Dr. Tom McCollough is the Nelson and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is the director of the archaeological excavations at Khirbet Qana (Cana of Galilee).
Dr. McCollough has been involved in archaeological excavations in Israel for 35 years serving as the associated director of the excavations at the ancient city of Sepphoris before taking over the excavations at Cana. In addition to his archaeological work, Dr. McCollough has led study tours to Israel for more than 20 years, and so is well prepared to serve as your guide as well as your educator when you join his tour of the Holy Land.
1st Day: Depart New York for flight to Tel-Aviv.
2nd Day: Upon our arrival at Tel-Aviv airport, you will be met and assisted at the airport and will be driven to your hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and after dinner a brief orientation walk and meeting.
3rd Day: We begin each day with a meeting of the group with time for a devotional and an overview of the day and the places we will visit. We will structure our time in Jerusalem and environs roughly in chronological terms from the origins of ancient Israel to coming of Islam. In that spirit we begin with a visit to the archaeological park associated with the City of David, the tunnels along the Western (or ‘Wailing’) Wall and the wall itself. After lunch, in the old City, we will visit various sites in the Jewish Quarter to include the ‘Burnt House’ and the Herodian Mansion. We will make our way back to the hotel via the Dormition Church. Dinner will be at the hotel and there will be an opportunity to walk down Jaffa Street to parts of West Jerusalem in the evening.
4th Day: We will begin with a visit to the Temple Mount (the Haram al-Sharif). The times for non-Muslims to visit the Haram are limited to early morning and a short time in the afternoon. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa, stopping at churches along the way to include St. Anne’s church, the Church of the Flagellation, and the Church of the Redeemer. We will take a break at that point for lunch and then after lunch we will go the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After an extensive visit to this most sacred site, I will offer the option of visiting the Garden Tomb and the Albright Institute or those that wish could use the rest of the afternoon for shopping or revisiting some of the sites, etc.
5th Day: This morning we begin at the Mount of Olives with a panoramic view of Jerusalem. We will visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster, and walk along Palm Sunday Road stopping at the Dominus Flevit church and the Garden of Gethsemane. We will visit the Church of All Nations, which stands on the Rock of the Agony and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. We will then walk down into the Valley of Kidron. After lunch we will go by bus to Bethlehem and have dinner at a Bedouin-type restaurant in Bethlehem.
6th Day: Today we leave our Jerusalem hotel and drive up north along the coastal highway. We stop on the coast to visit Caesarea built by King Herod the Great on our way to Haifa. We then turn east and continue to Megiddo. We will have lunch with friends at Moshav Zippori and end our day with a long visit to Sepphoris, Herod Antipas’ capital and a site I helped excavate. We will drive to Nazareth to our hotel that is located a few blocks from the magnificent Church of the Annunciation.
7th Day: We depart Nazareth and head to the Sea of Galilee to visit Capernaum and continue to Tabgha, the chapel dedicated to the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount. After lunch on the Sea of Galilee we will visit the new excavations at Magdala and the beautiful new worship center there. We continue on around Sea of Galilee to the River Jordan and a traditional baptismal site and end our time on the Sea of Galilee with the Hammat Tiberius Synagogue and its wonderful zodiac mosaic.
We will drive south through the Jordan valley and spend the night in Jericho.
8th Day: We begin our day with a visit to the site of ancient Jericho, the oldest city in the world. We then drive to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. After Qumran we will continue along the Dead Sea passing through to Ein Gedi to Massada where the Jewish Zealots held out against the advancing Roman Legions. On our return we will stop for those who would like to take a dip in the Dead Sea before returning to our hotel in Jericho.
9th Day: This is the day of departure to return to the U.S. If we have time we will go to the airport via Jerusalem for some last minute revisits or shopping before heading to the airport.
3 Day Extension to
April 9 – 11, 2016
Price 3875.00 (Per person)
– Return Economy Flight NYC / TLV / NYC
– Accommodation in Tourist First Class.
– Breakfast and dinner daily.
– All transfers and transportation for sightseeing in private air-conditioned motor-coach.
– Entrance fees to all sites. indicated in the Program.
– Boat-ride on Lake of Galilee.
– Porterage of one suitcase per person.
– Tips ($100.00 to be paid in advance)
– Travel and medical insurance (Recommended)
– Items of personal nature (drinks, coffee and laundry and the like).
– Single Room Supplement $ 475.00
Payment / Cancellation
– A non refundable deposit of $500.00 required upon registration.
– Balance of payment should be paid no later than 60 days prior to departure.
– Full Cancellation will apply within 60 days from date of departure.
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