HOLY LAND WITH EGYPT 9 DAYS

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DAY 1
AMMAN–MADABA–MT.NEBO–NAZARETH
Ahlan Wa Sahlan Welcome to Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Arrival at Queen Alia Airport, meet and assist through all formalities. Then we proceed to Madaba where lunch will be served at a local Restaurant . Visit to the Greek Orthodox church of St. George with its chief attraction, the sixth century Byzantine mosaic known as the Madaba Map, the oldest existing map of the Holy Land. We proceed to Mount Nebo, the final station of the prophet Moses’ life (Mass). We return to Amman for a panoramic tour of the town,Reach King Hussein Bridge and cross to the Holy Land where you will be welcomed by our guide. Proceed to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Lunch and visit to the Sycamore Tree, a reminder of Zacchaeus’ conversion. View the Qarantal Monastery (Mount of Temptation), the traditional site where Jesus was tempted by the devil.
From Jericho we drive through the Jordan Valley, from south to north and after a 3 hours journey, we reach Nazareth. Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel in Nazareth.

DAY 2
MOUNT OF BEATITUDES-TABGHA-CAPERNAUM-BOAT RIDE–MT.TABOR-JORDAN RIVER
Untitled-16Morning: After breakfast we start our journey to the northern area of the Sea of Galilee where some of the most important Holy Places are located. Visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus proclaimed his famous Sermon on the Mount.(Mass) We proceed to Tabgha and visit the church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Visit the church of the Primacy of St. Peter.pack2 and proceed to Capernaum, the town in which Jesus started to preach the Good News. Visit to the ancient Synagogue and to St. Peter’s house. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, from Nof Ghinossar to Lido Restaurant where lunch will be served
Afternoon: Drive to the Jordan River where we renew the Baptismal Promises. Drive to Mount Tabor and visit to the Basilica of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Return to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight. Hotel in Nazareth.

DAY 3
NAZARETH – CANA – STELLA MARIS: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL- HAIFA- CEASAREA- BETHELHEM
After early Breakfast – Check Out from Nazareth Hotel….
Morning: Visit of the Basilica of the Annunciation and celebration of the Mass at the Grotto of the Annunciation. Visit of St. Joseph’s Church, St. Gabriel’s Greek Orthodox Church and St. Mary’s well. After that we proceed to Kafr Kanna, to visit the village of the wedding of Cana where Jesus performed his first Miracle changing the water into wine. Here we renew our marriage vows.
Afternoon: We leave for Haifa, the port city of the North on the shore of the Mediterranean. We reach the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris and visit the church dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This is the cradle of the Order of the Carmelites. View of the Bahai Gardens and then continue to Caesarea along the blue Mediterranean Coast. After Lunch we proceed to Caesarea, visit the Roman Theater …

Continue to Hotel in Bethlehem for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 4
JERUSALEM:MOUNT ZION–THE CENACLE(UPPER ROOM)–THE DORMITION ABBEY–THE CHURCH OF ST PETER IN GALLICANTU–THE OLD CITY–THE CARDO–THE WESTERN WALL(THE WAILING WALL)
Morning: After breakfast we depart for Mount Zion and we visit the Upper Room or the Cenacle the hall of the last Supper (Mass), then the neighbouring Dormition Abbey commemorating the passing away of the Virgin Mary. Visit the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the site of the Grand Priest’s house where the cock crowed thrice as Peter denied Jesus.
Afternoon: We start at Damascus Gate, the most famous of Jerusalem’s Gates. We cross on foot the Arab suq (market) and reach first the restored Roman-Byzantine Cardo and then come to the Western Wall or Wailing Wall. Visit to the Tomb of Herod’s Family. Return to Hotel in Bethlehem for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5
JERUSALEM:THE TEMPLE MOUNT-THE SHRINES ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES–VIA DOLOROSA–THE BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER(ANASTASIS)
pack3Morning: Visit to the Shrines on the Mount of Olives.
After breakfast we drive to Jerusalem and visit the Temple Mount where we can admire the famous Mosque of al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock(entry into the mosque is not permitted). Then we proceed to the Mount of Olives which reminds of many important events of the life of Jesus Christ. We start by visiting the site of the Ascension of Jesus to Heaven, and then we proceed to visit the nearby Church and Monastery of the Pater Noster, which is built on the site where Jesus taught his disciples the Prayer of Our Father. While descending the slope of the Mount we stop at the Dominus Flevit Chapel, the site of Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem. Further down the slope we visit the Basilica of the Agony of Jesus which is built close to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus agonized in prayer prior to His betrayal. Visit to the Grotto of the Betrayal of Jesus (Mass) and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary.
Afternoon: We start by visiting the Church of St. Anne and the neighbouring site of the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a man who has been ill for thirty eight years. We continue to the Franciscan Compound where we visit the Church of the Flagellation and the Chapel of the Condemnation from which pilgrims can follow the “Way of the Cross”. We then proceed to visit the Basilica of the Ecce Homo and the archaeological outstanding excavations of the Lithostrotos. We walk along the Via Dolorosa visiting the Stations of the Cross and we stop at the Russian Alexander Compound to visit the Threshold of Judgement Gate and the other archaeological findings. We end our day visiting the Church   of the Anastasis (Resurrection) or Holy Sepulchre, which enshrines Calvary(or Golgotha), the Tomb of Jesus, the Chapel of St. Helena,the Chapel of the Finding(Invention) of the Cross. At the end of the visit a group photo can be taken in front of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre by the official photographer. Dinner and overnight stay, in Bethlehem Hotel

