A journey through the holyland is a 13Days program. Departure from San Francisco.
Highlights of the day: Amman
Highlights of the day: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Church of St. George, Amman, Dead Sea, Machaerus
Madaba - Referred to as "The City of Mosaics". In many respects Madaba is a typical East Bank town which differs in one major aspect: underneath almost every house lies a fine Byzantine mosaic.
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George - is a 6th-century Byzantine showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south.
Amman - The trip south of Amman along the 5,000 years old King’s Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites Jordan, the memorial of Moses, and the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place. From a platform in front of the church one can enjoy a breath taking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea -Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. It’s famously hyper saline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments at area resorts. The surrounding desert offers many oases and historic sites.
Machaerus - Is a fortified hilltop palace located in Jordan 25 km southeast of the mouth of the Jordan River on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. According to Flavius Josephus, it is the location of the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist. According to the chronology of the Bible (Mark 6:24; Matthew 14:8), this infamous execution took place in 32 AD shortly before the Passover, following an imprisonment of two years. The site also provides the setting for four additional New Testament characters: Herod the Great; his son, Tetrarch Herod Antipas; his second wife, Princess Herodias, and her daughter, Princess Salome.
Highlights of the day: Sheikh Hussein Bridge, Nazareth, Basilica of the Annunciation, Cana
Nazareth - The site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade, and grew to manhood.
Basilica of the Annunciation - Built over the grotto where Archangel Gabriel appeared to announce that she would bear a son, Jesus.
Cana - Where Jesus performed his first Miracle, changing water into wine at the wedding feast.
Highlights of the day: Mt.Tabor, Church of Beatitudes, Church of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves, Church of Primacy of Peter, Capernaum, Yardenit
Mt.Tabor - The sacred site of the Transfiguration.
Church of Beatitudes - Where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.
Church of Primacy of Peter - The place where Jesus bestowed St. Peter with his authority. This is believed to be the place where Jesus dined with his disciple’s. The flat rock known as Mensa Christ of Christ's table commemorates this event.
Capernaum - Where Jesus began his Galilean ministry, see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the site of Peter’s home.
Sea of Galilee - Where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on the water.
Yardenit - The traditional baptismal site
Highlights of the day: Haifa, Stella Maris Monastery, St. Peter’s Church, Persian Hanging Gardens
Haifa - Israel's largest port city, built on the slopes of Mt. Carmel.
Stella Maris Monastery - See the caves of Mount Carmel where Elijah, the prophet who lived.
Muhraqa - The place of sacrifice and the site where Prophet Elijah defeated the False Prophets of Ba’al.
Highlights of the day: Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds field, tomb of King David, Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu, Mount of Temptation and Sycamore Tree
Bethlehem - which is located in the Judah province. It was here that the Angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds of Bethlehem during the reign of King Herod.
Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus and the City of David, Manager Square; Shepherds field and Grotto of St. Jerome.
Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu - which symbolizes Peter's Denial of Jesus as he has prophesied at the Last Supper and then visit the traditional house of high priest, Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned.
Mount of Temptation and Sycamore Tree - It is also the place where Jesus stopped on this way to Jerusalem, on the Eve of the Passover and were Jesus cured the blind man during his stay at Zacchaeus house.
Highlights of the day: Pool Beit Hasda, Via Dolorosa, 14 Stations of the Cross to Golgotha, Chapel of Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, Basilica of Agony, Ein Karem, Judah, Church of Visitation,
Beit Hasda - Where Jesus held the crippled man
Via Dolorosa - Traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus. Follow the 14 Stations of the Cross to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified marking significant events along the route.
Chapel of the Flagellation - Where, according to tradition, the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus and placed a crown of thorns on His head
Ecce Homo Arch - Early tradition held that Pontius Pilate stood here and thundered "Ecce Homo!" Which means "Behold the man", which is what Pilate said when he presented Jesus to the crowd. However, we now know that pagan Emperor Hadrian constructed the arch.
Convent of the Sisters of Zion - Below the Convent are the Lithotrities where Jesus was publicly tried and where the Roman soldiers mocked him. The last 5 Stations of the Cross are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre visible from the distance, wish is two silver domes.
Chapel of Dominus Flevit - Where Jesus wept over eminent destruction of Jerusalem. The chapel is built in the shape of a tear as a poignant reminder to this event.
Garden of Gethsemane - Where Jesus prayed while Judah betrayed him to the Romans.
Ein Karem - Located in the hills next to a little spring. This is the city of Judah and birthplace of John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth & Zechariah.
Highlights of the day: Lazarus Tomb
Bethany - home town of Mary, Martha & Lazarus.
Highlights of the day: St. Catherine Monastery, Sharm El Sheikh
St. Catherine Monastery - Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centres of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's itself, and a 6th century church reputed to lie directly on the site of the Burning Bush.
Highlights of the day: Cairo, Pharaonic Village Cruising on the River Nile
Pharaonic Village - Visit Paranoiac Village, is an Egypt's historic park. It's a unique place where Egypt's entire history is explained in 2 to 3 hours including our ancient history as well as our modern history. It is located on an island in the Nile, just 3 miles south of the centre of Cairo. In this village you are transported by floating amphitheatres, and a hundred actors and actresses demonstrate scenes from ancient Egypt (Papyrus making, sculpting, home building….etc.).
Highlights of the day: Pyramids, Sphinx
Pyramids - The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. There are in fact three main pyramids in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), The Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb to a different King of Egypt.
Sphinx - or Abu al-Hol in Arabic, "Father of Terror". Carved out of a single block of stone, this enormous cat-like sculpture has mesmerized millions of visitors.
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