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Israel & Jordan (Lands of the Bible)

October 06 to 20, 2018

Along the banks of the River Jordan, three great religions flourished. At this pivotal crossing between east and west, the Nabateans built the “Hidden City” of Petra. Undiscovered for centuries its secrets are at last being explored. Here too the Romans built Jerash (ancient Gerasa), fabled city of the Decapolis. Jordan is a monarchy with democratic values that stands as a pillar against religious governance. Israel, the name alone stirs the soul. Visit Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus, Jerusalem site of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall of King Solomon’s Temple and the stunning Israel Museum. Explore Megiddo the biblical Armageddon, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through history as you tour Caesarea, Gethsemane and Safed. Experience the thrill of discovery in the caves at Qumran. Ascend Masada to hear the story of “freedom” as written by the Roman scholar Josephus.

Led by local guides

Tour cost per person in double occupancy (Air & Land): $5,995.00

Single Supplement: $995.00

Air Credit for not using our air: $850.00

Group Size minimum is 6 participants, maximum is 14 participants

Tour Includes:

  • International roundtrip airfare from NYC’s JFK 
  • First class hotel accommodations (4* properties)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary: B-breakfast, L-lunch and D-dinner
  • All tours as per itinerary including guidance and entrance fees
  • Transfers/transportation by air-conditioned motor-coach
  • All local taxes and service charges on included items

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges(estimated $480.00)
  • Items of a personal nature (camera fees at sites, laundry, phone calls, emails, excess luggage, etc.)
  • Meals not listed and beverages with all meals
  • Travel protection insurance
  • Airfare from cities other than NYC
  • Transfers if not arriving/departing on scheduled flights/tour dates
  • Dayroom or overnights necessitated by changes in airline schedules
  • Tipping to guides, drivers, porters, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Visa to Jordan (must be obtained from one of their US consulates in advance)
  • Departure tax of USD 15 p.p. (Payable at Allenby bridge/Jordan side)

View Tour Itinerary

Saturday-Sunday, Oct 06-07
USA - Tel Aviv

Depart your hometown arriving in Tel Aviv the second day. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in, dinner and overnight. (D)

Monday, Oct 08
Tel Aviv

Start your full day with a tour of Tel Aviv. Explore Jaffa, home of Simon the Tanner and where the prophet Jonah boarded a ship bound for Tarshish and Peter had his vision. Continue through the main streets of Tel Aviv to the Carmel Market and the newly restored area of Sarona. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B,D)

Tuesday, Oct 09
Caesarea/Acre/Haifa/ Galilee

After breakfast, drive along the coastal road to the port city of Caesarea, the Roman capital of ancient Israel. See the Roman Theater from the days of King Herod and Paul's imprisonment. Head to Haifa to view the golden domed Bahai Temple and its beautiful Persian gardens. Continue to Acre to see the Al Jazar Mosque, the buildings of the Order of Saint John, the subterranean Crusader city, Khan Al Omdan, the Turkish Baths (which now house the municipal museum), and the fortress used as a prison by the British at the time of the mandate. Have lunch at a Druze Village on your way to the Sea of Galilee for your overnight. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, Oct 10
Sea of Galilee Area

Morning drive to Cana to visit the place of Jesus' first public miracle; where water was changed to wine. Head to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Continue to visit the Blessed Cave, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Also view Mary and Joseph's house. Afterwards ascend Mount Tabor with its spectacular view of Galilee, where Jesus was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John. End your day by visiting the Church of Transfiguration. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B,D)

Thursday, Oct 11
Sea of Galilee Area

After breakfast, drive through Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene, Stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus proclaimed his Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha and visit the traditional site of the Multiplication Miracle of Loaves and Fishes. Then head to the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee wherein the Rock of Mensa Christi lies. Afterwards, take a short journey to Capernaum the center of Jesus' ministries. See the remains of the ancient synagogue and the house of Peter. Then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias, upon arrival visit the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Continue to Jerusalem for your overnight. (B,D)

Friday, Oct 12

After breakfast head to visit the old city of Jerusalem, beginning at the Western Wall, where Jesus came to pray. This is part of the original retaining wall of the second temple, built by Herod the Great in 20 BC and is the most holy of all Jewish sites. On the Temple Mount, you will see the beautiful golden-domed architectural treasure – the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque’s holy shrines to the Moslem world. Stop at St. Anne’s Church (the birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation, Ecce Homo Arch ('Behold the Man'), and see the pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man. Pass by the Stations of the Cross on the way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, incorporating both Calvary and the Resurrection Tomb. Afterwards take a short drive to Ein Kerem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. Return to the hotel for your overnight. (B,D)

Saturday, Oct 13

After breakfast drive to Massada for your full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Ascend by cable car to visit the famous rock fortress that was the last stronghold of the zealots in their war against the Romans. Massada relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions and a tragic end, a thrilling story of the site reveals the courage of the defenders and their battle against the conquering Romans. Visit Herod’s palace, the mikveh, storerooms, watchtowers, and the synagogue. Afterwards return to Jerusalem for your overnight. (B,D)

Sunday, Oct 14
Mount of Olives - Jerusalem

Another full day of touring beginning with a visit to the Mount of Olives where you will enjoy an incredible view of Jerusalem. This site is associated with several very important events in the life of Jesus. Walk down the hill, stopping at the church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of the Ascension. Visit the church of Dominus Flevit and the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus endured his agony. Descend across the Valley of Kidron. Continue to Mt. Zion, just outside the city walls, to view the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where the apostle denied Jesus three times. Visit King David's Tomb and the Church of the Dormition from which place Blessed Mary ascended to heaven. Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity, built on the very site where Christ was born. Afterwards return to the hotel in Jerusalem for your dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Monday, Oct 15
Dead Sea

After breakfast, drive via the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) to the Israel Museum with the Shrine of the Book which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and see the model of Jerusalem of second temple period before continuing to the holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem. Have the rest of the day free at leisure. (B,D)

Tuesday, Oct 16
Jerusalem – Bethany – Jerash

Early morning transfer to the Allenby Bridge to cross into Jordan. Upon arrival head to Bethany to visit the baptism site, then continue to Jerash (Gerasa of antiquity), the best preserved city in Roman times, to visit its theaters, temples, churches and colonnaded streets. Afterwards check into the hotel for your dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Wednesday, Oct 17
Mount Nebo – Madaba

After breakfast start your day with a visit to Madaba to see the oldest map of the Holy Land, and its Mosaic School. Continue to visit St. George Church. Have lunch at Haret Jdodna village, then head to Mt. Nebo and the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley and visit the church with its mosaics. Afterwards head to Petra and check into the Petra Guest House for your dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Thursday, Oct 18

Enjoy your full day visit of Petra, the city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, the Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. After lunch, take the winding path up to the Monastery. Return to the guest house for your dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Friday, Oct 19
Petra - Amman

Early morning is a chance for those who would like to witness the amazing sunrise over Petra and/or revisit the site before departing via the expressway to head to Amman. You should arrive in the city later in the afternoon and have the rest of the day at leisure to pursue independent activities, to do some last minute shopping or visit the archaeological museum of Amman. (B)

Saturday Oct. 20
Amman - USA

Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your flight back to the USA.

“We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed.”