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Educational Visits to Jordan, Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Jordan, Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour(for Educational Visits)

8 days

School trips to Jerusalem. Educational tours to Israel.The Jordan, Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour offers all the Classic sites in Jordan as well as the opportunity to take part in some other exciting and unusual excursions. We would recommend this programme for all types of Student groups and particularly those with an interest in Religious Studies. We can arrange excellent accommodation at a price to suit your budget.

This programme combines all the main sites of Jordan with a full day excursion to Israel where you will enjoy an incredible day visiting the most popular religious sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The price of this trip includes a tourist visa to Israel, assisted border crossings and re-entry to Jordan.

The main part of this trip is based in Jordan and follows the itinerary for the Petra Nights Tour (see below) but also includes a full day excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This trip takes place on day three and begins with an early start (7.00am) drive to the King Hussain Border (Allenby Bridge) crossing into Israel.

School trips to Jerusalem and the Mount of OlivesYour group will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, before taking the Palm Sunday Road to the Church of Dominus Flevit (where Jesus wept about Jerusalem - Luke 9).

At the foot of the Mount of Olives lies the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Book of Zechariah, the Mount of Olives is cited as the place where the dead will be resurrected in the days of the Messiah. For this reason, Jews have always sought to be buried there, and from biblical times until today, the mountain has been used as a Jewish cemetery. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including the tombs of biblical figures such as Zechariah and Avshalom. Many important rabbis from the 15th to the 20th centuries are buried there, among them Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin is also buried on the Mount of Olives.

Roman soldiers from the 10th Legion camped on the Mount during the Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE, which led to the destruction of the city.

student trips to JerusalemThe Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives, within the walled grounds of the Church of all Nations (also known as the Church of the Agony). It’s a peaceful garden among a grove of ancient olive trees, looking back at the eastern wall of the City of Jerusalem.

The Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal and arrest (Mark 14:32-50). According to the record in Luke, Christ’s despair in Gethsemane was so deep that he sweat drops of blood (Luke 22:43-44). Gethsemane from Aramaic (Ga? Šmanê, meaning 'oil press') was the garden where, according to the New Testament and Christian traditions, Jesus and his disciples retreated to pray after the Last Supper, the night before he was crucified. Gethsemane was also where Christ was betrayed by the disciple Judas Iscariot. Furthermore, Orthodox tradition holds that Gethsemane is the place where the Apostles buried the Blessed Virgin Mary, after her Dormition.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem - school tripsAccording to tradition, the Last Supper took place in what is called today The Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, just outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and is traditionally known as The Upper Room. This is based on the account in the Synoptic Gospels that states that Jesus had instructed a pair of unnamed disciples to go to the city to meet a man carrying a jar of water, who would lead them to a house, where they were to ask for the room where the teacher has a guest room. This room is specified as being Student trips to the Upper Roomthe upper room, and they prepare the passover there.

Upon entering the "Upper Room" you find yourself in a large hall. The ceiling is supported by three pillars which divide the room into three naves. The pillars and the arches, windows and other Gothic style architectural elements are a clear indication the room was built by the Crusaders in the early XIV century, on top of a much older structure most probably pre-dating the first churches erected in Palestine. This old structure, according to the archaeological research, was a church-synagogue of the early Christian community of Jerusalem.

Educational visits to BethlehemThe Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam

The Grotto of the Nativity, an underground cave located beneath the basilica, enshrines the site where Jesus is said to have been born. The exact spot is marked beneath an altar school trips to Bethlehemby a 14-pointed silver star set into the marble floor and surrounded by silver lamps. This altar is denominationally neutral, although it features primarily Armenian Apostolic influences. Another altar in the Grotto, which is maintained by the Roman Catholics, marks the site where traditionally Mary laid the newborn Baby in the manger.

Following lunch, we enter the Old Jerusalem through the "Dung Gate" to visit the Western Wall before walking along the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) to the church of the Holy Sepulcher - Golgotha.

school trips to Jerusalem and Western WallThe Western Wall in the midst of the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple (70 C.E.). It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness educational trip to Jerusaelmand tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed. It became a center of mourning over the destruction of the Temple and Israel's exile, on the one hand, and of religious - in 20th century also national - communion with the memory of Israel's former glory and the hope for its restoration, on the other.


school visit to holy sepulchreThe Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a Christian church in the Old City of Jerusalem. It stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century, and it remains the holiest Christian site in the world. The early Christian community of Jerusalem appears to have held liturgical celebrations at Christ's tomb from the time of the resurrection until educational trip to the church of holy sepulchrethe city was taken by the Romans in 66 AD. Less than a century later, in 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian filled in the quarry to provide a level foundation for a temple to Aphrodite. The site remained buried beneath the pagan temple until Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in 312 AD. He soon showed an interest in the holy places associated with his new faith, and commissioned numerous churches to be built throughout the Holy Land. The most important of these, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was begun in 326 AD.

