Ethiopia – Biblical Expedition with BASE Institute June 20-27, 2014
Call 888-771-8717 for more information.
Rhonda did an amazing job of coordinating everything and the teachings by Bob and Frank were fantastic! What an excellent team to be a part of!
— Jim & Sandy B.
This Christian Africa tour and expedition with Bob Cornuke not only immerses us in the heart and history of Ethiopia, but it can also be in tandem with a unique trip to Israel (June 11-20) that will prepare you for the scripture and archeology surrounding Biblical mysteries hidden in Ethiopia. This trip visits Axum – home of Africa’s most reverent Christians, who even today hold to unique Judaic customs. Tour participants will experience lovely Bahir Dar with its hippos, wildlife and unique island fortress; visit incredible Gondor, home of the original Black Jews of Africa, most of whom are now in Israel; and explore an abundance of Christian-based archeology. Have your hearts and cameras ready for the warmth of the Christian Ethiopian communities! A few of the highlights for this Christian Africa tour are visits to:
- The palace of the Queen of Sheba near Axum and the camel markets
- The tomb of one of the Maji who visited Jesus’ birthplace
- Tombs just recently opened and other archeological findings from the Axumite Kingdom period
- Tana Kirkos Island, in all of its mystery as the previous home of the Ark of the Covenant on Lake Tana, the second largest lake in Africa!
- The St. Mary of Zion Church- thought to be the current home of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum
- Great trip for families!
I loved it! It truly was the adventure of a lifetime. My son had a wonderful experience, too. Thank you for making the trip kid-friendly!
— Lorretta & Jacob S.
This Christian Africa tour includes all transportation from New York, most meals, ground transportation, touring and taxes and fees. Join us for amazing fellowship and touring that will impact your life! The tour is $5,899, with a $1200 savings if you are doing this expedition in tandem with the Israel Tour with Frank Turek here.
|June 20||Meet others in the group at the New York airport this evening and the excitement begins. If opting to do the add-on tour of Israel, you will fly directly from Tel Aviv to Addis.|
|June 21||Arrive in Addis Ababa – home to 3.8 million people and also the home of the “political capital of Africa”. We’ll overnight at the lovely Sheraton Addis, a 5-Star, 5-Diamond luxury hotel.|
|June 22||This morning we take a 1-hour flight to Axum. Upon arrival we will have a tour of the strange stele fields that lie below our mountain top hotel. Bob will guide us into the recently opened tombs and the labyrinth of tunnels that have been hidden there since the time of the Queen of Sheba. Next, we will be able to enter one of the most exciting recent finds – the Tomb of the Maji. You will also be able to visit the frankincense grove nearby and then be off to the restored palace of the Queen of Sheba. For those who are up for a short hike, we will visit a wall with a mysterious centuries-old drawing of the Lion of Judah that overlooks the palace. This evening after dinner, we will sit around a fire pit, overlooking the stele field and ceremonial grounds where Bob will do a unique Bible study on Ethiopia’s Biblical role.|
|June 23||From our lovely mountain top perch this morning, we will see the worshippers gathering for sunrise praise at the tiny church below us. A highlight of our trip will be a visit this morning to one of those churches– the most remarkable St. Mary of Zion. You will meet the head priest whose responsibility is to never leave the compound of the Ark of the Covenant. Bob will also take you into the museum where the musical instruments, robes and manuscripts for this ancient community are housed. We will also visit the open air market to buy local goods, ride a camel and visit some of the orphan outreach centers that were built under Bob’s guidance. This evening we again have a lively conversation around the fire to discuss this precious place and its simple-living, God-fearing people.|
|June 24||We depart Axum this morning and fly to Gondor. It is here that the Falasha community flourished. We will visit the last remaining Jews, visit King Fasil’s Palace and the Jewish mikvah and large open air baptismal. After a lovely lunch overlooking the landscape, we drive to Bahir Dar. We will overnight at the Kuriftu Lodge, a luxury boutique spa and grounds located on Africa’s second largest lake. Dinner will be enjoyed out on the patio this evening where birds and monkeys will entertain us.|
|June 25||Get ready for the most impressive day of all! We will board our privately-chartered boat for a day of stories, worship and fellowship. Our destination today is the mysterious island of Tana Kirkos. It is here that Bob will take you up to this island fortress to see the location where the Ark of the Covenant was hidden. He will be able to show you exactly where the tabernacle fit into the rocks. In addition, you will see the tools used by the priests when animal sacrifices were still performed. You will be able to walk around this holy place and will have ample opportunity for wildlife viewing including possibly spotting hippos, crocodiles, various monkeys and birds. We’ll overnight at Kuriftu Lodge once again.|
|June 26||You will visit Blue Nile Falls this morning, with time to walk the expansive palm tree-lined boulevards of this lovely city. End your day with a spa visit or a tour of Haile Selassie’s summer palace. This evening we fly to Addis and connect to our homeward flights.|
|June 27||Arrive in New York today.|
Robert Cornuke, a former police investigator and SWAT team member, is a biblical investigator, international explorer, and best-selling author who has conducted and participated in numerous expeditions in search of verifiable historic sites and artifacts from biblical history. He has appeared on the CBS television special “Ancient Secrets of the Bible,” NBC’s Dateline, MSNBC, 700 Club, FOX Television Network, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Articles about Bob and his adventures have appeared in Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Bible Review. Bob participated in a special assignment for network television, going into Afghanistan during U.S. bombing strikes and was invited by special request to speak to the White House staff in Washington DC. He holds a PhD. in Bible and Theology from Louisiana Baptist University and serves as special advisor for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. He is an adjunct professor at Louisiana Baptist University and lectures at Colorado Christian University. Bob is president of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado Springs, CO, where he lives with his wife and children.
