Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.

Day 1: Depart USA
We transfer to the JFK airport today for our overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt. Sit back, get some rest and enjoy the in-flight-service.

Day 2: Arrive in Cairo
Upon our arrival in Cairo we’ll be met by our tour guide who will welcome us to Egypt. We’ll transfer to our hotel located near the Pyramids where we’ll check in and enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Day 3: Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Nile River dinner cruise
After breakfast at our hotel we enjoy a full day of touring the wonders of the ancient world, some of which date back to 1000+ years prior to Abraham. We spend time at one of the seven wonders of the world- the pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. We’ll also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, the location of Tutankhamen's treasures and ancient remains. This evening we’ll enjoy a special Nile River Dinner cruise offering cultural entertainment.

Day 4: Valley of Kings, Luxor Temple & Karnak Temple
This morning we take an early flight to Luxor. Upon arrival we’ll visit the Valley of the Kings (where many ancient pharaohs were buried) and the famous Temple of Hatshepsut, the princess who perhaps pulled baby Moses out of the Nile River. This temple may have been designed by Moses. This afternoon we’ll visit Karnak Temple which second to Giza’s Pyramids, is one of Egypt’s most important Pharaonic sites. Our last visit today will be Luxor Temple which is likely where Moses was schooled as a boy in Pharaoh’s court.

Day 5: Sharm el Sheikh
We take a morning flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheik. Sharm El Sheik is considered one of the best vacation and diving spots on the Red Sea and a great place for our group to have a little down time to rest and relax. Various optional activities will be available.

Day 6: Red Sea Crossing, Cross into Israel, Timna Valley Park & Dead Sea
This morning we travel north along the Red Sea and stop for time to view where we believe the Red Sea Crossing took place by the people of Israel as they fled Pharaoh’s charging army. We’ll cross into Israel and visit Timna Park where there is a recreation of the Tabernacle. We make our way north to the Dead Sea with time to enjoy an afternoon float.

Day 7: Masada, Ein Gedi, Abraham’s Tent Lunch and Israeli Museum
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat", an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, camel ride and authentic food. Arriving in Jerusalem we’ll visit the Israel museum which offers an interesting and educational time. Walk through collections of centuries-old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem will help to prepare you for what you will experience in the following days.

Day 8: Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Wailing Wall, Via Dolorosa, and Garden Tomb
Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led. The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. Our climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.

Day 9: Beit Shean, Jordan River Baptism, Magdala, and Sea of Galilee Cruise
This morning we travel north to Galilee stopping at Beit Shean, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Next we visit the Jordan River Baptismal site for an opportunity to be baptized and then we come to Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. The recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well preserved village makes Magdala one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel. We’ll conclude our day with a visit to the Jesus Boat Museum and a cruise on the Sea of Galilee with opportunity to imagine various New Testament stories of Jesus and the Disciples.

Day 10: Visit to Capernaum, Bethsaida, Mt. of Beatitudes, Nazareth Village, and Caesarea
Our morning is filled with visits to northern Galilee of which 80% of Jesus ministry took place. We’ll visit Capernaum and see the excavations of the sea-side village and Peter’s home. Next we’ll visit Bethsaida which was the home town of Peter, Andrew and Phillip. We’ll stop at the Mt. of Beatitudes with time to discuss the Beatitudes before traveling to Nazareth which was the boyhood home of Jesus. Here we’ll visit Nazareth Village - a wonderful recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides before heading to the coast and touring Caesarea by the sea where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre, hippodrome, a film on history and the remains of this famous port city, and aqueduct.

Day 11: Fly to Istanbul, Istanbul Touring of Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar. Fly home.
This morning we transfer to the Tel Aviv airport in time for our flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul we’ll meet our tour guide and we’ll embark on a half day tour of Istanbul. The tour today will be an unusual combination of Greek Orthodox, Roman, Ottoman and modern day Islam including entrance into the famed Blue Mosque and St. Sophia Church. We’ll take some time to visit the marvelous Grand Bazaar offering a perfect opportunity to pick up those souvenirs and unique gift items. This afternoon we continue our flight home.

Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$3,979.00*

*Includes air from JFK

$575.00

Information & Reservations:

Pastor Robert Hamlin | 267-312-5900 | Pastrelton@aol.com

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

Included
Roundtrip air from JFK including air taxes, 3 flights within Egypt including air taxes, roundtrip domestic transportation to/from JFK airport, 9 nights lodging, breakfast & dinner daily, 1 lunch on March 7th on Red Sea, full time English speaking tour guides throughout, services of long distance deluxe motor coach, all entrances as appear on itinerary, Egypt & Jordan visas and border taxes, & tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff.

Not Included
8 lunches, optional travel insurance- 6.5% of tour cost, optional credit card payments- additional 3% of total bill.