Why Us?

A Passion for Learning—the BAS Travel/Study Program

For more than 30 years, the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Travel/Study program has presented a wide variety of educational programs and tours for people who have an unending interest in Biblical studies and in the archaeology of the Biblical lands.

Our seminars have ranged from weekend programs throughout the United States and Canada, to week-long summer programs on college campuses and retreat centers, to two-week-long programs on the campus of Oxford University. We also organize Seminars at Sea, where participants enjoy the pleasures of a cruise while attending daily lectures from a top scholar. Leading our seminars are the top names in Biblical studies and in archaeology, both from North America and from around the world.

Our enlightening tours of Israel, Egypt and other lands of the ancient Biblical and classical world feature master guides, including William Dever, featured on the PBS series Walking the Bible.

Matching the quality of the teaching at our Travel/Study programs is the high level of interest on the part of our participants. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a wide range of knowledge and delight in the company of their fellow participants—people who share their love of the Bible and archaeology.

Testimonials from Past Participants

“One of the most profound learning experiences of my life—intense, exhausting, challenging and deeply satisfying.”
Seattle, WA Seminar Participant

“No other tour comes close to giving all you provide.”

Chicago, IL Seminar Participant

“Lectures were outstanding, provocative, and on the cutting edge!”

Marylhurst College Seminar Participant

“Intellectually stimulating. Structured and disciplined, yet flexible.”

Guildford College Seminar Participant

“Packed full of wonderful places to see...with congenial companions and a fantastic lecturer.”

Turkey Tour Participant

“Excellent critical scholarship, stimulating, enthusiastic.”

“Well-versed and top quality.”

Charleston, SC Seminar Participant

“Lecturers were knowledgeable and spoke with a passion.”

“Participants enjoyed a close interaction with professors.”

Guilford College Seminar Participant

“Great historical, cultural and archaeological approach and background. Superb presentation.”

Oxford Seminar Participant

“Fun! Very valuable. It was good to have two lecturers from different disciplines talk about the same topic.”

Portland, OR Seminar Participant

“Electrifying speakers... presentations are riveting!”

Ft. Worth, TX Seminar Participant

“I gather more relevant information from these seminars than from a Master’s program.”

Denver, CO Seminar Participant

“Lecturers were all excellent; their friendliness and willingness to share their knowledge was most delightful.”

St. Pete Beach Seminar Participant

“Besides the lectures, the other people were fascinating, the dinner conversations were priceless. We closed the dining room each night.”

Seminar at Sea Lecturer Jodi Magness

“Stimulating & witty.”

St. Olaf Seminar Participant

“I enjoyed the friendly, egalitarian atmosphere with both the faculty and the impressive participants. Last year’s seminar was so good, I was ready to come again.”

Portland, OR Seminar Participant

“Participants were in awe of the spectacular sites and Biblical places and enjoyed unexpected encounters with the locals—not just a tourist postcard experience, but all aspects of the country and people were tied into the tour.”

Syria/Jordan Tour Participant

“Chahinda Karim has in-depth knowledge of Egyptian history, pharoanic art, architecture, religion, almost any aspect past and present.”

Egypt Tour Participant

“This was my 5th trip with Avner [Goren]. It gets better every time.”

Sicily and Rome Tour Participant