The Holy Land (Hebrew: ארץ הקודש; Eretz HaQodesh ; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah) is a term which in Judaism refers to the Kingdom of Israel as defined in the Tanakh. For Jews, the Land's identification of being Holy is defined in Judaism by its differentiation from other lands by virtue of the practice of Judaism often possible only in the Land of Israel. The term "Holy Land" is also used by Muslims and Christians to refer to the whole area in between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea.
Part of the significance of the land stems from the religious significance of Jerusalem, the holiest city to Judaism, the assumed place of Jesus's ministry, and the Isra and Mi'raj event in Islam. The perceived holiness of the land to Christianity was one of the motivational factors behind the efforts of the Crusades, which sought to win the Holy Land back from the Muslim Suljuq Turks that had conquered it from the Muslim Arabs, who had in turn conquered it from the Christian Byzantine Empire.Many sites in the Holy Land have been destinations for religious pilgrimages since biblical times, by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. According to a Stockholm University study in 2011, these pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and connect personally to the Holy Land
Depart Manila on board your flight to Amman. Enjoy in-flight meals and services.
Arrive at AmmanAirport. After airport formalities, drive to Madaba land of fruits and water where you can see the first Holyland Map. Continue to Mt. Nebo, believed to be the burial site of Moses. Proceed to the hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman. GENEVA HOTEL or similar
Today, you will visit the fabled “RedRoseCity” of Petra, the 2000 year old Nabatean capital, now one of the world’s wonders. Take a horse ride to the Siq. Then walk to the Treasury, a rose colored monumental building artfully carved out of sheer rock. Visit the other temples and tombs carved into the mountainside. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Check out of your hotel. Continue to Allenby border and cross into Israel. Drive to Jericho, the city that Joshua destroyed AND THE OLDEST CITY IN THE WORLD to see the Sycamore Tree and Mount Temptation. After lunch, Drive to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then on to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Experience floating on its mineral rich waters. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor to visit the the Church of Transfiguration. Back to Galilee area to visit the Beautitudes Church where Jesus preached the sermon on the mount, the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter and Tabgha where Jesus performed the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Continue to Capernaum where you will see a 4th century Synagogue and St. Peter’s House. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Proceed to Yardenit, a baptismal site on the Jordan River. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, Continue to Cana where Jesus changed the water into wine. Couples will renew their marriage vows in the Church of Cana. Next stop is Nazareth. It is here where the Angel Gabriel appeared before Mary and where Jesus spent his boyhood. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s workshop and the home of the Holy Family.
Continue to Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. See the Bahai Shrine and gardens. Drive to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great, where Peter baptized the centurion Cornelius. See the Roman Amphitheater, the Aqueduct and many other ruins. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
and the Garden of Gethsemane. Proceed to Mount Zion where you will visit the Last Supper Room, King David’s Tomb, the famous Dormition Abbey, St. Peter’s Church. Continue to Ein Karem to visit the Basilica of Visitation and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Enter the old city. Stop at the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a blind man. Visit the Church of St. Anne. Then follow the Via Dolorosa (14 Stations of the Cross) starting at the Church of Flagellation (Lithostratos) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of the Calvary. On to Mount Moriah to visit the Western Wall. Then continue to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field.
Breakfast at hotel. Check out then drive to Eilat the winter resort of Israel. Continue to Taba Border and cross into Egypt. You will be met and assisted then drive to St Catherine for dinner and overnight. MORGENLAND HOTEL
Early morning mountain climbing on Mount Sinai, where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses (Optional). Enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise from the peak. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Check out of your hotel then visit St Catherine Monastery (if open). Then drive to Cairo the capital of Egypt, passing Suez Canal. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Start the day at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, housing the gold treasures of Tutankhamen. See a wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza and the nearby Sphinx. Dinner cruise and show on the NileRiver. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel then Continue to Hanging Church dating to the late 4th and early 5th Century. This Basilica was built on the top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Then Visit Church of Abu Sergah, built on the cave in which the Holy Family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.