Explore the Land of Midian

Explore the Land of Midian

Al-bad’ Oasis

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Al-bad’

Al-bad’ is the traditional home of Jethro and the location of the Well of Moses where he met the daughters of Jethro. It is a fairly large oasis that sits in a region where water is easily obtained from shallow wells and is surrounded by orchards of mangos and other fruit trees. This area which is now in the heart of the NEOM project by Saudi Arabia is full of ancient history ranging from the Midianites down to Greek, Roman and Islamic time periods.

See the ancient ruins going back to Midianite times at this important oasis. Visit the Nabatean tombs named after Jethro. This important oasis was also a stop on the Hajj to Mecca. Nearby you will also visit the entrance to the dry riverbed canyon that goes to the western side of Jabal al Lawz/Jabal Maqla mountains. The locals call it Wadi Musa (Moses).

Well of Moses in Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)Well of Moses in Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)Well of Moses in Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)Drone photo of Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)Tombs of Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)Tombs of Al-bad' - home of Jethro in NW Saudi Arabia (land of Midian)

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Red Sea Crossing

The Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea). Enjoy the beautiful coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba. See the exit point of the Red Sea crossing across from Nuweiba, Egypt. 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.

“So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:30,31)

Sunset on the Saudi side of the Red Sea crossing across from Nuweiba, Egypt.The Saudi side of the Red Sea crossing across from Nuweiba, Egypt.The Saudi side of the Red Sea crossing across from Nuweiba, Egypt.Join us on a boat ride on the Saudi side of the Red Sea crossing across from Nuweiba, Egypt.

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Tayyib al Ism Oasis

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Tayyib al Ism Oasis

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)

Tayyib al Ism oasis - an important watering stop in the Land of Midian. Is this Elim?Tayyib al Ism oasis - an important watering stop in the Land of Midian. Is this Elim?Tayyib al Ism oasis - an important watering stop in the Land of Midian with 12 wells. Is this Elim?

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Magna oasis

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Magna oasis

Magna is a lush oasis on the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba in NW Saudi Arabia with a strong tradition of Moses being there. In the past 12 springs of water bubbled up among the palm trees and tall grass.

Across from the oasis is an ancient Midianite fortress on a hill protecting this important water source. In Saudi archaeological literature this location is listed as an important Midianite site.

“They moved from Elim and camped by the Red Sea.” (Numbers 33:10)

The oasis of Magna which still has a few springs bubbling up out of the ground.

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Rock of Horeb

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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)

The split Rock of Horeb in RephidimThe split Rock of Horeb in Rephidim

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Mount Sinai

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The Base of Mount Sinai

“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)

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The cow petroglyphs in front of Jabal Maqla. Is this the area the golden calf was worshipped?The cow petroglyphs in front of Jabal Maqla. Is this the area the golden calf was worshipped?A painted cow pictogram in front of Jabal Maqla. Is this the area the golden calf was worshipped?The marble sections at the base of Jabal Maqla. What were these marble pieces used for? Some saw they were the 12 pillars, yet others a shrine by King Solomon and still others Nabatean quarrying.The V-shaped stone structure at the foot of Jabal Maqla. Is this an animal corral with an altar for sacrifice? Excavations show layers of ash at one end. Is this the altar Moses built?The cave on Jabal Maqla. Is this the cave of Elijah?Looking down from the area with the tree between the two boulders to the east towards the large plain in front of Jabal Maqla.The large plain in front of Jabal Maqla (aka Mount Sinai). Did the millions of Israelites encamp here?The large plain in front of Jabal Maqla (aka Mount Sinai). Did the millions of Israelites encamp here?Jabal Maqla's southern peaks. Is this Mount Sinai in Arabia? (Galatians 4:25)

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Leaving Sinai

The Hisma Desert

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Why select our tours?

Your guide, Andrew Jones, has been researching the exodus journey since middle school when he heard about Ron Wyatt discovering the real Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia. Finally in 2016 Andrew was able to join a group and see the sites in NW Arabia for the first time.

With the doors open Andrew ran through them 18x so far, spending over 120+ days on the ground driving and walking the wadis and mountains of Midian. As of September 2019, he has journeyed over 17,000+ miles across Midian alone not counting his trips to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula.

With access to boats from locals you will journey out onto the Red Sea crossing to get a unique view of the crossing site. Only on this tour do you get detailed exodus route research and actually journey on a lot of the route the Israelites would have.

These tours are jammed full of information he’s learned on the ground and in his research. This is not just a photo tour to get a selfie at Mount Sinai. You will learn the different theories about the exodus route and the pros and cons of each camping spot of the exodus. You will hear about local traditions and the latest research into the exodus. You will not want to miss learning these details of Andrew’s and others’ research into the exodus route and location of Mount Sinai as you join him in following the footsteps of Moses!

Guide and Exodus Researcher - Andrew JonesAndrew Jones' journey across the Land of Midian from 2016-2019Andrew Jones' journey across the Land of Midian from 2016-2019

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Tour Itineraries

Midian Tour

  • Day 1: National Museum in Riyadh. Visit the National Museum of Saudi Arabia and see its collection of artifacts from Midian and throughout Arabia. (Overnight in Riyadh or Tabuk depending on flights to Tabuk) Learn more about the National Museum of Saudi Arabia
  • Day 2: The Land of Midian. Drive through the Land of Midian to the modern town of Al-bad’ for a tour of “Tombs of Jethro” and traditional Well of Musa (Moses) where he met Jethro’s daughters. End the day watching the sunset on the Red Sea crossing beach across from Nuweiba, Egypt. Recall the miraculous events that happened there 3500 years ago. (Overnight in Haql)
  • Day 3: The Red Sea crossing/route of the exodus. Tour the crossing site area including a possible ride on a boat out onto the Gulf of Aqaba (the Red Sea). Drive from the sea to possible Marah locations. Continue retracing the route of the exodus to the Tayyib al Ism oasis which many consider to be Elim where there were 12 wells even to this day and 70 palm trees. Explore the next nearby oasis at Magna on the beach to see a potential oasis that the Israelites used for camping on their journey (Numbers 33:10) where there used to be 12 springs of water. See the nearby Midianite ruins. (Overnight in Haql)
  • Day 4: The split Rock of Horeb/Rephidim. Early morning we enter the western side of the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range and see the famous split rock. Enjoy a morning contemplating how God provided water for the Israelites in the Rephidim area. See nearby petroglyphs and explore the arid plains where the possible battle against the Amalekites took place. Continue on the northern route around the mountains to the eastern side of the mountain range. See the blackened peaks of Mount Sinai (Jabal Maqla in the Jabal al-Lawz range) for the first time and enjoy the sunset there. (Overnight in Tabuk)
  • Day 5: Mount Sinai. Early morning drive into the area in front of Mount Sinai from the north. Have breakfast on the massive plain in front of Mount Sinai where the Israelites camped. See the cow petroglyphs archaeological that maybe evidence of the golden calf incident. Continue exploring the area around the base of Mount Sinai seeing the possible altar set up by Moses beside the dry stream bed coming down from Mount Sinai. For those that are able and if possible we will also climb to the summit of Mount Sinai and on the way back visit the cave where Elijah possibly stayed. The others will head back to Tabuk early or enjoy a day in the plain resting (depending on what the group would like to do and the weather). (Overnight in Tabuk)
  • Day 6: Graveyard site/Eastern exit leaving Mount Sinai. Visit a massive fenced off archaeological site containing 1000s of graves. Enjoy one last look at Mount Sinai. Exit via the east the encampment plain into the Hisma desert and see why the Israelites complained after journeying for 3 days in this beautiful yet desolate region. Head north to the freeway. Return to the hotel to clean up. See the new train museum and an ancient castle in Tabuk. Visit a large bookstore to buy your own maps of the Tabuk province showing the Land of Midian. We end the day with a group dinner at a nice restaurant in Tabuk to celebrate our final day of the Midian tour. The next morning those not doing the Egypt extension will fly home. (Overnight in Tabuk)

