Visit magnificent ancient sites that reveal why Egypt was such a significant Middle Eastern power in the Bible. Central themes of this tour include: escape from slavery in Egypt, sojourn in the wilderness, and movement into the Promised Land. Hear stories of Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Miriam, and the Israelites in the lands where biblical events happened. Learn how Hebrew prophets viewed Egypt, why Jewish and early Christian communities flourished and sometimes suffered there. Also taste the vibrance of modern Egypt on a tour of Cairo that includes visits to Coptic Christian and Islamic sections of Egypt’s capital. On the tour extension in Jordan, follow the route of Israelites on their way to Canaan all the way to Mount Nebo where Moses surveyed the land he could not enter. See Petra, the ancient Nabatean trading city carved in stone, and tour the astonishing desert landscape along the route of the Israelites. Celebrate the life of Ruth as we travel through her homeland of Moab, and hear the story of Balaam unexpectedly blessing the Israelites. Experience all this with a band of pilgrims who worship, eat, learn and travel together on a journey that will change how you read the Bible.
2023 Bread for the Journey: Egypt
Tuesday, October 3 Cairo
Arrive in Cairo. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Wednesday, October 4 Cairo
On your first full day, see some of the most famous sites in Egypt—the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis, and Sakkara.
Thursday, October 5 Cairo
Today tour Egypt’s capital city. See Christian Cairo, the Christian Quarter, the Coptic area and Muslim Cairo. Also see the City of the Dead, Mohammad Ali and Hassan II Mosques, and Museum of Islamic Art.
Friday, October 6 Cairo
Travel to Alexandria for a guided tour of the city, including the Graeco-Roman Catacombs of Kom Shoqafa (1st Century A. D.), Pompey’s pillar (3rd Century A.D.), the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, & surrounding monuments. Return to Cairo for night.
Saturday, October 7 Nile River Cruise
This morning, fly to Luxor. Take a tour of the vast temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, which stand within the modern city. Later, embark on a luxury river cruise ship. This will be your home for the next four nights while you travel along the magnificent Nile River.
Sunday, October 8 Nile River Cruise
Today we will visit the West Bank. See the Valley of the Kings: the burial place of the pharaohs; the incomparable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; and the Colossi of Memnon: massive stone statues which originally guarded the entrance to a mortuary complex.
Monday, October 9 Nile River Cruise
Today, visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo. Gain insight into Egypt’s Hellenistic period as you visit Kom Ombo’s temple, unusual for honouring two Egyptian gods.
Tuesday, October 10 Nile River Cruise
Leave your ship today to visit the temples built by Ramesses II at Abu Simbel. Return in time for a sunset felucca ride around the botanical gardens.
Wednesday, October 11 Cairo
Enjoy one last breakfast aboard your ship before disembarking at Aswan for the day’s excursions. Visit the Temple of Isis on Philae Island—the last temple built in classic Egyptian style, and the impressive Aswan High Dam. Board a domestic flight to Cairo. Enjoy dinner and one more night in Cairo.
Thursday, October 12 Departure OR Continue to Jordan extension
Check out of your hotel this morning and either continue your tour to Jordan or depart for home.
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