Lebanon & Jordan 2019

| Led by Dr. Mark Fairchild


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I invite you to join me on a tour of Lebanon and Jordan—the forgotten Biblical lands. It is easy to forget that much of the Biblical story was set in modern Jordan, which lies on the eastern side of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. Some of the Hebrew tribes settled in this land, and Jesus ministered to the people in the area of modern Jordan. North of modern Israel, Lebanon also has a place among the Biblical lands. Jesus and the apostle Paul both conducted ministries in Lebanon, and the ancient Phoenicians of Lebanon figure significantly in the Biblical narratives. This tour will include some of the most spectacular sites of the ancient world, including Petra, Jerash, Amman, Tyre, Sidon, Baalbeck, and Beirut.


Itinerary

March 15, Friday
Depart USA - Fly Beirut.

March 16, Saturday: Arrive Beirut
Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

sidon-castle-lebanon

March 17, Sunday: Tyre – Sidon – Beirut
After breakfast Tour the amazing archaeological landmarks south of Beirut. See the ancient Phoenician port of Tyre and then head up the coast to the Persian city of Sidon, renowned for its green scenery, before a traditional lunch and a visit to the Temple of Echmoun. Travel down the Mediterranean coastline to Tyre (romanized as Sour). Admire the Roman hippodrome as well as Al-Mina, which features soaring columns and the reconstructed triumphal arch. Learn from your guide how the city and the region have been shaped by many different civilizations. Journey back to Sidon, another picturesque port, this one surrounded by citrus and banana trees. Stroll along the causeway and climb the tower for a view of the fishing town. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with a vista across the blue sea. There’s time to stop at your final Phoenician relic, the Temple of Echmoun, built to honor the god of healing. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B,D)

March 18, Monday: Beirut City Tour
We begin our tour with the Lebanese National Museum with an impressive collection artifacts dating from pre-historic times up to the Ottoman era gathered from around Lebanon. Our next destination is the downtown. This part of our tour is done by foot. We will visit the Blue mosque, and three churches (Marinote, Greek Orthodox, and Catholic Churches). Next we will see the roman baths and walk past the downtown shops. Our next stop is Zaitunay Bay, followed by Pigeon Rocks (two giant natural sentinel rock formations in the sea). Lastly is our stop to a busy commercial street called Hamra. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B,D)

baalbek-lebanon

March 19, Tuesday: Anjar – Baalbeck – Ksara – Beirut
Depart Beirut through Lebanon’s countryside to Baalbek. After around two hours, arrive at this ancient archaeological site and set out on a guided tour of its age-old ruins. Known by the Romans as Heliopolis, this timeworn site is largely made up of semi-crumbled temples built during the Roman era. View the broken remains, including the massive Temple of Jupiter, built on a huge podium and around a rectangular courtyard where sacrifices were performed. Having explored Baalbek, relax over a delicious lunch of meze (small dishes) and tapas at a local restaurant, and then drive on to Anjar. On arrival, stretch your legs around Anjar’s souks, and then explore the town’s showpiece: its Umayyad ruins. Consisting of the remnants of an 8th-century palace-city ruled by the Ummayad dynasty, this fascinating complex is filled with ruined temples, arcades and gates, many built in Hellenistic and Roman style. Next, continue into the Bekaa Valley to Ksara, home of the famous Ksara Caves. Discovered in 1898, these ancient caves are now used by Chateau Ksara, Lebanon’s oldest wine estate. Take a winery tour, and see the thousands of bottles stored in the caves-turned-cellars. Learn about the winemaking process and then finish with a tasting of some of the delicious wines made here. (B,D)

jerash

March 20, Wednesday: Fly Amman – City Tour
Fly Amman on ME310 08:10 /09:20 flight. Arrive Amman. Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS” sign. Start your tour of Amman by visiting the Citadel (Jabal Al-Qala’a) for an unparalleled view of the downtown area. The Citadel sits on the highest hill in Amman and is the sight of ancient Rabath-Ammon. Artifacts dating back from the Bronze Age show that the hill was a fortress and agora. Then visit the archeological museum, the stunning Roman Theater and the museum of traditional culture for an overview of unique Jordanian heritage. The Roman Theatre was built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE) and could seat about 6,000 people. On the way back, visit the majestic King Abdullah Mosque with its radiant blue dome.Dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B,D)

