16 Day Israel/Jordan/Egypt Tour

For the ultimate experience of seeing the Bible come to life, this 16 day adventure into three countries will give you a full depiction of the Old Testament; from Moses leading his people away from Egypt and into Israel, all the way to the New Testament visiting the sites that are mentioned in the Bible…from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The extensions into Jordan and Egypt offer sites and experiences that give you a further taste of life in the Bible and enhances your growth in your faith which ultimately ties directly into your Israel experience.

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Day by Day

Day One: Departure

Board for your flight from the USA to Israel. This will be an overnight flight, arriving the next day to Tel Aviv.

Day Two: Welcome to The Holy Land!

After landing at Ben Gurion Airport, reception and assistance, we drive to our hotel for check in. Welcome dinner and orientation session.

-Overnight in Tel Aviv

(View of Jerusalem)

(Caesarea Amphitheater)

Day Three: Caesarea & The North

We begin the first day of the tour with a visit to the ancient Herodian port of Caesarea (Acts 8:40), with its 2,000-year-old amphitheater, impressive ruins and remains of the port where Paul sailed off to Rome on his last missionary journey, after having being imprisoned on site for two years. We’ll drive and tour the fortress city of Megiddo (Joshua 12:21), the biblical Armageddon. Excavations at the site have revealed over 20 levels of ancient civilization, and a magnificent water system. Continue to Mt. Carmel (1 King 18:16), overlooking the Valley of Armageddon where Elijah battled the Gods of Baal.

-Overnight in Tiberias

Day Four: Galilee & Haifa

In the afternoon we will drive through Jesus’ childhood home of Nazareth with a stop from the amazing Mount Precipice overlooking the Jezreel Valley. From there we head to head to Cana. Celebrated as the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, Cana is actually the place of his first two public miracles in Galilee — the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast and the remote healing of an official’s son in Capernaum (John 4:46-54). The rest of the day is spent with free time, exploring, and relaxing in historic Haifa, a picturesque town perched above the coast.

-Overnight in Tiberias

(View atop Mount Precipice)

(Boat tour in the Sea of Galilee)

Day Five: Galilee

We begin the day by discovering the remains of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat known as “The Jesus Boat” at the Yigal Alon Museum. We then make our way north towards the Golan Heights, above the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:25) and on the Syrian border. Continuing onto the springs and archeological site of Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:13) we will remember the Lord’s question to His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”. From there we drive to nearby Tel Dan, site of Jeroboam’s Biblical altar. We end our day with a breathtaking spiritual journey, sailing on a wooden boat on the Sea of Galilee.

-Overnight in Tiberias

Day Six: Galilee

Today we visit the Mount of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), where the “Sermon on the Mount” was delivered. Continue to Capernaum (Matthew 4:13), a fishing village on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and where Jesus preached and healed. We travel to the site of Magdala (Luke 8:1-3), traditionally the home of Mary Magdalene who, and where one of the oldest synagogue in the region has been recently excavated. The town was a religious, cultural and economic center in the time of Jesus. Visit the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Sea of Galilee empties into the Jordan River. Robes and changing facilities are provided for those wishing to be baptized.

-Overnight in Tiberias

(Mount of Beatitudes)

(Biblical city of Beit She’an)

Day Seven: The Galilee to Jordan

We start the day up to visit the Biblical city of Beit She’an (1 Samuel 31:10-12), mentioned in the Bible several times and best known as the site where King Saul and his sons were hanged from the city walls. The city remained a significant metropolis during the reign of King David and King Solomon. Then we head to the Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing and complete border procedures between Israel and Jordan. Here you’ll meet with your Jordanian Tour guide and experience the ancient city of Jerash, considered one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside of Italy. Drive to Amman (Numbers 20:14-21), known as Philadelphia in Hellenistic times and reduced to a forgotten village until it became Jordan’s capital in 1921.

