Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Four Days Holy Land Tour

Program 2: 4 Days from Allenby Bridge to Sheik Hussein Border

Day 01: Allenby Bridge - Jerusalem Old City - Bethlehem – Jerusalem Hotel
After meet & assist by our guide outside the border terminal drive to The Holy City Jerusalem. We start with a panoramic view from The Mount of Olives – a good place for an introduction to the city and its history. Then we visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions, represented in Jerusalem: We start with the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans. Usually you can see the various types of Jews who come to worship at this holy place. Then we continue through the Arab Market ("Suq") to the "Via Dolorosa", Jesus' "Way of Suffering", which leads us to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where according to the Christian tradition Jesus was crucified and buried. After lunch we drive to Bethlehem, the Birth town of Jesus Christ. Here we visit the Church of the Nativity, including the Grotto of the Mangery. This church is the oldest church in the world, which was never destroyed till this very day. Important: This visit can be cancelled without prior notice due to security regulations or other reasons which are not under our control. Overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 02: Jerusalem New City - Ein Karem - Jerusalem Hotel (B)
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem's New City: We visit the the famous "Menorah" (Candelabra) situated outside the "Knesset", Israel's parliament. Then a visit at the Israel Museum with the" Shrine of the Book", where the "Dead Sea Scrolls" are exhibited, the Model of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple, we drive to the Picturesque village Ein Karim, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the "St. John in the Mountains" church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard, and prophesized her birth of St. John. Overnight Jerusalem.

Day 03: Old Jaffa – Caesarea – Megiddo - Nazareth/Tiberias Hotel (B)
After breakfast we visit old city of Jaffa, one of the ancient gateways to the Holy Land: Through its port the Cedar trees for Salomon's Temple were brought, the prophet Jonas tried to flee God, but most important: It was in Jaffa where Christianity began to be spread among the nations. Here St. Peter lived in the house of Simon the Tanner and had the "Vision of the Flesh", and here he made his first miracle by healing the little girl. Today Jaffa's renovated alley-ways attract many artists, who have their galleries there. We drive to Caesarea Maritima, the magnificent port-city built by King Herod the Great. From here St. Peter went to Rome and started with his first miracles. In Caesarea's well-preserved theater an inscription of the procurator Pontius Pilate was found. We continue to Tell Meggido, one of Israel's most ancient cities, where we can find traces of fortifications left by the Canaanites, King Salomon, King Ahab, and more, as well as a very sophisticated water system, some claim was built by the king Salomon. This strategic place has always been the scenery of war, and according to John's Revelation it is here where the last battle shall take place, the battle of Armaggedon. Overnight Nazareth or Tiberias.

St Peter Church Jaffa

Day 04: Nazareth – Kana - Mt. Of Beatitudes – Tabhga - Sheik Hussein Border (B)
After early breakfast, transfer to Nazareth, Begin the day with a walking tour of Nazareth including the Church of Annunciation, The old city and the Market (suq), on the way from Nazareth we will pass through Kana and Continue to Capernaum for a visit to Peter's House, than we will go to visit the Church on the Mt. of Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount took place, Tabhga, the Church of the Primacy and the Church of the Multiplication. Late afternoon,transfer to Sheik Hussein Border to cross back into Jordan. 

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