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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 4 – 18, 2018 (15 Days)
Nov 5 – 19, 2018 (15 Days)
$7,495(exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,995

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

LED BY

Oct 2017
Prof. Jodi Magness

May 2018
Prof. Jodi Magness

November 2018
Oren Gutfeld

2017 ITINERARY

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.

October 18: ISRAEL MUSEUM
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.

October 19: CHRISTIAN QUARTER
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.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION

October 29: 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 30: 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 31: PETRA
The full day will be devoted to exploring the breathtakingly beautiful city of Petra, carved into rose-colored sandstone.
Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel, Petra.

November 1 & 2: THE HIGH PLACE OF SACRIFICE
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.

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2017 Accommodation

2017 Accommodation

David’s Citadel Hotel, Jerusalemdavid-citadel-hotel

If you’re expecting a view of the Tower of David…you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy breakfast, swimming in the pool and relaxing in your room all while looking at views of the Tower of David and the old city walls, being just minutes away. The hotel’s attention to detail is second to none, with designer furniture with leather and exotic wood finishes.

 

 

Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel, Sodom
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The desert mountains and the Dead Sea make up the stunning surrounds of this hotel, and with each room having a balcony, you can enjoy the scenery while reclining with an evening’s drink. The hotel rooms are spacious and have a seating area with coffee table, so you can unpack and make yourself comfortable.

 

 

Leonardo Plaza, Tiberiasleonardo-plaza-tiberias-junior-suite

Moving from the Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee, this hotel has tough competition compared with last night’s views, however, Leonardo Plaza is set in equally spectacular scenery. This modern hotel has state-of-the-art amenities. You can relax with a drink at the hotel’s bar taking in the countries unique landscape and why not enjoy an after-dinner stroll along the Lake of Tiberias.

 

 

Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifadan-carmel-room-deluxe

Argued as one of the most attractive hotels in the country. This hotel’s elegant style creates a warm and cosy atmosphere, with plush chairs, dark wood finishes, and airy spaces. The hotel is at the top of Mount Carmel, with views down to the Gulf of Haifa and Bahai Gardens. The Israeli breakfast here has a great selection and well leave you fuelled for you day’s adventure.

 

 

Sheraton, Tel AvivSheraton-1

Sheraton is a beach front experience in the heart of Tel Aviv. The white sandy beaches stretch out in front of the hotel, and in the other direction is the social hub of the city. The airy rooms are comfortable and clean with flat screens TVs and each has an Illy coffee machine. The hotel’s restaurants cater for a range of palates including kosher delicacies and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

 

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION

International Hotel, Ammaninternational-1

The luxury hotel is designed in beautiful Middle Eastern style, with marble floors and crystal chandeliers. Lights illuminate the edge of the pool in the evenings and the cigar and spirits bar is the social hub of the hotel. The breakfasts have a selection of western and Arabian favorites.

 

 

Mövenpick Hotel, PetraPetra-2

Mövenpick Hotel is at the entrance to the historic city of Petra. Adorned in Middle Eastern fabrics & textures, the hotel is nestled into amber sands and rocky outcrops. The newly renovated rooms have modern furniture and the block colours are bright and refreshing. Breakfast is served overlooking the pool and in the evening don’t miss the sunset from the Al Ghadeer Roof Garden!

 

 

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.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indulge in a refreshing reprieve from the heat with a dip in the Dead Sea, which enables visitors to float effortlessly
  • Explore the outstanding sites, fascinating museums and holy places of the historic & master-steeped Bible lands

  • Listen to an enlightening lecture and enjoy a guide tour at Jerusalem’s Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
  • Join our optional extension to Jordan and visit magnificent Petra – the greatrose-red city carved from desert rock

2018 Itinerary

DAY 1 & 2:
We depart from our home cities and arrive into Jerusalem on day 2 where we meet for an opening lecture and dinner.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 3: HERODIAN QUARTER
Our tour begins at the Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus. We marvel at the monuments in the Kidron Valley and we absorb the history of this fascinating area as we visit the Herodian Quarter, which is known for being the residence of the upper-class Jerusalemites, and the Cardo.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 4: CITY OF DAVID
Today we explore the City of David’s historical layers. This area has unveiled some incredible archaeological finds and we will discover Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Gihon Spring, and the Pool of Siloam. We will round off this day with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a guided tour of the Western Wall excavations.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 5: JERUSALEM
This morning we will visit the Temple Mount, which is considered to be the holiest site in Judaism. It features the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The remainder of our day will be devoted to the phenomenal Israel Museum, which is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls along with other captivating exhibits.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 6: YAD VASHEM
The beginning of our day will be spent at Yad Vashem, which is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. After lunch, we will embark upon a walking tour of Ein Karem. This is an ancient village that attracts many pilgrims and is also where, according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 7: JERUSALEM
We start off at the archaeological site of Herodium, which was built by King Herod. Later, we continue to the impressive caves of Beit Guvrin. This is a national park at the heart of the ‘Land of a Thousand Caves’. We will also tour Tel Maresha, home to vast underground labyrinths steeped in history.
Hotel: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem.

