Israel Tour - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)
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Geneva College invites students, alumni, and friends of the college on The Best of Israel Tour: Date December 27 - January 7 or 10. Led by Geneva College Bible Department professors Dr. Byron Curtis, Dr. Scott Shidemantle and Dr. Jonathan Watt, participants will travel to Israel, see first-hand some of the places where Jesus walked and taught, and explore important geographic and archeological sites.

Israel Brochure

Price per Person (based on double occupancy):
$3,219 | Single Room Supplement $935

*Includes air from New York (+$300 for Pittsburgh)

Egypt Extension:
$909 | Single Room Supplement $150

The archeological sites of Caesarea Philippi, Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered), Sea of Galilee boat ride, Capernaum are among the places that the group will visit. Participants will travel to the ruins of the ancient port of Caesarea Maritima and view a Roman Aqueduct, swim in the Dead Sea, and spend time in Jerusalem. They will also journey to Bethlehem, explore Masada, hike the Ein Gedi nature reserve, spend time in contemplation in the Garden of Gethsemane, visit the Western Wall, and much more.

Included In Tour Price

Roundtrip air from New York (+$300 for Pittsburgh) including current air taxes and fuel surcharges (taxes and fuel charges are subject to change), 9 nights lodging at 4 star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, full time English speaking tour escort, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary including the Temple Mount Sifting Project with Dr. Gabby Barkay, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), tips to driver, guides, and hotel staff

*Make sure to list New York and Pittsburgh (+$300) as departure city options on the reservation form

Not Included In Tour Price

All lunches, optional travel insurance (7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost), optional credit card payments (additional 3% of the total bill), see brochure for additional details.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Shidemantle at 724-847-6781 or sshidema@geneva.edu.

Archaeology and Geography of Israel course, BIB 341/HUM 304

The trip is associated with the fall Archaeology and Geography of Israel course, BIB 341/HUM 304. The on-campus class will discuss the art and science of archaeology and the geography of Israel; however, current students may attend the trip without enrolling in the course. Alumni and friends who register for the trip and place a deposit are invited to audit the Archaeology and Geography of Israel course at no charge.

"We'll learn about how archaeology is done, how archaeology intersects with the story of the Bible and look at case studies that will relate to some archaeological sites that we will visit," explains Dr. Shidemantle. "We'll also look at the diverse regions of Israel and learn how the geographic realities relate to the story of the Bible."

And the trip to Israel truly connects classroom curriculum and biblical knowledge with experiential learning. "Not only will we read about the location of some of the stories of the Bible, but we'll actually visit them - so we'll see and feel these stories," says Dr. Shidemantle. "Travelers have told me more than once, I'll never read the Bible the same way again."

According to Dr. Shidemantle, the trip provides so many unique and spiritual experiences that it is difficult to identify a singular highlight for travelers: "Some are impressed by the ancient churches such as the Church of the Nativity, commemorating where Jesus was born, or the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. Others appreciate the cultural interchange - interacting with Jews, Muslims and Middle Eastern Christians. Still others enjoy connecting the written accounts of the Bible with their actual physical location."

 

Meet the professors

Dr. Jonathan Watt

Dr. Jonathan Watt

Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair, Department of Bible Christian Ministries & Philosophy at Geneva College
Dr. Byron Curtis

Dr. Byron Curtis

Professor of Biblical Studies at Geneva College
Dr. C. Scott Shidemantle

Dr. Scott Shidemantle

Professor of Biblical Studies and Bible Core Coordinator at Geneva College
 

Trip Itinerary

Friday, December 27, 2019
Depart USA for flight to Tel Aviv, Israel

Saturday, December 28, 2019
Arrive in Tel Aviv in the morning; Drive along the Mediterranean
coast with a visit to Caesarea Maritima & Roman Aqueduct on the
way to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee for overnight in the hotel

Sunday, December 29, 2019
Tel Dan; Caesarea Philippi & Banias; Syrian Border
Monday, December 30, 2019
Hazor; Sea of Galilee Boat Ride; Capernaum; Magdala; ending the
day on the Mt. Arbel Cliffs

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Sepphoris; Nazareth; Megiddo; Mt. Carmel

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Beit Shean; Wadi Kelt (hike from St. George’s monastery to
Herod’s summer palace in New Testament Jericho); Dead Sea
Swim; transfer to hotel on the Dead Sea

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Qumran; Ein Gedi; Masada; transfer to hotel in Jerusalem; Op- tional late afternoon & evening excursion to the Old City of
Jerusalem for touring and shopping

Friday, January 3, 2020
Walking Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (Mount of Olives, Domi- nus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, St. Anne’s Church & Pool of
Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Church of St. Peter at
Gallicantu); Optional late afternoon & evening shopping in the Old
City of Jerusalem

Saturday, January 4, 2020
Lachish; Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity & Shopping for olive
wood products)

Sunday, January 5, 2020
Western Wall; Temple Mount walking tour; City of David tour ending at the Pool of Siloam (including optional wet-walk through

Monday, January 6, 2020
Beersheba; Arad; Evening
large-group debriefing meeting at the Hotel

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (Option #1)
Depart home to the USA

Optional Egypt Extension

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (Option #2)
Flight from Tel Aviv to Cairo. Visit to Egyptian
Museum. Evening dinner cruise on the Nile River. Overnight in Cairo for 3 nights.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Visit to pyramids, Sphinx, papyrus factory/store, and Coptic Cairo.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Visit to Memphis, Sakkara, and Joseph’s Storehouses.

Friday, January 10, 2020
Flight home from Cairo.