Come with Christian Fellowship Tours and truly experience the Land of the Bible, a life changing journey through Jordan and Israel. Join other Christians to tour the region and see that the truth of the Bible is rooted in geographic reality, that God’s engagement with humanity happened in the very places we will visit. Although this region is geographically small in size, the depth of its history is awe-inspiring; the Bible covers over 4000 years of recorded human history in these lands, documenting God’s plan of redemption as it started to work its way into human history from Abraham and Moses up until and including the coming of the Messiah. Our sightseeing tour aims to have each day’s itinerary bring to light some important truth of God’s dealings with humankind and encourage us to make this truth relevant to our daily living.
Jordan & Israel - September 2021
Jordan & Israel - September 2021
A Christian Tour Leader throughout the holiday
Return Economy Airfares
Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Luggage assistance at hotels
Our wonderful holiday begins with an evening flight from Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane) through to Dubai.
In Dubai, we will connect with our morning flight to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. We have arranged an early check-in, so you can have an opportunity to rest before we enjoy a tour of the city in the afternoon. Back at the hotel we will enjoy our first group dinner together.
This morning we will travel south along the 5,000-year-old King’s Highway, one of the most memorable journeys in the Land of the Bible. We pass through some of Jordan’s loveliest countryside and a string of ancient sites and come to Wadi Rum, famous as the home of “Lawrence of Arabia” and a unique moonscape terrain of ancient river beds, wind sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas and smooth, pastel coloured sands. Long skirted legionnaires will offer us cardamom-spiced coffee at the “Beau Geste” before we enjoy a 2 hours jeep tour of the “Wadi” (valley). We finish with dinner and overnight accommodation at the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp – a truly memorable experience and a fitting end to a marvellous day.
Overnight: Wadi Rum in Bedouin Luxury tented accommodation
This morning we leave Wadi Rum, passing by Mount Edom and Ain Mousa (Moses Springs) on our way to the archaeological marvel of Petra; carved from the rose-red stone of Sharah Mountains it is famously known as the “Rose City“ of Jordan. Dating to around 300 B.C. Petra was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom but was lost for centuries to the western world. The Crusaders were the last westerners to visit before it was “re-discovered” in 1812 by the Swiss Burckhardt. You are sure to be as overwhelmed as he was by its extraordinary beauty as you walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to have the dramatic Treasury building revealed before you. Be amazed as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage site – the Roman Theatre, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments, which, in 2007, were named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Morning worship as we travel along the ancient trade route of the Kings Way, passing through Moab country which features very significantly in the Exodus wanderings. We journey to the Bronze-Age archaeological site of Tall el-Hammam, believed to be Sodom, the Biblical “city of sin”; this ancient metropolis, along with its neighbouring city of Gomorrah, were described in the Old Testament as being destroyed by fire and brimstone.
We pass by the great Herodian fortress of Macherud – now called Mukawir – best known as the location of the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist. The royal courtyard of the palace is considered one of the best existing archaeological parallels to the Herodian Gabbatha in the Jerusalem Praetorium, where Pontius Pilate judged Jesus of Nazareth.
Our destination tonight is the fascinating Dead Sea, the salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. After lunch you can enjoy time at leisure to float on the Dead Sea or take a refreshing dip in the waters of the hotel’s pools.
Overnight: Dead Sea Resort (Jordan)
After breakfast we travel to Al-Maghtas, the Baptism site believed to be the original place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. From here we drive to Madaba, home to some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. View the 6th century mosaic Map of Jerusalem, possibly the oldest map of the Holy City in existence. We continue on to Mount Nebo; the highest point in the Moabite mountain range it offers a remarkable view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the spires of Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that Moses viewed “the Promised Land” from this peak and died on Mount Nebo. Our home for the next three nights will be Amman, Jordan’s Capital city.
Situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley, Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts, a modern metropolis co-existing amongst numerous ancient ruins. After breakfast we will tour of the old city of Amman exploring the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city. Settlement of this site dates back to 3500 B.C. and the Bible telling us that King David sent his Israelite army to besiege the city, then known as Rabbath Ammon.
This afternoon you will have time at leisure to relax, explore and shop.
After breakfast we drive to Jerash, the best preserved of the provincial Roman towns and often called the “Pompeii of the East”. Wander around its colonnaded main street, see the Cardo, South Theatre, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Artemis Temple and the Nymphaeum. The city’s 14 churches date from Byzantine time and are filled with fine mosaics. From Jerash we continue westward to Saladin’s 12th century Arab castle, Qalaat al Rabad (Ajloun), one of the finest examples of military architecture. On our return journey we will pause on the edge of the River Jabok, important in the early life of Jacob, before returning to Amman.
