Holy Land (Israel & Jordan) 12-Day Tour

12  or 13 Day Israel & Jordan Tour Departures
Mar 13 – 24, 2017
Dec 27, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 9, 2018
Jan 1 – 12, 2018
Feb 26 – Mar 9, 2018
Mar 5 – 16, 2018
Mar 12 – 23, 2018

Additional Dehoney Travel Holy Land videos clips
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What is the continuing appeal of this tiny piece of arid land, tucked along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean?  This remarkable land has cradled the faith of three major world religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.  A visit to the Holy Land is more than a tour to view the sights of an ancient culture and learn about a unique people.  It is a pilgrimage and a spiritual quest.  As you visit the actual sites of historical events, the Bible comes alive and you feel the presence and power of the living Lord in a way never before known.

Marvel at mountaintop spiritual experiences: celebrating the resurrection at a moving Garden Tomb communion service; praying in the Garden of Gethsemane; and kneeling on the stone pavement of the Roman barracks area where Jesus was scourged before going to Calvary.  The impact and memories will last a lifetime!  For an even more in-depth experience, join one of our seminar groups.  Escorted by knowledgeable Dehoney Travel staff and faculty, your touring is supplemented with optional evening lectures that delve even deeper into the scripture, culture, and history of the Holy Land.

The sequence of touring and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedule changes, etc. Hotels listed subject to availability. Meal inclusions may vary by departure.

(Special Note:  There is also available a 10-day Holy Land Tour package offered.  Click here to view the itinerary.)

DAY 1 – USA/TEL AVIV

12 Day Holy Land Trip

“It’s hard to choose any one experience (as a favorite) – all sites were interesting or inspirational. The hotels and food were outstanding, and we really appreciated the number of included meals. The services on site had well-chosen scripture and music for a very inspirational experience. I have better understanding of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.”
Betty, North Carolina

Departure from U.S. gateway city on our jet to the Holy Land. (meals aloft)

DAY 2 – ARRIVE TEL AVIV

Arrive in Tel Aviv.  Transfer to the Gilgal Hotel near the Mediterranean for dinner and overnight. (meals aloft,D)

DAY 3 – CAESAREA/MOUNT CARMEL/MEGIDDO/TIBERIAS

We tour the coastal city ruins of Caesarea, ancient capital of Roman Palestine, and see the theater, aqueduct, recently-excavated hippodrome (which could seat over 20,000 people), and Crusader fortress.  We travel to Mount Carmel and visit the traditional site of Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal.  Here, we also enjoy the sweeping panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley from atop the mountain.  We visit the ruins of Megiddo, the Biblical Armageddon, and see Ahab’s stables and the famous water system.  On to Tiberias and the Gai Beach on the Sea of Galilee. (B,D)

DAY 4 – NAZARETH/MOUNT PRECIPICE/SEPPHORIS/JORDAN RIVER/TIBERIAS

We begin our day in Nazareth, site of the boyhood of Jesus, for a visit to Mary’s Well at St. Gabriel’s Church, and the Church of the Annunciation, commemorating the location where Mary was visited by the Archangel Gabriel.  We go to Nazareth Village, the only enterprise of its kind dedicated to illuminating the life of Jesus through an authentically constructed, first-century town and restored ancient farm.  It is in this venue that the stories of Jesus’ childhood, ministry, and teaching are retold with elements of everyday life re-enacted.  Following our time here we go to Mount Precipice for breathtaking views of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley.  From there, we proceed to Sepphoris, traditional home of Anna and Joachim (the parents of Mary, mother of Jesus), and Mary’s birthplace.  We continue to a baptismal site on the River Jordan before returning to Tiberias for dinner and overnight (B,D)

DAY 5 – MOUNT OF BEATITUDES/CAESAREA PHILIPPI/SEA OF GALILEE/ CAPERNAUM/TIBERIAS                                                

12 Day Holy Land Trip

“Everything about this trip was outstanding. We now have a greater understanding about Christianity, our heritage, and the politics of the modern world. Our bus guide, the professors, and the ministers were excellent. There was so much to do and not enough time, but that’s a good thing! We would love to go again because there is so much to see.”
S.T., Georgia

