Christmas in Jerusalem (Dec 2011)

Wouldn't it be nice to spend Christmas where Jesus lived?  Spend Christmas Eve in Jerusalem with this tour!

Tour Highlights:
Visits to Amman, Petra, Jericho, Tiberias, Bethlehem, Jersualem, Masada, and the Dead Sea

Christmas in Jerusalem (Dec 19-30, 2011)
Tour Price from $2,388+ per person


Dec 19 2011 Departure Manila

Depart Manila, board on prestigious airline, enjoy in flight amenities, meals and entertainment.

Dec 20 2011 Manila – Amman - Petra
Arrival at Queen Aliah International Airport. Meet and assist. Drive to Madaba to visit the Monastery of Saint George which you can view the unique mosaic of the map of Egypt, Jordan and the Holy Land. Then admire and experience the journey of Moses to Mount Nebo who he viewed the Promised Land before he died. Upon driving going to Petra, you will admire the ever-changing scenery of the Transjordan plateau along King’s Highway. Then check in and overnight.

Dec 21 2011 Petra- Amman - Tiberias
Breakfast at the hotel. Get a glimpse of what was once the biblical land. Petra is also called the Rose City. Ride by horse or walk to the Siq (half mile). Experience to be like a character of the Indiana Jones the movie. See the rose colored monumental building- Treasury. Cross the border going to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight.

Dec 22 2011 Tiberias – Jericho - Tiberias
After breakfast, feel the footstep of Jesus Christ. Visit the Old City of Jericho where He spent 40 days fasting and where he was tempted. Then to Nazareth where you will visit the Church of Annunciation where Angel Gabriel announced to Mary the birth of Christ. You will also see the St. Joseph’s Workshop and Mary’s Well. After those wonderful experiences, drive to Cana where Jesus perform His first miracle. Married couples may wish to renew their wedding vows at the church. Overnight and dinner in Tiberias.

Dec 23 2011 Tiberias
Breakfast inside the hotel. Begin your day in a boat ride at the Sea of Galilee then to Capernaum, the town where Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth. You will view the remains of the ancient Synagogue, then to Tabgha where the Miracle of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes occurred. Drive to Mount of Beautitudes and visit St. peter’s Primacy Church then to Mt. Tabor where the transfiguration of Jesus took place. Go to the River Jordan (Yardenit)- the baptismal site. Drop by a diamond factory before returning to the hotel Dinner and overnight.

Dec 24 2011 Tiberias – Bethlehem- Jerusalem
Breakfast. Visit Haifa- Basilica of Mount Carmel and cave of Prophet Elijah. Drive through Caesarea which was built by Herod the Great to catch the sight of the Aqueducts and the Roman Theater. Pass through the City of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the place where Prophet Jona sailed on. Proceed to Bethlehem to visit the Nativity Church (birthplace of Christ) including the Grotto of the Manger. This church is the oldest church in the world, which was never destroyed till this very day. Go to the Shepherd Field, the site where the start and angel appeared to the shepherds. View the Cave Chapel and pass through Ruth and Moabites Field to the Judean wilderness. Overnight in Jerusalem. Enjoy the Christmas Eve in the hotel.

Dec 25 2011 Jerusalem
Free day in the morning. Explore the Holy City. Dinner and overnight.

Dec 26 2011 Jerusalem
After breakfast, Join our excellent guide to start the tour with a panoramic view from The Mount of Olives – a good place for an introduction to the city and its history. Then we visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions, represented in Jerusalem: We start with the Wailing Wall, which represents the last remnants of the Jewish Temple, destroyed by the Romans. Usually you can see the various types of Jews who come to worship at this holy place. If open to visitors, we ascend to the Temple Mount, where we can look at the famous Dome of the Rock. Then we continue through the Arab Market ("Suq") to the "Via Dolorosa", Jesus' "Way of Suffering", which leads us to The Church of the Holy Sepulcure, where according to the Christian tradition Jesus was crucified and buried, Overnight in Jerusalem

Dec 27 2011 Jerusalem – Masada – Dead Sea - Jerusalem
After Breakfast, departure to Masada. Rise in a cable car the imposing fortress of Masada, where we can find ruin of Herodian nad the Zealots. Then experience to swim in the famous Dead Sea mineral water. Back to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight.

Dec 28 2011 Jerusalem
After breakfast, Visit the Jerusalem's New City: We visit the the famous "Menorah" (Candelabra) situated outside the "Knesset", Israel's parliament. , a visit at the Israel Museum with the"Shrine of the Book", where the "Dead Sea Scrolls" are exhibited, the Model of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple, continue to the Picturesque village Ein Karim, the place where John the Baptist was born. We will visit the "St. John in the Mountains" church, built on the place where the house of St. John was standing. We will also visit the Church of Visitation, where St. Mary visited Elisabeth out in the vineyard, and prophecized her the birth of St. John. Dinner & Overnight

Dec 29 2011 Jerusalem – Amman - Manila
Breakfast inside the hotel. Cross the border going back to Amman International Airport for your flight back to Manila.

Dec 30 2011 Arrived - Manila
Arrived Manila from a very memorable experienced in Holyland.

The Nativity
Painting By John Singleton Copley

* Minimum of 30 persons to run this tour.