Sacred Journey to Israel & Jordan 2014
A Sacred Journey to The Holy Land and Jordan
Dates: October 23 – November 04, 2014
Tour leader: Dr. Rob Patterson
Follow the footsteps of the Children of Israel as they crossed the River Jordan from present day Jordan into the promised land. You will have an opportunity to view the Promised land from Mount Nebo. Retrace the footsteps of Jesus through Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha, Bethany, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.
We will also journey to the Ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It is an incredible sight and a wonderful journey.
For more information regarding the tour, please contact Christian Journeys.
The proposed itinerary below is a summary of each day.
Thursday, October 23
Depart Toronto on an overnight flight to Israel. Dinner and complimentary in-flight service will be provided this evening.
Friday, October 24
Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport we will be received by our Israeli Tour guide who will assist us with immigration and luggage formalities. Boarding our luxury touring coach we head to our hotel overlooking the Meditarranean Sea.
Saturday, October 25
After our first Israeli breakfast we will begin the journey by visiting:
Caesarea - The ancient Roman Seaport capital of Israel where Pontius Pilate had his base.
Mount Carmel - Overlooking the city of Haifa with the Mediterranean Sea and Jezreel Valley on either side, we stand where the Prophet Elijah performed a miracle and called upon the fire of God to conquer the Prophets of Baal.
Nazareth - The city where Jesus spent his childhood with Mary and Joseph. Nazareth is also the site of the Annunciation and where the Nazarenes attempted to throw Jesus over a cliff.
We will spend the night at a Kibbutz located in Hagoshrim.
Sunday, October 26
After breakfast, we begin the day at the Tel Dan nature park where the spring waters of the River Jordan rise from the ground. We will also visit the following:
Caesarea Philippi - This city, previously know as Panias, was built at one of the sources of the Jordan River. It was here that Jesus revealed to the Disciples His purpose, His Church and where Peter identified Jesus as Messiah.
Golan Heights - We will have the opportunity to view Israel from both Mt. Bental and The Golan Heights. This parcel of land plays a significant role in the security of those living in the Jordan Valley and Upper Galilee.
Monday, October 27
After breakfast, we will start our memorable day at:
The Mount of Beatitudes - We will sit on the hill where Jesus delivered His sermon on the Mount by the Sea of Galilee.
Capernaum - This city is the centre of Jesus' ministry in Galilee. Jesus lived here for a substantial period, healing the sick, preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles. The Greek Orthodox Church, Franciscan Monastery and Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter make for an interesting Kaleidoscope of varying architecture.
Tabgha - Located at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes, this is the site of the miracle of loaves and fishes.
Ginossar - We will visit the Jesus Boat Museum exhibit. The boat was discovered during the drought of 1986 and is beautifully preserved.
Sea of Galilee - Our day ends with an unforgettable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Tuesday, October 28
Today we leave the Galilee and cross the boarder into Jordan. We travel south through the Jordan valley and visit the following:
Jerash - Overshadowed by Petra, the ancient city of Jerash is acknowledged internationally as one of the largest and best preserved sites of Roman architecture, outside of Italy.
Mt. Nebo - We will see across into the Promised Land just as Moses did before being laid to rest. On a clear day, we can see the hills of Jerusalem with JEricho in the foreground.
Our overnight stay will be in Petra (Jordan).
Wednesday, October 29
After breakfast we begin our visit of Petra, chosen as the capital of the Nabateans because of it's location in a valley surrounded by sandstone mountains. We will visit the following:
The Kazneh - Out of the 800 carved tombs in Petra, the Kazneh is the most famous. Its name means 'treasure' and comes from the Bedouin belief that the Pharaoh, when chasing the Israeilites, hid his treasures in an urn at the top of the Kazneh.
Main Street - As many as 30,000 people may have lived in Petra during the 1st Century, contrary to the misconception that Petra was a city for the dead. A large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed at least half of the city.
Dinner and overnight will be by the shores of the Dead Sea.
Thursday, October 30
After breakfast we will have some free time to experience the Dead Sea before crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land.
Bethany by the Jordan - Here, we stand by the bank of river Jordan where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
We will continue our journey to our hotel in Jerusalem.
Friday, October 31
We will spend the day in Jerusalem visiting the following:
Mount of Olives - we begin by viewing Jerusalem from the Dome of the Rock, walking through the Garden of Gethsemane along the same path Jesus took when entering the city on Palm Sunday.
We will also visit Mount Zion, David's Tomb, the upper Room and Yad Vashem.
Saturday, November 01
After breakfast, we will head into Jerusalem and the Judean Wilderness. We will visit:
Masada - This UNESCO World Heritage site was once Herod's mountain top palace and fortress. Here, we ascend to the site by cable car and learn about the last Jewish stand against Romans and the mass suicide of 960 Jewish defenders.
Ein Gedi - This national park and oasis hosts the caves of David's Gorge where David hid from Saul and his army.
Qumran - It is here that the Dead Sea Scrolls were written almost two thousand years ago. We will visit the excavated sites of Qumran and view the location where the Scrolls were found in 1947.
Dead Sea - A visit to the Dead Sea is not complete without experiencing the unique bouyancy of these waters. Cover yourself in therapeutic mud and float your aches and pains away.
We depart and head to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, November 02
This morning, we will journey to the outskirts of Bethlehem to visit the Manger Square, the Church of the Nativity, Star of Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field, Herodium and the Western Wall.
Herodium - Located south of Jerusalem, Herodium was one of Herod's favourite palaces. From this vantage point, we look across the Dead Sea to Mt. Nebo.
Western Wall and Tunnels - We will have an opportunity to participate and experience the Wailing Wall, traditionally the holiest place of pilgrimage for the Jews.
Monday, November 03
After breakfast, we will have free time to enjoy the shops in the old city. In the afternoon, we will visit the Garden Tomb, Church of St. Anne, Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulcher Church.
After dinner, we will head to Tel Aviv aiport and take our flight home.
Tuesday, November 04
Arrive at Toronto in the morning hours.