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Caesarea Maritime

Take a journey to the most sacred destinations in the Holy Land: Israel and Jordan. Sail the Sea of Galilee, explore Petra’s untold wonders and discover Jerusalem—from Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the Temple Mount. Step into the world of the Bible. Visit the cities where Jesus preached and the cave where David hid from King Saul. Explore ancient sites from towering Masada to Roman Jerash. If you would like to combine adventure, discovery and exploration of some of history’s most significant sites with Carl Rasmussen, an expert on Biblical history and geography, then this is the trip for you. Sift through the archaeology and history of this sacred land on this once-in-a-lifetime travel program.


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Tour Price

Deposit at the time of booking — Fully refundable up to December 7, 2013 $200
Price per person, Land (based on double occupancy): $3,550
Price per person, Land & Air (based on double occupancy and round-trip airfare from New York JFK): $4,750
Single Room Supplement: $890


March 8 Sat | Depart New York — Fly Athens via Tel Aviv

March 9 Sun | Arrive Tel Aviv — Tiberias

We arrive to Tel Aviv airport. We will meet our guide then board our coach and drive north to the Sea of Galilee. Pending on arrival time, we will visit the site of Caesarea Maritime, King Herod’s Capital and main Mediterranean port. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (D)

March 10 Mon | Tiberias

We start the morning at a small museum where a 2000 year old fishermen’s boat was discovered and restored and is now exhibited. Continue to Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ Galilean ministry and the site of many of his miracles. We will walk among the ruins of the ancient synagogue and view the remains of first century houses, including one which may have been Peter’s. Continue to the Golan Heights. On the way we stop at Talmudic Village in Kaztrin. We will have a perspective of the way Jew and Christian lived during the ancient time. Continue to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asked his disciples “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” We end the day in the Hula lake park, where thousands of migratory Cranes spend the night. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias (B,D)


March 11 Tue | Tiberias

We start this morning with a beautiful short walk to the high cliffs of Arbel, with a panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee and Northern part of Israel. Continue to Nazareth, the former village where Jesus spent most of his life. We visit Mount of Precipice, the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well. Continue to Cana of Galilee, site of the Wedding Wine miracle, then to the ancient city of Zippori, the main urban centre in the Galilee during Jesus time. Zippori is among the best preserved and excavated archaeological sites in Israel with beautiful mosaic floors and many public buildings. On the way back to Tiberias we will board a boat for a leisurely sail on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B,D)


March 12 Wed | Petra

We cross today into Jordan. We visit Jerash, the most extensive and well preserved Roman ruins in the whole Middle East. Conquered in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. Continue to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses looked upon the Promised Land and where is believed that Moses was buried. We tour Mabada, “City of Mosaics”, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Continue to Petra to our hotel and dinner. (B,D)


March 13 Thurs | Petra

After breakfast, we visit the famous Nabatean wonder city of Petra. We walk along the narrow gorge of the “Siq” and visit the rose-red stone carved ancient city, founded by the Nabateans. We pass the theatre, visit the church, the temples and enter into some of the famous tombs hewn into the Red Sand Stone. Dinner and overnight in Petra. (B,D)

March 14 Fri | Dead Sea

We drive to the World Heritage Site of Wadi Rum with its sheer walled mountains and huge sand dunes. This is the area where Laurence of Arabia was active during WW1 and where he assembled his Bedouin army. We take a 4WD safari tour of the fascinating area. Later we drive to the border crossing and enter Israel. We travel north via the Rift Valley to the Dead Sea resort area. Overnight in a spa hotel near the Dead Sea. (B,D)

March 15 Sat | Jerusalem

We climb Masada by a cable car. The cliffs of Masada symbolize the heroism of the Jews in their resistance to the Roman occupation. On we go to En Gedi where David hid in a cave from King Saul. We visit the interesting Botanical Garden. Continue on the beautiful road beside the Dead Sea, then visit Qumran, the place where the “Dead Sea Scrolls” were unearthed in 1947 by two Bedouin shepherds.

We proceed to Jerusalem passing by Jericho and the Good Samaritan Inn. We stop at the Mount of Olive for a breathtaking view of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)


March 16 Sun | Jerusalem

We start our day at site of Gethsemane then continue to the City of David. We go down the Warren Shaft and through Hezekiah Tunnel. A short ride will take us to Peter in Gallicantu church, believed to be the site where Jesus spent his last night before his trial and Crucifixion. In the afternoon we will visit the Israel museum including the Shrine of the Book with the Dead Sea Scrolls and the renovated Model of the Second Temple. In the evening we will enjoy the beautiful Sound & Light spectacular in David Citadel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

Shrine of the Book

March 17 Mon | Jerusalem

We enter the Old City at Jaffa Gate and walk through the narrow allies to the Herodian Quarter (Whol Archaeological Museum), continue to Davidson Centre (South Wall Park) where the testimonial of the temple destruction during the Big Revolt of 67-70 ad are evident. We then visit the Western Wall, the most sacred Jewish site. We will watch many traditional Jewish Bar Mitzvah ceremonies (adulthood ceremony) held at the site every Monday. We climb to the Mount of Temple. We look at the beautiful Dome of the Rock and the important mosque of El Aqsa. Continue to the Pool of Bethesda and Saint Anne then walk through the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We enjoy the famous Old City Bazaar, then visit the Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the historical tomb of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

Israel/Jordan Map

March 18 Tue | Jerusalem

We start the morning at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, for a touching experience. Continue to Herodium, the Desert Fort - Palace build by King Herod to be his eventual burial site. Herod’s Burial tomb was discovered four years ago. Onward to Bethlehem, the birth site of Jesus where we visit the Basilica of Nativity, the Shepherd’s Fields, the Grotto and Rachel’s Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

March 19 Wed | Tel-Aviv

We drive to Tel Aviv, the vibrant cosmopolitan Mediterranean city. We visit the Hall of Independence, the original site where David Ben Gurion, Israel first Prime Minister declared Israel independence in 1948. We visit Jaffa with its many art galleries and colourful alleys, and then walk along the Beach Promenade. In the evening we enjoy a special farewell dinner in a restaurant. Overnight at Tel-Aviv. (B,D)

March 20 Thurs

Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back home.

