Tour description

Journey to Israel…with a visit to Petra, Jordan

A journey to Israel is an unforgettable experience that encompasses the promised land of the Jews, the birthplace of Christianity and some of the holiest sites in Islam. However, whether you visit for religious, political or hedonistic reasons, this beautiful, troubled land is undoubtedly going to challenge your preconceptions. Our journey begins with a tour of Jerusalem that will include a visit to the City of David, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of the crucifixion. From there we have a day trip to Bethlehem and Jericho, before travelling along the shores of the Dead Sea where we will visit Qumrun and take a ride in a gondola to the top of Masada. After a rest stop in Eilat, Israel’s favourite beach resort, we head into Jordan for a two-day excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum. We then make our way back into Israel, north to Beer Sheva, and return to the Dead Sea. From there we continue to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, where we’ll have a boat trip and visit Nazareth and many other sites in the area. We’ll also have an overnight stop in Haifa, on the Mediterranean Sea, where we’ll visit the amazing Baha’i gardens. We’ll tour Caesarea, an ancient Herodian port city, to view the archaeological remains, including the restored Roman amphitheatre, on our way back to Tel Aviv for two nights before we return home.

Academic resource

Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain is a historical geographer, who teaches at the University of Victoria; he specializes in Middle East Studies and has a special interest in the history, comparative theology and current political events in the region. He has travelled extensively throughout Israel three times.

Pre-tour sessions

Your five pre-tour classroom sessions will take place on Thursdays, Oct.14 to Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates Nov. 17 – Dec. 4, 2020
Total tour cost$10,340.00
Early bird cost*$10,040.00
Single supplement$2,685.00

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by July 31, 2020 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on Aug. 7, 2020.

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 20, 2019 and receive a $300 reduction on your balance of payment.

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