Visit magnificent ancient sites that reveal why Egypt was such a significant Middle Eastern power in the Bible. Central themes of this tour include: escape from slavery in Egypt, sojourn in the wilderness, and movement into the Promised Land. Hear stories of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Miriam, and the Israelites in the lands where biblical events happened. Learn how Hebrew prophets viewed Egypt, why Jewish and early Christian communities flourished and sometimes suffered there. Also taste the vibrance of modern Egypt on a tour of Cairo that includes visits to Coptic Christian and Islamic sections of Egypt’s capital. In Jordan, follow the route of Israelites on their way to Canaan all the way to Mount Nebo where Moses surveyed the land he could not enter. See Petra, the ancient Nabatean trading city carved in stone, and tour astonishing desert landscape along the route of the Israelites. Celebrate the life of Ruth as we travel through her homeland of Moab, and hear the story of Balaam unexpectedly blessing the Israelites. Experience all this with a band of pilgrims who worship, eat, learn and travel together on a journey that will change how you read the Bible.
Bread for the Journey: Egypt & Jordan
Friday, April 9 Cairo
Arrive in Cairo. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Saturday, April 10 Cairo
On your first full day, see some of the most famous sites in Egypt—the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis, and Sakkara.
Sunday, April 11 Cairo
Today tour Egypt’s capital city. See Christian Cairo, the Christian Quarter, the Coptic area and Muslim Cairo. Also see the City of the Dead, Mohammad Ali and Hassan II Mosques, and Museum of Islamic Art.
Monday, April 12 Alexandria
Travel to Alexandria for a guided tour of the city, including the Graeco-Roman Catacombs of Kom Shoqafa (1st Century A. D.), Pompey’s pillar (3rd Century A.D.), the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, & surrounding monuments. Return to Cairo for night
Tuesday, April 13 Nile River Cruise
This morning, fly to Aswan via Abu Simpel. In Aswan, embark a luxury river cruise ship. This will be your home for the next four nights while you travel along the magnificent Nile River.
Wednesday, April 14 Nile River Cruise
Today’s excursions will include the Temple of Isis on Philae Island—the last temple built in classic Egyptian style, and the impressive Aswan High Dam. In the afternoon, sail on a felucca—a traditional wooden sailing boat.
Thursday, April 15 Nile River Cruise
During today’s excursions, gain insight into Egypt’s Hellenistic period as you visit Kom Ombo, an unusual temple honouring two Egyptian gods, and the Temple of Horus at Edfu. In the evening, attend a galabeya party with traditional Egyptian garments.
Friday, April 16 Nile River Cruise
Today, see the Valley of the Kings, burial place of the pharaohs; the incomparable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; and the Colossi of Memnon—massive stone statues which originally guarded the entrance to a mortuary complex.
Saturday, April 17 Luxor
Disembark at Luxor, site of ancient Thebes. Take a tour of the vast temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, which stand within the modern city.
Sunday, April 18 Luxor/Cairo/Petra
Fly from Luxor to Cairo, then to Amman. Drive to the Petra Guest House, where you will stay for the night.
Monday, April 19 Petra
Take in the grandeur of Petra, an ancient trade centre and burial grounds of the Nabataean people during New Testament times. See amazing temple-like tombs chiselled from rose-coloured sandstone. Transfer to Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp where you’ll discover spectacular desert scenery and rock formations as well as traditional Bedouin hospitality.
Tuesday, April 20 Madaba/ Dead Sea
Travel along the King’s Highway to Madaba, and ascend the heights of Mt. Nebo, where Moses surveyed the Promised Land. Travel onwards to the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Wednesday, April 21 Dead Sea/Home
Depending on your departure time, spend more time relaxing at the Dead Sea. Transfer to Amman International airport to fly back to North America with a heart full of memories.
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