Welcome to the Best of Egypt!

This is an excellent opportunity for continuing education for rostered ministers and church leaders! Elias Nawawieh, company owner and travel expert, will be your host while visiting the iconic pyramids of Giza, the majestic Sphinx, and the must-see Valley of the Kings in Luxor. At Mount Sinai (St. Catherine's Monastery), we will hike the sunrise view with local monks. Our Guest Speaker for the trip will be the Rev. Dr. Rachel Wrenn, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University.

Come and experience the Best of Egypt with Elias Tours, your connection to holy lands!

Every year we do one Pastors and Church Leaders tour at a reduced cost for three reasons:
1. To thank you for the work you do in the Church and give you time after Christmas and before Easter to bask and be well cared for.

2. It is a deep value of ours, at Elias Tours, to give Pastors and Church leaders the opportunity to experience holy sites in person and learn from incredible leaders, the land, and the local people. This enriches you, your teaching, and your congregations while sharing the good news of what God has done and what God continues to do in the world!

3. Our hope is to host you again with your Church or organization. This is your time to sample and choose what your tour could look like and how we can partner with you in future trips with Elias Tours trip destinations. 

Here is some more information about our Guest Speaker: the Rev. Dr. Rachel Wrenn is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) pastor and an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A sought-after presenter, she often speaks at pastoral gatherings and lay church conferences. Dr. Wrenn has written multiple articles on anger in the Psalms and in liturgies, as well as several articles of biblical commentary and preaching for WorkingPreacher.org. She is the co-host of the podcast First Reading, an Old Testament lectionary podcast for preachers and teachers of the Bible (https://firstreadingpodcast.com/). Dr. Wrenn invites and challenges her students to experience both the delights and the difficulties of the biblical text. She is excited and eager to begin our adventure in Egypt.


  • Trip departs on January 15, 2025 and returns on January 23, 2025 

  • Departure Airport: Chicago (ORD)


  • $2,490.00 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited! 

  • Spouse $2,990, ( Spouse )

  • Single room supplement - $790.00

  • Land Only $1,740. If you book your own flight 


  • $300.00 deposit per person with registration to secure space

  • Balance due on or before October 1, 2024


info@eliastours.com / 406-261-7791

  • This Trip is by invitation. If you are interested please contact us and we will send you the registration form.


  TK   6      WE 15JAN  ORD - IST 2020 1600*

  TK 694    TH 16JAN  IST - CAI   1825 1955 

  TK 691    TH 23JAN  CAI - IST   1015 1350 

  TK   5      TH 23JAN  IST - ORD   1525 1825 


* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

For more information, contact us at info@eliastours.com or (406) 261-7791

January 15 - 23, 2025 Available on request

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Chicago (ORD) - (Other cities are available)
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels (Double Occupancy)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily 
  • Entrance fee to all sites
  • All ground transportation in a private tour bus
  • Domestic flights in Egypt

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for Guide, Driver, Hotels, Restaurants
  • Personal expenses
  • Your Demostic flight to and from ORD
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
What makes this tour special

**Cairo:** the vibrant capital city of Egypt, stands as a timeless beacon of history, culture, and resilience. Nestled along the legendary Nile River, Cairo pulsates with the energy of its bustling streets, where ancient monuments coexist harmoniously with modern skyscrapers.

One cannot help but be mesmerized by Cairo's architectural wonders, from the iconic pyramids of Giza to the majestic Sphinx, each a testament to the grandeur of ancient civilizations. The city's labyrinthine alleys lead to vibrant bazaars, where the aroma of spices mingles with the sounds of bargaining, creating an unforgettable sensory experience.

Cairo is not merely a city frozen in time; it is a thriving metropolis where the past meets the present. Museums such as the Egyptian Museum house treasures that unveil the mysteries of pharaonic Egypt, while contemporary art galleries showcase the city's vibrant creative scene.

Yet, perhaps the most enchanting aspect of Cairo is its people—warm, hospitable, and proud of their heritage. Whether sipping tea in a traditional café or strolling along the Nile promenade, visitors are greeted with smiles that reflect Cairo's enduring spirit.

In Cairo, time seems to flow differently, merging the ancient with the modern, the past with the present, creating an unforgettable tapestry of culture, history, and life.

**Luxor:** often referred to as the world's greatest open-air museum, is a captivating destination nestled along the banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt. Renowned for its unparalleled wealth of ancient monuments, Luxor stands as a testament to the magnificence of ancient Egyptian civilization.

At the heart of Luxor lies the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple Complex, a sprawling sanctuary dedicated to the god Amun-Ra, where towering columns and intricately carved hieroglyphs transport visitors back in time. Nearby, the majestic Luxor Temple illuminated against the night sky, evokes a sense of wonder and reverence.

No visit to Luxor is complete without exploring the West Bank, home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. Here, amidst the stark desert landscape, lie the tombs of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun and Ramses II, adorned with elaborate wall paintings that depict scenes from the afterlife.

Beyond its archaeological treasures, Luxor offers a wealth of cultural experiences, from traditional markets teeming with vibrant textiles and spices to tranquil felucca rides along the Nile at sunset. The city's bustling streets pulse with life, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors.

In Luxor, history comes alive, beckoning travelers on a journey of discovery through the storied corridors of ancient Egypt. With each step, one cannot help but be captivated by the timeless allure of this extraordinary city on the banks of the Nile.

**Aswan:** nestled along the serene banks of the Nile River in southern Egypt, exudes a tranquil charm that sets it apart as a captivating destination. Known as the "Jewel of the Nile," Aswan boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that beckons travelers from around the world.