Constantine's builders dug away the hillside to leave the rock-hewn tomb of Christ isolated and with enough room to built a church around it. They also cleared away Hadrian's temple and the material with which an old quarry had been filled to provide the temple's foundations. In the process, according to contemporary Christian historians, the Rock of Golgotha was found. The Church was formally dedicated in 335 with an oration by Constantine's biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea.

In the late afternoon we take the leisurely 2hour drive to the Sheikh Hussain Border where we re-enter Jordan.

The remainder of the programme is the same as described in the Petra Nights Tour with the exception of the third day where the Tour of the Desert Castles in Eastern Jordan is replaced by this full day trip to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The Jordan part of the programme is detailed below:

Student Group travel to JordanThe trip begins in Amman, the capital of Jordan and your group will visit the best example of a Roman provincial city it the Middle East. This includes the Roman Forum, a Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum, the Temple of Artemis and St. Cosmos and St. Demeaners Churches.

No trip to Jordan would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea where bathers can experience the unique phenomenon of being unable to sink in water. As well as the leisure aspects, a visit to the area of the Dead Sea would be of interest to Geography and Biology students and provide them with the opportunity to study this truly wonderful area.

Educational tours to JordanFor students of Religion the visit to Mount Nebo will have an interest as the place where Moses overlooked the Promised Land before he died. This vantage point commands views of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. The group will visit map of Palestinethe Old Monastery before continuing their journey to Madaba and the church of St. George that contains the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Palestine. Kerak, which is the ancient Biblical capital of the Moabites is also the site of the crusader's castle built by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem. You will have the opportunity to explore the cavernous underground halls and dungeons as well as visiting the museum associated with this site.

 

school trips to JordanFor some, the highlight of the trip will be the full day visit to Petra - The Lost City of the Nabateans. There is something for every interest and most subjects. Petra is located in a geological fault that forms part of the Great Rift Valley that extends down into Africa. The historical interest is clear, but study the massive edifices carved from the solid rock and consider the technology used to achieve such wonders. This location of this city is a cleft in the mountain of an arid desert, yet the ever rescoureful Nabeteans developed a water system that delivered fresh water to their city through a series of pipes and gutters - the technology of which has not been improved on even today. An English or Drama student would be fascinated and inspired by this location that formed one of the backdrops for the Indiana Jones Film - The Last Crusade.

The lover of adventure will certainly enjoy the 4x4 drive in Wadi Rum - the backyard of the British Liaison Officer - Laurance of Arabia. Included in this trip is a visit to Laurance's house and Wadi Um Ishrin where you can find Nabatean Inscriptions. The wind erroded sandstone sculptures of Wadi Rum are an inspiration to artists and provide some dramatic shapes and curves with which to practise their skills.

 

Educational trips to Jordan and the Red Sea for schools, colleges and universitiesBy contrast to the Dead Sea, the Red Sea is teeming with underwater wildlife. The warm waters of this sea at Aqaba make it the ideal place for bathing, boating and snorkelling, or just taking it easy on the beach. The holiday adventurer can even take part in water skiing, diving or sailing. The Red Sea provides some of the best areas in the Northern Hemisphere to see marine life in its unspoilt environment. You can take part in Scuba Diving, Snorkelling or just enjoy the incredible beauty as you gaze in wonder from a glass bottomed boat. There are a variety of optional day tours which you can take part in depending upon your taste.

If you would like further information about this fascinating and exciting trip then please get in touch using the Booking Enquiry form (see link below). We will be pleased to discuss your educational requirements and how this trip is of benefit to students of History, Geography, Biology, Religious Studies, Technology, Art and English. If you require a special emphasis or would like to spend more time studying a particular aspect of this trip then please let us know. We can tailor-make this trip to suit your requirements.

 

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