Itinerary: Egypt, Israel & Jordan…11 days Rs. 90,000/-
Tour cost includes:
Accommodation in excellent 3* /4* hotels on twin sharing basis.
Roundtrip Airfare Ex-Goa (Inclusive of all taxes).
The day itinerary is subjective last minutes changes depending on the local situation at the various sites.
Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Border departure taxes for Israel, Egypt & Jordan.
City tour & transfers in Mercedes /Volvo AC. Coaches with English
Entrance fees to the holy sites and other places as per Itinerary.
Visa for Egypt, Jordan & Israel.
Travel Insurance up to the age of 60 yrs (Basic Travel Insurance)
Tips & Gratuities to the Hotels/Guides & Drivers.
Complimentary 1 bottle of water per person (500 ml)
Day 1: INDIA – CAIRO
Assemble at Goa Dabolim Airport 3 hrs before departure. After a short prayer, we begin our journey.
On arrival we meet with our representative. We start our tour at the famous Egyptian Museum, which houses more than 2, 50,000 antique pieces covering the whole history of ancient Egypt, which extends over the past five thousand years. In the evening we shall enjoy a memorable Nile Cruise with dinner on board. Overnight stay in Cairo. (B, L & D)
Day 2: CAIRO
After our breakfast at the Hotel, we proceed to Old Cairo, where we visit an important church called the Abu Serge Church built on the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt.
We shall visit the historic Khan El Khalil market, a Perfume manufactory and the traditional papyrus factory. After Lunch, we visit the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx located nearby the Pyramids. Overnight stay in Cairo. (B, L & D)
Day 3: DAHAB ENROUTE TO SINAI FROM CAIRO
After our breakfast, we proceed to St. Catherine via Elim (Exodus 15:27) and Maara. We visit the Springs of Moses (The water of Marah) (Exodus15:22-25), pass the Suez Canal through the Ahmedi Tunnel to cross over to Sinai Peninsula. Arrive to St. Catherine.
Overnight: Dahab / St. Catherine. (B, L & D)
Day 4: MT. SINAI, TABA, RED SEA, EILAT, SODOM & GOMORRAH, BETHLEHEM.
For those who wish to climb Mt. Sinai, we wake up at 02:00am, we return to the hotel just in time for breakfast. It is beneath this very mountain Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments.
We freshen up, and leave the hotel, we journey to St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is believed to enshrine the Burning Bush from which God first revealed himself to Moses. It also contains a treasure trove of icons and ancient manuscripts second only to the Vatican itself. The monastery is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and has been the center of monastic life in Southern Sinai. (Exodus 20:1-17, Exodus 31:18, Exodus 3:1-6). We then proceed to Taba border for lunch and enter into Israel. We arrive in Bethlehem passing Eilat, Sodom & Gomorrah.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bethlehem. (B,L & D)
Day 5: EIN KAREM, MT. OLIVES, PATER NOSTER, GETHSAMANE, MT. ZION, UPPER ROOM, BETHLEHEM, NATIVITY CHURCH, MILK GROTTO, SHEPHERD’S FIELD.
After our breakfast, we visit the sleepy village of Ein Karem. Ein Karem is said to be the birth place of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39 -80). We shall visit the Church of John the Baptist.
We drive to the Mount of Olives where the Lord ascended into heaven (Acts 1); we will have a view across the Kidron Valley to the Eastern Gate where Our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace entered (Ezekiel 44). Visit the Church of Ascension and we pass by Pater Noster Church on the Mount of Olives, where we recall Christ’s teaching of the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples.
Then we visit Dominus Flevit where ``The Lord wept`` as he beheld the Holy City. Through Palm Sunday Road, we proceed down to the Garden of Gethsemane where you will see 2,000 year old Olive trees that date back to the time of Christ. Basilica of the Agony-we will be visiting the traditional house of the high priest- Caiaphas, also it is in this courtyard where Peter denied Jesus thrice and where Jesus was kept in the dungeon. We then drive to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper room (Luke 22) also known as the Cenacle where our Lord Jesus broke bread and wine at the ‘Last Supper’, visit King David’s Tomb and Dormition Abbey…We take a walk through the Jewish Quarter.
Onwards to visit St. Peter at Galicantu one of the most striking churches in Jerusalem commemorates the Apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance and his reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection.
We later proceed to Bethlehem. Here we can stop and shop for religious articles. We visit the Church of the Nativity (Luke 2: 1-7) and the Shepherd’s Field (Luke 2:8-20), where an angel appeared to announce the birth of Jesus. Lastly, we stop to visit Our Lady of Milk Grotto Church.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bethlehem. (B, L & D)
Day 6: OLD CITY, VIA DOLOROSA, CALVARY, GOLGOTHA, QUMRAN, DEAD SEA, JERICHO, BETHANY
After our breakfast we visit the Old City of Jerusalem- St. Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda. We will walk the 14 stations of the Way of The Cross- the Via Dolorosa. We visit Judgment Hall of Pilate, Church of Flagellation all the way to Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Matthew 27, Matthew 33:57, Matthew 28:10). We shall then walk through the old city streets pass the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter, to see the last remaining western wall of the Jewish Temple, also known as the Wailing wall. It is a popular tradition to leave prayer notes of appeal to the Lord in between the massive lime stone blocks of this wall.
