Join Chuck and Bob Cornuke, the famous archaeological investigator, on a fascinating adventure to discover the Biblical aspects of two ancient cultures. Choose one or both! TMI tours has provided the following itinerary as a preview of the 2006 expeditions.
In Search of the Ark of the Covenant: January 14-24, 2006
What an adventure! Ethiopia is an integral part of what many (including Bob and Chuck) believe is the history of the Ark of the Covenant. Come explore the tradition, the wonder, and the mystery of the Ark and Ethiopia.
This first expedition is being held during the Timket Festival. Have your hearts and cameras ready for the warmth of the Christian Ethiopian communities! Sites to be experienced include:
- Rock-hewn churches, thought to be associated with the Knights Templar.
- Palace of the Queen of Sheba.
- Mysterious Tana Kirkos, previous home to the Ark of the Covenant.
- Timket festivals momentous, joyous ceremonies. The prayers of fellow believers is almost overwhelming.
- Egyptian Pyramids at Giza.
- The Egyptian Museum & Mummy Room.
- Amazing fellowship and more!
Day 1 - We fly from our home cities via New York to Cairo.
Day 2 - After arrival in Cairo this morning, we rest at a nice hotel overlooking the Nile . Later this afternoon we visit the Pyramids at Giza. It is amazing to think that these Pyramids were well known to Jacob, Moses and Aaron at the time of the Exodus and were probably seen by Jesus himself. Late departure for Addis Ababa
Day 3 - Very early morning arrival in Addis Ababa. Later today visit the Sister's orphanage and tour their national museum to see the Lucy.
Day 4 - Axum: We'll be in time for the beginning of the Timket festivities. This festival commemorates Jesus's baptism in the Jordan. You'll see the Tabots (as in tablets from the Ten Commandments) brought out of St. Mary's. You'll be part of this celebration as the bells and trumpets blow and people praise the Lord and dance through the night. The dances are from David's time 3,000 years ago, performed at the gates of Jerusalem before the original Ark.
Day 5 - Today the festivities continue with the sounds of tambourines, cymbals, trumpets and stringed instruments. Our hotel overlooks the entire ceremony grounds. Enjoy the viewpoint as we have teachings and fellowship overlooking Stele Square (site of the pre-Christian engraved granite monoliths). The celebration ends with the Tabots being returned to St. Mary's.
Day 6 - A visit today to the Queen of Sheba's Palace ruins, exotic tombs of former kings, an ancient hilltop church, plus a mysterious lion's head dating back to the Knights Templar.
Day 7 - A short flight today to Lalibella to see the amazing underground monolithic churches hewn completely out of rock in the 12th century. Chuck's insight on the significance of these churches is fascinating. The Ethiopians believe that they play a part in the second coming of our Lord. On to Lake Tana this evening.
If the falls are flowing, this afternoon we will go out to the thundering Blue Nile Falls. We'll cross the Blue Nile in papyrus boats. Those who wish can take a natural shower or swim.
Day 8 - Today we visit several islands on Lake Tana, including Tana Kirkos - the island that held the Ark of the Covenant for many years. Although women are not allowed to visit, we have made special arrangements with the monks to have artifacts from the monastery brought out for viewing. We'll also be visiting the islands where Nargo Silassie and Ura Kidane Mihret Monastaries are located (women ARE allowed to visit these islands).
Day 9 - Visit the basket and wood markets this morning and then be off to Addis for the evening.
Day 10 - Very early departure to Cairo this morning. An afternoon tour today of the Egyptian Museum and a private tour of the Mummy Room. We spend the night in Cairo.
Day 11 - Those leaving the tour at this point will fly home. Most should arrive home this same day.
And the second part of this wondrous journey...
The Exodus: January 21-31, 2006
Join us to see the mystery of the ages unfold. Abraham was there...Jacob was there...Joseph was there...Moses was there... Jeremiah was there...Jesus was there...now you can be there too!
