Depart from Toronto on Air France departing at 6:25pm to Cairo via Paris from Terminal #3
Arrive in Cairo International Airport at 11:05pm. You will be met and assisted through passport immigration, custom formalities and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Barcelo Pyramids, Cairo
MEMPHIS /SAKKARA /GIZA
Start the tour to visit the first capital of united Egypt, Memphis, here you will see the temple of Ptah, the statue of Ramses II & an alabaster Sphinx, nearby visit one of the most exciting archaeological sites, Sakkara, this necropolis is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, which predate the famous Pyramids at Giza by centuries and contains exquisite paintings depicting the file and customs of the earl dynastic period. Continue to visit One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza” Cheops, Mekerinus & Chephren”. Your tour ends with a visit of the majestic Sphinx, which is the largest single block sculpture located at the foot of the grandest Pyramid Chephren.
Dinner and overnight at the Barcelo Pyramids, Cairo
GOZEM / EGYPTIAN MUSEUM / BAZA
After breakfast drive to visit Gozem. The land of Goshen played an important role in the history of the Israelites. It was here that God allowed His people to live for hundreds of years until He decided they should move on and inhabit somewhere else. After a while, although the people of God were forced into slavery in Goshen, God was still with them. They were blessed and protected by God in the land. As long as they held on to the Lord, no harm could come to them. Return to Cairo to visit the famous Egyptian Museum, here you will have a colourful insights into the five-thousand-year history of Egypt. Visit the famous and colourful Khan El Khalili Bazaar to finish the day.
Dinner and overnight at the Barcelo Pyramids Hotel, Cairo
SINAI / ST CATHERINES (SINAI)
Check out of the hotel and drive approximately 6 hours to St Catherines in the Sinai. You will be crossing the Suez Canal. The drive in the Sinai is a very picturesque with colourful mountains, wadis, Bedouin encampments a truly unforgettable drive. Arrive at St. Catherines one of the greatest centers of pilgrimage in the world for more than 15 centuries. The monastery was established to honor St Catherine who succeeded to convert 50 of her father's followers and as a result, she was tortured to death. Dinner and overnight at the New Morgan Hotel.
MT SINAI /ISRAEL / DEAD SEA
Day 6--- Friday
Early morning, climb-up to Mt.Sinai. You will meet your Bedouin guide who will assist you to climb this significant mountain. Mount Sinai is the place where Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and you will attend the impressive scenes of sunrise and many more of the charming natural appearances on the top of Mount Sinai. You will go down the mountain by 07:00 am then you will be transferred to have breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Transfer to the Egyptian/Israeli border at Taba where the Israeli tour guide and bus will be waiting after Israeli passport immigration. Drive along the Arava Valley bordering Jordan to the Dead Sea and the lowest spot on earth.
Dinner and overnight at the David Hotel, Dead Sea (Ein Bokek)
DEAD SEA /MASADA
Day 7--- Saturday
After breakfast we drive to Masada. You will take a cable car to the summit of this magnificent fortress built by King Herod the Great and the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots. You will walk around this historic ruins you will see the palaces, bath houses, swimming pool, the oldest synagogue in the world on this mountain in the middle of the desert. After descending this mountain by cable car we drive back to our hotel at the Dead Sea to give you time for relaxation and have a float in the saltiest body of water in the world. Use the mud packs on the beach or take spa treatments at the hotels. Dinner and overnight at the David Hotel, Dead Sea.
