Tours

Splendors of Egypt 2021 In the Footsteps of Moses, Joseph & the Holy Family with Guest Speaker Sr. Joan Chittister

9 days
Egypt
Starting from $3998* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Guest Speaker Sr. Joan Chittister on a 9-day tour, Splendors of Egypt 2021 In the Footsteps of Moses, Joseph & the Holy Family, starting at $3998* from New York! Visit places such as Temple of Horus, Luxor, Cairo, Valley of the Kings and Queens, and so much more! This tour is from October 5-13, 2021.
 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount and are per person, based on double occupancy.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Study Guide
  • 3-Night Nile River Cruise

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Oct. 5 – Depart USA

Depart the USA on an overnight flight.

Day 2 Oct. 6 – Arrive in Cairo

You will be welcomed at the Cairo airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel to enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Day 3 Oct. 7 – Cairo

After breakfast visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the only existing Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby, view the Great Sphinx of Giza, the largest and most well-known Sphinx.

Day 4 Oct. 8 – Fly to Aswan – Cruise Embarkation

Following breakfast, board your flight destined for Aswan. Embark on your Nile Cruise prior to lunch. This afternoon tour the Aswan High Dam, the pride of modern Egypt. Visit the Aga Khan Mausoleum, the Granite Quarries to see the unfinished obelisk, and finally to the Temples of Philae where you will visit the Great Temples of Isis and Hathor.

Day 5 Oct. 9 – Kom Ombo

Today sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only temple dedicated to two contrasting gods: Sobek, crocodile-headed god of the underworld, and Haroeris, the winged god of the sky. Return to the ship and cruise to Edfu.

Day 6 Oct. 10 – Temple of Horus and Luxor

This morning you will visit one of the best preserved temples of Egypt located at Edfu. This temple was dedicated to the god Horus, the principal of resurrection. He is depicted in his role as avenger of his father, Osiris, who was murdered by his brother, Seth. Continue sailing to Esna and cross the Nile Locks on your way to Luxor. Visit the magnificent Temple of Luxor with its avenue of sphinx statues and mighty monumental columns. Continue to the Karnak Temple which was built over 2000 years and is the largest religious building ever constructed. See the famed Hypostyle Hall, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon, the Granite Scarabeus and the Sacred Lake.

Day 7 Oct. 11 – Disembarkation – Valley of the Kings and Queens

In Luxor, visit the vast burial city called the Necropolis of Thebes, located on the West Bank of the Nile. Your visit will take you to the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, the Valley of the Kings, and the nearby Valley of the Queens. This afternoon board your flight en route to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in your Cairo Hotel.

Day 8 Oct. 12 – Cairo

Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view the unique collection of Pharaonic art and the renowned treasures of King Tutankhamen. Tour the Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 A.D., and view the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Lastly, in Old Cairo, visit the Abu Serga Church built over the traditional site of the house where the Holy Family lived during their stay in Egypt. Dinner and overnight in your Cairo Hotel.

Day 9 Oct. 13 – Return to USA

Return to USA or join an extension

Enhance Your Journey

Dubai Pre-Tour Starting from $1098

October 2-6, 2021

Oct. 2 – Depart USA

Your journey begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

Oct. 3 – Old Dubai

After being picked up at the airport, journey to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood to explore Old Dubai. Part of the attraction of the district, which showcases the traditional way of life in Dubai from the mid 19th century until the 1970s, is simply wandering through its narrow lanes. Here you’ll discover creative art spaces, museums and cafés housed in traditional L-shaped homes made from gypsum, coral and limestone. Look up and you can’t miss the buildings topped with distinctive wind towers. While exploring this neighborhood, you will visit the Textile Souk full of colorful fabrics and kitsch souvenirs. Next visit the Saruq Al Hadid museum to see the archaeological treasures that have been discovered in and around Dubai. Embark on a water taxi ride at Bur Dubai Abra Station by Dubai Creek. This waterway continues to reflect Dubai’s historic roots, back when early settlers relied on its waters for their livelihood. You will queue for a short trip across the Creek to Deira on traditional wooden boats known as abras. Once on the other side, visit the Gold Souk where you can haggle with shopkeepers for beautiful jewelry before continuing to the Spice Souk. As you wander through the stalls, you can savor the aromas of cardamom, tumeric, dried lemons and rose petals. After touring, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner and rest.

 

Oct. 4– New Dubai

Visit the Burj Khalifa, which at 828 meters is currently the tallest building in the world, located next to the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centers with 1,200 shops. Visit the viewing platform at 452 meters above sea level. Ride the building’s express elevator to the 124th floor at a speed of 10 meters per second. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of all of Dubai and its unique skyline. Enjoy free time at the impressive Dubai Mall afterwards. Visit a local church in the Jebel Ali area south of Dubai and hear from a local Christian Church on what life is like in a predominantly Muslim country. This afternoon zoom into the remote Lahbab desert that lies outside the city. During the drive, your guide will answer any questions and share information about the region. Head off-road into bright red dunes and have your camera ready to capture what looks like giant beanbags of sand. During a break to gather the convoy, make use of optional quad bikes on-site. Then hold tight as you cruise toward the highest slopes. Feel the adrenaline race as your vehicle plows up the dunes before sliding and slipping back down the slopes, churning up billowing clouds of sand in the process. Reach a high desert dune for a photo stop and admire 360-degree views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets. Take a camel ride and surf the dunes on a sandboard before you return to your hotel.

Oct. 5 – Abu Dhabi

Embark on this exhilarating tour to the highlight destinations of Abu Dhabi. As you travel to your first destination along the Gulf coast of Abu Dhabi, listen to the region’s rich history and culture. Visit the architectural beauty of the country’s largest mosque, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is known as the acclaimed symbol of contemporary Islam. This place offers a feast to the eyes as it blends the cultural diversity of Islamic art and contemporary design. You will be driven to the next destination, Abu Dhabi Corniche. Feel relaxed seeing the sweeping curve of the clean water harbor, pearl white sand beaches and the beautiful promenade that stretches along the northwest city shore. Next stop is Emirates Palace, a highly celebrated destination in the UAE. Get a chance to pose in front of this notable destination and take a lot of photos. Later on, travel to the next photo stop destination, the stunning five towers of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers. The towers shout out the aggregate story of everything Abu Dhabi is and the futuristic view of the Emirate. Being the combination of luxury and modern views, this place is an ideal destination during the Abu Dhabi visit. Your next stop is the Qasr Al Watan. The Palace is the reflection of Emiratis and their leaders. Absorb the essence of culture, architectural features and the awe-inspiring history of Emirates. Learn about the amazing journey of the early Arabian design to the present state. Peep into the Emirati governance and culture through the exhibits at the Palace.

Oct. 6 – Cairo

Fly from Dubai to Cairo to meet up with the rest of your tour group.

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

 

Wonders of Petra & the Dead Sea Starting from $1198

October 13-16, 2021


Oct. 13 – Fly to Amman

Fly to Amman in the morning. Enjoy a tour of the city, then transfer to your Dead Sea hotel.

Oct. 14 – Petra

Begin your journey south towards Petra today. Explore the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock. Travel to your hotel at the Dead Sea for dinner and overnight.

Oct. 15 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo

Travel to Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Continue to Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land (Deut. 34). On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Return to Amman and prepare for your overnight flight.

Oct. 16 – Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount. Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Departure Dates

  1. Tuesday, October 5, 2021
    From $3998* Register Now!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount