SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO THE LANDS OF THE BIBLE 2017 – 10 Days / 9 Nights (in hotels)


Countries Covered


  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Jordan

Tour Cost Starts From
Rs. 1,09,000 /- + 5% GST

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  • Day 1 : CHENNAI - CAIRO

    Assemble at Chennai Anna International airport at 0100 hrs. After the immigration & customs formalities board the flight no. EK-543 of Emirates which departs at 0400 hrs for Dubai. Arrival Dubai at 0640 hrs. After a transit period of 90 minutes we board the next flight no. EK 927 of Emirates which departs at 0815 hrs for Cairo. Arrival Cairo International Airport at 1005 hrs. Board the coach and drive to Old Cairo area to visit the EL-MOALLAQA CHURCH (The Hanging Church) and St. SERGIUS CHURCH. Here you will see a GROTTO where according to the tradition, the Holy Family lived for sometime on their Plight to Egypt (Matthew 2: 13-15). Check-in hotel. Later enjoy a DINNER CRUISE AT NILE RIVER. Dinner & overnight at hotel. (D)

  • Day 2 : CAIRO – ST. CATHERINE

    After breakfast, we check out from hotel, board the baggages in the coach and get ready to travel to St. CATHERINE (Mt. Sinai). Before leaving Cairo we visit the PYRAMIDS and the SPHINX. Later if time permits, we visit a PAPYRUS SHOWROOM where you can watch a demonstration as to how paper is being made from Papyrus Plants. Arrival St. Catherine in the evening. Dinner & Overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 3 : ST. CATHERINE - BETHLEHEM

    Wake up call at 0030 hrs to only those who are willing to climb up to the top of MOUNT SINAI. These persons will be taken to the foothill by coach around 0130 hours. They can climb up and down by walk or travel by Camel’s back to the top of the mountain which is optional. Later after the Pilgrims come down the mount, they will be transferred to the hotel where they will have breakfast. After sufficient time given to them to get ready, we check out from hotel and proceed to St. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY to see the BURNING BUSH and MOSES’ WELL. Then we drive to Taba border. Lunch on the way in a restaurant near the Red Sea where we can spend some time on the beach. Once we reach Taba, we cross over to Israel after immigration formalities both at the Egypt and the Israeli sectors. Board the coach at the Israeli side, and after 4.5 hrs of journey, we reach BETHLEHEM (Micah 5:2) and check in Hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 4 : BETHLEHEM

    After breakfast, we drive to Jerusalem to visit EIN KAREEM, the town of St. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Luke 1:57-80), his house and Nativity and also MARY’S SPRING. From here we proceed to Mt. OF OLIVES (Luke 21:37), and visit THE CHURCH OF ASCENSION (Acts 1: 7-11) and THE CHURCH OF THE PATER NOSTER. We follow the Palm Sunday route and enter into THE SANCTUARY OF DOMINUS FLEVIT. This was the place from where our Lord saw the city of Jerusalem and wept for it (Luke 19: 41-44). Our Lord was taken on a procession through this route which led him to the triumphal entry into the TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM. The processional route takes us to the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE (Luke 22: 39) and the CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS. Then we proceed to Mt. ZION (II Kings 19:31) to visit THE UPPER ROOM (Mark 14: 13-26), THE TOMB OF KING DAVID, THE DORMITION ABBEY and THE CHURCH OF St. PETER IN GALLICANTU (Luke 22: 61-62). We also see the HOLY STAIRS through which our Lord led the disciples to the GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE after He shared His last supper with them.  After lunch, we drive back to Bethlehem to visit THE SHEPHERDS’ FIELDS and also THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY where you can see a Grotto in which the logo of the STAR OF BETHLEHEM can be seen and according to the tradition, the babe of JESUS was born this place. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 5 : BETHLEHEM

    After early breakfast, we proceed to Jerusalem to visit the GARDEN TOMB (John 19:41) where we can see the EMPTY TOMB OF JESUS. We have been taking our group members to visit JACOB’S WELL at Samaria which has been a trouble spot and this was the reason our only group of October 2016 could not see the place. However if the situation is normal during our visit, we will definitely take the members to see JACOB’S WELL at which place our Lord Jesus Christ asked water from the Samaritan woman. From here we proceed to JERICHO to see the ORIGINAL BAPTISMAL SITEQASR AL-YAHUD (Matthew 3:13-17). We continue our tour by visiting SYCAMORE TREE (Luke 19:1-10), the ancient CITY OF JERICHO (Joshua 6: 1-20) and then the Mt. OF TEMPTATION (Matthew 4:8-11). Then, we proceed to QUMRAN CAVES with entry inside the park and see the CAVES where the SCROLLS OF ISAIAH were found. Enjoy the float on the DEAD SEA (Genesis 14:3), the lowest spot on the earth. Return to hotel. On the way we will visit BETHANY (John 11:1, 18, 38-45) to see the TOMB OF LAZARUS. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 6 : BETHLEHEM

