Where We Goin'
We've decided on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Israel
and Jordan in late May and early June and couldn't be
more excited about it! This will be a relatively quick but
jam-packed two-week trip. Our first highlight will be
seeing Petra in Jordan -- a unique city carved into the
sheer cliff face. We have two days there and will get to
see it lit up at night with thousands of candles. Next up
will be a night in a Bedouin tent in the desert of Wadi
Rum, complete with camel ride and desert stargazing.
From there we cross into Israel at the Aqaba - Eilat
border on the Red Sea, at the extreme south of both
countries. After seeing a little of Eilat, we take a puddle
jumper to Tel Aviv in central Israel, where we begin our
ten-day tour of the highlights of Israel.
First up is Tel Aviv itself with its promenade along the
Mediterranean Sea, then we follow along the northern
coast, visiting Caesarea and other ancient ports. We
stay in a kibbutz while exploring the Golan Heights,
then it's on to the Sea of Galilee and such important
Christian sites as Nazareth, Capernaum, and the Mount
of the Beatitudes.
To the sound of trumpets blaring, we arrive in Holy
Jerusalem. We get to thoroughly explore both the Old
City and the New over the course of five days. A special
highlight will be a Friday evening celebration at the
Western Wall. During our time in Jerusalem, we'll visit
nearby Bethlehem and make a journey into the Judean
desert to see the caves of Qumran (home of the Dead
Sea Scrolls), ride a cable car to the top of the fortress
of Masada, and have a mud bath and float in the Dead
Sea -- Earth's lowest land elevation. We can hardly wait!
This trip has been on our must-do list for a long time.
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