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Jesus and the Holy Land

Trip Length

08 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Join us on this unforgettable 8-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land on this most special date. Visit sites of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, places where he lived, preached and performed miracles. Explore the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Mt. Tabor and Bethlehem. Discover the mystery of the Judean Desert and the majesty of Masada and its tragic/courageous history. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, visit the Room of the Last Supper, and The Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed.

Deepen your connection with the teachings of Jesus Christ in this spirit moving journey.

Highlights

  • Visit Christian sites along the Sea of Galilee, including the Church of the Beatitudes and Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes.
  • Travel to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Joseph’s workshop.
  • Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, if available.
  • Opportunity to “float” on the Dead Sea.
  • A full day tour of Jerusalem including the Mt. of Olives, Mt. Scopus, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony, the site of the Last Supper room, and the Israel Museum.

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

 

Date

Air & Land

Date

Land Only

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

Dec 22 - ARRIVAL - JERUSALEM

Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport where you will be met by a Vered Hasharon tours representative. Transfer to Jerusalem and check into hotel for dinner and overnight.

DEC 23 - JERUSALEM

After a buffet breakfast drive up the Mount of Olives for a wonderful view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Dominus Flevit, the Pater Noster Church and then to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Continue on to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built on the site of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DEC 24 - JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM

Breakfast morning at leisure, and in the afternoon proceed to Bethlehem to participate in the Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem. Visit Bethlehem and the Shepherds Fields. Enjoy dinner in this ancient city and the Midnight Christmas Mass at Manger square. Return to hotel for overnight.

DEC 25 - JERUSALEM

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
After a late breakfast enter the old city of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda. Walk along the Via Dolorosa following the Stations of the Cross. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Western Wall and view the Temple Mount. Visit Mount Zion, the Hall of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DEC 26 - JERICHO, DEAD SEA

Enjoy breakfast and then drive to Jericho, known to be the oldest town in the world. View the Mount of Temptation and the Sycamore Tree.Passing Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, proceed to the Dead Sea, where you can experience floating on these waters which have amazing healing powers. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight

DEC 27 - JORDAN VALLEY, TIBERIAS

After a delicious breakfast drive along the Jordan Valley to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication.Visit Capernaum, where Jesus began his preaching career. Check into hotel in Tiberius for dinner and overnight.

DEC 28 - MT. TABOR, BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT

Today after breakfast drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Miracle of the Transfiguration. Take a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee with time for prayer and reflection. Enjoy a traditional St. Peter’s Fish Lunch. After lunch continue to “Yardenit” traditional Baptismal Site. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DEC 29 - CANA, NAZARETH, MUHRAKA, CAESAREA

After breakfast drive to Cana, the site of the First Miracle where Jesus turned water into Wine. Continue on to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation. Proceed to Muhraka on Mount Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. Proceed to Caesarea, ancient excavated city with many Roman and Crusader ruins. Transfer to Airport for your departure flight home or drop-off at hotel (if extending stay)

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

Israel

Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern areas. You may even see the odd wintertime snowfall in different parts of the country.

Spring and autumn-time are both great times to visit Israel, as the temperature stays in the high 60s to mid 70s throughout. You’ll smell the diverse citrus harvest and experience the high holidays when traveling between September and November, or catch stunning views of flowers blossoming across the country when visiting between March and May.

All in all, there’s never a bad time to visit Israel – just pack accordingly!

Find up-to-date weather forecasts for Israel here: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/israel

Jordan

Jordan offers almost year-round sunshine with temperate, comfortable weather. Spring and Autumn are fresh and crisp with rain being more common in the spring. This is when the wildflowers bloom and the fields are full. The long summer days are sunny with cool evenings – perfect for rooftop sunsets and outdoor activities. June, July and August are usually rainless and daily temperatures can reach 100°F and above, especially when the Sirocco (a hot, dry southerly wind) blows. At times, these winds can be very strong and can cause sandstorms.
Wintertime can be cold in the desert but is pleasantly moderate in most of the country. January is the coolest month, with temperatures of 40-50°F. 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls during this period. Amman can be especially cold in January and February and snow is not uncommon. However, during these months the Jordan Valley and the area around Aqaba are reasonably warm during the day, with chilly evenings. Winter in the Eastern Desert, however, can be bitterly cold and dry. The central spine of hills can receive snowfall during winter months. Find real-time weather updates here: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/jordan

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Israel. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust. Of worth remembering, as a modern country, you will be able to purchase any needs in-destination – just in case!

