An extraordinary journey through Biblical history with elite access to sites and scholars
October 14 - 26, 2013 | Led by Danny Herman
“An experience we shall always cherish.”
The Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to offer you a very special opportunity to have a truly unique, insider-experience in one of the world’s most historical lands: Israel, as few have ever seen it. We connect our participants with some of the most eminent scholars in the field of Biblical archaeology as well as master guide Danny Herman, all of whom will guide you through the country’s most important archaeological sites such as the City of David, Masada, Caesarea, Sepphoris, Nazareth and the world famous Israel Museum. You’ll have access to the most current research being conducted in the field, and the scholars that are changing the way we understand Biblical history.
Travel with us on a truly unique journey in the Holy Land, where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. If you would like to combine adventure, discovery and exploration of some of history’s most significant sites with the scholars that know them best, then we invite you to join us on an extraordinary journey through one of the world’s most sacred lands.
We offer you exclusive access to scholars and sites that most visitors will never experience, as well as the opportunity to experience Israel as a true local as you join in a very special dinner in the home of a long-time BAS friend and Jerusalem resident. We are proud of the exclusive access that we are able to provide to you, our guests and partners in the exciting adventure that is a BAS trip to Israel, and we are looking forward to hosting you on the trip of a lifetime. Won’t you join us?
|Price per person Land & Air (based on double occupancy and round-trip airfare from New York JFK):||$4,995|
Day 1 | October 14
Day 2 | October 15
Arrive in Tel Aviv, a glittering and lively city on the shores of the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea. After dinner your expert guide will give you an overview of the program and the adventures to come. This evening there is also an optional, introductory tour of Tel-Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 3 | October 16
Begin the day with a journey to Jaffa, an ancient port city believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Then we will continue on to Caesarea Maritima, the great port city built by Herod the Great, exploring the aquaducts, the city center and Herod's palace. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 4 | October 17
The day begins with a drive by Ashdod, a port city mentioned 13 times in the Bible and Tel Ashkelon, the oldest and largest seaport in the Holy Land and one of the “five cities” of the Philistines. Next we will visit “Philistine Street” in Kibbutz Revadim, which features the material culture of the Philistines as discovered in nearby Ekron. In the afternoon, we will drive by Tel Tsafit, Tel Azekah and the Valley of Elah, before stopping at the famous site of Khirbet Qeiyafa, where Director of Excavations, Professor Yossef Garfinkel will give us a personal, private tour of the site that is changing the way we understand the period of King David. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 5 | October 18
Today begins at the dramatic site of ancient Megiddo, where, according to the Book of Revelation, the fierce Battle of Armageddon will be staged. Our next stop is Mount Carmel, where we will have a traditional lunch in a Druze village. After lunch there is a visit to the poignant necropolis of Beth Shearim, with the guidance of Dr. Tzvika Tzuk, the chief archaeologist of the Nature Parks Authority of Israel. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 | October 19
This morning we will explore the ancient synagogue of Hamath Tiberias before continuing our journey to Sepphoris, the historically rich ancient city that is also the home of the magnificent mosaic known as the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.” After lunch we will trace the steps of Jesus through Nazareth, the first-century village where Jesus spent his early life. We will end the day at the village of Cana, where, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 7 | October 20
This morning finds us on a visit to Magdala, which is famous in Christian tradition for being the hometown of Mary “Magdalene.” We then continue on to the beautiful Kibbutz Ginnosar, where we will have the opportunity to see the famous “Galilee Boat” with Mr. Yuval Lopan, who originally discovered it, together with his brother Moshe. We then continue on to Capernaum, where Jesus made his home and chose his first four disciples. The afternoon will include visits to Tel Dan, described as the northernmost city of the Kingdom of Israel, and Caesarea Philippi, once a thriving ancient city built around one of the main springs that feed the Jordan River. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 8 | October 21
The starting point for today’s itinerary is a visit to Beth Shean, the magnificent ancient city mentioned in the Bible and Egyptian records. We then travel on to Qumran, the settlement nearest to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. After lunch, we’ll drive along the beautiful nature reserve of Ein Gedi, where David fled when hiding from Saul. The afternoon is yours to enjoy leisure activities at the Dead Sea. In the evening, we will enjoy a lecture by Dr. Gideon Hadas, the director of excavations at Ein Gedi. Overnight in Ein Gedi.
