Israel, Jordan and Egypt (11 Days)
11/4/2017 – 21/4/2017 (For Thingyn Holidays in 2017)
Day 1: MYANMAR / CAIRO
Arrive at Cairo International airport [QR 13:01 ETA 16H55]. Transfer to our hotel. Dinner on Nile cruise with traditional dances and overnight at hotel.
Day 2: CAIRO / ST. CATHERINE
We start our day by taking a full city tour including Old Cairo: GerejaSt.Sergius, Ben Sinagoge, Simon the Tanner,Hanging Church, Floating Bible Church. Drive to St. Catherine. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in St. Catherine.
Day 3: ST. CATHERINE – TABA BORDER – EILAT – MASSADA – BETHLEHEM
Before dawn, we climb up Mt. Sinai where Moses received the 10 Commandments. We enjoy a late breakfast after we climb down and then we proceed to Taba border for crossing into Israel. We will be met by our Israel guide anddriver. After lunch we drive directly through the Dead Sea and the Negev to our hotel in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem
Day 4: BETHLEHEM / MT. OF OLIVES/ SHRINE OF THE BOOK
After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast this exciting day will begin with a drive to the top of the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the chapel of the Ascension, the Church ofPater Noster and Dominus Flevit. Walk along Hosanna Road to the Garden ofGethsemane to visit the Church of the Nations which stands on the Rock ofthe Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). See thePillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of theTemple. Continue to the Gibon Spring, Pool of Siloam. After lunch, drive to Mt. Zion, where we visit the Churchof St. Peter in Gallicantu – on the site of Caiphas House – the Upper Room (Luke 22:14-20), the Tomb of King Davidand the Dormition. Continue to tour the new part of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Bookthat houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model City of the Holy Land continue to EinKarem – birthplace of Johnthe Baptist – Kennedy Memorial, return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
View the Kidron Valley and the Mount of Olives from the Eastern Gate asyou start a walking tour to the Old City of Jerusalem entering through St.Stephen’s Gate to the Pool of Bethesda and Saint Anne’s Church, the EcceHomo Arch (Behold the Man) (John 19:13) where Jesus was tried beforePilate (Mark 15:6). We will also see the Lithostrotos and the Via Dolorosa.Continue to the Temple Area of Mt. Moriah. Visit the El Aksa Mosque, theWailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock which is built on the ancient site of Solomon’s Temple (Genesis 22:9-14)and over the Rock of Sacrifice where Abraham offered Isaac (Genesis 22) and the ceremonial sacrifice of animalstook place. Walk through the Old City bazaars to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon drives to Bethlehemto visit the Church of the Nativity and the birth place of Jesus, and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20). Then we see the Fields of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1:16-17 & 4:13). Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 6: JERICHO / QUMRAN / QASER EL YAHUD / BETHANY / BETHLEHEM
This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth. We proceed to Ancient Jericho – oldest city in the world – where the walls came tumbling down and a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation and Elisha’s Fountain. A beautiful new road takes us south along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Visit the remains of the community center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. In the afternoon, we will renew our baptismal vows at Qaser Al-Yahud. Continue to Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-46). Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Bethlehem.
Day 7: MEDITERRANEAN SEA / CAESAREA / MOUNT CARMEL / PLAIN OFARMAGEDDON / NAZARETH / CANA / MT. TABOR.
After breakfast, we check-out from hotel in Bethlehem and begin our touring with Caesarea, the Roman city of Herod where sights include Crusader fortifications and the Roman aqueducts and amphitheater. Driving through the Jezreel Valley to Mt. Carmel – the biblical site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal (IKings:18). Continue to visit Nazareth, we will see the Church of the Annunciation, carpentry shop and Mary’s Well. Then we drive to Cana, site of the first miracle of Jesus. In Cana we celebrate mass and renewal of wedding vows. On our way to hotel, we will stop over and climb up to Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89:12) and see Church of Transfiguration. Continue to Tiberias for dinner and overnight at our hotel
Day 8: TIBERIAS / THE SEA OF GALILEE / CAPERNAUM / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES /
BETHLEHEM / SHEIKH HUSSEIN / AMMAN
After breakfast, we board our boat for a morning devotional service on the Sea of Galilee. After our cruise, we continue to the ruins of Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:1 View the Mt. ofBeatitudes – site of the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7). Visit Tabgha -the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark6:34-44).After lunch we depart to Bathsheba and checking out from the hotel in Tiberias, we drive to Sheikh Hussein Crossing border to crossinto Jordan. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight
Day 9: AMMAN/MT. NEBO/MADABA/AMMAN
Breakfast. We drive to Mt Nebo around thirty kilometres south of Amman. Mt Nebo – straight out of the pages of the Bible (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo…… and the Lord said unto him “This is the Promised Land……. I have caused you to see it with thine eyes, but thou shall not go over thither.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there. “He was one hundred and twenty years old when he died…….” From Mt Nebo you will have a spectacular view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and in clear weather one can even see Jerusalem. After lunch we visit St George’s Church in Madaba, about 8 km from Mt Nebo. Here you will see some of the finest Byzantine mosaic in the world. Most famous is the 6th century mosaic map of Palestine possibly the oldest map of the Holy Land in existence. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: AMMAN / MYANMAR
After breakfast at hotel in Amman, we check-out from hotel and transfer to Amman airport for our departure flightback to Myanmar [QR 403 E.T.D 11H20].
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