Pharaonic Sites Of Egypt and The Holy Land

From the Holy Land to Egypt, the experiences will be unlimited! We’ll arrive first in Tel Aviv and explore the Holy Land. Mount of Olives, Shepherds Fields, Yad Vashem, St. Peter’s Primacy, Jericho and much more will all be a part of our first stop. Then we’ll travel to Egypt and begin our time on the land of the Nile, Pyramids and Pharoses. We’ll visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Colossi of Memnon, the Roman Theatre in Alexandria, Moses’s Mt. Sinai campsite and many more. Don’t miss out on this memorable experience!

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Day 1 – Arrival in Israel

Today we’ll arrive to Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv. We’ll be taken to our hotel in Jerusalem.

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Nativity Church - Shepherds Fields - Via Dolorosa

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Bethlehem to visit the Nativity Church and Shepherds Fields. The Old City is found around Manger Square and one of the highlights is the Church of the Nativity. This is one of the oldest churches in the world, and is built around a cave that is Jesus’ birthplace.

Continuing on, we’ll drive through the ‘new’ city of Jerusalem to the Museum of Israel; home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest surviving version of the Bible.

We’ll then explore Mount of Olives and visit the Chapel of the Ascension where Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. We’ll walk to visit Pater Noster Church where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Matt.26:36-44).

Then we’ll go to an observation point that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem.

We’ll walk the Palm Sunday route and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives that still contains trees with roots that date back to the time of Jesus. Near the Garden is our next stop, the Church of All Nations, built over the “Rock of Agony”. This is where Jesus prayed alone on the night of His arrest (Luke 22:29-53).

Throughout this time, we are invited to remain in prayer and to reflect on Christ’s agony that he experienced.

Afterwards, we go to Saint Ann’s Church and visit Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man (John 5:1-9). We continue to walk towards the Via Dolorosa. We will reflect upon the Stations of the Cross as we travel through the markets of the old city to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). This Sacred destination is the site of Calvary (Jesus’ crucifixion place) and, His tomb (Luke 23: 50-55).

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

* We would recommend modest dress for this excursion (no shorts or sleeveless shirts); while a head covering is required for visiting the holy places.

*You will also be required to take your passport with you on this excursion, so that you are allowed access into Bethlehem.

Day 3: Mount Zion – Cenacle - Yad Vashem

Following breakfast at our hotel, we go to Mount Zion. We’ll explore the Church of the Dormition. This church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “Fell Asleep”.

We’ll continue to visit Cenacle, also known as the “Upper Room”, where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Mark 14:12- 26).

We’ll then visit Saint Peter Gallicantu, this church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18). Afterwards we go to visit Yad Vashem, Knesset and Menorah.

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Jericho -Masada - Qumran – Jordan Valley

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Jericho, the oldest city in the world that was conquered by Joshua (Josh. 6: 1).

Our first stop is Masada, an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It’s on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea.

Our second stop is Qumran; it is made up of 2000 year old ruins from the days of the Second Temple and also the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were written and discovered (Ezekial 47:8-10).

We continue to visit Jesus’ baptismal site (Qasr El Yahud) on the Jordan Valley (Matthew 3:13-17).

We then visit the Sycamore Tree that recalls the incident in which the tax collector Zacchaeus, too short to see over the crowd, climbed a sycamore’s branches in order to see Jesus (Luke 18-19). 

Finally, our last stop, we’ll admire the view of Mount of Temptations; the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:8).

We end our day with a drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Mount Tabor – Nazareth - Basilica of Annunciation - Cana of Galilee

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Jezreel Valley to visit the site of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-50). At this site, we will have some time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. We continue to visit Nazareth; the home of Mary and Joseph. Afterwards we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary of her pregnancy. 

Then we visit Cana of Galilee. This is where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine.  Lastly, we will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat.

We end our day with dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Tabgha - St Peter’s Primacy – Capernaum - Transfer to Border and Airport

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll journey to Tabgha. In Tabgha is St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter (John 21:9).

We’ll continue to visit Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, we’ll focus on the Synagogue of where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29), and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life.

