Egypt & Israel

 

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met by our representative to walk you through customs. We’ll drive to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 2: Old Cairo, Pyramids

We’ll take a visit to the pyramids, which were built 4,600 years ago. The mysterious Sphinx, with its mask of Chephren and body of a Lion, stands close to the pyramids to guard the land of Pharaohs. The Sphinx and the pyramids have been considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Later, we will visit the precious antiquities in the Egyptian Museum. In the evening, we will go to the hotel to refresh and then have dinner on a Nile cruise. Overnight stay in the hotel in Cairo.

 

Day 3: Coptic Church, Sakkara, St. Catherine Monastery

After breakfast, we will visit a Coptic church, which is known as one of the places that was visited by the holy family. We’ll continue to Sakkara, which has the Step Pyramid, the oldest pyramid in Egypt. We will finish our time in Cairo by visiting the incredible bazaar, where you will experience amazing flavors and sounds. We will continue south from the bazaar, crossing the Sues Canal to the Sinai Desert. We will arrive in the evening at St. Catherine Monastery and we will stay overnight at a hotel near the monastery.

 

Day 4: St. Catherine Monastery, Masada, Dead Sea

In the middle of the night you can choose to climb the Holy Mountain of Moses and watch the sunrise, an experience you will never forget, or attend a morning Liturgy. After visiting the mountain, we will have breakfast and then visit St. Catherine Monastery. From St. Catherine Monastery, we will drive to Taba border crossing on the border between Israel and Egypt.
We will continue to Masada to learn about the dramatic story of almost one thousand men, women and children who preferred to commit suicide in order to avoid Roman slavery. We’ll visit the archeological findings and enjoy the palaces, bathhouses, walls and the amazing view of the Dead Sea. We will proceed to bathe in the Dead Sea and to enjoy the sun and the famous mud. Dinner and overnight stay in Jericho.

 

Day 5: Beth She’an, Gideon Spring, Cana, Nazareth

First, we’ll drive through Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Beth She’an. We’ll start our day at Beth She’an, a Roman city that was destroyed by an earthquake and was never recovered. We’ll visit the city’s remains and learn about the dramatic end of the last war between King Saul and the Philistines, learn about the bravery of the residents of Jabesh who took down the King’s and his son’s corpses from the wall of the city and buried them (1 Samuel 31). We’ll tell the amazing story of Gideon, how he reduced the ranks, and the test near the spring before his great victory over the Midianites (Judges 7). After visiting Cana, where the Lord preformed the wedding miracle, we will continue to the the biblical village in Nazareth to learn and experience the sights, sounds and the aromas of Jesus’ days. Time permitting: We’ll visit the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth. Overnight stay in Tiberius.

 

Day 6: Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Caesarea Philippi

On this day we will sail on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum, the town of Jesus, visit the Church of Multiplication in Tabgha, where the Lord preformed the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, and visit the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus taught “The Sermon on the Mount”. We will continue to an unforgettable experience of a baptism in the Jordan River. After visiting Mt. Hermon, we’ll continue to Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed Christ: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matt 16:15-16). Dinner and overnight stay in Tiberius.

 

Day 7: Tel Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea, Jaffa

Today we’ll see one of the most amazing water system found in the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo and from here, we’ll observe the valley of Armageddon (Rev 16:14-16). We will visit Mount Carmel, where the biblical story of the confrontation between Prophet Elijah and the Ba’al prophets took place and then overlook the Israel Valley. We’ll continue to Caesarea, a Roman city with many archaeological findings such as the theater, the public bath, the hippodrome and the city gate. We will also enjoy the new exhibitions of the city in Roman times. In the afternoon, we will tour the charming alleys of the old city of Jaffa and visit the square where the Church and Monastery of Saint Peter reside. We will enjoy watching the sun set on the old city of Jaffa and then drive to dinner and have an overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8: Jerusalem, Bethlehem

Our morning starts on Mount of Olives with a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem. The day continues with visits to the sites that will help us understand the Lord’s prophecy of Jerusalem: The Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where Christ prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41), The Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-53) and The Church of the Agony (Church of All Nations) – the site where it is said that Judas betrayed Jesus. In the Kidron Valley, we’ll visit the tombs of Absalom, Zachariah and the Hazir priests’ family. We will Proceed to visit sites on Mt. Zion: St. Peter in Gallicantu Church which was built over the ruins of the Palace of Caiaphas -the High Priest before whom Jesus was brought for trial (Mark 14: 53-65). We’ll visit the Tomb of King David and have communion in the Upper Room—the site that commemorates Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. Our day will end by visiting the amazing Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the birth place of Christ. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 9: Jerusalem

Our day will begin with an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written; The City of King David. In this place archaeologists found King Hezekiah’s 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering and the seal impression of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, possibly the scribe of King Zedekiah (Jeremiah 36:10). We’ll continue to the Pool of Siloam where Christ healed the blind man by sending him to wash his eyes (John 9). In the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem, we will explore the Roman Cardo, the Madaba Map, the Western Wall and Davidson Center with its amazing virtual model of the second temple.
On the Temple Mount, we’ll hear about the traders driven out of the temple by Jesus (Luke 19:45-48) and explore the Dome of the Rock and other famous buildings. We’ll continue to Bethesda where Christ healed the paralyzed man (John 5). Our journey through the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) stations will end by visiting the amazing Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We’ll walk through the old city market to Damascus Gate and Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

 

Day 10: Jerusalem

We’ll drive to the Israel Museum to visit the miniature model of the city of Jerusalem from the times of the Second Temple before the great rebellion and the destruction. We will enjoy shopping at the colorful markets of Jerusalem and drive to the airport for our night flight back home.

 

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