believed that Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary have passed through this area. After then, proceed to Gerasa (Jerash) where we visit the most complete and best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the Middle East. Dinner and overnight Amman.
The region around the Jordanian capital of Amman was known in the Bible as Ammonite Kingdom (Deuteronomy 2:37; 2 Samuel 10:2), famed for its springs
and citadel. Its massive fortifications are still standing, where David arranged for Uriah the Hittite to die in battle in order to marry his widow Bathsheba. You have a bus tour to view old and modern Amman and visit the Citadel, Museum and Roman Theatre. Drive to Madaba, “The city of Mosaics”, where we see the 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that depicts the Holy Land as early Christians saw it. We continue to Kerak crusader castle. Dinner and overnight Petra.
The ancient fortress-city of Petra, which means “stone” in Greek, was the capital of the Nabateans, who carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock and who grew rich by levying taxes on travelers to ensure safe passage through their lands. Petra's exquisite ruins open doorways in time to the biblical land of Moab and the nearby Valley of Moses. The plains of Moab were so named because this area once fell under the control of King Eglon of Moab in the Iron Age (Judges 3:12-14). To these plains, Moses finally brought his people after their epic wilderness journey. Here is where Joshua prepared the people for the crossing of the river into Canaan (Joshua 3:1). The area's principal water source, Ain Moussa (spring of Moses), is thought to be one of the many places where Moses struck a rock with his staff to bring forth water (Numbers 20:10-12). Aaron's final resting place lies atop nearby Mount Hor, now called Jabal Haroon (Mount Aaron). Dinner and overnight in Petra.
Drive south to Arava Boarder, cross to Eilat in Israel. Met & Assisted by our guide and driver who will be waiting at the Israel side, welcome and transfer to your hotel in Eilat for dinner and overnight, free time at night to enjoy the hotels facilities
After breakfast we will check out our hotel heading to Jericho, but first we will enjoy Eilat City tour Dead Sea („Float‟). Biblically known as the Sea of the Arabah or the Salt Sea, its mineral content is so high that nothing lives in it. With a salt concentration many times higher than that of the world’s oceans, the density of the water in the Dead Sea is so high that anyone can float in it. With its unique concentration of minerals, Dead Sea waters and mud have long been known to have health and cosmetic benefits. (To bring own towel, decent swimwear/clothes, shampoo/shower gel and sandals in separate bag). Qumran, the 2,000 year old Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave here by a Bedouin shepherd chasing a stray sheep in 1947. Consolidated from scrolls found in some 11 caves, every Old Testament book is represented except Esther. Jericho: Check in at our hotel in Jericho, for dinner and Overnight
An important city situated about 16km northwest of the Dead Sea in the Jordan valley, Jericho was the first city conquered by Joshua and the Israelites after crossing the Jordan (Joshua 6:12-21), after which he put a curse on the city and on the man who rebuilt the city. It was also at the gate of Jericho where Jesus healed Bartimaeus, the blind man who cried out to Him (Mark 10:46-52). Jesus encountered the tax collector Zacchaeus at Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). There is a sycamore tree in front of a Greek Orthodox Church in modern Jericho. Please bring passport. Mount of Temptation (View). Traditionally believed to be where Jesus fasted after being baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist and was tempted by the devil. Lunch The Upper Room, also known as the Room of the Last Supper, is believed to be where Jesus shared His last Passover meal and the first Holy Communion with his disciples before His death. (Matthew 26:26–35; Luke 22:7–38) This was also where the disciples were gathered together praying when the Holy Spirit descended upon them on Pentecost after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. (Acts 1:13–16) Located on Mount Zion just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Upper Room was rebuilt by the Crusaders after it was razed to the ground by the Muslims. On the floor below the Upper Room is the traditional burial place of King David, known as King David‟s Tomb. The Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, is one of the traditional locations for the house of Caiaphas where Jesus appeared before Caiaphas and where Peter denied the Lord 3 times. The name Gallicantu means “cock crowing” and the site is built atop the ruins of a Byzantine church and monastery. Mount Scopus. Lying just within the official borders of the city of Jerusalem, this place is famous for its Panoramic view of the holy city (Overnight in Jerusalem, Meals: B/L/D)
Visit Christ Church service in the Old City of Jerusalem (TBC) – Holy Communion to be held here.
