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Amman, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Capernaum, Israel

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Israel

Dome of the Rock, Israel

Corinth, Greece

Temple of Parthenon, Greece

Meteora, Greece

Delphi, Greece

(in US$)

$5,590 Per person in double room
$1,350 Single supplement


• Roundtrip International Airfare
   between Houston – Amman &
   Athens – Houston
• Tel Aviv – Athens air fare
• Thessaloniki – Athens air fare
• 2 Nights at Amman International
   Hotel in Amman or similar
• 2 Nights at Moevenpick Hotel in
   Petra or similar
• 3 Nights at Olive Tree Hotel in
   Jerusalem or similar
• 1 Night at Ein Gedi Hotel in Sea of
   Galilee or similar
• 1 Night at Metropolitan Hotel in Tel
   Aviv or similar
• 2 Nights at Divani Acropolis Hotel
   in Athens or similar
• 1 Night at Divani Metora Hotel in
   Kalambaka or similar
• 1 Night at El Greco Hotel in
   Thessaloniki or similar
• 1 Night at Divani Acropolis Hotel in
   Athens or similar
• Daily breakfasts and dinners at the
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Arrival and departure airport
   transfers with escorts
• All transportation by private AC
   Motorcoach (50 seats maximum at
   one bus)
• All entry fees to the sites and
   museums listed in the itinerary
• English Speaking licensed tour
   guides during all tours
• Jordan Group Visa fees at Amman
• Boat Tour at Sea of Galilee
• Service charges and local taxes


Lunches and drinks
Tips to tour guides and drivers
All personal expenses, Travel and
   Health Insurances, any other item
   not mentioned above.


May 15-30, 2018

Tour Hosts:
Dr. Ben Witherington & Nancy L. Dumas


May 15 Tue          Depart Houston – Fly Amman 

May 16 Wed         Arrive Amman
Our representative will meet you at Amman Airport after the customs and baggage claim with a “DR. BEN WITHERINGTON” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel for diner and overnight. (D) 

May 17 Thu          Jerash & Amman City Tour
is a city in north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. We will also visit the Jerash Archaeological Museum displays artifacts excavated from the site. Return to Amman in the early afternoon. Visit the Archaeology Museum in Amman housing an excellent collection like several Dead Sea Scrolls. We stroll via the Souq (local open air bazaar), where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century with 6000 seats. Diner and overnight in Amman. (B,D) 

May 18 Fri            Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Petra
Morning visit to the Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Then visit Madaba, the City of Mosaics, see the Byzantine church of St George. Continue to panoramic  Mt. Nebo, the place where Moses was buried. Drive to Petra for diner and overnight. (B,D) 

May 19 Sat           Petra
Full day tour in Petra, famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City". See its most famous structure is Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (B,D) 

May 20 Sun          Petra – Border Cross to Israel – Qumran - Jerusalem
Drive North to the Allenby Bridge. Cross to Israel. Meet with our Israeli guide and bus driver.  We continue to the Dead Sea area to see Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank managed by Israel's Qumran National Park. It is located on a dry plateau about 1.5 km from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. Drive to Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B,D)

May 21 Mon         Bethlehem, Herodion, Mount of Olives, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher
We first drive to the Herodion, the fortress King Herod built south of Jerusalem. We then visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity built over the traditional cave where Jesus was born. Returning to Jerusalem, we first stop for an overlook on the Mount of Olives. We then descend the Mount to the Garden of Gethsemane. After a brief stop at the Church of All Nations and the tomb of Mary, we will enter the old city through the Lion Gate. We stop at the Pool of Bethesda to see where Jesus’ healing took place. Passing through the Damascus Gate, we walk to the Garden Tomb where we will end our day with a short service with communion. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

May 22 Tue           Walking Tour of Jerusalem
We begin our walking tour by passing through the Armenian quarter and out the Zion Gate onto Mount Zion to see the Cenacle, traditional site of the Pentecost event in Acts 2 as well as the tomb of David. We then walk downhill to the City of David to visit Hezekiah’s tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Our bus will take us back to the Dung Gate where we will visit the Temple Mount excavations on the southern steps. If conditions allow, we will then walk on the temple mount now the home to the Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock. Afterward we will stop at the Western Wall of the ancient temple. We then walk up through the Jewish Quarter to the Via Dolorosa following it to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to see the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.  (B,D)

