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Holy Land Grand Tour


Aug 04, 05, & 06

August 4-6, 2000 Getting There This was my home for 14+ hours.  The medical condition Polaroids is acquired from sitting nine straight hours on a trans-arctic flight. Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug Fr 4 … Continue reading


Aug 07

August 7, 2000 “Eat dessert first!” My first full day in country, spent at Dead Sea Scrolls sites with experts Interior, Shrine of the Book.  This division of the Israel Museum is the primary showcase for the Dead Sea Scrolls.  … Continue reading


Aug 8

August 8, 2000 Tel Aviv and Jaffa Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Diaspora traces the dis­per­sion of the Jews through­out the ages. The port of Jaffa dates back 4000 years.  It’s where the Cedars of Lebanon arrived for Solomon’s Temple; … Continue reading


Aug 9

August 9, 2000 Caesarea to Nazareth   Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug T 8 10 PM to Caesarea/Roman ruins. Haifa. Acre (Crusader era ruins). Nazareth (Church of the Annunciation). W 8 AM to 9 … Continue reading


Aug 10

Upper Galilee Sites Along the shore of Galilee Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug W 9 10 PM   to The Sea of Galilee. Capernaum. Tabgha: Mount of the Beatitudes. Golan Heights. Caesarea Philipi Th … Continue reading


Aug 11

August 11, 2000 Jordan: Amman, Jerash “One of the best preserved  Roman cities in the Middle East.”   An unusual oval plaza (below), a hippodrome, a marketplace and more columns than an Excel spreadsheet….           Pacific … Continue reading


Aug 12

August 12, 2000 Jordan II Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug F 11 10 PM   to Mt. Nebo (where Moses saw the promised land). Madaba 6th c. mosaic.  Crusader fortresses of Kerak & Shohak. … Continue reading


Aug 13

August 13, 2000 Petra! “…a site that ranks with the Pyramids as a surviving wonder of the ancient world.” Imagine entering a 15-foot-wide gorge, sheer rock towering hundreds of feet above you on both sides. Imagine walking half a mile … Continue reading


Aug 14

August 14, 2000 Sinai Peninsula Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug S 13 10 PM to Wadi Rum. Acaba (Jordan’s slender Red Sea front.) M 8 AM to 14 M 14 6 AM? St. Catherine’s … Continue reading


Aug 15

August 15, 2000 Mt. Sinai and Eliat   Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug M 14 4:00 PM to Up at 2:00 am for 3-hr climb to summit of Mt. Sinai to see sunrise.  Visit … Continue reading


Aug 16

August 16, 2000 The Dead Sea “Some days are sinkers, summer floaters.” Here’s a thought: Maybe the Lord walked on the Dead Sea, not the Sea of Galilee!  (Slightly less miraculous, it would appear.)  They say the salts are so … Continue reading


Aug 17

August 17, 2000 Masada, Qumran, and “Up to Jerusalem” Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug W 16 10 PM to Explore Masada!  Pass by Qumran.  Drive “up to Jerusalem.”  King David’s Tomb (Mt. Zion). Last … Continue reading


Aug 18

August 18, 2000 Jerusalem / Bethlehem H.B., J.S.! Today it’s (back) to the Shrine of the Book, and then we see the world-famous Marc Chagall stained glass windows. Then we drive just a few miles down to Bethlehem to see … Continue reading


Aug 19

August 19, 2000 In His Footsteps…   Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug F 18 10 PM to The Garden of Geth­semane, Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa Mosque, Via Dolor­osa Walk, Church of the … Continue reading


Aug 20-21

August 20-21, 2000 ♫Go down to Egypt land Sunday—we’ll cross the Sinai in an air-conditioned motorcoach.  One day in the wilderness instead of Moses’ forty years.  Note to self: watch for pillars of cloud or fire but take along manna … Continue reading


Aug 22

August 22, 2000 Aswan & the lower Nile Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug M 21 10 PM to Fly Cairo to Aswan.  See High Dam, Granite Quarries, Unfinished Obelisk, Temple of Isis.  Sail in … Continue reading


Aug 23

August 23, 2000 Incredible Temples  Pacific Coast   In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug T W 22 23 10 PM to 6 AM? Abu Simbel. Kom Ombo, Temple of Sobek.  Cruise to Edfu. W 8 AM to … Continue reading


Aug 24

August 24, 2000 Luxor! Pacific Coast   In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug W 23 10 PM to Cruise to Luxor.  Temple of Horus (Falcon God). Luxor Temple; evening sound and light show at Karnak Th 8 … Continue reading


Aug 25

August 25, 2000 Valley of the Kings! Pacific Coast   In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug Th 24 10 PM to Colossi of Memnon.  Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. F 8 AM … Continue reading


Aug 26-27

August 26, 2000 Goin’ home Pacific Coast In Country Day Aug Time Itinerary Day Time Aug F 25 10 PM?   Fly Luxor to Cairo. Cairo Sheraton Sa 8 AM? 26 Su 26 10:40 PM depart CAIRO British Airways 154 … Continue reading

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