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Egypt, Jordan, Israel with Nile Cruise

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When?

14 days including travel
Feb 26 - Mar 11, 2021

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How Much?

$5590.00 USD
All Inclusive!

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GTI Tours and Dr. Jonathan & Jennifer Greer

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You’re invited to join us on a 14 day, all-inclusive Israel, Egypt, Jordan Study Tour.

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture while your local guide and driver will bring the past and present culture of Israel and Egypt and Jordan alive to all your senses.

Unlike other Holy Land tours, this tour is solely focused on bringing Scripture to life through first-hand experiences in the places the stories actually happened. An all-inclusive trip you’ll be free to focus on each moment without worrying about lodging, tips, transportation, entrance fees, food or water.

What is a GTI Study Tour?

We’ve built into our study tours everything you need for an enjoyable and educational trip. We want you to be fully focused on the lessons and experiences you’ll encounter, and not be distracted by local tipping practices, transportation arrangements, or meal planning.

We believe that as a Study Tour participant you’re not a mere tourist—you’re an investment! This is evident from the moment you book your trip, through to the time you return home to share what you’ve learned with your friends and family.

Our seasoned guides and ministry partners do so much more than handle the details and keep things on schedule. Our local guides have personal experience and intimate knowledge of the places and events you’ll examine, and our ministry partner’s teachers have a shepherd’s heart and a passion for God’s word.

The guides have been so personable and so knowledgeable and so friendly. There's just never a bad day for these guys. They make you very comfortable throughout the trip.

— Steve

We got to walk the land and it made our bibles come alive, and my son being 17, he needed it to come alive. It solidified his foundation in his faith.

— Joey

GTI has done such a great job of taking care of everything... allowing us to feel at home and really focus on the things we needed to from the very beginning.

— Jordan

Dr. Jonathan & Jennifer Greer

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

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.

Study Tour Details

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  • $5590.00 USD base cost
  • + $-1000.00 for Egypt Jordan only departure.
  • $1200.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • $100.00 discount if booking prior to Sep 4, 2020

Optional payment schedule available:

  • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
  • $2545.00 per-person due by Oct 9, 2020
  • Remaining balance due by Jan 7, 2021
  • 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

Egypt / Jordan only $4590 (double occupancy

  • Egyptian visa (currently $30)
  • Jordanian visa (currently $35)
  • Ala Carte beverages ordered with meals
  • Full refund less $200 for cancellations after deposit.
  • Full refund less $500 for cancellations after September 4, 2020
  • Full refund less $2000 for cancellations after October 9, 2020
  • No refunds for cancellations after January 7, 2021

Itinerary

Fri Feb 26

A day of travel

O'Hare to Istanbul ( Depart tk6 at 9:30pm )
Sat Feb 27

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 ( Depart tk694 at 7:10pm )

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel
Sun Feb 28

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 ( Depart Charter Flight at 5:30pm )

Pyramids
Mon Mar 1

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

Karnak
Tue Mar 2

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

Valley of the Kings
Wed Mar 3

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 4

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 5

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 ( Depart Charter Flight at 9:00am )

Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Sat Mar 6

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 7

Finishing in Jordan

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 8

Flight Home

Queen Alia, Amman to Istanbul ( Depart tk813 at 5:45am )
Istanbul to O'Hare ( Depart tk5 at 3:00pm )