The above-mentioned fee covers the following:
- All Lodging and meals with soft drinks
- Tips for all guides, drivers, and handlers (But remember to leave a $1~2.- USD tip in the hotel room each morning.)
- e-Visa fees for Saudi Arabia
- Entrance Fees for all Museums and biblical sites
- Traveller's Insurance Fee
- Snacks, bottled water, and juices throughout the trip
For Egypt tour, it also covers the following:
- e-Visa fees for Egypt
- Domestic Flight from Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh
- Free wifi access in the bus
- Crossing the Red Sea; Ferry ticket from Nuweiba to Aqaba
- Entry fee for crossing all borders
The items not included in the above mentioned fee:
- International flight ticket
- Alcoholic drinks during meals
- Personal preference expenses; shopping/gifts, sundry items
- Tips for housekeeper
Package A - Egypt + Saudi Arabia
|Day 0||Departure - JFK|
|Day 1||Arrive Tabuk (TUU) Airport|
|Day 2||Along the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba), Elim Candidate1 (Exo 15:27), Tayyibb al Ism, Hiking 5 KM (round 1 hour 30 min) , Elim Candidate2 , Shuaib Cave of Jethro, (Ex. 3:1), Moses' Well (Exo 2:15)|
|Day 3||Split Rock, Walk around Amalekites Battle Ground, Petroglyph Site (Exo. 17,18) - Walk & Tent Chat -> Seminar in the Hotel|
|Day 4||Jabal al Lawz; Golden Calf (Exo. 32), Altars (Exo. 24:4), Ancient graveyards (Ex 32:27-28) - Tent Chat|
|Day 5||Hiking Mt.Sinai(2 porters) or Tabuk City Tour (optional)|
|Day 6||Leave for Cairo, Egypt -> Arrive Cairo International Airport, Nile River Dinner Cruz|
|Day 7||Saqqara Complex - Pyramids Of Giza, Sphinx|
|Day 8||Visit National Museum & Cairo Museum - Tour Hanging (Coptic) Church|
|Day 9||Cave Church Cairo, Old Market for Shopping|
|Day 10||Going back home|
Saudi Arabia & Mount Sinai (6 days/5 nights)
Day 0 : Departure - JFK
Day 1 : Arrive Tabuk (TUU) Airport
Day 2 : Elim
Along the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba), Elim Candidate1 (Exo 15:27), Tayyibb al Ism, Hiking 3 Miles (round 1 hour 30 min) , Elim Candidate2 , Shuaib Cave of Jethro, (Ex. 3:1), Moses' Well (Exo 2:15)
- The Gulf of Aqaba is a large gulf at the northern tip of the Red Sea, east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian Peninsula. Its coastline is divided among four countries: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The gulf measures 15 miles at its widest point and stretches some 100 mile north from the Straits of Tiran to where Israel meets Egypt and Jordan. It is one of the world’s premier sites for diving.
- Elim (Al-Bad) (Exodus 2:15-16)
In the amazing biblical place called Elim, there were 12 streams and 70 palm trees - unique to this region. It is 3.7 miles away from Exodus landing point of Tayeb/ESM Valley. Also in this Hejaz region is Jethro's town of Al-Bad. 1-2 miles to the south are The Caves of Jethro ("Magha'ir Shu'ayb"). Archaeologists hold that these caves are 1st century A.D. Nabatean tombs. ("Magi" in Matt. 2:1-2)
- Tayyib Al-Ism is a small town in north-western Saudi Arabia in the province of Tabuk. It is located in the upland area, approx. 6 mile east of the eastern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. To the west of the village there are unspoiled coral reefs. It is also known as the 'Valley of Moses' because it is where he spent ten years in voluntary exile after fleeing from Egypt.
Shuaib Cave of Jethro - Shuaib, also known as Jethro, is an ancient Midianite Nabi in Islam and the most revered prophet in the Druze faith. He is traditionally identified with the Biblical Jethro, Moses' father-in-law. The tombs of Shoaib or Jethro are just a few miles away from the 12 Springs of Moses in Magna. These tombs are caves in the surrounding hills and mountains.