  • 7-9 x underwear, socks,
  • 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
  • 3-4 x shorts
  • 2 x long, loose shirts
  • 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
  • 2-3 evening tops
  • 1-2 x swimming gear
  • 1-2 x sweater or cardigan
  • 1-2 x sandals or flip flops
  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
  • 1 x pair of more formal shoes
  • 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
  • 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
  • sunglasses
  • sun hat
  • toiletries
  • 1 x beach bag
  • 1 x day bag
  • 1 x evening bag
  • Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
  • passport and travel docs
  • insurance

Specific packing notes for religious sites:

  • Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
  • Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
  • Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
  • Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive
Jordan

The type of clothing you’ll need depends upon the season you’re visiting and the activities in your itinerary. If you’re traveling during the sweltering summer months (May–September), lightweight, breathable layers are a must. Natural fibers or materials with sweat-wicking properties tend to be most comfortable in the heat. Be sure to bring a sweater or lightweight jacket for cooler evenings.

Jordanian culture is generally quite conservative when it comes to clothing, so keep that in mind when selecting your apparel options. This is especially true for women. Low-cut or shoulder-baring tops and shorts or skirts above mid-calf are frowned upon and may attract unwanted attention.

Overall, Jordanians tend to be well-dressed and presentable. Many restaurants and bars in Amman enforce a dress code, so if you are spending time in the capital city, be sure to bring clothing and footwear you’d wear out to a nice dinner in any international city.
5-7 Shirts: A mix of light items for excursions and more formal tops for evenings at restaurants or cultural events.
2-3 Pairs of Shorts: Shorts are great for the more athletic portions of this trip, such as any hikes or visits to the Dead Sea.
1-2 Sweaters or Long-Sleeve Shirts: It can get chilly at night, especially if you are staying in the desert.
Scarf: A lightweight scarf can double as neck protection when you are cold, shoulder coverage in a conservative area, or an all-around fashion accessory.
4-6 Pairs of Pants: Ideally a mix of light pants for excursions with some that could be used for more formal settings as needed.
Shoes: Having a couple pairs of trusty pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals will be crucial for a fun time on the road. More formal shoes for cultural events can round out your packing needs.
Hat and sunglasses: Recommended packing all year round.

Jacket: Depending on your travel dates, having a windproof and rainproof jacket packed just in case is smart thinking.
Crossbody handbag or backpack — Ideal for carrying snacks and sunscreen, and anything else you’ll need for the day.
Sunscreen and chapstick — The desert sun may be stronger than what you are accustomed to. A brimmed hat, ample supply of sunscreen, long sleeves, and/or clothing with SPF technology are recommended.

Medicine: Although the pharmacies in Jordan may carry the medicines you need, it is always best to travel with your own supply of prescriptions you take regularly. If you wear contacts, bring along a few extra pairs and any supplies you use. Consider bringing some basic travel supplies such as bandages or NuSkin, antiseptics, probiotics, antihistamines, and anti-diarrheal remedies.

Electronic Converter: If you want to charge your electronics, don’t forget your converter, where both European and British outlets are used. It may suit you to bring both.
Reusable water bottle – As responsible travelers, we also recommend to have both a reusable water bottle (ideally with a water filtration system). Extra credit if you also bring a set of reusable utensils!

Passports

Israel

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.

Jordan

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.

Visa

Israel

Tourist Visas are Not required for stays of 90 days or less. Please see below for detailed information about entry, exit and visa requirements

Jordan

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.

Currency & Exchange

Israel

The State of Israel’s currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim in Hebrew or shekels in English). There are 100 agorot (agora in singular) in each shekel. Bank notes are in denominations of NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200; coins are in denominations of NIS10, NIS5, NIS2 NIS1 and 50 and 10 agorot. Unlimited sums of local and foreign money may be brought into Israel as cash, travelers’ checks, credit cards or State of Israel bonds. Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travelers’ checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory; to carry a small amount of US dollars, since certain tourist sites, especially in the Old City of Jerusalem, take payment in dollars. More Information is available here. Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. There are Automated Teller Machines outside most banks.

Jordan

The national currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). One dinar is worth 1000 fils, or 100 piastres. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 piastres (with the latter two marked as being quarter- and half-dinar respectively). Notes come in denominations of JD1, 5, 10, 20 and 50.
Try to use your larger notes when possible, as small notes are often more of use in smaller establishments such as stores and cafes.

