Places You Will See When You Go on a Holy Land Tour | Israel, Jordan & Egypt


When one mentions the “Holy Land”, the first thing that comes to mind for most Christians is the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, which is ten kilometers from Jerusalem. While in fact, this is true, the scope of the usual holy land journey encompasses three countries: Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. This route includes stops at a few historic locations in addition to following the footsteps of Christ, Moses, John the Baptist, and Mother Mary. Here are a few locations to inspire you to travel to the holy land.

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Mount Nebo

After arriving in the capital city of Amman for a day of sightseeing, our Holy Land itinerary began at Mount Nebo, a 2,330-foot-high plateau mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the spot where Moses saw the Promised Land (Israel). No hiking is required at this destination as the road leading here is already elevated. 

Cat Trivino

You will travel through the village of Madaba, which is home to the Byzantine church of Saint George, on your route down Mount Nebo. Inside, you will find the 6th-century Madaba Mosaic Map seen on the floor of the church. This map is the oldest remaining cartographic depiction of the holy land.

Wadi Rum

It is described as "vast, echoing, and God-like" by Lawrence of Arabia. Wadi Rum summons an unearthly setting of another planet. 

Kate Alvarez

It's no wonder that "The Martian" was filmed here. One stares in awe at the vast, breathtaking terrain of Wadi Rum, which is dotted with camel footprints and filled with carved canyons and dunes of fine sand. Indeed, one easily describes it as the most “quintessential desert” on Earth.


Poet John William Burgon described the remains of the Lost City of Petra as "a rose-red city half as ancient as time."  Founded in 312 BC by the Arab Nabataeans, the remains of the city showcase the wonderful engineering skills of the Nabataeans. 

Cheekie Albay

Structres carved from massive walls surround this ancient city. The path leading to the “Treasury” —Petra’s iconic structure—is a narrow path hewed between gigantic golden boulders, called the “Siq”, which is another attraction to behold.


Mount Sinai

Crossing the border from Israel to Egypt takes you to the Sinai Peninsula where the biblical mountain Mount Sinai towers over a picturesque mountainous region. A three-hour hike with the Bedouin guides starting at 3 am will have you standing at the top by sunrise. 

Sophie Gianan

Make sure to savor the moment on top as this could be the very place where “Christian life, piety and worship” was founded when God handed to Moses the Ten Commandments on this mountain. Near the foot of the mountain is the Saint Catherine’s Monastery where the biblical burning bush is believed to be located.

Pyramids of Giza

Despite having no relation to the holy land tour, the Pyramid of Giza is an absolutely perfect side trip because of its historic significance and for the simple reason that it is one of the wonders of the world. 

Koryn Iledan

Before you fly out from Cairo, make sure you get to visit the majestic Giza pyramids and the Sphinx up close. A dinner cruise along the Nile River will round up the evening.

Israel and Palestine

The Dead Sea

Float your worries away as you literally—float over the water with a salinity of 342 g/kg, making the Dead Sea as one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Because of its high salinity, no living animal or plants exist in this sea-thus the name Dead Sea. 

Heidi Manabat

One thing for sure, you can float here effortlessly. On the way, you can also pass by the city of Jericho—the lowest city in the world at 274.02 meters below sea level.

The Wailing Wall

The Western Wall or most popularly known as the ‘Wailing Wall’, is the holiest place of prayer of the Jews. The first seven layers made from meleke limestone, dates back to the reign of Herod the Great, making it the same set of stones Jesus laid eyes on during his time. 

Stef Juan

Known today as a place of prayer, it was termed ‘Wailing Wall’ because of the practice of Jews gathering near this part of Old Jerusalem’s wall to weep over the destructions of their temples, during the Byzantine Empire.

City of Nazareth

Known as the “Arab capital of Israel”, Nazareth is described in the New Testament as the hometown of Mary and where Jesus Christ spent his childhood. 

Milet Miranda

Here, you will visit the Church of the Annunciation—where the angel Gabriel told Mary that she will give birth to the son of God and whom she’ll name as “Yehoshua“. Near Nazareth situates Mount Tabor where you will also visit the Church of Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus Christ located at the mountain’s peak.

Tower of Cana

In the town of Cana, you will visit the Church of the Wedding Feast in Cana. This church symbolizes the first miracle attributed to Jesus Christ: the Wedding at Cana. This is when he transformed water into wine. 

Ina Louise Manto

A short distance from here is the Mount of Beatitudes where you may follow Christ's footsteps to the spot where he "preached the sermon on the mount."

Sea of Galilee

After a day of church hopping, you will enjoy some splendid nature on a morning cruise over the waters of the Sea of Galilee. According to the New Testament, this is where Jesus performed the miracle of walking on water. 

Justin Jovero

Other miracles Jesus performed in the Sea of Galilee include the miraculous catch of fish and the calming of the storm. Afterward, a brief side trip to the ancient town of Capernaum takes you to the ruins of the House of Peter and the Synagogue of Jesus. You end this beautiful day with a renewal of baptismal vows at the nearby Jordan River.

Caesarea Archeological Park

The aqueduct ruins of Caesarea is an ancient city founded by Herod the Great in 25 BCE. It flourished as a major port city during the height of the Roman Empire. After Herod’s death, it started to witness a tumultuous period before seeing a rebirth during the Byzantine period. 

Andrea Nocom

In the Middle Ages, the city of Caesarea was conquered by Muslim invaders and became under the Rashidun Caliphate until the Crusaders liberated the city in the 11th century. Today, a great deal of ruins still stands over the old site of the ancient city of Caesarea – adjacent to the modern town inhabited by more than 4,000 people.

Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel is located in the city of Haifa and offers a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Say Tioco

This is the location of the Cave of Elijah and the Carmel Church, where the prophet Elijah prayed for rain to end a three-and-a-half-year famine. The Baha'i Hanging Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is close by.


Saving the best two destinations for last are the places where Jesus Christ was born and died on the cross. In Bethlehem—which according to the bible is where Christ was born, you can even get close to the holy spot where Jesus was born inside the Church of Nativity. 

Levy Amosin, Celine Murillo, Kara Santos

Other holy destinations in Bethlehem includes the Shepherds Field, Mount Olives–the place where Jesus recited Christ’s prayer to his 12 disciples, the Church of Pater Noster, the Dominus Flevit Church–all churches with biblical importance, and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before he was betrayed by Judas and arrested.

Old City of Jerusalem

The apex of any holy land tour is, of course, the retracing of the “Via Dolorosa” or Jesus’ “Way of the Cross” inside the old city of Jerusalem. 

Arianne Clare Montano

Your group will start at the gates of Antonia Fortress following the 14 Stations of the Cross ending inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Christendom’s most sacred place is housed: the spot of Jesus Christ’s burial and resurrection. Expect to attain a different kind of spiritual feeling throughout this part of your journey. Walking the Via Dolorosa will remain with you forever.