"Dr. Hoffmeier, who was born in Egypt and lived there until age sixteen, returns often for research, excavation, and teaching. He received his PhD at the University of Toronto and then served as Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College from 1980 to 1999. From 1999-2018 he was professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is now Emeritus Professor. He directed excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai, from 1998-2008, and has appeared in and served as a consultant for television programs on the Discovery, History, Learning, and National Geographic Channels. Dr. Hoffmeier teaches and lectures regularly across the USA and internationally."

- Dr. Jim Hoffmeier


BIBLICAL TOURS > Biblical Egypt Fam Trip (January 8-17, 2019)

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(in US$)

$1,890 Per Person in Double Room (for professors)
$2,190 Per Person in Double Room (for spouses)
$290 Single Room Supplement


• Round-trip International flights from
   New York JFK Airport, or Chicago,
   or Houston, or Washington DC, or
   Boston, or Los Angeles, or Atlanta,
   or Miami, or San Francisco, based
   on Turkish Airlines Economy Class.
• Cairo-Aswan domestic flight MS96
   20:00 /21:25
• Luxor-Cairo domestic flight MS360
   18:20 /19:30
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• 8 nights at 5 star hotels
• Daily breakfast and 8 dinners
• Entrance fees to all sightseeing
• English speaking licensed tour
   guide throughout the itinerary
• Transfers & transportation by
   private A/C motorcoach
• Portage for one piece of luggage at
   the hotels


• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to tour guide and driver
• Egypt Visa Fee ($35) to be paid
   upon arrival
• Personal Expenses and, any other
   item which is not included above


January 8-17, 2019

Tour Host: Dr. Jim Hoffmeier


Jan 8 Tue Depart from USA

Jan 9 Wed Arrive Cairo Airport
Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “FAM TRIP-TUTKU TOURS” sign. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Jan 10 Thu Cairo
The great pyramids and sphinx are among the wonders of the world, and a highlight of any visit to Egypt. The Cairo Museumis home to many great works of art and historical significance, such as some of the Amarna Letters, the Merneptah (Israel) stela, and Tutankhamun’s treasures.

Jan 11 Fri Cairo - Fly Aswan
At Sakkara we can see the first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. The Dahshur Pyramids precede the Giza group and allow one to see the evolution of the pyramid. These necropoli were the burial grounds for the kings and elite of the nearby capital, Memphis. At Memphis we will visit an outdoor museum that includes a colossal statue of Ramesses II. Dinner at a local restaurant and drive to the airport for MS96 20:00 /21:25 flight to Aswan. Overnight. (B,D)

Jan 12 Sat Aswan - Luxor
Aswan, Syene of the Old Testament, marked Egypt’s southern frontier. Philae Temple is a late period temple, one that was moved to higher ground to avoid the flood waters of the Aswan Dam. The red granite used in buildings, statues and sarcophagi found throughout Egypt came from the first cataract in the Aswan region. We will visit the main quarry and see the “unfinished obelisk.” Our hotel is situated on Elephantine Island that was home to a diaspora Jewish community during the Persian period that produced hundreds of Aramaic papyri and where there was a temple of Yahweh. Drive to Luxor for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Jan 13 Sun Luxor
Karnak temple is the cult center of Amun, No-Amon (Thebes) of the Bible. Here Thutmose III’s Annals record his famous battle at Megiddo and Shishak’s relief records the campaign of 925 BC against Israel and Judah. The temple is also home to the Egyptian text of the treaty of Ramesses and Hatusili the Hittite ruler and the classic Hypostyle Hall.
The Pylon at Luxor temple contains reliefs of Ramesses II’s battle of Kadesh and a portrayal of his tabernacle-like camp.

Jan 14 Mon Luxor
The western side of Luxor is the burial ground of Thebes and includes the Valley of Kings (and Tut’s tomb), Deir el-Bahri (Hatsheptut’s funerary temple),and the Ramesseum, which features “Ozymandias,” and mud-brick storage facilities like those for which theHebrews made bricks (Exodus 1:11). Dinner and overnight in Luxor. (B,D)

Jan 15 Tue Luxor - Fly Cairo
The Tombs of the Nobles include remarkable painted and carved scenes. In the Tomb of Rekhmire we will see the famous scene in which foreigners are forced to make bricks. MedinetHabu is one of the best preserved temples of the New Kingdom and contains the renowned panorama of the Sea Peoples (including the Philistines) invasion of Egypt. Drive to the airport for MS360 18:20 /19:30 flight to Cairo. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Jan 16 Wed Cairo
Cairo of the Medieval era is home to some of the earliest mosques, churches and the Ibn Ezra Synagogue (where the Cairo Geniza manuscripts were found). Finally, as a testimony to the ongoing Christian community in Egypt, we will visit the Cave Church (Coptic), the largest active church in the Middle East. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (B,D)

Jan 17 Thu Departure
Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight back to USA. End of services.



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