DAY 6
GARDEN TOMB-EIN KAREM–BETHANY–DEAD SEA–JERICHO-BETHLEHEM
pack4Morning: After breakfast we drive to visit Garden Tomb and then we travel to Ein Karem, the town of St. John the Baptist. Visit to the Church of St. John and then ascension on foot to the Church of the Visitation commemorating the visit of the Virgin Mary to her Cousin Elizabeth and her joyous song of the Magnificent. Visit of the Shrine of Lazarus in Bethany.
Afternoon: We start with the visit to the Church at the Shepherds Field in Beit Sahour (Mass) and then we come to the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Birthplace of the Our Lord Jesus. We visit the Grotto of the Nativity and St. Jerome’s Grotto where he translated the Bible from the Hebrew into the Latin language, a translation called the Vulgate.
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We proceed to the lowest point of the surface of the earth, the Dead Sea- short time for swimming. Then we visit Jericho . we depart for the Allenby Bridge to cross to Jordan where we bid goodbye and leave the Holy Land with unforgettable memories to cherish and treasure. Transfer to Hotel in Amman Dinner and overnight.
Group with Egypt will proceed to Taba then Catherine. Diner and Overnight.

DAY 7
ST.CATHERINE–CAIRO
St. Catherine – Located at the foot of Mount Moses, St. Catherine’s Monastery, was constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565. It is built around what is thought to be Moses’ Burning Bush, which has a chapel built on top.
It is a spectacular natural setting for priceless works of art, including Arab mosaics, Greek and Russian icons, Western oil paintings, paintings on wax, fine sacerdotal ornaments, marbles, enamels, chalices, reliquaries, including one donated by Czar Alexander II in the 19th century, and another by Empress Catherine of Russia in the 17th century. But of perhaps even greater significance is that it is one of the largest and most important collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world (The Vatican has the largest). The collection consists of some 4,500 volumes in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Syriac, Georgian and other languages. Lunch Included – after lunch transfer to Cairo – Dinner and Over Night

DAY 8
PYRAMIDS–SPHINX-EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
pack5After Morning Breakfast , full day excursion to The PYRAMIDS of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, one of the seven wonders of the world, the great Sphinx of Giza which dates from the time of Chephren(2620 BC then visit THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM the most important depository of EGYPTIAN ANTIQUES anywhere in the world… ,continue to Papyrus Institute & Perfume palace-Lunch en Route–visit the Hanging Church – continue to hotel – Dinner at Hotel Overnight.
The Hanging Church is the most famous Coptic church in Cairo.The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is thus also known as Sitt Mariam Or St. Mary’s Church.The Hanging Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of the Roman fortress in Old Cairo; its nave is suspended over a passage.The church is approached by 29 steps; early travelers to Cairo dubbed it”the Staircase Church.”
Dinner – Back to Hotel Back to Hotel Dinner and Over Night at a hotel in Cairo

DAY 9
DEPARTURE DAY
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INCLUSIVE OF:
– Air Ticket: Dubai/Amman – Cairo/Dubai as per program, airline will be advised 25days before departure
– Meeting and assistance at Jordan –Amman Airport.
– Transfer from Amman Airport to Allen by-King Hussein Bridge (Israeli borders with Jordan).
– Accommodation 7 days 6 nights at 4 stars Hotels as follows:
• 2 nights at Hotel in Nazareth /3 nights at a Hotel in Bethlehem/ 1Night Amma Extension to Egypt:
• 1 nights at Catherine(3stars only available) /2 nights in Cairo
– Full Board: breakfast, lunch, dinner as per program.
– All tours as per program.
– Entry Visa to Jordan.
– Entry Visa to the Holy Land.
– English Speaking Guide all through the Pilgrimage.
– Entrance fees to all sightseeing mentioned in the package.

NOT INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:

– Entry Visa to Egypt
– Any extra /personal orders such as drinks, dry cleaning, telephone calls.
– Exit tax at Boarder should be paid personally.
– Tips for guide , driver & hotel

 

Trip Dates

21-29 APR / HL WITH EGYPT

22-30 JUL / HL WITH EGYPT

03-11 NOV / HL WITH EGYPT

24NOV-02 DEC / HL WITH EGYPT

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