The Itinerary for the 15 Day Extensive Egypt – Jordan – Israel Biblical Tour
October 29 – November 12, 2017
All Inclusive Price: $5,675 from JFK, NY, $4,840 for “land only” travelers.
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Price of this amazing three-country Egypt-Jordan-Israel tour includes: $701 US & Intl. departure taxes/fuel & $225 gratuities, $63 Jordan border taxes and visa fee, & $60 Egypt visa), all hotels, 2 meals daily, all entry fees, and gratuities. Total price is $5,675 from JFK, NY (additional departure cites available upon request). The land only price includes all the above except the airfare. Sign-up deadline: August 29, 2017. Early bird discount: $50 by 3/30/17.
This is a 15 day “granddaddy tour” that includes Cairo, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. We will see about 60+ sites. We start in Cairo, Egypt and will see the Pyramids & Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara, and the Egyptian Museum. We then fly to Amman, Jordan. We will stand on Mt. Nebo, then drive to Medeba and Macheraus en route to Petra. After 6-7 hours in Petra, we drive further to Wadi Rum. We even stay a night here. Finally, we cross into Israel at the Red Sea. In Israel we will see the entire length of this biblical country. We end in Jerusalem, saving the best to last.
DAY 1 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29: FLIGHT TO CAIRO
Tour members meet for our flight to Cairo, Egypt. After dinner is served, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the on-board entertainment to prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.
DAY 2 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 30: ARRIVE IN CAIRO
We arrive at the Cairo Airport and pass through passport and customs formalities before meeting our representative and Egyptian guide. We then begin our drive into the heart of Cairo to our hotel for check-in. We enjoy dinner together and an optional walk before retiring for the evening.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31: CAIRO, MEMPHIS, SAQQARA, GIZA PYRAMIDS, GREAT SPHINX
Today is our first day in the amazing city of Cairo. Following breakfast, we board our bus to begin visiting some of Egypt’s oldest and most famous sites. We first go to Memphis, where remnants of the nation’s first capital and once the most cosmopolitan city in Egypt now lie scattered in the desert. We’ll also see the carved limestone Colossus of Ramses II. Nearby, we visit the necropolis at Saqqara, where King Zoser’s Step Pyramid was “built to last ’till the ends of time.” This vast site in the heart of a desert plateau is the largest necropolis in Egypt. Extending for almost five miles, the complex forms a collection of pyramids, temples and tombs that is fundamental to understanding the history of Ancient Egypt. We then visit the Pyramids of Giza. Nothing evokes the long and intriguing history of Egypt as powerfully as the pyramids. Rising from the desert, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra and Menkaura seem to symbolize the enigmatic tug of Egypt in our imaginations. The Great Pyramid of Cheops immortalizes the son of Sneferu and Hetepheres. Though little is known of this pharaoh, his monument, the largest of the three, is comprised of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons. We also visit the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx, which has stood guard over the pyramids for more than 4,500 years. Carved from an outcrop of rock, the Sphinx remains the ultimate symbol of Ancient Egypt with its lion’s body and human head. We return to Cairo for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1: CAIRO, CITADEL, MOSQUE OF MOHAMMED ALI, COPTIC CAIRO, FLIGHT TO AMMAN
After breakfast, we board our bus for a special tour at the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo. The museum houses the greatest collection of pharaonic treasures in the world. We see these artifacts, including the Tutankhamen Collection of golden treasures and discover the museum’s expansive collections. We continue on to the Citadel, which commands a complete view of the city. Completed in 1183, the Citadel was surrounded by sturdy walls and towers to withstand attacks from Christian crusaders. Inside, we see the lavishly decorated alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We continue to Coptic Cairo, where we visit the famous Suspended Church (Hanging Church), dating to the late 4th and early 5th century. This basilica was named “Al- Mu’allaqah” because it was built atop the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Then we see the Church of St. Sergius, a fifth-century Coptic Church. This basilica is built on the cave in which the Holy Family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. As we stroll along, we come to the recently restored Synagogue of Ben Ezra, which marks the place where Moses was rescued by Pharaoh’s water girl. This is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt built in A.D. 882. From here we drive to the Cairo Airport for our flight to Amman, Jordan. Upon arrival in Amman, we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2: AMMAN, MT. NEBO, MEDEBA, MACHAERUS, PETRA
Following breakfast in Jordan’s capital city, we begin by driving to Mt. Nebo to stand where Moses stood and viewed the Holy Land. Here you can take in a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the roof tops of Jerusalem. We continue to Medeba dubbed the “City of Mosaics” due to the vivid sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map in the church of St. George. From Medeba, we drive to Machaerus, one of the palace-fortresses of Herod the Great. This is where John the Baptist’s head was cut off. We will climb the fortress for a view of the ruins on top as well as for the view of the Dead Sea and Israel to the west. Next, we drive down the Desert Highway to Petra, where we spend the night. We check into the hotel and enjoy dinner together in anticipation of our exciting day within the site of Petra tomorrow!
