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Don't Just Visit the World of the Bible

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EGYPT, ISRAEL, JORDAN

CAIRO, LUXOR, GALILEE, JERUSALEM, PETRA

Escape the Ordinary Tour

With

Bruce H. Porter

OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 7,  2019

When it comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best to have your spiritual feast along with a  temporal one. History is not scripture but all scripture comes from history.  See and experience the setting, the background, the culture, the religions and languages of  scripture.

 

 

Discover the home of the Bible and visit the sites of both the Old and New Testaments, focusing on the Life of Christ.  Every hill, every stone has a story to tell and a testimony to bare of the divinity of Scripture.  You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you to Israel and our journey time and time again.

EGYPT

To ask: Why go to Egypt? is like asking: Why breathe? The Book of Abraham, inspired from Egyptian papyrus, contains three "facsimiles" that come directly from Egypt and represent the very foundation of the Egyptian religion and its relationship to the ordinances of Exaltation found in our modern Temples today.  You'll never regret visiting Egypt's temple sites and learning about the Gospel connection to Ancient Egypt.

 

This fantastic tour includes Cairo and the Pyramids, and the outdoor museum of Luxor. We will visit The Valley of the Kings,  the Karnak and Luxor Temples.  Three prophets lived in Egypt; Abraham, Joseph and Moses, and each left a record of scripture.  All who are from the tribe of Joseph have a history here as the mother of Ephraim and Manasseh was the daughter of the High Priest of the ancient religious center of On. 

ISRAEL 

In Israel, this tour will include all of the important sites such as Jerusalem, the Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives, the Old City, Gethsemane, and the Upper Room.  We will visit the Galilee and see the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the home of Christ, Nazareth, and Cana. While in the Galilee we will have a boat ride on the Sea and visit a traditional Baptismal site and discuss the meaning of this most important ordinance.  We will visit Bethlehem and the shepherds' fields.  In the Old City of Jerusalem, we will stand on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount that Christ and His apostles would walk when entering the Temple area.  We will also stand on the road of the Triumphal Entry that help provoke the Jewish conspiracy against the Savior. We will see the main Gate in Hezekiah's Broad Wall which is probably the main gate that Laban and his Fifty protected when Nephi and his brother acquired the Brass Plates. We will not just visit the original stones of the "pavement" where the judgment of Crucifixion was issued by Pilot but be able to walk on those very stones. It is easy to explain where we will go but the feelings, scriptural insights, and spiritual experiences cannot be described, sufficient for the written word.

JORDAN

lying from Cairo to Amman, Jordan we will visit the ancient site of Petra, the stone city of the Nabataeans. On the ancient trade route, This city became a center of wealth and popularity and is even mentioned in the Bible as the city of Sela in Isaiah and Kings. This beautiful city is more than breathtaking as you make your way through the slotted canyon and enter the valley of Petra with a view of the Treasury. It is difficult to imagine that a monumental city such as this could be carved out of bedrock.

Good money is paid to go on a tour, and you should get the best value from every dollar spent. You not only want to see, but experience the sights, sounds, and spirit at each destination. With Portertours.com the host and guide Bruce Porter will provide an education with scriptural insights that will be worth tour alone. PorterTours.com seeks to provide a tour that will be fun and educational to help each person to see behind the scenes, under the stones and beyond the hills of what you are able to see with your eyes only. 

 

 

The more your guide and host knows and understands about the destination and the more often they havge been there, the better the experience you can expect.  Experience each site with Bruce Porter who has been there so many times that he can show you all the nooks and crannies that others might miss.  You will be able to hear the myth and symbol behind the pyramid You’ll want someone who actually can read the hieroglyphics on the colonnades and walls and can interpret them for you. One who knows intimately the secular and religious history of Egypt, Israel and the cultures of the Bible Lands. Somebody whose passion for scripture , history and culture of Egypt and Israel knows no bounds.

Package Price: $3,799

Egypt, Petra, Israel

All Pricing is based on Per person and double occupancy

Single Occupancy package price: $4.474

Call for Custom Tour and Pricing 

such as:

Petra & Israel:  $2789.00 D/O -- $3190.00 S/O

Israel Only: $2299.00 D/O -- $2699.00 S/O

Package Price: $3,799

Egypt, Petra, Israel

All Pricing is based on Per person and double occupancy

Single Occupancy package price: $4.474

Call for Custom Tour and Pricing 

such as:

Petra & Israel:  $2789.00 D/O -- $3190.00 S/O

Israel Only: $2299.00 D/O -- $2699.00 S/O

Package Price: $3,799

Egypt, Petra, Israel

All Pricing is based on Per person and double occupancy

Single Occupancy package price: $4.474

Call for Custom Tour and Pricing 

such as:

