Don't Just Visit the World of the Bible
TURKEY, EGYPT, ISRAEL,
CAIRO, LUXOR, GALILEE, JERUSALEM,
Pre-Tour: ISTANBUL, EPHESUS, SMYRNA
Escape the Ordinary Tour
Bruce Porter and Porter Tours
March 2 - March 14, 2018
When it comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best to have your spiritual feast along with a temporal one. History is not scripture but all scripture comes from history. See and experience the setting, the background, the culture, the religions and languages that make up the historicity of scripture.
Discover the home of the Bible and visit the sites of both the Old and New Testaments, focusing on the Life of Christ. Every hill, every stone has a story to tell and a testimony to bare of the divinity of Scripture. You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you to Israel and our journeys again and again.
To ask: Why go to Egypt? is like asking: Why breathe?
The Book of Abraham, inspired from Egyptian papyri, contains three "Facsimiles" that come directly from Egypt and represent the very foundation of the Egyptian religion and its relationship to the ordinances of Exaltation found in our modern Temples today. You'll never regret visiting Egypt's temple sites and learning about the Gospel connection to Ancient Egypt.
This fantastic tour includes Cairo and the Pyramids, and the outdoor museum of Luxor. We will visit The Valley of the Kings, the Karnak and Luxor Temples. Three prophets lived in Egypt; Abraham, Joseph and Moses, and each left a record of scripture. All who are from the tribe of Joseph have a history here as the mother of Ephraim and Manasseh was the daughter of the High Priest of the ancient religious center of On.
Every Stone has a Story to Tell.
In Israel, this tour will include all of the important sites such as Jerusalem, the Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives, the Old City, Gethsemane, and the Upper Room. We will visit the Galilee and see the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the home of Christ, Nazareth, and Cana. While in the Galilee we will have a boat ride on the Sea and visit a traditional Baptismal site and discuss the meaning of this most important ordinance. We will visit Bethlehem, and the shepherd's fields and have a private meeting with William Kando, whose father acquired the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were discovered in 1947.
In the Old City of Jerusalem, we will stand on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount that Christ and His apostles would walk when entering the Temple area. We will also stand on the road of the Triumphal Entry that helps provoke the Jewish conspiracy against the Savior. We will see the main Gate in Hezekiah's Broad Wall that Laban and his Fifty protected when Nephi and his brother acquired the Brass Plates. We will visit the original Pools of Bethesda and the original stones of the "pavement" where the judgment of Crucifixion was issued by Pilot. It is easy to explain where we will go but the feelings, scriptural insights, and spiritual experiences cannot be described sufficiently for the written word.
The Crossroad of World History.
Arriving in Istanbul we will visit the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia one of the oldest standing Christian Churches in the world. We will have an opportunity to visit the underground Basilica Cistern where parts of the Dan Brown movie 'The Inferno' was filmed. On banks of the Bosphorus Straits, we will visit the ancient Spice Market that connected Europe with Asia and the Far East.
Leaving Istanbul we will fly into Izmir the ancient site of Smyrna spending the night in Kusadasi. While here we will visit the ancient city of Ephesus one of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The great city of Ephesus is where John the Beloved and Paul the Apostles lived and taught for years. We will take the time to go through the ruins of ancient Ephesus, and the ruins of the ancient Basilica of St. John one of the oldest Christian Churches.
Good money is paid to go on a tour, and you should get the best value from every dollar spent. You not only want to see, but experience the sights, sounds, and spirit at each destination. With Porter Tours, the host and guide Bruce Porter will provide an education with scriptural insights that will be worth tour alone. Porter Tours seeks to provide a tour that will be fun and educational to help each person to see behind the scenes, under the stones and beyond the hills of what you are able to see with your eyes only.
The more your guide and host knows and understands about the destination and the more often he’s been there, the better the experience you can expect. Experience each site with Bruce Porter who has been there so many times that he can show you all the nooks and crannies that others might miss. You will be able to learn of the myth and symbol behind the pyramids and tombs. You’ll want someone who actually can read the hieroglyphics on the colonnades and walls and can interpret them for you. One who knows intimately the secular and religious history of Egypt, Israel and the cultures of the Bible Lands. Somebody whose passion for scripture and the history and culture of Egypt and Israel knows no bounds.
