Don't Just Visit the World of the Bible
EGYPT, ISRAEL, TURKEY
CAIRO, LUXOR, GALILEE, JERUSALEM, ISTANBUL, EPHESUS, SMYRNA
Escape the Ordinary Tour
Bruce Porter and Porter Tours
October 28 - November 13, 2017
When is comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best 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 of 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 papyrus, 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.
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 shepherds 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 help 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 sufficient for the written word.
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 go to Izmir and Kusadasi where we will visit three of the ancient cites of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Izmir is the ancient site of Smyrna and then Ephesus where John the Beloved and Paul the Apostles lived and taught. We will take the time to go through the ruins of ancient Ephesus, the Basilica of John. We will then visit the site of another church of Asia, that of "luke warm" faith of Laodicea. Near Laodicea we will visit the breathtaking Hierapolis with it mineral waters, views and seemingly snowcapped landscape.
Good hard earned 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 the sights but experience the sights, sounds, and spirit at each destination. With Portertours.com the host and guide will provide an education with scriptural insights that will be worth tour alone. PorterTours.com 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 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 hear the myth and symbol behind the pyramid 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 the history and culture of Egypt and Israel knows no bounds.
Package Price: $3,779
Per person based on double occupancy
Single Occupancy $4,604
Educator Bruce H. Porter
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
Economy class flight tickets from:
Cairo - Luxor - Cairo,
Cairo - Amman - Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv - Istanbul
Istanbul - Izmir and Denizli - Istanbul
Our personalized service throughout the tour
Price Does Not Include
Meals on arrival day and Lunches
Taxi Fares if Transfer is missed
Roundtrip International Airfare from US to Cairo and Return Airfare from Istanbul to 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
Optional extra night in Egypt if you want to arrive early and rest up. Priced option will included meet and greet and transfer to hotel ($100pp)
You may want to fly to a city in Europe early for a rest or visit a day in London, Paris, Amsterdam or Rome for a day and then travel to 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 to enjoy one more day at your leisure ($100 pp) before traveling home
Deposit of $1000.00 per person due at time of Registration
Final Payment due by Aug 1, 2017
100% cancellation penalty of monies paid after 7 days following initial deposit date.
***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED***
All Passports must be valid through JUNE 2018
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb steps. 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 Cancelation Insurance. You may call the airlines directly other travel agents or use air miles or discount sites like: Webjet.com, Priceline.com and others. Arrival time in Cairo should be the afternoon or evening of Sunday October 29, 2017. Return and Departure arraignments from Istanbul should be late afternoon or evening on November 13, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Flight from USA to Egypt
A fun day of flying, Watch all the movies you can stand while your sitting.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Arrival 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"
Day 1: Cairo
Monday, October 30, 2017
Giza Plateau, Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Papyrus Shop.
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 picture from the overlook. We will stop by a papyrus factory to see how the papyrus was made. We continue to the Egyptian museum, where the treasures of the boy-King Tut are displayed and see Egyptian evidence of the Israelites. The Egyptian Museum holds and displays some of the greatest and oldest artifacts in the world. We will overnight at our hotel in Giza
Day 2: Cairo - Luxor
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sakkara, Memphis, afternoon or evening flight to Luxor.
This morning we will visit the ancient capital of the Delta region. It was at this sight that Joseph who was sold into Egypt lived as well as his distant cousin Moses. We will see the first pyramid at Sakkara and the newly discovered prison that held Joseph. We will go into a tomb and see the Pyramid Texts carved on the walls of stone. We will then make our way to the airport for our flight to Luxor and overnight on the banks of the Nile at the Sonesta Luxor hotel.
Day 3: Luxor
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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 Collosi 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 take the hour flight back to overnight in Cairo.
Day 4: Cairo Tel Aviv
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Before we continue our leg to Amman and Jerusalem we should have time to stop at the Kahili Bazaar, and view the City of the Dead. Depending on our flight schedule we might be able to visit the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali or the Old Jewish Synagogue before making our way to the international Airport for our flight to Amman and then on to Tel Aviv and our hotel near the Mediterranean Sea.
We will overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 5: Tel Aviv – Galilee
Friday, November 3, 2017
Caesarea, Aqueduct, Mt Carmel Mukhraqa, Megido, Nazareth,
This morning we will make 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. On our way out of this beautiful city we will walk through the Crusader fortifications and then make a quick stop at the Roman aqueduct. Traveling on the Via Maris our next stop will be at Mt Carmel where Elijah tangled with the priests of Baal. We will stop for lunch at a great restaurant run by a Druze family, and then on to ruins of Megiddo. Here at this fortified city of Solomon and Ahab we can see 27 different layers of occupation and a 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 miracle of changing water to wine took place.
