Explore Holy Land – 11 days


Discover Jordan offers private tours. Packages can be customized following your preferences.
The itinerary below is only a suggestion.

 

 

Day 1: Arrival Amman – Amman Hotel

Upon arrival to Queen Alia Airport meet and assist and Transfer to the hotel in Amman for overnight.

 

Day 2:  Amman – Madaba – Mt Nebo – Mukawir – Dead Sea

Head to the Christian city of Madaba “the city of Mosaics” which has the oldest known mosaic map of the holy land. Visit St George church and Madaba museum.  We will visit The spring of Moses this fresh water spring is one of several sites that are reputedly the land where Moses performed the miracles as he struck the rock to bring forth water for the Israelites; one recounted in the Book of Exodus in the bible, and the other in the Book of Numbers. The cave and spring create a wet and fertile oasis in the dry western Jordanian hills. Next we will visit Mt Nebo the place where Moses spent his last days and viewed the holy land for which he could not enter.  Here you can view the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem and visit it’s Byzantine Church.  After that we will go to visit the Dead Sea Panorama museum, which is the first natural museum in Jordan. Next we will head to the ruins of Herod Antipas’ Palace in Muqawir where John the Baptist was beheaded, and visit at Dhiban, the ancient capital of Moab. Ending our day at the Dead Sea in the Bible was named the “Lake of salt”. Check in at hotel overnight stay at either in Dead Sea or Madaba 3* option will stay in Madaba

 

Day 3: Baptism Site – Lots Cave – Little Petra

After breakfast, our first stop will be the Bethany, on the Jordan River east bank where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Next we will check out and head towards South towards Petra.  First we will stop at Lot’s Cave and Museum.  Sodom and Gomorrah were two of the wickedest cities in the world. God therefore decided to destroy them both, Lot and his family were told to flee the city, but not to look back. Unfortunately his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.  After escaping, Lot and his daughters hid in a cave where they watched the awesome destruction of the wicked cities. This cave has been discovered; or rather in the 5th and 6th centuries AD, a cave was located, which was deemed to be Lot’s cave, and a monastery was built around it.  This monastery has now been discovered with some very fine mosaic pavements, with interesting inscriptions.  However, part of the monastery overlay the cave and the archaeologists entered the cave and excavated under the floor. There, to their surprise, they discovered some Middle Bronze Age pottery of precisely the right period for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

We will next visit Little Petra which is located in Beida.  Little Petra was thought to have served as an agricultural center, trading suburb and re-supply post for camel caravans. At Little Petra’s entrance, there is a classical temple guarding a narrow, 350-meter entrance ravine called Siq al-Barid (Cold Canyon, in Arabic).

Overnight in Petra.

 

Day 4: Petra – Wadi Rum

After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore Petra.

The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.

You can choose between two ways to visit the site*:

  1. Traditional way through the Siq (Canyon) guided tour through the Siq to the Treasury. We will visit the Treasury, city center, the Royal tomb, and the theater, the High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman soldier tombs and many others.
  2. Through Petra Back door. This is a bit more adventurous and begins with a 20mins drive to the areas called Little Petra. This served as the trading area for the main site of Petra. We will begin with a 2hrs hike through little Petra and beautiful surrounding mountains area, until you reach the monastery (pictured above). Then you will continue through the main site of Petra exiting from the main gate.

In the afternoon we will depart to Wadi Rum Jordan’s largest desert and one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world. Enjoy the sunset with a cup of tea with a local Bedouin.

Tonight you will enjoy traditional dinner and overnight camping in Wadi Rum.

 

 Day 5: Wadi Rum – Amman

After Breakfast we will set off into the desert for a 4 hour Jeep Safari enjoying the scenery of the Wadi Rum Desert.  Tracing the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.  We will visit Rock Bridge, Lawrence’s cave and Nabataen inscriptions.  Afterwards we will return to Amman for overnight stay.

 

Day 6: Amman – King Hussein Border – Jerusalem

Check-out hotel – Proceed to King Hussein Bridge to cross the border. Complete the customs & immigration formalities. Enter into Israel.

Drop off at your hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.

