Jordan & the Holy Land
Join a pilgrim tour to the Holy Land and Jordan. You can start in Tel Aviv, make your way to Jerusalem, visit the Sea of Galilee, then make your way to Petra and Amman before heading back. It’s a spiritual experience you’ll never forget.
Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv
Depart today towards Tel Aviv. Meals will be served during the international flight.
Day 2: Tel Aviv
Upon arrival, your tour escort will be at the gate to greet you and take you to the private motor coach for the transfer to a seashore hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner in the company of your travel companions. (WD)
Day 3: Caesarea –Nazareth – Cana – Tiberias
This morning travel to Caesarea, the place where St. Peter converted the Centurion Cornelius, the first pagan to become a Christian, and where St. Paul was in prison for two years before his trial in Rome; visit the Crusader walled city and Roman ruins. Continue to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, erected over part of the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then, St. Joseph’s Shop, a small church built on the site of St. Joseph’s home and workshop. Last visit in Nazareth will be to the Church of Mary’s Well, built over Nazareth’s only fresh water spring used by the Holy Family. Then, travel to Cana, the site of Our Lord’s first miracle at the wedding feast. Travel to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 4: Sea of Galilee
Begin the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Our Lord Jesus Christ did much of His preaching and many of His Apostles were fishermen. Then in Capernaum, visit the church built over the ruins of St. Peter’s house. Continue to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, where Our Lord appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection. Afterwards, visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes to commemorate the miracle. Ascend by motor-coach to the Mount of Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5: Tiberias – Mount Tabor – Jerusalem
This morning travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Afterwards proceed to Jerusalem for a sightseeing of the Mount of Olives that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the site where Our Lord wept over the city, now known as Dominus Flevit (Latin for “The Lord wept”). Afterwards, walk down the hill to visit the Church of All Nations built over the rock in the Garden of Gethsemane, on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Close by, visit the site where since ancient times it has been considered the empty Tomb of the Virgin Mary, the place where Our Lady was laid to rest. Next to it is the Cave of Gethsemane, the traditional site of Christ’s betrayal by Judas. Continue to the Church of the Paternoster, built above a grotto where Our Lord Jesus Christ taught the Lord’s Prayer. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)
Day 6: Jerusalem the Old City
Early gathering at Antonia Fortress to follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, walked by Our Lord on the way to His Crucifixion, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Christ’s Crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection. Afterwards, pass through St. Stephen’s Gate, the site where St. Stephen, first Christian martyr, was stoned to death. Continue to the Church of St. Anne, marking the place where the parents of the Blessed Mother lived. Visit as well the nearby Pools of Bethesda, where Our Lord healed the paralytic. Afterwards, see the Ecce Homo Arch, the site where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the crowds. Nearby, stop at the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Chapel of the Condemnation. Next, visit the Western or Wailing Wall of the Temple, the holiest site for the Jewish people. (BB, D)
Day 7: Jerusalem: Excursion to Qumran, Masada, the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Bethany
This morning travel to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Continue south to Masada, where in 73 AD, 960 men, women, and children, having withstood a prolonged siege, chose to die by their own swords rather than submit to Roman slavery. Next, enjoy free time to float on the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. On the return trip to Jerusalem make a stop in Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities for a distant view of the Mount of Temptations. It was in Jericho where Our Lord healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zaccheus the tax collector. Our Lord also chose the road to Jericho as the setting for the parable of the Good Samaritan. On your return to Jerusalem, stop at Bethany, the town where the resurrection of St. Lazarus took place. (BB, D)
Day 8: Jerusalem: Mount Sion. Excursion to Bethlehem and Ein Kerem
This morning travel to the Kidron Valley to Caiaphas’ Palace in Mount Zion, known today as St. Peter in Galicantu (“crowing rooster”), where St. Peter denied Our Lord. Next, visit the Church of the Dormition, commemorating Our Lady’s Assumption. Nearby, visit the Hall of the Last Supper, the site of Christ’s last meal with His Disciples. Next, depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem; stop at Shepherds’ Field, the site commemorating the appearance of the angels on the first Christmas night. Then, the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Our Lord was born. Connected to the Church of the Nativity, visit St. Catherine’s Church; descend to the grottoes of the Holy Innocents, St. Joseph, and St. Jerome, where the saint wrote the Vulgate. In the afternoon, travel to Ein Kerem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built over the Grotto of the Nativity of St. John and the Church of the Visitation that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 9: Jerusalem – Jerash – Petra
An early departure from the hotel to the Sheikh Hussein Border. After completing passport formalities, enter the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Travel to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, called Gerasa in Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Greco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria, and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupation at this location for more than 2,500 years. The most well known monuments include the colonnaded street, the Temple of Zeus, the Forum, and Hadrian’s Arch. Continue to the amazing city of Petra. Onto the King’s Highway, drive through the land of the Moab, to the east view the hilltop palace/fortress of Machareus, where St. John the Baptist was beheaded. Overnight in Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites the descendents of Esau. (BB, D)
Day 10: Petra – Amman
Morning sightseeing of Petra. Walk through the “Siq”, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone. 2,000 years ago the Nabateans carved a city out of the rose red rock and its Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh you are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures. Afterwards continue to Amman for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 11: Amman – Mount Nebo – Jerusalem
Mount Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The drive continues to the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge, view to the north the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Our Lord was baptized. Crossing back into Israel, drive to Jerusalem for free time and to celebrate the end of a wonderful trip with a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)
Day 12: Transatlantic flight back to the U.S.
After breakfast this morning transfer to Tel Aviv to board your return flight to the U.S. (BB)
(BB) Buffet Breakfast * (D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome dinner *(FD) Farewell dinner
Call us today at (800) 290-3876, or contact us online to get started with your group tour to the Holy Land and Jordan. Catholic Heritage Tours does all the work of arranging travel, lodging, and Holy Masses. Your job is to enjoy the experience.