A Pilgrim is one who journeys to holy places.
A Partner is one who strives with others.
This will be a journey of faith and relationships; a pilgrimage! Having traveled to the Middle East on 34 previous occasions, I am looking forward to this journey and the opportunity to introduce you to Holy sites and wonderful people. The people of the Middle East are inviting us to join them in places that are so unique and vibrant! The Lutheran Christians of Bethlehem are inviting us to worship with them. And then the wonders of Egypt await you!
See places made holy by God’s actions in Scripture. Meet people whose faith will inspire you. Walk in the steps of Jesus and Moses, Mary and Joseph. Encounter Eastern culture and the fabulous land of Egypt. Explore places whose majesty, creativity, and beauty you have seen in pictures for all your life.
In awe-inspiring Jerusalem and Luxor, fascinating Bethlehem and Capernaum, and the incomparable Nile cruise, you will experience the Scriptures come alive in an informative and relaxed atmosphere. Your faith will be nourished with unforgettable images. So many links across time will deepen your understanding of history!
My primary goals are to provide renewal of body and spirit as we live our partnerships with Christian people. This is a quality experience and an excellent value, providing outstanding lodging and food, structured in such a way as to ensure your safety and enjoyment. The tour price includes nearly everything- even tips and all cruise excursions. I invite you to join me and grow in faith on this unique 18-day experience.
- $2,490 per person based on double occupancy.
- Single room supplement - $1,395
- PAYMENT PLAN: $300 per person with registration to secure space
- Balance due on or before April 20, 2022
- Contact Elias Nawawieh if you have any questions at 406-261-7791 - email@example.com
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What is included in the tour
- Meet & assist at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrival and departure from Cairo, Egypt
- Accommodation in double occupancy with breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Eight days of sightseeing in modern air-conditioned private bus
- Entrance fees
What is NOT included in the tour
- Airfare, We will be happy to assist with finding/booking the best possible fares from your City.
- Personal Expenses
- TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is required and not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. 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.
Day 1, Saturday, June 11, 2022
Beginning of tour Departs from the US for an overnight flight to Tel Aviv. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Sunday, June 12, 2022
Arriving in Tel Aviv, Following our arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we pass through Israeli customs and board our private coach bus for Bethlehem. We check into our rooms at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3, Monday, June 13, 2022
The exact order of sites seen in Jerusalem during our days there may vary Following breakfast, we begin our touring of Jerusalem, following the path Jesus took from Palm Sunday through Good Friday morning. We bus to the top of the Mount of Olives, where we have a panoramic view of the Holy City. From there, we walk down the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Kidron Valley, stopping at Dominus Flavit Chapel, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We also pass the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary, with its 7 golden “onion” domes. As we reach the Kidron Valley we enter the Garden of Gethsemane, with its 2000-year-old olive trees, and the Church of All Nations, built over the “rock of agony”, where Jesus prayed before His betrayal. From Gethsemane, we “follow to the judgment hall”. We bus the short distance to Mt. Zion and St. Peter Gallicantu, a beautiful church built over the Palace of Caiaphas, where we see the rock-hewn dungeon where Jesus was imprisoned and tried by the Sanhedrin. We return to Bethlehem for dinner and rest.
Day 4, Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Following breakfast, we continue the path of Good Friday, busing to Jerusalem’s St. Stephen’s Gate (also known as Lions’ Gate), where we begin our journey down the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows), tracing the path of Jesus from the Antonio Fortress (where Pontius Pilate and the Roman garrison were headquartered) to Golgotha. We tour the Church of St. Anne (one of the few remaining Crusader churches) and the Pools of Bethesda. A short distance away are the first two Stations of the Cross, where we can see First Century pavement with the “King Game” (played by the Roman soldiers during the mistreatment of Jesus) still visible. Farther down the Via Dolorosa is the Ecce Homo Basilica, where Pilate told the crowd “behold the man” and delivered Jesus to be crucified. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built over Golgotha and the Tomb of Jesus. We carefully tour this Mother Church of Christendom, located in the Muristan area of Jerusalem, where we lunch in an outdoor café. We then have some free time to linger at the Holy Sepulchre Church, explore the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, adjacent to the Holy Sepulchre, or shop in the Suq of Jerusalem. We then walk through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem to Dung Gate to see the Western (Wailing) Wall, the holiest site to religious Jews. From there, if it is permitted, we walk up to Temple Mount, where we will see El Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (built on the site of Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples, over the rock on which Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac, the rock from which Muslims believe Mohammed ascended to heaven.) We return to Bethlehem for dinner and rest. Shopping Opportunity: The colors, smells, and sounds of the ancient Suq of Jerusalem are a delight! Whether you buy anything or not, I encourage you to experience this unique place!
Day 5, Wednesday, June 15, 2022
We breakfast and depart Bethlehem for the North, meeting the Mediterranean Sea at Caesarea Maritima, where Donna and I worked as archeologist volunteers during the summer of 1978. Caesarea was Herod the Great’s largest accomplishment. Pontius Pilate had his headquarters here, and some of the best-preserved Roman aqueducts, hippodrome, and theaters, as well as impressive Crusader walls and fortress, will be seen. From Caesarea, we travel North to Haifa and Mt. Carmel, to the cave where Elijah and the prophets of Baal competed to see whose god would answer their prayers. From Haifa, we travel East to Megiddo, whose history we will trace back to pre-Canaanite days. We travel East to Cana and Nazareth. There we tour the Basilica of the Annunciation (the only major modern church in the Holy Land) which is built over the childhood home of Jesus. We check into our hotel in Galilee.