We will spend time retracing the footsteps of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness, sail on the Nile visiting the ancient tombs and temples"perhaps the very spot where Pharaoh's daughter drew the baby Moses from the water, visit the Mummy Room where there are strong chances you will be face to face with the same Pharaoh that Moses spoke to at the time of the Exodus. Join us for a great time of teaching and fellowship! Here are just a few of the exciting highlights:
- View the blackened mountain top, Jabal al Lawz as outlined in Exodus 19:18.
- Teaching at Elephantine Island, once the home of the Ark of the Covenant.
- Visit a Bedouin camp in the Sinai via 4WD vehicle, with a teaching under a tent, and a barbeque. Day trip on the Red Sea to snorkel or dive over the site of the parting of the Sea.
- Giza Plateau with its amazing Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
- Visit the Royal Valley of the Kings and the Royal Valley of the Queens.
- Egyptian Museum with our own Egyptologists and exclusive visit to the Mummy Room.
- Visit the Land of Goshen, the start of the Exodus.
Day 1 – Those who did not start the tour by exploring Ethiopia will depart their home city today for Cairo.
Day 2 - After arrival in Cairo this morning, we rest at a nice hotel overlooking the Nile. It is just north of Cairo that is closest to the Land of Goshen, from where the Israelites began their journey. This afternoon, an optional visit will be offered.
Day 3 - Visit the Pyramids at Giza. It is amazing to think that these Pyramids were well known to Jacob, Moses and Aaron at the time of the Exodus and were probably seen by Jesus himself. After lunch, join those who began this adventure in Ethiopia for a teaching and visit the Egyptian Museum. The actual name of Pharaoh of the Exodus is not recorded in the Bible. It may actually be possible to see the man (mummy) that Moses spoke to during the time of the Exodus.
Day 4 - Short flight to visit Abu Simbel, an architectural wonder made possible by the USA, then on to Aswan. Once we are settled into our 5 Star, brand-new luxury river cruise ship, we will enjoy a felucca sail on the Nile over to Elephantine Island – former site of the Ark of the Covenant. It was in the Nile River where Moses was placed in a waterproof basket and found by Pharaohs daughter, and Moses is indirectly named after the waters of the Nile. In addition, a number of the Ten Plagues inflicted before the Exodus involved the Nile, including turning the waters to blood.
Day 5 - Full day of touring with our own Egyptologist. See the High Aswan Dam, the Obelisk quarry, and Philae Temple and then sail on to Kom Ombo.
Day 6 - Another full day of sailing the Nile and stopping at the various ancient temple sites with teachings by Chuck and the Egyptologist.
Day 7 - Luxor today, with visits to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the other famous temples and tombs, including the tomb of child Pharaoh Tutankamen.
Day 8 - Departure to Sharm el Sheik, located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, on the Red Sea where the Israelites crossed. All day trip together on boats that will take us out to the land bridge that was opened up for the Israelites. Snorkel and dive equipment will be made available to you. Perhaps you can help Bob discover a chariot or other exciting evidence!
Day 9 - Today we drive north on the Sinai Peninsula to a viewpoint to see the blackened summit of Jabal al Lawz. Exodus 24:17 states the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. After lunch and a teaching, we will travel out to a Bedouin tribal encampment to experience what it was like for the Israelites. Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
Day 10 - Today is a free day to enjoy the beach and the pools. There will be an optional trip this afternoon up to St. Catherines Monastery. This is the traditional site of Mt. Sinai and it involves substantial walking in the heat.
Day 11 - Early morning departure from Sharm, via Cairo, arriving in New York this afternoon, or your home city this evening.
For more information on this trip of a lifetime, contact TMI at 800-975-7775, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website. Prices starts at $2979 for Egypt and $3999 for Ethiopia ($5999 for both!) and include most meals, all accommodations, ground transportation, touring as noted, in-country flights, all cruises, teachings, guides, etc. Ask about low airfare add-ons! We also have business and first class add-ons. Call TMI for your home city quote.