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. Relish a five-day leisurely cruise up the ancient Nile, visiting unforgettable temples and palaces. Learn how Hebrew prophets viewed Egypt, and why Jewish and early Christian communities flourished and sometimes suffered there. Taste the vibrance of modern Egypt on a tour of Cairo that includes visits to Coptic Christian and Islamic sections of Egypt’s capital. 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. On the optional tour extension in Jordan, follow the route of Israelites 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 marvel at the astonishing desert landscape at Wadi Rum 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.