EGYPT 10 Days

Seminar: In the Footsteps of the Exodus

A Seminar with Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman, the first-ever kosher tour of Egypt through the eyes of the Tanakh.
Led by the leading authority on ancient Egypt and the world of the Torah, Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman, you will see the Torah come alive as we revisit the world of our forefathers from the period of the Exodus. Brush your hand over authentic mud bricks with straw from the period of enslavement. Read the name “Miriam” in hieroglyphic inscriptions. Visit the temples of the Pharaoh of the Exodus, Ramesses II, and discover inscriptions that pertain directly to the story of the Exodus. The inscriptions and reliefs are both vast in number and astonishingly well preserved, and at every stop, we will open our Tanakhim and discover how passage after passage comes alive in new and full color.

This tour also encompasses the major highlights of Egypt. Explore the legendary Pyramids of Giza and gaze in awe at the Sphinx. Uncover the treasures of Egypt at the Grand Egyptian Museum see King Tutankhamun’s famous gold mask.  In Luxor roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and tour the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night and explore the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. See the towering Colossi of Memnon and explore the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. In Aswan explore the romantic Philae Temple and learn about Jewish observance at the Elephantine Fortress – a diaspora community dating from the time of Ezra! In Cairo, you’ll travel back in time through the greatest archival discovery in Jewish History—the Genizah at the Ben-Ezra Synagogue.

Our leader for this adventure is the world-renowned scholar and lecturer Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman, professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University. Rabbi Berman has served on the International Advisory Committee of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, and his pioneering work on archaeological evidence for the Exodus has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

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ITINERARY

The important temples in Karnak are the temples of the god Amun, his wife the goddess Mut and their son Khonsy. Other significant landmarks are the sacred lake, the hypostyle hall, and some colossal statues. We will visit several sites that shed light on the instructions for the construction of the Mishkan and the account of Pharaoh Shishak about his campaign to Canaan, reported in 1 Kings and in Chronicles.  At night we will visit the exquisitely lit temple at Luxor where we will see more inscriptions relating to the Exodus. Dinner in the hotel in Luxor.

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We’ll visit the Necropolis of Thebes where we will discover a series of relief paintings that depict the process of slaves making mudbricks, Valley of the Kings. Dinner in the hotel in Luxor.

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The temple is surrounded by mudbrick storehouses that date from the period of the Exodus. From there we will visit Ramses III’s magnificent memorial temple of Madinat Habu, fronted by sleepy Kom Lolah village and backed by the Theban mountains, one of the west bank’s most underrated sites. It boasts astonishingly well-preserved art and inscriptions that shed light on warfare as described in the time of the Tanakh. In the afternoon we take the train to Aswan.  Dinner in the hotel in Aswan.

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Built by the greatest of the pharaohs, Ramesses II, who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus, these huge rock-cut temples marked the southern boundary of the Egyptian Empire with Nubia at the peak of its power during the New Kingdom. They were meant to convey the power of Egypt’s rulers to anyone who laid eyes upon them, and we will see how the Torah appropriates many of its symbols.  The four statues guarding the doorway to the larger of these temples are the largest sculptures that survive from the ancient Pharaonic era. Dinner in the hotel in Aswan.

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We will also travel to the island of Philae and take in the Philae Temple, unmatched in beauty and majesty. From there we catch a noontime flight back to Cairo and travel to our hotel in downtown Cairo. Friday night we will hold kabbalat Shabbat services at the Sha’ar Hashamayim Synagogue, the last functioning synagogue in Egypt (to be confirmed), followed by Shabbat dinner at the hotel.

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What makes it yet more interesting is that it can be fully accessed, including the chance to see the burial chamber. There’s something special about exploring the cold and silent passageways inside the pyramid. Do not go inside if you are not comfortable in an enclosed space. Dinner at the hotel.

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In the afternoon we will visit the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum which houses the most famous collection of the young king Tutankhamun with its fascinating treasures as well as the Merneptah stele, which contains history’s first extra-biblical reference to Israel. Dinner at the hotel.

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PRICES & DATES

DEAPARTURE
RETURN
DAYS
PRICE *
SINGLE ROOM **
FLIGHTS
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16 Jan 22
25 Jan 22
10
$3145
$1250
Excluding

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room

NEED TO KNOW

Price Includes:

Domestic flight ticket Cairo – Luxor & Aswan – Cairo.
Entrance fees to all archeological sites incuded in the program.
English Speaking licensed tour guide throughout the itinerary.
Transfers & transportation by private A/C buses.
Tips for service providers abroad
Kosher full board: Breakfast & Dinner + Sandwiches for lunch
English speaking guide

Price Excludes:

International round trip flights
Egypt Visa
Personal expenses, any other item which is not included
Travel and luggage insurance

Important to Know:

There may be changes in the itinerary due to flight times changes and other objective reasons.
In the event of a change, cancellation or malfunction related to flights, sailing or other method of transportation, the airline or transporting company alone shall be responsible.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

Terms of Payment
• From the time of registration $300 per person.
• From 35 days before departure- Full payment

Important Remark
• There may be changes in the itinerary due to objective reasons.
• The price of the tour is dependent upon 20 paying passengers.
• Travel days are INCLUDED in the total days of the tour. Insurance must cover those days as well.
• In the event of a change, cancellation, or malfunction related to flights, sailing, or other methods of transportation, the airline or transporting company alone shall be responsible.
• The Grand Egyptian Museum is not open yet. It is due to be opened end of 2021.
• Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not counted as a working day.
• Please be aware that changes may be made to the final itinerary after domestic flights are finalized and changes made by travel agents abroad are received. Tour itineraries undergo changes according to the above, as well as due to climatic changes or hazards which require necessary changes. As travel agents, we do not have control over the changes that are required many months after the tour was originally planned. In the event that you find it necessary to cancel registration for the tour due to these changes in the itinerary, you will be refunded all your money.
• Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date from the tour

Terms of cancellation
• From the time of registration, US $ 47 per passenger for cancellation fees which will be charged in any case
• From 21-35 working days before embarking on the trip: 50% of the price of the trip to the traveler
• From 7-20 working days before embarking on a trip: 75% of the price of the trip to the passenger
• Less than 7 working days before departure: 100% cancellation fee including all associated costs such as visa,
• If any flight tickets were issued or additional services such as visas were purchased, etc., their prices will be added to the above cancellation fees

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