Egypt, Jordan & Israel

Study Tour & Cruise

Feb 28 - Mar 12, 2020

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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 tent-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 Jonathan Greer 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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Dr. Jonathan & Jennifer Greer

Your Study Tour Teachers

Jonathan & Jennifer Greer have enjoyed learning and teaching the Story of the Bible together in a variety of contexts in the Middle East for nearly two decades. They are faculty members at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary where Jonathan serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Hesse Archaeological Lab and Jennifer as Adjunct Instructor of Bible with a New Testament focus. Together they lead an annual study tour course in cooperation with GTI to the lands of the Bible as well as courses in biblical interpretation and background studies. Jonathan holds M.A. degrees in Old Testament and Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University where he focused on Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern studies, and archaeology. He is also the Associate Director of archaeological excavations at Tel Dan, Israel, and has published a number of works on the relationship of the Bible to the ancient world (see his latest project here). Jennifer earned an M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell and, in addition to her teaching, serves in leadership at Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, where they reside with their three children. She and Jonathan are currently working on a book entitled How to Read the Bible in Its Ancient World and Why It Matters for Ours. They look forward to every opportunity to teach the Bible and find no better classroom than the lands where the Story all began.

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  • $5590.00 base cost out of Chicago
  • + $-1000.00 for Egypt w/ Nile Cruise & Jordan (No Israel) departure.
  • $1180.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • $100.00 discount if booking prior to Sep 6, 2019

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2545.00 per-person due by Oct 11, 2019
  • Remaining balance due by Jan 9, 2020
  • 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 $35)
  • 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

Fri Feb 28 • Standard

A day of travel

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:30pm
Sat Feb 29 • Standard

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 night’s sleep before our adventure begins in the morning.

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

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel
Sun Mar 1 • Standard

Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids & the Old Kingdom

After breakfast and our morning orientation meeting, we will make our way to the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, all constructed during ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom period. After lunch, we will head to Cairo airport and board a private charter jet. We will then fly to ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor, where we will be taken to the beautiful Nile River Palace for a good meal and well-earned sleep.

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

Pyramids
Mon Mar 2 • Standard

The Greatness of Pharaoh: New Kingdom Mortuary Temples

We will begin the day with a “hands-on” experience of brick making, much in the same way the ancient Israelites would have known it, and then we will cross over to the west bank of the Nile River. There we will visit the Ramesseum (the memorial temple of Ramesses II) and Medinet Habu (the memorial temple of Ramesses III) as we discuss the power of New Kingdom pharaohs and the crisis of ca. 1200 BC and how these realities relate to the biblical story.

Bricks, Ramseum, Medinet Habu
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Medinet Habu
Tue Mar 3 • Standard

The Quest for Eternity: Karnak Temple Complex & the Valley of the Kings:

We will walk through the ancient and wonderfully preserved temple complex of Karnak and then head to the west bank of the Nile. There we will explore the elaborately painted tombs of key Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and also visit the mortuary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. That afternoon, we will re-board the beautiful Movenpick Nile Cruise ship and begin our journey along the Nile.

Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's Temple
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Karnak
Wed Mar 4 • Standard

Cosmic Order & Chaos: Ptolemaic Temples

This is a day of cruising and touring as we make our way south. First we will come to Edfu where we disembark to visit what is perhaps the best-preserved temple in all of Egypt: the temple of Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, and protector of Pharaoh. Returning to our ship we will continue to sail south to visit the temple at Kom Ombo, which honors Sobek the crocodile-headed protector of Egypt.

Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Edfu Temple
Thu Mar 5 • Standard

Securing the Border: The First Cataract and Elephantine Island

This day, after a visit to the massive “unfinished obelisk,” we will explore Elephantine Island in the center of the Nile, the site of a temple to Khnum, an Egyptian creator deity, and also a temple to Yahweh, built by a Jewish mercenary community who wrote letters to Jerusalem mentioning figures from the book of Nehemiah. In the evening, we head back to our cruise ship for dinner and our last night on board.

Obelisk, Elephantine Island
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Elephantine Island
Fri Mar 6 • Standard

Into the Wilderness: Wadi Rum

This morning we will bid farewell to our ship and crew and make our way to Aswan airport. There, we will board our private chartered jet and fly to Aqaba, Jordan, to our waiting motor coach which will bring us to the spectacular Wadi Rum. Once we check into our tents we will head out for a jeep ride in the majestic Wadi Rum as we explore the sites and watch an amazing sunset. Our Bedouin friends will have a traditional supper for us called Zarb, (a roasted lamb and/or chicken feast) waiting for us when we return. We will say goodnight and make our way to our personal tents where we spend the evening “glamping” at Sun City Camp.