We shall view the Dome of the Rock on Mount Moriah above this wall and the proceed to visit Qumran National park and then proceed for a quick dip in the Dead Sea which is loaded with only salt and minerals and no fish can live in it. (Ezekiel 47:8-10) Cover yourself with the mineral rich mud and experience a float in the Dead Sea that has its therapeutic effects.
Head to Jericho, the oldest town on earth and view Qarantal- the traditional mount of Temptations and the centuries-old Sycamore Tree (recollect the incident in which the tax collector Zacchaeus, too short to see over the crowd, climbed a sycamore’s branches in order to see Jesus).
We continue to Bethany, the favorite place of rest and refuge for Jesus and visit the House of Mary, Martha & Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-44) and Lazarus’ Tomb.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bethlehem. (B,L & D)
Day 7: JAFFA, HAIFA, MT. CARMEL, CANA, NAZARETH.
After our breakfast we check out and to Jaffa. We visit the St. Peters church, the site of the healing of Tabitha. We then proceed to Caesarea, and see the Roman ruins of Aqueduct and Amphitheater from outside.
Then, we shall drive to the port city of Haifa, here we shall view the breath taking view of the Haifa Bay, from Mt Carmel. We shall visit the cave of Elijah. We shall also view and tour the Bahai Gardens and it fantastic Persian hanging Gardens which is a world Heritage site and considered as one of the seven modern wonders of the world.
We then visit the idyllic village of Cana. Here we visit the Church of the Wedding Miracle where Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1 John 2:11).
From Cana, we shall proceed to the biblical city of Nazareth. Visit the towering Basilica of Annunciation. After the tour of this imposing structure, we shall walk down to visit Josef’s carpentry workshop and visit the Synagogue of Jesus. We head on to Tiberias/ Nazareth for dinner at Hotel.
Overnight Tiberias/ Nazareth (B, L & D)
Day 8: MT BEATITUDES, CAPERNAUM, TABGA, BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT, MT. TABOR.
After breakfast, we will visit early Jesus Ministry around the Sea of Galilee followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, visit Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5, Matthew 6, Matthew 7, and Matthew 8) where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, see the famous Chapel, constructed in 1939 by the noted architect Antonio Barluzzi and enjoy the view.
We shall then continue to Capernaum (Matthew4:13, Matthew 13:54, Matthew 17:24, Luke 7, Mark 1:2, John 4:46 John 4:54) which is believed to have been Jesus' home and the center of his ministry, here we can stand in what is left of the synagogue in which Jesus ministered, and where he performed many miracles, and it's in Capernaum where Peter’s mother-in-law lived and was healed.
We visit Jesus Synagogue and the House of St. Peter. Then proceed to the Primacy of Peter, where Jesus appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection and where he performed the miraculous catch of the 153 fish and conferred Church authority upon Peter, we visit Tabgha- the site of the Feeding of the 5,000 and Primacy of Peter (Matthew 13, Mark 33, Mark 45, & John 21), Church of Multiplication with its 4th Century Mosaic floor. (ST PETER’S FISH LUNCH).
We travel to Yardenit - The Baptismal site of Jesus in the Jordan river by John the Baptist.(Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34) we head to Mt. Tabor where the Church of Transfiguration is located.
We shall proceed to Shq Hussein Border to cross over to Jordan-Amman.
Dinner & Overnight at Amman. (B, L & D)
Day 9: JERASH, MADABA, MT. NEBO, AMMAN.
After our breakfast we depart for Madaba, a byzantine city, still thriving with the ancient craft of Mosaic making. Madaba is known as the city of Mosaics. Before visiting a Mosaic crafts manufactory to see how the elaborate mosaics of the past were made, we shall visit the ancient Orthodox Church at Madaba, where an entire mosaic of the Old City of Jerusalem was discovered. We then visit Mekawer-the site of beheading of John the Baptist.
From Here We shall proceed to Mt Nebo, which was the last station in the life of Prophet Moses. Moses viewed the Promised Land that he would never enter. (As Deuteronomy 34:5-6 recounts, Moses died there in the land of Moab “but no one knows his burial place to this day”). Moses did, however, eventually reach the Promised Land. He and Elijah were seen with Jesus at the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36)
Overnight in Amman. (B, L & D)
Day 10: DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and head to the Airport. After a short prayer we will board our flight for our journey back home.
Day 11: ARRIVAL AT GOA AIRPORT