At the heart of Aswan lies the magnificent Aswan High Dam, a marvel of modern engineering that has tamed the mighty Nile and provided vital irrigation and electricity to the region. Nearby, the serene waters of Lake Nasser stretch into the horizon, offering a peaceful retreat amidst the desert landscape.

One of Aswan's most iconic landmarks is the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and steeped in ancient mythology. Accessible by boat, this picturesque temple complex transports visitors to a bygone era with its graceful colonnades, towering pylons, and beautifully preserved reliefs.

Aswan is also renowned for its vibrant Nubian culture, which is celebrated in colorful festivals, lively music, and intricately crafted handicrafts. Visitors can explore the Nubian villages scattered along the riverbanks, where friendly locals welcome guests with warm hospitality and stories of their ancient heritage.

For those seeking adventure, Aswan offers a wealth of outdoor activities, from leisurely felucca cruises to exhilarating camel treks through the desert. And as the sun sets over the golden sands, the vibrant hues of the sky reflect off the tranquil waters of the Nile, casting a magical glow over this timeless city.

In Aswan, time seems to slow down, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its history, and the warmth of its people. Whether exploring ancient temples, cruising along the Nile, or simply savoring the tranquility of its surroundings, visitors to Aswan are sure to be captivated by its timeless allure.

**Mount Sinai:** also known as Jebel Musa, rises majestically in the heart of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, standing as a symbol of spiritual significance and natural beauty. Revered by multiple faiths as a sacred site, Mount Sinai captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring landscapes and profound sense of tranquility.

For many, the highlight of a visit to Mount Sinai is the pilgrimage to its summit, where, according to tradition, Moses received the Ten Commandments. The journey to the top involves a challenging ascent up rocky paths and staircases, but the reward is incomparable: witnessing the breathtaking sunrise from the highest peak in the region. As the first light of dawn illuminates the surrounding mountains and valleys, it's easy to understand why this spot has inspired pilgrims and seekers for centuries.

Aside from its spiritual significance, Mount Sinai offers adventurers and nature enthusiasts a wealth of opportunities to explore its rugged terrain. Hiking trails wind through dramatic gorges and ancient monastic settlements, providing glimpses into the region's rich history and diverse ecosystems.

Surrounding the mountain, the Sinai Peninsula's stark desert landscapes are dotted with Bedouin camps, where visitors can experience traditional hospitality and immerse themselves in the timeless rhythms of desert life. Whether camping under the star-studded sky or savoring Bedouin tea by a crackling fire, the Sinai offers a chance to disconnect from the modern world and connect with nature in its purest form.

Mount Sinai's allure lies not only in its physical grandeur but also in its spiritual resonance, drawing travelers from all walks of life to experience the sense of wonder and reverence that permeates this ancient and sacred landscape.



 Day 1, January 15: Departure from the USA

Depart from Chicago for an overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt.

Day 2,  January 16: Arrival  - Cairo 

With our arrival in Cairo, we have entered into the world of the places where ancient civilizations started. On arrival, we will be met at the airport for a personal transfer to our hotel, an introduction, and a short walking tour in the charming Cairo neighborhood.  Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Day 3, January 17: Saqqara - The Grand Museum

We start the day at the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world for one single civilization.  You will stand face-to-face with the Golden Mask of the boy King Tutankhamun. You will be dazzled with the amount of treasures and artifacts that this museum holds. Then to Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, home of the step pyramid, the first limestone structure ever built. Explore its 4350 years of colored tombs. Get the chance to go inside a pyramid and see the ancient Hieroglyphics that have been engraved on its walls for thousands of years. After lunch in a local authentic restaurant, Dinner, and overnight in Cairo.

Day 4, January 18:  Giza Pyramids - Old Cairo 

We start our day by visiting the Giza Pyramids, the only surviving wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will have a chance to explore inside one of the Pyramids. Ride a camel out in the desert to have an amazing view of the pyramids from a distance. Then, stand in front of the imposing Sphinx, the combination of human intelligence and the strength of a lion. Then we will Explore one of the oldest markets in the Arab world, Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, a beautiful 14th-century market that still retains traces of its former glory. Walk through the old lanes of the bazaar where you can browse for antiques or handicrafts from the shops. Then, visit a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Cairo lunch. Lastly, visit the prominent landmarks of Old Cairo such as the Hanging Church, the Church of St. Barbara, St. Sergio where the Holy family stayed, and Ben Ezra synagogue. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Day 5, January 19:  Luxor – Karnak Temple – Luxor Museum

Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo. Fly to Luxor, a city known as the open-air museum due to the abundance of monuments as it includes 1/3 of the world’s monuments. Visit Karnak temple . Check-in at the hotel. In the evening, enjoy the visit to the Luxor museum which is lit at night. Dinner and overnight in Luxor

Day 6, January 20:   Valley of Kings- Temple of Queen Hatchepsut - Cairo

Start the day by visiting the Valley of the Kings, hidden behind the mountains on the west bank of the Nile. Enter the tomb of King Tutankhamun and stand face to face in front of his Mummy. Also, your tour will include access to Ramses VI, one of the most colorful tombs at the King's Valley. Visit the temple of Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh who dressed and ruled Egypt like a king, Fly back to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Day 7, January 21:  Day of Leasure in Sharm El Sheikh

Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo. Drive to Sharm El Sheikh. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the Red Sea shore. Dinner and overnight in Sharm El Sheikh, Or at the monastery. 

Day 8, January 22:  St. Catherines – Burning Bush- Moses Well

today we drive to St. Catherine monostry. Visit St. Catherine’s monastery  View the burning bush where God spoke to Moses and Moses well. View the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Fly back to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.

Day 9, January 23:   Departure to USA

Following breakfast at our hotel, we private transfer to Cairo airport. We fly home and arrive the same day.



NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and the tour guide’s discretion.