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Holy Mountains in the Holy Land

The bibli­cal history of sal­va­tion is as much a history of faith as it is a history of holy moun­tains. On this tour, you will climb some of the moun­tains men­tio­ned in the bible and hear about its tra­di­ti­ons and stories.

As there are many more pla­ces worth a visit, for example inclu­ding the Sinai Pen­in­sula in Egypt, please feel free to receive your tailor-made iti­ner­ary from our desti­na­tion expects!

Day 1: Jor­dan
Arri­val Day

Upon arri­val at Amman Intl. Air­port our rep­re­sen­ta­tive will meet and assist you. After­wards, trans­fer to your hotel in Amman.

Day 2: Jor­dan
The Pro­mi­sed Land

In the early morning, drive through the hills sur­roun­ding Amman down into the Jor­dan Val­ley and visit Bethany Beyond the Jor­dan (cf. John 1,28), the area where John the Bap­tist bap­ti­sed Jesus. After­wards, drive to Madaba (cf. Numeri 21,30; Josua 13,9-16) and study the Madaba Map, the oldest map of the Holy Land dating to the 6th cen­try CE.

In the after­noon, arrive to Mt. Nebo in the moun­tains of Abarim. Recall the bibli­cal account (cf. Deu­te­ro­nomy 34,5) tel­ling us about Mose loo­king upon the Pro­mi­sed Land from here shortly before his death. Visit the church, dating back to 393 CE and the so-called Moses-Springs (Ain Musa) on the way back to Amman.

Day 3: Jor­dan
Petra

In the first hours of the day, leave Amman on the old Kings High­way, the Via Regni, and arrive to the anci­ent Naba­tean City of Petra. The rest of the day is reser­ved for your indi­vi­dual dis­co­ve­ries in this magi­ni­fi­cant site. Over­night in Petra.

Day 4: Israel
Timna Archaeo­lo­gi­cal Park

In the morning, cross the bor­der to Israel and visit the Archaeo­lo­gi­cal Park of Timna, loca­ted in a bizar­rely for­med moun­tain range. As early as the 4th and 3rd mil­le­nium BCE, the area was known for its rich cop­per mines. In the course of time, the Egyp­ti­ans, the Midia­ni­tes, and the Romans mined the much nee­ded natu­ral resource.

In the after­noon, return to Eilat and enjoy a dip in the Gulf of Aqaba. Over­night in Eilat.

Day 5: The Negev
At the foot of Har Karkom

In the early morning, jeeps will pick you up in Eilat for your drive deep into the Negev Desert. Around lunch time, you will arrive to the foot of the Har Kar­kom Pla­teau where our rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves will set up a camp ser­ving you for today and tomorrow.

In the after­noon, enjoy some time on your own in this natu­rally tran­quil and mys­tic area, which is con­side­red by some scho­lars to be the very area the Israe­li­tes went through on their way to the Pro­mi­sed Land. Over­night in tents in the desert, no facilities.

Day 6: The Negev
Har Karkom

To some, Har Kar­kom is the very moun­tain, the bibli­cal account knows as Mt. Sinai. Howe­ver, other theo­ries hold that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai Pen­in­sula, there is remarkma­ble argu­ments that is could have been right here, where you will be hiking today.

Shortly after sun­rise, fol­low your guide on an appr. 8 hour day through several wadis and pla­teaus and recall the bibli­cal account of the Child­ren of Israel spen­ding 40 years in a hos­tile environ­ment like this.

In the late after­noon, arrive to the base-camp for lunch and then head on to Mitzpe Ramon Har HaNe­gev Field School for din­ner and overnight.

NOTE: Due to tra­vel restric­tions, Har Kar­kom can only be visi­ted from Fri­day to Saturday.

Day 7: The Jor­dan Val­ley
Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea and Jericho

In the early morning, leave Mitze Ramon and drive north into the Jor­dan Val­ley. Stop for a couple hours of rela­xa­tion in the very green oasis of Ein Gedi and then head on to the shore of the Dead Sea where you may enjoy a dip into the salty water.

After­words, drive along the Jor­dan Val­ley and arrive at Jeri­cho for din­ner and overnight.

Day 8: The Jor­dan Val­ley
Mt. of Temptation

After bre­ak­fast, pay a short visit to the "Walls of Jeri­cho" archaeo­lo­gi­cal site and then board the cable car lif­ting you up on the Mt. of Temp­ta­tion (Mt. Qua­ran­ta­nia), where Jesus was temp­ted by the devil (cf. Matthew 4,8). Enjoy lunch upon the moun­tain offe­ring a spec­ta­cu­lar view of the Jor­dan Val­ley and then pro­ceed to the Sea of Galilee.

