Best of Egypt & Israel
Join E.L. Warren Ministries on a:
12 Day Inspirational Tour | September 10-21, 2021
Reservation Form (PDF) Insurance Info
Wholesale Tour Packages Since 1987 - Call Us Toll Free: 800.322.0788
Join E.L. Warren Ministries on a:
12 Day Inspirational Tour | September 10-21, 2021
|September 10-21, 2021||$4,499*||$865|
|*Includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago.|
Reservation Due: December 31, 2020
Final Payment Due: July 12, 2021
Roundtrip air from Chicago, 10 nights lodging at 4 star hotels listed on page 2 - or similar, Breakfast & dinner daily at hotels, 1 lunch at Abe’s Tent, Full time English-speaking tour guides in Egypt & Israel, Egypt Visa, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Services of long distance deluxe motor coach as appear on itinerary, All entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Whisper listening devices, Pilgrim Payment Processing
9 lunches, Optional Travel Insurance-7.25% of tour cost, Optional credit card payments – 3% additional of amount charged
Day 1: Departure
Our life-changing journey begins this evening as we board our overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt.
Day 2: Arrival Cairo
We arrive in the land of the Pharaohs, Jacob, Joseph and Israel during the famine! Upon arrival in Cairo we meet our guide and driver who will transport us to the hotel for dinner and rest for the remainder of the evening. We will stay here for two nights. We relax tonight as we prepare for the adventurous travel ahead.
Day 3: Cairo - Pyramids and Museum
An entire day of exploring the ancient treasures of Egypt awaits us today. We spend time at one of the seven wonders of the world- the pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamon's treasures and ancient remains.
Day 4: Marah, Amalekites, Mt. Moses
This morning we depart Cairo with stories of the "Land of Goshen" to the north and travel the southward route of the Exodus through the Wilderness of Shur. We learn of the terrain and the history of this region en-route as we stop at Marah (Springs of Moses), the Wilderness of Sin, and further to the south, the Oasis of Feiran. For those who are able, we climb a small hill to the ruins of an ancient chapel that overlooks the palm tree valley where Israel battled with the people of Amalek. One may have his picture taken with arms raised in remembrance of God's victory as Moses' arms were held high by Aaron and Hur. Arriving in the afternoon to the hotel at Mt. Sinai (Mt. Horeb). Those who desire and are physically capable will depart for a memorable walk up Mt. Moses. You may choose to ride a camel part way, stop at one of the stations to take in scenery along the climb to the summit (750 steps) for a sunset to remember. Once at the top, enjoy a time of reflection and praise before departing down the mountain.
Day 5: St. Catherine’s Monastery, Cross into Israel
After a visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery, claimed to be built around the area of Moses' Burning Bush, we begin our tour along the Red Sea. We include a stop along the shore near the location where many believe to be the alternate crossing site with a view of Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Gazing across the Gulf of Aqaba, we can begin to imagine the miracle of the parting of the sea. Upon reaching the Taba Border between Israel and Egypt, we cross into the southern city of Eilat where we are greeted by our Israeli guide. We travel north along the Mediterranean to our hotel for the night along the coastal area above Tel Aviv.
Day 6: Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride
After breakfast, we travel a short distance to Caesarea, where Gentiles first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized. We’ll see the Roman Amphitheatre and aqueduct, then journey on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. Heading to Tiberias for a St. Peter’s Fish Lunch (other selections available), we then visit the ancient Fisherman Boat followed by a relaxing cruise on the Sea of Galilee. A brief scripture reading and devotional on board brings to life the experiences of Jesus and the fishermen disciples. We will have dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.
Day 7: Magdala, Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi
This morning we stop by Magdala; the recent excavation of the First Century Synagogue and well-preserved village makes this one of the most interesting Biblical sites in Israel. Afterwards in Capernaum we view the excavations of the sea-side village and Peter’s home. Next our travels take us to two valuable northern sites: Dan, where Israel fell to the depths of alternative sacrifice, and Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s Confession and pagan worship. We pass the possible site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes in Bethsaida and stop for a visit at the Mount of the Beatitudes before returning to our hotel.
Day 8: Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean, & Dead Sea
We begin our day with the opportunity to be baptized at the Jordan River Baptismal site. Next we travel southward to Beit-Shean/Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys. Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history. After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Gilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-Shean. During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government. Following the Jordan Valley southward, your guide will point out the agricultural restoration of the “Land of Milk and Honey” and Israel’s intricate irrigation development. We pass ancient Jericho and view from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world. To the east of Jericho along the Jordan River Valley (Queser El Yehud) is the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan. In this area Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist; Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan; and the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered the Promised Land. Our lodging for the evening is at the Dead Sea – the lowest place on earth. Spend time in the special spa and enjoy a dip in the Dead Sea for a relaxing float before dinner.
Day 9: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent
Our day begins with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada. Here our guide will treat us to the history of the famous zealot stand. Afterwards we proceed to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. This is where King David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. Next, we visit Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. This afternoon we will take part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where we enjoy a trip back in time: a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food. Our lodging for the next three nights will be in Jerusalem.
Day 10: Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Bethlehem
Conditions permitting we will visit the Temple Mount, with commentary on the Temple Periods, and the variety of belief systems past and present that make this area so valuable. Next we will visit the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading us through the Second Temple era. The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment. Before exiting the tunnel we see the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. From here we will also be able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann’s Church. This afternoon we visit the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. We spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ with a visit to Bethlehem.
Day 11: Jesus' Steps, Last Days, Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb
Today we walk where Jesus walked; beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and then the Garden of Gethsemane. How many have wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment? To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection is important here. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." While walking along the Via Dolorosa, we are reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Our guide will explain the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led and the actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study. The climax of the day is the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden Tomb, where we celebrate the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.
Day 12: Return Home
We check out of our hotel and transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our flight home.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.