ATMS are widely available throughout the country, and credit cards are accepted widely. Visa and Mastercard are most accepted, followed by Cirrus and Plus. Commissions of up to 5% may be added to the bill, so it may be better to pay with cash.
Changing money is easy

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Israel

Internet access in Israel, one of the world’s tech capitals, is world-class and ubiquitous.
Almost every café and restaurant will offer it freely. You’ll also find wifi spots in touristic sites and even offered city-wide by local municipalities. Hotels will have it in their lobbies and the guestrooms, but may charge for it.
Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function. Another option that might work best is to rent out a mifi device, which create a wifi network that you and your party can use to stay connected while you’re in Israel.
Almost every hotel has internet access – in-room and/or wi-fi and/or at its Business Center. Internet cafes are to be found everywhere too.
There are public phones throughout Israel. You will need to buy a “Telecard” magnetic card to use them: they’re readily available at newsstands, supermarkets, post offices or at your hotel front desk.

Jordan

Jordan has a highly developed communications infrastructure; including three mobile GSM networks and many internet service providers. You can buy a Jordan prepaid (top-up) mobile line almost anywhere for as little as JD6 (US$8.5) Calls within the country are relatively cheap while international calls tend to be a little expensive. Roaming services are available. The cheapest way to make international calls would be using prepaid telephone cards. Most hotels provide paid wireless internet access. Many coffee shops provide free wireless internet access. Internet cafés are reasonably easy to find and fairly cheap.

 

Electricity and Adapters

Israel

The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

The Israeli power supply is single-phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pinholes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers (converters) and adapter plugs.

Jordan

In Jordan the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D, F, G and J. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Israel

Israel is a casual country when it comes to dress code. It is not uncommon for business executives even to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work! However, we will be visiting some religious sites where “modest” clothing is appropriate. On entering Jewish religious sites, women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. We suggest bringing a scarf or cardigan to throw over your shoulders, and a skirt that can be easily pulled over your shorts for a more “modest” look. Pants or capris are also acceptable. Men should have their shoulders covered on the days where religious sites are on the itinerary. Remember to bring comfortable lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. Know that when your feet are happy, you stay happy walking.

Jordan

Overall dress norms: Jordanians and Palestinians place a much greater emphasis on personal grooming and style of dress than people tend to in the West. For most, consciously “dressing down” in torn or scruffy clothes is unthinkable. In addition, for reasons of modesty, many people expose as little skin as possible, with long sleeves and high necklines for both sexes.

For men: Long pants are essential in the city, the country and the desert, whatever the weather – clean and respectable light cotton, denim or canvas ones in plain colors (not flimsy, brightly patterned beach-style trousers). If you do wear shorts, go for the loose-fitting knee-length variety rather than brief, shape-hugging athlete’s shorts. All shirts should cover your shoulders and arms. Wearing a T-shirt is acceptable, but a buttoned shirt tucked into trousers broadcasts a sounder message about the kind of value you place on cultural sensitivity.

For women: Loose-fitting, opaque clothes that cover your legs, arms and chest are a major help in allowing you to relate normally with local men. Please keep in mind that shorts can appear provocative. T-shirts are also generally best avoided. The nape of the neck should be covered, either by a high collar or a thin cotton scarf.

Food & Water

Israel

Food. Israel has great food. Most people are probably familiar with falafel – fried ground chick peas served with salad in pita. Meat eaters will love shwarma, lamb sliced off a spit and served in pita (similar to gyros). Both are cheap, filling meals. Lots of other Mediterranean specialties like shishlik (shish kebab), baklawa (sweetmeat made of dough, honey, and nuts) and moussaka (baked eggplant, minced meat, onion and parsley) will stimulate your taste buds. Hummus (hummus bi tahini), is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The Americanization of Israel also means you will find such familiar names as McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Water. The water in Israel is safe to drink; nevertheless, it is different from what you are used to and people with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to bottled water. Also, Israelis don’t usually put ice in their drinks, so if you want some, ask for kerakh. Keep in mind that not everything in Israel is kosher. Restaurants that are kosher serve either dairy or meat and close on Shabbat. The restaurant should have a Teudat certificate either on the window or available for inspection. Unless the menu or check says otherwise, tips are not included.

Staying Hydrated. The sun is much stronger in Israel than most places even in the U.S. Carrying a water bottle is mandatory, as your body will require much more frequent hydration than you are probably used to, around 2-4 liters of water per day. Israelis often recycle their plastic store-bought bottles of water by refilling them from the tap (which is safe to drink!). If you don’t have a water bottle, we will be making plenty of stops for you to purchase water.

Jordan

Water: In many areas, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are generally safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water.

Food: Jordanian food is world famous for good reason. Many of the most popular dishes are plant based – falafel, hummus, baba ganouj – and tend to fare better sitting at room temperature for extended periods. Street food enthusiasts should avoid ordering meat that looks like it’s been out for a while. Fruits and vegetables are safe to eat, but remember to wash all produce bought in open-air markets before eating.

Timezone

Israel

Israel is +3 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here:https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/israel

Jordan

Jordan is +3 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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