Exclusive Israel 2018

| Led by Dr. Carl Rasmussen and Morris Tzemach


The Biblical Archaeology Society is proud to offer you a very special opportunity to encounter Israel in a way that most people will never experience. 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 and history-drenched lands.

Travel with us on a truly unique experience in the Holy Land, where three of the world’s largest religions converge in history. 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. Don’t miss this extraordinary experience – join us!


October 26, Friday
Depart New York - Fly Tel Aviv (via Istanbul)

October 27, Saturday Arrive Tel Aviv by Turkish Airlines
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, you will be met by TUTKU representative with a “BAS – TUTKU TOURS” sign. After collecting our luggage we will head to the arrival hall where we shall meet our Tour Guide Mr. Morris Zemach thereafter drive to the Ramada hotel in Hadera for dinner and overnight. (D)


October 28, Sunday Caesaria , Mt. Carmel Meggido, Tiberias
After breakfast Drive to the ruins of Caesarea, a large port city built by Herod the Great to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. Herod built a port in the bay and erected all the cultural institutions found in every great Greco-Roman city - a theater, a hippodrome, and a luxurious bathhouse. In order to supply water to the city’s ever-growing population, he built an aqueduct system stretching from the springs of Mt. Carmel to Caesarea. Part of this system is still visible today. The book of Acts refers repeatedly to Caesarea as the city Peter visited (Acts 10). We continue to Mt. Carmel where we visit the Carmelite Monastery of Muhraka to survey the site where God caused Elijah to defeat the priests of Ba'al. On to Megiddo, the "Hill of Battles," where archaeologists have uncovered 20 civilizations built one upon another. At this site, King Solomon built his vast stables and, in 609 BC, good King Josiah died in battle. Look over the peaceful Jezreel Valley. Arrive the Leonardo hotel in Tiberias for dinner & overnight. (B,D)

October 29, Monday Jesus Ministries - Tiberias
Take a boat on the Sea of Galilee then visit The Genosar Boat. This is a Galilee fishing boat from approximately the 1st century A.D., preserved in the muddy sediment of the lake floor and revealed in 1986 when, because of drought, the lake receded to record low levels. We will visit Capernaum where Jesus preached, and his disciples, Peter, Andrew, and perhaps others, made their homes. We travel up the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and the Miracle of the Fishes. The contemporary church at Tabga celebrates the Miracle of the Multiplication. Note the mosaic floor from a Byzantine-era church, and the section in front of the ancient altar depicting two fish and a basket filled with loaves of bread. Next, drive to the Upper Galilee to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) to see the source of the Jordan River and the site of Peter’s confession “…you are the Christ” (Matt. 16:18).End the day with a stop at the Jordan River. Return to Tiberias for Dinner & overnight. (B,D)


October 30, Tuesday Tabor, Sepphoris, Nazareth, Cana - Tiberias
Drive to Mt. Tabor. Take a taxi to the top of the mountain and visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Enjoy an outstanding view of the Jezrael Valley where the battle of Deborah and the Midianits took place (Judges 5).Continue to Sepphoris, and see one of the most spectacular ruins of a Galilean Village form the days of Jesus. Drive to Cana on your way to Nazareth, where our Lord spent most of his life. Today, Nazareth is home to the largest Arab population in Israel. Visit the Church of the Annunciation and St. Joseph’s Grotto. Return to Tiberias for Dinner & overnight.

October 31, Wednesday Massada – Dead Sea, Qumeran - Jerusalem
Depart Tiberias, driving south, passing Beit Shean continue south with the view of Jericho noticing from afar the Mt Of Temptations continue to the area of the Dead Sea arriving Masada a natural fortress with majestic ruins overlooking the Dead Sea. Peer into amazing water cisterns as a cable car delivers us up to Herod the Builder’s elaborate aerie. Marvel at the impressive villas built on different levels. Large storehouses fed hundreds. Jewish zealots held the rock against the unrelenting 10th Roman legion until 72 AD, when a monumental siege, using an astounding attack ramp, conquered the fortress. The camps and other fortifications that encircle the mesa constitute the most complete Roman siege works to have survived to the present day. Descend by cable car and drive to the Dead Sea for a float in the water, drive to visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. Then continue to the Olive Tree hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


