Jordan has been and it is still part of the Land of the Bible. This new and modern country possesses unique sites and places worth to visit. Among them is one of the Wonders of the World: PETRA.

Capital of the Nabateans, a nation that conquered the Middle East by its commerce and became one of the powerful economies in ancient times. The temples, palaces and houses of Petra are totally excavated in the pure rock of the mountains through an extraordinary architectural technique. The city can be reached only through a very narrow and well guarded passage called the Siq.

And the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in this garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been buried……they laid Jesus there. (Jn. 19,41-42)

Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together……went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground……he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had still not understand the scriptures, that he must rise from the dead. (Jn. 20, 3-4; 8-9)

The Golgotha was a place of punishment and execution set by the Romans. It was outside the Holy City, not far and on one of the major roads leading to it. Crucifixion was the utmost death penalty for murderers, thieves, rebels and revolutionaries. The way of crucifying was meant to prolong the pains and suffering of the condemned. Finally they used to break his knees so that the weight is his stomach will dump down and the breathing canals would close. He dies asphyxiated. Jesus was already dead….
The angel said to the women: “He is not here, he has risen” (Lk. 24,6). Come and see by your own eyes that the Tomb is empty and believe like Peter and John. This is the essence of our Christian Faith: the Resurrection. He had conquered death though death. Be the witness of this miracle that happened one time and that changed the course of history. Now you are part of this history.

 

But what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival with the whole Church of first-born sons, enrolled as citizens of heaven. (Heb. 12,22-23)

Another hill of Jerusalem where so many places gathered to remember the last day of Jesus’ Passion. In this first century it was the residential area of the aristocratic class of Jerusalem. In this Mount we recall the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and his first trial at the House of Caiaphas. Besides, Christians had venerated from ancient times the place where Virgin Mary passed away. The sanctuary is called today the DORMITION Abbey.
There is no doubt that the Lord had come up to this mount in more than one occasion. He knew a house where he sent one his disciples to prepare the last supper. You’ll be able to follow his steps on those part of the mount and see him at the House of Caiaphas submitted to a humiliated interrogation by the members of the Sanhedrin.

Then Jesus came with them to a plot of land called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples: “Stay here while I go over there to pray.” (Mt. 26, 36)

Located at the bottom of Mount of Olives. The name comes from the Aramaic GAT SHEMANI, which means olive press. It is obvious that the place was full of olive trees and there was a press nearby. The building of at least two churches from the byzantine and crusader periods proves the importance of this holy place where the Lord entered into agony, sweating blood, before he was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the high priest soldiers.

An olive should be crushed before it gives us oil: an essential nutriment for our daily life. Jesus had to be crushed in order to give us life. You’ll enter the Basilica of Gethsemane in deep reverence and silence and you’ll knee at the rock where He started to feel the weight of sins of the entire world on his shoulders.

As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.
So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance. (Ac. 1,9–12)

A small hill of around 2600 ft above sea level. Located west of Bethany and separated from Jerusalem by the Kidron Valley. It seems to be rich of olive trees in ancient times, besides being a cemetery for those who believed that the coming of the Messiah will take place on top of this hill. This is the place that Jesus chose to ascend to heaven at the eyes of his disciples.

As you visit the Chapel of the Ascension and start your descent down the hill, you will enjoy a memorable view of the Holy City from the top of this mount. You will be able to follow with your eyes the steps of the Lord in the last day of his stay on earth: cross the Kidron Valley, up to the Last Supper Room, back through the Kidron to the Gethsemane garden, then up to the House of Caiaphas where he was taken first, then to the royal palace of Herods down to the Antonia Fortress and from there following the way of the cross to the Golgotha.

Rachel died and was buried on the road to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem now. (Gn. 35, 19)

But you, Bethlehem (Ephrathah), the least of the clans of Judah, from you will come for me a future ruler of Israel.

So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem.

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child and she gave birth to a son, her first-born.

The House of Bread, the Fertile, the hometown of Boaz and Ruth, the city of David and the birthplace of Jesus. Venerated since the beginning of the first century by all Christians, it became a place of pilgrimage to all believers. The actual Basilica dated from the VI century and built over the grotto where Jesus was born, is the second sanctuary after the first one erected by St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine.

This is one of the most sacred places for all people of Christian faith. Come and adore the new born child, the Prince of Peace and feel the heavenly joy that the Shepherds and the Magi Kings had experienced two thousand years ago.

Another huge pit within the Jordan Valley that reaches 1380 ft below sea level.

Alimented by the water of River Jordan and other small springs and tributaries from the Jordanian side, this huge lake does not have an outlet. So the volcanic eruptions in ancient times and the accumulations of the lava in its bottom, converted it in the most salty sea with around 22% of salts and minerals. This makes water so dense and heavy that it can carry the human body without any effort.

Our tour will allow you to enjoy a bath in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and cover your body with its black mud which possesses extraordinary medical cures.

As they left Jericho a large crowd followed him. And now there were two blind men sitting at the side of the road. (Mt. 20, 29-30)

An oasis on the border line of the Judean Desert. Alimented by several springs and the waters of the nearby River Jordan, the city was inhabited since the early Neolithic period. So it is considered as the oldest city in the world. The excavations carried out since the middle of the 20th century showed a large number of layers of cities dating back to more than 8000 BCE.

During the first century, the city was an obligatory transit road to all travelers coming from Galilee. It was visited by Jesus in more than one occasion during his pilgrimages trips to Jerusalem.

Jericho will be your last stop before reaching Jerusalem. Meet their people gathered around Jesus with Zacchaeus
trying to climb on a sycamore tree to see the Lord passing.

And leaving Nazareth, he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. (Mt. 4,13)

The location of Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee gave the city a great importance since ancient times. Besides it lies near the famous trade road known as Via Maris (Way of the Sea). This made of the city a crossroad for commerce, import, export and of course culture. In spite of its small geographic dimensions, it was so crowded that the Romans assigned the legion of 100 soldiers in order to protect their interests from the abundant revenues they use to collect as taxes. Jesus chooses Capernaum to be the base of public ministries where he settled in the house of Peter. He made several miracles and most important he pronounced the famous theological discourse of the “Bread of Life” in the synagogue of the city. Capernaum became to be called “The City of Jesus”.

You’ll visit the House of Peter and you’ll see the place where the Lord lied down to rest and sleep. You’ll discover the houses of firs century Capernaum and you’ll understand more the Gospel as you read it in the same place the events happened. You’ll enter the Synagogue and hear Jesus preaching the real Bread of Life.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth (Lk. 26)

A small village of Galilee, never mentioned before in biblical or historical sources. Luke calls it City. Nazareth became an important pilgrimage destination to first Christians who converted the House of Mary to a Judeo-Christian synagogue and then several churches were built in the same place.

Everything started here. The Verb became a flesh and inhabited among us. The beginning of God’s salvation plan. This is the small village where he lived, grew up, worked and became to be known as the carpenter by his fellow citizens