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From the early pages of the Bible, the country of Egypt is recorded as a land that provided refuge and shelter to many of God’s chosen people – Abram and Sarai, Joseph followed by his father Jacob (Israel) and their families, The rescue and redemption of the Israelites after 400 years of slavery with the Exodus and the protection afforded Joseph and Mary and the infant Jesus from the evil intent of Herod all are formative events. Christian Fellowship Tours is thrilled to offer Egypt as part of our Faith Journeys in 2023.
If you have enjoyed a CFT Land of the Bible Tour that included Jordan and Israel, this tour complements and supplements the sites visited in Jordan and Israel.
We look forward to sharing this beautiful experience with you – the amazing archaeological treasures of the pyramids and the sphinx, the cultural experiences of Egypt and the route of The Exodus.
The CFT Team
Our wonderful biblical adventure begins with an evening flight from Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) through to Dubai and onto Cairo, Egypt.
We arrive in Cairo, Egypt’s bustling capital that is one of the largest cities in Africa and the Middle East. Located on the Nile River, it is best known for the Giza pyramids that still stand as a symbol of Egypt’s ancient civilization.
The Nile River was critical to the development of Ancient Egypt – irrigation methods increased agriculture and these abundant crops could support a thriving population as well as be traded. Today, 95% of Egyptians still live within a few km of the Nile. At the airport we will be met by our local hosts who will assist us with the speedy transfer through customs before we transfer to our hotel. After check-in we can freshen up and enjoy our first group dinner together.
Our first Sunday on tour begins with worship at an English-speaking church. We then have a full day of touring the wonders of the ancient Egyptian civilization, some of which date back to 1000+ years prior to Abraham We visit Cheops, the most colossal pyramid ever built. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. This Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
In the afternoon we will stop by a papyrus factory. Cultivated around the Nile, papyrus was used to make the chief writing material in Ancient Egypt. This paper was adopted by the Greeks and used extensively in the Roman Empire. Today over 130 papyri survive as the earliest witness to the original text of the New Testament including a fragment from the Gospel of John dating to the first half of the 2nd Century. We end our day with a panoramic view of Cairo. A truly memorable day!
After breakfast we fly to Luxor, a city with a history going back 250,000 years! Located on the fertile banks of the Nile, it was the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital during the 16th – 11th Centuries B.C. when they were at the height of their power. We visit the burial place of the pharaohs, the famous Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
Then we embark on our 5-star ship for a leisurely lunch before a late afternoon visit to the Temple of Luxor. Stroll through the illuminated columns and past vast stone statues within the temple and city corniche before returning to our ship for dinner.
Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is on the beautifully appointed, 5-star MS Royal Lily.
Overnight: On Cruise
A beautiful night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast will have you ready for today’s sightseeing and cruising.
Today we will visit the Temples of Karnak, covering approximately 200 acres, it is the largest religious building ever made, and was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. The enormous ruins are still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day it must have been awe-inspiring.
It is here in Karnak that the world’s first monotheism (worship of a single god) developed under the pharaoh Akhenaten. For the relatively short period of his rule, 1367 – 1350 B.C., the pantheon of Egyptian gods was replaced by a single deity, Aten, who was represented by the sun-disc.
We return to our ship, sailing upstream on the Nile through the Esna Lock to our destination, Edfu.
Overnight: On Cruise
Travel in style as we visit the Temple of Edfu by horse drawn carriage. The size of the temple reflects the prosperity of the time and today is regarded as one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt.
After returning to the Royal Lily, we continue our upstream sailing to Kom Umbo and visit one of the Nile Valley’s most beautifully sited temples; located on a promontory at a bend in the river. The Temple of Kom Ombo is unique in Egypt in that it is dedicated to two gods – Sobek and Haroeris. Visiting such a temple reminds us how radical monotheism, worship of a single god, must have seemed to many ancient societies. The belief in only one true God was, for many years, confined to Abram and his descendants. It wasn’t until Christ’s Ascension, and the growth of the Christian church in the greater Mediterranean region, that this “new” belief became the norm, fundamentally changing our society forever. Back on board for dinner we continue sailing towards Aswan.
Overnight: On Cruise
Enjoy some free time in Aswan this morning before we travel overland to the incredible Abu Simbel; originally carved out of the mountainside in th e13th Century B.C. the twin tempes of Pharaoh Ramesses II and his Queen Nefertari are stunning.
Even so it is the UNESCO campaign that saved them from flooding by the Aswan Dam, and the actual engineering feat that moved them to their present site, that is truly awe-inspiring. Ramesses II (also known as Ramses II) is known to us as the oppressive pharaoh of the Exodus.
