Egypt & Jordan - 9 day First Class Tour
From Cairo To Coptic Cairo, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids, Marah, Mt Moses, St Catherine's. Red Sea, Aqaba, Petra, Mt Nebo, Madaba, Amman. - 8 Nights
- Departing from:
- Coptic Cairo, Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids, Marah, Mt Moses, St Catherine's. Red Sea, Aqaba, Petra, Mt Nebo, Madaba, Amman.
- 8 Nights
- Regular monthly departures year round
- Tour Operator:
- Pilgrim Tours
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Are you ready to travel to the Biblical land of the Pharaohs, Jacob, Joseph, and Israel during the famine? Look no further. Each of our Egypt tours is led by a local guide who is an expert on the historical, cultural, scenic, and spiritual history of this ancient country. Imagine experiencing 7000 years of history while enjoying 21st century comfort onboard. This tour travels on to Jordan where you visit Petra, Madaba and Amman.
Day 1: 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: Coptic Cairo, Hanging Church & Alabaster Mosque
We begin our sightseeing with a visit to the Hanging Church – the most famous Coptic church in Cairo. The Hanging Church was named so as it was built by the Nile River over the Roman Gate of Babylon. During a walking tour, our guide will point out that this section of the old city was definitely the route taken by Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the family of Jesus – an inspiring thought. Next we visit the beautiful Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali to better understand Moslem religious practices. Completed in 1848, the Ottoman-style Muhammad Ali Mosque is the most noticeable in all of Cairo and has dominated the skyline for the past 150 years. A stop will be made at the papyrus factory store, where we see the process of creating lovely Egyptian art pictures.
Day 3: Memphis, Sakkara, Joseph’s Storehouses
We enjoy a short ride to Memphis. Founded around 3,100 BC, Memphis is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. From a Biblical perspective, Memphis is most likely where Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarah being his sister and where Joseph served as second in command. While in Memphis we will view a very large and well preserved statue of Ramses II. Next is Sakkara, which is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Egypt! Sakkara is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating back to 2700 BC. It is one of the oldest stone structures in the world! Enjoy a stop to see how local Egyptian carpets are made before a short drive to the south finds us in Faiyum, the region created by the divinely inspired wisdom of Joseph. Here you will find ancient storehouses and a man-made lake created by a canal, whose construction was ordered by Joseph. It was this lake that provided irrigation for a desert land and supplied the food needed to survive his prophesied seven year famine.
Day 4: Cairo Pyramids & Tutankhamen’s Treasures
Today we travel back to ancient Egypt with a full day of touring to 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. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamen’s treasures and ancient remains.
Day 5: Marah, Amalekites, Mt. Moses
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. One may have his picture taken with arms raised in remembrance of God’s victory as Moses’ arms were held high by Aaron and Hur. Arriving in the afternoon to the hotel at Mt. Sinai (Mt. Horeb). Those who desire and are physically capable will depart for a memorable walk up Mt. Moses. You may choose to ride a camel part way, stop at one of the stations to take in scenery along the climb to the summit (750 steps) for a sunset to remember. Once at the top, enjoy a time of reflection and praise before departing down the mountain.
Day 6: St. Catherine’s, Red Sea, Aqaba
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 Aqaba, Biblical Ezion Geber – the lovely seaport of King Solomon. Our lodging this evening will be in Aqaba or Petra.
Day 7: Petra
This morning we visit the amazing mountain fortress of Petra, known to be inhabited by the Edomites – the descendants of Esau. Begin the tour with a walk through the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nabatean 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. Departing Petra, we travel northward on the King’s Highway where to the west we view the hills bordering the Dead Sea. This is the area of the hilltop palace/fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was beheaded. We overnight in Amman for the next two evenings.
Day 8: Mt Nebo, Madaba, Amman
Mt. Nebo, believed to be the site of the tomb of Moses, commands a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The drive continues to the town of Madaba, the biblical Medeba, 30 kilometres south of Amman. Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George we may view the earliest surveying original map of the Holy land. Looking to the northwest we view the Plains of Moab, the area where the tribes of Israel camped before crossing the Jordan. We enjoy a driving tour of the highlights of Amman including visits to the Citadel, Roman Theatre and Old City before checking into our lodging for one last night.
Day 10: Homeward
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Add a day and visit Jerash – US$295.00 per person double occupancy
Price Includes: 4 star lodging, 2.5 star hotel in Mt. Sinai, expert Biblical guides, admissions, baggage handling, sightseeing, Egypt internal flight, breakfast & dinner daily, border taxes (US$32)
Please Note: Egypt and Jordan gratuities will be paid in advance (US$99 per person will be added to your final invoice for gratuities to be paid to drivers, guides and hotel staff).
Not Included: Transfers, Gratuities, Egyptian visa (US$25 – U.S. and Canadian Citizens). Egypt visa fee is payable upon arrival at the Cairo airport and does not need to be purchased in advance. Jordan visa payments are not required for Pilgrim clients originating from USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, & New Zealand. Clients from other countries must be responsible for obtaining Egypt & Jordan Visas in advance if required.
Deposit Required: US$300 per person will reserve your place. A US$150 service fee will be charged for cancellation at any time in addition to our normal payment and cancellation policy.