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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 – 24, 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

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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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

  • 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

2018 Itinerary

Day 1 & 2:
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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: 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.

Day 11: 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.

Day 12: 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.

Day 13: 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.

Day 14: 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.

Day 15 & 16: 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

Day 17: 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 18: 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.

Day 19: PETRA
The full day will be devoted to exploring the breathtakingly beautiful city of Petra, carved into rose-colored sandstone.
Hotel: Mövenpick Hotel, Petra.

Day 20 & 21: 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 21.