PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND EGYPT –SINAI – ISRAEL – EGYPT
DAY ONE: EGYPT
Arrive at Cairo International airport in the morning. You will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by the guide who will be with you in Egypt. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx . We then move to the Old Cairo to visit the hanging church that was built in the 4th century and a 5th century Basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. We then visit the church of Mary , built at the house where the Holy Family spent their first days. Visit the Floating Bible on the River Nile. Check in the hotel.
(Overnight: Cairo. Hotel** Meal plan: Lunch /Dinner)
DAY TWO: CAIRO/SINAI
After breakfast check out of the hotel and depart for Mt. Sinai . We cross the famous Suez Canal that separates Asia and Africa. We travel to Elim where Moses found twelve water springs and 70 palm trees. We continue in the Wilderness of Sinwhere the miracle of Manna and Quails took place (lunch on the way).We shall also pass by Rephidim where the Israelites fought the Amalekites. Arrive at St Catherine. Check in hotel and have an early dinner. Retire early to be ready for the early morning mountain climb.
(Overnight: St. Catherine – Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner)
DAY THREE: SINAI/TABA
At 02.00 hrs we start to climb Mt. Sinai.Return to hotel for breakfast and checking out. Thereafter we visit the Greek Orthodox St. Catherine Monastery, built at the site of the Burning Bush and the well where Moses met the daughters of Jethro. We visit the place where the Israelites camped when Moses went to receive the Ten Commandments. Travel to Taba on the Egypt Israel border, check in the hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.
(Overnight: Taba –** Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch /Dinner)
DAY FOUR: TABA/ISRAEL
After breakfast, transfer to the border and cross over to Eilat to enter Israel through the border- check and immigration. Meet and be assisted by our new guide in Israel.
We then travel to Dead Sea. We see the Fortress of Masada, caves of Ein Gedi, and proceed to visit Jericho. We visit the Baptismal Site on River Jordan , See the Mt. of temptation , see remains of the walls of the old Jericho, the springs of Elisha and Zaccheus tree. Proceed to Nazareth.
(Overnight: Nazareth: Breakfast/lunch/ Dinner)
DAY FIVE: ISRAEL
After breakfast, we travel to the sea of Galilee and visit the Mt. of Beatitudes, Proceed to Tabgha where Jesus fed 5000 men with two fish and five loaves, walk down to Primacy of Peter (Mensa Christi), then proceeding to the town of Christ (Capernaum). Also we will sail on the Sea of Galilee in a boat similar to the one used by Jesus and his disciples. Enjoy Peter’s Fish.We will then visit there the Basilica and the Grotto of the Annunciation, House of Joseph in Nazareth.
(Overnight: Nazareth ** Meal plan: Breakfast/ lunch/Dinner
DAY SIX: ISRAEL
Today we visit Cana of Galilee and taste the wine similar to that of the first miracle. We climb Mt Tabor (Mt. of Transfiguration) where Jesus was transfigured. We continue to Haifa on Mt. Carmel. We see the Elijah’s cave and the Monastery of Stella Maris and the Bahai Gardens. Proceed to Caesarea, where King Herod the Great built his Palace. We see the remains of the palace and the aqua duct. We then travel to Jaffa/ Tel Aviv. Visit the house of Simon the Tuner where Peter had the Vision of the Flesh, and visit St. Peter’s Church. Proceed to Bethlehem
(Overnight: Bethlehem Nativity Bells Hotel ** Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner)DAY SEVEN: ISRAEL
Visit Bethany and enter into the Tomb of Lazarus. Proceed to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and visit the Ascension Chapel from where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Visit the Church of Pater Noster witness the “Lord’s Prayer’ written in several languages, the Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept over Jerusalem. Proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane along the Triumphant Entry route and see the Rock of Agony the place where Jesus prayed before His arrest. Continue to visit into the Old Jerusalem and enter the Church of St. Anne, where the Virgin Mary was born, to the Pool of Bethesda. Then continue to Via Dolorosa starting from the first station (condemnation) to the fourteenth station inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, died and buried. We enter the empty tomb of Jesus. We visit various sites in the Holy Sepulchure. Then continue crossing the old City of Jerusalem to the remains of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem – the Wailing Wall.
(Overnight: Bethlehem ** Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch Dinner)
DAY EIGHT: ISRAEL
In the morning we visit the ancient Church of the Nativity and touch the very place where Jesus was born. We shall also visit the “Milk Grotto” and, the “Shepherds Fields” in Beth-Sahour. We continue to visit Ein Karem , the place where John the Baptist was born. We proceed to the Mount Zion area to see the Upper Room where Jesus and His disciples had their last supper with his disciples.See also King David’s tomb, the Dormition Abbey from where the Virgin Mary went into eternal sleep and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Christ three times. We shall see the dungeons where Jesus spent some time before he was taken to the pretorium.
(Overnight: Bethlehem. ** Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner)
DAY NINE: ISRAEL
Travel to Qumran and have an opportunity to float on Dead Sea water. Travel to a Kibbutz’s and see the dairy cows. Travel to the Eilat boundary and cross to Taba in Egypt
(Overnight: Taba – Swiss in Resort (Sunflower) ** Meal plan: Breakfast/lunch /Dinner)
DAY TEN: EGYPT
Travel through the Sinai desert to Cairo. Leisure walk if we arrive early. At 18.00 transfer to the airport to catch flight to Nairobi.
(Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch).
Arrive in Nairobi in the morning.