10 Day tour that includes Petra, Galilee & Jerusalem
New York: $3179
Los Angeles, San Francisco or Chicago: $3298
November 5 – 14, 2018
November 27 – December 6, 2018
February 21 – March 2, 2019 *
March 14 – 21, 2019*
Please add $100 to the above rates for all 2019 departure dates.
Rates include everything except lunches!
Economy class airfare from USA
Meeting & assistance on arrival & departure
Porterage at airport and hotels
8 overnights at four star hotels
Experienced Guide Escort transfer upon arrival and departure
7 Full days sightseeing as per program
English speaking tour guide throughout the entire tour
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WIFI
Full buffet breakfast and dinners at hotels daily.
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Jordan Departure Tax
Pilgrimage Certificate in Israel
Friendship Tours kit in Israel
Pastors always Travel for Free!
DAY 1 USA • AMMAN
Depart from USA for Amman, Jordan. Meals and overnight on board. After dinner relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
DAY 2 AMMAN
Arrive Amman late this evening. Transfer to our hotel for overnight.
DAY 3 AMMAN • MT NEBO • PETRA
This morning we travel to Petra via Mt. Nebo. Mt. Nebo which is reputed to be the tomb of Moses. Visit an ancient church building which houses magnificent mosaics dating back to the 6th century. Proceed to the hilltop fortress of Machaerus. Machaerus is the infamous setting of the beheading of John the Baptist. The historian Josephus corroborates a story from the Gospels in which John the Baptist condemned Herod Antipas’s marriage to his brother’s wife, Herodias. Herodias’s daughter Salome danced for her step-father, and when he offered to grant anything she asked, she demanded the beheading of John the Baptist. Visit “Bethany Beyond the Jordan.” In 2015, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee added the archaeological complex at Al-Maghtas, Jordan—dubbed the Biblical “Bethany beyond the Jordan”—to its World Heritage List. The site has been venerated as the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus since the late Roman–early Byzantine periods, when early Christians began making pilgrimages to the area. Proceed to Petra for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 PETRA • TIBERIAS
This morning we tour the city of Petra, lost to the world for centuries, the “Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time”, lay hidden in the mountains of southern Jordan. We travel part of the way on horseback and the rest on foot through the deep and narrow passages. The Treasury finally appears magnificently and immediately in front of us after we emerge from what seems like a hundred turns in the ravine. Now, we begin our exploration of what both the Nabateans and Romans left for us to witness. Later this afternoon we travel north to Tiberias, Israel. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 5 TIBERIAS
Refreshed from a good night’s sleep you may wish to stroll the beach before a full Israeli Buffet Breakfast. Today we pass through the fast growing towns and farms of the Plain of Sharon enroute to Caesarea, site of major events in the lives of Peter and Paul. It’s on to Megiddo, inspiration for James Michener’s “The Source”. Archaeological digs reveal 20 layers of civilization, including fortifications of King Solomon and the water tunnel of King Ahab. Megiddo provides a magnificent view of the fertile Jezreel Valley, prophesied site of Armageddon, at the crossroads of the ancient Via Maris. Continue through the rolling hills of the Galilee to Nazareth, site of Mary’s Well, and Cana, site of His first miracle, before arriving in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 6 TIBERIAS
This day alone is worth the trip! We are now literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus. We will take a most memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, in a replica of the ancient wooden boat used in Jesus’ day. We will visit an ancient boat believed to be from Jesus’ time found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986. We walk into old Capernaum with the ancient synagogue; on to the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Tabgha), the Sermon on the Mount and the Mount of Beatitudes. You will have an opportunity for a lunch of St. Peter’s fish (optional.) Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Tiberias.
DAY 7 TIBERIAS • JERUSALEM
This morning we will visit the Jordan River and have the opportunity for a baptismal service. Drive along the Jordan Valley to Beit She’an to see the expansive excavations taking place at this ancient Roman Decapolis city. Stop at Gideon’s Spring where Gideon selected his soldiers to do battle against the Midianites. It’s now time to “go up” to Jerusalem. We will enter the city as pilgrims did since ancient times to fulfill the words of the prophet “I was glad when they said unto me: ‘Our feet shall stand within thy Gates, O Jerusalem’ ” (Psalms 122:1-2.) Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 8 JERUSALEM
Start the day with a magnificent view of the Old City from the top of the Mt. of Olives. Take the “Palm Sunday Walk” to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations and drive across the Kidron Valley. Enter the Old City through St. Stephen’s Gate (Lions’ Gate) to the Muslim Quarter, visit the beautiful Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, and the Ecce Homo Arch. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, into the Christian Quarter, and see the Stations of the Cross. Drive to Mt. Zion to see the House of Caiaphas and the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We will visit Bethlehem and see Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, and view Shepherds’ Fields and the Fields of Boaz and Ruth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9 JERUSALEM
We will begin the day with a visit to the reconstructed Jewish Quarter, walk through the Cardo, the original Roman street and see the amazing remains of the massive wall built by King Hezekiah. See the important excavations taking place at the Western Wall and the Southern Temple Staircase. On to the Temple Mount, where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. See the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque that now stands there. End the afternoon at Golgotha (Gordon’s Calvary) and the empty Garden Tomb. Special time is planned for worship, communion, meditation and inspiration. This evening we will share in a Farewell Dinner and the presentation of a Certificate of Pilgrimage to each tour participant.. Late this evening and after dinner we transfer to the airport. Our guide will assist us with check-in procedures.
DAY 10 ISRAEL • USA
Depart Tel Aviv early this morning. We arrive home today with wonderful memories of a visit to the Land of the Bible!
NOTE: The tour operator reserves the right to alter any part of this “suggested” itinerary.