04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS CAIRO & ST. CATHERINE

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Cairo, Egypt

On arrival, you are met and assisted at the airport. Transfer to our hotel.

Day 2
Cairo

Morning visit Memphis, the city of the god Path and the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world to see the Alabaster Sphinx and the Statue of Ramses II. At Saqqara we visit the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the Mastaba Tomb of Ti, Tomb of Ptahotep, the Serapeum and the Pyramid of Sekhemkhet. Only opened sites

Day 3
Cairo

After breakfast visit the Coptic churches, a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, , the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga). Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt until the Islamic era, though most of the current buildings of the churches in Coptic Cairo were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt.
Visit of Saladin Citadel of Cairo, a medieval Islamic fortification located on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums.Lunch in restaurant.
Visit the famous Egyptian Museum contains the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities; no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries where the treasures of King Tut Ein Khamon are exhibited. Dinner and overnight in our hotel.

Day 4
Cairo - Mt. Sinai

From Cairo we cross the Suez Canal to visit Ayun Musa (Marah) where Moses led the Israelites southward in Sinai. For three days they traveled this desolate terrain without finding any place to replenish their water. At Marah they found a large spring but the water was undrinkable. Yet, God graciously used Moses to carry out a miracle which enabled the people to have water for themselves and their flocks. This was their first noted encampment after crossing the sea. Then continue visit Elim one of the places where the
Israelites camped following their Exodus from Egypt. a place where “there were twelve wells of water, and seventy date palms,” and that the Israelites “camped there near the water”. A Professor has proposed Elim to be `Ayun Musa “the springs/wells of Moses.” Then visit of Wadi Feiran (Rafadim): Few places are as steeped in Biblical mystery as the great Wadi Feiran-the Sinai’s largest wadi and one of it’s most archeologically important stretches of terrain. It was here, according to locals, scholars, and legend, that Moses struck a rock with his staff, bringing forth a spring so his people could drink. Feiran is also the site of Rafadim, the fabled oasis where the Hebrews camped and battled the Amelecites.The Wadi’s chief religious sites are the rock from which Moses drew water, which convention places at the western entrance to the oasis, and Mount Tahoun, which Moses supposedly used as an observation point to view the battle with the Amelecites. Atop the mountain is an ancient cross, and the ruins of a small church dating back to the 4th century. The reason why Feiran is called the “Pearl of Sinai.”
Then continue into the Sinai desert. We reach Mt. Sinai in the afternoon. After dinner at hotel we bid good night, as very early next morning we shall climb the mountain. (Or watch the climbers from our hotel).

Day 5
Mt. Sinai – Taba

This is the mountain where God spoke to Moses. That, at least, is the overwhelming belief, and the belief itself has drawn pilgrims for over a thousand years. It takes about 3 hours to climb the 7,498-foot peak following the Path of Moses, a stairway of nearly 4,000 steps. There is a longer, less strenuous route up the opposite side, though it is less scenic. In both cases, one should bring good hiking shoes and plenty of water, the latter of which Moses himself probably brought when he climbed it before we descend for breakfast we continue visit of St. Catherine Monastery: Set beneath the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, Saint Catherine Monastery has been one of the world’s great centers of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries. Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican’s itself, and a 6th century church reputed to lie directly on the site of the Burning Bush. Quite simply, the monastery is a defining feature of the Holy Land. Then we continue
eastbound until we reach Taba.

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04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS CAIRO & ST. CATHERINE
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