- DAY 1: SUN 12 JAN Depart Sydney
Depart Sydney this evening on our Etihad flight bound for Abu Dhabi.
- DAY 2: MON 13 JAN Arrive Amman, Jerash
On arrival into Abu Dhabi we transfer to our connecting Etihad flight to Am-man. Upon arrival to Amman we will meet our waiting guide, driver and coach and depart for our visit to Jerash, one of the Decapolis cities with extensive and impressive archaeological excavations.
We transfer to Amman and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (BD)
- DAY 3: TUE 14 JAN Baptismal Site, Mt Nebo, Madaba, Petra
Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan, one of the most recent archaeological and religious discoveries. The five springs here form a tributary of the Jordan River and are believed to be the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist.
We drive down to the Jordan Valley to Mt Nebo from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and is buried. Visit Madaba to view the ancient mosaic of Jerusalem.
Transfer to Petra for dinner and overnight. (BD)
Enjoy a full day to explore “the rose - red city” of Petra which, from 300 BC, was inhabited by Nabateans. Take a horse ride through the dramatic “ciq” or canyon. See the Treasury, carved out of the pink stone, and continue past the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and Palace Tomb to the Roman road. If time permits, climb up to the Monastery.
Return to our nearby hotel for dinner and overnight. (BD)
- DAY 5: THU 16 JAN Allenby, Jericho, Bet Shean, Tiberias
Check out early this morning to cross the Allenby Bridge into Israel. Visit Jericho to see the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view the Mt of Temptation.
Drive up the Jordan Valley to the Galilee and visit Bet Shean, one of the Roman Decapolis, and biblical Scythopolis,to visit the Roman theatre, paved road and the excavations.
Dinner and overnight is at our hotel in Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee. (BD)
- DAY 6: FRI 17 JAN Sepphoris, Cana, Nazareth
Start with a visit to Sepphoris, home town of Anne, mother of Mary and then onto Cana, scene of the first miracle and visit the Church of the Wedding.
We then go to Nazareth and see the Church of the Annunciation with Mary’s Well and later proceed to Nazareth Village, an excavated village dating from around 1 AD.
The excavations have carefully renovated the synagogue and houses and give a unique insight into village life and agriculture, as it would have been at the time of Jesus.
Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BD)
- DAY 7: SAT 18 JAN Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt of Beatitudes, Jordan River
Visit the 1st century “Jesus Boat” found at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar and enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Capernaum; here we will see an ancient synagogue and St. Peter’s house which was later converted into a church.
Also by the shore we will visit Tabgha, site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount is remembered.
Return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BD)
- DAY 8: SUN 19 JAN Korazim, Golan Heights, Banias, Kursi
Head up to the Golan Heights to the Springs of Banias, also known as Caesarea Philippi where Peter said “Thou are Christ”. Continue to Tel Dan before returning towards the Sea of Galilee to visit Kursi and Korazim.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Meet back at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (BD)
- DAY 9: MON 20 JAN Megiddo, Muhraka, Haifa, Caesarea, Jerusalem
Drive to Megiddo overlooking the Jezreel Valley and considered the Armaged-
don of the New Testament, and then proceed to Mukhraka, the site of Elijah’s
contest with the prophets of Baal. Continue to Haifa and to Mount Carmel for
a wonderful view of the area. Drive to Caesarea, once the capital of the Roman
province, and see the aqueduct, theatre, Herod’s Palace and the harbour from
which St. Paul was taken to Rome.
Drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BD)