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Exodus 33
"And the LORD said to Moses, Depart [and] go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast conducted from the land of Egypt, to the land which I swore to Abraham,
to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, to thy seed will I give it:" (Exodus 33). This journey, including a Nile cruise, takes us through the lands of Exodus and the travels of the ancient Israelites.
Nile Cruise, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Petra and Amman
20 Days - Egypt, Israel and Jordan
Read about an Exodus 33 pilgrim's personal experience Reflections
Day 1: Depart the USA on our transatlantic flight.
Day 2: We arrive Cairo, Egypt and are met by our Tour Director, who transfers us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: Today we fly to Luxor, modern-day site of Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital. We will visit Karnak, a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings and the Luxor Temple, located on the east bank of the River Nile. Later, we will board our cruiseship and embark on a Nile cruise. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 4: We visit the West bank of the Nile, site of the Valley of the Kings, famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. We will sail for Edfu, site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 5: Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the amazing Temple of Kom Ombo, with its imposing architecture and brilliant colors. Kom Ombo was a bishopric before the Muslim conquest and a titular see of the Roman Catholic Church, along with the nearby modern day town of Ombi. Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was titular bishop of Ombi from 1958 until 1963, when he was appointed Archbishop of Kraków. Dinner and overnight onboard.
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Day 7:
Sail to the Aswan High Dam, which was constructed from 1960 to 1970, and Lake Nasser which formed behind the dam. Dinner and overnight onboard.

We disembark our cruiseship and fly to Abu Simbel, comprised of two massive rock temples carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. The complex was relocated in its entirety to a site high above the Aswan Dam reservoir. Later, we fly to Cairo and transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 8: First stop today is Memphis, founded around 3100 BC as the capital of Old Kingdom of Egypt, and Sakkara, with its striking Step Pyramid of the Pharaoh Djoser. Next, we go to Giza, site of the Great Pyramid, constructed over a 20 year period around 2560 BC, and the even older, mysterious Sphinx. Our journey continues with a visit Zeitoun, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared over the domes of Her namesake church, the Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church. Our Lady appeared to millions of people, starting on the evening of Tuesday, April 2, 1968 and continuing until 1971. This remarkable visitation is well-documented and was witnessed by numerous church officials and even then-President Nasser of Egypt. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 9: After breakfast, we depart for a tour of the Egyptian Musuem of Antiquities, home of the gold coffin of King Tutankhamon (better known as King Tut), 450 pounds of solid gold and other exhibits occupying 100 exhibition rooms. Then we continue with a tour of old Cairo, to visit the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary, with its miraculous image of Mary on a pillar, known also as the El Mo'allaqa Church or the "Hanging Church", then to the Abu Serga Church, also called St. Sergius and Bacchus Church, it stands on a crypt that is said to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt. Then browse at the Khan El Khalili bazaars that date back to 1382 AD where you can bargain to your heart's content. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 10: Today we travel to Mount Sinai in the southern Sinai peninsula, where the Old Testament tells us the Ten Commandments were given to Moses by God during the Exodus. Nearby is Saint Catherine's Monastery, one of the oldest continuously functioning Christian monasteries in the world, associated with the martyr St. Catherine of Alexandria, whose relics are kept there. Dinner and overnight near Mount Sinai.
Day 11: Optional very early morning climb to the top of Mount Sinai which takes 3 hours to go up, then spend one hour on top, then 3 hours to go down. Return to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy a hearty breakfast, then visit St. Catherine's Monastery to see a magnificent collection of icons and treasures of art. The monastery encloses the Chapel of the Burning Bush, built at the site where Moses is said to have seen the burning bush; the living bush on the grounds is purportedly the original. We then continue our journey by crossing the border to Israel for dinner and overnight in the area of the Dead Sea.
Day 12: Today, we visit Qumran and Masada. Qumran, located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the Dead Sea, was constructed sometime around 134-104 BC. In 1947, the nearly 900 Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered hidden in a series of eleven caves of the sheer desert cliffs here. We will also visit Masada, where, in 70-73 AD, a group of rebellious Jewish zealots held out against a siege by the Roman Legion, ultimately resulting in their choosing suicide to Roman enslavement. Today, Masada is a peaceful and fascinating testament to a turbulent historical period. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Day 13: Today, we tour the Galilee area: the Jordan River, where we will renew our baptismal vows; Tabgha, with its Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and the Church of the Primacy of Peter, commemorating Jesus' reinstatement of Peter after a fish breakfast on the shore; Capernaum, where Jesus lived during His Galilean ministry and the site of a modern day church built over Peter's House; and the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of Jesus' delivery of the Sermon on the Mount. Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Day 14: A day excursion to Cana and Nazareth awaits us. Cana, where, according to the Gospels, Jesus performed His first miracle, the turning water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11). We will enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, too. Afterwards, we visit Nazareth, the home of Joseph and Mary and the site of the Annunciation. We will celebrate mass at the Church of the Annunciation, established at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary asking Her to be the mother of Our Savior, and She answered Her "FIAT" (located at the lower level and known as the grotto). Dinner and overnight in Galilee.
Day 15: The road leads us up the mountain to Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration. In 1924, the Church of the Transfiguration was built by the Franciscan order on the peak of Mount Tabor, upon the ruins of both a Byzantine church and a later Crusader-era church; the friars have lived near the church since the Ottoman control in 1873. Enroute to Jerusalem, we stop at Caesarea, named by Herod for the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, on Israel's Mediterranean coastline. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 16: We begin our day travelling to Bethlehem*, the birthplace of Jesus, and home to the Church of the Nativity. Then we travel to the Mount of Olives, frequently mentioned in the New Testament (Matthew 21:1;26:30, etc.) and where Jesus stood as when He wept over Jerusalem. At the foot of the Mount of Olives lies the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus taught His disciples the "Our Father" and where Jesus and His disciples prayed the night before
His arrest leading to His Crucifixion. Mount Zion is nearby, where we view the tomb of King David; then stand in the Upper Room, the site of the Last Supper. Visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned for a night. We proceed to Ein Karem, where John the Baptist was born. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. *Visit to Bethlehem is contingent on the political situation.>
Day 17: After breakfast, we enter the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit Herodís Antonia Fortress and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Retrace the events in the final hours of Jesusí life as you walk the route that Jesus took between His condemnation by Pilate and His Crucifixion, the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), for a powerful, compelling religious experience. The traditional route starts just inside the Lions' Gate, in the Muslim quarter, making its way westward through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter; 500 meters in length, incorporating 14 Stations of the Cross along the way. The remnant of Solomon's Temple, also known as the Wailing Wall, where Jews gather from all over the world; touch its ancient stones and pray for the peace of Israel. Visit the Church of St. Anne, birthplace of Mary, Our Blessed Mother, then view the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-24) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 18: We leave Israel and cross over to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where we tour Petra, by horseback and on foot. Modern visitors enter the ancient site via the eastern entrance, which leads steeply down through al-Siq, or "the shaft", a dark, narrow gorge split in the sandstone rocks. At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra's most elaborate ruin, the Treasury, hewn into the sandstone cliff. There is also a massive theatre and tombs; all of it almost enclosed on three sides by rose-colored mountain walls. Later, we will travel back for dinner and overnight.
Day 19: Today, our travels take us to Madaba, Jerash and Amman. Madaba, known as "the City of the Mosaics" for the many Byzantine mosaics which have been uncovered throughout the city. We continue on to Jerash, with its impressive Greco-Roman ruins. Our day concludes as we arrive in Amman, capital of Jordan. Dinner and overnight in Amman.
Day 20: We bid farewell to the Jordan as we board our return flight to the United States.
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