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Good afternoon and welcome to our 20 day Holy Land tour! Departing Melboune today we fly to Bangkok and then onto Amman. Overnight on board flight. TG 466Y 14 MAY - MEL/BKK YK30 1500/2130 RJ 181Y 15 MAY - BKK/AMM NO30 0030/0515
Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! We will be there to meet you at the airport. We will then go for breakfast, before check in. Remainder of today at leisure.
Today we driving north and visit the Roman ruins of Jerash. Recognised as one of the best-preserved member cities of the Decapolis, Jerash is deservedly one of Jordan’s major attractions. The traditional Roman street is very impressive and still boasts chariot ruts, the South Theatre boasts astonishing ancient amplification. We continue to Umm Qais, a dramatic black-basalt Roman city and then Aljun before returning to Amman.
Morning city tour of Amman (Decapolis Philadelphia), including the Citadel and Archeological Museum. We then visit Mt. Nebo, legendary site from which Moses viewed the Promised Land. Before driving to the ruins and beautiful mosaics of Umm ar-Rassas. We continue south to visit Shobak Crusader Castle, before travelling onto Petra.
Welcome to the Rose City! Access to the city on our guided exploration is through the famous narrow, deep siq. The rocks then give way to the most amazing site – that of the fantastically impressive Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates, public buildings and more. The intrepid can ascend to Ad Deir better known as the monestery.
This morning we return to Petra by the “secret road” route. Visit the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa and the Royal Tombs. This afternoon we drive to Wadi Rum where we enjoy a jeep tour of the moonscape terrain, dinner and overnight camping in the heart of the desert.
After breakfast at our campsite, we drive to Aqaba. Afternoon at leisure at this beachside town.
Today we drive along Wadi Araba road and to visit Bethany - the newly excavated Maqdas Baptismal Site. Afterwards, continue to Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface, for a chance to swim in the buoyant mineral rich waters of the world’s oldest spa. Lunch at the Dead Sea hotel, and then we drive to Madaba for dinner at the renowned Haret Jdoudna restaurant.
We spend today exploring Madaba, and Archbishopric during the Byzantine era and home of to the world’s largest collection of the ancient mosaics. We will visit the Madaba Archeological Park, St. George Church, Madaba Museum and Apostles Church.
Today we bid farewell to Jordan with a transfer to the airport for our flight Israel (Flight RJ346Y - AMM/TLV NO30 1615/1700). Welcome to Israel, we will be there to meet you at Tel Aviv airport and transfer you through to your hotel. Remainder of today at leisure.
Today we visit ancient Joppa - the house of Simon the Tanner (Apostles 10: 9-16) and the place of the Miracle of the resurrection of Tabita (Apostles 9: 36-43). We drive north to Caesarea Maritima, explore the Roman Theater, Herod's Palace, the Palace of the Roman Procurator (Apostles 23: 23 and Apostles 26: 23 - Paul; Apostles 10: 20-48 - Peter and Cornelius), the Amphitheater and the Crusaders' City and Harbor. Next Mount Carmel to visit the Monastery of the Muhraka. Through the Druze villages, Daliyat el Carmel and Usifiya, we proceed to Haifa for a panoramic view of the city. We then explore Acre's old city, before Galilee and onto Tiberias.
This morning we have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14: 22-23). The ride will end at Ginnosar, to visit the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus that was found nearby. Drive onto Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 7) where we shall visit the heptagonal church. Proceed to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fish (Matthew 14: 14-34). Driving along the Northern shores of the Sea of Galilee we reach Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where he lived in the house of Peter performing from there his miracles and healings (Matthew 4: 13, Matthew 8: 14-15). Through the Golan Heights, to Banyas - the ancient Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16: 13-20).
After breakfast, we drive to the Southern part of the See of Galilee to explore the Yardenit Baptismal site. We then travel to the ancient town of Beit Shean with its new excavations of the Roman and Byzantine periods, then to Beit Alfa with its ancient synagogue with marvelous mosaics inside. Drive on to Gideon Springs, where Gideon gathered the sons of Israel to fight the Medianates (Judges 7: 1). We then drive onto Jerusalem.
Today we ascend the Mount of Olives for a wonderful panoramic view of the Old City with the Temple Mount. Walking down the Mount of Olives, we then reach the Church of Dominus Flevit (Luke 19: 41-44). We then go to the Garden of Gethsemane - the place where Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26: 36-58), to see the old olive trees and visit the Basilica of the Agony. Driving through the Kidron Valley, we reach the Dung Gate and enter the Old City to visit the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). We walk a part of the Via Dolorosa via the exotic bazaar, to get to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Through the newly rebuilt Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo to the Mount Zion to visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.
Morning visit to the Model of Jerusalem, as it was at the time of the Second Temple. Proceed to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and then to the Synagogue at the Hadassa Hospital where we see the famous stained glass windows of Marc Chagall. Drive to the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept, then see the Menorah in front of the Knesset - the Israeli Parliament. Lastly today we drive to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7).
This morning we drive to the Good Samaritan Inn (Luke 8: 25-37) to the mountain fortress of Massada, stronghold of the Jews in the war against the Romans. We ascend the fortress by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great, the Roman baths and pools. Descend for a possible "dip" and "float" in the salty mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea, the worlds lowest place. On the way back to Jerusalem, we stop in Qumran, the city of the Essens, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in a cave by a shepherd.
Day at leisure in Jerusalem.
Day at leisure. Early this evening we enoy a farewell dinner, before we bid you farewell with a departure airport transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our flights back to Melbourne via Amman and Bangkok. Arriving back into Melbourne at 12:05 on the 2nd June. RJ341Y 31MAY - TLV/AMM NO30 2330 0015 01JUN RJ180Y 01JUN - AMM/BKK NO30 0210 1515 TG465Y 02JUN - BKK/MEL YK30 0015 1205
As one of the oldest cities in the world and considered holy by the three religions of Judaism, Christianity and ...