Urartu is cognate with the Biblical Ararat. In Genesis 8:4 Noah’s ark is said to have landed in the “mountains of Ararat.” Urartu is a geographical region commonly used as the exonym for the Iron Age kingdom centered around Lake Van in the historic Armenian Highlands. The kingdom rose to power in the mid-9th century BC, but went into gradual decline and was eventually conquered by the Iranian Medes in the early 6th century BC.
Akhtamar Island on Lake Van with the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross during spring time. On the lake’s eastern shores are the Impressive remains of a huge Urartu castle overlooking the lake. Nearby is the Van Museum the most important museum in the region featuring many artifacts from the Urartian era.
The Durupinar boat-shaped formation (Noah’s ark) was discovered on Sept. 11, 1959, by Turkish Army Captain Ilhan Durupinar. This boat-shaped formation is believed to be the buried remains of Noah’s ark (Nuh’un Gemisi) that landed in the Mountains of Ararat according to the Bible (Genesis 8:4) and according to the Qur’an (11:44) on Al-Judi which locals in the nearby village will tell you is a name given to this area as well. The main research and interest in this site started in the 1970s through the mid-1990s due to the work of American explorer and researcher, Ron Wyatt, and others including Turkish scientists. In 2014 and 2019 further independent private geophysical surveys were done again on the ark formation showing layers and interesting angular structures below the ground. The new GPR data shows parallel lines and angular structures 8 to 20 feet down. These parallel lines and right angles below the surface are something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation. Interestingly, the boat formation has also been confirmed to be the exact length of the ark given in the Bible (Genesis 6:15).
Come see this special site and learn about the evidence for yourself in person. See where civilization restarted! Only on our tours do we go over all the historical research up to the most recent work done on the site.
The wonders of ancient Egypt. A land full of history and mystery. The land of bondage to the Israelites. Come see the museums full of artifacts and treasures, the archaeological sites of pyramids and temples and the Land of Goshen where the Isrsaelites lived.
The Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea). Enjoy the beautiful coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba. Learn about the research being done there for the crossing site. Enjoy a possible boat ride out onto the waters of the blue sea. Look for chariot parts as you snorkel around. From the coast you will journey by 4×4 into the heartland of Midian on a path the Israelites could have taken as they looked for water.
Surrounded by red-colored mountains and deep canyons this lush oasis was an ancient pit stop for weary travelers. Is this beautiful palm tree oasis with its 12 wells of water the location of Elim mentioned in the exodus journey?
Take a jeep ride deep into the coastal mountains of Midian to experience this natural wonder! You will also see some of the ancient Midianite ruins near this oasis and then travel from here to the next oasis camping spot on the exodus journey as mentioned in Numbers 33.
“Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.” (Exodus 15:27)
One of the most breaktaking stops in this tour is the giant split rock sitting high on a hill on the western side of the Jabal al Lawz mountain range. Is this the Rock of Horeb that Moses struck and rivers of water gushed forth for the complaining Israelites and their flocks and herds? In a desolate region with no water this rock stands out as a possible reminder to the miracles of God in the exodus journey. Climb the hill. Make your way thru the split and see the wind and water erosion marks around the base of the giant boulder! A must see stop on your journey through the Land of Midian!
“‘Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.’ And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exodus 17:6)
“And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.” (Exodus 19:17,18)
One of the most solemn scenes described in the Bible is the giving of the law by God. From a mountaintop God spoke audibly with His people and the earth shook while fire and smoke ascended to the very heavens. Is Jabal Maqla in the mountain range of Jabal al Lawz in the Land of Midian the location of the real Mount Sinai? Are local traditions correct that this is Jabal Musa? Come see the location for yourself and explore the archaeological sites around the base of what more and more are believing to be the true Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia! Be among the few who have ventured out to this remote location now that tourist visas are available.
As you walk among the sand and boulders and gaze up upon the loftly blackened peaks ask yourself, “Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.” (Deuteronomy 4:33,36)
Step into a thrilling adventure with Andrew Jones, your seasoned guide, who has been relentlessly investigating the exodus journey since his middle school years. Andrew’s passion ignited when he learned about Ron Wyatt’s monumental discoveries – the true Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia and the authentic Red Sea crossing at Nuweiba, Egypt on the Gulf of Aqaba.
Since 2000, Andrew has plunged into Egypt’s enchanting mystery, traversing its land numerous times. The year 2016 marked a milestone when he had the privilege to explore the sites in ancient Midian, Northwest Arabia, including the genuine Mount Sinai.
With the veil lifted, Andrew embraced the opportunity, journeying through the terrains of Midian more than 20 times, amassing over 150 days of ground-breaking exploration. By February 2020, he had embarked on solitary journeys across Midian, covering an astonishing 20,000 miles, not including his explorations of Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula.
Our exclusive tours offer you unparalleled access to local boats, journeying across the Red Sea crossing, offering you a unique perspective of the historical site. This immersive experience is far more than a superficial photo opportunity at Mount Sinai or the Red Sea crossing. It promises a wealth of in-depth research into the exodus route, allowing you to tread the path the Israelites would have undertaken.
