Day 1 • Departure
Our life-changing journey begins this evening as we board our overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt.
Day 2 • Arrival Cairo
We arrive in the land of the Pharaohs, Jacob, Joseph and Israel during the famine! Upon arrival in Cairo we meet our guide and driver who will transport us to the hotel for dinner and rest for the remainder of the evening. We relax tonight as we prepare for the adventurous travel ahead.
Day 3 • Cairo Pyramids & Tutankhamen’s Treasures
We begin our touring today with some sights of ancient Egypt - some of which date back to 1000+ years prior to Abraham. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Today we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamen's treasures and ancient remains.
Day 4 • Marah, Amalekites, Mt. Sinai
This morning we depart Cairo with stories of the "Land of Goshen" to the north and travel the southward route of the Exodus through the Wilderness of Shur. We learn of the terrain and the history of this region en-route as we stop at Marah (Springs of Moses), the Wilderness of Sin and further to the south, the Oasis of Feiran. For those who are able, we climb a small hill to the ruins of an ancient chapel that overlooks the palm tree valley where Israel battled with the people of Amalek. Have your picture taken with arms raised in remembrance of God's victory while Moses' arms were held high by Aaron and Hur. Arriving in the late afternoon to the hotel at Mt. Sinai (Mt. Horeb), we have dinner and rest for our early morning activity.
Day 5 • Mt. Moses, Red Sea, Aqaba
Just into the new day, those who desire and are physically
capable will depart for a memorable early morning walk up Mt.
Moses. Whether you choose to ride a camel part way or not, stop
at one of the stations to take in scenery along the climb to the
summit (750 steps) for a sunrise to remember. Once at the top,
enjoy a time of praise and then depart down the mountain for
breakfast. A visit to St. Catherine's Monastery, claimed to be
built around the area of Moses' Burning Bush, will be followed
by a short ride to the Red Sea. A stop for lunch along the shore
will provide a view of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel to the
north. Gazing across the Gulf of Aqaba, we can begin to imagine
the miracle of the parting of the sea. We then travel north
viewing the Red Sea en-route to the border crossing between
Egypt and Israel. Transferring through Eilat in southern Israel,
we arrive in Jordan with lodging for the evening in Aqaba,
Ezion Geber - the lovely seaport of King Solomon.
Day 6 • Petra
This morning we turn north toward the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites - the descendents of Esau. Begin the tour with a walk through the "Siq," an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone, to the city of Petra carved out of the rose red rock. The Treasury, El Khazneh, is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity. Beyond El Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra's carved and built structures. Nearby, we stop at the spring claimed to be the place where Moses struck the rock. Departing Petra, we travel northward on the King's Highway through the land of the Moab where to the east we view the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. We overnight in Amman for the next two evenings.
Day 7 • Mt Nebo, Mabada, Amman
Our morning tour begins in the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometers south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we view the earliest surviving mosaic map of the Holy land. Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Study the panorama as we read the scripture of God showing Moses the "Promised Land" before He brought him home to heaven. Looking to the northwest we view the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan and picture Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where Jesus was baptized.
Day 8 • Amman Tour & Free Time
We begin our day with a tour of the Old and New city of Amman. Of special interest is the Roman Amphitheatre, an overview from the Citadel, The Jordan Archaeological Museum and free time for shopping at the the popular downtown souks. Take advantage of your chance to sample some mouth-watering Arabic delicacies and go shopping for gold or embroidery at these famous markets.
Day 9 • Homeward
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.