Petra & Israel:  $2789.00 D/O -- $3190.00 S/O

Israel Only: $2299.00 D/O -- $2699.00 S/O

Package Price: $3,799

Egypt, Petra, Israel

All Pricing is based on Per person and double occupancy

Single Occupancy package price: $4.474

Price Includes

  • Educator Bruce H. Porter and Licensed Local Guides

  • Pickup and Transfers from Airports to Hotels to Airports

  • All Land Taxes and booking fees

  • All Accommodation at 4 - 5 * Hotels including Buffet Breakfasts and Dinners

  • Egyptian, Jordan and Israeli visas

  • Tips for hotel staff and porters

  • All entry fees to all Ancient Archeological Sites and National Parks

  • Professional English speaking guides throughout the tour

  • Transportation by A/C Lux bus

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Economy class flight tickets from:

Cairo - Luxor - Cairo,

Cairo - Amman - Tel Aviv

  • Our personalized service throughout the tour

 

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Price Does Not Include

  • Meals on arrival day and Lunches

  • Taxi Fares if Transfer is missed

  • Round Trip International Airfare from US to Cairo and Return Airfare from Tel Aviv to US

  • Personal Items

  • Trip Cancellation Insurance and Protection (Highly recommended)

  • Tips for Bus Driver and Guides (apps: $10/day for Guide and $5/day bus driver) Tips for the Egyptian Airport and tour Agent

  • Lunches and Snacks

  • Optional extra days before or after the scheduled tour.  Costs for hotel and personal transfers to and from the Airport will be $100.00 extra per day per person.

Options

Optional extra night in Egypt if you want to arrive early and rest up. The priced option will include a meet and greet and transfer to hotel and hotel overnight ($100pp)

 

You may want to fly to a city in Europe early for a rest or visit a day in London, Paris, Amsterdam or Rome for a day and then travel to Egypt for the appointed tour time. This extra cost will be a personal expense and not included in the tour price.

 

If participating in Custom tour that may include: Egypt only, Egypt and Israel, Israel only, or Israel and Turkey flight arrangements will need to be made to accommodate the difference in arrival and departure times and places based on the tour.

 

Payment Schedule

Deposit of $250.00 per person due at time of Registration . $1000 per person 30 days after sign up.

Final Payment due by July 15, 2019

 

Cancellation Policy

100% cancellation penalty of deposit,  after 7 days following initial deposit date. To transfer funds to another tour there will be $100.00 per/person transfer and office fee. See: Terms and Conditions

***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED***

All Passports must be valid through June 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb some steps minor inclines, and walk short distances.

 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary and schedule may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group,  traffic and time restraints.

 

The International Airfare is additional and not included the tour price.  

Assistance in making Air Arraignments and purchase: Talk to Sandy Widman at "Deseret Travel"  (480) 839-1855 for Flight schedules and information, reservations and payments. Talk to Sandy about Trip and Cancellation Insurance (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). You may call the airlines directly other travel agents or use air miles or discount sites like Webjet.com, Priceline.com, and others.  Arrival time in Cairo should be the afternoon or evening of Friday, October 25, 2019, as the tour begins the next morning on Saturday, October 26. The Return and Departure  from Tel Aviv should be made for Thursday, November 7, 2019

Itinerary

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Flight from the USA to Egypt

 

A fun day of flying, Watch all the movies you can stand while your sitting.  Get up and stretch between movies.

 

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

 

Arrival Cairo International Airport, You will be met and assisted through visa and customs procedures by our agents there. From the Airport we will transfer to our hotel. Check-in for dinner and overnight in Giza.  Look for the agent that will be holding a sign with the Name "Bruce Porter"

Day 1: Cairo

Saturday, Oct. 26

Giza Plateau, Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Papyrus Shop.

 

This morning we will visit the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau and the Sphinx.  Here we will be able to have a camel ride and picture from the overlook. We will stop by a papyrus factory to see how the papyrus was made. We continue to the Egyptian museum, where the treasures of the boy-King Tut are displayed and see Egyptian evidence of the Israelites. The Egyptian Museum holds and displays some of the greatest and oldest artifacts in the world. We will overnight at our hotel in Giza

Day 2: Cairo - Luxor

Sunday, Oct. 27

Sakkara, Memphis, afternoon or evening flight to Luxor.

