The holy land and Jordan Spiritual tour

The holy land and Jordan Spiritual tour

Israel,Jordan,Italy,Canada

BEST OF ROME, THE HOLY LAND & JORDAN SPIRITUAL TOUR



Guided by Pastors Ronald & Claudette Kelly



Day 1: Departure from Canada with our overnight international flight to Israel VIA ROME



Day2: Welcome to Italy!



Day 3- Vatican Museums -St. Peter's, Abbey of Three Fountains, St. Paul Outside the Wall, St. John di Lateran, Scala Santa



Day 4- Rome: Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Catacombs



Day 5- Rome- Tel Aviv:



Day 6: Tel Aviv/Jaffa - Nazareth - Tiberius



Day 7: Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights



Day 8: Mt. Tabor - Jordan Valley - Jerusalem



Day 9: Mt. Olives - Old City of Jerusalem



Day 10: Mt. Zion - Ein Karem - Bethlehem



Day 11: Dead Sea - Massada



Day 12 – visit Jordanian Border 



Day12 – Amman / Madaba / Nebo / Kerak / Petra      



Day 13- Petra



Day 14 – morning transfer to Amman for your flight home


1 : Day 1: Departure

Day 1: Departure from Canada with our overnight international flight to Israel VIA ROME

Rome, Italy     

2 : Day2: Welcome to Italy!

Upon arrival to Rome airport, meet and assist by GMTours representative responsible for your tour of Italy. Welcome to Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City”! You will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon our guide will introduce us to our fellow pilgrims and our priest who will be with us for the rest of the journey. We will make our way to Mass, followed by a welcome dinner with wine. This evening we will walk to St. Peter’s Square for Rosary (optional).Welcome to Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City”! You will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon our guide will introduce us to our fellow pilgrims and our priest who will be with us for the rest of the journey. We will make our way to Mass, followed by a welcome dinner with wine. This evening we will walk to St. Peter’s Square for Rosary (optional).Welcome to Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City”! You will be transferred to your Rome Hotel, dinner and overnight at your hotel.  (D)

Rome, Italy     

3 : Day 3- Vatican Museums

Day 3- Vatican Museums -St. Peter's, Abbey of Three Fountains, St. Paul Outside the Wall, St. John di Lateran, Scala Santa

After breakfast you will begin a full day of site seeing. First visit Vatican City where you will see the Basilica at St. Peter, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with stunning works of art at every turn. After some free time for lunch, you will stop at The Abbey of the Three Fountains, the traditional site of Paul's martyrdom and the ancient street that he walked on. Next, visit the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the site of Paul’s tomb.  Finally we visit St. John di Lateran, the first Christian church and baptistery established by Constantine and the Scala Santa, where Martin Luther made his stand against the practice of indulgences. This fascinating museum houses the Steps from Pilot's Judgment Hall in Jerusalem brought to Rome by Helena, the mother of Constantine. Additional sights include the Arches of Constantine and Titus, Circus Maximus and the beautiful marble monument called the Wedding Cake. Dinner and overnight at Rome hotel

Breakfast + dinner

Vatican City (all)     

4 : Day 4- Rome: Trevi Fountain-Appian Way-Catacombs

After nice breakfast, proceed to spend more time in Rome. We will also visit the tomb of Saint John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. We will also visit the tomb of Saint John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. We will also visit the tomb of Saint John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome. We will also visit the tomb of Saint John Paul II located at the Vatican. There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner at a local restaurant in Rome.We will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner over night at our hotel.

Rome, Italy     

5 : Day 5- Rome- Tel Aviv:

After breakfast we’ll be transferred to Rome airport for our flight to Tel Aviv
Arrival in Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv. Meet, assist by a GMTours representative responsible for your tour of Israel, and transfer by your guide and driver into the city. Dinner and overnight.  (Breakfast- Dinner)

Rome, Italy      Tel Aviv, Israel     

6 : Day 6: Tel Aviv/Jaffa - Nazareth - Tiberius

We begin our pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a visit to ancient Jaffa (New Testament Joppa) where the Apostle Peter had a vision, whilst sitting on the rooftop of the House of Simon the Tanner, and he received God's command to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Next we drive northwards through the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv and on to the ruins of Caesarea Maritima, which was seat of government of the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Our next stop is on Mt. Carmel we shall visit the "Place of Sacrifice" the Prophet Elijah Avoiding repetition of where: Our next stop is on Mt. Carmel to visit the "Place of Sacrifice" where the Prophet Elijah had an encounter with the Priests of Baal (1 Kings 18:17-40). We drive on across the "Plain of Harmageddon" to the town of Nazareth, a town in the hill country of Galilee where Jesus grew to manhood (Matth. 2:23), and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. Lunch is taken enroute. Finally this day we shall visit Cana in Galilee, the scene of the wedding feast, where Jesus turned the water into wine (Jon. 2:1-11). Late afternoon arrival in the city of Tiberius by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight. (Meals Breakfast&Dinner)

Nazareth, Israel      Tel Aviv, Israel     

7 : Day 7: Sea of Galilee - Golan Heights

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Jesus' ministry around its shores. We begin this day with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to visit the ruins of Capernaum which in Jesus' time was a flourishing border town and was called "his own city" because of the frequency with which Jesus visited it and the mighty works he did there. Next we visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Chapel of the Primacy at Tabgha. We stop for a while on the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount (Matth. 5) before driving on around the shores of the Sea of Galilee and up to the Golan Heights stopping at the lookout point where we can see the "Road to Damascus". Out next stop is at one of the sources of the River Jordan at Banias, which is the site of Caesarea Philippi where the Apostle Peter made his great confession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Matth. 16:13-17). A lunch of St. Peter's Fish is ready for us in a restaurant on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee. Before returning to our hotel we shall have the opportunity to stop at a baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan. Dinner and overnight. (Meals Breakfast&Dinner)