After a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, we travel north to the foothills of Mount Hermon and Banias (Caesarea Philippi), where Jesus said, “I will build my church…”  We travel back through the Golan Heights past Gadara, one of the Decapolis cities.  Matthew describes the miracle of Jesus delivering demon-possessed men who were “of the country of the Gadarenes.”  A highlight of the day will be a lunch of St. Peter’s fish near the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  This afternoon we visit the ruins of ancient Capernaum where the greater part of Jesus’ ministry of teaching and healing took place.  There we see the ancient synagogue and the excavations of Peter’s house.  From there we continue to Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, and Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene.  We stop at the Kibbutz Ginosar to see the 1st-century “Jesus Boat,” which was discovered in 1986 partially buried in the muddy shores of the Sea of Galilee.  From here, we enjoy a memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee back to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – SHEIK HUSSEIN CROSSING/JERASH/JABBOK/MOUNT NEBO/MADABA/PETRA

This morning we cross Sheik Hussein Bridge and travel to Jerash, a city of the decapolis that was one of the most important and best-preserved cities in the Near East.  We view the Jabbok Stream, where Jacob wrestled with a “man” who wrenched Jacob’s hip socket.  We proceed to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land, the green Jordan Valley – the “Land of Milk and Honey” – and then visit Madaba where we see the remains of the famous mosaic map of Jerusalem and Palestine, dating from the 6th or 7th century A.D.  Our destination for the night is Petra, where we have dinner and overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 7 – PETRA/MOAB/WADI MUJIB/AMMAN

Today we visit the marvelous “rose-red” city of Petra.  The last mile of the journey is along a winding narrow path, the Sik, between two high cliffs.  The entire city of rose-colored temples and amphitheaters is carved out of the multi-hued rock of the cliffs which surround its hidden valley.  We travel through the area of Moab among spectacular canyons and pause for a rest stop at Wadi Mujib.  We continue to Amman for dinner and overnight at the Regency Palace Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 8 – BETHANY-BEYOND-THE-JORDAN/ALLENBY BRIDGE/QUMRAN/MASADA/DEAD SEA/JERUSALEM

This morning we go to Bethany and its newly excavated baptismal site along the Jordan River near where John the Baptist lived and baptized.  We proceed to the Allenby Bridge to cross back over into Israel and visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  We continue to Masada (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and ascend by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against the Romans.  Time permitting, we have the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea.  We drive past New Testament Jericho, believed to have been at the mouth of the Wadi Kelt, where Herod had his winter palace.  From here we can see the Mount of Temptation.  We continue up to Jerusalem, the “Holy City,” for dinner and overnight at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel. (B,D)

DAY 9 – MOUNT OF OLIVES/GETHSEMANE/MOUNT ZION/BETHLEHEM

12 Day Holy Land Trip

“Just seeing and touring the Holy Land meant so much and made a great impression on me. I really enjoyed all the sites we visited. Our hotels, food, guides, all of it was wonderful.”
N.G., Mississippi

We travel past the Hebrew University and on to the Mount of Olives.  At the top, we visit the Church of Pater Noster, whose walls are decorated with 140 ceramic tiles, each one inscribed with the Lord’s Prayer in a different language.  We walk down the traditional “Palm Sunday Walk” where Christ made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, stopping at the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations.  We then visit Mount Zion and the traditional Room of the Last Supper.  We travel to Bethlehem (political situation permitting) and the Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of the birth of Christ.  We drive by the Field of Shepherds, where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, and return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)                         

DAY 10 – DEAD SEA SCROLLS/OLD CITY/WESTERN WALL/DAVIDSON CENTER

We drive past the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament building, and visit the Shrine of the Book, which houses the original Dead Sea Scrolls.  We also take some time to view the scale model of Jerusalem in the 1st century. In the Old City we visit St. Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda, and then we follow the Via Dolorosa, seeing Pilate’s Judgment Hall in the Antonia Fortress where Christ was imprisoned, and concluding at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  At the Temple area we view the Western Wall.  We then visit the Davidson Center at the entrance to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, one of the largest and most significant archaeological sites in the country.  Nearby are the “Southern Steps,” leading to the original main entrance of the temple mount in the Second Temple period.  It is certain that Jesus climbed these steps when he visited the temple in Jerusalem. (B,D)

DAY 11 – CITY OF DAVID/YAD VASHEM/GARDEN TOMB

We begin at Caiaphas’ palace, where Jesus was first brought before the high priest, and then visit the City of David, the narrow hill near the Western Wall where Jerusalem “began.”  Here we view walls, towers, and fortifications that protected the city from enemies, pass through the water systems, see the Gihon Spring, and encounter the personalities and dwelling places of the city as reflected by archaeological discovery and in the Bible.  We continue to Yad Vashem, a documentation in many forms of the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period.  We end our day at Gordon’s Calvary and the Garden Tomb, for an inspiring service celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. (B,D)

DAY 12 – TEL AVIV/USA

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back to the States. (B,meals aloft)