Amman – Pella – Jabbok River – Umm Qais – Anjarah – Nazareth – Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Madaba – Nebo – Mukhait – Mukawir – Bethany & Jordan River – Moses spring – Petra
8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS
Day 1: Arrival to Amman
Meet and great up on arrival at Queen Alia International Airport by Jordan Experience representative, process visa to Jordan and pick your luggage. Drive to Amman for overnight.
Day 2: Amman – Pella – Jabbok River – Umm Qais – Anjarah – Amman
After breakfast in hotel: drive to visit Pella (Tabaqat Fahl) which nestles exactly at sea level in the northern Jordan Valley foothills, with its antiquities from the Old and New Testament periods. Persecuted early Christians from Jerusalem fled to Pella for safety. Pella also may be the site of Old Testament Penuel, where Jacob (pbuh) wrestled all night with God in the form of a man.
Day 3: Amman – Sheik Hussein Border – Nazareth – Bethlehem
After breakfast, transfer to the Sheikh Hussein border. After immigration procedures, head out to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph’s carpentry, and then see the Mt. of Beatitudes and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha. Travel along the famous Sea of Galilee and see the ruins of the ancient synagogue of Capernaum. Your last stop is the site of baptism on the Jordan River overlooking Tiberias, where you’ll be able to participate in an unforgettable baptismal service. After this enlightening experience, travel past Mt. Tabor, the site of transfiguration, on the way. After completion you will transfer to your hotel in Bethlehem for overnight.
Day 4: Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Border – Amman
After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit the Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2: 1-20). Visit of Jerusalem. We start from the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) where the faithful Jews cry their petitions to God. Continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aska Mosque and the Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple and over Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Isaac and the ceremonial sacrifice of animals took place. After this we walk along the Via Dolorosa, visiting the Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch (John 19,13), where Jesus was tried before Pilate (Mark 15,6). Then continue through the Old City Bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Garden Tomb and Golgotha – place of the Skull – for a worship service. Drive back to border. Overnight in Amman.
Day 5: Madaba visit – Mount Nebo – Mukhait – Mukawir- Madaba
After having breakfast we will head to explore the Mosiac city of Madaba. Madaba has a very long history stretching from the Neolithic period till present day. The town of Madaba was once a Moabite border city, mentioned in the Bible, Numbers 21:30 and Joshua 13:9. Madaba dates back from the Middle Bronze Age. It has become known as the “City of the Mosaics” for the many Byzantine mosaics that have been uncovered throughout the city. The most famous of these is the map of the Holy Land, a 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. After the visit we will transfer to where Moses climbed to Mount Nebo, from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the Promised land…. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. –Deuteronomy 34:1-6. After visiting Mount Nebo, we will continue to Khirbat Mukhayyat, Scholars suppose this village to be the site of the Biblical city of Nebo. In the middle of the 9th century B.C. King Mescha boasted that he had slain 7000 men, women, boys, girls and maids at this place and had taken it from the Israelis. In Byzantine times, Khirbet El Mukhayat had a monastery complex and at least 4 churches. Driving south-west of Madaba, we will reach Mukawir. In the Bible, Mukawir is referred to as Machaerus. On a mountain which resembles a cone with its top cut off, can be seen the imposing remnants of the fortress Qasr El Mashneqh. The Arabic name means “Castle of Gallows”. The castle was built by Alexander Jannaeus. The historian, Josephus, reports that it was here that John the Baptist was imprisoned, Salome danced and John was beheaded (Matthew 14:3 – 11). In the evening we will drive back to our hotel in Madaba for overnight.
Day 6: Madaba – Bethany & Jordan River – Moses spring – Petra
After breakfast, we will continue our journey and head the visit the “Bethany”. In this site we will also visit Wadi tell Kharrar which is the place where Elijah ascended to the heavens. When Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” … Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you, stand’s one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing (John 1:25-28). Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus (John 10:40-42). When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Now Jesus himself was about 30 years old when he began his ministry (Luke 3:21-23). When Jesus (pbuh) spent 40 days in the wilderness after his baptism (Mark 1:12), he had been in the stark, desolate marl area immediately east of Jordan River and north of Bethany. He spread his message throughout Transjordan on several different occasions, including during his last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem (Matthew 19). Driving south via the Kings’ Highway to visit the Moses Springs. It is one of the 2 places where the great man is believed to have obtained water by striking a rock. You can get the chance to see some low lying ruins of a couple of churches in the very charming countryside. Further continue to Petra, the giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilization, and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true value – as one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by Nature and Man. Transfer to our hotel in Petra for overnight.
Day 7: Petra full day visit – Amman
After breakfast, a full day dedicated for the exploration of the breathtaking Nabataean city of Petra which was carved out of the rose-red sandstone about 2,000 years ago & has recently been voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The tour starts by passing by the Obelisk Tomb and then proceeding through the Siq – the narrow gorge that leads to Petra’s most impressive monument, the Treasury. Then on to the Street of Facades, the Theater, the Royal Tombs, the Colonnaded Street, the Byzantine Church, the Temple, the Monumental Arch, Qasr el-Bint Faroun. Drive back to Amman for overnight.
Day 8: Amman – Airport
After breakfast: meet our representative and drive to Airport for final departure.