These tours are brimming with invaluable information gleaned from Andrew’s hands-on experience and meticulous research. You’ll delve into the varied theories surrounding the exodus route, weighing the advantages and drawbacks of each potential camping spot during the exodus. Engage with local traditions and the latest scholarly insights into the exodus.
Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the comprehensive research conducted by Andrew and others on the exodus route in Egypt and the location of Mount Sinai. Follow in the footsteps of Moses and the Israelites as they journeyed from the Land of Goshen in the Nile Delta in ancient Egypt to the authentic Mount Sinai in ancient Midian. Witness the rumored grain pits and the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, constructed by Imhotep, who some believe to be Joseph. Experience the sites, absorb the theories, and be the judge!
Round-trip international flights to and from the Middle East and from Turkey to Egypt are NOTincluded. All hotels, ground transportation, 3 meals a day + bottled water, museum and site entrance fees, domestic flights, and ferry boat from Nuweiba to Aqaba ARE included.
Tour Segments & Dates
October 17-23, 2023 (1) Pre-Tour Mount Ararat & Noah’s Ark Conference + Northside of Mount Ararat (7th International Mount Ararat & Noah’s Ark Symposium in Agri, Igdir, Salt Caves, Fish Lake) – $1300/adult total includes domestic flights. You need to arrive in Istanbul (IST) anytime on October 17, 2023.
Pre-tour starts the morning of October 18, 2023. Pre-tour ends the evening of October 23, 2023, in Dogubayazit.
October 23-29, 2023 (2)Noah’s Ark Tour (Noah’s Ark, anchor stone village of Arzap, Mountains of Ararat, Ishak Pasha, Old Silk Route, Urartu Castle and museum in Van) – $1200/adult total includes domestic flights.
You need to arrive in Istanbul (IST) anytime on October 23, 2023. Tour starts the morning of October 24, 2023. Tour ends the afternoon of October 29, 2023, in Van with a flight back to Istanbul (IST). If you are continuing on from Turkey’s ark tour to Egypt’s exodus tour please get this specific flight from Istanbul to Cairo: https://www.google.com/travel/flights/s/y46GXr8Rp14zmE5B9
October 29-November 4, 2023 (3)Exodus Route Tour (Cairo museums, Saqqara Pyramids, Giza Pyramids, Land of Goshen, the start of the exodus, traditional Mount Sinai, Nuweiba crossing site, Wadi Watir) – $3600/adult total includes ferry boat ride if continuing on to Saudi Arabia.
You need to arrive in Cairo (CAI) anytime on October 29, 2023. Tour starts the morning of October 30, 2023. Tour ends the morning of November 5, 2023, in Nuweiba, Egypt. A taxi will take you to the Sharm el Sheik airport (SSH) where you can get a flight to Europe or back to Cairo (CAI) and then back to your home country unless you are continuing on to Saudi Arabia for the Sinai in Arabia tour. If you are continuing to Arabia then your tour package includes a ferry ticket to Aqaba, Jordan to cross to Haql, Saudi Arabia with the group.
November 5-November 11, 2023 (4)Real Mount Sinai in Arabia Tour + optional climbing to the top of Mount Sinai (Red Sea crossing, drive part of the exodus route, possible Elim oasis, Magna springs of Moses oasis, Jethro’s “caves” and home town, split Rock of Horeb, Mount Sinai, Altar of Moses, golden calf altar, graveyard, Cave of Elijah, encampment plain, exit route, etc.) – $3000/adult total. Plus optional 1.5 day extension for $400/person to camp and climb to the summit of Mount Sinai November 10-11, 2023.
You need to arrive in Tabuk (TUU) anytime on November 5th. Tour starts the morning of November 6th. Tour ends in the late afternoon of November 10th in Tabuk (TUU), Saudi Arabia. If you’re coming on the Egypt exodus tour before the Sinai in Arabia tour then you will be with the group coming from Egypt to Jordan via a ferry on the 5th of November. NO need to buy any flights from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.
November 12-17, 2023 (5) End of the Exodus Jordan Tour & Promised Land Israel Tour (Petra, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Jordan River, Baptism site of Jesus, Jericho, Gilgal, Shechem and the Altar of Joshua on Mount Ebal, Shiloh, Jerusalem (Museums, Temple Mount, Western Wall, Garden Tomb, Old City sites), and possibly Mount Carmel) – $2900/adult total.
You need to arrive in Aqaba (AQJ), Jordan anytime on November 11th. Tour starts the morning of November 12th. Tour ends on the afternoon of November 17th at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV), Israel.
The itineraries can be changed by DiscoveredSinai.com based on ground conditions and other factors. If you have any questions you may contact us at email@example.com or you can call us at +1-916-258-7092. Or write to us at: Discovered Media, ATTN: Andrew Jones, 3032 Verwood Place, Roseville, CA 95747, USA.
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