The Mount of Olives lies to the east of Jerusalem and is named after the olive trees which grow on its slopes. The Kidron Valley separates the mount from the Eastern Gate, the Temple Mount and the City of David. At the foot of the mount is the garden of Gethsemane. The Mount of Olives is where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:37–41), and where He ascended to heaven after His resurrection. (Acts 1:9–12) The Jews, and many Christians, believe that when the Messiah returns, He will descend on the Mount of Olives and enter Jerusalem through the Eastern gate. (Zechariah 14:1–4; Ezekiel 44:1–3; 46:1–2, 8). Church of the Pater Noster (Latin) named for the "Our Father" prayer, stands on the traditional site in Jerusalem where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer. Emperor Constantine built a church over a cave here in 4th century, and this has been partially reconstructed. Plaques in the cloister bear the Lord's Prayer in 62 different languages.
Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem is a Christian and Muslim holy site that is believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. The small round church/mosque contains a stone imprinted with the very footprints of Jesus. Dominus Flevit (Latin for “The Lord Wept”) is a small church located on the Mount of Olives, and is believed to be where Jesus wept when he arrived in Jerusalem as He foresaw the tragic events that would occur after His death (Luke 19:37–42). The church, built by the Franciscan order in 1954, is in the unique shape of a teardrop, representing Christ’s tears. It commands an inspiring view. Garden of Gethsemane. This garden contains ancient olive trees and is situated at the bottom of the Mount of Olives and opposite the Temple Mount. “Gethsemane” also means “olive press”, an appropriate name for the spot where Jesus was so hard pressed as He prayed that He sweated great drops of blood. (Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:44) This is also where Jesus was betrayed and arrested. (Mark 14:43–50) Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of Agony, is located on the Mount of Olives within the vicinity of Gethsemane. The church property includes a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed. The stone is said to form a direct line with the Eastern Gate and where the entrance to the Holy of Holies in the Second Temple is believed to have stood before. Lunch Old City of Jerusalem The Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering) is the name of a street in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to His crucifixion. There are 14 stations, each signifying a certain point in Christ’s journey with the last five stations situated inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (To walk from Ecco Homo Arch area to Jaffa Gate area). The Lithostratos, or “The Pavement”, is located at the third station of the Via Dolorosa and is where Pilate heard and sought to release Jesus. (John 19:13). Ecco Homo Arch. The reconstructed ruins of this arch, with its three openings, can be seen as you move from the second to the third station of the Via Dolorosa. This spot is named for Pilate’s presentation of Jesus to the Jews after He was scourged, where he said, “Ecce Homo!” or “Behold the man!” (John 19:1–5). The Church of the Holy Sepulchre known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha or Calvary where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. (Overnight in Jerusalem, Meals: B/L/D)
The Temple Mount is one of the most controversial and hotly contested sites in the world. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, it has special significance to the Jews as it was the site of both the First and Second Temples. Many Jews also believe that the Temple Mount is the site of the third and final Temple, to be built in the time of the Messiah. The Temple Mount also has great significance to the Muslims. The
Dome of the Rock, believed to be the spot from which the prophet Muhammad ascended through the heavens to God accompanied by the archangel Gabriel, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are located here. The Temple Mount was built on Mount Moriah, where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22). It was also where Jesus was presented in the Temple by His earthly parents Joseph and Mary and later stayed behind to debate with the teachers. (Luke 2:22–50) The veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died at the cross. (Matthew 27:51) The Dome of the Tablets/Spirits is located on the Temple Mount, just north of the Dome of the Rock. There is a theory by Dr Asher Kaufman that this dome marks the site of the Holy of Holies in the Second Temple, as the east-west line aligning the Mount of Olives with the Eastern Gate and the Temple cuts through this very location.