-Overnight in Amman

Day Eight: Petra

Spend the entire day traveling and exploring the city of Petra, built by the Nabataean empire in the first century B.C. The Nabateans carved beautiful structures and buildings into pink and red sandstone canyon walls, creating a breathtaking city that was a center for trade for about 500 years. The city remained hidden and empty for many centuries until Swiss explorer John Lewis Burckhardt rediscovered it in 1812.

-Overnight in Petra

(Ancient Ruins of Petra)

(Church of Saint George)

Day Nine: Dead Sea Region

Start the day early with a drive to the early Byzantine church of Saint George in Madaba (Numbers 21:30), site of the world famous Madaba Mosaic Map. It was during the 6th century that an unknown artist created what is now known today as the oldest known map of the Holy Land on the floor of a Byzantine cathedral. Continue to Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34:1-5), the site where the Old Testament says Moses lived out his final days and saw the Promised Land, which he would never enter. Return to Israel via the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing and complete border procedures between Jordan and Israel. Visit Qumran National Park at the foot of the vertical cliff of the Judean Desert, rising up from the shores of the Dead Sea.

-Overnight on the Dead Sea

Day Ten: Jerusalem

Begin the morning with an ascent up the mountaintop fortress of Masada by cable car. Tour Herod’s palace and learn of the Jewish zealot’s final stand against the mighty Roman Army. You’ll then hike the Oasis of Ein Gedi to the hidden waterfall where David took shelter during his pre-kingdom days. Travel to Jerusalem and view the city for the first time from the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3), with its panoramic view of Old and New Jerusalem. Descend the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:40) for prayer and meditation under the olive trees which are hundreds of years old.

-Overnight in Jerusalem

(Masada Cable Car Ride)

(The Garden Tomb)

Day Eleven: Jerusalem

Visit to the Garden Tomb (John 19:38-42), located in the heart of historic Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls. On site there is an ancient Jewish tomb which many believe is the site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection. Drive to the Heroduim, the fortress constructed for Herod. The discovery of his tomb at this site in 2007 laid rest to centuries of speculation as to Herod’s final resting place. Enjoy free time for exploring and shopping in Jerusalem’s Old City markets. Then we head to The Upper Room (Mark 14:15), located in the southern part of the Old City of Jerusalem on Mount Zion, and is perhaps best known as the site of the Last Supper.

-Overnight in Jerusalem

Day Twelve: Jerusalem

Today we walk through the ancient tunnels in the City of David. The story begins over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Tour the Southern Steps at the southern edge of the Western Wall, just around the southwest corner where Robinson’s Arch is located. We then go under the Old City on the Western Wall Tunnels Tour, allowing visitors to reach the segments of the Wall hidden from view. We close the day at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

-Overnight in Jerusalem

(Western Wall & Temple Mount)

(Great Pyramids of Egypt)

Day Thirteen: Egypt

Wake up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Cairo. Land in Cairo and meet your guide. Begin the Egyptian experience with an afternoon tour of the pyramids at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. This complex is only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Stop by a papyrus factory before enjoying a panoramic view of Cairo.

-Overnight in Cairo

Day Fourteen: Luxor

Wake up and fly to Luxor. Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes (Jeremiah 46:25), the great capital of Upper Egypt during the New Kingdom, and the glorious city of Amun, later to become the god Amun-Ra. Thebes was also known as “the city of the 100 gates”. We will visit the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, before crossing to the East Bank to see the temple of Karnak and the temple of Luxor. Flight back to Cairo in the evening.

-Overnight in Cairo

(Ancient Ruins of Luxor)

(The City of Cairo)

Day Fifteen: Cairo

On your last day most of the morning and afternoon we will have free time at your leisure. Then we’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history, including the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. Take a stroll through the Khan El Khalil Bazaars in the historic center of Cairo. The bazaar is home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs. Farewell dinner followed by a departure for the airport and the flight back home!

Day Sixteen: Home

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