The last century has seen the discovery of numerous artifacts of tremendous Biblical archeological significance: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Tel Hazor in Galilee, The Shroud of Turin, and many others that have bought ancient history to life in the modern age, and opened the door to spiritual rebirth worldwide.
As an international explorer and author, Bob Cornuke has followed the Exodus route of Moses; dived the Red Sea in search of Pharaoh’s chariots; searched for the lost Ark of the Covenant in Israel and Ethiopia; traveled to Eastern Turkey on several expeditions with Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin; researched and explored extensively in Iran; has searched underwater in Malta for the anchors from Paul’s shipwreck (Acts 27); and has undertaken a number of other remarkable expeditions. Bob’s research and amazing findings regarding Mt. Sinai have garnered worldwide acclaim by scholars and captured the interest of the media and general public. Now, Bob takes on his greatest adventure to-date.
After hundreds of books, dozens of expeditions, and decades of theological and archeological exploration, the debate over the existence and the possible whereabouts regarding the remains of Noah’s Ark continues. Noted historians, scientists, and explorers have searched for clues, with the focus of their search centering on Mt. Ararat in Turkey; widely-believed, but never proven, to be the landing site of the Ark. But author-investigator Cornuke, founder of the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration (B.A.S.E.) Institute, has always been focused on the mountainous regions of Iran (Mt. Soleiman) as the likely landing place for he Ark. Cornuke, a respected author, lecturer, and frequent resource for Discovery & the History Channel, has dedicated himself to the quest for archaeological evidence and artifacts that validate the Bible.
For over two decades, Cornuke has used both his expedition experience and his background as a former CSI specialist, retracing the steps and accounts of Ed Davis, an army officer stationed in Iran in 1943. Davis, who passed a lie detector test, claims to have been taken to the Ark’s resting place, and was able to offer both a detailed verbal account, and drawings of what he had seen. Relying on instincts honed from years in law enforcement, the fact that Biblical point toward the Ark’s ultimate destinations being further east than traditionally thought, and the disappointing lack of progress in finding any evidence of boats that other alleged eyewitnesses claimed to see on Mount Ararat, which Cornuke has climbed several times, led him to believe that Davis’ story was worth investigating.
Over two decades of research and reconnaissance in Turkey and Iran resulted in Bob Corunke completing an expedition this July that brings exciting and hopeful news. Cornuke and his team went back to Iran (Cornuke’s 4th expedition there) where they braved treacherous climbing conditions, and a hostile political environment, to uncover a wealth of evidence that carbon daters, geologists and spiritual archeologists say holds promise of being the true remains of Noah’s Ark.
Numerous photos, video footage, and samples were collected at the site, which Cornuke and a world-wide team of experts are studying. Evidence of petrified wood, which a renowned carbon dating facility places as being historically old enough, and photos and footage of what geological experts say appears to be a “hand-hewed” structure, give Biblical archeologists and other experts cause for optimism that Cornuke may finally have lifted the veil on a centuries-long quest for the greatest Bible legend ever chronicled.
As Cornuke compiles his team, and awaits the opportunity to once again face the unyielding dangers of man and nature to explore the myths and realities of the Bible, he has chronicled his journey to-date in a book called Ark Fever (Tyndale, October 2005). Ark Fever, details Cornuke’s quest to learn the truth about Noah’s Ark, and the many risky experiences of climbing icy peaks, dodging bullets, evading capture, and facing the unyielding dangers of man and nature to explore the myths and realities of the Bible.
See all of the Christian tours Living Passages offers in 2016!