The Western Wall is part of the retaining wall from the time of the Second Temple and is the most sacred structure in Judaism. Jews have been praying at the Western Wall for centuries believing that the spot is the holiest site on earth after the Holy of Holies. Your friends can see you live at the wall via the Internet when you are there as there are 24-hour video webcams and live cameras installed there.
Jaffa Gate (Free & Easy) is the only gate on the western side of the Old City of Jerusalem and was so named because the road leading from it goes to the port city of Jaffa. Take note of the Hinnom/Gehenna valley that runs from the Jaffa Gate on the west side of the Old City and then eastwards along the south side of Mount Zion until it meets the Kidron Vallley. Lunch Jewish Quarters, in the southwest corner of the Old City, is where the remains of a north-south colonnaded street called the Cardo, complete with some of the original Roman columns, can be found. Just beyond the columns is an underground mall where you will find Jewish stores and art galleries. Ein Karem, the “Spring of the Vineyard”, is the traditional birthplace of John the Baptist, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth, and cousin of Jesus. The Church of St John the Baptist was built here to mark this event. Church of the Visitation stands high up on the hillside of Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. From here there is a wonderful view of the valley and the surrounding wooded hills. Said to be built over the home of John the Baptist's parents. Shopping at Ben Yehuda (Overnight in Jerusalem, Meals: B/L/D)
Translated as “House of Bread” (Hebrew) or “House of Meat” (Arabic), is a city in the West Bank where many significant events in the Bible occurred. Believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem is also where David was born and where the tomb of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel can be found. The city is home to one of the largest Palestinian Christian communities in the Middle East and special arrangements have to be made to enter this city. Please bring passport. Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ's birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.
The Shepherds‟ Field is an area east of Bethlehem, believed to be where the angels appeared to the shepherds in the field and announced the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:8–10) Several churches were built in this area to commemorate the event. You can still see local shepherds tending their flocks here. Nearby is a fertile plain called the Field of Ruth. Knesset Menorah (the seven branch candelabrum) first served as a national symbol, and upon the foundation of the State of Israel, it was chosen as its emblem, to symbolize the continuity and eternity of the Jewish People. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. This museum commemorates the Holocaust of European Jewry perpetrated by the Nazis before and during World War II. The Garden Tomb- Holy Communion to be held here. Located outside the walls of Jerusalem, this garden is also believed to be the tomb and site of Christ’s resurrection. The large cistern located underneath the garden indicates that this could be the garden of Joseph of Arimathea. The Garden Tomb was discovered by General Charles Gordon in 1884 when he identified a prominent rocky crag, which looked like a skull, as Golgotha, or literally “place of a skull”. In the midst of the garden lies a tomb whose interior meets all the requirements for the seating of the two angels who spoke with Mary of Magdala. (John 20:10–18). (Overnight in Jerusalem, Meals: B/L/D)
After breakfast, leave our hotel in Jerusalem heading towards Galilee, on the way we will visit Beth Shean is an ancient city with a glorious past. The bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from its city walls after they were defeated and killed by the Philistines at nearby Mount Gilboa. During the Greco-Roman period it known as Scythopolis, and its zenith was achieved during the Roman period, when it was one of ten major cities, known as the Decapolis, in the area. (Overnight in Tiberias, Meal: B/L/D) The Sea of Galilee (Boat Ride), also known as the Lake of Gennesaret, Lake Tiberias and Lake Kinneret in the Bible, is a small lake fed by the river Jordan and lying about 180 metres below sea level. Violent storms sometimes rush down from the surrounding mountains causing very rough waters. Here, Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea (Matthew 8:23–27), taught from Peter’s boat (Luke 5:3), and walked on water (Mark 6:45-52). You will take a memorable boat ride in a traditional fishing boat of first-century design. Capernaum. Located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum was the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry (Matthew 4:13) after He left Nazareth. Jesus lived here for a substantial period, healing the sick, preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles like delivering a man of unclean spirits. (Mark 1:23–26) Another miracle that was performed here was the healing of the paralytic lowered through the roof. (Mark 2:1–12) Capernaum was also home to Peter and Andrew (Mark 1:29) and Matthew the tax collector. Recent excavations are reputed to have located the remains of Peter’s house in this vicinity. There are also the remains of a fourth century synagogue, believed to be built by the centurion whose servant Jesus healed. (Luke 7:1–10) It is likely that this was the synagogue in which Jesus declared Himself as the bread of life.