Our driver will be waiting to transfer us to the Sheik Hussien Border for crossing into Amman, Jordan. And there we’ll meet our Jordanian driver who will transfer us to Queen Alia Airport for our flight to Egypt.

Later today, we’ll arrive at Cairo’s International Airport, where we’ll be met, assisted through Customs, and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Egyptian Museum of Antiquities - The Great Pyramid of Cheops

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start our tour of Old Cairo beginning with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art as well as the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen.

We’ll continue to Giza plateau to see the only remaining site of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Cheops (khufu). It dates from 2600 B.C.E. This pyramid is 450 feet high and consists of 2.300.000 blocks of stone, each stone weighing 2.5 tons.

Nearby we’ll admire the pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos, and end our visit by the majestic Sphinx, guardian of the plateau.

At the end of our day we’ll proceed to the train station for dinner and an overnight train to Luxor.

Day 8: Luxor - Cairo

Following breakfast, we’ll cross the Nile to visit the vast burial city called the Necropolis Of Thebes, on the west bank of the Nile.

We’ll venture to the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari, the Valley of the Kings.

Then we’ll explore the interior of several tombs to see the remarkably preserved wall paintings depicting life and death in ancient Egypt and view the massive Colossi of Memnon statues.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to the east bank to visit the Temple of Luxor, built during the reign of Amenophis III and dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. It was expanded by Ramses II who added statues representing him and two obelisks. One of the obelisks still stands there, while the other stands at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

Afterwards we’ll proceed to the Temple of Karnak, the most important sanctuary in Egypt as the center of worship of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple we’ll experience 2000 years of history.

At the end of our day we’ll have dinner and overnight on the train back to Cairo.

*This train ride is approximately 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Day 9: Cairo to Alexandria

Following breakfast on the train, we’ll arrive in Cairo early morning and ride to Alexandria.

*The journey is 3 hours of motor coach ride.

Upon arrival we’ll visit the famous Library of Alexandria following lunch by the sea.

Then we’ll explore the Catacomb and visit the Roman theatre.

At the end our day we’ll have dinner and overnight at the Alexandria Hotel

Feel free to explore the town of Alexandria by night.

Day 10: Alexandria – Mount Sinai

Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, we’ll board our bus for our journey to Saint Catherine. We’ll be riding across the Sinai Peninsula; it’s a beautiful and varied land of deserts, mountains and verdant oases, which connects Africa to Asia.

Upon arrival we’ll travel into the rugged, crystalline mountains to St. Catherine the stone-built village at the foot of Moses’ Mt. Sinai campsite.

At the end of our day we’ll head to the hotel for dinner and an overnight. We’ll go to bed early tonight for (an optional) climb up Mount Sinai at 1:30 am.

Day 11: Saint Catherine - Cairo

We’ll begin our climb up Mt. Sinai at 2:00 am to see the sunrise; it’s a two-hour hike with spectacular views of colorful mountains and valleys.

Following breakfast, we’ll tour the St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, which was founded in the 6th century at the foot of the mount where Moses received the Ten Commandments. We’ll admire ancient buildings, icons and mosaics.

We’ll enjoy lunch and ride back to Cairo; a 6 hour drive.

Tonight we’ll have farewell dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Day 12: Departure

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Inclusions

  • Meet & Assist service from/to Airport and Border
  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotel(s) in the Holy Land and Egypt
  • Tour guide on duty in the Holy Land and Egypt
  • Sightseeing to the places as per program in the Holy Land and Egypt
  • Entrance fees to sites while touring in the Holy Land and Egypt
  • Portage at hotels in the Holy Land and Egypt
  • Free tour leader

Exclusions

    • Flights (international/internal)
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses (international calls and laundry)
    • Visa fees and border taxes
    • Extra entrance fees outside the program
    • Lunches and drinks not mentioned in the program
    • All kinds of tips
    • Anything not mentioned above

Additional Notes

  • Hotels:

    • St. George Hotel or similar  – Jerusalem
    • Golan Hotel or similar – Tiberius
    • InterContinental Cairo Semiramis or similar – Cairo
    • St. Catherine Monastery Hotel – Mt. Sinai
    • Tolip Hotel or similar – Alexandria

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