Ultimate Tour of Egypt & The Nile, Jordan & Petra, and The Holy Land
Our Most EducationalTour
March 4 -18, 2016
13 Night - 14 Day Tour!
When is comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best have your spiritual feast along with a temporal one. This extensive tour is hosted by Bruce H. Porter
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 the Bible. You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you to Israel and our journeys again and again.
Day by Day Itinerary
(Subject to Minor Changes due to Arrival Times, Holidays, Holy Days, )
Day 1: Friday March 4, 2016 The day will be spent traveling as we making our way to Egypt
Day 2: Saturday March 5, Cairo This evening we will arrive into Cairo and then transfer to our luxury Hotel.
Day 3: Sunday, March 6, Cairo Today we will visit the pyramids, built over four thousand years ago and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We will also visit the Sphinx and visit a Papyrus institute where we will learn about the ancient skill of papyrus making, where you may purchase a beautiful example of hieroglyphics. We will also visit the Cairo Museum which houses the greatest collection of Egyptian artifacts. Here we will see the famous collection of King Tut’s Treasures. After dinner we will make our way to the airport for the flight to Luxor and our beautiful accommodations on the Nile river. The hotel in Cairo will hold our un necessary luggage for our three night trip to Luxor. We will take only what we need for those nights is Luxor to make it easy for our travel.
Day 4: Monday March 7, Luxor Today we will be visiting the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Here you will be able to walk through the corridors of this ancient temple 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 their 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. After a wonderful day in the famous "Open Air Museum" of Luxor.
Day 5: Tuesday March 8, Luxor Today we will visit the west bank of the Nile called anciently Thebes or the Necropolis which means the city of the dead. The west was considered the area for the tombs, burials and mortuary temples in Ancient Egypt. 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 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 4 place. Along the way we will discuss some interesting LDS concepts in the Chapel of Anubis. On our way back to Luxor we will pass the Ramesseum and the Collosi of Memnon. Today will be great for seeing the country side and the agricultural lifestyle of the local Egyptian people. We will return to our accommodations for a beautiful evening on the banks of the Nile.
Day 6: Wednesday March 9, Luxor-Cairo This morning we will fly from Luxor to Cairo to visit Sakkara the Oldest and first pyramid, and also Memphis the supposed home of Moses. We will see the first temple complex constructed out of stone in Egypt and the gigantic statue of Ramses near the funerary facilities that were used for mummification. As we drive through the country side you will see that some of the farming techniques and living facilities have not changed for hundreds of years. We will have a relaxing evening at the hotel and another good dinner and discussion with friends before retiring for the night.
Day 7: Thursday March 10, Cairo, Amman, We will leave our hotel with all our luggage and spend the morning in Cairo with a visit to the Citadel of Mohammed Ali and perhaps if time permits the Old Cairo Bazaar. We will take a short mid afternoon flight to Amman and then travel to Petra for the night staying in an old Bedouin village converted into an exclusive hotel.
Day 8: Friday March 11, Petra, Amman, Tel Aviv This morning we will make our way into Petra to visit one of the most impressive cities in the ancient world that is carved out of stone. We will travel through the steep canyons into the ruins of Petra, the newly voted "Wonder of the World." We will walk down the narrow wadi to the breathtaking view of the Treasury, Petra's most famous landmark. You will have time to visit this fascinating city carved from the cliffs of the canyon and experience some of the best ruins found anywhere in the world. After our exploration of Petra we will travel back to Amman to catch our flight to Tel Aviv to meet those arriving from the States for our tour of the Holy Land. Tonight we will be stay in Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel Tour
Day 9: Saturday March 12, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Galilee This morning we will travel north along the Mediterranean Sea on the ancient road called the Via Maris. Our first first stop will be at Caesarea, the ancient ‘Roman Capital of Palestine. Here we discuss Paul's imprisonment and the first gentile convert, Cornelius, a Roman centurion. We will also discuss Paul's account of his vision while on the road to Damascus to King Agrippa. While at Caesarea We will visit the picturesque old Roman aqueduct that brought fresh water to Caesarea. Leaving the sea we will stop at Mt. Carmel and learn of the events surrounding the sacrificial contest that took place between Elijah and the priests of Baal. Lunch will be with Druze atop Mt Carmel and then we will make our way to the Jezreel valley. We will enter the Valley of Armageddon and stop at Solomon's fortified city of Megiddo, At Megiddo we will see the ruins of this famous city of Solomon and Ahab and be able to walk through the underground water system. Following Megiddo we will climb the hills to Nazareth the place of Gabriel’s annunciation to Mary that she would bear the Savior, and the home of the young Jesus. Traveling north we will stop at Cana where the first miracle of changing water to wine was done at the wedding feast. The evening will find us in the Galilee area where we will be staying for the next few days on the banks of the Sea of Galilee.
Day 10: Sunday March 13, Galilee. Today begins an early departure from the hotel to travel to the top of Mount Tabor the traditional site of the Transfiguration of Christ and Peter, James and John. In this special place we will spend a few minutes alone to discuss the importance of this event had the keys that were given to the Presidency of the Priesthood here. After our visit to the Mt of Transfiguration we will travel to Capernaum where so many wonderful events 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 foundation of the synagogue where the Savior taught is existing with a 4th century synagogue standing on the same foundation. We will stop at the Mount of Beatitudes where we will ponder the restoration of the higher law and read the beatitudes while overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We will then visit Tabga where the traditional site of the feeding of the five thousand took place where one on the most famous mosaics exists of the loaves and fishes. We will have lunch near the Sea of Galilee. 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 and 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 our hotel
Day 11: Monday March 14, Galilee Masada. We will end the day with a tour of Beit Sean the city were Saul and his son Jonathans' bodies were hung on the walls of the city. This city was included in the Greek and Roman Decapolois that flanked the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. This incredible site is the largest excavated ruins in Israel. From here we will travel to Masada along the Jordan Rift Valley. We will visit this famous site where the las Zealots found refuge in 70 AD from the Romans. The late afternoon will find us 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. In a short time we will arrive in Jerusalem, the City of Gold, and center of Judaism and Christianity. We will stop for a panoramic view of the ancient city from the Mt. of Olives looking onto the Temple Mount, Golden Gate and the Garden of Gethsemane. We will then settle into a great hotel for the next few days.
Day 12: Tuesday March 15, Jerusalem 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 lay-out 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 of the Nativity. We will be near the fields of Boaz where Ruth has a great place for our lunch.
Day 13: Wednesday March 16, Jerusalem 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. We will visit the original Pools of Bethesda, and the pavement, or judgment hall where Pilate condemned Christ. We will walk on the traditional route of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We will have lunch on our own at the Jewish Quarter or Jaffa Gate. We will make our way to the Pool of Siloame and 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 trod as he entered the Temple area. We will discuss the Triumphal Entry as we stand on the very stones that the Savior walked into the city..
Day 14: Thursday March 17, Jerusalem 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. Our highlight day concludes at the site of Golgotha and the Garden Tomb and discuss the life, death and resurrection of the Savior. We will have time in the late afternoon for free time or to prepare for our flights home.
Day 15: Thursday October 18, The day will be spent in the air traveling home remembering all of the sights, sounds and experiences you have had.
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Trip Pricing Details:
$1998 Per Person double occupancy (for Egypt & Jordan)
- single supplement add $1000 - 3rds $1998
$1998 Per Person double occupancy (for Israel)
- single supplement add $1000 - 3rds $1998
Airfare will be quoted individually. Plan on airfare to be approximately $900 - 1500 per person
INCLUDES ALL TAXES! (airfare is additional)
(Hold your space now with $800 deposit per person)