NOV 05 (SUN) CHECK-IN AT NAIA TERMINAL 3 AT 2100HRS
NOV 06 (MON) DEPARTURE FROM MANILA to AMMAN / ARRIVAL IN AMMAN / MADABA / PETRA
Morning arrival in Amman airport. Meet and assist by a local guide. Drive to Madaba to visit the Monastery of St. George, which hosts the unique mosaic Map of Egypt, Jordan and Holy Land. The map is believed to be the first one for this area. It was built in the 6th century A.D. Visit also the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist and the Church of the Apostles. Have a long distance drive to hotel in Petra for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 07 (TUE) PETRA / MT. NEBO / AMMAN
Breakfast and check-out at hotel. Visit the lost city of Petra with optional horseback ride through the picturesque SIQ, and visit the Treasury. Then shop at Holy Land gifts. Continue our journey to Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land before he died. Drive to Amman hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 08 (WED) AL MAGTAS / NAZARETH (cross border)
Breakfast at hotel and check-out at the hotel. Visit Al Magtas “Jordan River” for Baptismal Renewal. This place was proclaimed by the late Pope John Paul II as the original site of Jesus’ Baptism. Then proceed for BORDER crossing into Israel. You will be met and assisted by local guide. Continue to hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
NOV 09 (THU) NAZARETH / CANA
Hotel breakfast. Go up to Mt. Tabor to see the Basilica of Transfiguration. Return to Nazareth to visit the Basilica of Annunciation where the Archangel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary the birth of Jesus Christ. Visit also St. Joseph’s workshop and Home of the Holy Family. Then proceed to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle. He turned the water into wine at the Wedding in Cana. (Those who wish may renew their Wedding vows at the Church). Return to Nazareth hotel for dinner and overnight.
NOV 10 (FRI) TIBERIAS / CAPERNAUM / NAZARETH
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mount of Beatitudes; this is the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Proceed to Tabgha, where the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes took place. Then continue on to St. Peter’s Primacy Church. Visit to Dalmanuta in Tabgha. Drive to Capernaum, the town where Jesus made His home after leaving Nazareth. View the remains of the ancient Synagogue in which He taught. Have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Drive to the diamond factory, Caprice. Then back to hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.
NOV 11 (SAT) CAESAREA / HAIFA / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drive down to Caesarea, which was built by Herod the Great, to catch sight of the Aqueducts and the Roman Theater. Continue to Mt. Carmel to visit Stella Maris Church and pass by Haifa where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Bahai Gardens. Proceed to your hotel in Bethlehem for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 12 (SUN) JERUSALEM / BETHLEHEM
Breakfast at hotel. Start the full day tour at the Dome of the Rock. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda and Church of St. Anne. Then proceed to Via Dolorosa starting at Ecce Homo where Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Proceed to the Flagellation until you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified, died and rose from the dead. Then continue to the Wailing Wall. Proceed to the Shrine of the Book. And visit the scale model of Jerusalem. Then move on to Bethlehem to visit the Shepherds Field, the site where the star appeared to the shepherds which lead them to the manger where baby Jesus was born. Visit also the Milk Grotto, the Basilica and Grotto of the Nativity and the Church of Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and the Manger Square. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
NOV 13 (MON) JERUSALEM / EIN KAREM
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Mount Zion area to see the Dormition Abbey. Then visit the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples had their last supper. Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. See also King David’s tomb. Proceed to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Drive to Ein Karem for visit to St. John the Baptist Church and Church of Visitation (Magnificat) where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
NOV 14 (TUE) JERUSALEM
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Ascension Chapel where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Visit the Church of Pater Noster to witness the “Lord’s Prayer” written in several languages. Proceed to the Church of Dominus Flevit (God Wept) where God wept over Jerusalem. Move on and continue by walking down the Palm Sunday road to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane to see the Rock of Agony the place where Jesus prayed before the Roman soldiers came for Him. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
NOV 15 (WED) BETHANY / JERICHO / QUMRAN / DEAD SEA
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to the town of Bethany and visit the Church of Lazarus. Continue to Jericho, pass by to see the “Sycamore Tree”, where Zaccheus, the tax collector climbed the tree to see Jesus who was passing by. After lunch, view the Mount of Temptation. It is a high mountain west of Jericho where satan tempted Jesus. Then go to Qumran, the caves of the Essenes where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found by a wandering shepherd boy. Proceed to Dead Sea for a dip in the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 16 (THU) BORDER CROSS TO EGYPT / ST. CATHERINE SINAI
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Have a long distance drive to Eilat border for crossing into Egypt. Will be met and assisted for drive to St. Catherine, Sinai. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight. Those who wish to climb Mt. Sinai will be picked-up from the hotel in the evening.
NOV 17 (FRI) ST. CATHERINE / CAIRO
Hotel breakfast and check-out. Visit the St. Catherine Monastery. Have a long distance drive to Cairo. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 18 (SAT) CAIRO
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the Pyramids and Sphinx. Have a visit to the Egyptian Museum, one of the richest museums in the world. Stop at the Papyrus factory and the perfumery. Have some free time to shop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
NOV 19 (SUN) CAIRO / ASWAN (fly)
Breakfast and check-out at hotel. Visit the Hanging Church and to the Crypt of the Holy Family before transfer to airport to catch flight to Aswan. Proceed to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
NOV 20 (MON) ASWAN (Embarkation for the Cruise)
Breakfast and check-out at hotel. Embark the cruise. We will visit the Aswan High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous unfinished obelisk and the Philae Temple. Experience the Felucca ride and tour around the Aswan islands. Return to the cruise.
NOV 21 (TUE) KOM OMBO / EDFU / LUXOR (Cruise)
We will sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only temple in Egypt dedicated to two gods – Horus the Elder and the crocodile headed Sobek. Then continue to Edfu. See the two black granite falcons guarding the entrance to the Temples of Horus, the Falcon God. Return to the cruise and continue sailing to Luxor.
NOV 22 (WED) LUXOR
We will cross to the West Bank of the Nile for a photo stop at the towering Colossi of Memnon. These two giant seated figures are all that is left of the Amon-Ofis III mortuary temple. Then we will visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, blending into the cliff face above. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of many of the New Kingdom Pharaohs. Return to the cruise. We will celebrate tonight the Galabea Party in true Egyptian style.
NOV 23 (THU) LUXOR / CAIRO / MANILA
Disembarkation from the cruise. We will visit the beautiful Luxor Temple. The Obelisk now occupying the center of the Place de la Concorde in Paris originally came from this temple. Then continue to visit the Temple complex of Karnak. Among its splendors is the Hypostle Hall, the largest of any temple in the world with its roof blocks supported by a mass of colossal columns 70 feet high. Continue to Luxor airport to catch flight to Manila (via Cairo).
NOV 24 (FRI) MANILA
HOME SWEET HOME!!!