DAY 6 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3: PETRA, WADI RUM
We arrive this morning at the entrance of Petra and spend the entire day within this red-rose ancient city. We are in the heart of the Seir Mountains, Land of Edomites, mentioned in the Bible in Genesis. These mountains house the Aaron Peak, the highest in Petra and the burial place of Moses’ brother Aaron. A walk through the Siq, the main entrance to Petra, brings us to the first monument “The Treasury” or “Al-Khazneh” a dramatic site. This well-preserved monumental tomb appears in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” A walk further down through the outer siq with all of its tombs and burial chamber brings us to one of the largest theaters in Jordan. A 3000- seat theater from the early first century is carved in the sandstone mountains at the bottom of the High Place of Sacrifice Mountain. From here we walk up hill to the Royal Tombs for a great view of the lower part of Petra with all its Roman remains. There will be the option to walk to the “Monastery” of Petra and/or the High Place. Leaving the site of Petra in early afternoon, we drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoy an amazing jeep ride in the desert. We then stay in Wadi Rum at Captain’s, a Bedouin Village. We enjoy dinner together and a devotional time under the stars. It will be a unique experience!
DAY 7 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: SOUTHERN BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL, RED SEA, TIMNAH, DEAD SEA
Following breakfast, we leave Wadi Rum and drive to the southern border to cross into Israel. Greeted by our Israeli guide and bus, we make a brief stop to see the coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will have a chance to swim in these crystal-clear waters. From here we drive north through the Aravah (Rift Valley) to Timnah. In ancient days, this was a copper mine of the Egyptians. We will also walk through a full-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Continuing north through the Arava, we arrive at our hotel at the Dead Sea. We check into our hotel and have a chance to float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Following dinner, we’ll enjoy a free evening and overnight.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5: MASADA, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, JERICHO, GALILEE
We begin our day at Masada. Here we ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue, temples and pal-aces. An optional walk down the snake path will be offered. Our next stop is Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, and we enjoy a walk back to some of the waterfalls. Continuing north, we visit Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. During our late lunch, an option will be given to explore the famous “Cave 1” where the Isaiah scrolls were found in 1947. Following lunch, we visit the ruins of Qumran. Our last stop of the day will be Jericho. Here we will see portions of the wall of this city that was destroyed by Joshua. Leaving Jericho, we drive up through the Jordan River Valley to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. After arrival, we enjoy dinner together followed by a optional gathering on the shoreline.
DAY 9 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6: GAMLA, QATZRIN, BEN TAL, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, DAN
We begin the day by driving into the Golan Heights. Stopping on the north-east corner of the Sea of Galilee, we are able to see Bethsaida and the area of the Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6). Then our next site is Gamla, a Jewish city that was taken by the Romans during the Revolt in the 60’s A.D. Here we see a first century synagogue (one of seven that date to the first century), as well as the ruins of the city, called the “Masada of the north.” Close by is the site of Qatzrin, a partially reconstructed Talmudic village. We see what a typical village looked like during the days of Jesus. Sitting in a reconstructed stone house, we’ll read from Mark 2 about the lame man being lowered down to Jesus through the roof. Driving along the northern border, we ascend an old military bunker called Ben Tal to learn about the modern wars of Israel, primarily the 1967 and 1973 wars with Syria. In the afternoon, we descend the Golan Heights and visit Caesarea Philippi. It was here where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say I am?” (Matt. 16). Nearby is the amazing nature preserve and archaeological site of Dan. This is one of the sources of the Jordan River. We walk through this quiet national park and impressive Old Testament city and hear the stories of disobedience that took place here (Judges 18, 1 Kings 12). We drive back through the Huleh Valley to our hotel in Tiberias. After dinner, we meet again to review the day on the water’s edge.
