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Biblical Egypt Fam Trip

January 2-11, 2023 Discounted Biblical & Religion Tour for Professors, Pastors, and spouses

Growing up in rural Egypt gave me a love for its people, history and culture, so that Egyptology and archaeology were my natural academic studies. On this tour we will visit ancient and modern wonders and integrate Biblical history, with a goal of making connections between Egyptian history and culture and the Bible.

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Dr. Jim Hoffmeier
Cathy Hoffmeier
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Jan 2 (Mon): Depart from US

Jan 3 (Tue): Arrive Cairo Airport
Our representative will meet you before immigration, customs and baggage claim, with a “FAM TRIP-TUTKU TOURS” sign. He will help you with your visas and customs check. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Jan 4 (Wed): Cairo
Visit: Giza Pyramids & Cairo Museum The great pyramids and sphinx are among the wonders of the world, and a highlight of any visit to Egypt. The Cairo Museum is home to many great works of art and historical significance, such as the Merneptah (Israel) stela, and Tutankhamun’s treasures. (NOTE: if the new Grand Egyptian Museum is opened we will visit it) Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (B,D)

Jan 5 (Thu): Cairo
Visit: Sakkara and Dahshur pyramid sites and Memphis At Sakkara we can see the first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. The Dahshur Pyramids precede the Giza group and allow one to see the evolution of the pyramid. These necropoli were the burial grounds for the kings and elite of the nearby capital, Memphis. At Memphis we will visit an outdoor museum that includes a colossal statue of Ramesses II. Dinner and Overnight in Cairo. (B,D)

Jan 6 (Fri): Cairo
Visit: Old Cairo and the Cave Church In Medieval Cairo we will visit some of the earliest churches and the Ibn Ezra Synagogue (where the Cairo Geniza manuscripts were found). We will experience the Cave Church, the largest church in the Middle East, which is in the remarkable garbage collectors town. Dinner and fly to in Luxor. (B,D)

Jan 7 (Sat): Luxor
Visit: Karnak and Luxor Temple Karnak Temple is the cult center of Amun, No-Amon (Thebes) of the Bible. Here Thutmose III’s Annals record his famous battle at Megiddo and Shishak’s relief records the campaign of 925 BC against Israel and Judah. The temple is also home to the Egyptian text of the treaty of Ramesses and Hatusili the Hittite ruler and the classic Hypostyle Hall. The Pylon at Luxor temple contains reliefs of Ramesses II’s battle of Kadesh and a portrayal of his tabernacle-like camp. Dinner and overnight in Luxor. (B,D)

Jan 8 (Sun): Luxor
Visit: Theban Necropolis The western side of Luxor is the burial ground of Thebes and includes the Valley of Kings (and Tut’s tomb), Deir el- Bahri (Hatshepsut’s funerary temple), and the Ramesseum, which features “Ozymandias,” and mud-brick storage facilities like those for which the Hebrews made bricks (Exodus 1:11). Dinner and overnight in Luxor. (B,D)

Jan 9 (Mon): Luxor-Fly Cairo
Visit: Theban Necropolis, day two The Tombs of the Nobles include remarkable painted and carved scenes. In the Tomb of Rekhmire we will see the famous scene in which foreigners are forced to make bricks. Medinet Habu is one of the best preserved temples of the New Kingdom and contains the renowned panorama of the Sea Peoples (including the Philistines) invasion of Egypt. Fly to Cairo in the evening. Dinner and overnight (Cairo). (B,D)

Jan 10 (Tue): The Land of Goshen (The Delta)
Visit: Tanis and Bubastis Tanis is the Delta capital after Pi-Ramesses (Rameses/ Raamses of Gen 47:11 & Exod 1:11 & 12:37) was abandoned around 1130 B.C. Many of the statues, inscribed blocks and remains at Tanis came from Pi-Ramesses. Bubastis (Pibesethet of Ezek 30:17) was the capital of the 22nd Dynasty and Shishak its founder. Dinner and overnight in Cairo (B,D).

Jan 11 (Wed): Departure
Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight back to USA. End of services.

Notes:
1- Requested domestic flights in Egypt can’t be guaranteed until we receive your registration (deposit payment and passport information). Registration link is at the back of our brochure and also at our website.

2- If the Grand Egyptian Museum has officially opened, an attempt will be made to include it in the program. If we are able to visit, there may be additional charges to see certain sections of the museum.

3- The Mummies’ Chamber that is currently located in the Egyptian Myseum will be moved from the Egyptian Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. This is a different museum, other than the new Grand Egyptian Museum and is located near Old Coptic Cairo. The ticket for such musuem is not included in the quotation.

Including
  • Round-trip International flights from New York JFK Airport, Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
  • Cairo-Luxor-Cairo domestic flight
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation at 4-5 star hotels as per hotels specified below or similar
  • 3 Nights at LE MERIDIEN PYRAMIDS HOTEL in Cairo (or similar)
  • 3 Nights at STEIGENBERGER NILE in Luxor (or similar)
  • 2 Nights at LE PASSAGE HOTEL in Cairo (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast and dinners at the hotels
  • Entrance fees to all archeological sites incuded in the program
  • English Speaking licensed tour guide throughout the itinerary
  • Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach based on the size of the group
  • Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
  • Guide wireless headset system
Excluding
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Egypt Visa ($25)- Subject to increase if applied by the government
  • Personal expenses, any other item which is not included above
  • Charges for camera permit at museums and some sites
  • Tips to tour guide ($50) and driver ($20)

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including
  • Round-trip International flights from New York JFK Airport, Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, based on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
  • Cairo-Luxor-Cairo domestic flight
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation at 4-5 star hotels as per hotels specified below or similar
  • 3 Nights at LE MERIDIEN PYRAMIDS HOTEL in Cairo (or similar)
  • 3 Nights at STEIGENBERGER NILE in Luxor (or similar)
  • 2 Nights at LE PASSAGE HOTEL in Cairo (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast and dinners at the hotels
  • Entrance fees to all archeological sites incuded in the program
  • English Speaking licensed tour guide throughout the itinerary
  • Transfers & transportation by private A/C motorcoach based on the size of the group
  • Portage for one piece of luggage at the hotels
  • Guide wireless headset system
Excluding
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Egypt Visa ($25)- Subject to increase if applied by the government
  • Personal expenses, any other item which is not included above
  • Charges for camera permit at museums and some sites
  • Tips to tour guide ($50) and driver ($20)

Hosts
Dr. Jim Hoffmeier

Dr. James K. Hoffmeier is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was born in Egypt and lived there until age sixteen, and returns often for research, excavation, and teaching ministry. He served as Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College and was chair of Wheaton’s Department of Biblical, Theological, Religious and Archaeological Studies. From 1996 to 1999 he was also director of the Wheaton Archaeology Program.

He was an archaeological editor for the English Standard Version Study Bible, and his books include Israel in Egypt: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1997), Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2005), and The Archaeology of the Bible (Oxford: Lion, 2008).

He directed excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai, from 1998-2008, and has appeared in and served as a consultant for television programs on the Discovery, History, Learning, and National Geographic Channels. Dr. Hoffmeier teaches and lectures regularly across the USA and internationally.

Cathy Hoffmeier

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– 90–60 days prior to departure : No Penalty
– 59–45 days prior to departure : 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure : 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure : 75%
– 14 days & After : No refund

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