petra-jordan

March 21, Thursday: Jerash – Ajloun – Amman
Drive to Jerash.It is the grandeur of Imperial Rome being one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the World outside Italy, its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional. In Jerash you will visit Hadrian’s Arch, Oval Plaza, The Cathedral, The North & South Theater, and The Nymphaeum. Then drive through a beautiful pine-forest and olive groves, reaching the city of Ajloun, here you will find Al-Rabid Castle; the 12th century Castle built by one of Saladin’s lieutenants in the campaign against the Crusaders. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B,D)

umayyad-palace-anjar

March 22, Friday: Madaba – Umm Ar-Rasas – Mt. Nebo – Petra
After breakfast drive to the south, along the 5000-year-old King’s Highway; one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land passing through a string of ancient sites visiting Madaba, which is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of The Holy Land. Then continue to the east of Madaba is Umm Ar-Rasas, a very ancient site that is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The rectangular walled city is mostly in ruins, but does still include several buildings, as well as four churches and some beautiful stone arches. Then coming to Mt. Nebo where Moses have gone to get a view of the Promised Land before he died and from a platform in front of the church one can enjoy a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea At the end of the day, drive to Petra for the dinner and the overnight. (B,D)

tour-map

March 23, Saturday: Petra – Amman
Drive to Petra, the pink city, which has been ranked New Wonders of the World Heritage of Humanity, it’s the home of the Nabateans; The complete city carved in a mountain with the huge colorful rocks that called “the red rose city”. The tour will start by crossing the “Siq” which is an impressive 1200 M long, deep and narrow gorge of stunning natural beauty. The Siq is hammed in by cliffs soaring up to 80 Meters. Then just when you think you have seen enough dazzling sight in the Siq, you will face with Al-Khazneh (the treasury) the pride of all Jordanians. The architectural style of it was unique in the ancient world, main inspiration was Hellenistic, Alexandrian Hellenistic, plus that unique encompassing Nabateans artistic touch (30 M Wide, and 43 M high) it is a truly breathtaking. Then we continue the visit and come to the Street of Facades (the Theater) which looks Roman, but was executed by the Nabateans in the 1st Century AD, it is carved into solid Rock except towards the front earlier side, where part of it was built freestanding, initially it could seat 3000 people, but was later extended to finally hold about 7000. Then a flight of 800 stairs cut into the rock takes you up to the mountain of Ad-Deir (the monastery) marvelous mountain scenes along the way up, and when you reach the top you will encounter Petra’s second most famed attraction, Ad-Deir, is a huge in size yet beautifully awesome. The overall design resembles that of the Khazneh, but the architectural embellishment is simplified. After this amazing visit, return back through the Siq, and drive you back to Amman for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

March 24, Sunday
Fly back to USA


Tour Features

INCLUDING:

• International Air Fare between USA-Beirut /Amman-USA
• Beirut-Amman international flight
• 4 Nights at 5-star Burj on the Bay Hotel in Beirut
• 3 Nights at 5-star Marriott Amman Hotel in Amman
• 1 Night at 5-star Marriott Petra Hotel in Petra
• Daily breakfast and 8 dinners at the hotels
• All transportation by private, air-conditioned bus
• English-speaking, government-licensed, Bible-oriented guides in Lebanon and Jordan
• All entry fees to the sites and museums
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Service charges and local taxes
• Tips to tour guide and drivers

EXCLUDING:

• Lunches and Drinks (Bottled Water is included)
• Personal Expenses (Laundry, phone calls, all kind of insurances, etc)

Cancellation Penalty:

– 90–60 days prior to departure: No Penalty
– 59–45 days prior to departure: 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure: 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure: 75%
– 14 days & After: No refund

Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to the airlines standard rules for any name changes, dates changes or cancellations.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased separately at an extra cost. Travel Insurance is a contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express, or other). To obtain your travel insurance, please call 1–800–TURKIYE and ask for Ms. Ayata.


Tour Price

Deposit (due July 15, 2018): $200
Land + Air (based on double occupancy): $4,990
Single Room Supplement, Land/Air: $990
Balance due: December 15, 2018

Registration

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Contact

For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Email: travelstudy@bib-arch.org
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016