Join Dr. Jimmy Albright, MWSU Professor of Archaeology and the Missouri Western Alumni Association as we travel to Israel May 22-31, 2018.
Depart from Kansas City, St. Louis or Denver; Travel to Tel Aviv and enjoy a hot dinner served aboard the plane.
Upon arrival at Ben Gurlon International Airport, our representative will meet the group by the luggage carousel and assist us on the way out through customs. We will then be transported to our hotel by the Sea of Galilee for dinner and an overnight stay.
Arrive Tel Aviv to Galilee
We will wake up on our first day in the Holy Land. After a rich, Israeli breakfast, we will leave the hotel and drive north along the famous highway, biblically known as the “way of the sea.” We will arrive at Caesarea, where we will explore the ruins of the Roman and the Crusader City.
To the Galilee
Wake up to a beautiful morning in the area where Jesus spent 3 years of his ministry. Today we will dedicate our time to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. After breakfast, we will drive north through the Golan Heights to Caesarea Phillipi and the Banias, one of the water resources of the Jordan River.
After breakfast, we will drive south to Belt Sheaan, the largest archeological site in Israel. We will explore the ancient Roman City with the Amphitheatre and reconstructed streets. We then continue south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho as conditions allow.
Galilee to the Dead Sea
After breakfast, we visit Masada – the site of the Zealots last stand against the Romans, which was originally built as a magnificent palace for Herod the Great. At this great fortress, we will visit the bathhouse, the storage rooms, the mosaics and the Byzantine Church.
Masada and Dead Sea
Today we begin after breakfast with a magnificent view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives. We will walk down to the Kidron Valley and enter the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, where we will view the Basilica of Agony.
We will start the morning after breakfast by visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial. Then, we continue to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls can be seen.
Jerusalem and Bethlehem
We have a morning of leisure where we are able to pursue personal interests, visit some sites we missed and shopping. Late in the evening, we leave for the airport for our flight home.
Return to the USA
*All sites listed in the itinerary will be covered but the sequence and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedules, etc. This tour is not recommended for those who have limited mobility since it includes walking on uneven terrain.