Tour Host

Carl Rasmussen

Dr. Carl Rasmussen has taught biblical/historical geography for over 40 years—both in the classroom and in the field. He has spent over 16 years teaching, researching and traveling in the Middle East. He has taught, lectured and been the resident host guide for over 85 different groups—including university students and adult learners—in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece.

  • Dean of The Institute of Holy Land Studies (now the Jerusalem University College) in Jerusalem from 1973–1980.
  • Professor of Old Testament at Bethel University (MN) 1980–2008.
  • Professor Emeritus Bethel University.
  • Adjunct Professor Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem.


  • The Essential Bible Atlas—Zondervan: forthcoming
  • Zondervan Atlas of the Bible—Zondervan 2010
  • Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible—Zondervan 1999

On Line:

His website contains 3,785 high-resolution photographs of biblical and classical antiquity sites from Israel, Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. He has provided both the images and the descriptive commentary. All Images are the property of Dr. Carl Rasmussen unless otherwise noted.

You can also visit his blog at:


Included Tour Features

  • Roundtrip international air fare between New York — Tel Aviv
  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation in Israel
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Petra
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • 10 Dinners at the hotels
  • 1 Farewell Dinner with singing waiters on March 19
  • 9 days English speaking guide in Israel
  • 3 days English speaking guide in Jordan
  • Entrance fees to all sites as per the attached itinerary
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus throughout the tour
  • Porters’ fees at hotels
  • All border fees
  • Tips to Hotel staff
  • Tips to the Tour Guide & to the Bus Driver
  • Service charges and local taxes

Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses not mentioned at the above “included” list

Deposit of $200.00 due at time of registration. Full payment due by December 7, 2013.

15-20 days prior to departure: You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets.

Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to airlines’ standard rates and rules.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased as a separate package. Travel Insurance agreement is contracted directly between the traveller and the insurance company.

Terms and Conditions

Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. BAS/Tutku Tours are not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from airline delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, BAS/Tutku Tours strongly recommend the purchase of domestic tickets, which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline changes flight schedules, BAS/Tutku Tours reserve the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If airline changes necessitate an extra overnight, you will be charged (per night) the full cost of the hotel room.

Passport Requirements: A valid passport, good for at least 6 additional months from date of return is required of all tour members.

Air Transportation: Round-trip flights, group economy class, scheduled from New York JFK to Istanbul. Your tickets are usually finalized and written a minimum of 45 days prior to departure in order to guarantee the fare. Once your group ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded to the passenger by the airlines. Air transportation will be jet economy class aboard carriers which may utilize non-refundable, non-transferable tickets to/from your destination for groups flying together for the entire itinerary. Any fare increases or surcharges will be paid by the passenger. Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) and Tutku Tours cannot be responsible for any such increases.

Luggage: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need.

Insurance: We highly recommend that applicants purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the event of illness or accident. Information will be provided upon deposit.

Tour deviations: All deviations from or additions to the tour may be subject to a handling and processing fee plus any out-of-pocket charges (i.e., telex, hotel cancellation charges, messenger or other fees involved).

Notice: Dates, schedules, program details and costs, although given in good faith and based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure, are subject to change and revision. In the event of such an omission or substitution, no liability will be granted by BAS/Tutku Tours. All itineraries are subject to change. Prices quoted for this tour are based on a minimum group size of 15 participants.

Cancellation penalty:

  • 60-46 days prior to departure: No penalty
  • 45-15 days prior to departure: 10%
  • 14-7 days prior to departure: 25%
  • 6-1 days prior to departure: 50%
  • After tour departure No refund

Responsibility: The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), Tutku Tours and/or their agents, affiliates, assignees and cooperative agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels and automobile contractors. They exercise every care possible but cannot be held responsible for personal injury in connection with the service of any hotel, ship, airplane, train, automobile, horse, donkey, carriage or other conveyance used in carrying out the tours, nor are they responsible for delay, accident, sickness, loss of personal property, strikes, armed conflict, additional expenses due to weather, disruption of advertised schedules, refusal of visas or other causes beyond their control. Further, the operation of vehicles used in their tour is the full responsibility of the companies and individuals engaged in the conveying of passengers; said companies or individuals are governed by the laws of the country of operations, and recourse for any mishap must be filed locally. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate tour changes and the right is reserved to make such changes or withdraw the tour as deemed advisable. The right is also reserved to refuse to accept or retain any passengers on any tour at any time for any reason. Cooperating airlines and steamship companies are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board; the limit of their liability is that of a common carrier, and the passage contract in use by such carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between companies and the purchaser of this tour and/or passenger. Acceptance of the services of BAS/Tutku Tours, by all agents and/or travelers constitutes acceptance by them of all the above terms and conditions.

The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.


For more information contact:

The Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St. NW
Washington, D. C. 20016
1-800-221-4644 ext.216 or 202-364-3300 x 216