Protestant Classic Israel with Jordan– Faith-Based Travel (5345) - 2016

11 Day Tour from Tel Aviv to Amman


Protestant Classic Israel with Jordan– Faith-Based Travel
Explore the ruins of the Monastery in Petra, Jordan
Explore the ruins of the Monastery in Petra, Jordan
Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem
Petra, Jordan is famous for its rock cut architecture
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Travel through the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, where you visit the Roman amphitheater and the impressive Crusader fortress. Also visit the archaeological site of Megiddo, Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, and travel to lakeside Tiberias for a 2-night stay. Visit the Jesus Boat Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, cruise on the Sea of Galilee, see the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes before continuing to Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. Here, visit the Church of the Multiplication. Next, via Cana, stop in Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Nazareth village. See ancient Jericho, and the Jordan River baptismal site of Kaser-el-Yahud before ascending the Judean mountains to Jerusalem for a memorable 4-night stay. Explore the Old Town during a guided walking tour, where you’ll visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and will descend the Palm Sunday Walk. Also visit the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Before traveling to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David, where you visit the Church of the Nativity, stop at Mount Zion to visit King David’s tomb and the Cenacle (Upper Room), site of the Last Supper. Jerusalem highlights include visits to the Davidson Center, a significant archaeological site, the Western Wall, scenic Garden Tomb, the primary Holocaust Memorial and Museum of Yad Vashem, and the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. A full day at leisure allows time to join an optional excursion to Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea. Next, cross into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge. Enjoy stops in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and ancient Madaba, the “City of Mosaics,” via Mount Nebo. Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, where you walk down the Siq, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and stand in awe of the iconic Treasury. Travel north to Jordan’s capital, Amman, and enjoy an excursion to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Middle East; Ajloun; and Anjara, where Jesus, his disciples, and the Virgin Mary rested in a cave as they traveled between Jerusalem and Galilee. Via Umm Qais, site of the Gadarene swine miracle, return to Amman for a final overnight.

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Save $50 per person on any 2016 Cosmos Religious vacation.*

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*Book a 2016 Cosmos Religious vacation to receive the $50 per person discount on the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 24 and September 15, 2015 for travel in 2016. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2016 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. PRMX0266

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Headsets throughout the tour (except in Jordan)

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Muhraqa, Megiddo, Kibbutz Ginosar, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Kaser-El-Yahud, Bethlehem, Jerusalem

Scenic Highlights:
Sea of Galilee, River Jordan, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea

Religious Services:
Please arrange with your Tour Director

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • Departure March 25 Good Friday in Tel Aviv and Easter Sunday in Tiberias.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.


Day 1Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel

Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Tel Aviv–Jaffa–Caesarea– Muhraqa–Megiddo–Tiberias

Leave Tel Aviv and drive to the old port of Jaffa. Sightseeing continues at Caesarea, an ancient port turned stunning archaeological zone. Admire the restored 3,500-seat ROMAN THEATER, the AQUEDUCT, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. Next, visit Muhraqa on Mount Carmel. From here, travel to the archaeological site of Megiddo—an age-old fortified town and the site of Armageddon, according to the Bible. Overnight in the lakeside city of Tiberias. (B,D)

Day 3Tiberias. Excursion to Kibbutz Ginosar, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha & Caesarea Philippi

Today, travel to Kibbutz Ginosar to see the ancient boat at the JESUS BOAT MUSEUM followed by a CRUISE on the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit Capernaum and see its ancient synagogue. Travel north for a visit to the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, and continue to Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. Visit the CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION. On to Caesarea-Philippi (Banias)before returning to Tiberias. (B,D)

Day 4Tiberias–Cana–Nazareth–Jericho–Kaser-el-Yahud–Jerusalem

This morning, drive to Nazareth via Cana for a visit to the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. Next, stop at NAZARETH VILLAGE. Leave the Galilee area, drive through the Jordan Valley and visit Jericho, one of the most ancient cities in the world. Then, visit Kaser-el-Yahud, and ascend the Judean Mountains to Jerusalem with a stop at a viewpoint overlooking the Old Town. (B,D)