Tiberias, Israel     

8 : Day 8: Mt. Tabor - Jordan Valley - Jerusalem

We say farewell to the Sea of Galilee after breakfast and start this day with a drive through the beautiful landscape of Lower Galilee, the scene of much of Christs' ministry and the home of many of the disciples, to Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Transfiguration (Matth. 17:1-8). From the top of the Mount there is a wonderful panoramic view which extends from Mt. Hermon in the north to the hills of Samaria in the south. We drive on past the small town of Nain, where Jesus raised the widow's son (Lk. 7:11-17). Next we drive to foot of Mt. Gilboa, stopping for a moment at the Spring of Ein Harod where Gideon the Judge, collected his people to fight the Midianites (Judges 7: 4-7). Next we visit the excavations of the ancient Israelite city of Beit Shean. In New Testament times it became one of the 10 cities of the Decapolis. We continue our drive southwards through the Jordan Valley and drive on up through the Judean Wilderness to Jerusalem, the city of God, and take a first glimpse of the city from the heights of Mt. Scopus before checking into our hotel. Dinner and overnight in our hotel.  (Meals  Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Jerusalem, Israel     

9 : Day 9: Mt. Olives - Old City of Jerusalem

After breakfast this day we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem with a Drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives, from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection. From the top of the Mount there is a magnificent view over all of ancient and modern Jerusalem, the center of the biblical world. We visit the holy shrines on the Mount and walk on down the "Palm Sunday Road" visiting the Chapel of Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept) enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations where Christ prayed on the night of his betrayal (Lk. 22:40-46). Next we shall enter within the old Walled city of Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of our Lord as he bore the burden of our sins to the Cross at Golgotha. We visit the Pools of Bethesda and walk on along the Via Dolorosa, following the 14 Stations of the Cross from Pilate's Judgement Hall to the empty tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch we shall visit the last standing remnant of the ancient Temple at the Western (Wailing) Wall and visit some of the exciting Archeological sites in and around the Old City. We end this memorable day of our tour of Israel with a visit to the Garden Tomb and Gordon's Golgotha before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight in our hotel.

(Meals Breakfast, Dinner)
 

Jerusalem, Israel     

10 : Day 10: Mt. Zion - Ein Karem - Bethlehem

We start this day with a visit to Mt. Zion where we shall stop to see the Upper Room, the Tomb of King David and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which is built over the Palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest, who imprisoned Jesus and interrogated him before his trial before Pontius Pilate (Lk. 22:54). Next we shall drive through the New City, passing the Knesset (Israel's Parliament building), and on into the hill country to a "city of Juda" which today is called Ein Karem. Here we shall visit the Church of the Visitation, which by tradition is built over the house of Zacharias, where the Virgin Mary came to visit her cousin Elisabeth (Lk. 1:39-80). Here John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, was born. A visit to the Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the holocaust is also on our program for this morning. Afternoon drive to Bethlehem, the royal city of David, to kneel at the place of the birth of Christ in the Grotto of the Nativity. We visit also the Shepherd's Field where the Angel of the Lord appeared to the Shepherds. On that first Christmas Eve and announced the birth of the Savior (Lk. 2: 8-18). Finally we drive past Rachel's Tomb and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

 (Meals Breakfast, Dinner)
 

Bethlehem, Israel     

11 : Day 11: Dead Sea - Massada

After breakfast we drive down through the Judean desert and past the "Inn of the Good Samaritan" to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the face of the Earth. We drive around the shores of the Dead Sea passing Ein Gedi enroute to the mountain fortress of Massada. Ascent by cable car for an extensive tour of the site which was the scene of the last Jewish resistance against the Romans in the year 73 AD. We return to the shores of the Dead Sea and have an opportunity for a bathe in mineral rich waters before visiting the archaeological remains of the Qumran settlement, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written over 2000 years ago. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

(Meals Breakfast, Dinner)
 

Bethlehem, Israel     

12 : Day 12 – visit Jordanian Border

Depart from your hotel to the border. After border crossing procedures to enter Jordan drive to Jericho city of the Decapolis located approximately 45 kilometers north of Amman in the fertile heights of Gilead. Visit the Roman city with colonnaded streets, the ancient heater, baths, hills top temple etc. Continue to Amman for a panoramic city tour of the Jordanian Capital.  Dinner and overnight at hotel.  (B, D)- routing subject to change for best and fastest route

Massada, Isreal     

13 : Day12 – Amman / Madaba / Nebo / Kerak / Petra

Drive to Madaba to see the ancient mosaic map of the Holy land and ruins of historical sites.  Continue to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and then to Petra for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Madaba     

14 : Day 13- Petra

Full day of visit in Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabateans from the 3rd Century B.C. Then transfer to your Petra hotel for overnight –B_D

Petra     

15 : Day 14 – morning transfer to Amman for your flight

After breakfast we take our leave from Jordan , rejoicing and putting our trust in the Lord, remembering the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 125:1: "They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed but abideth forever". (Meals Breakfast)

Petra