    After breakfast, we drive to Jerusalem and enter into the TEMPLE MOUNT area through Dung Gate and after visiting the WAILING WALL, enter into Mt. MORIAH to visit the DOME OF THE ROCK and AL-AQSA MOSQUE. From here we proceed to St. GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, EAST JERUSALEM to participate in the Sunday morning worship service. Later, we drive to SILWAN VALLEY visiting the POOL OF SILOAM (John 9:1-7), we have lunch in Jerusalem and we enter into the old city through St. STEPHEN’S GATE or the EAST GATE visiting St. ANNE’S CHURCH, and THE POOL OF BETHESDA (John 5: 1-15). We walk through the VIA DOLOROSA, (Way of the Cross) covering the 9 stations and then to the CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE to complete the visit to the remaining 5 stations and get out of the old city via JAFFA GATE. If time permits we drive to HEBRON to visit the TOMBS OF THE PATRIARCHS (Genesis 25: 7-10) and the MATRIARCHS. Return to hotel in Bethlehem. Dinner and overnight hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 7 : BETHLEHEM – NAZARETH / TIBERIAS

    After breakfast, we check out from hotel and drive to JAFFA where we visit St. PETER’S CHURCH. See the planned city of TEL AVIV on the Mediterranean. From here, we drive to the Roman City of CAESAREA and enter into the park. Here you can see the AMPHITHEATRE, the remains of the Palace built by King Herod and the site of the hall/court where Apostle Paul was brought before Festus for trial in which place he said “I appeal to Caesar”. Then we proceed to HAIFA, visit the CAVE of ELIJAH (I Kings 19:9) and the CHURCH of STELLA MARIS. We proceed to a place called MEGIDDO to see the fort from inside and also the “VALLEY OF ARMEGEDDON” (Revelation 16:16). After lunch, we proceed to Mt. TABOR (Matthew 17:1-9), the Transfiguration site, to see the Church and then onto CANA OF GALILEE (John 2:1-11) the site where our Lord did His first Miracle and the WEDDING CHURCH built on it and finally to NAZARETH (Matthew 2:23). Check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 8 : NAZARETH – AMMAN

    After breakfast, we check out from hotel, drive to TEL DAN to see the origin of River Jordan and then on to PANIAS or CAESAREA PHILIPPI where the Lord Jesus revealed His death. We will also see the HERMON SPRINGS and the remains of a BYZANTINE CHURCH where a room has been dedicated to the miracle of “Jesus healing the bleeding woman”. From here, we drive to GOLAN HEIGHTS and take a panoramic view of the Israeli fields, down below with APPLE, PLUM, NECTARINE, PEACH, APRICOT and POMEGRANATE trees and also the glimpses of some of the cities including QUNEITRA in Syria followed by lunch with PETER’S FISH. We return back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 9 : NAZARETH / TIBERIAS – AMMAN

    After breakfast, we proceed to visit the Church at MARY’S WELL in Nazareth followed by THE BASILICA OF THE ANNUNCIATION (Luke 1: 26-38) and THE SYNAGOGUE CHURCH (Luke 4:16-21). We drive to GALILEE and visit The Chapel on the Mt. OF BEATITUDES (Matthew: 5, 6, 7), THE CHURCH OF THE MULTIPLICATION (Matthew 14: 15-21, 15: 32-38) and THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER’S PRIMACY (John 21:1-18). We also visit CAPERNAUM (Mark 2:1-12), and see the house of St. Peter’s mother-in-law. After the BOAT RIDE followed by lunch, we proceed to Sheikh Hussein Bridge to cross over to AMMAN. Check in hotel at Amman. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, L & D)

  • Day 10 : AMMAN - CHENNAI

    After breakfast, we check out from Hotel and drive to MADABA where we can see the Greek Orthodox Church and the Holy Land Map in Mosaic on the floor. Finally we drive to Mt. NEBO (Deuteronomy 34:1-8) where the Lord took Moses, showed him The Promised Land at a distance. We also visit the memorial for Moses and a new Church dedicated to Moses. Then we proceed to the Airport to board the flight no. EK 904 of Emirates which departs for Dubai at 1800 hrs. Arrival Dubai at 2200 hrs. (B & L)

  • Day 11 : DUBAI - CHENNAI

    After a transit period of nearly 4 hrs, the next flight no. EK 544 departs from Dubai at 02:45 hrs to Chennai. Arrival Chennai at 08:25 hrs.