DAY 8: Dead Sea
Traveling south, we make a stop at the Nabataean city of Mamshit. This is the most well-preserved of the desert cities of the Negev. We then descend to the Dead Sea, which has incredibly high levels of saline enabling bathers to float effortlessly, and can indulge in a welcome afternoon swim.
Hotel: Herods Hotel, Dead Sea.

DAY 9: MASADA
We visit the great ancient fortress of Masada, where our lecturer once led excavations. It has a dramatic history and truly embodies rugged, natural beauty. We then travel to the somewhat isolated yet enigmatic archaeological site of Qumran, which is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
Hotel: Scots hotel, Tiberias.

DAY 10: BET SHE’AN
Our touring continues at Roman ruins in Beit She’an, one of the oldest cities in Israel and also where excavations are still very much underway. This afternoon we will explore two synagogues – namely Beit Alpha and Hammat Tiberias – that house enchanting and extensive mosaics that depict animals and a zodiac.
Hotel: Scots hotel, Tiberias.

DAY 11: HAIFA
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. We move on to the archaeological site of Sepphoris – with its fine mosaics and deep religious history before traveling to Haifa this afternoon.
Hotel: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa.

DAY 12: MEGIDDO
Returning to the Galilee, our first visit will be to Megiddo. Here, we will explore the remains of the ancient city before visiting the necropolis of Beit She’arim and its ancient ruins.
Hotel: Dan Carmel Hotel, Haifa.

DAY 13: TEL AVIV
Our day begins at the engaging Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, which exhibits an interesting variety of artifacts that showcase the incredible history and archaeology of Israel. Afterwards, we will drive south to the magnificent Roman port of Caesarea, which is known for being built by King Herod.
Hotel: Hotel Carlton, Tel Aviv.

DAY 14 & 15: TEL AVIV
We will spend some time at the archaeological and historical Eretz Museum. Set on a stunning campus, it boasts a range of amazing exhibits. There will be some free time in the afternoon before we reconvene for a final group dinner to commemorate the end of this adventure. On day 15, we we depart for home, or you can continue on to Jordan…
Hotel: Hotel Carlton, Tel Aviv.

OPTIONAL JORDAN EXTENSION

DAY 16: JERASH
We will cross into Jordan and begin touring with a visit to Jerash, an exceptionally well preserved Roman city.
Hotel: International Hotel, Amman

DAY 17: 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 Resort, Petra

DAY 18: PETRA
The full day will be devoted to exploring the breathtakingly beautiful city of Petra, carved into rose-colored sandstone.
Hotel: Mövenpick Resort, Petra

DAY 19 & 20: THE HIGH PLACE OF SACRIFICE
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 Day 20.

2018 Accommodation

2018 Accommodation

Mamilla Hotel, JerusalemMamilla

This truly luxurious hotel combines heritage with sophisticated style. The minimalist contemporary design of the hotel doesn’t mean it scrimps on any of the hotel’s ample amenities. The rooms use the latest technology to create open and airy spaces, with a mixture of polished stone and glass finishes. With a pool and spa too, this hotel takes away any stresses for the perfect & relaxing way to start your holiday in Israel.

 

Herods Hotel, Dead SeaHerods

An oasis in the desert this hotel crowning glory is its location next to the Dead Sea and its fitting variety of health-promoting pools. The spa includes a sweet-water pool, a sulphur pool & even enjoy relaxing in a heated pool with water from the Dead Sea. This majestic hotel is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. The rooms are equally impressive with a selection of luxury pampering amenities.

 

 

Scots hotel, TiberiasScots

This hotel is, as the name suggests, on the site of the historical compound of a Scottish hospital. The hotel continues to take the upmost care of its guests but is now in lavish comfort and luxury. Special care has been taken to preserve the 19th-century buildings and conserve the character creating a calm & tranquil atmosphere.

 

 

Dan Carmel Hotel, HaifaDan Carmel

Argued as one of the most attractive hotels in the country. This hotel’s elegant style creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, with plush chairs, dark wood finishes, and airy spaces. The hotel is at the top of Mount Carmel, with views down to the Gulf of Haifa and Bahai Gardens. The Israeli breakfast here has a great selection and well leave you fuelled for you day’s adventure.

 

 

Hotel Carlton, Tel AvivCalton

This hotel lives up to everything you’ve come to expect from a Carlton hotel – the crisp contemporary interior, plush furniture and luxury amenities. Each room has a stunning balcony, but if you’ve packed your head for heights, head up to the 15th floor where you can swim in the roof-top pool as you soak up the views of the Mediterranean.

 

 

International Hotel, AmmanInter

The luxury hotel is designed in beautiful Middle Eastern style, with marble floors and crystal chandeliers. Lights illuminate the edge of the pool in the evenings and the cigar and spirits bar is the social hub of the hotel. The breakfasts have a selection of western and Arabian favorites

 

 

Mövenpick Resort, PetraPetra

Mövenpick Hotel is at the entrance to the historic city of Petra. Adorned in Middle Eastern fabrics & textures, the hotel is nestled into amber sands and rocky outcrops. The newly renovated rooms have modern furniture and the block colors are bright and refreshing. Breakfast is served overlooking the pool and in the evening don’t miss the sunset from the Al Ghadeer Roof Garden!