Saudi Arabia / Jordan

Mar 16-24, 2025

Jordan / Saudi Arabia

Mar 16-24, 2025

Experience Saudi Arabia & Jordan on a GTI Signature Study Tour and you'll see Scripture in a new light.

See The Sites

Mount Sinai has been identified with a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt since the 4 th century A.D. However, several biblical passages seem to indicate that Mount Sinai is in Arabia. Could the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites have taken place in Arabia rather than Egypt?

In Exodus 17, the Israelites are camped at a place called Rephidim where there was no water for them to drink. God commanded Moses to strike a rock known as the Rock of Horeb, which opened the rock causing water to come out of it for the people to drink. In the Arabian Desert at the foot of the Arabian Mount Horeb, stands stands a large, split rock. Could this have been the site where this biblical story took place?

Right along the coast of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba, a wadi or canyon leads from the shore inland to the wilderness. This canyon is flowing with water from a spring, feeding a grove of palm trees. In Exodus 15, the Israelites are provided fresh water and a grove of 70 palm trees at Elim. Could this have been the area where the Israelites crossed?

An outcropping of granite boulders form a type of high place at the foot of the Arabian Mount Sinai. The boulders are etched and painted with multiple depictions of bulls and calves. Could this have been the site of Israel’s rebellion against the Lord when they formed a golden calf?

One of the more unusual places we encountered in Arabia was an ancient installation at the foot of the ascent to the Arabian Mount Horeb. Unlike anything else seen in Arabia, this installation appears to have been used for cultic purposes. Could this facility have been used by the ancient Israelites during their time at Sinai?

If the biblical Mount Sinai is in Arabia, then ascending to the summit of the mountain would be an extraordinary experience. The anticipation of standing on the very site where Moses received the Ten Commandments is overwhelming.

Throughout history, people have left their mark as they traveled. Prominent rocks or sacred spaces along a route through the desert became waystations for weary travelers. The Arabian Peninsula has been a caravan and pilgrimage route for millennia. Caravans brought incense and spices from Yemen and Southern Arabia to trade throughout the Mediterranean. Muslim pilgrims, making their way to Mecca, traversed the western deserts of Arabia.

A 4X4 vehicle is a must in the Arabian Desert. Exploring the backroads of this austere landscape is both exhilarating and challenging. No tour buses allowed!

What to Expect

The quest to identify the biblical Mount Sinai has been an ongoing venture for many years. As many as six or seven different sites have been suggested as candidates for that enigmatic mountain, ranging from the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt across southern Israel into Saudi Arabia. Since the fourth century A.D., a site in the southern Sinai Peninsula at Saint Catherine’s monastery has been the preferred location. Recently, however, a mountain in the Arabian Peninsula, which has long been identified as Moses’ Mountain by Arabs, has garnered interest as a possible site for Sinai. The mountain known as Jebel Lawz, and several sites around it, could quite possibly figure into the biblical story of the Exodus.

Travel with us to the Arabian Desert as we explore fantastic sites in Saudi Arabia and Jordan that raise the question of exactly where the exodus of the Israelites took place. Visit a split rock (Exodus 17), a grove of palm trees (Exodus 15), and an altar and high place with bull/cow carvings at the foot of the Arabian Mount Horeb (Exodus 32), as well as the desert of Wadi Rum, a possible location of the Wilderness of Paran. We will also visit Petra and other historic sites in Jordan. This will be an exciting and ground-breaking tour into the extraordinary deserts of Arabia.

Your Leader

Rich Ferreira

General Manager, GTI Tours

After graduating with his Masters from Talbot Theological Seminary, Rich and his wife Becky began working full-time for Hume Ministries in 2001. Rich’s passions are discipleship and teaching God’s word in a way that brings it alive in today’s world. In his spare time, Rich enjoys leading Biblical Study Tours (50 trips and counting), motorcycle riding, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife, daughters Ellie and Carmel, and his two sons Jaron and Ronen. In 2016 Rich and his family moved from California to Michigan to join the GTI Tours staff full-time, where he serves as General Manager.

The Details


Sun Mar 16

Depart US

O'Hare to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #186 departing 12:55pm

Geneva Hotel
Mon Mar 17

Welcome to Jordan

Amman Citadel
Istanbul to Queen Alia, Amman on Turkish Flight #816 departing 8:10am
Tue Mar 18

Day 1



Wed Mar 19

Day 2

Thu Mar 20

Day 3

Al Durra Border Crossing, Split Rock, Jethro Caves, Tayyib Al Ism, Moses Spring
Desert Camp
Fri Mar 21

Day 4

Calf Alter, Ancient High Place, Mt Harob
Sat Mar 22

Day 5

Al Mdawara Border Crossing, Wadi Rum, Wadi Rum Jeep Tour
Sun Mar 23

Day 6

Madaba, Mt Nebo
Mon Mar 24

Queen Alia, Amman to Istanbul on Turkish Flight #815 departing 6:00am
Istanbul to O'Hare on Turkish Flight #5 departing 3:20pm

Flight Details

Sun, Mar 16 2025
Depart O'Hare at 12:55pm
ORD to IST on tk186
Arrive Istanbul at 7:10am
Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes
Mon, Mar 17 2025
Depart Istanbul at 8:10am
IST to AMM on tk816
Arrive Queen Alia, Amman at 11:00am
Duration: 03 hours 50 minutes
Mon, Mar 24 2025
Depart Queen Alia, Amman at 6:00am
AMM to IST on tk815
Arrive Istanbul at 9:30am
Duration: 02 hours 30 minutes
Mon, Mar 24 2025
Depart Istanbul at 3:20pm
IST to ORD on tk5
Arrive O'Hare at 7:25pm
Duration: 12 hours 05 minutes

Payment Details

Base Cost
  • $4990 base cost
  • Add $300 for Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride in Wadi Rum
  • $900.00 single-occupancy supplement available
  • Optional payment schedule available:
    • $500.00 per-person deposit upon registration
    • $2245.00 per-person due by October 25, 2024
    • Remaining balance due by January 24, 2025
    • Air to and from Chicago
    • Hotel accommodations as indicated
    • Daily breakfast and dinner buffet
    • Lunches on site
    • GTI Osprey hydration packs with bottled water on tour
    • All entrance fees
    • Guide/Driver Tips
    • Porterage fees and taxes
    • Journal, flashlight
    • GTI plug adapter
    • Jordanian visa
    • Drinks with meals
    • Saudi visa
    • Optional hot air balloon ride $300 per person (register with GTI)
    • Star Gazing $30 (weather permitting) pay onsite

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