 

This morning we will visit the ancient capital of the Delta region.  It was at this site that Joseph who was sold into Egypt lived as well as his distant cousin Moses.  We will see the first pyramid at Sakkara and the newly discovered prison that held Joseph. We will go into a tomb and see the Pyramid Texts carved on the walls of stone.  We will then make our way to the airport for our flight to Luxor and overnight on the banks of the Nile at our Luxor hotel.

Day 3: Luxor

Monday, Oct. 28

Valley of the Kings, Deir el-Bahari, Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak and Luxor Temples

 

This morning we will visit the Valley of the Kings where the pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt were entombed. We will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautifully decorated tombs in the valley and those who would like to pay a few dollars will be able to go through the famous tomb of King Tut-ankh-Amman. A visit to the Temple of Hatshepsut will follow the Valley of the Kings. Hatshepsut constructed her mortuary temple into the mountain and natural pyramid. We will walk up the three leveled temple to her final resting place. Along the way, we will discuss some interesting LDS concepts in the Chapel of Anubis.  In this area, we will point out the place and tomb that the papyrus and 11 mummies were discovered that Joseph Smith purchased in Kirkland in 1835 that led to the Book of Abraham. On our way back to Luxor we will pass the Ramesseum and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we will be visiting the temples of Karnack and Luxor. Luxor is called the "Open Air Museum."  Here you will be able to walk through the corridors of this ancient temple and enter into sacred chambers that only the Pharaoh and his high priest could pass. We will see the decorated walls that will have the remnants of the Gospel that the first Pharaoh taught the people as explained in the Book of Abraham. These monumental ruins are part of the largest temple complex in Egypt. We will stand in the Hypostyle hall among the largest columns in the world. We will walk through this straight axis temple and learn of the Egyptian symbols of the creation, beginning with the 'primordial mound' of the Pylons and then move through the creation room, the Garden room the inner holy place and then to the Holy of Holies, ascending higher and higher as we go. At the entrance of the Holy of Holies, we will see the depiction of the reality of the Atonement and what it meant to the ancient Egyptians and how it relates to the Latter-day Saints and modern Temples. This evening we will take the hour flight back to overnight in Cairo.

 

 

Day 4: Cairo, Amman, Petra

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Cairo, Amman, Petra

 

This morning we will be leaving Cairo to take a morning flight to Amman Jordan to begin our tour of Petra.  Arriving in Amman we will be met by our bus and guide to begin our trip to Petra where we will stay overnight so that we can begin our tour of Petra early the next morning.

 

 

Day 5: Petra, Amman, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Petra, The Mountains of Edom and The Plains of Moab

 

This morning we will begin our tour of Petra as we walk into the Siq that leads to this unbelievable city.  As we enter the valley the views and colors will be breathtaking.  Our first view will be of the Treasury, made famous in the Raiders of the Lost Ark.  As we walk through the city, tombs, and buildings we will be astonished and in awe as to how the people carved such opulent looking fascades out of the bedrock. Here we will have an opportunity to ride camel, cart or horse, on our way in or out.  It is a nice walk so bring your walking shoes.  In the afternoon we will take our bus back to Amman to catch our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel for the night.

 

Day 6: Tel Aviv, Galilee

Thursday, Oct. 31

Caesarea, Aqueduct,  Mt Carmel Mukhraqa, Megido, Nazareth, 

 

This morning we will make the drive along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Cesarea on the Sea.  This is the place that Paul was imprisoned and preached before Festus.  We will see the Roman Theatre and Hippodrome.  On our way out of this beautiful city, we will walk through the Crusader fortifications and then make a quick stop at the Roman aqueduct.  Traveling on the Via Maris our next stop will be at Mt Carmel where Elijah tangled with the priests of Baal.  We will stop for lunch at a great restaurant run by a Druze family, and then on to ruins of Megiddo.  Here at this fortified city of Solomon and Ahab, we can see 27 different layers of occupation and an early Bronze Age Canaanite Altar. In the afternoon we will climb the hills to Nazareth stopping at the Church of the Annunciation and if time permits we will stop at Cana where the marriage and first recorded miracle of changing water to wine took place.  We will then make our way to the shores of the Sea of Galilee to spend the night in Tiberius.

Day 7: Galilee

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum, Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee and Jordan River Baptismal Site.

 

Today we begin by visiting the Mount of Beatitudes and discussing the purpose of this first sermon and then on to Capernaum, the place where so many wonderful events, miracles, and teachings of the Savior took place. This was the city that Christ called is home. Here He taught and lived with Peter's family. The original foundation of the synagogue where the Savior taught still exists with a 4th-century synagogue standing on the same foundation. We will stop at the place of Peter's Primacy and the site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Following our lunch, we will have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and see how the early apostles would cast their nets into the sea. While on the boat we will discuss the miracles of walking on water and the calming of the sea that took place there. Before the day is through we will stop at the Jordan River with a private place to discuss the Baptism of Christ at the hands of John, and discover the scriptural meaning of this most important ordinance. At the end of the day, we will return to Tiberius to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8: Galilee 

Saturday, Nov. 2.

