Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel, and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Travel through the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, where you visit the Roman amphitheater and the impressive Crusader fortress. Also visit the archaeological site of Megiddo, Muhraqa on Mount Carmel, and travel to lakeside Tiberias for a 2-night stay. Visit the Jesus Boat Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar, cruise on the Sea of Galilee, see the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes before continuing to Tabgha, where Jesus is said to have fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves. Here, visit the Church of the Multiplication. Next, via Cana, stop in Nazareth to join your volunteer leader and participate in a satisfying day of helping the community at the Nazareth Trust. See ancient Jericho, and the Jordan River baptismal site of Kaser-el-Yahud before ascending the Judean mountains to Jerusalem for a memorable 4-night stay. Explore the Old Town during a guided walking tour, where you’ll visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and will descend the Palm Sunday Walk. Also visit the Pools of Bethesda and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Before traveling to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus and King David, where you visit the Church of the Nativity, stop at Mount Zion to visit King David’s tomb and the Cenacle (Upper Room), site of the Last Supper. Jerusalem highlights include a volunteer activity packing food parcels for the needy with the Pantry Packers; plus, visits to the Davidson Center, a significant archaeological site, the Western Wall, scenic Garden Tomb, the primary Holocaust Memorial and Museum of Yad Vashem, and the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are exhibited. A full day at leisure allows time to join an optional excursion to Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea. Next cross into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge. Enjoy a stop in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Christians believe that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Via Mount Nebo, reach ancient Madaba, the “City of Mosaics,” where you assist your volunteer leader in the planting of an olive tree. Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, where you walk down the Siq, the narrow gorge made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and stand in awe of the iconic Treasury. Next, travel to Jordan’s capital, Amman, and enjoy an excursion to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the Middle East; Ajloun; Anjara, where Jesus, his disciples, and the Virgin Mary rested in a cave as they traveled between Jerusalem and Galilee; and Umm Qais, site of the Gadarene swine miracle.
Headsets throughout the tour (except in Jordan)Inside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Muhraqa, Megiddo, Kibbutz Ginosar, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Kaser-El-Yahud, Bethlehem, Jerusalem
TEL AVIV Tal Hotel (ST) or Cinema Hotel (ST)TIBERIAS Leonardo (F)JERUSALEM Royal Wing (ST) or Gardens Hotel (ST) or Jerusalem Gate (ST)PETRA Taybet Zaman (F)AMMAN Amman International (F)
Buffet breakfasts; 9 dinners
NOTES:DepartureMarch 25 Good Friday in Tel Aviv and Easter Sunday in Tiberias.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas for Israel and Jordan rests with the traveler.
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Amman if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.