Holy Land Pilgrimage
ISRAEl & JORDANWITH PILGRIMAGE CHAPLAIN FR. BEN “BIVEN” BELDEROL
1845H Departure Manila to Amman Jordan via Abu Dhabi
Morning arrival in Amman via EY511 at 03:10h. Afterimmigration and customs formalities, meet your guide. Drive to Petra stopping for breakfast along the way. Tour Petra, considered one of the world’s wonders. Walk through the Siq and see various temples, the Amphitheater, the Monastery and the Treasury. Proceed to your hotel for check in, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast drive north visiting Mt Nebo, the memorial of Moses and the presumed site of his death and burial place. On to the Madaba (The City of Mosaic) to visit St George’s Church which cradles the 5th century mosaic map of the Holy land. Proceed to your hotel for check in, dinner and overnight
After breakfast drive to the Allen by Border to cross to Israel. Drive to Jericho, believed to be the oldest city. View the Mount of Temptation and an old Sycamore tree. Continue on to Qumram, where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Here you will get the chance to buy the famous Dead Sea products. Proceed to the Dead Sea which is also called “Sea of Salt” and is the lowest spot on the surface of the globe. Here you can experience floating and swimming in these waters which have amazing healing powers. Drive north to Tiberias for check in, dinner and overnight
After breakfast drive to Mt. Tabor, where according to tradition the miracle of the Transfiguration of Christ took place. In remembrance of this, the Church of Transfiguration was built in 1923, the last of a series of religious buildings that was destroyed in past centuries, usually as a result of war. Drive back to the Galilee area viewing the ancient boat that was excavated on the shores of the Galilee, believed to have been used during the time of Jesus. After which take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee as Jesus and the apostles did. Drive up the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Proceed to Capernaum where Christ went to live after He left Nazareth. See the ruins of an ancient synagogue, one of the earliest and best preserved of the Galilean synagogues. On to the church built over the ruins of what was believed as the house of St. Peter. Proceed to Tabghaand visit the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication and Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Drive to Yardenit, a traditional baptismal site on the Jordan River for the renewal of baptismal vows. Drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast drive to Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother. Couples will have the chance to renew their marriage vows. On to Nazareth and visit the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth erected over the grotto where according to tradition, the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of Christ. Nearby, visit the Church of St. Joseph. On to the Carmel Mountains to visit Muhraka, the site of sacrifice located on the spot where Elijah confronted the false priests of Ba’al. Proceed to Jerusalem for check in, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we drive up the Mount of Olives stopping at the Church of the Ascension then the Church of Pater Noster where we will see different translations of the Lord’s Prayer. Walk along the Palm Sunday Road passing by the Franciscan Church of the Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept and shed a tear for the city of Jerusalem. We continue on the Palm Sunday Road ending at the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Visit the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for the Jewish nation. In the afternoon, drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity built over the tomb of St. Geronimo. In the grotto under the altar, see the silver star which marks the place of Jesus’ birth. Next door to the Church of the Nativity is the Roman Catholic church of St. Catherine.It is in this church that Christmas midnight mass is celebrated and relayed throughout the world via satellite. Walk to the Milk Grotto, where according to tradition, Mary nursed Jesus here and spilled a drop of milk, turning the ground white. Visit the Shepherd’s Field where angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. Drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, proceed to the old city of Jerusalem Stopping first at the Church of St. Anne and the pool of Bethesda. Continue walking along the Via Dolorosa, also called the “Way of the Cross”. There are fourteen stations along the route each commemorating an event along Jesus’ route to crucifixion. End up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On to Mt. Zion to visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of Dormition, where the Blessed Virgin Mary fell into eternal sleep. Continueon to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, built on the site of the house of high priest Caiaphas. It is on this site that Peter denied Jesus three times. Drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast visit Bethany, the village of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. It is the scene of the great miracle of the raising of Lazarus to life by Jesus. On to Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist. A slow and uphill climb to the Church of the Visitation where Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth who greeted the future mother of Jesus with the words “blessed art thou among women”. Mary responded with the “Magnificat”, a song of praise to the Lord. Drive to the Allenby Bridge to cross to Jordan. Drive to your hotel in Amman for check in, dinner and overnight.
Morning at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure flight via EY514 at 14:10.
1530h Estimated time of Arrival at Manila via EY424
- Roundtrip international ticket on economy class via Etihad Airlines OCT23 MNLAUH 1845H 2350H OCT24 AUHAMM 0050H 0310H NOV01 AMMAUH 1410H 1905H NOV02 AUHMNL 0300H 1530H
- Meet and assist upon arrival
- Private transfers and touring in an A/C coach as per itinerary
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- 24-25 OCT Petra Guest House or similar
- 25-26 OCT Amman Int’l Hotel or similar
- 26-28 OCT Emily’s Hotel Tiberias or sim
- 28-31 OCT Hotel Yehudah Jerusalem or sim
- 31OCT-01Nov Amman Intl Hotel or sim
- Meals as per itinerary
- Entry fees as per itinerary
- Service of English speaking guide
- Porterage at hotels (1 piece)
- Tips, Visa and Border Fees
- Travel Insurance (up to 75yo only)
- Beverages during meal
- Personal Expenses
- Domestic Flight to Manila if applicable
- Horse Carriage in Petra
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS:
- Non Refundable USD300/pax reservation fee and copy of passport upon confirmation.
- Min 20pax participants required for this tour. Should group fall 20, travel agent has the right to reschedule the tour, otherwise supplement may apply.