- Moses’ Well: (Exodus 2:15-16)
This is the very well where Moses helped protect Jethro’s seven daughters from the local shepherds and drew water for their sheep. Here Moses also met Zippora, Jethro’s daughter whom he married. Although the town’s name is Al-Bad the local people simply call it "Jethro".
- Hotel (Swiss Inn Tabuk or Similar)
Day 3 : Split Rock & Petroglyph Site
Split Rock, Walk around Amalek Battle Ground, Petroglyph Site (Ex. 17,18), Walk & Tent Chat -> Seminar in the Hotel
- Split Rock (the rock at Rephidim, Exodus 17:6) Rephidim, the giant rock that split is located northwest of Jabal Maqla (Saudi name of Mt. Sinai). This split rock was discovered by Jim and Penny Caldwell in early 1990.
- The Battleground of Moses and the Amalekites in the Old Testament is covered in Exodus 17:8-16. After leaving Egypt, the Israelites faced trials and battles, including a conflict with the Amalekites. Moses instructed Joshua to lead the warriors, while Moses prayed atop a hill, holding God's staff. The Israelites prevailed when Moses' hands were held up and struggled when they lowered. Aaron and Hur supported Moses' hands, and the Israelites ultimately triumphed. This story exemplifies God's protection and help for the Israelite people.
- Walk & Tent Chat
- Seminar in the Hotel
Day 4 : Mt. Sinai Site
Jabal al Lawz; Golden Calf (Ex 32), Altars (Ex. 24:4), Ancient graveyards (Ex 32:27-28) – Tent chat
- Mt. Sinai (Jabel al Lawz/Jabal Maqla): (Exodus 19:17,18)
Mount Sinai is the holy place where God came, the location that served as the most solemn scene of all. Here God chose to give His Ten Commandments to His people. God came down in the midst of fire, and the entire mountain was filled with smoke. The distinctively black top of Jabal Maqla has clearly been scorched. As you gaze at the scorched mountain top, it will be a precious moment to imagine how the Israelites felt as God trumpeted and spoke through the fire.
- Golden Calf Petroglyph (Exodus 32:21, Exodus 32:1–4)
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, the Israelites pressured Aaron to create a golden calf. All the above-mentioned traces are found in close proximity to Mt. Jabal Maqla. The huge altar, where archeologists surmise the golden calf was placed, is prominent! On the stone of the altar are numerous petroglyphs, depicting cows, calves, and Israelites dancing in a festival.
- The 12 Stone Altars In Front of Mt. Sinai (I Kings 18:31)
These stones are considered to be the stone pillars built according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Each diameter is two feet. Nine out of these twelve still stand at the site. The remaining three have not been located. Scholars and explorers once wondered where this marble had come from. Eventually a large white marble quarry was discovered three miles west of the foot of Mose's Mountain. This quarry is over 1500 feet higher in elevation from where these pillars are found today.
- Ancient Graveyards (Exodus 32:28)
3,000 or 23,000 Israelites were put to death as result of their idol worship and sexual immorality (see I Cor. 10:8). The dead could not be buried inside the camp but in the large public graveyard outside. Penny and Jim Caldwell discovered the ancient graveyard approximately 6 miles away from Jabal Maqla Base.
- Hotel (Swiss Inn in Tabuk or Tent)
Day 5 : Hiking Mt.Sinai or Tabuk city tour
- Hiking Mt. Sinai or Tabuk City tour
- Hotel (Swiss Inn in Tabuk)
Day 6 : Leave for Egypt
- Last breakfast in Saudi, check out, and leave for Cairo, Egypt
Egypt (5 days/4 nights)
Day 6: Arrive Cairo International airport
- Nile River Dinner Cruz
Day 7: Saqqara Complex - Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx
- Saqqara Complex
The Saqqara Complex is an ancient archaeological site located in Egypt, and it is an area that contains structures and monuments related to the tombs of early Egyptian kings. Saqqara is composed of buildings from various periods, and one of the most famous structures is the Step Pyramid, which is considered one of the major attractions of the site. The Step Pyramid is Egypt's first mudbrick structure, and it has historical significance as an architectural marvel. Saqqara also features many interesting tombs, including the Tomb of Horus, which is considered a tomb from the Third Dynasty of Egypt. Saqqara offers rich knowledge and insight into ancient architecture and historical artifacts, making it a recommended destination for those interested in exploring Egyptian civilization and its development.
- Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are three massive pyramids located on the outskirts of Cairo. They were built over 4,500 years ago as tombs for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the largest and most famous of the three, and it is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. The pyramids are made of limestone and were constructed using advanced engineering techniques that are still not fully understood today.
- Lunch : Le Pacha 1901 restaurant
- The Sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human that stands near the pyramids. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafre, who also constructed the second-largest pyramid. The Sphinx is 20 meters high and 73 meters long, and it is one of the largest and oldest sculptures in the world.
- Hotel (Sofitel Cairo)
Day 8: Visit National Museum & Cairo Museum - Tour Hanging (Coptic) Church
- The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization(NMEC) is located in Cairo and houses a vast collection of artifacts from ancient Egyptian civilization. It is the only museum in Egypt that offers visitors a general overview of all the different historical periods that encompass Egypt. The museum presents the full range of the richness and diversity of Egyptian civilization throughout the ages, from prehistoric times to the present day by focusing on its continuity and stability as demonstrated by its tangible and intangible heritage.
- The Egyptian Museum is located in Cairo and is home to an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Egyptian civilization. Its most famous exhibit is the Tutankhamun collection, which includes treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The museum also features the Royal Mummy Room, which houses the mummies of several pharaohs, making it an essential destination for those interested in ancient Egyptian history and culture.
- The Hanging Church, located in Old Cairo, Egypt, is a Coptic Christian church known for its suspended architecture and unique design. Built in the 3rd century, it has undergone several renovations and features beautiful artwork, including icons, frescoes, and wooden carvings. The church is a significant religious site for Coptic Christians and a popular tourist destination for those interested in ancient Christian history and architecture.
Day 9: Cave Church Cairo, Old Market for Shopping
- Cave Church Cairo is the Monastery of Saint Simon in Cairo, Egypt, which was established in the 10th century by a Coptic Christian named Simon. The church is carved out of rock and consists of interconnected caves that can hold up to 20,000 worshippers. Despite facing challenges such as natural disasters and political instability, the Cave Church remains an important religious site for Coptic Christians.
- Old Market:
El Khalili, also known as Cairo's Old Market, is a famous souk in the heart of Cairo's historic district. It was built in the 14th century and is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and exploring. Visitors can find traditional souvenirs, restaurants, and cafes. The market is also significant for its historical and cultural significance as a center of trade and commerce during the Ottoman Empire.
Day 10: Going back home
Items to Prepare for Pilgrimage Tour
- Passport and ID (Green Card for permanent residents)
- Visa to Saudi Arabia either in Smartphone or printout
- Visa to Egypt will be provide by local travel agent in the Cairo Airport
- No covid-19 related document needed for both countries
General Items Checklist
- One checked luggage (65 lbs max.) for personal affects.
- You are allowed to carry on one handbag and one small bag during flight.
- Search weather forecast by dates for each country and pack accordingly. (dressing in layers is simpler than packing arctic clothing.)
- Sturdy yet comfortable walking shoes
- Sun gear according to your needs
- Cash for tipping the housekeepers (bring multiple $1-2 per day - USD bills)
- Travelers universal power adapter (Amazon link)
- Cc. under-garments, there is a four-day stretch w/o laundry service. Pack accordingly.
For Mount Sinai (Jabal al-Maqla) Hikers
- Hiking Shoes, Gloves, Hiking Sticks, Hat, Sunglasses, Hiking Jacket,
- Energy Bar
- Emergency Medical Kit (Bandage, antibiotic, Muscle pain reliever, depending on persons, tylenol, advil etc)