Mount of Beatitudes. This hill at the north-western point of the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus delivered the famous Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5–7; Luke 6) The hill has a hollowed slope that serves as a natural amphitheatre, amplifying any speaker’s voice. It also has a view of Capernaum and Tabgha. Tabgha (name derived from the Greek Heptapegon or "seven springs"). According to tradition, this is the location along the shores of the lake where Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow Him and become “fishers of men”. (Matthew 4:18–19) Walking on, Jesus found James and John preparing their nets in their father Zebedee’s fishing boat, and called them to join him as well. (Matthew 4:20–22) Tabgha is traditionally held to be where the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, or the feeding of the 5,000, took place. (Mark 6:35–44) Church of St Peter's Primacy. This is where the resurrected Jesus showed Himself to His disciples as they were fishing and called out to them. (John 21) A touching scene followed as Jesus restored Peter, who had denied Him before the crucifixion, and commissioned him to look after His sheep. Holy Communion can be held here.
Yardenit Baptisma: “Water baptism for pilgrims to be held here” is the unique and registered site of baptism for Christian pilgrims, at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. The baptismal site is located on the banks of the Jordan River between magnificent eucalyptus trees and the natural river flora. It is an ideal spot for recollection in serenity and tranquility. (Overnight in Tiberias, Meal: B/L/D)
Mount Carmel is where Elijah contested and defeated the prophets of Baal by a mighty demonstration of the power of God (1 Kings 18). You will visit the monastery at the top of the mountain and enjoy the panoramic view. You will be able to see the Nazareth Ridge to the northeast, Mount Tabor and the Hill of Moreh to the east, and to the southeast, Mount Gilboa. Below Mount Carmel lies the plain of Jezreel. Visit to Mt Carmel Assembly (with Pastor David Davies or Ps. Peter Tsukahira and to spend quite some time there fellowshiping with them and the students) Caesarea Philippi (Banias). Located to the north of the Sea of Galilee, on the south-western slope of Mount Hermon, Caesarea Philippi is the source of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan River. Numerous temples were built here during the Hellenistic and Roman periods and this site was named Panias (Banias in Arabic) after the Greek god Pan. Here, Jesus asked His profound question, “Who do men say that I am?” and Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matthew 16:13–20; Mark 8:27–30). If time permits, the Banias waterfall and the Dan River can also be visited. Golan Heights (Mt Bental). In biblical times, this area was known for its cattle and its oak trees. (Amos 4:1–2, Zechariah 11:2, Isaiah 2:13) In the present day, the Golan Heights is a strategically significant area closely guarded by Israel and its neighbours Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. From the top of the military bunker, you can see the borders of all these nations. Mitzpeh Shalom is an observation point on the Golan Heights with an unobstructed view of the entire Sea of Galilee. It also has a good view of Upper and Lower Galilee and the Syrian African Fault Line. The view will allow one to appreciate why Israel and Syria want to control this area.
(Overnight in Tiberias. Meals: B/L/D)
We have to start the tour today early morning Cana in Galilee. Traditionally taken to be the site of Jesus’ first and second miracles, the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1–11) and the healing of the son of a nobleman living in Capernaum (John 4:43–54), Cana was also the home of Nathanael. (John 21:2) This site is located on the road that leads from Nazareth to Tiberias. Re-dedication of marriage ceremony can be conducted at Cana. Then Group will leave for Jordan River Crossing border and cross over to Amman. If time permits we will go for a short Amman city tour and followed by lunch after that before arriving at the International Airport by 03.00 pm. (Meals: B/L)


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