Day 6, Thursday, June 16, 2022
Following breakfast at the hotel, we bus to the city of Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. We continue to travel North through the Hulah Basin to the Northern tip of Israel. Here we see the beautiful spring of Banias, which is one of the sources of the Jordan River. We travel from there through the Golan Heights, past Mt. Herman (where we lunch in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Israel, shared with both Lebanon and Syria), and return to the Sea of Galilee. There we take a cruise on the Sea of Galilee and tour the most important sites, including Capernaum (headquarters for Jesus’ ministry, where St. Peter’s house can be seen). We bus to Tel Aviv to enjoy a special fish dinner and arrive at Ben Gurion Airport in time for the 3 hours of security checks before our flights to Istanbul and Cairo.
Day 7, Friday, June 17, 2022
Following breakfast, we travel down, down, from Jerusalem (3000 feet above Sea Level) to the Dead Sea (at 1300 feet below Sea Level, it is the lowest place on earth!). We travel along the Dead Sea past Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, to Masada, a pinnacle of rock rising 1000 feet above the Dead Sea, where Herod the Great built a fabulous fortress. We take the cable car to the top and tour the palaces and Roman baths he had built on this desolate and impregnable plateau. We return to have lunch at Jericho, where we see the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, featuring the excavation of the oldest human structure, a watchtower that dates to 8,000 BC. We stop to swim in the Dead Sea, whose amazing water is 35 % salt. Floating is effortless and very relaxing. You might “mud up” with the mud which is reputed to be very good for your skin. We return to Bethlehem for dinner.
Day 8, Saturday, June 18, 2022
Following breakfast, we tour Bethlehem and possibly Hebron (if conditions allow). We tour Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity, built over the cave in which Jesus was born. We then bus the short distance to Beit Sahour and “Shepherd’s Field”, where we enter the caves where shepherds heard the angels announce the birth of the Savior. We bus to the South edge of Bethlehem, where the Dar Al-Kalima model school and Wellness Center of the Lutheran congregation educate 300 children each day and care for the physical and emotional needs of many in Bethlehem. If conditions permit, we may bus to Hebron to see the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Shopping Opportunity: Bethlehem is known for olive wood carvings, mother-of-pearl jewelry, and other objects which make excellent gifts. There are 3 stores which I trust for high quality and excellent values. If you insist…. I will take you to them!
Day 9, Sunday, June 19, 2022
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport for our flight to Cairo, where we refresh ourselves at the La Passage Heliopolis and begin our tour of this fabulous city, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque and Khan el Khalili souk.
Day 10, Monday, June 20, 2022
After breakfast at our hotel, we fly to Luxor on MS 072, departing Cairo at 6 AM and arriving at 7 AM. We begin our tour of this amazing city. We then transfer to the ship, where we lunch aboard the Goddess Cruise Collection M/S Nile Goddess(5stars, http://www.goddesscruisecollection.com/nilecruises/Cruises/Nile-Goddess) at 12:30 PM. We will be staying in Category A Superior Outside cabins, with 2 beds and a private bath with a shower in each cabin. All three meals each day will be aboard the ship, and the choices and presentation of these meals are fabulous! We remain in Luxor the rest of the day, touring the East Bank of the Nile. We tour the Karnak Temple (largest in the ancient world, featuring the Hypostyle Hall and a 97-foot high obelisk!) and Luxor Temple, dedicated to Amon-Ra. In the evening we enjoy Luxor aboard the ship.
Day 11, Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Following breakfast, we bus to the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor (ancient Thebes and the center of Egyptian power from 2,100-750 BC) to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Queens. While in the Valley of the Kings we will tour the elaborately decorated and extensive tombs of 3 ancient Pharaohs. We return to the ship and sail for Edfu via the Esna locks.
Day 12, Wednesday, June 22, 2022
We embark at Edfu and transfer via horse-drawn carriages to the Temple of Horus. We tour this magnificent temple, the best preserved of all Pharaonic temples, and return to the ship. In the afternoon we sail Kom Ombo, where we have a guided tour of the Temple of Two Gods (including crocodile god Sobek- we see mummified crocs at the temple
Day 13, Thursday, June 23, 2022
We sail to Aswan, where we tour the High Dam of Aswan and boat on Lake Nasser to Agilka Island, where we tour Philae Temples of Isis and Hathor. Following a felucca ride on the Nile around Kitchener Island, we fly to Cairo, departing on MS 400 at 5:55 PM and arriving at 7:20 PM. We transfer to the La Passage Hotel for dinner and sleep.
Day 14, Friday, June 24, 2022
Following breakfast, we continue our tour of Cairo! We see the major sites of Cairo, including The Egyptian Museum, which houses many of the best antiquities of Egypt, including King Tut’s fabulous burial items and the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. We dine and sleep at the La Passage Hotel.
Day 15, Saturday, June 25, 2022
We transfer to the airport in Cairo in time for Turkish Airlines #691 (A321 aircraft) which departs at 8:55 AM for Istanbul. We arrive at 12:05 PAM (2 hours, 10-minute flight) and depart on TK #081 (A343 aircraft) for Boston Logan at 1:25 PM, arriving at 5:10 PM (4829 miles in 10 hours and 45 minutes). Flights to various US destinations can be made that evening, or you may choose to stay overnight in Boston, flying to your home destination on Sunday.