DAY 10 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7: ARBEL, MAGDALA, CHORAZIM, CAPERNAUM, SEA OF GALILEE BOAT RIDE, YARDENIT, MT. OF BEATITUDES
We begin the day by visiting Arbel, a mountain on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. We have the option to hike to the top of this 800-foot cliff (the bus will take others to the top from the other side). The view from here is the best there is of the whole Sea of Galilee below! From here we drive to Magdala. We see a first century synagogue where Jesus no doubt taught. Next is another New Testament city, Chorazim. This was one of the three cities condemned by Jesus (Matthew 11). We visit the third century synagogue here, built out of basaltic rock. Then we continue to Capernaum, the home center of ministry for Jesus here in Galilee. Here we read from Mark 1 and 2 in the 4th-5th century synagogue. Next, we enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, with a quiet and peaceful worship service. Upon landing, we also see the “Jesus boat” from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986. Next, we travel to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy optional baptism in the Jordan River at Yardenit. We end the day by reading from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes. We walk down the pathway, recollecting the transforming words of Jesus shared in this place. We return to our hotel for dinner and an optional gathering once again by the water.
DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8: NAZARETH, MEGIDDO, MT. CARMEL, CAESAREA, JERUSALEM
This morning we head toward Nazareth where we view the city from the “precipice” from which Jesus was almost thrown. We continue into the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo (har Megiddo in Hebrew), which gave its name to Armageddon (Rev. 16). Our day continues as we ascend Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Descending the mountain, we drive toward Caesarea on the coast. We enter Caesarea Maritima to explore this Roman bridgehead to the east, which became the Christian springboard to the west. We end the day by driving to Jerusalem. We arrive at our hotel in Jerusalem and enjoy dinner and an optional “orientation walk” of the Old City.
DAY 12 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9: JERUSALEM, MT. OF OLIVES, OLD CITY, VIA DOLOROSA, HERODIUM, BETHLEHEM
We start the day with an orientation to Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We then follow the traditional Palm Sunday route to the church known as the Dominus Flevit (“the Lord weeps”). After viewing the Golden Gate, we walk downhill to Gethsemane, where we take time to meditate on the Gospels. From here we enter the Old City, where we will visit the Pool of Bethesda and St. Anne’s Church, perfectly preserved from the Crusader period with remarkable acoustics. We then follow the Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) to the Holy Sepulcher, stopping along the way to consider all Christ endured on his way to His crucifixion. In the afternoon, we visit Herodium. Located on the edge of the Judean Desert, this is where Herod the Great was buried. We end the day by driving into Bethlehem. We visit the Shepherds’ Field and the Church of the Nativity. The day ends with shopping at an olive wood store. Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem, with another optional walk.
DAY 13 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10: OLD CITY, WESTERN WALL/ TUNNEL, JEWISH QUARTER, TEMPLE INSTITUTE, ISRAEL MUSEUM, YAD VASHEM
We begin the day by entering the Old City and visit the famous Western (Wailing) Wall, the most holy place in Judaism. After some time for personal prayer and reflection, we walk 400 yards (called the Western Wall Tunnel) along the retaining wall of the Temple Mount itself. Upon completing this unique walk, we return to the Jewish Quarter for a visit to the Temple Institute. Here, we will see some of the preparations being made for the 3rd Temple. Following this, we will visit Moshe, an Orthodox Jew to listen to him talk about his Jewish faith. In the afternoon, we see the fascinating Israel Muse-um and the model of Jerusalem (1:50 scale model of Herodian Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time). Here, we explore some of the artifacts in the archaeological museum. We end the day with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. We see the Children’s Memorial as well as walk through the museum on our own. We return to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. A free night is planned to allow you to explore or relax.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11: GARDEN TOMB, CITY OF DAVID, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS, FREE TIME
We begin the day by visiting the Garden Tomb. We also enjoy a quiet Communion Service together. From here, we spend the rest of the morning visiting the amazing ruins from Biblical days! First, we visit the City of David and the new excavations of David’s palace. Those who want to can take an optional adventurous walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel (1,720 feet long). Be sure to bring a flashlight and water shoes if you want to walk through the tunnel. We then sit on the steps of the Siloam Pool and listen to the story of John 9. From here, we are given the option to walk up through a Herodian drainage channel that takes us to “Robinson’s Arch” and the southern wall excavations. We walk on a Roman street and ascend the Temple steps. We ascend to the Jewish Quarter where we enjoy free time on our own. It will be a time to grab a bite to eat, explore the Old City, or shop. We enjoy a Farewell Dinner followed by a transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
DAY 15 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12: ARRIVE IN U.S.A.
Today we arrive back in the U.S.A. and after proceeding through customs, we make our connecting flights back home.
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