Day 9 | October 22
We will begin our day perched on the hilltop ruins of the Masada fortress, the site of one of history’s most dramatic conflicts where a small group of Jewish zealots defied an entire Roman legion. We will also explore Tel Arad, the location of the only known “House of Yahweh” in the land of Israel. Or lunch break will be in a special dwelling cave of a Muslim family. Next is Lachish, where dramatic evidence for the Assyrian assault of 701 BCE is well preserved. The day’s activities will conclude atop the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, with dramatic views of one of the world’s most sacred cities spread before us. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 | October 23
Our first full day in Jerusalem begins with a visit to the City of David. We will assess possible remains of David's palace and David's Royal tomb, and explore the water system of Biblical Jerusalem, including a new drainage tunnel linked to the Western Wall. We will then stop at the Davidson Center before enjoying lunch in the Jewish Quarter. Following lunch we will enjoy a stroll up the Western Cardo in the Old City, the ancient Roman road that was once Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare. The rest of the afternoon includes visits to the Broad Wall, and the Burnt House. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 | October 24
Our day begins with a visit to Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark: the Temple Mount complex. We will appreciate the Muslim shrines at the site, and seek possible remains of the Jewish Temple. We will then continue on with a walk up the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This afternoon, there will be an opportunity to participate in the Temple Mount sifting project with co-director Zachi Dvira. We will conclude with a visit to the Garden Tomb, the rock-cut tomb considered by some to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Tonight is a very special evening: You are invited to be the special dinner guests of long-time BAS friends in their Jerusalem home.** Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 12 | October 25
Our day begins with a tour of the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965 as Israel’s national museum, it has some of the most famous and important objects in the world. The Dead Sea Scrolls, the “house of David” inscription, and the “Caiaphas Ossuary” among them. While there, we also will experience the special exhibition on Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey—a watershed exhibition chronicling the reign of one of the ancient world’s most famous rulers. After lunch, we continue to Herodium, the fortress-palace built by Herod the Great. In 2007, the late Israeli archaeologist Professor Ehud Netzer—a man dedicated to the works of Herod—found Herod’s tomb at this site. Netzer once described Herod as “a king who lived and breathed the art of construction, who deeply understood its ways and who, quite simply, loved to build.” We will end the day with a visit to the church of Nativity at Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 13 | October 26
Bid farewell to Israel on our early morning departure back to the U.S.
Note: We reserve the right to alter or modify the itinerary if it is deemed necessary by the guide. Local conditions or scheduling concerns may cause us to vary the details slightly.
** Date subject to change.
October 15 - October 18
Tal Hotel Tel Aviv website
287 Hayarkon St, Tel Aviv, Israel
October 18 - October 21
October 21 - October 22
Ein-Gedi Kibbutz Resort, Dead Sea website
Tel: +972 8-659-4222
October 22 - October 26
Mt. Zion Hotel, Jerusalem website
Hebron 17, Jerusalem, 93546, Israel
Tel: +972 2-568-9555
The quality of your experience is important to us. We only work with high-quality, trusted hotels that are rated four-star and above.
Included Tour Features
- International Air Fare between JFK-New York-Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul
- 11 Nights at above hotels in Israel
- Daily breakfast and dinner at hotels
- All transportation by private AC Bus
- All Entry fees to the sites and museums as per the itinerary
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Service charges and local taxes
- Tips to hotel staff
- Tips to Tour Guide and driver
Deposit of $500.00 due at time of registration. Full payment due by July 15, 2013.
Not included in the price:
- Lunches and drinks
- Travel insurance
- Any expenses not mentioned in the above “included” list
“No one better”
Danny Herman; he was just superb. Very knowledgeable—not only of the Bible, but also of how archaeological sites fit into the biblical narrative. For my wife and I it was an experience we shall always cherish.
Danny demonstrated superb knowledge of Israel’s biblical archaeology and history. His expositions and explanations were clear and to the point. It’s clear he sees his job not just as a livelihood, but also as a passion and a calling.
Terms and Conditions
PAYMENTS: A $500.00 deposit is required at time of reservation through July 14th, 2013 and full payment is required if registering after July 14th, 2013. You must supply us with a completed registration form either via email or mail and a copy of your main passport page.
TIPS, TAXES, MISC.: Shown above is the total cost for service charges and gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff, bus drivers and local guides as well as payments for international air taxes (including fuel surcharges), visas, and border crossings. Extra tipping is not required.
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: All cancellations for any reason and at any time must be received in writing and will be subject to a per person administrative fee. Cancellation between 90-60 days of departure will be subject to a possible loss of some non-recoverable sums from independent providers of land and air services as Air tickets, once issued, are non-refundable.: else our policy is:
- 90-60 days prior to departure: $100
- 59-45 days prior to departure: 10%
- 44-30 days prior to departure: 25%
- 29-15 days prior to departure: 50%
- 14-7 days prior to departure: 75%
- 6 days prior to departure: No refund
No refund is available 6 days or less prior to departure. Air tickets, once issued, are non-refundable.
ITINERARY LENGTH: 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 6 additional months from date of return (April 26, 2014) is required of all tour members.
Tour Price Includes:
AIR TRANSPORTATION: Round-trip flights, group economy class, scheduled from New York’s JFK Airport. Departure tax and Federal Inspection Tax additional as estimated. 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.
TRANSFERS: You will be transferred with the group between arrival airport and hotels and to the departure airport. Non-group flight participants must handle their own ground arrangements.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Price is based on two persons in a room in four-star superior and five-star hotels. A supplemental room charge of US $790 will be applicable to individuals enrolling without a roommate. If you are interested in BAS assigning you a roommate, all attempts will be made to do so, but it is not guaranteed. All single rooms are subject to availability and are often smaller than normal twin rooms.
MEALS: Breakfasts and dinners are included.
TRAVEL PROGRAM: Includes the services of an English speaking guides, guest scholar lecturers, entrance fees and transportation to sites on deluxe coaches as listed in the program. All entrances for activities scheduled on the tour, plus the guide services, are included throughout.
LUGGAGE: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need the specific restrictions.
Price Does Not Include:
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 and March 2013 exchange rates. 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 onboard; 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