November 1, Thursday Jerusalem
Drive to the Mount of Olives for an awe inspiring, panoramic view of Jerusalem. Walk down the Mount of Olives to the site of Jesus’ Agony. Walk to one of the newest churches in Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit. During construction in 1955, archaeologists uncovered artifacts dating back to the Canaanite period as well as tombs from both the Second Temple and Byzantine eras. The Garden of Gethsemane lies at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Today it appears as it did 20 centuries ago and within it are some of the world’s oldest olive trees. It was here that, on His last night, Jesus spent the most sorrowful hour of His passion. Originally built in 379 AD, the Church of Gethsemane was rebuilt in 1919 – 1924. Long considered one of the most beautiful in Jerusalem, it was called the Church of all Nations because 16 nations contributed to its construction. Enter the Christian Quarter of the Old City through the Lion Gate. Here is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the blind man andSt. Anne's Church with extraordinary acoustics. Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In 325 AD, Helen, Constantine’s mother, first requisitioned the area for a church. The site was rigorously reconstructed into a splendid Byzantine basilica. It is important for us to appreciate the work of Helen in preserving many of our Christian sites that otherwise would have been lost to time. This 4th century church was largely destroyed by the Turks in 1009 AD, and partially restored in 1048 AD. The impressive stone decorations adorning the facade date from Crusader times. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

November 2, Friday Bethlehem & Jerusalem
In the morning, drive 6 miles south to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus, to visit the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the holy land still in use. Construction began in 326 AD, with the aid of local tradition which told that Jesus was born in a cave at the edge of the village. The architects were able to construct the shape of the cave according to architectural and devotional requirements of the time. Return to Jerusalem and drive to Mt. Zion and visit King David’s Tomb and the Last Supper Room. Enter the Jewish quarter of the Old City through the Zion Gate for a walking tour. Continue to the City of David, where excavations reveal the earliest days of Jerusalem, dating back to King David. Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Walk the newly opened Pilgrims Tunnel direct to the Old City. Visit the Davidson Center then see the Western Wall, the holiest site in all Judaism and the only visible remains of Herod’s splendid Second Temple where Jesus walked and taught. Continue to visit recent excavations show us the Western Wall Tunnel, huge arched spaces just north of the Western Wall These link up with a water tunnel cut through the rock to the north, apparently dug in the Hasmonean period (163 BC to 37 BC). Return to your hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


November 3, Saturday Jerusalem
Visit to the Israel Museum and the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Shrine of the Book. Then see the model of the city as it was in the days of Jesus. Continue to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.Visit the Garden Tomb. Many Protestant denominations hold the Garden Tomb to be the location of Jesus’ Resurrection. While the location may not be historically correct, it beautifully illustrates the scene of the tomb where Jesus rose again. We will have special time for prayer and meditation. Return to Jerusalem for overnight. (B,D)

November 4, Sunday
You will be transferred to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport for your flight back home. End of our services.

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.



Carl Rasmussen is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Dropsie University (now the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Rasmussen has spent 16 years of his adult life living in Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey, where he taught and led academic study programs. Since his retirement from Bethel University, Dr. Rasmussen has continued to teach and lead adult study tours in Turkey, Greece, and Israel. Each year he spends time in Jerusalem, where he is Adjunct Professor at the Jerusalem University College.

He is the author of The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010) and The Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible (2013). He has created and maintains the web site www.HolyLandPhotos.org that features over 5,150 free high-resolution images of Israel, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Jordan, Italy and elsewhere."

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Morris Tzemach is a highly rated, licensed, veteran tour guide, serving Israel’s international visitors and thoroughly enjoying his profession since 1988. He has academic degrees in both Geography and Israel Studies, and speaks English, Arabic and Hebrew. He is also the author of two books: Travels with Morris in the Galilee and Tiberias Stories. When he is not sharing his passion for and knowledge of Israel’s history with visitors, he resides with his family in the Galilee region.

Tour Features


Program Cost Includes:

  • Roundtrip international air tickets between New York JFK – Tel Aviv TLV (exact air schedule will be given in May, 2018)
  • One night at a 4-star hotel in Tel Aviv
  • Three nights at a 4-star hotel in Tiberias
  • Four nights at a 4-star hotel in Jerusalem
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation by private, air-conditioned coaches
  • Private, English-speaking guide during all tours
  • Entrance Fees
  • Entrance fees & lunch at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel beach & public area

Program Cost Does NOT Include:

  • Travel, Health or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Lunches (except for lunch at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel on November 3)
  • Any alcoholic beverages or items of a personal nature
  • Tips for the drivers and guides (suggested tip is $7.00 per person, per day for the guide, and $3.00 per person, per day for the driver)

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