Exclusive Israel 2018

| Led by 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 U.S.

October 27, Saturday
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, after which you can go for a stroll in the nearby Tel-Aviv port. Overnight: Tel Aviv (D)


October 28, Sunday
Begin the day with a journey to Caesarea Maritima, the great port city built by Herod the Great, exploring the aqueducts, the city center and Herod's palace. After lunch visit Mt. Carmel and then continue on to the dramatic site of ancient Megiddo, where, according to the Book of Revelation, the fierce Battle of Armageddon will be staged. Overnight: Tiberias (B,D)

October 29, Monday
This morning we will drive by the remains of Roman Tiberias, and explore the ancient synagogue of Hamath Tiberias. 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. Next is a visit to Capernaum, where Jesus made his home and chose his first four disciples. The day continues with a stop at the Mount of Beatitudes before concluding at stunning Banias, Israel’s largest waterfall and site of a sacred spring. Banias is mentioned in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew as Caesarea Philippi. Overnight: Tiberias (B,D)


October 30, Tuesday
This morning we journey to the village of Cana, where, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water to wine. Then we will trace the steps of Jesus through Nazareth, the first-century village where Jesus spent his early life.

After lunch we will explore Sepphoris, the historically rich, ancient city that is also the home of the magnificent mosaic known as the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.” Overnight: Tiberius (B,D).

October 31, Wednesday
Our day begins with a visit to the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965 as Israel’s national museum, it contains some of the most famous and important objects in the world, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the “House of David” inscription, and the “Caiaphas Ossuary.” After lunch, we continue to Herodium, a fortress-palace built by Herod the Great, whose tomb was finally found in 2007 at the site by the late Professor Ehud Netzer. The day concludes with a visit to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)


November 1, Thursday
Our first full day in Jerusalem begins with an exploration of the City of David before heading on to the Christian quarter Old City to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Our day concludes 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: Jerusalem (B,D)

November 2, Friday
Our day begins with Lachish, the ancient site where dramatic evidence for the Assyrian assault of 701 BCE is well-preserved. We will then stop to see the beautiful Valley of Elah before continuing on to explore Jaffa, an ancient port city believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Overnight: Jerusalem (B,D)


November 3, Saturday
Our final day will take us to Qumran, the settlement nearest to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will then explore 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 for three years. After lunch, we’ll drive along the beautiful nature reserve of the Dead Sea and Ein Gedi, where David fled when hiding from Saul. Overnight: Jerusalem (B,L,D)

November 4, Sunday
Bid farewell to Israel as we are transferred from our hotel to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight 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.

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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Tour Price

Deposit (per person, due at time of registration): $250.00
Full payment (land and R/T air from New York), per person based on double occupancy: $4950.00
Full payment (land only), per person based on double occupancy: $3800.00
Single Supplement, per person: $720.00

Full balance due by July 30

*If registration is made after July 30, full payment is due at the time of registration


If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644 ext. 216.

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For more information contact:

Alicia Bregon
202-364-3300 ext 216
Email: travelstudy@bib-arch.org
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Fax: 202-364-2636