Holy Land Discovery with Jordan - Faith-Based Travel – Catholic Itinerary 2020

Holy Land Discovery with Jordan - Faith-Based Travel – Catholic Itinerary 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

The roots of your faith will come to life on this extraordinary journey through the Holy Land. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus as you learn more about his life and ministry. To stand in the very places where history unfolded is a true highlight as you visit sites of biblical importance. Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes, the river Jordan, and Jerusalem are only some of the sites in the Holy Land where your experience will reignite your faith. The addition of Jordan completes your spiritual journey with visits to Mount Nebo, Bethany beyond the Jordan, Jerash and the amazing mysterious city of Petra. All of this—and much more—awaits you on this Israel and Jordan tour designed for value-minded travelers.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.
Welcome to Israel! Check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: TEL AVIV–JAFFA–CAESAREA–MEGIDDO–NAZARETH.
Enjoy a full day exploring some of the Holy Land’s ancient biblical and modern sights. Begin by driving to the old port of JAFFA, an atmospheric town, where Jonah set sail before he was swallowed by the whale. Continue to CAESAREA, an ancient port turned incredible ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC, the city was one of the most splendid in ancient Palestine and its capital for more than 600 years. Admire what remains of Herod’s grandiose building works, including the restored 3,500-seat Roman theater, the aqueduct, harbor, and the crumbled moat and towers from the 12th-century CRUSADER FORTRESS. From here, travel to the archaeological site of MEGIDDO, an age-old FORTIFIED TOWN with 25 layers of archaeological findings and one of the world’s most important biblical sites. According to the New Testament, this is where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, the final struggle between good and evil, which will prompt the return of Jesus to defeat the Antichrist and cast Satan into the abyss. Continue to Nazareth to visit the CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. This evening you may have an opportunity to join a candlelight procession starting from the Church of the Annunciation square.
Today's Distance: 121 mi / 195 km (B,D)

Day 3: NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO BET SHE’AN.
Attend one of the early morning Mass services if you wish, then join today’s included excursion. Bet She’an is one of the best preserved archaeological sites of this region and well worth some time to wander around. Ongoing excavations at this UNESCO World Heritage site revealed time-worn colonnade-style streets, bathhouses, and a theater with perfect acoustics.
Today's Distance: 48 mi / 77 km (B)

Day 4: NAZARETH. EXCURSION TO MAGDALA–SEA OF GALILEE–TABGHA–CAPERNAUM–MOUNT OF BEATITUDES–CANA.
Today, celebrate [M] Mass in Magdala, home to Mary Magdalene, then skirt the Sea of Galilee, and enjoy its scenic beauty. Continue to Tabgha and visit the church commemorating the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves. On to CAPERNAUM, home to the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew, and to Jesus himself. Here, you’ll see its ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE and the HOUSE OF ST. PETER. Spend some time in the gardens on the MOUNT OF BEATITUDES, where Jesus delivered his famous sermon, and meditate its significance. On the way back to Nazareth, stop in CANA, site of the wedding miracle.
Today's Distance: 91 mi / 147 km (B,D)

Day 5: NAZARETH–BETHLEHEM–JERUSALEM.
Enjoy a spectacular drive through the Jordan Valley. Stop at the QASR EL YAHUD baptismal site where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David. Visit one of Christianity’s holiest places, the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, built over the cave thought to be the spot where Jesus was born. Here, you will have time to pray and attend [M] Mass, if you like. Reach the holy city of Jerusalem in the late afternoon.
Today's Distance: 119 mi / 192 km (B,D)

Day 6: JERUSALEM.
A day of reflection 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’s domes, walls, and rooftops before strolling in the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, where Jesus prayed on the night before his arrest. Your guide will then lead you into the JEWISH QUARTER, pointing out the WESTERN WALL with its prayer notes tucked between the stones, and the Dome of the Rock, the gold-topped mosque on Temple Mount. Walk the famous Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), following in Jesus’ footsteps as he bore the cross to Calvary for his crucifixion and burial, where the BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE now stands. Later this afternoon, attend [M] Mass, if you like. (B)