Aswan, Aqaba, Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Aswan International to King Hussein International on Charter Flight Flight # departing 9:00am

Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Sat Mar 7 • Standard

Petra: Lost City of the Nabateans

After a great night of star gazing and enjoying the amazing sunrise we will make our way by motor coach to the World Heritage site of Petra to learn about the Nabateans, and their relationship to the biblical story, and see to their distinctive tomb façades.

Petra

Petra
Sun Mar 8 • Standard

Transitions: The Plains of Moab & Mt. Nebo

This day is all about transitions. After visiting a mosaic floor containing the oldest map of the Holy Land, we will explore the Plains of Moab and Mt. Nebo, where we will consider the transition from Moses to Joshua. We will enjoy a Jordanian 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 entering into the Galilee, where we will continue the story. After a short drive north by motor coach we will settle in to the Ein Gev Hotel, and enjoy a delicious Israeli dinner and a Galilean sunset before our night’s rest.

Basilica of Saint George , Basilica of Saint George , Mount Nebo, Mount Nebo

Basilica of Saint George
Mon Mar 9 • Standard

Flight Home

Queen Alia, Amman to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #813 departing 5:45am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 3:00pm
Fri Feb 28 • with Israel Extension

A day of travel

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 9:30pm
Sat Feb 29 • with Israel Extension

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 night’s sleep before our adventure begins in the morning.

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

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel
Sun Mar 1 • with Israel Extension

Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids & the Old Kingdom

After breakfast and our morning orientation meeting, we will make our way to the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, all constructed during ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom period. After lunch, we will head to Cairo airport and board a private charter jet. We will then fly to ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor, where we will be taken to the beautiful Nile River Palace for a good meal and well-earned sleep.

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

Pyramids
Mon Mar 2 • with Israel Extension

The Greatness of Pharaoh: New Kingdom Mortuary Temples

We will begin the day with a “hands-on” experience of brick making, much in the same way the ancient Israelites would have known it, and then we will cross over to the west bank of the Nile River. There we will visit the Ramesseum (the memorial temple of Ramesses II) and Medinet Habu (the memorial temple of Ramesses III) as we discuss the power of New Kingdom pharaohs and the crisis of ca. 1200 BC and how these realities relate to the biblical story.

Bricks, Ramseum, Medinet Habu
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Medinet Habu
Tue Mar 3 • with Israel Extension

The Quest for Eternity: Karnak Temple Complex & the Valley of the Kings:

We will walk through the ancient and wonderfully preserved temple complex of Karnak and then head to the west bank of the Nile. There we will explore the elaborately painted tombs of key Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and also visit the mortuary temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. That afternoon, we will re-board the beautiful Movenpick Nile Cruise ship and begin our journey along the Nile.

Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's Temple
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Karnak
Wed Mar 4 • with Israel Extension

Cosmic Order & Chaos: Ptolemaic Temples

This is a day of cruising and touring as we make our way south. First we will come to Edfu where we disembark to visit what is perhaps the best-preserved temple in all of Egypt: the temple of Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, and protector of Pharaoh. Returning to our ship we will continue to sail south to visit the temple at Kom Ombo, which honors Sobek the crocodile-headed protector of Egypt.

Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Edfu Temple
Thu Mar 5 • with Israel Extension

Securing the Border: The First Cataract and Elephantine Island

This day, after a visit to the massive “unfinished obelisk,” we will explore Elephantine Island in the center of the Nile, the site of a temple to Khnum, an Egyptian creator deity, and also a temple to Yahweh, built by a Jewish mercenary community who wrote letters to Jerusalem mentioning figures from the book of Nehemiah. In the evening, we head back to our cruise ship for dinner and our last night on board.

Obelisk, Elephantine Island
Movenpick Cruise Ship

Elephantine Island
Fri Mar 6 • with Israel Extension

Into the Wilderness: Wadi Rum

This morning we will bid farewell to our ship and crew and make our way to Aswan airport. There, we will board our private chartered jet and fly to Aqaba, Jordan, to our waiting motor coach which will bring us to the spectacular Wadi Rum. Once we check into our tents we will head out for a jeep ride in the majestic Wadi Rum as we explore the sites and watch an amazing sunset. Our Bedouin friends will have a traditional supper for us called Zarb, (a roasted lamb and/or chicken feast) waiting for us when we return. We will say goodnight and make our way to our personal tents where we spend the evening “glamping” at Sun City Camp.

Aswan, Aqaba, Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Aswan International to King Hussein International on Charter Flight Flight # departing 9:00am

Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Sat Mar 7 • with Israel Extension

Petra: Lost City of the Nabateans

After a great night of star gazing and enjoying the amazing sunrise we will make our way by motor coach to the World Heritage site of Petra to learn about the Nabateans, and their relationship to the biblical story, and see to their distinctive tomb façades.