Egypt, Israel Price: $3,920
All Pricing is based Per person on double occupancy
Single Occupancy price: $4,699.00
Call for Custom Tour and Pricing
Single Occupancy Price for Turkey Pre-Tour
Call Sandy Today: 480-839-1855
Educator Bruce H. Porter and Licensed Local Guides
Pickup and Transfers from Airports to Hotels to Airports
All Land Taxes and booking fees
All Accommodation at 4 - 5 * Hotels including Buffet Breakfasts and Dinners
Egyptian and Israeli and Turkish Visas
Tips for hotel staff and porters
All entry fees to all Ancient Archeological Sites and National Parks
Professional English speaking guides throughout the tour
Transportation by A/C Lux bus
Headsets for better listening
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Economy class flight tickets from:
Cairo - Luxor - Cairo,
Cairo - Amman - Tel Aviv
Istanbul - Izmir - Istanbul
Our personalized service throughout the tour
Price Does Not Include
Meals on arrival day and Lunches
Taxi Fares if Transfer is missed
Round Trip International Airfare from the US to Istanbul and Cairo and Return Airfare from Tel Aviv to the US
Trip Cancellation Insurance and Protection (Highly recommended)
Tips for Bus Driver and Local Guide (apps: $10/day for Guide and $5/day bus driver) Tips for the Egyptian Airport and tour Agent
Lunches and Snacks
Optional extra days before or after scheduled tour. Costs for hotel and personal transfers to and from the Airport will be $100.00 extra per day per person.
Call Sandy Today at Deseret Travel: 480-839-1855
Optional extra night in Egypt if you want to arrive early and rest up. The priced option will include meet and greet and transfer to hotel ($100pp)
You may want to fly to a city in Europe early for rest or visit a day in London, Paris, Amsterdam or Rome for a day and then travel to Istanbul or Egypt for the appointed tour time. This extra cost will be a personal expense and not included in the tour price.
Optional extra night hotel in Istanbul or Egypt to enjoy one more day at your leisure ($100 pp) before the tour begins to get over Jet-lag.
If participating in Custom tour that may include: Egypt only, Egypt and Israel, Israel only, or Israel and Turkey flight arrangements will need to be made to accommodate the difference in arrival and departure times and places based on the tour.
Deposit of 50% of the cost of the tour (not airfare) per person due at time of Registration
Final Payment due by January 1, 2020
100% cancellation penalty of deposit, after 7 days following the initial deposit date. To transfer funds to another tour there will be $100.00 per/person transfer and office fee. See: Terms and Conditions
***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED***
All Passports must be valid through September 2020
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb some steps minor inclines, and walk short distances.
Please note that minor changes to the itinerary and schedule may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group, traffic and time restraints.
The International Airfare is additional and not included the tour price.
Assistance in making Air Arraignments and purchase: Talk to Sandy Widman at "Deseret Travel" (480) 839-1855 for Flight schedules and information, reservations and payments. Talk to Sandy about Trip and Cancellation Insurance. For those participating in the Turkey Pre-Tour, Arrival time in Istanbul should be the afternoon or evening of Tuesday, March 3, 2020. For those not participating in the Turkey Pre-Tour, participants should arrive in Cairo in the afternoon or evening of March 5, 2020. Return flights from Tel Aviv should be made for Saturday night March 14 or early morning March 15, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020
Flight from the USA to Istanbul for those participating in the Turkey Pre-Tour
Tuesday, March 3
This afternoon everyone should arrive in Istanbul that is participating in the Pre-Tour. After being picked up at the airport by our guide and bus we will begin our city tour of Istanbul Dinner and overnight in this beautiful city... Tonight we may have time for a visit to the famous Grand Bazaar of Istanbul which was the link between the Far East and Europe.
Wednesday, March 4
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Spice Market.
