Jordan, the Holy Land & Egypt with Fr. Philip George

Oct 7th-21st, 2019

Seven people being baptized in the Jordan River
The Basilica of the Agony.

Itinerary

Oct 7: Our pilgrimage begins as we board our flight for Amman, Jordan.

Oct 8: Arrive at Amman international airport, your local Guide will meet, assist and transfer you to the hotel for overnight in Amman. Overnight Amman

Oct 9: Leave to Petra, the Rose City, capital of the Nabateans, excavated totally in the red rock of the mountain. Walk through the Siq (a narrow passage) to the first monument: the Treasury Temple. Visit also the House of Justice, the Royal Tombs and the Theater. Overnight in Petra

Oct 10: After breakfast, we leave Petra, visit Mt. Nebo. Dinner at a traditional restaurant, Citadel Overnight Amman

Oct 11: Transfer to Allenby Bridge, cross and meet your guides. Continue to Jericho, Then to the Dead Sea to enjoy a bath in its salty waters. Afterward, proceed to Qumran for a visit to the ruins of the Essenes Monastery and view the Caves of the Dead Sea. Then through the Jordan Valley to Beth Shean, a Canaanite city where Saul was killed with one of his sons. Visit the archeological site that contains ruins of the roman theater, the Cardo, the public areas…etc. Arrive to your hotel in Nazareth can we stay close to the church of Basilica of the Annunciation walking distance if possible. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 12: Leave to Cana of Galilee: the place of the first miracle of Jesus. Continue to Nazareth and start a walking tour from Mary’s Fountain till the Basilica of the Annunciation for a visit to Mary’s House, the Upper Basilica, the Museum and the Church of the Holy Family. In the afternoon, ascend to by taxis to Mount Tabor and visit the Basilica of the Transfiguration, enjoying a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley. Descend and return to the hotel. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 13: leave to Mount of Beatitudes to recall the Sermon of the Mountain. Continue to Tabgha (Heptapegon) for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves, admiring the well conserved Byzantine mosaic from the fifth century. Then visit the small chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter before heading to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus for a detailed visit of its ruins: the remains of the House of Peter, the “Insula Sacra” and the White Synagogue. Then, you will experience a boat ride crossing along the Sea of Galilee. In the afternoon, leave through the Golan Heights to Banias, one of the Jordan River streams. Visit the ruins of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus confirmed St. Paul as the Head of the Church. Renovation of the Baptism vows could be done here. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 14: Drive to Akko, an ancient port at the time of Alexander the Great and the St. John of Acre during the crusader period. Visit the fortress with the Hall of the Knights of St. John. Leave to Haifa. Ascend to Mount Carmel to visit the Shrine of Stella Maris. In the afternoon, walk through the old city of Jaffa and visit to Church of St. Peter. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 15: Visit the Shepherds’ Field with its natural caves and the remains of the Byzantine Monasteries. Continue to visit the Basilica of the Nativity: the Grotto where Lord Jesus was born, the Chapels of St. Joseph and St. Jerome and the Parish Church of St. Catherine. In the afternoon, continue to Mount Zion for a visit to the Last Supper Room, the Dormition Abbey and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (House of Caiaphas). Walk through the Armenian and the Jewish Quarters to the Wailing Wall. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 16: Breakfast and leave to the Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster (Our Father) and the small Chapel of Dominus Flevit. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy City. Continue walking to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of Agony and then the Tomb of Virgin Mary. In the afternoon, enter the Old City of Jerusalem from St. Stephen’s Gate and visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pool of Bethesda. Visit the Chapel of the Flagellation. Continue through the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) till the Basilica of the Resurrection to visit the Calvary and the Holy Tomb of Jesus. Overnight Nazareth

Oct 17: Following breakfast we mototrcoach transfer to Taba Border. Cross and meet with your Egyptian guide. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight St. Catherine area

Oct 18: At 01:00 am you will be transferred to Moses Mountain and you will accompanied with Bedouin Guide to climb the sacred mountain. After you will be guided to visit St, Catherine Monastery, which is considered one of the most famous monasteries in the world. Transfer to Cairo. Overnight Cairo

Oct 19: You will visit the following sites: Pyramids of Giza built for the Pharaohs. The Great Pyramid of Cheops alone, the only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt and the legendary city of Menes. Overnight Cairo

Oct 20: You will visit: the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which includes the worldfamous golden treasures from King Tutankhamun‘s tomb. Then visiting the Hanging church in old Cairo. After that, visit of the monastery & church of St. George which is a Greek Orthodox Church in Coptic Cairo. Then we visit the citadel of Saladin and Alabaster mosque. After that, continue to visit Khan ElKhalili bazaar: You will have the chance to stroll through the bustling Khan ElKhalili bazaar. Overnight Cairo

Oct 21: Breakfast followed by our transfer to Cairo Airport to board our flight back to the USA

What's Included

  • Round-trip airfare (including taxes and fees) from Reno, NV ✈
  • 4-star hotel accommodations along pilgrimage route 🏨
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach transportation 🚍
  • Breakfast & dinner daily 🍴
  • Wine served with some dinners🍷
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Manager & local guides
  • All Tips & Gratuities
  • Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary
  • Daily Mass & devotions along pilgrimage way †

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The Old City Jerusalem Skyline and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.