See the stories of the Scriptures come to life as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus on this faith-based journey which includes some of Christianity’s most important sites. In Israel, visit sites of biblical importance such as Megiddo, Cana and the Mount of Beatitudes and hear the stories of the Bible told over time. The Old City of Jerusalem will leave you amazed as you see and learn more about Jesus’ life. And with an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, it’s the perfect way to wind down and prepare for the next highlight, Jordan, a combination of history, art and fun but also opportunities for meditation. Enjoy four-wheeling through sand dunes of the desert; discover Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®; and enjoy a relaxing two-night stay at a Dead Sea resort. Visit Mount Nebo where Moses saw the Promised Land, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. These are opportunities for prayer and reflection, bringing you closer to your faith and at the same time appreciating a truly inspirational destination.
TEL AVIVWelcome dinnerJAFFAWalking tour of the ancient portCAESAREAVisit the Roman amphitheater and the Crusader fortress MEGIDDOVisit the biblical siteMUHRAQAPanoramic view of the Jezreel ValleyCANAVisit the site of the first miracleNAZARETHVisit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s ChurchSEA OF GALILEEEnjoy a cruiseMOUNT OF BEATITUDESVisit the site where Jesus delivered his sermon TABGHAVisit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy CAPERNAUM Visit the site where Jesus recruited his first followersMAGDALAVisit the first-century cityJORDAN RIVERVisit a baptismal siteBET SHE’ANSee the Roman amphitheater EIN KAREMVisit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of VisitationBETHLEHEMVisit the Church of the NativityJERUSALEMVisit the Garden Tomb; panoramic view from the Mount of Olives; guided walking tour, visit the Garden of Gethsemane, follow the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa; visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and walk through the Jewish Quarter to Mount Zion; visit the Upper Room, the tomb of King David, and the house of Caiaphas; farewell dinner
Situated high in the Judean Hills, Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world, presenting a unique combination of ancient history, spiritual sanctity and colorful cultures.
Established 3000 years ago by King David, Jerusalem is a fascinating city of many contrasts and diversities. It is a city where old and new, holy and secular, pure nature and beautiful architecture mix into magical harmony of smells, sounds and sights. Sacred to the world's three main religions, Jerusalem is a captivating city, whose visitors are left touched and inspired by the shining glow of its religious shrines, picturesque scenery and magnificent golden limestone. It is home to the Israeli parliament, the President's Residence and the government offices. A visit to Jerusalem, known as the "City of Gold" is an unforgettable experience.
Stretched along the beautiful beach of the Mediterranean, Tel-Aviv is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. It is a busy metropolis, which inspires visitors with an atmosphere of excitement and fun. With its seafront skyscrapers and exclusive hotels, Tel-Aviv presents a lively combination of entertainment venues, shopping malls, exotic markets, nonstop active nightlife, gorgeous golden beaches, and wonderful restaurants. It is also the country's greatest cultural center, a home for a variety of museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls. By contrast, the ancient port city of Jaffa, has a medieval appearance. This special blend of Mediterranean ambience, seaside resort and modern facade is what makes the city so uniquely appealing.
From Jordan's port on the Red Sea, you can travel to the mysterious lost city of Petra, which was hidden for centuries. At first it looks like a mirage: rugged sandstone hills seem to melt into windows and doorways, columns and gargoyles. But it is not: all the buildings of Petra, except one, were elaborately carved into the rock hills by a nomadic Arabian tribe in the 6th century B.C. It is a remarkable sight. You can also visit Wadi Rum, where Bedouin families set black goat-hair tents at the base of massive, striated "jebels," the sheer-faced hills of the region.
Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is built on seven enchanting hills. Gleaming white houses, kebab stalls and cafes are interspersed with bustling markets and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. The greatest charm of Amman, however, is found in the hospitality of its residents who give visitors a warm welcome.
There are many reasons why the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and the largest "Natural Spa" in the world, is also one of the world's true natural wonders and a unique tourism destination. Starting with the Dead Sea itself, it is a one-of-a-kind body of water, 1,373 feet below sea level with mineral-rich waters and mud flow with natural health and beauty benefits acclaimed globally. Visitors to the Dead Sea come to a world of blue skies, year-round sunshine, magnificent natural landscape, and extraordinary touring options, such as thrilling encounters with history and exploration of the living desert.
Less than an hour's drive from Jerusalem, the Dead Sea is also a Sea of Peace, joining Israel and Jordan. Recognized as a mini-universe with its own micro-climate, the Dead Sea is the saltiest and most mineral-laden body of water in the world. The unparalleled buoyancy and warmth of the water has everyone floating. And its health promoting thermo-mineral springs and world famous cosmetic black mud have been praised by visitors for millennia.
The city of Tiberias is built on a slight projection of the hills into the Sea of Galilee, about midway in the lake’s length, where the slope dips steeply into the water’s western edge. The city climbs rapidly from the shore (680 feet below the Mediterranean) to near 1500 feet above the lake’s shore. This rapid elevation gain results in a wide variation in temperature and weather within the city’s limits. Even the vegetation varies widely, being more toward tropical near the water’s edge while cactus is common in upper Tiberias, it being much drier.
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