Day 9: The Gali­lee
Tell Hazor and Mt. Hermon

After bre­ak­fast, head to Tell Hazor, an archae­lo­gi­cal site where to date some 21 sett­le­ment lay­ers have been found and which history dates back to 2600 BCE! Also, visit the Hazor Museum and learn about anci­ent reli­gious sites in anci­ent Palestine.

After­wards, drive north to anci­ent Palestine's most nort­hern moun­tain, Mt. Her­mon. Here, in sight of the Israeli-Syrian bor­der, dis­cuss the cur­rent poli­ti­cal situa­tion, but also the theo­lo­gi­cal signi­fi­cance of this part of anci­ent Israel.

Return to the See of Gali­lee for din­ner and overnight.

Day 10: The Sea of Gali­lee
Tab­gha, Mt. of Bea­ti­tu­des, Capernaum

After an early bre­ak­fast arrive to Tab­gha, the site of the Loaves & Fish Mira­cle (cf. Matthew 14,13-21) and head on to Capernaum and the Mt. of Bea­ti­tu­des (cf. Matthew 5-7), where Jesus gave his most famous ser­mon. After­wards, drive to Jeru­sa­lem for din­ner and overnight.

Day 11: Jeru­sa­lem
Moun­tain in the Holy City

Jeru­sa­lem its­elf is loca­ted on a moun­tain, cur­rently iden­ti­fied with Mt. Zion in the bibli­cal account. Fol­low your guide through the Old City, and learn about the dif­fe­rent "mountain-traditions" con­nec­ted to it. Visit the so-called Temple Mount, where the First and the Second Temple (1Kings 7-8; Ezra 3-6) were built and the al-Aqsa Mos­que and the Dome of the Rock are loca­ted today. After­wards, pro­ceed to Mt. Zion and visit the Tomb of David and the Room of the Last Sup­per (cf. Luke 22,7-23). Return to your hotel for din­ner and overnight.

Day 12: Jeru­sa­lem
Mt. of Olives

In the early morning, enjoy a pan­o­ra­mic view of the Old City from the Mt. of Oli­ves. On your way down, visit the Churches of Ascen­sion and Pater Nos­ter (the Lord’s Prayer) and con­ti­nue wal­king down to the Gar­den and Church of Geth­se­mane (cf. Matthew 26,36-56) with a stop on the way at the Church of Domi­nus Flevit.

The rest of the day is reser­ved for your indi­vi­dual dis­co­ve­ries in the Old City.

Day 13
Depar­ture Day

Trans­fer to Ben Gurion air­port for return flight back home or extensions.

Tour Details

Inclu­ding

All our tours are pri­vate tours inclu­ding pri­vate trans­por­ta­tion and pri­vate guiding.

  • Meet & Assist at Amman and Tel Aviv Airport.
  • 11 nights stay in men­tio­ned pla­ces in good middle class hotels or church guest­hou­ses (please tell us about your pre­fe­ren­ces), all over­night stays incl. breakfast.
  • All men­tio­ned sight­see­ing tours, inclu­ding trans­por­ta­tion by pri­vate modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehi­cles (accor­ding to group size).
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal gui­ding by a qua­li­fied & tourism-licensed guide in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
  • Excur­sion to Har Kar­kom and Mitzpe Ramon Cra­ter by 4x4 cars inclu­ding 1 night cam­ping in the desert.
  • Extra time for pray­ers and medi­ta­tion throug­hout the tour.
  • Chan­ces to meet local con­gre­ga­ti­ons and attend local ser­vices (please let us know about your inte­rests at the time of booking).
  • Half board (bre­ak­fast + din­ner, excl. beverages).
  • Recom­men­ded gratuities.
  • Tra­vel Secu­rity Con­sul­ta­tion prior to and throug­hout your tour.
  • Spe­cial ser­vices for church groups and study groups.

Optio­nal

We pro­vide a num­ber of optio­nal ser­vices for pil­grims, such like spi­ri­tual gui­ding, ser­vices, or spi­ri­tual exer­ci­ses. Please inquire for details and pro­vide us with your interests.

Pri­ces

All pri­ces are inclu­sive of all men­tio­ned ser­vices and valid throug­hout the year except major holi­days during the high sea­son. Please inquire for details.

  • Pri­vate tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for indi­vi­dual pricing.
  • Pri­vate tour, 5 to 9 people: 1575 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 10 to 17 people: 1285 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 18 to 26 people: 1175 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 27 to 36 people: 985 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 37 and more: Please inquire for indi­vi­dual pricing.

Cust­o­mize Your Tour

Please feel free to pro­vide us with your own ideas and pre­fe­ren­ces about your tour. Our tra­vel pro­fes­sio­nals will be happy to tailor your per­so­na­li­zed tour exactly as you want it to be!