Following the footsteps of Moses during the Exodus
Egypt and Israel, the Promised Land
Day 1 Arrival in Cairo
Reception with assistance; transfer to the hotel. Dinner & overnight Cairo
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. (Gen 46: 3-4)
Day 2 Cairo, Pharaonic Necropolis
Breakfast in the hotel; Visit the main attraction of the Egyptian capital starting in the 3 Pyramids of Giza, Khufu, Khafra and Menkaura; visit the site of the Sphinx continuing to visit the world renown Cairo’s Museum. Proceed to the Hanging Church and Eben Ezra Synagogue ending in the enormous market of Khan el Khalili. Dinner & overnight Cairo
And afterward Moses and Aaron came, and said unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. (Ex. 5:1)
Day 3 Following the Exodus of the Sons of Israel
Breakfast in the hotel; Cross the Suez Canal entering to the Sinai Peninsula. Travel along the Oasis the Hebrews parked in during their wandering in the wilderness, Elim, Refidim and Mara. Continue to the village of St. Catherine and Mount Sinai. Dinner & overnight St. Catherine
but God led the people about, by the way of the wilderness by the Red Sea: and the children of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt. (Ex. 13:18)
Day 4 Up to the Mountain of God
Breakfast in the hotel; Early at dawn climb Mount Sinai reaching the mountaintop along the first sun lights falling on this magical place where God wrote the Ten Commandments with HIS finger. On the way down visit the Coptic Monastery, renown as protecting the oldest Christian library in the world. Return to the hotel for breakfast and a brief rest, before driving north along the Red Sea to arrive in Taba, border with Israel, crossing into the handsome city of Eilat. Dinner and overnight Eilat
And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and observe to do them. Jehovah our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. (Deut 5:1-2)
Day 5 Following the Path of the Exodus to the Promised Land
Breakfast in the hotel; Depart Eilat northbound navigating along the Aravá Valley till arrival to the Dead Sea. Climb the Table Hill of Masada, formidable fortress and magnificent palace of King Herods, the last stronghold of the Zealots during their epic battle against the Roman, 69 – 72 A.C. On to the North, seeing the Oasis in Ein Gedi, where David sought refuge from King Saul’s wrath. Visit Qumeran, the Essene Village whom gave humanity the inheritance of the “Dead Sea Scrolls”, containing the oldest biblical scriptures known to man. Entering the Jordan Valley, we see Jericho, remembering the falling of its walls during Joshua’s days, as well as the miracles done by Jesus. Drive along the Jordan River to the Sea of Galilee, Dinner & overnight Tiberias
And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And Jehovah showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan (Deut. 34:1)
Day 6 Around the Sea of Galilee
Breakfast in the hotel; Visit the main Christian sanctuaries on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee passing by Mágdala on the way to the Mount of the Beatitudes the place of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”. Approach the shoreline of the Sea Galilee, visit Tabgha, where the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish took place, walking to the nearby chapel marking Peter’s primacy and the Miraculous Fishing, before proceeding to Capernaum, possibly Jesus “Headquarters” during His ministry in the Galilee. Then, sailing the Sea of Galilee using a typical wooden boat, we cruise back to Tiberias.
And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. (Mat 14:28-30)
In the afternoon travel to the heartland of the Galilean Hills climbing Mount Tabor, where the magnificent Basilica of the Transfiguration is; enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of multiple geographic regions often mentioned in the Bible. Dinner & overnight Tiberias
There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Mat 17:2)
Day 7 Crossing the Hearth of the Galilee to the City of the Kings
Breakfast in the hotel; Depart from Tiberias travelling to Cana of Galilee. Here, marriage are renewed by pilgrims, in the place where Jesus transformed water into wine during the Wedding in Cana of Galilee. Continue our journey to the neighboring town of Nazareth, Jesus center of childhood, adolescence and manhood. See “Mary's Well”, visit the gigantic Basilica of the Annunciation and the nearby church marking “St. Joseph’s Carpentry”.
And the angel came in unto her and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women (Luc. 1:28)
Cross the Valley of Armageddon arriving to Mount Carmel and the city of Haifa, third largest city of Israel. Cross the Druse Villages and pass by the Mukhraka, the place where Elias fought the false 450 prophets of Baal.
Now therefore, send and gather to me all Israel unto Mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the Asherah four hundred, who eat at Jezebel's table (1 Kings 18:19)
In Haifa visit the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris and see the magnificent “Persian Gardens” with the Golden Dome, tomb of the Bahah Ulla, founder of the Baha'i faith. Travel along the coastal plains and the Mediterranean Sea arriving to Caesarea Marittima; visit the aqueduct, see the crusader’s castle and roman theater, remembering that here Cornelius became the first gentile baptized into Christianity. Crossing the Sharon and Ayalon valleys, we arrive to Jerusalem with a ceremony of “Triumphal Entry” done in front of the Old City Walls. Dinner & overnight Jerusalem
Day 8 Jerusalem, hills around her
Breakfast in the hotel; Start todays’ visits on top of Mount of Olives marking the place of Jesus Ascension, the Grotto of “Our Father”, the Lord’s Tear and, walk along the path of Hosanna (Palm Sunday) to the Garden of Gethsemane. Cross the Kidron Valley up to Mount Zion reaching the house of Caiaphas in todays’ church of “St. Peter in Gallicantu”. on to King David’s Tomb and the “Upper Room” known as the Last Supper Room.
And He took bread, and gave thanks and broke it and gave it unto them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.” Likewise also He took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you. (Luc 22:19-21)
Via Zion Gate cross the Old City Walls walking the Armenian, Muslim and Jewish quarters arriving to the Wailing Wall on Mount Moriah. Exit the Old City Walls through the Dung Gate travelling above the Valley of the Gehenna. In the afternoon, visit the handsome village of Ein Karem, with the Basilica marking the Birth of St. John the Baptist and the close by chapel of the Visitation. Dinner & overnight Jerusalem
Day 9 From Birth to Resurrection
Breakfast in the hotel; Travel to the neighboring city of Bethlehem visiting the Shepherds Fields and the ecumenical complex in the basilica of the Nativity, visiting the Manger Grotto where Jesus is born. Continue to the adjacent Basilica St. Catherine and its grottos commemorating the “Innocent Children” and St. Hieronymus.
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luc 2: 6-8)
Return to Jerusalem entering the old city walls via St. Stephan’s Gate. Visit the Pools of Bethesda and the Santana before gathering in the Chapel of the Flagellation adjacent to the Arc of “Ecce Hommo” to walk along the Via Dolorosa to the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit Mount Golgotha, the place of the Crucifixion, and the Holy Calvary, the place of Jesus’ Burial and Resurrection, pausing for reflection and meditation.
and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the Holy City and appeared unto many. (Matt 27:52-54)
Still “on foot”, cross the vivid and colorful Arab Market arriving to Jaffa Gate and back to the “New City” outside the walls. Dinner & overnight Jerusalem
Day 10 If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem…
Breakfast in the hotel; Transfer to the airport with assistance.