The Path to The Holy Land

 

Not sure where to travel next? Why not follow the path of prophet Moses and make your way from Egypt to the holy land?

That’s what I always try to do on my trips. Find an interesting story/character and then follow their pilgrimage. Many famous heroes and prophets have made pilgrimages and for many, it was considered a rite of passage or a way to truly find themselves. So why not follow the roads where so many great individuals found wisdom and clarity?

It also helps you by giving a sense of purpose to your travels, an objective to complete and a way to go.

So, this was my actual path to the holy land:

The Middle East Route | North Africa | Asia | Map | Route
The Middle East Route

This wasn’t the original route because of course, you should always improvise it a little and never plan too much.

Here are the 5 top places you’ll find in this path:

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramids of Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Egypt

It’s the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence and the first landmark you’ll see on this route, and probably the most amazing one. Right now is the best time to go because tourism has suffered heavily due to the 2011 Revolution, so if you’re lucky and go early in the morning, you can get the pyramids just for yourself.

The big tourist tours usually start coming around 10-11 am, so make sure you get there before that hour.

The Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea, Urghada- Egypt
Red Sea, Urghada- Egypt

You have several choices here. But the most famous ones are either Hurghada, Sharm el Shaik or Dahab. If you’re looking for scuba diving you can choose any of them because they all offer amazing scuba diving or snorkeling experiences.

Although Hurghada felt too touristic and like a “dead” city surrounded by resorts, I still had lots of fun there. You can do desert safari’s, quad bikes, desert buggies, and many more. And everything’s super cheap of course!

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai - Egypt | Travel
Mount Sinai – Egypt

The place where Moses proclaimed the ten commandments. If you go to Egypt, I definitely recommend you to climb up to St. Catherine’s monastery, the top of mount Sinai. It’s a 5-6h climb that people usually do at night so they can see the sunrise on the top and watch all the stars in the sky while they climb. I did it myself and it was definitly worth the effort.

Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh, Petra
Al Khazneh, Petra

After crossing the border to Jordan, which I’ll explain how to do in another post, the first thing everyone wants to see is Petra: one of the world’s seven wonders.

Before going there I thought Petra was only the famous “church” carved into stone, the Al Khazneh. But Petra is actually a big complex of caves and stone carved buildings which can take you up to three days of walking to explore completely.

 

Jerusalem, Israel

Mount of Olives - Jerusalem, Israel
Mount of Olives – Jerusalem, Israel

The Final Destination. An amazing city full of history.

There are no words to describe what you feel when you finally arrive to your planned destination after such a big journey.

 

I’ll be writing specific guides to visit each of this places and a lot more in the coming days, stay tuned! If you have any questions about this route or any other question feel free to leave a comment or send me a private message through the contact page.