Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Study Tour & Cruise

Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2019

Israel Extension is optional
Egypt/Jordan only from 2/28 to 3/12

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A GTI Signature Tour

What to Expect

Three Countries and Dozens of Sites! A private Nile cruise, ancient sites, chartered flights, and a luxurious Jordanian camping experience ending with four amazing days in Israel!

The 2018 Signature Tour sold out in record time, so we've expanded the 2019 itinerary to include Israel! You won't find a better way to experience three countries and over two-dozen sites while learning from George DeJong each morning and evening as he unpacks what we're learning in the context of biblical history as well as our daily faith.

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A Truly Unique Tour!

Come and discover the landscapes, temples, and ruins of ancient Egypt, Jordan, and Israel on GTI Tours' 2019 Signature Study Tour.

Explore the geographic and spiritual backdrop of the old testament. From Cairo and the Great Pyramids to the temples in Luxor, and all the way to Aswan along the banks of the Nile.

Continue learning and exploring the Holy Land in Israel as we walk the shores of Galilee and the steps of Jerusalem.

Enjoy a comfortable and private river cruise ending with chartered flights to our luxury camping experience in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Each stop along the way is a unique learning environment, a fresh context to discover how God's Word continues to be a lamp for our feet and a light to our path.

Our local guides will travel with us each step of the way, helping us understand how the building blocks of these great cultures and structures were assembled.

Our partner in ministry, Pastor George DeJong, will lead the teaching and devotionals that will help us take what we've seen and apply it to our daily lives.

Unlike other cruise ships, our Nile river boat creates an extremely comfortable and private setting—a perfect homebase from which to explore the sites each day. With only 35 spacious cabins on board you'll have plenty of time and space to relax, reflect, and take in the incredible beauty of God's creation.

 

Any Questions?

If you have questions, you're not alone! Use the following form to submit any questions you may have or to request an invitation to our next live Q&A session.

And of course, you can always give us a call during business hours at 616-396-1234 or 800-829-8234.

  • $5890 base cost out of Chicago
  • - $1040 for Egypt w/ Nile Cruise & Jordan (No Israel)
  • $1350.00 single-occupancy supplement available

Fees:

  • $40.00 for Jordanian Visa
  • $30.00 for Egyptian Visa

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2000.00 per-person due by Dec 18, 2018
  • Remaining balance due by Feb 8, 2019
  • Economy class air from/to ORD
  • GTI Hydration Packs with bottled water on tour
  • Charter air flights as indicated
  • Hotel and Cruise accommodations as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
  • Lunches on site
  • Bible, Journal, Plug adapter
  • Deluxe touring motor coach
  • All entrance fees
  • Guide/Driver Tips
  • Bedouin Dinner Feast – Wadi Rum
  • Wadi Rum Jeep excursion 4X4 Jeeps
  • Donkeys ride out of Petra Canyon
  • Porterage
  • Border crossing and exit fees
  • Egyptian visa (currently $30)
  • Jordanian visa (currently $57)
  • Tips aboard Nile River Cruise Ship
  • Ala Carte beverages ordered with meals

“GTI Tours has been serving, listening to, and learning from their network of leaders and ministries for years—which is why their study tours are exceptional!“

Dr. Mark Strauss
Bethel Seminary Professor

GTI Tours specializes in biblical study tours that bring the land and lessons of the Bible to life for churches, universities, ministries, and teams.

Itinerary

Thu Feb 28

A day of travel!

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:20pm
Fri Mar 1

Welcome to present day Cairo and ancient Egypt!

After our luggage is collected, we’re taken by motor coach to the wonderful Le Meridian Pyramids Hotel for a good nights sleep before our adventure begins in the morning.

Istanbul to Cairo International on Turkish Flight #694 departing 7:10pm

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel
Sat Mar 2

The Pyramids, Where Stone Touches Sky.