Today, we will be exploring Constantinople which has been the capital for Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We will visit Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Church, Water Cisterns in the morning. In the afternoon, we will explore the Ottoman remains of Constantinople which will include Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and perhaps the exciting Spice Market. We will take an evening flight to Kusadasi where we will have dinner and check into our hotel.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Flight from the USA to Egypt for those not participating in the Turkey Pre-Tour
A fun day of flying, Watch all the movies you can stand while your sitting.
Cairo -- Thursday, March 5, 2020
Those participating in the Turkey Pre-Tour, as well as those coming directly from the United States, will arrive this evening in Egypt. Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through visa and customs procedures by our agents there. From the Airport we will transfer to our hotel. Check-in for dinner and overnight in Giza. Look for the agent that will be holding a sign with the Name "Bruce Porter, Porter Group or Porter Tours". Once you collect your luggage the agent will assist in the Visa Process and Passport Control and take you to the bus for the ride to the Hotel and check-in.
Thursday, March 5
Ephesus, St Johns Basilica, Silk Factory.
This morning we will board our bus for Ephesus, a well preserved ancient site and a home for Paul, John and perhaps Mary the Mother of Christ. We will explore the ruins of Ephesus in detail. Our optional lunch will be at where we will be able to view demonstrations of silk making and the weaving of Turkish rugs. In the afternoon, we will visit the Basilica of John. Making our way to Izmir we will then have a short (45 min) flight back to Istanbul to catch our international flight to Cairo.
Friday, March 6,
Giza Plateau, Pyramids, Sphinx.
This morning we will visit the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau and the Sphinx. Here we will be able to have a camel ride and pictures from the overlook. We will visit the Papyrus Institute and the Bazaar before our evening flight to Luxor. Upon arriving in Luxor we will check into our hotel on the banks of the Great Nile River.
Saturday, March 7,
Valley of the Kings, Deir el-Bahari, Hatshepsut, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak and Luxor Temples
This morning we will visit the Valley of the Kings where the pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt were entombed. We will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautifully decorated tombs in the valley and those who would like to pay a few dollars will be able to go through the famous tomb of King Tut-ankh-Amman. A visit to the Temple of Hatshepsut will follow the Valley of the Kings. Hatshepsut constructed her mortuary temple into the mountain and natural pyramid. We will walk up the three leveled temple to her final resting place. Along the way, we will discuss some interesting LDS concepts in the Chapel of Anubis. In this area, we will point out the place and tomb that the papyrus and 11 mummies were discovered that Joseph Smith purchased in Kirkland in 1835 that led to the Book of Abraham. On our way back to Luxor we will pass the Ramesseum and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we will be visiting the temples of Karnack and Luxor. Luxor is called the "Open Air Museum." Here you will be able to walk through the corridors of this ancient temple and enter into sacred chambers that only the Pharaoh and his high priest could pass. We will see the decorated walls that will have the remnants of the Gospel that the first Pharaoh taught the people as explained in the Book of Abraham. These monumental ruins are part of the largest temple complex in Egypt. We will stand in the Hypostyle hall among the largest columns in the world. We will walk through this straight axis temple and their symbols of the creation, beginning with the 'primordial mound' of the Pylons and then move through the creation room, the Garden room the inner holy place and then to the Holy of Holies, ascending higher and higher as we go. At the entrance of the Holy of Holies, we will see the depiction of the reality of the Atonement and what it meant to the ancient Egyptians and how it relates to the Latter-day Saints and modern Temples. This evening we will relax again in Luxor on the banks of the Nile
Sunday, March 8
Luxor - Cairo - Amman - Tel Aviv
Today will be a day of traveling as we fly from Luxor to Tel Aviv to begin our tour of Israel. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv and collecting our luggage we will board the bus and then check into our hotel in Tel Aviv for the night.
Tuesday, March 10
Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum, Boat Ride, and Yardenit.
