Footsteps of Moses

Study Tour & Cruise

Mar 16-28, 2023

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A GTI Signature Tour

What to Expect

A Nile River cruise, dozens of ancient sites, and the brand-new Egyptian Museum!

From the bulrushes on the banks of the Nile to panoramic view on Mount Nebo, this study tour will follow the life and footsteps of Moses - Shepherd, Leader, Prophet and Friend of God, the man with whom the Lord spoke face to face (Exodus 33:11). Dr. Jonathan and Jennifer Greer will teach us each day and connect what we see to the biblical narrative, all from the comforts and convenience of a cruise ship.

This video includes sites from Jordan and Israel that we will not visit on this tour.

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It took one day to get the Israelites out of Egypt; it took years to get the Egypt out of the Israelites. To really understand these spiritual ancestors of ours, we need to see and understand where they were coming from (literally and figuratively): Egypt, the pagan land where they were delivered out of slavery to become God's Chosen People; and Jordan, where God led them through the wilderness and taught them to depend on Him as they awaited the Promised Land.

On this tour, we will not only learn about the major Egyptian deities but visit temples where they (and the Pharaohs) were worshiped. Beginning with the Pyramids of Giza, our itinerary will guide us south along the Nile River to Luxor and Aswan, visiting sites such as Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and Elephantine Island.

We then transition into the second part of our journey and notice the contrast between the green lushness of Egypt and the red, rugged terrain of Jordan. As we discuss the wanderings of the Israelites, we will see stunning places like Wadi Rum, Petra and Jerash and experience Bedouin hospitality. These two lands are a significant part of biblical history – the prequel to Israel! Join us for the spectacular trip!

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. 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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  • $5090 base cost
  • $1400.00 single-occupancy supplement available

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2295.00 per-person due by Oct 27, 2022
  • Remaining balance due by Jan 25, 2023
  • 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)
  • Drinks

“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 Mar 16 • default

A day of travel

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #6 departing 10:40pm
Fri Mar 17 • default

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
Sat Mar 18 • default

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
Sun Mar 19 • default

Ancient Egypt: The Pyramids & the Old Kingdom

Grand Egyptian Museum
Cairo International to Luxor International on Charter Flight Flight # departing 5:30pm

Grand Egyptian Museum
Mon Mar 20 • default

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 Karnak Temple 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, Karnak
Movenpick Cruise Ship
Tue Mar 21 • default

The Quest for Eternity: Valley of the Kings:

We will head back to the west bank of the Nile and 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.

Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's Temple, Medinet Habu
Movenpick Cruise Ship
Wed Mar 22 • default

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
Thu Mar 23 • default

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
Fri Mar 24 • default

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
Sat Mar 25 • default

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 26 • default

Transitions: The Plains of Moab & Mt. Nebo

After visiting a mosaic floor portraying the oldest map of the Holy Land, we will explore the Plains of Moab and Mt. Nebo, where we will consider the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua. Following a delicious Jordanian lunch, we will make our way to the Dead Sea for dinner & overnight at the Holiday Inn Resort.

Basilica of Saint George , Mount Nebo, Dead Sea
Mon Mar 27 • default

Finishing in Jordan

For our last day in Jordan, we will enjoy the stunning site of Jerash. Jerash (called Gerasa in the Bible) was one of the ten cities of the Decapolis and one of the best-preserved. The Greco-Roman architecture and features such as a theater, hippodrome and arched entry earned it the title, “The Pompeii of the East.” We will have dinner at the Geneva Hotel in Amman followed by a good night’s sleep then leave for the airport in the morning.

Jerash

Jerash
Tue Mar 28 • default

Flight Home

Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 2:15pm
Queen Alia, Amman to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #815 departing 6:15pm

Flight Details

Thu, Mar 16 2023
Depart O'Hare at 10:40pm
ORD to IST on tk6
Arrive Istanbul at 5:00pm
Duration: 10 hours 20 minutes
Fri, Mar 17 2023
Depart Istanbul at 7:10pm
IST to CAI on tk694
Arrive Cairo International at 8:30pm
Duration: 02 hours 20 minutes
Sun, Mar 19 2023
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 24 2023
Depart Aswan International at 9:00am
ASW to AQJ on Charter Flight
Arrive King Hussein International at 11:00am
Duration: 01 hours 00 minutes
Tue, Mar 28 2023
Depart Istanbul at 2:15pm
IST to ORD on tk5
Arrive O'Hare at 5:40pm
Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes
Tue, Mar 28 2023
Depart Queen Alia, Amman at 6:15pm
AMM to IST on tk815
Arrive Istanbul at 9:35am
Duration: 08 hours 40 minutes

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