After breakfast, we make our way to the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, all constructed during ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom period. From there we’re off to the magnificent Cairo museum to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt. The exhibits of the museum’s displays span the entirety of Egypt’s ancient history. It’s here that we begin to learn and understand why God brought His people to this land. After our museum experience, we make our way to Cairo airport and board a private charter jet. We’ll fly to ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor, where we’re taken to the beautiful Nile River Palace for a good meal and well-earned sleep.

Pyramids, Sphinx, Cairo Museum
Cairo International to Luxor International on Charter Flight Flight # departing 5:30pm

Pyramids
Sun Mar 3

Ancient Thebes

Today, we find ourselves on the west bank of the Nile River, visiting the Ramesseum (memorial temple of Ramesses II) as well as Dier El Medina, the village where the craftsmen lived who designed, dug, and decorated the great tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We will finish the evening with a amazing tour of Luxor Temple at night.

Deir el Medina, luxor Carriage Ride, Bricks, Alabaster shop, Luxor Temple, Goshen, Ramseum

Luxor Temple
Mon Mar 4

Ancient Thebes: The Center of Power.

We enter the world of the New Kingdom, that period when most scholars agree God, through Moses, led His people out of Egypt in the great Exodus. We will walk through the ancient and wonderfully preserved temple of Karnack. In the afternoon we will board the Movenpick Nile Cruise boat which will be our new home for the next couple of days.

Karnack
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Karnack
Tue Mar 5

Ancient Thebes: Let My People Go!

Today we will head back to the west bank of the Nile and make our way to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Here we explore the elaborate tombs of key Pharaohs. That afternoon, we re-board the beautiful Movenpick Nile Cruise ship and begin our journey along the Nile.

Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens
Movenpick Cruise Ship
Wed Mar 6

Meet the Gods.

Today is a day of cruising and touring as we make our way south. We’ll encounter the great twin temples at Kom Ombo: the first honoring Sobeck, the crocodile-headed protector of Egypt, and the second revering Hathor, the goddess of fertility and wife of Horus. Then, a short cruise to Edfu where we disembark to visit perhaps the best-preserved temple in all of Egypt: the temple of Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis and protector of Pharaoh.

Kom Ombo, Edfu Temple
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Kom Ombo
Thu Mar 7

The River of Life.

Without the Nile there is no Egypt; we’ve sailed, celebrated, and enjoyed the Nile – the River of Life. Today, we explore and study one of Egypt’s several creator deities Khnum, whose temple rests on Elephantine Island in the center of the Nile. Next, it’s off to explore an authentic African village where we’ll encounter welcoming shop-keepers and residents. After lunch in an authentic Sudanese restaurant, we make our way to a magnificent granite quarry where the ancients mined and shaped the beautiful stone they quarried there. In the evening, we head back to our cruise ship for dinner and our last night on board.

Elephantine Island, Obelisk, Sudanese Village

Elephantine Island
Fri Mar 8

The Reach of Power.

Abu Simbel, Aswan
Aswan International to Abu Simbel on Charter Flight Flight # departing 10:00am
Abu Simbel to King Hussein International on Charter Flight Flight # departing 3:00pm

SunCity Camp
Sat Mar 9

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum to Petra and on to the Land of Promise. It will be an early wake-up call for a very big day! After breakfast, we’ll climb into 4X4 Jeeps for a sunrise excursion as we experience the wonders of Wadi Rum. Then, we make our way by motor coach to the World Heritage site of Petra to study the Nabateans and see their distinctive Treasury.

Wadi Rum Jeep Tour, Petra

Petra
Sun Mar 10

Plains of Moab & Transitions.

Today is all about transitions. We’ll explore the Plains of Moab and Mt. Nebo, where we’ll consider the transition from Moses to Joshua. We’ll spend time at the baptism site of Jesus and Machaerus, a Herodian fortress. At Machaerus, we’ll study the transition from John the Baptist to Jesus. Along the way, we’ll visit one of the most famous and extensive mosaic shops in all of Jordan. In the evening we’ll head back to the Ramada for a Dead Sea swim (or float).