  • 19.09.2017 Tuesday to 28.09.2017 Thursday
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
EGYPT
Cairo Dinner Cruise at River Nile, Pyramids, Sphinx, Old Cairo Churches and Papyrus Museum (if time permits)
St. Catherine Mt. Sinai, Moses’ Well, Burning Bush, St. Catherine’s Monastery
ISRAEL
Jericho Sycamore Tree, Walls of Jericho, Mt. of Temptation, The Original Baptismal Site
Qumran Caves Enter into the National Park, watch the film “The Secrets of Qumran” and view the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
Jerusalem Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, St. Anne's Church, The Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, The Wailing Wall, Mt. of Olives, The Church of Ascension, The Church of the Pater Noster, The Sanctuary of Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane,Mt. Zion, The Upper Room, The Tomb of King David, The Dormition Abbey, The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, Garden Tomb, The Pool of Siloam.
Samaria Jacob’s Well
Bethlehem The Church of the Nativity, The Shepherds' Fields.
Bethany Tomb of Lazarus
Ein Karem St. John the Baptist Church, Virgin Mary's Spring
Caesarea Maritima Enter into the National Park, watch the film Caesarea - Past, Present & Future, The Amphitheatre, Hippodrome, Remains of King Herod’s Palace, Aqueducts.
Haifa Stella Mary's Church, Bahai Gardens.
Megiddo Enter into the National Park, watch the film Archaeological Findings of Megiddoand view the Valley of Armageddon
Galilee

The Chapel on the Mt. of Beatitudes, The Church of the Multiplication, The Church of St. Peter the Primacy, Capernaum, Enter into the National Park, Tel Dan (Dan Springs), Enter into the National Park, Caesarea Philippi (Hermon Springs), Enter into the National Park, Gergesanes, Golan heights 

Tel Aviv Panoramic Tour
Jaffa St. Peter’s Church, House of Simon the Tanner
Hebron The Tombs of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs, The Eschol Valley (if time permits)
Cana Wedding Church
Mt. Tabor The Church on the Mount of Transfiguration
JORDAN
Amman Madaba, Mt. Nebo


  • Airline : EMIRATES

Meals:

  • Daily Buffet breakfast at hotel
  • 10 Non Vegetarian (pick up option for Vegetarians) Lunches
  • 9 Non Vegetarian (pick up option for Vegetarians) Dinners

Airfare:

  • Return economy class group fare as per the itinerary

Tips & Porterages

Notes:

  • All transfers and extensive excursions with entrance fees (as specified in the itinerary) by a deluxe air conditioned coach
  • Services of a friendly English & Tamil Tour Manager from Shalom
  • No refund on unutilized services
  • Once the tickets are issued, NO REFUND WILL BE ALLOWED
  • Standard Cancellation Charges apply as per our policy mentioned in the Fact sheet of every tour of 2017
  • A person below 11 years is considered a child and above 11 years, an adult
  • As a 3rd person in a Triple room, most hotels use roll away beds or 2 queen size beds and the room size may be the same as a double room
  • Any damage caused to the hotel rooms or coach during the stay shall be payable by the passengers. Shalom will not be liable for the same.
  • For the convenience of our passengers, we will sometimes amend the itinerary. However all services will remain the same.
  • The Company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, death, delay, breakdown or irregularity which may occur in carrying out of the tour arrangement.
  • Standard check-in time for the hotels is 1400hrs while check-out is at 1200hrs.
  • The management reserves the right to claim any additional expenses due to delay or changes in the schedule of flights, coach, cruise or other services, weather conditions, strikes, war, quarantine and any other cause whatsoever and all such loss or expenses must be borne by the passenger. Shalom will not be liable for any loss of baggage by the Air-line.

WHAT YOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Applicable GST on the Total Tour Cost at the time of final payment. Any increase in the GST by the Government of India will be extra.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as laundry expenses, hot drinks, mineral water, food not in the regular menu provided by us, minibar, telephone calls etc.
  • Meals other than that what is mentioned in your itinerary.
  • Any increase in Fuel Surcharge, Q Tax, JN Tax, Airport Tax before departure of the tour

 

Destination Possible Hotels Nights
CAIRO
Barcelo Hotel
1 Night
St. CATHERINE
Morgen Land Hotel
1 Night
BETHLEHEM
Nativity Hotel
4 Nights
NAZARETH
Havayaa Hotel
2 Nights
AMMAN
Al Fanar Palace Hotel
1 Night
TOUR COST PER PERSON IN A TWIN / TRIPLE SHARING ROOM (for a minimum of 20 adult paying passengers)

Per Adult Sharing a room
Rs. 1,09,000 /- + 5% GST
Child with Extra Bed (2 - 11 years)
Rs. 83,500 /- + 5% GST
Child with No Bedsharing parents’ bed (2 - 11 years) Rs. 59,500/- + 5% GST
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT USD 260