Today we begin by visiting the Mount of Beatitudes and discussing the purpose of this first sermon and then on to Capernaum, the place where so many wonderful events, miracles, and teachings of the Savior took place. This was the city that Christ called is home. Here He taught and lived with Peter's family. The original foundation of the synagogue where the Savior taught still exists with a 4th-century synagogue standing on the same foundation. We will stop at the place of Peter's Primacy and the site of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Following our lunch, we will have a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and see how the early apostles would cast their nets into the sea. While on the boat we will discuss the miracles of walking on water and the calming of the sea that took place there. Before the day is through we will stop at the Jordan River with a private place to discuss the Baptism of Christ at the hands of John, and discover the scriptural meaning of this most important ordinance. At the end of the day, we will return to our hotel and dinner in Tiberius
Tel Aviv - Tiberius
Monday, March 9
Cesarea, Mt Carmel, Nazareth, Megiddo, Tiberius
This morning we will make the drive along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Cesarea on the Sea. This is the place that Paul was imprisoned and preached before Festus. We will see the Roman Theatre and Hippodrome. Traveling on the Via Maris our next stop will be at Mt Carmel where Elijah tangled with the priests of Baal and on to ruins of Megiddo. Here at this fortified city of Solomon and Ahab, we can see 27 different layers of occupation and an early Bronze Age Canaanite Altar. In the afternoon we will climb the hills to Nazareth stopping at the Church of the Annunciation and if time permits we will stop at Cana where the marriage and first recorded the miracle of changing water to wine took place.
Tonight we will stay in Tiberius overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Galilee - Jericho - Jerusalem
Wednesday, March 11
Today we leave the Galilee with our first stop at Mt Tabor one site of the Transfiguration to discuss the Priesthood and then to Jericho and Qumran the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Tonight we will stay in Jerusalem the City of Gold as we prepare to experience the sights/sites and feelings of the most important events concerning the salvation of humanity. Upon arriving in Jerusalem we will check into the hotel for the night and for the rest of the trip. If desired we may be able to walk into the Old City to see the shops and lights.
Thursday, March 12
Temple Mount Pools of Bethesda, Ecce Homo Church of Holy Sepulcher, Upper Room, House of Cahiphius
This morning we will ascend to the place where the Temples of both Solomon and Herod once stood. We will see the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Here we will discuss the rebuilding of the temple and the threshing floor purchased by King David. We will visit the original Pools of Bethesda, and the pavement, or judgment hall where Pilate condemned Christ. We will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch, we will walk to the Upper Room and then to the House of Chaiphus the High Priest that condemned the Savior.
Hover over Picture of Temple Mount Below
Mount of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
Pools of Bethesda
Dome of the Rock
Friday, March 13
Bethlehem, Shepard's Fields, Jaffa Gate, Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, Davidson Center.
Today we will begin with a quick visit to the Model City and then on to Bethlehem and Shepard's fields. After lunch we will enter into the Old City through the Jaffa Gate and see the Roman Cardo and the Broad Wall of Hezekiah, the same wall that Laban was responsible to guard the night Nephi found him. We will make our way to the Western Wall and the Davidson Center to walk on the Southern Steps to explore the excavations south of the Temple Mount. Here we will walk on the sidewalks and stairs that Christ and His Apostles trod as they entered the Temple area. We will discuss the Triumphal Entry as we stand on the very stones that the Savior walked into the city that day. Today begins the Shabbat and the visit to the Western Wall will be a special treat. Tonight Bro Porter will take those who would like to walk through the Old City and visit a few friends and favorite spots
Saturday, March 14
Mt of Olives, Gethsamane, Garden Tomb. Free time hotel before we leave.
Today we retrace the footsteps of our Savior during the last few hours of his life beginning with a visit to the Mount of Olives and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane. We will have a private spot in the garden to contemplate the Atonement and discuss the mission of the Life of Christ. The highlight of the trip concludes at the site of Golgotha and the Garden Tomb where we will discuss the life, death, and resurrection of the Savior. Here also we will have a private area to share a few thoughts about these sacred events. We should be done a little early today giving us a little extra time to prepare for the flight home
Call Sandy: 480-839-1855