Machaerus, Mount Nebo, Mosaic Shop

Machaerus
Mon Mar 11

Jordan to Israel

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Ramada and its gracious staff and make our way north to the Decapolis city of Jerash. Arguably the most remarkably preserved and extensively reconstructed Greco-Roman city in the entire Middle East. It is at Jerash that we gain a sense of the power and world view Jesus and his disciples lovingly confronted and did so to the glory of God. We’ll enjoy Jordanian Grill for lunch and then bid farewell as some of our group make their way to the Geneva Hotel in Amman to overnight and prepare for their flight home the following day. Others who have signed on for the Israel extension make their way further north crossing at the Sheikh Hussein Border enter into the Galilee. A short drive north by motor coach to Kibbutz Kinar, a delicious Israeli dinner and then enjoy a sunset swim Sea of Galilee all before our night’s rest. All the while pondering: “This is the Galilee, where Jesus walked, taught and lived!”

Mount Gilboa, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea Swim, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Sheik Hussein Border Crossing, Jerash

Mount Gilboa
Tue Mar 12

Making Disciples

What can we say – the next few days promise to be full as we explore the villages, towns, and cities of the Galilee. These places mentioned in our Bibles, are where Jesus called his disciples, taught crowds, and healed the broken. We make our way finally to the southern end of the Dead Sea, to the beautiful Isrotel Ganim Hotel.

Galilee Boat Ride, Capernaum, Hazor, Mount Arbel

Galilee Boat Ride
Wed Mar 13

The Judah Wilderness

Though the Bible contains two testaments, it is one book, and today we visit locations which span both testaments. We visit Masada, that great refuge for David, that magnificent palace of Herod the Great, and the location of that final climactic battle of the first Jewish Revolt. Then on to En Gedi, a revitalizing oasis in the arid wilderness, then to Qumran, the site of the 20th century's greatest archeological find: the Dead Sea Scrolls. Our day concludes as we motor coach up to the ancient city of Jerusalem and the Grand Court Hotel.

Masada, Qumran, Ein Gedi

Masada
Thu Mar 14

Jerusalem!

Of our time in Israel this day promises to be the fullest. We hope to visit as many highlights this ancient city has to offer. We certainly will walk the Mount of Olives down to the Old City, then along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church which marks the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion and burial. We’ll walk on the Old City, visiting all four of its quarters and finishing at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most honored sites. We’ll spend our final evening packing and preparing for our journey home having been deepened and sensing shalom having come to more appreciate our God and His leading of our continuing journey of faith.

Israel Museum, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Anne's Church, Mount of Olives, Farewell Dinner, Passion Walk

Israel Museum
Fri Mar 15

Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #785 departing 10:20am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 3:00pm

Why GTI Tours?

All Inclusive

More than simply a statement about pricing, “All Inclusive” describes GTI’s holistic approach to facilitating purposeful travel and experiential learning in cooperation with our Ministry Partners.

Biblically Focused

Your tour leader, study materials, and even itinerary are biblically focused, creating a journey that will draw you more deeply into God’s Word with each step you take.

Experiential Itinerary

Each stop on your itinerary is selected because it provides an experience than brings meaning and emotional significance to the information you will be learning.

All Expenses Covered

There’s no need to worry about wasting time and money haggling or being surprised by hidden costs. Except for souvenirs and optional upgrades, every part of your trip is covered.

Online Registration

Our secure online payment and registration system allows for payment plans and reminders, easy passport and document uploads, and confidence that your money and information is safe.

Online Tour Journal

Friends and family can receive daily updates of text, photos, audio, and video from you and other participants to keep up with where you are and what you’re learning via the GTI Online Tour Journal.

Backpacks and Gear

We take care of everything so you can stay focused during your Study Tour, including providing you with a hydration backpack, study guide, passport/ticket carrier, and even a flashlight (when the trip calls for it).

Local Guides & Drivers

We have spent years developing relationships with experienced guides and drivers because they are an integral part of a study tour. And if you already have a trusted guide/driver you prefer that’s ok too!