11 Day Tour to Lebanon and Jordan From Detroit Michigan April 16 to April 26 2018 (Join Father Michael Shaheen)

11 Day Tour to Lebanon and Jordan From Detroit Michigan April 16 to April 26 2018 (Join Father Michael Shaheen)

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11 Day Itinerary Lebanon and Jordan Pilgrimage

April 16 – April 26 2018

Day 1: Departure

Depart for your overnight flight to Beirut Lebanon.  Meals will be served on board.

Day 2: Arrival

Arrive to Lebanon, meet and assist at the airport, transfer to Hotel for Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Full day Jeitta Grotto Harissa By Cable Car & Byblos:

Starting the tour by the visit of Jeitta Grotto, its upper and lower galleries contain one of the world’s largest and beautiful collections of stalactites and stalagmites.

Proceed to Harissa by cable car to admire from the top of the Basilica the most beautiful bay in the Middle East: the bay of Jounieh.

After a relaxing lunch of traditional meze and tapas at a Lebanese restaurant in Byblos, head to

Visit Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician cities.  known over the world as “the world’s oldest continually inhabited city”, archaeologists believe that the site has been occupied for 7 millennia’s and probably more. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Full day Beiteddine Palace, Moussa Castle, Deir el Kamar, Beirut and Baskinta

The day starts with discovering the Chouf Mountains with the visit of Deir El Kamar translates literally as “monastery of the moon”; The Midan or fountain square is the focal point of the town where the majority of historic buildings are grouped around it: the Serail, Fakhreddine mosque and palace, the silk khan, and the church of Saydet et-Tallé. Proceed to visit Moussa castle, fairy tale construction housing traditional scenery.

Continue to Beiteddine Palace built in the 19th century over a period of 30 years by Emir Bechir II Chehabi around a former Druze hermitage. Today the palace is considered as the great surviving achievement of the Lebanese architecture with a mix of Arab and Italian style.

After the lunch, drive back to Beirut the vibrant capital of Lebanon, considered once the Switzerland of the Middle East. Today Beirut is a thriving cosmopolitan capital with plenty of stylish, trendy and modern places to go. Visit of Rawsheh and Down Town for shopping. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Full day KozhayaCedars , Becharre, Baalbeck

Cedars The most venerable representatives of the Cedars of Lebanon, which once covered the country's mountains, are in the Besharre region in the North of Lebanon. Hundreds of trees stand on slopes 2,000 meters high in the shadow of the 3,088 meter peak of Qornet es- Sawda.From Lebanon's cedar forests, Solomon got the timber to build his temple and palace, while the Egyptians Pharaohs used the wood carve their sarcophagi and 'sunships'.
Besharreh In the north, the picturesque gateway to the Cedars of Lebanon, is the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Here one may visit the Gibran Museum and the many ancient churches and monastries.
Kozhaya is part of the Holy valley where Maronites used to during the Ottaman's period. Monastry of St-Antoine of Kozhaya is one of the numerous monasteries built in this valley. It is built partly inside in the mountain and party outside it. It is surrounded by a very beautiful panorama of forest and valley.

Baalbeck Heliopolis: the roman temples of Baalbeck, located in the Bekaa valley 85 kilometers away from Beirut. It makes up the largest and best preserved corpus of roman architecture left around. The acropolis occupies the top of an artificial hill built up of different layers of habitation. Dinner and overnight.
 

Day 6: Full day, Zahle Ksara Anjar &  Rashaya,

Anjar Anjar is located in the Bekaa valley, 58 km away from Beirut. It was built by the Omayyad caliph al- Walid Ibn Abdel Malek in the early 8th century A.D. Inside the city’s strong fortifications are the remains of streets, three palaces, souks, two hammams and a Mosque.
Ksara Built during the Roman period then covered by sand for centuries , the Ksara caves were found by mistakes in 1898 by the Jesuites who were looking for a wolf that was eating their chicken every night and was using the caves a refuge. It is now the refuge of the well-known Ksara wine where thousands of the old wine bottles are preserved. A tasting of the best wines is done during the visits Dinner and overnight.   

Day 7: Full day Sidon , Tyr & Maghdouche

Sidon The third great Phoenician city-state, Sidon's origins are lost from memory. The name was mentioned in the texts for the first time in the 14th century B.C. in the 'Tell El Amara Letters'. But it was during the Persian era, between the end of the 6th century B.C. and the mid-4th century B.C. that the city experienced its golden age. Sidon was an open city with many cultural influences, including the Egyptian and the Greek.
Tyr Although the earliest origins of Tyre are unknown, the testimonies of ancient historians and some archeological evidence suggest that it goes back to the start of the 3rd millennium B.C. Originally a mainland settlement with an island city a short distance offshore, it came of age in the 10th century B.C.

Maghdouché The name, Maghdouché, originates from the Syriac word, which means "crop collectors." It is also derived from the Syriac word Kidsh and its derivatives (Kadisho, Kadishat, Makdosho). In Hebrew, it means "holy" or "saintly." Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Departure-Arrival

On this day we will depart Lebanon and arrive to Jordan through Queen Alia International Airport. Your group will transfer to your hotel in Amman in time to check-in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the evening.

NOTE: PROGRAM MIGHT BE CHANGED DUE TO ARRIVAL TIME

Day 9: Full day Madaba – Mt. Nebo

After breakfast we will start our day with a visit to Madaba (included) “City of Mosaics,” Madaba (approximately one hour and forty minutes) while in this city, you will visit St. George’s Church that is home to a true treasure of Christianity. This Church houses the oldest map of the Holy Land which includes Israel, Palestine, and Southern Egypt. Later, you will visit Mt. Nebo (entrance included), the most revered holy sites of Jordan. This mountain was mentioned in Deuteronomy 34, “Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah…”. End of the day will be meeting the priest in Fuheis who take care of Iraqi refugees. Dinner and overnight in Amman.

Day 10: Full day Amman – Petra – Amman

We will start our day after breakfast with a drive to the “lost” city of Petra (included), This city is located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains. Today, you will enjoy a walking tour of the former capital and trading center. Your first stop will be a visit to the Siq, a mile-long gorge that contains a number of magnificent structures that are carved into the mountains. The walk will culminate with a visit to the Petra Museum. The Museum holds numerous artifacts from the Neolithic period of the Nabataen history. The museum also contains architecture from the Romans as well as, a Byzantine chapel. After a touring day we will get back to Amman for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Amman - Home

After breakfast and in due time we will head to the airport for our flight back home.  We will arrive on the same day.

 

Note: While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.

Cost of Tour to the Lebanon and Jordan 

Trip date:  April 16 to April 26
Departure City:  Detroit Michigan
Package Price:  $3490.00
 

Package price includes the following:

1.      Flight tickets.

2.      Meet & Assist at Beirut and Amman Airport upon arrivals and departures.

3.      Six nights’ accommodation in Lebanon in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner.

4.      Three night’s accommodation in Jordan in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner

5.      Ten days sightseeing in modern air conditioned private bus.

6.      English speaking government licensedguide on duty.

7.      Entrance fees to places of interests whilst on tour in the Lebanon and Jordan.

8.      Special dinner at oriental restaurant with folklore show.

Package price does not include the following:

1.      Meals on routes and Soft drinks.

2.      Tips for Guide, Driver and hotels.

3.      All Personal Expenses.

4.      Insurance.



Notes:  Price based on using Christian guest houses or tourist class hotels. 
All prices are in US Dollars based on per person in a double room, Pax rooming alone is subject to single supplement, and maximum capacity of the bus is 50Pax. All prices are VAT inclusive.