This morning we cross over into Israel where we meet our coach and guide for the main Israel section of our tour. We drive south through the Jordan River valley to our first stop, Qumran. It was here that the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered; these 981 texts were found in eleven different caves and are believed to date from between 300 BC and 100 AD.
We make a short stop at the Springs of Ein Gedi, the place where David hid from King Saul, before we drive up to the rocky fortress of Masada. This majestic UNESCO heritage – listed fortress was built by King Herod and was the site of the historical last stand of the zealots against mighty Rome. Our day’s final destination is a resort on the Dead Sea where you can swim (or really float) in the resorts own salt water pools.
Today is a rest day. Ours meals are included, and we will meet for devotions, but the day is yours to take a breather from travelling. Float some more, read some more, relax some more. The choice is yours.
Overnight: Dead Sea
From “Dan to Beersheba” is a biblical phrase used to refer to the settled areas of the Tribes of Israel between Dan in the North and Beersheba in the South. Today we visit the southern part of the Promised Land, Beersheba (Beersheva), an area known also for the Australian Light Horse Infantry attack in World War I. Our itinerary today takes us through Beersheva to Hebron, first mentioned in the Old Testament in connection with Abraham and an important city in the very early days of the history of the Bible. From here we travel through the Elah Valley, where the battle of David and Goliath was fought, and then onto our overnight destination of Netanya on the coastal seafront of the Mediterranean Sea.
Today we travel to Caesarea, an important link for non-Jewish people (Gentiles) to the Bible Story, and following this we step back in time to when the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. This area is also important to such Old Testament incidents as the battle of Gideon and Deborah, along with the prophesied Battle of Armageddon. Our drive from Mount Carmel will take us past Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood village, as we drive towards our accommodation on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. A late afternoon boat trip on the Sea of Galilee will be a most memorable experience to finish another wonderful day in the Holy Land. We have booked the boat for a longer period of time so we can share in a time of worship on the water.
Today we will visit many sites important to Jesus’ life and ministry including Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ activities in the Galilee; Capernaum was where Jesus taught in the local synagogue as well as being the home town of the apostles Peter, James, Andrew and John, and the tax collector Matthew. At the Sea of Galilee Boat Museum we will view an ancient fishing boat from the 1st Century AD, like those used by the fishermen in the Gospels. A short stop in Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, will take us to St Peter’s Primacy where Jesus appeared to Peter and other disciples after his resurrection.
We then travel to Mount Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount before we explore the ruins at Caesarea Phillipi where Jesus asked his disciples who people were saying he was.
This morning we travel to the River Jordan and a traditional Baptism site. Our itinerary also includes Tel Beth Shan and Gideon Springs. We will pass Mount Tabor, the traditional Mount of Transfiguration and follow the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem. When we visit the Holy Land we make sure we go “up” to Jerusalem, and excitement mounts as we drive into this very special city with an overview from Mount Scopus. Check in to our selected hotel.
From the Mount of Olives, we will enjoy an eye opening moment overlooking Jerusalem before visiting the Church of the Pater Noster, the site on which Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. To commemorate the Ascension Emperor Constantine built a church over a cave here in the 4th Century and today we can see it partially reconstructed.
Together we will walk the Palm Sunday Path and visit the little teardrop shaped Church of Dominus Flevit, recalling the Gospel incident when Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem. We will visit the Garden of Gethsemane where our Lord prayed and his disciples slept the night before his crucifixion. The Basilica of Agony enshrines a section of the bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest.
Entering the Old City walls through the Lion’s Gate, we will visit the Pools of Bethesda and then walk the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa. We will be inspired by Christendom’s holiest of sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion as well as his resurrection. From here we go to Mount Zion and marvel at the Cenacle or “Upper Room”, the site of the Last Supper, before visiting the beautiful Dormition Abbey.
This morning we visit the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and the Cardo in the ancient heart of Jerusalem. We will view the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, before visiting the Israel Museum. See a model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book. Our day in the Holy City will be topped off by the Tower of David Sound and Light Show in the evening after you have had some free time in the Old City and dinner before the show.
We travel to Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Saviour, visiting the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields. We travel on to Jericho, believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and where Jesus performed a miracle and healed a blind beggar.
A fitting conclusion to our journey will be a solemn and moving visit to the Garden Tomb where we gather to remember the whole purpose and function of God’s Plan.
We bid farewell to Jerusalem as we transfer to the Allenby Bridge and return to Amman Airport for our flight to Dubai.
Today is a full day of leisure in Dubai. You might like to visit the famous Dubai Mall, explore the Gold and Spice Souks or choose one of the many optional tours (available on tour). Tonight, will be a fitting end to your holiday as we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for our final flight home to Australia.
A morning arrival in Australia blessed with a new knowledge of the region in which significant Bible stories actually occurred, a greater cultural understanding of the Land of the Bible as well as deeper appreciation of the Bible itself.
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