We visit the island-based Temple of Philae, also moved under the UNESCO initiative, and the Aswan High Dam before returning for our last night on board Royal Lily.
Overnight: On Cruise
We disembark the MS Royal Lily and transfer to begin a wonderful overland adventure as we travel by train along the River Nile; see the real Egypt as we travel past palm trees, feluccas, camels and fellahin working in the fields. The fertile soil along the Nile creates a small strip of green either side of the river before the desert resumes.
Packed snacks and light meals will be provided for our journey.
We arrive in Cairo in the early evening and will be transferred to our hotel with some time to settle in and freshen up before we enjoy dinner together.
A leisurely breakfast and then we will enjoy a short ride to the ancient capital of Memphis; founded before 3,100 B.C., Memphis is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Here we will see a colossal statue of the renowned King Ramesses II – it is 3,200 years old and weighs 83 tonnes! From a Biblical perspective, Memphis is most likely where Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarah being his sister and where Joseph served as second in command.
We visit Saqqara, the necropolis of ancient Memphis; housing many tombs of kings and high officials it is one of Egypt’s most extensive archeological sites. Saqqara is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Djoser (2,700 B.C.), the oldest complete stone structure in the world!
The Exodus is possibly the most pivotal event in the history of God’s chosen people. Today we leave Cairo behind and begin following in the footsteps of Moses. We pass Ayun-Musa (The Wells of Moses) Marah, Elim and Rephidim on our way to St Katherine, a small village at the foot of Mount Sinai.
Our 3-star accommodation in St Katherine is simple yet adequate, and the location is superb with views of the nearby monastery.
This will be a very special Sunday as we conduct our own service of worship in sight of Mount Sinai. One of the most significant of the Stations of the Exodus, Mount Sinai is of huge importance to Christians as it is where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.
Overnight: Mount Sinai
An early morning wake-up call for those who wish to climb Mount Sinai for sunrise; it is a very special experience to stand on the mountain where God spoke to His prophet Moses – Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” Exodus 34:27.
After watching the sunrise we will descend the mountain and visit the Monastery of St Katherine; located on the site where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush this is the world’s oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery and has a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it predates the divisions of the Christian world and offers an insight into late antiquity with the distinctive qualities of its Greek and Roman heritage preserved intact. This afternoon we drive to Taba on the border of Israel.
Bruch Ha-ba (Welcome) in the Holy Land! We cross into Israel and a short drive brings us to Eilat, a busy port and resort it is Israel’s southernmost town.
We check-in at our hotel and then you have an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or explore Eilat.
Located on the northern edge of the Sea of Aqaba, an extension of the Red Sea, Eilat is an ideal spot to relax – enjoy a leisurely breakfast, a swim in the hotel pool or shopping in the nearby village. In the early afternoon we will drive to nearby Paran in the Timna Valley where we will visit the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a life size reproduction of the biblical tabernacle used by the people of the Exodus. “Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8. In the Tent of Meeting we will learn more about the book of Exodus before we return to Eilat.
Today we are exploring a region that was part of the wilderness wanderings of Moses in the Exodus. The area is also historically important for trading routes used by the Nabataeans, a tribal people best known for their magnificent capital of Petra.
Enjoy a scenic drive of stark beauty as we tour a dramatic landscape carved by the water draining from the foothills of Mount Sinai. Be amazed by the huge Ramon Crater, the world’s largest erosion crater; shaped like an elongated heart, the crater is an impressive 40km in length and 2 – 10km in width.
We travel to Sde Boker, the kibbutz famous as the home of Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, and visit the tomb of this important world leader before returning to Eilat.
Today, we cross through Israel by coach, you will get to see the expanse that is the Promised Land – from Dan to Beersheba.
We fly from Tel Aviv to Dubai where, tomorrow we will enjoy a full day at leisure to unwind after a wonderful time of fun, faith and fellowship with new friends.
Today is a full day of leisure in Dubai to relax or explore as you wish.
You might like to choose one of many optional tours or do some shopping, visit the local Spice Souks or just simply laze around and relax, the day is yours to choose..
Tonight will be a fitting end to your holiday as we enjoy some wonderful fellowship and a farewell dinner together.
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our final flight home to Australia.
A morning arrival in Australia blessed with a new knowledge of the region in which significant Bible stories actually occurred.
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|From Sydney||Departs Friday 1 September 2023||$11,790||$13,790|
|From Melbourne||Departs Friday 1 September 2023||$11,790||$13,790|
|From Brisbane||Departs Friday 1 September 2023||$11,790||$13,790|
|From Perth||Departs Friday 1 September 2023||$11,790||$13,790|
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