QUMRAN / JERUSALEM
Day 8--- Sunday
We check-out of the hotel and drive north to Qumran, where a young shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in the cave that you will see. These scrolls are the oldest scriptures of the Bible ever found. You will see the where the Essenes who wrote these scrolls lived and wrote these scrolls. We drive by ascending the Judean Wilderness to Jerusalem. We will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives, for a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Tracing the footsteps of Jesus, we will stroll down the Palm Sunday Route on the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. From here, we proceed by bus across the Kidron Valley, past the Tombs of Absalom, Zechariah and James and proceed to Mt Zion to visit the traditional site of the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper), King David’s Tomb and the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu, built on top of the High Priest Caiphas’ house. We walk to the Zion Gate and enter the Old City of Jerusalem through this gate and walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter to visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. Continue along the Via Dolorosa seeing the stations of the cross and a short visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
We start the day at the City of David Excavations to see remains of Jerusalem from the time of King David. See the Hezekiah Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam. Continue to the Davidson Centre and visit the archaeological park of the excavations along the Western and Southern walls of the Temple Mount of Jerusalem. Drive to the New city of Jerusalem by visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust commemorating the six million Jews who perished. Visit and walk through the newly opened Museum, visit the Children’s Memorial, walk along the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles for those who risked their lives to save Jewish lives. Continue to the Israel Museum and visit the Shrine of the Book housing the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible ever found. Visit the model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple Period as it looked from the time of Jesus. Drive to Bethlehem and visit the Shepherds Field and Shepherds Cave before returning to Jerusalem. Finish the day at the Garden Tomb for a private communion service in one of the gardens by the tomb.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem
JERUSALEM AT LEISURE
Day 10--- Tuesday
Today is a free day to enjoy the city of Jerusalem exploring or shopping on your own.
Dinner and overnight at the Prima Kings Hotel, Jerusalem.
We continue northward via Jericho the oldest town in the world through the lush Jordan Valley, where the desert now blooms with flowers and vegetation of every description (Isaiah 35:1-2) to Beit Shean, where we will walk through the incredible excavations of the largest ongoing archaeological dig in the land of Israel with its Roman theatre, colonnaded Roman streets, mosaics and Roman bathhouses. It is also the city where the body of King Saul and his sons were nailed to the walls by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10). We proceed to Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus. We will visit Nazareth Village depicting a village from the time of Jesus. We finish the day with a visit to Yardanit, the Baptismal Centre on the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight at the Lake House Hotel, Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE GALILEE
After breakfast, we will start our day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ginossar where we view an ancient boat from the time of Jesus that was discovered in the Sea of Galilee. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles (Mark 2:4; Matt.8:5; 14-7; 9;1-7;17:18). We will see the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue site where Jesus taught and worshipped (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31). Drive to Tabgha and visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Continue to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered what is perhaps the most famous sermon ever preached – “The Sermon On The Mount” (Matt.5). We will then proceed to the site of the city of Korazim where there are the remains of a First Century Synagogue where Jesus frequently ministered. We will drive north of the Golan Heights and visit Banias, one of the sources of the Jordan River and the site of ancient “Caesarea Philipi”, where Peter made the confession of faith in Christ (Matt; 16:16). Return to Tiberias via the east side of the Sea of Galilee stopping at Kursi to see the place where the demons entered the swine and entered the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight at the Lake House Hotel, Tiberias
MEGIDDO / MT. CARMEL / CAESARE
Day 13 – Friday
We turn inland and proceed to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s walled fortified cities (1 Kings 9:15; 10:26), with ruins of 20 levels of civilization. From here the Books of Daniel and Revelation will come alive as we read about the final Battle of Armageddon, while viewing the Plains of Jezreel. We then travel to Haifa and ascend Mt. Carmel the site where the prophet Elijah fought the 400 false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30). We will stop for an incredible panoramic view of Haifa. We stop at Caesarea the incredible fortress city built by King Herod the Great. Here, Pontius Pilate had his base; where Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10); where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40). Visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome, and the Crusader City. Continue to Tel Aviv.
Dinner and overnight at the Lighthouse Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Day 14: Saturday
Drive to Ben Gurion Airport for your KLM flight departing at 5:15am to Toronto via Amsterdam arriving in Toronto at 4:35pm
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TOUR PRICE:$5,439 Canadian per person sharing a twin room ~ roundtrip flights Air France and KLM Airlines: Toronto – Cairo, Tel Aviv - Toronto.
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~6 full days of sightseeing in Israel
~3 full days of sightseeing in Egypt
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