 

Day 7: Old City of Jerusalem – Golgotha – Wailing Wall – Ein Karem

After breakfast, proceed to the pools of Beit Hasda, where Jesus healed the crippled man. And from there we take the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), traditionally accepted as the last route trodden by Jesus.  Follow the 14 Stations of the Cross to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified marking significant events along the route.  You will see the Pilate’s Judgments Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation where according to tradition, the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus and placed a crown of thorns on His head the Ecce Homo Arch and the Convent of the Sisters of Zion.  Early tradition held that Pontius Pilate stood here and thundered “Ecce Homo!”  Which means “Behold the man?”  This is what Pilate said when he presented Jesus to the crowd.  However, we now know that pagan Emperor Hadrian constructed the arch.  Below the Convent are the Lithotrities where Jesus was publicly tried and where the Roman soldiers mocked him.  The last 5 Stations of the Cross are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher visible from the distance with two silver domes.  Also “The Tomb” widely believed to be the part of the stone that covered Jesus Tomb. Visit the Cenacle – Last Supper Room, the tomb of King David and – (the other upper room).

Then we go to the Jewish quarter to the Wailing Wall, which is the holiest place for the Jewish religion.

Visit Ein Karem, located in the hills next to a little spring. This is the city of Judah and Birthplace of John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth & Zechariah and the Church of Visitation.  Proceed to Visit Bethania the Town of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Visit Lazarus’s Tomb.

Back to hotel in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8: Jerusalem – Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Nazareth – Cana – Golan Heights

Check-out Hotel – Visit Mount Tabor.

Visit Capernaum – the center of Jesus’ ministry after he left Nazareth we stop at Taiga – the Church of the Multiplication of the Five Loaves and Two Fishes and the expressive church of the Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

This morning we drive through the landscapes of Galilee and later for a ride in a replica of a Galilean fishing boat of that time, on the Sea of Galilee and where Jesus calmed the storm and walked on the water. We make a stop at St. Peter’s house, the Church of Primacy of Peter   and the place where Jesus bestowed St. Peter with his authority.  This is believed to be the place where Jesus dined with his disciples, the flat rock known as Mensa Christy, Chris’s table to commemorate this event.

Then Visit Nazareth the boyhood town of Jesus and home of Mary and Joseph and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation built over the grotto where Archangel Gabriel appeared to announce that she would bear a son, Jesus.  We also stop by Joseph’s workshop. Then Cana where Jesus performed his first Miracle, changing water into wine at the wedding feast.

Proceed to Golan Heights for overnight.

 

Day 9: Golan Heights – Sheik Hussein Bridge – Umm Qays – Amman

Check out of hotel, proceed to Sheik Hussein Bridge for crossing back to Jordan.  Proceed to Umm Quays ancient city of Gardara where Jesus delivered two men possessed by evil spirit. From Umm Qays you can have a wonderful view of the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee.

Return to Amman for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 10: Amman – Ajloun – Anjura – Jerash – Amman

Early morning we will precede to the North Country the hidden treasure of Jordan.  Beautiful green tree covered mountains surround you.  First we will visit Jerash to explore one of the most preserved Roman cities of the Decapolis.  Jerash acknowledged being one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries under sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years.  Return to Amman for overnight.  Then off to Ajloun to visit the castle and holy site of Elijah. As quoted in the Bible Prophet Elijah was a Toshbite from the village of Toshibe (1 Kings 17:1, 21:17, 2 kings 1:3,8). This hill long known as Tell Mar Elias, has always been revered as a holy site.  Local inhabitants and pilgrims from around the world have regularly visited the site to pray, especially on Elijah’s annual commemoration day. The remains of one of the largest known Byzantine churches in Jordan can also be found at the site. Artifacts from this site including marble carvings and small metal religious objects are on display at the Ajloun Castle Museum.

The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

We will set off to Anjura and visit to Our Lady of the Mountain Church – a rebuilt cave that is venerated as a place where Jesus and his mother Mary passed during their journeys between the Sea of Galilee, the Decapolis citiesReturn to Amman for overnight stay.

 

 Day 11  

Transfer to Queen Alia airport for onward flight.

 

End of Tour