Egypt Extension Tour

  • Day 7: Travel day/Exit Arabia. Leave the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and cross over into Aqaba, Jordan. Enjoy a nice lunch in the beautiful city of Aqaba and see the local sites. Enjoy some free time on the beach and visit some shops for souvenirs during your only time in the country of Jordan. Take the ferry from Aqaba down to Nuweiba, Egypt. (Overnight in Nuweiba)
  • Day 8: The Red Sea crossing (Egyptian side). See first hand the geographic evidence that makes this site the only real candidate for the crossing of the Red Sea. Visit the southern beach area where Ron Wyatt and his sons found coral encrusted chariot parts shapes underwater in the late 1970s. Next, see the granite column that was moved from the beach and set up next to the road. Ron Wyatt found a matching one that is now missing on the Saudi side of the Red Sea. Visit the area of Wadi Watir and learn first hand how the Israelites were trapped on this beach before God split the sea in two in one of the greatest miracles of the Bible. End the day enjoying the beach before our long drive across the Sinai Peninsula to ancient Egypt. (Overnight in Nuweiba).
  • Day 9: The trade route from Egypt to Arabia. Journey across the desolate Sinai Peninsula as we make our way to the start of the Exodus on the eastern border of the Nile Delta. See a few of the proposed traditional Red Sea crossing sites and learn how none of them match the Biblical record. (Overnight at a hotel by one of the traditional Red Sea crossing sites)
  • Day 10: The land of Goshen and ancient Egypt. Journey into the fertile land of Goshen in the eastern Nile Delta region. See why this was considered the best land of Egypt. Visit the sites of ancient Tanis/Zoan and other archaeological sites in the Nile Delta as we make our way to the city of Cairo. (Overnight in Cairo)
  • Day 11: Pyramids and museums. See the famous Pyramids of Giza. One of the wonders of the ancient world! Continue south to the nearby Step Pyramid of Saqqara and the grain pits around the oldest stone building in the world. Finally, end the day visiting one of the museums in Cairo learning about life in ancient Egypt. Head back to your hotel to pack for your flight back to your home. (Overnight in Cairo if your flight leaves the next day and not that evening)

Noah’s ark extension (Only available certain times of the year. See below for dates.)

  • Day 12: Travel day to Turkey. See some sites in Istanbul that afternoon.
  • Day 13: Istanbul. Walk around
  • Day 14: Travel day to eastern Turkey. See the ark for the 1st time briefly.
  • Day 15: Fossil site + Noah’s ark. See the nearby fossil site full of seashells. Then head to Noah’s ark. You will be able to walk on the ark and hear about the latest research we’ve done on the site and the future plans.
  • Day 16: Village of Eight and the drogue stones (aka “anchor stones”). Visit the nearby village of Arzap with its large stones with holes in them. See the ruins around the village and why this was an important site. Learn about the history of Ron’s research at this village and see even a newly uncovered drogue stone with no inscriptions on it. End the day with a visit to the impressive Ishak Pasha Ottoman-era palace and a nearby museum.
  • Day 17: Fly back to Istanbul. Fly back to Istanbul that morning. Catch an evening flight back to your home country or stay one extra night (on your own) and fly back the next day depending on your return flight.

To learn more about some of the sites we will be visiting check out the full Noah’s ark tour* web page here at our Turkey tours website: https://eastturkeyexpedition.com/tours/noahs-ark/   *Please note that this extension is a limited tour of the Noah’s ark area and not our full Noah’s ark tour listed at the link above.

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • December 2019 Tours (Saudi Arabia + Egypt extension available)
    • Dec. 11 – Depart from your home country.
    • Dec. 12 – Arrive in Riyadh.
    • Dec. 13 – Tour National Museum of Saudi Arabia.
    • Dec. 14-18 – Midian tour.
    • Dec. 19-23 – Egypt tour extension.
    • Dec. 23/24 – Fly home.
  • January/February 2020 Tour (Saudi Arabia tour only available. No Egyptian or Turkey extensions available.)
    • Jan. 25 – Depart from your home country.
    • Jan. 26 – Arrive in Riyadh.
    • Jan. 27 – Tour National Museum of Saudi Arabia.
    • Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 – Midian tour.
    • Feb. 1/2 – Fly home.
  • March 2020 Tours (Saudi Arabia + Egypt extension + Noah’s ark extension available)
    • Mar. 13 – Depart from your home country.
    • Mar. 14 – Arrive in Riyadh.
    • Mar. 15 – Tour National Museum of Saudi Arabia.
    • Mar. 16-21 – Midian tour.
    • Mar. 22-26 – Egypt tour extension.
    • Mar. 27-31 – Noah’s ark tour (Turkey) extension.
    • April 1/2 – Fly home.
  • October 2020 Tour (Saudi Arabia + Egypt extension + Noah’s ark extension available)
    • Dates coming Spring 2020.
  • November 2020 Tours (Saudi Arabia + Egypt extension available)
    • Dates coming Spring 2020.

 

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Explore the story of the exodus

Join us on the exodus journey! A once in a lifetime experience. See the newly opened country of Saudi Arabia and explore the land of Jethro and Moses. Visit the camping locations of the exodus and make the story come alive.

Check out the possible Egyptian extension. Stay a week longer and cross over into Egypt via Jordan and learn how the exodus started. See the treasures of ancient Egypt! Truly a trip of a lifetime is waiting for you! Limited space available! Reserve today!

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