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January 1-12, 2020
Israel, Jordan and the West Bank: An Ancient New Year
Begin the New Year in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. This
field study will visit Tel Aviv, Amman, Petra, Masada, and the Old
City of Jerusalem. Explore history, archaeology and current events,
with a planned stop at a Syrian refugee camp. This field study takes
advantage of highly-experienced guides while developing an
understanding of the history of the area, the archaeology
of three countries, and witnessing the religious and political
forces at play in these regions. Classes: Dec. 11 and 18
(7 to 9:50 p.m.). Field Study: Jan. 1 to 12. Fee: $4,045
(includes most meals, air/land transportation, hotel
accommodations and entrance fees). Required tuition is extra.
A $75 entry fee to Jordan is not included.
Tentative itinerary (excuse the formatting):
Wednesday, January 01 Depart the US on our way to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Thursday, January 02 Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Meeting at passport control by our Ami Travel representatives and by our tour guide. Transfer to our Galilee hotel. (Time permitting visit Caesarea Maritima). Dinner and Overnight in the Galilee.
Friday, January 03 Today visit the Mount of Beatitudes ( Sermon on the Mount ) and Capernaum with Peters House and the ancient Synagogue- Sail across the Sea of Galilee and enjoy a St Peters Fish lunch. Ascend the Golan Heights by Jeep to study the strategies of the region and end the day with a visit to the Yardenit Baptism site. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Saturday, January 04 Today start the day at the village of Cana–( site of the first miracle – water turned to wine ) with renewal of wedding vows. Visit Nazareth with its Basilica of the annunciation and also the St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church. Following lunch visit Sephoris ( Zippori) The Talmudic capital of the Galilee with its magnificent mosaics. Dinner and Overnight in the Galilee.
Sunday, January 05 Morning touring in Beit Shean – cross into Jordan Assistance at Border by Ami Travel reps on both sides of the border crossing. Lunch in Jerash followed by tour of the “Decapolis” city amphitheater , churches and Roman column lined Cardo. Possible visit to a refugee camp. Check into Amman Hotel. Dinner and overnight Amman.
Monday, January 06 Depart Amman and travel South along the Kings Highway to Wadi Mussa. Visit Petra - The entrance to Petra is through Al-Siq, a winding trail at the bottom of a natural deep canyon, at the end of which reveals itself the most famous Treasury monument. Hear the story of the Nabateans who have established Petra as their capital on the “Spice Route". Dinner and overnight in Wadi Mussa ( Petra ).
Tuesday, January 07 Leave Wadi Mussa and Drive south to Wadi Rum – Jeep rides in the “Laurence of Arabia “ desert setting. Cross back into Israel via the Arava border Ascend to the Dead Sea area. Dinner and overnight at Ein Bokek Hotel (Dead Sea).
Wednesday, January 08 Morning visit to Masada – Ascent and descent by Cable car – Herod’s Fortress in the Desert - Site of the last stand of the Jewish Zealots. Drive North along the Dead Sea viewing Qumran – Site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Afternoon: ascend to Jerusalem. Enjoy the Panoramic view from Mount of Olives- Descend by foot to visit Garden of Gethsemane. . Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Thursday, January 09 Today you will tour the Old City of Jerusalem - The 4 quarters of the Old City ( Armenian Jewish Christian and Muslim )- The Church of the Holy Sepulcher Via Dolorosa, the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and Western Wall Tunnels. Visit Mt. Zion with the Dormition Abbey and the Room of the Last Supper. Explore the Israel Museum – afternoon visit with curator. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Friday, January 10 Tour of the City of David – amazing new discoveries , Mount Zion , Room of the last Supper This afternoon visit Yad Vashem the Holocaust Memorial and Ein Kerem – Church of the Visitation. Afternoon tour to Old Jaffa – See the House of Simon the Tanner and overview of Modern Tel Aviv (White City ) with its Bauhaus architecture ( UNESCO) and gentrified neighborhoods. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Saturday, January 11 Participate in an ongoing Archaeological Dig in the Jerusalem area. ( Beit Guvrin underground or similar ). Visit Herodion – Herod the Great built this monumental fortress and palace in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem, and was buried here. The site was a rebel stronghold during the great revolts against the Romans. It is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Israel. Continue to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Shepherds Fields. Dinner in Bethlehem. Transfer to airport for our night flight.
Sunday, January 12 Arrival back to ORD Airport