Tonight we will stay in Tiberius.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
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
Day 7: Galilee – Jerusalem
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Mt. Tabor, Lunch at Gan Hashlosha (Sachne), Beit She’an, Travel to Jerusalem, Jimmy’s
Today we leave the Galilee with our first stop at Mt Tabor one site of the Transfiguration to discuss the Priesthood and then to Beit Sean and the Largest Roman city excavated in Israel and the place of the site where Saul and Jonathan hung on the city wall. Tim permitting we will have lunch at Sachne at a Kibbutz that raises samon. Following this wonderful site we will continue down the Jordan Rift Valley with a short stop at the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a village called Qumran where it is traditionally taught that John the Baptist may have lived. The oldest documents and manuscripts of the Old Testament were found here. We will have an opportunity to walk through the ruins of Qumran where the scribes prepared copies of the scriptures that would speak from the dust centuries later. I 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.
Day 8: Jerusalem
Monday, November 6, 2017
Mt of Olives, Model City and Shrine of the Book, Bethlehem Shepard’s Fields, Pool of Siloam. Jimmy’s
Today we begin by visiting. Shrine of the Book and the Model City of Jerusalem so that we can get a better understanding of the lay-out of the ancient city of Jerusalem, and see the display of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From there we will travel to Bethlehem to see the traditional site of the birth of Christ and a visit to the ‘Shepherd’s Fields” to get a better understanding of the events surrounding the Nativity. We will be near the fields of Boaz where Ruth has a great place for our lunch. We may have time to go through Jaffa Gate and walk through the Old City or go to the Western Wall before returning to our hotel. Tonight Bro Porter will take those who would like to walk through the Old City and visit a few friends and favorite spots. We will 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 overnight in Jerusalem
Day 9, Jerusalem
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, Ecce Homo. Walk through Old City, The Cardo, Hezekiah’s Broad wall, Western Wall and Davidson Center, The Roman Road and Southern Steps.
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 have lunch on our own at the Jewish Quarter. 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.
Day 10: Jerusalem
Wednesday November 8, 2017
Garden of Gethsemane (Private area), Upper Room, Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Lunch, Garden Tomb, Free Time.
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. We will visit the traditional site of the Upper Room and the Last Supper and the house of Caiaphas. 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 for dinner giving us a little extra time to prepare for the flight to Athens and Istanbul.
Tonight we will stay in Jerusalem going to be early for a very early morning transfer to the airport the next morning.
Day 11: Tel Aviv - Istanbul
Thursday November 9, 2017
Morning flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul After being picked up at the airport by our guide and bus we will begin our city tour of Istanbul Dinner and overnight in Istanbul..
Day 12, Istanbul
Friday November 10, 2017
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 Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Church, Water Cisterns in the morning. In the afternoon, we will explore Ottoman remains of Constantinople which will include Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Spice Market. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 13, Istanbul – Izmir – Kusadasi
Saturday November 11, 2017
Early flight to Izmir where we will board our bus to Ephesus, St Johns Basilica, Silk Factory.
This morning we will transfer from the hotel to airport to catch our morning flight to Izmir, ancient Smyrna of the Book of Revelations. As soon as we arrive in Izmir, we will board our but for Ephesus, a well preserved ancient site and a home for Paul, John and perhaps Mary the Mother of Christ. We will explore Ephesus in detail. Our optional lunch will be at village where will have a demonstration of silk making and the weaving of Turkish rugs. In the afternoon, we will visit Basilica of John and will make our way to the beautiful city of Kusadasi where we will have our dinner and stay overnight.
Day 14, Kusadasi
Sunday November 12, 2017
Hierapolis and Laodicea
This morning, we will depart from our hotel in Kusadasi making the trip to Pamukkale the ancient site of Laodicea. We will visit the spectacular ruins of Laodecia, and ancient Hieropolis amid the ancient travertines of Pamukkale. We will have our dinner and overnight at a great hotel in Pamukkale.
Day 15, Izmir –Istanbul –USA
Monday November 13, 2017
Flight from Denizli to Istanbul for our evening flights Home to the USA
This morning, we will make the short transfer to Denizli airport for our flight to Istanbul and checking in to our connecting flights back to US.
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