Day 7: JERUSALEM. OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO MASADA & THE DEAD SEA.
Today is free to relax, explore Jerusalem at leisure, revisit some of the most significant places of worship, or join an exciting optional excursion to the Dead Sea, the planet’s lowest point on dry land. Travel through the mountainous Judean Desert and pass the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Ride the cable car up to the magnificent Fortress of Masada, perched high on a clifftop plateau above the Dead Sea, where 960 Jewish rebels made their last stand against Roman forces in 73 AD. Later, head for the shores of the Dead Sea, where you’ll have some time to experience the incredible buoyancy in the salt water. Toward the end of the afternoon, return to Jerusalem. (B,D)

Day 8: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL–PETRA, JORDAN.
Drive to Allenby Bridge, and cross the border into Jordan. Arrive at BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN. Stop at 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.
Today's Distance: 174 mi / 280 km (B,D)

Day 9: PETRA–AMMAN.
This morning, visit the archaeological site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World®. Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you walk down the SIQ, the narrow gorge made famous in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and stand in awe in front of the iconic Treasury. This afternoon, travel north to Amman for two overnight stays.
Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B,D)

Day 10: AMMAN. EXCURSION TO JERASH, AJLOUN & ANJARA.
Begin your day with a stop in JERASH, which was inhabited as early as 3200 BC. Although the city 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 129-130 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. Today, the cave is a holy place for pilgrims.
Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B,D)

Day 11: AMMAN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.
April 10 Departure Easter in Nazareth
December 22 Departure Christmas in Nazareth.

Sightseeing & Activities:

TEL AVIV
Orientation drive and Jaffa visit

CAESAREA and MEGIDDO
Ancient sites

NAZARETH
Church of the Annunciation visit

BET SHE’AN
Archaeological site visit

GALILEE
Full-day excursion

JORDAN VALLEY
River Jordan baptismal site

BETHLEHEM
Church of the Nativity visit

JERUSALEM
Old town walking tour

MOUNT NEBO
St. George’s church in Madaba

PETRA
Archaeological site and Treasury

JERASH
Greco-Roman ruins

ANJARA
See the holy cave

[M] MASS SERVICES:
Magdala, Bethlehem, Jerusalem (all in local language and venues subject to change).
Transfers by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$720-$840, $840 (2021)

No triple room reduction.

2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification.

Tel Aviv: Cinema
Nazareth: Rimonim Nazareth
Jerusalem: Rimonim Shalom Hotel Jerusalem
Petra: Petra Guesthouse
Amman: Amman International

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Questions & Answers

Question: What accommodations are made for a triple room?

Triple room accommodations are usually a converted twin room with a roll away bed.

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Customer Reviews


Ratings based off 27 reviews . Currently showing 15 reviews with comments only.
By Lulu S on Nov 15, 2019

i would for sure booked our next trip with Affordable Tours/ Theresa is so helpful with everything i asked for.

By Rebecca W on Jun 14, 2019

I really enjoy this trip but I didn't receive a book, therefore I couldn't keep up with my schedule.I know they tried cuts back on paper.I couldn't look back phone! My phone was not working that like it should.

By Jennifer P on Jun 07, 2019

Fantastic tour with very knowledgeable tour guides. Felt very safe on this tour.

By Serafin T on Mar 08, 2019

It was a wonderful trip and we have enjoyed every moment of it.

By Patricia B on Oct 12, 2018

My experience with Affordable Tours as been always the best, I will continue booking my tours in the future with them, the hotel, the food , service and care goes over and beyond what one can imagine.

