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Israel: with optional Jordan extension

The Lands of the Bible, though physically small and shared today by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, have attracted the attention of scholars for more than two hundred years. This tour encompasses the marvelous kaleidoscope of Israel’s archaeological riches from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages to the Classical and Medieval Periods.

October 14 – 29, 2017 (16 Days)
$5,995 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,750

May 10 – 25, 2018
16 Days


Tour Description


  • Explore the outstanding sites, museums and holy places of the ‘Bible Lands’, countries steeped in myth and history
  • Listen to a special lecture and take a guided tour at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

  • Enjoy a refreshing reprieve from the heat with a dip in the Dead Sea, whose extremely high salinity makes floating effortless
  • Join our optional Jordan extension and visit magnificent Petra, the great rose-red city carved from desert rock

Meals: All breakfasts, 12 lunches & 6 dinners


October 14 & 15:
We depart from our home cities and arrive into Jerusalem on Sunday evening where we meet for an opening lecture and dinner.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

October 16: JERUSALEM
Our tour begins at the Mt. of Olives and Mt. Scopus. We view the monuments in the Kidron Valley. Lastly, we visit the Herodian Quarter, the residence of the upper-class Jerusalemites and the Cardo.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

October 17: THE OLD CITY
Today we explore the City of David’s historical layers. We examine Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Gihon Spring and Pool of Siloam. The day ends at the Wall excavations.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

This morning we view Islamic monuments including Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The rest of the day is devoted to the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

We have special arrangements for a tour and lecture at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. We continue to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

October 20: THE OLD CITY
We begin with a visit to Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust. After lunch, we continue touring the neighbourhood of Ein Karem, with its many churches associated with St John the Baptist.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

October 21: HERODIUM
Our day begins at Herodium, built by King Herod. We continue to the caves of Beit Guvrin, believed to have been dug first for stone to build the Roman coastal cities, and Tel Maresha.
Hotel: David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem.

October 22: DEAD SEA
Traveling south, we stop at the Nabatean city of Mamshit, the best-preserved of the desert cities of the Negev. We then descend to the Dead Sea, arriving in time for a swim.
Hotel: Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel, Sodom.

October 23: MASADA
Visit the great fortress of Masada, where our lecturer once lead excavations. We then travel to Qumran whose library housed the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Hotel: Leonardo Plaza, Tiberias.

October 24: BET SHE’AN
Touring continues at Roman ruins in Bet She’an, where excavations are still under way. This afternoon we will see two synagogues boasting beautiful mosaics, Beit Alpha and Hammat Tiberias.
Hotel: Leondaro Plaza, Tiberias.

October 25: TEL HAZOR
Today we visit Capernaum, the site of Jesus’ three-year ministry, and Tabgha where the multiplication of the loaves and fishes is said to have taken place. On to Sepphoris and its fine mosaics this afternoon, before reaching Haifa.
Hotel: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa.

October 26: HAIFA
Returning to the Galilee, our first visit will be to Megiddo, exploring the remains of the ancient city, followed by a visit to the remains of the ancient city and necropolis of Beit Shearim.
Hotel: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa.

October 27: TEL AVIV
We will begin our day at the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum. We then drive south to the Roman port of Caesarea, built by King Herod.
Hotel: Sheraton, Tel Aviv.

October 28 &29: TEL AVIV
Our last morning in Israel will be spent visiting the Eretz Israel Museum. Free afternoon before we return home.
Hotel: Sheraton, Tel Aviv.


October 30: JERASH
We will cross into Jordan and begin touring with a visit to Jerash, an exceptionally well preserved Roman city.
Hotel: International Hotel, Amman.

October 31: MADABA
We start at the Regional Museum and the hilltop ruins of the Temple of Hercules. We then depart for Petra stopping at Madaba, to view a unique mosaic map of Palestine made c.560 CE.
Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel, Petra.

November 1: PETRA
The full day will be devoted to exploring the breathtakingly beautiful city of Petra, carved into rose-colored sandstone.
Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel, Petra.

We re-enter Petra and climb to the High Place of Sacrifice. The views out over the city are spectacular. Drive back to Amman. Flights home on November 3.




Oct 2017
Prof. Jodi Magness

May 2018
Prof. Jodi Magness

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2018 Tour Details

Discover the sacred sites of the Holy Land, set amidst a landscape of breathtaking beauty – the Dead Sea, lush green hills and valleys and multicolored canyons. Join us and marvel at Israel’s expansive kaleidoscope of archaeological riches.


  • Ascend to the legendary, tragic fortress of Masada
  • Explore Jerusalem’s outstanding sites, museums and holy places

  • Join our optional Jordan extension and visit Petra


Across Israel’s landscape rests a myriad of archaeological sites and ancient cities waiting to be explored. As we traverse the rugged landscapes of Israel, we encounter sites of unmatched religious importance for Jews, Muslims, Christians and Unitarian Druze. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre – considered by some to be the location of Jesus’ tomb – is perhaps the most famous of all the Christian holy sites. Then, of course, there is Jerusalem – an ancient city and religious nexus with a history like no other. Spend six days based in the city’s heart – exploring its myriad of majestic architecture, including the magnificent gold-swathed Dome of the Rock which dominates the city skyline.