Petra

Petra
Sun Mar 8 • with Israel Extension

Transitions: The Plains of Moab & Mt. Nebo

This day is all about transitions. After visiting a mosaic floor containing the oldest map of the Holy Land, we will explore the Plains of Moab and Mt. Nebo, where we will consider the transition from Moses to Joshua. We will enjoy a Jordanian 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 entering into the Galilee, where we will continue the story. After a short drive north by motor coach we will settle in to the Ein Gev Hotel, and enjoy a delicious Israeli dinner and a Galilean sunset before our night’s rest.

Basilica of Saint George , Basilica of Saint George , Mount Nebo, Mount Nebo

Basilica of Saint George
Mon Mar 9 • with Israel Extension

The Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of God

We will begin our day at Tel Dan, continuing our story of the settlement of ancient Israel and continuing into the period of the Hebrew kings where we will note an important inscription mentioning “the house of David” and an Israelite temple found there. We will then transition to the New Testament and the ministry of Jesus, considering who Jesus is in the region of Caesarea Philippi, and exploring where he taught and healed in the towns of Capernaum and Magdala before returning for the night to the Ein Gev Hotel.

Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Capernaum, Magdala

Tel Dan
Tue Mar 10 • with Israel Extension

Clash of Kingdoms: Sea of Galilee, The Jezreel Valley, and Caesarea:

After a morning boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and an exploration of an ancient boat from the time of Jesus, we will make our way to the guardian city of Megiddo and learn of its role in Egyptian imperialism, connections with Solomon and Ahab, and the imagery invoked in Revelation. Our final stop will be the magnificent Caesarea Maritima on the shores of the Mediterranean where we will consider the person of Herod the Great, and more, before making our way via motor coach up to the ancient city of Jerusalem and the Dan Hotel Jerusalem.

Galilee Boat Ride, Ancient Boat (Ginosar), Megiddo, Caesarea Maritima

Galilee Boat Ride
Wed Mar 11 • with Israel Extension

The Holy City: Jerusalem

Following a brief morning meeting in the hotel, we will begin our final day with a walk down from the Mount of Olives to the Old City, followed by visits to the pools of Bethesda, the Western Wall, and Southern Steps excavation areas. After lunch at a restaurant nestled in the heart of the Christian Quarter, we will conclude our journey with exploration of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church which marks the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Mount of Olives, St. Anne's Church, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Southern Steps

Mount of Olives
Thu Mar 12 • with Israel Extension

Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #865 departing 8:45am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 3:00pm

Flight Details

Fri, Feb 28 2020
Depart O'Hare at 9:30pm
ORD to IST on TK6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:45pm
Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes
Sat, Feb 29 2020
Depart Istanbul at 7:10pm
IST to CAI on TK694
Arrive Cairo International at 8:30pm
Duration: 02 hours 20 minutes
Sun, Mar 1 2020
Depart Cairo International at 5:30pm
CAI to LXR on Charter Flight
Arrive Luxor International at 6:45pm
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Fri, Mar 6 2020
Depart Aswan International at 9:00am
ASW to AQJ on Charter Flight
Arrive King Hussein International at 11:00am
Duration: 02 hours 00 minutes
Mon, Mar 9 2020
Depart Queen Alia, Amman at 5:45am
AMM to IST on TK813
Arrive Istanbul at 9:20am
Duration: 02 hours 35 minutes
Mon, Mar 9 2020
Depart Istanbul at 3:00pm
IST to ORD on TK5
Arrive O'Hare at 6:55pm
Duration: 11 hours 55 minutes
Fri, Feb 28 2020
Depart O'Hare at 9:30pm
ORD to IST on TK6
Arrive Istanbul at 4:45pm
Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes
Sat, Feb 29 2020
Depart Istanbul at 7:10pm
IST to CAI on TK694
Arrive Cairo International at 8:30pm
Duration: 02 hours 20 minutes
Sun, Mar 1 2020
Depart Cairo International at 5:30pm
CAI to LXR on Charter Flight
Arrive Luxor International at 6:45pm
Duration: 01 hours 15 minutes
Fri, Mar 6 2020
Depart Aswan International at 9:00am
ASW to AQJ on Charter Flight
Arrive King Hussein International at 11:00am
Duration: 02 hours 00 minutes
Thu, Mar 12 2020
Depart Tel Aviv at 8:45am
TLV to IST on TK865
Arrive Istanbul at 12:15pm
Duration: 02 hours 30 minutes
Thu, Mar 12 2020
Depart Istanbul at 3:00pm
IST to ORD on TK5
Arrive O'Hare at 6:55pm
Duration: 11 hours 55 minutes

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