May 23 Wed         Boat Ride at Sea of Galilee, Boat Museum, Magdala, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha
Drive north. Boat ride at Sea of Galilee from En-gev to Kibbutz Nof Ginosar where we will visit the Yigal Alon Museum that houses the remains of a first-century boat, sometimes called the “Jesus boat.” Later we will visit the ruins of the synagogue at Magdala. Then we will stop at Capernaum to see the ruins of the synagogue and Peter’s house. At Tabgha we will see the church that celebrates the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We then continue to the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. Dinner and overnight at En-Gev Holiday Village. (B,D)

May 24 Thu         Bethsaida - Mt. Carmel – Caesarea Maritima – Tel Aviv
The northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is a fertile plain where the feeding of the 5,000 likely took place.  Israeli maps and excavators currently locate the New Testament city of Bethsaida at an ancient ruin known as “et-Tell.”  The excavation team, headed by Rami Arav, is insistent that this site be identified with ancient Bethsaida.  Others suggest that Bethsaida may be better located at el-Araj near the lakeshore.  From Mt. Carmel see the magnificent panoramic view of the Jezreel valley.  Drive to Caesarea Maritima to see the ruins of this large port city built by Herod the Great to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tel Aviv. (B,D) 

May 25 Fri            Tel Aviv Airport – Fly Athens – Corinth Tour - Athens
Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport for flight to Athens. 
Our representative will meet you at Athens Airport after the customs and baggage claim with a “DR. BEN WITHERINGTON” sign. Meet and drive to ancient Corinth. Arriving at Corinth, it was here that Silas and Timothy rejoined Paul and here the Apostle lived and preached for a year and a half. While in ministry at Corinth, Paul wrote First and Second Thessalonians to the newly established church in Thessalonica. Later, the church at Corinth would receive two letters from Paul (First and Second Corinthians). Paul met Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth who came to Corinth from Rome due to persecution during the reign of Claudius (Acts 18:1-17). We will see all of the Greek and Roman sites associated with Paul’s ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio's Seat. Return to Athens for diner and overnight. (B,D) 

May 26 Sat           Athens Tour
Our day begins at the world renowned Acropolis where we will visit the Propylaea, the Parthenon, and the Erectheum. Leaving the Acropolis we arrive at Mars Hill (site of the Aeropagus) where the apostle Paul stood before the city council members and declared, “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” (Acts 17:22-23). From here we can view the Agora, the market place of Athens. Here too Paul addressed the people of Athens and reasoned with Athenians for Jesus being the Son of God (Acts 17:17). Paul probably spent the entire winter in Athens before he left for Corinth. Next is the Acropolis Museum which showcases the statuary art, relief panels, vases and votive offering associated with the Acropolis. We end the day with a visit to the top of Filopappou Hill for a sunset view of the Acropolis. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D) 

May 27 Sun          Athens – Delphi - Meteora
Travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world. Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, and the Temple of Apollo where the oracle performed his or her prophetic rituals.  Visit the Museum. Drive to Kalambaka to visit the rock forest of Meteora in western Thessaly and ponder the rough terrain in which the apostle Paul walked during his missionary journey. See famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on summits of soaring, sheer-sided grey rock pinnacles of varied and spectacular shapes.  Visit one of these monasteries.  Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D) 

May 28 Mon         Berea – Thessaloniki
Short stop at Veria (Berea) (Act 17: 10-12). Continue on to Thessaloniki, the city where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down by his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3-6), and the church to which he addressed his Thessalonian epistles, visit St. George's Basilica, where tradition holds it is built over the synagogue where Paul preached. View the Old City Ramparts, and the Galerius Arch that rises over the Via Egnatia. Visit the Archaeological Museum. See two of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Sophia and St. Demetrios, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D) 

May 29 Tue          Philippi – Thessaloniki Airport – Fly Athens
Drive to Philippi, where Paul, intending to find a place to pray by the riverside, spoke to women who had gathered there among whom was Lydia, the seller of purple and whose heart the Lord opened to hear the words that he spoke (Acts 16:13-15).  Lydia was the first Christian to be baptized on European soil.  Visit the place where this event is remembered and see a crypt dating from the Roman period, which is thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, the Basilica, and the Theater.   Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport for late afternoon flight to Athens.  Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D) 

May 30 Wed         Athens Airport – Fly Back to Houston – End of our services.

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