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 Tal By the Beach hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight. (D)


October 28, Sunday Caesarea , Mt. Carmel Megiddo, 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. If time permits, we will visit the site of Jezreel, where Naboth had his vineyard that was coveted by the Israelite King Ahab. Continue on to 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 to the Mount of the Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount. 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 north, up the Huleh Valley, 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). 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 Jezreel Valley where the battle of Deborah and the Canaanites took place (Judges 5). Continue to Sepphoris, and see one of the most spectacular ruins of a Galilean town 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. Will will then drive south down the Jordan Valley and visit Old Testament Jericho where the “walls came tumbling down.” Overnight at the Oasis/Inter-Continental Jericho Hotel.

October 31, Wednesday Masada – Dead Sea, Qumran - Jerusalem
We begin our day at the Jordan River where John was Baptizing and will also reflect on the entrance of the Israelites into the Land of Canaan. We will then drive south along the western shore 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. Then 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 Temple Mount, Western Wall, Old City, Upper Room, David's Tomb, Wohl Museum, Davidson Center, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam — ON Jerusalem. (B,D)
We begin our day with a walking tour on the top of the Temple Mount, the site of the Solomonic and Heriodian Temples and now the famous Dome of the Rock. From there we will tour the Old City of Jerusalem visiting the Zion Gate, the Upper Room and David's Tomb. We will then continue into the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and visit the Wohl Museum where there are palatial houses from the Second Temple/New Testament Era (home of Caiaphas the HighPriest?). After our time there we will visit the Western Wall, the holy site of the Jews and then visit the archaeological excavations in the Davidson center. A visit to Old Testament Jerusalem, including Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, and the Pool of Siloam will conclude our day. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)

November 2, Friday Yad VaShem, Herodium, Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem
Today we begin by visiting the Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Afterward we will drive to the Herodium the palace/fortress where Herod the Great was eventually buried. From there we will drive to and visit the Shepherd's Field (if it is open). From there we will drive to Bethlehem we will visit the Church of the Nativity and have some time for shopping. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. (B,D)


November 3, Saturday Mount of Olives (Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane), Pools of Bethesda, Church of Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb, Israel Museum
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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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


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