DAYS 1 & 2 – SUNDAY-MONDAY, OCTOBER 29-30:
Start of our trip
Our day of departure finally arrived! God brought together a total of 39 people for this tour. 23 in the group flew from various airports (Toronto, Dulles) into Cairo, Egypt. 16 others in the group will begin their “Israel-only” tour when they fly from the States to Tel Aviv Israel on Wednesday, November 1st. With most flying through Vienna, Austria, most had plane delays or even cancellations.
Arrival in Cairo
As a result, most were re-routed on others flights. So at three various arrival times (3 p.m., 7 p.m., and we hope the last five will arrive at 1:30 am.), we are now here in Cairo. This capital city of Egypt has a population of about 25 million now and is the 15th largest city in the world. We were greeted by our agent, guide, and bus driver.
Taking care of passport procedures and gathering our luggage, we loaded the bus and fought the crazy traffic to our downtown Intercontinental Semiramis Hotel near the famous Tahrir Square. The hotel is located right on the Nile River! After checking in we enjoyed dinner together. For the few who arrived early, this was followed by an optional walk along the Nile River. It’s hard to believe we are here in one of the oldest lands of the Bible!
DAY 3: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: CAIRO, MEMPHIS, SAQQARA, GIZA PYRAMIDS, GREAT SPHINX