Day 5Jerusalem.Excursion to Bethlehem

A fascinating day awaits as you set off on a walking tour of Jerusalem’s Old Town. From the MOUNT OF OLIVES, take in memorable views over the city. Descend via the PALM SUNDAY WALK and visit the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE. Visit the CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, located next to the garden. Enter through St. Stephen’s Gate and arrive at the POOL OF BETHESDA. Next, continue following in Jesus’ footsteps to the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE. Return to Jerusalem and walk through the Jewish Quarter, reconstructed following unification of the city after the Six-Day War in 1967. Later, stop at Mt. Zion to visit KING DAVID’S TOMB and the CENACLE—the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper). A special point of interest is the “Cardo.” View the unearthed main Roman thoroughfare and ancient marketplace lined with columns. Travel into the ancient city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY. (B,D)

Day 6Jerusalem

Today, head for the Southern Wall Excavations and visit the DAVIDSON CENTER, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country. Continue with a stop at the WESTERN WALL, the holiest place in Judaism today. Next, visit the GARDEN TOMB, where you enjoy the scenery of the beautiful holy garden, a perfect place for personal reflection and worship, followed by YAD VASHEM, considered the primary memorial and museum of the Holocaust. Also take a tour of the new Holocaust History Museum. Then visit the ISRAEL MUSEUM, where you’ll see the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited) as well as a scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. (B,D)

Day 7Jerusalem. Optional Excursion to Qumran, Masada & The Dead Sea

Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert to Qumran with an included visit to the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Continue on to Masada and ride the cable car up to the magnificent rock fortress. The fortification, perched high on a cliff-top plateau above the Dead Sea, was built by Herod the Great and was the site where 960 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide to evade capture by the Romans in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have plenty of time to float in the famously buoyant waters. Return to Jerusalem in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 8Jerusalem. Israel­–Petra, Jordan

Drive to Allenby Bridge, where you will cross the border into Jordan brings you to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Then, on to Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land and where he is believed to be buried. Next, travel to ancient Madaba, the “City of Mosaics.” See the spectacular Byzantine mosaics and the precious 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land, and visit ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH. (D)

Day 9Petra–Amman

This morning, visit the archaeological site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Finally, stand in awe in front of the iconic and famed TREASURY. This afternoon, travel north to Amman for two overnights. (B,D)

Day 10Amman. Excursion to Jerash, Ajloun, Anjara & Umm Qais

Start today’s excursion with a stop in Jerash, which was inhabited as early as 3200 BC. Although Jerash was impacted by the earthquake of 749 AD, it is the site of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Middle East. Travel through beautiful pine forests and olive groves before arriving in Ajloun, where Hadrian stayed during the winter of 129-30 AD. Next on the agenda is the biblical city of Anjara, where Jesus, his disciples, and the Virgin Mary stopped and rested in a cave as they traveled between Jerusalem and Galilee. The cave has since become a holy place for pilgrims. Finally, visit Umm Qais, site of the Gadarene swine miracle. Later, return to Amman for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 11Amman

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Amman if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.


TEL AVIV Tal Hotel (ST) or Cinema Hotel (ST)
TIBERIAS Leonardo (F)
JERUSALEM Royal Wing (ST), Gardens Hotel (ST) or Jerusalem Gate (ST)
PETRA Taybet Zaman (F)
AMMAN Amman International (F)

Buffet breakfasts daily; 9 dinners

View Offers

Save $50 per person on any 2016 Cosmos Religious vacation.*

Save $50 per person on any 2016 Cosmos Religious vacation.*

*Book a 2016 Cosmos Religious vacation to receive the $50 per person discount on the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 24 and September 15, 2015 for travel in 2016. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2016 bookings only, and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. PRMX0266



UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Protestant Classic Israel with Jordan– Faith-Based Travel:

  • Bahá-I Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
  • Biblical Tells - Megiddo
  • Masada
  • White City of Tel Aviv - the Modern Movement
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
  • Petra
  • White city of Tel Aviv, the modern movement
  • Baha i Holy places in Haifa and the Western Galilea
  • Megiddo
  • Old city of Jerusalem and its Walls
  • Petra
  • Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem


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