Israel Tour - Geneva College, Christian College in Pennsylvania
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Israel Trip

Israel Tour

Best of Israel Tour with Geneva College

December 27, 2021 - January 6 or 9, 2022

Geneva College invites students, alumni, and friends of the college on The Best of Israel Tour. 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 archaeological sites.

Israel Brochure

Price per Person ( based on double occupancy):
$3,459 | Single Room Supplement $850

*Includes round-trip air from Pittsburgh

Jordan Extension:
$849 | Single Room Supplement $150

The archaeological 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 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

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

Archaeology and Geography of Israel course, BIB 341

The trip is associated with the fall Archaeology and Geography of Israel course, BIB 341. 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

Monday, December 27, 2021

Israel Photo

Depart USA for flight to Tel Aviv, Israel

Tuesday, December 28

Arrive in Tel Aviv and transfer to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee for overnight in the Hotel

Wednesday, December 29

Banias/Caesarea Philippi/Herod Agrippa’s Palace, Gamla & Golan Heights

Thursday, December 30

Israel Photo

Scythopolis of the Decapolis, Sepphoris, Nazareth

Friday, December 31

Sea of Galilee boat ride, Capernaum, Magdala, Mt. of Beatitudes Church, Tabgha, Arbel Cliffs

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Caesarea Maritima & Roman Aquaduct, En Gedi, Dead Sea Swim; transfer to Hotel on the Dead Sea

Sunday, January 2

Israel Photo

Qumran, Masada, transfer to Hotel in Jerusalem

Monday, January 3

Mount of Olives and walk down into Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of All Nations), St. Stephen’s Gate, Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda, the Stone Pavement under the Sisters of Zion convent, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Cardo

Tuesday, January 4

The Western Wall, Temple Mount walking tour, Pool of Siloam; Israel Museum & the Shrine of the Book*

Wednesday, January 5

Israel Photo

Bethlehem Church of the Nativity, Herodian, Volunteer at the Temple Mount Salvage Operation with Dr. Gabby Barkay

Thursday, January 6

Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for the flight home.

Optional Jordan Extension

Thursday, January 6

Transfer to Jordan, Jerash of the Decapolis, Overnight in Amman

Friday, January 7

Israel Photo

Amman, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Beyond the Jordan. Overnight in Petra

Saturday, January 8

Full day in Petra, Overnight in Amman

Sunday, January 9

Departure for Home

*Israel Museum & Shrine of the Book is open till 9pm on Tuesdays. Those that want to have extra time in the Israel Museum have the option to stay until the Museum closes at 9pm and then take a taxi back to the hotel on their own. There is a cantina at the Museum where a light dinner can be purchased.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.