PILGRIMAGE GROUP TOUR (8 nights / 9 days)
Jordan – Israel – Egypt
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE TOUR (10 NIGHTS / 11 DAYS)
Amman, Israel, Nazareth, Tiberius, Jerusalem / Bethlehem) St.Catherine, Cairo (Egypt)
Day 01 :
India - Amman: Mount Nebo
Assemble at Mumbai Airport at 01.15 Hrs. Check-in starts at 02.15 Hrs; Flight departs at 05.15 Hrs. Arrive 08.15 Hrs. at Amman. Meet & assist through all formalities. Then Proceed to hotel for Check in. After lunch proceed to visit Mount Nebo. The trip south of Amman along the 5,000 years old King’s Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites of Jordan, the memorial of Moses, and the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place. From a platform in front of the church one can enjoy a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here begins our memorable ‘HOLY LAND JOURNEY’. Proceed to Hotel. Dinner, Overnight stay at Amman.
Day 02 :
After Breakfast, Check-out hotel. Proceed to Sheik Hussain bridge to cross the border. Complete the customs & emigration formalities. Enter into Israel. Lunch at Restaurant. 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 Visit Cana where Jesus performed his first Miracle, changing water into wine at the wedding feast. Check-in hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at Nazareth.
Day 03 :
Sea of Galilee – Capernaum– Jordan River– Nazareth – Jerusalem
After Breakfast, Check-out Hotel. Visit Mount Tabor. Visit Capernaum - the centre of Jesus' ministry after he left Nazareth we stop at Tabgha - 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. Lunch. Visit Yardenit on the Jordan River, the traditional Baptismal site. Then visit Jericho where we stop and view Qarantal, the traditional Mount of Temptation and Sycamore Tree. It is also the place where Jesus stopped on the way to Jerusalem, on the Eve of the Passover and where Jesus cured the blind man during his stay at Zachaeus house. Proceed to Bethlehem. Check-in hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at Jerusalem / Bethlehem.
Day 04 :
Old City Of Jerusalem – Golgotha – Wailing Wall– Ein Karem
Breakfast. Then proceed to the pools of Beit Hasda, where Jesus held 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?" Which is 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. Lunch. Visit EinKarem, 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 Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (1305 ft. below sea level), again make a brief stop at a private beach and take the opportunity to float in the salty buoyant water, rich in minerals. Proceed to Bethania .Visit Bethania the Town of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Visit Lazarus’s Tomb. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Jerusalem / Bethlehem.
Day 05 :
Mount of Olives – Gethsemane - Bethlehem
After breakfast, Proceed to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Visit sanctuaries of Pater Nester Ascension. Walk along the Palm Sunday road down to the chapel of Dorminous Flevit where Jesus wept over eminent destruction of Jerusalem and Garden of Gethsemani. where Jesus prayed while Judah betrayed him to the Romans. Visit the Basilica of agony and Tomb of St. Mary. We also will visit the Church of St. Peter of Gallicantu, which symbolizes Peter's Denial of Jesus as he has prophesied at the Last Supper and then visit the traditional house of high priest, Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned. Then proceed to Bethlehem to visit the shepherds field, which is located in the Judah province. It was here that the Angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds of Bethlehem during the reign of King Herod. Also, here David tended his flocks until he was anointed King of Israel. Lunch. We then visit the Church of Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus and the City of David, Manager Square; Crusaders Cloister Grotto of St. Jerome. Then we visit Milk Grotto. Dinner and overnight stay at Jerusalem / Bethlehem.
Day 06 :
Taba – Sinai
Breakfast at hotel. Check-out Hotel. Proceed to Taba. On the way View Qumran caves, view statue of Loth’s wife & we shall drop by the Red Sea for few minutes. Arrive Taba. Finish the Customs and Emigration formalities at the Israel side , Enter into Egypt. Complete the emigration and customs formalities. Then proceed to Sinai [LUNCH ENROUTE]. View the beautiful and historical Sinai Mountains Check-in hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Sinai.
Day 07 :
ST Catherine to Cairo
After breakfast Visit St. Catherine Monastery. Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's itself, and a 6th century church reputed to lie directly on the site of the Burning Bush. Evening proceeds to Cruising on the River Nile, dinner & Overnight stay in Cairo.
Day 08 :
Pyramids, Sphnix, Old Cairo, Christain ChurchVisit Pyramids, Sphinx, Old Cairo, Christian Church However, it traditionally begins with the visit of the Holy Family to Egypt Over Night stay at Cairo.
Day 09 :
After Breakfast visit Egyptian Museum…proceed to airport for final departure.