By Vladimir D on Oct 03, 2018

Hotel in Tel Aviv (Tal) was very good. The hotel in Nazareth was quite bad: Elevators were hardly working, no help getting baggage from the bus to the room and conversely, very crowded buffet lines, mediocre food, very unhelpful staff. The hotel in Jerusalem was quite a bit better, but the elevators were still horrible. The hotel in Aman was OK. The guide in Israel was very knowledgeable about history, architecture etc., but had no clue how to deal with practical matters (arranging for baggage transfer etc) It was clear that she didn't care about these things either. The guide in Jordan was quite good as were the local guides

By Teri B on Aug 31, 2018

The tour was an amazing, meaningful experience with only a few areas needing adjustment. Also, please note that Israel and Jordan are the perfect combination. I would not have wanted to miss Jordan; it exponentially enhanced the value and meaning of the tour. Overall, the tour sites, the volunteer and community organizations, staff, accommodations, transportation, transfers, and food were incredible and flawless. Issues that I recommend resolving include the following. Israel tour guide's comments and sense of humor were often inappropriate and coarse. Although he was obviously knowledgeable and efficient, his attitude and behavior were abrasive and dismissive at times. The contrast between the tour guide in Jordan versus the one in Israel was significant. I would suggest the guide for the Israel part of the tour be more comparable to the quality of the guide in Jordan. Rooms at the Ramada in Jerusalem were not clean. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Bathrooms had showers with mold and mildew; bathroom doors had obvious water damage; everything except the bed did not appear to have been cleaned or vacuumed in quite some time. I heard similar comments from several other tour members. Insufficient prayer and reflection time were permitted at key spiritual sites in Israel, not only in Jerusalem but also in other cities. Since it was a faith-based tour, that is an important consideration. Only one tip envelope for the Tour Director and Driver were provided, and no guidance was given about if or how to tip local guides in Israel. We also weren't sure whether or not to tip guides and drivers separately in both countries. The number of tour participants in Israel (30+) was too many. The number of tour participants in Jordan (19) was a much more enjoyable and manageable number. Again, overall it was a wonderful experience, which could easily be excellent and outstanding with a few changes. Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.

By Donna S on Aug 31, 2018

The tour through Israel and Jordan was tiring because every day was packed with sites and travel. But we saw much more than I expected, even some short trips not on the itinterary. The group was large, 42, but we grew to be great friends.

By Luis A on Apr 13, 2018

Some hotels are dusty. Some hotels don't vacuum the carpet daily. In our Jordan trip, the tour director did not provide us with Whispers (headset). Granted that there were only 15 people, still the tour director should provide headsets. Ther reason: Most of us in the tour are seniors. We walk slow. The tour director would start talking without waiting until everyone had returned.

By Michael S on Sep 01, 2017

The major problem we had with the tour was the heat. We wound up in the middle of a heat wave which made moving around, ascending stairs and hills unbearable. This is not your fault and I understand that. The tour was generally a good experience and I'm happy with it.

By Belen T on Sep 30, 2016

1. Some tour descriptions were inaccurate, such as the omission of Via Dolorosa. 2. Majority of those in our tour in Israel considered the guide incompetent and uncaring, although we rated the guide in Jordan highly. 3. The accommodations (lodging and food) in Israel, except the first hotel, were mediocre. This is the first vacation that I actually lost weight. 4. The accommodations in Jordan were wonderful and impressive. 5. Despite the uneven review, I will consider booking another vacation with this operator - hopefully, they'll do better next time. If not, there are others!

By Orlando V on Nov 13, 2015

I will continue to use your travel company. Excellent!!!!

By Emerita S on Sep 04, 2015

This was my third trip with Cosmos and I was really disappointed. The hotels used were horrible. One of the hotels had bed bugs. One couple ended up sleeping in the bathtub after changing rooms twice. I had to request a room change in Amman because the room I was assigned reeked of smoke. the restroom in the non smoking room I was assigned had a strong sewage smell. I felt the guide we had in Amman was not professional at all. When he met us at the border, he got on the bus and asked everyone for their passports. No name, no introductions, no nothing. We didn't know who he was. I also felt the guide should have stayed at the hotel with us in case we needed anything. He seemed to always be in a hurry, as though he had his own personal agenda. It was really disappointing.

By Richard W on May 03, 2013

Jordan Hotels and Guide were excellent... Israel guide not up to normal Cosmos standards...


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