Exodus

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. “So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Exodus 3,7-8)

Join us on an exceptional journey through an amazing landscape and rediscover the biblical account in the very places the exodus most probably took part.

Itinerary

Day 1
The Land of Goshen and the Cities of Ramesses and Pithom

In the early morning, drive north to the land of Goshen and recall the biblical account which tell us that the reigning pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom gave this land to Jacob, who in turn blessed the pharaoh for his generosity. (Genesis 47,5-7)

Later on, the bible tells us, Moses was born and raised in this area and eventually the Israelites had to built the cities of Pithom and Raamses for the successive pharaohs when we become enslaved in Egypt. (Exodus 1,8-11)

Recall the biblical account and follow your own thoughts while driving south to the city of Ismailia for overnight.

Day 2
Succoth, the Bitter Lakes and Springs of Moses and Rephidim

In the morning, drive to Succoth, where the Israelites gathered the day after the Exodus and recall the biblical account:

Then the children of Israel journeyed from Ramesses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years – on that very same day – it came to pass that all the armies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12,37.41)

Afterwards, drive to Marah which overlooks the Great Bitter Lakes. As the bible tells us, the Israelites stopped here in need of water but all of it proved to be bitter and brackish. But the Lord was with the children of Israel and showed Moses a tree which he cast into the waters that they became sweet (Exodus 15,23-25).

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16,2-3)

From here, the Israelites most likely headed deep into the Sinai Peninsula and camped atRephidim where they successfully fought the Amalekites. (Exodus 17,11-13)

Finally, by the evening, arrive with the people of the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai and enjoy dinner and rest in the guesthouse of St. Catherine Monastery.

Day 3
“Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”

After breakfast, visit St. Catherine Monastery and see the tree which is said to be a descendant of the Burning Bush. Recall the biblical account and imagine Moses passing by with his cattle and witnessing this miraculous and at first hand threatening event. (Exodus 3,1-5)

Afterwards, visit and the well of Moses, which is also mentioned in the bible (Exodus 2,17) and address the monastery itself. Hear its interesting story and discover its very rich collection of valuable manuscripts, reliquaries, icons and liturgical objects. Also, pay a visit to the beautiful basilica of the transfiguration and take your time for silent prayer or meditation.

Day 4
With Moses on the Summit

In the very first hours of the day, climb Mt. Sinai and recall the biblical account about the Israelites receiving the Ten Commandments and making a covenant with the Lord.

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.” (Exodus 24,12)

At the time of dawn, witness the first rays of sunlight outshining the myriads of stars and let the tenderness of the endless open space extend to your inner soul. Imagine the children of Israel witnessing this heavenly spectacle and finally seeing Moses returning from the mountain, carrying the tablets of stone with the everlasting commandments. (Exodus 34,29-32)

After your descent, enjoy breakfast and some rest in the guesthouse. The rest of the day is reserved for you own explorations in the monastery’s area.

Day 5
Wadi Arada, Double Canyon & El-Gona Plateau

Walking in Moses’ footsteps. In the morning, leave St. Catherine and start you camel trek. Ascend the El-Gona Plateau (1.700m/5.577ft high and 50km/31mi long) which separates the southeast and midwest of the Sinai Peninsula and spend the rest of the day on this high plateau enjoying the fantastic views of mountains and endless desertswhile recalling the biblical account telling about the Israelites being lost in this very area for over 40 years.

A good chance to think, pray and meditate over the journey of the children of God to the promised land which was full of faith, hope, agony and trust in the honest promises of the Lord.

Day 6
El-Gona Plateau, Wadi Zalagha and Zaranig Canyons

After breakfast, enjoy a pleasant trek through Farsh El Gona and Wadi Zalagha. Relax at El Malagha for lunch and proceed to Zaranig Canyons for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Zaranig Canyons

Spend a whole day in the largest and deepest of the Zaranig canyons. Stop on your way for lunch and tea and enjoy the spectacular landscape.

Day 8
Zaranig Canyons and Abu Turefia

Explore another of the Zaranig Canyons and discover their individual character. Afterwards, proceed to Nabq Abu Turefia and admire the beautiful scenery before trekking down the valley and preparing your camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9
Abu Turefia, Wadi Tbeiq, Zigzag Canyon, Wadi Arada & back to Sharm El-Sheik

In the early morning, leave Abu Turefia and walk throughWadi Tbeiq on your way to Zigzag Canyon. After your explorations in the canyon, return to Wadi Arada from where you will drive back to Sharm El-Sheik.

Day 10-11
The Golden Beaches of Sharm El-Sheik

After you have been walking in Moses’ footsteps through the rough landscape of the Sinai Peninsula, treat yourself with a luxurious five star hotel on the golden beaches of Sharm el Sheikh.

Day 12
See you again soon!

In the morning, drive to Sharm El-Sheik International Airport for final departure.

Tour Details: Including

Entrance Visa to Egypt (app. 12€).

All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles.

Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide.

ITERU’s special travel services for church groups (including scripture studies and additional lectures summarizing the visits and experiences), extra time for prayer and meditation or group activities, chances to attend a Coptic service.

1 night stay in Cairo, 1 night stay in Ismailia, 2 nights stay in St. Catherine, 3 nights stay in Sharm El-Sheik.

4 days trekking through the Sinai Peninsula including camping in Bedouin camps or the desert.

All airport transfers in Egypt.

Transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles, transportation from Wadi Arada to Sharm El-Sheik (usually in a 4×4 car), transportation by jeeps during the trek (if necessary).

Pack camels for your luggage, extra camels for riding if you like, ITERU sleeping bags, sleeping pads and tents.

Full board during the trek, half board during the rest of the tour. Optional: all-inclusive in Sharm el-Sheik.

Recommended gratuities (app. 75 €).

All admission fees (app. 10 €).

All government permissions.

Guiding by a local guide on Mt. Sinai.

ITERU blankets on Mt. Sinai.

Prices

All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.

  • Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
  • Private tour, 3 to 9 people: 1025 €
  • Private tour, 10 to 15 people: 975 €
  • Private tour, 16 to 25 people: 895 €
  • Private tour, 26 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.

Customize Your Tour

Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour excatly as you want it to be!

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