Israel Egypt Jordan - 15 days
Day 2: Jaffa - Caesarea - Megiddo - Sea of Galilee
Start the day with a short tour of Tel Aviv to view some highlights of this lively and modern city. Continue to Jaffa to see the ancient port city where the story of Jonah the prophet began. We visit the artists’ quarter, the house of Simon the Tanner and the Church of St. Peter. Head northbound to Caesarea, the fortified harbor city that was built 2000 years ago by King Herod. We will visit the Roman amphitheatre, the old aqueduct, the fortress and the old harbor area. On to Haifa via the Mukhraka, which is called also the Horns of Carmel mountains, to view the site where Elijah fought the false prophets. Continue to Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later rebuilt by King Ahab. The books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we study the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. Arrive in Tiberias for overnight and dinner.
Day 3: Galilee - Capernaum - Tabgha - Caesarea Philippi
After breakfast we drive via the home of Mary Magdalene to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount. Then a short journey to Capernaum, the place where Jesus recruited his followers. We will see the remains of the house of Peter and the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached to the multitude. Continue to Tabgha, located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and visit the place where the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes took place. Visit the Church of St. Peter Primacy, where Peter got his primacy from the Lord and where the Rock of Mensa Christi is located. Head north to the Golan Heights to visit the Banias, also known as Caesarea Philipi. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Galilee Region
Start the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and visit the ancient wooden boat, which is said to date back to the times of Jesus. Continue to the baptismal site on the Jordan River and to Cana, the place where Jesus performed his first miracle, changing water into wine. On the way to Nazareth, visit Mary’s Well on the way, the site where Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. In Nazareth visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Drive through the Galilee hills to explore Tzippori (Sepphoris) the Capital of the Galilee in Herod’s time. Head to Mount Tabor and enjoy the spectacular view of the Galilee and visit the Church of Transfiguration, where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Tiberias - Beth Shean - Jericho - Jerusalem
After breakfast leave Tiberias and drive to Bet She’an, one of the most impressive roman and Byzantine sites in Israel. Visit the ancient city with its fine relics. After lunch, drive through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the biblical oldest city, from where we will see a view of the Mount Of Temptation. On to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Jerusalem - Bethlehem
After a breathtaking panoramic view from the Mount of Olives over the city, visit Dominos Flevit and continue to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, to see the Rock of Agony,the place where Jesus said his last prayer before he was arrested. Walk to Mt..Zion along the way of Christ. Continue through the Kidron Valley to see the tombs of Absalom, Zachary and James. Stand next to the Southern Wall and view the City of David, visit the Church of Peter in Gallicantu, the site where Peter denied his Lord three times, and also the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, who was involved in the trial of Jesus after his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the afternoon visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields, which are both located in the city of Bethlehem, said to be the birthplace of Jesus. Return to Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 7: Jerusalem
After breakfast, visit the Old City to see the Western Wall, the most important Jewish religious site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. Walk up to the Temple Mount and visit the Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. Walk to the Pools of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, a fine example of Crusader architecture. Continue along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and walk through the colorful bazaar to the Jaffa Gate and the Garden Tomb. Finally, we visit Yad Vashem, the largest memorial site in Israel commemorating the Jewish Holocaust during the Second World War. Overnight and dinner in Jerusalem.
Day 8: Qumran - Dead Sea - Massada
After breakfast we drive to Jericho, the world’s oldest city, for a view of the Mt. of Temptation, where Jesus was tempted by the Devil. Then we descend via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea area – the lowest point in Earth. By ascending cable car we reach the Massada fortress, the place where almost 1,000 Jews preferred their own death rather than urrender to the Romans. Enjoy the unique landscape and the impressive ruins of the fortress built by Herod. On to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls where discovered and, if time permits, enjoy a “float” in the therapeutic and mineral-rich waters of the Dead sea. Overnight and dinner in Jerusalem.
Day 9: Dead Sea - Eilat
After breakfast head south to Eilat, enjoying the scenery of the Judean Desert and the mountains along the way. Enjoy all that Eilat offers to its visitors, such as the lovely beach promenade and water sport activities, or just sit in one of the many beautiful and modern cafes or restaurants. You will also have an opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory, one of the largest sea aquariums in the world, which is built into a coral reef. Overnight and dinner in Eilat.
Day 10: Eilat - Petra
After breakfast we leave the hotel to cross the Arava border point and drive to Petra, considered the most famous and magnificent site in Jordan and the legacy of the Nabataeans – Arabs who settled in Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, which enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Walk through the Siq, a long narrow gorge with steeply rising sides and blocks the sun and suddenly the gorge opens into a natural square dominated by Petra’s most famous monument, The Treasury (El-Khazneh), whose intricately carved facade glows in the dazzling sun. Drive back to Eilat for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Eilat - St. Catherine Monastery (Sinai)
After breakfast we leave Eilat for the Taba border to cross into Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula. While driving, explore the magnificent desert views where the Twelve Tribes of Israel walked until they reached the Promised Land. Arrive at the St. Catherine Monastery, the oldest working Christian monastery located at the foot of Mt. Sinai. This monastery was built 1500 years ago by the Roman Emperor Justinian, and it is located where God appeared to Moses and where he received the Ten Commandments. Overnight and dinner in St.Catherine area.
Day 13: Cairo
After breakfast we spend the day experiencing ancient Egyptian culture.
Visit the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, which houses the greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures in the world. Continue to the Ben Ezra Synagogue built in the 9th century, the oldest Jewish place of worship in Egypt, and the 4th century Hanging Church built on the base of the ancient Roman wall above the Nile River. Continue to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where you can find rugs, copper, leather, perfumes and other goods at bargain prices.
Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 14: Cairo - Memphis - Sakkara - Pyramids
After breakfast we start a full day tour exploring the antiquities from the beginning of a civilization that arose more than 5000 years ago.
Discover Memphis and Sakkara, the Pyramids and the great Sphinx, which symbolizes the ancient Egypt and was built more than 4000 years ago.
Diner and overnight in Cairo.
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