Christian Pilgrimage of Jordan and Israel
Rich in religious history, Jordan and Israel have placed a key role in each of the monotheistic religions. Highlights of this tour will include the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Bethany, where Jesus was Baptised, Mt Nebo, the place from where Moses saw the Promised land and more. You’ll also see some of the richest ruins in the world, and enjoy a rejuvenating swim in the Dead Sea.
Day 1 – Amman
You will be met and assisted at Queen Alia International Airport by our rep before arranging for immigration visas. Your rep will also help you with your luggage and take you to meet your driver. Transfer to the hotel in Amman. Overnight in Amman.
Day 2 – Amman – Jerash – Anjara – Pella – Umm Qais – Amman
Breakfast at hotel, then you will be picked up for your full day tour where you will head north to visit Jerash, once a great city of wealth and importance, and the best-preserved city of the Roman times with its theatres, temples, and colonnaded street. Morning visit to Anjara: this is a relevant place in Christianity, as Jesus with his disciples and the Virgin Mary had a rest in the caves of Anjara during a trip from Jerusalem to the Decapolis cities. Then transfer to visit Pella, and Umm Qais which is a town in northern Jordan near the ruins of the ancient town of Gadara, one of the Decapolis cities. This is the place where, according to the Bible, Jesus performed the miracle of casting out demons from two men into a herd of pigs. It is situated in the extreme north-west of the country, where the borders of Jordan, Israel and Syria meet, perched on a hilltop (378 metres above sea level), overlooking the Sea of Tiberias, the Golan heights and the Yarmuk Gorge.
Drive back to Amman for overnight. (B,D)
Day 3 – Amman – Jerusalem – Bethlehem – Amman
After breakfast, drive to the border to cross to Jerusalem where you will drive to the Mount of Olives to enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem, and visit Dominus Flevit Church whose name means “cry of the Lord” and is said to be the place where Jesus mourned for Jerusalem. You will also visit Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, and Holy Sepulchre, which is said to be the location of Jesus’ empty tomb. We then drive to Bethlehem to visit Nativity Church, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds’ Field, then back to Allenby to cross the border.
Then back to Amman for overnight. (B)
Day 4 – Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Mukawir – Um er-Rasas – Kerak – Petra
After breakfast, drive to Madaba city of mosaics to visit St. George church and the ancient mosaic of the holy land. Continue to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Drive to Mukawir, home of the Castle of Herod the Great and some very dramatic ancient human and political events, including the beheading of John the Baptist, a Jewish revolt against the Roman rule, and prolonged Roman siege and destruction of the rebels. Continue to the town of Um er-Rasas, an important town in the Nabatean times and a frontier station in Roman times. Here you will see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of Kastrom Mefa’a, dotted with 16 churches and some well-preserved mosaics.
After the tour, transfer to Kerak to visit the famous Crusader castle, then transfer to Petra for overnight. (B,D)
Day 5 – Petra visit- Amman
After breakfast, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra, also proclaimed as one of the new seven wonders of the world. A vast and unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. The Treasury is merely the first of the many wonders that make up Petra. As you enter the Petra Valley you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this place and its outstanding architectural achievements including hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. Drive back to Amman.
Overnight in Amman. (B,D)
Day 6 – Amman – Lot’s Cave – Dead Sea – Baptism Site (Bethany) – Amman
After breakfast, drive to visit Lot’s Cave, then proceed to the Dead Sea which is the lowest point of elevation on land in the world. Here we will have free time for leisure and swimming, and a chance to try the muddy sand on your skin. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that you cannot help but float on the water, due to the high quantity of salt in it. We then drive to visit Bethany, believed to be the place where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
Back to hotel in Amman for overnight. (B,D)
Day 7 – Amman
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your departure flight.
This program is designed for semi-independent travellers, and so can be amended according to your interests – we are happy to work with you to add or remove sites or days, or upgrade hotels.
- Meet and assist upon arrival and departure by our representative
- Transportation by modern A/C private vehicle
- English speaking driver during the full day tour in Jordan
- English speaking guide in Jerusalem
- 6 nights accommodation (5 Nights in Amman + 1 Night in Petra ) in DBL or TRPL rooms with daily breakfast & dinner
- 5 Lunches in local restaurant (tourist restaurant)
- Entrance Fees to the mentioned sites in the above program
- Horse Ridding in Petra for 600 meters until the SIQ.
- One Bottle of Mineral Water each person in each day of the tour in Jordan.
- Entry visa to Jordan
- Visa to Israel for restricted nationalities
- Flight tickets
- Any personal expenses such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry
- Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Carriages in Petra
- Tips for the driver, guide, hotels staff
- Extras or any unmentioned items.
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