Jordan and Israel
The Beginnings Tour:
14 Day Inspirational Tour | October 9 – 22, 2021
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The Beginnings Tour:
14 Day Inspirational Tour | October 9 – 22, 2021
|October 9 – 22, 2021||$4,150*||$910|
|*Minimum of 20 passengers. Includes roundtrip air from Dallas, TX.|
Reservation Due: June 28, 2021
Final Payment Due: August 2, 2021
Flights from Dallas, TX including current air taxes, 12 nights lodging in 4-star hotels, Breakfast and Dinner Daily (Buffet Style), Full-time English-speaking Israeli & Jordanian tour guides, Porterage at Hotel (1 Bag), Border Taxes & Jordan Visa, Whisper Headphone Systems, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long-distance deluxe motorcoach as appear on itinerary, 1 Group Airport Arrival Transfer / 1 Group Airport Departure Transfer, All guides, entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary
COVID testing and any related expenses, Lunches, Additional Private Transfers on Arrival & Departure ($60.00 per person, per transfer), Optional Travel Insurance (7.25% or 9.8% of Tour Cost – Available to US Residence Only)
Day 1-2: Departure from US (October 09-10)
Our life-changing journey begins this evening as we board our overnight flight to Jordan.
Day 3: Arrival Jordan (October 11)
We arrive in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan just after midnight today and immediately transfer to our hotel. Following a time to recoup this morning, we travel to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-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 occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years. We return to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Day tour to Petra (October 12)
Early this morning we turn southward toward the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites - the descendants of Esau. Begin the tour with a walk through the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra carved out of the rose red rock. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures. Departing Petra, we travel northward on the King's Highway where to the west we view the hills bordering the Dead Sea. This is the area of the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. We return to our hotel in Amman for dinner.
Day 5: Madaba, Mt Nebo - Arrive Israel (October 13)
Our morning tour begins in the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we view the earliest surviving mosaic map of the Holy land. Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Study the panorama as we read the scripture of God showing Moses the "Promised Land" before He brought him home to heaven. As we travel west toward the Allenby Bridge, we view to the north the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture the place where Jesus was baptized. Crossing the Jordan River into Israel, we meet our Israeli guide and immediately travel to the coast for one night in the near Tel Aviv. The remainder of the day is free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax, have dinner, take in the sunset over the “Great Sea,” and get a good night’s rest for your first night in Israel.
Day 6: Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth (October 14)
After breakfast, we travel by private motor coach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on history and the remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct, and then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Next we travel through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization. We drive through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where we visit the Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 7: Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Bethsaida & Galilee Cruise (October 15)
Following breakfast, our morning travels take us to two valuable northern sites. Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession. In Capernaum we will visit the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. Then we travel on to the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and view a location overlooking the Sea of Galilee giving us a visual perspective of Mount of the Beatitudes. After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, we enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. This is an experience that brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen-disciples as a conclusion to a wonderful day.
Day 8: Magdala, Beth Shean, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea (October 16)
We begin our day with a visit to Magdala for a view of the 1st century synagogue one of only a few in existences. Next we travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho and view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. To the east of Jericho along the Jordan River Valley (Queser El Yehud) is the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan. In this area Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan, as well as where the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat", an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. We arrive this evening to our lodging at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.
Day 9: Masada, Valley of Elah, (October 17)
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. We then turn westward, traveling into the heart of Israel to our next stop, the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath. Here you can pick up five smooth stones, in commemoration of David’s defeat of Goliath. We also spend time today visiting Adullam, the remains of a Biblical City, located just south of the Valley. This was the home village of the wives of Judah, the hiding place of the future king David and a city fortified by King Rehobam. We begin the climb into the mountain’s arriving in Jerusalem. We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight the next 5 nights.
Day 10: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Holocaust Museum (October 18)
Conditions permitting we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." An interesting and educational time awaits us at the Israeli Museum. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days. We conclude the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people. This evening following dinner we have an optional visit to the Friends of Zion museum to learn of the 19th & 20th century hero’s of the Jewish people.
Day 11: Jesus' Steps, the Last Days, Abraham’s Tent (October 19)
Today we walk where Jesus walked, beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel, we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food.
Day 12: Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Shepherd’s Field (October 20)
While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. We will then travel to the Shepherds Field, just outside of Bethlehem to gain an understanding of the Saviors birth.
Day 13: Jerusalem: City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jewish Quarter (October 21)
This morning, our guide will take us to an overview of the city from the hillside overlooking Jerusalem and the Gehenna Valley. This meaningful teaching time will bring together the many things that you have seen to date. We continue our sightseeing just outside the Dung Gate on the southeastern hill below the Temple Mount in the City of David. It was during the time of Solomon that the city limits extended past this part of Jerusalem. We visit Gihon Springs, the original water source for Jerusalem, view new excavations including a typical Israelite four-room house, and the lower city wall. A highlight today will be a water walk through the incredible Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, the place of Jesus' miracle in John 9. Ascending to the Jewish Quarter we see the gold Menorah built for the next Temple, the Temple Institute, the Burnt House, a wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Roman Cardo. The rest of our day is at Mt. Zion to see David’s Tomb, and the first Church Grotto. We then walk to visit David’s Citadel and go inside to climb the tower for a view of Old Jerusalem and to see the remains of Herod’s palace and possible place of Pilate’s trial of Jesus.
Day 14: Depart for Home (October 22)
An early morning departure for the Tel Aviv Airport for our flight homeward will allow for arrival home by early afternoon.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.