Mt. Tabor,  Beit She’an,  Ein Harod Spring

 

Today we leave the Galilee with our first stop at Mt Tabor one site of the Transfiguration to discuss the Priesthood and then to Beit Sean and the Largest Roman city excavated in Israel and the place of the site where Saul and Jonathan hung on the city wall.  We will make a short stop at Ein Harod where Gideon chose his 300 to defeat the Midianites. As we travel through the Valley of Armageddon we will talk of the great wars that have been fought and the battles of the last days that will be named after this beautiful valley.

 

Day 9: Galilee - Masada - the Dead Sea - Jerusalem

Sunday, Nov. 3

 

Today we will continue down the Jordan Rift Valley past the modern and ancient site of Jericho to Masada. We will walk on the top of this 13-acre plateau that was King Herod's fortification and the last stand of the Jewish Zealots. On our way toward Jerusalem, there will be with a  short stop at the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a village called Qumran where it is traditionally taught that John the Baptist may have lived. The oldest documents and manuscripts of the Old Testament were found here. We will have an opportunity to walk through the ruins of Qumran where the scribes prepared copies of the scriptures that would speak from the dust centuries later. If time permits we will have an opportunity to take a dip in the Dead Sea, and maybe if time permits to stop in Jericho. Tonight we will stay in Jerusalem the City of Gold as we prepare to experience the sights/sites and feelings of the most important events found in the scriptures and the salvation of humanity.

Day 10: Jerusalem

Monday, Nov. 4 

Mt of Olives, Model City and Shrine of the Book, Bethlehem Shepard’s Fields, Pool of Siloam. Jimmy’s

 

Today we begin by visiting. Shrine of the Book and the Model City of Jerusalem so that we can get a better understanding of the layout of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and see the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From there we will travel to Bethlehem to see the traditional site of the birth of Christ and a visit to the ‘Shepherd’s Fields” to get a better understanding of the events surrounding the Nativity. We will be near the fields of Boaz where Ruth has a great place for our lunch.   We may have time to go through Jaffa Gate and walk through the Old City or go to the Western Wall before returning to our hotel.  Tonight Bro Porter will take those who would like to walk through the Old City and visit a few friends and favorite spots.  We will see the Roman Cardo and the Broad Wall of Hezekiah, the same wall that Laban was responsible to guard the night Nephi found him. We will overnight in Jerusalem

Day 11, Jerusalem

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, Ecce Homo. Walk through Old City, The Cardo, Hezekiah’s Broad wall, Western Wall and Davidson Center, The Roman Road and Southern Steps.

 

This morning we will ascend to the place where the Temples of both Solomon and Herod once stood. We will see the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Here we will discuss the rebuilding of the temple and the threshing floor purchased by King David. We will visit the original Pools of Bethesda, and the pavement, or judgment hall where Pilate condemned Christ. We will have lunch on our own at the Jewish Quarter. We will make our way to the Western Wall and the Davidson Center to walk on the Southern Steps to explore the excavations south of the Temple Mount. Here we will walk on the sidewalks and stairs that Christ and His Apostles trod as they entered the Temple area. We will discuss the Triumphal Entry as we stand on the very stones that the Savior walked into the city that day.

Day 12: Jerusalem

Wednesday, Nov. 6 

Garden of Gethsemane (Private area), Upper Room,  Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Lunch,  Garden Tomb, Free Time.

 

Today we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last few hours of his life beginning with a visit to the Mount of Olives and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will have a private spot in the garden to contemplate the Atonement and discuss the mission of the Life of Christ. We will visit the traditional site of the Upper Room and the Last Supper and the house of Caiaphas. The highlight of the trip concludes at the site of Golgotha and the Garden Tomb where we will discuss the life, death, and resurrection of the Savior. Here also we will have a private area to share a few thoughts about these sacred events. We should be done a little early today giving us a little extra time to prepare for the transfer to the airport for the flight home.

We will have our hotel rooms until we have to make the transfer to Tel Aviv for check-in for flights back to the United States.  Most flights to the US will leave around Midnight. 

Day 13: Tel Aviv - Home

Thursday, Nov. 7

International Flights Home

Package Price: $3,799

Egypt, Petra, Israel

All Pricing is based on Per person and double occupancy

Single Occupancy package price: $4.474

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