Travel With Ramapo Professors Israel The Holy Land: Art & Archaeology with Jordan Extension
Please join us as we embark on our extraordinary journey to the vibrant land of the Bible. In Israel we will engage with the past as we visit sacred spaces, holy to three great faiths, travel through the desert to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and journey through the beautiful hills of the Galilee. We begin with six nights in the historic city of Jerusalem. As we walk through its ancient streets, visit the Western Wall of Herod's ancient Temple, enter its churches and synagogues, and see the Dead Sea Scrolls we absorb the euphoria of the city's intangible holy spirit. Jerusalem is also the city of today, vividly illustrated in its daily life and the exhibits at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust History Museum. We travel north and west exploring the Tel Dan Nature Reserve and visit the ruins of Herod's magnificent city of Caesarea, We stop at Nazareth, and at Capernaum we enter a synagogue where Jesus preached. After a drive through the Jezreel Valley our journey ends in Tel Aviv, the country's commercial and modern cultural center. From our beachfront hotel we can stroll six miles along the Mediterranean promenade and enjoy the beach and the pulsating night-life of its cafes, restaurants and nightclubs or simply meet with those who have entered and live the land of Israel from all corners of the globe. Visit
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|Day 1||Depart USA||Departure|
Departure from the U. S. for our overnight flight to Israel.
We arrive at Ben Gurion Airport outside of Tel Aviv where we are met by our guide Judy Goldman, and drive through the Judean Hills to Jerusalem, the Holy City. If time permits after check-in to our hotel, we enjoy a short walking tour. In the evening we gather for a welcoming reception and introduction to Jerusalem by Professor Spar. Dinner follows with overnight at the Mount Zion Hotel.
We gather for a morning lecture on The Jerusalem Temple at our hotel. We continue with a visit to the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City. The Museum, located in a medieval citadel, showcases the history of Jerusalem from its foundation in the second millennium to the 20th century founding of the State of Israel. We continue to the Western Wall, the only remaining part of the Holy Temple built by Herod the Great. After lunch we visit the Southern wall excavations and the Davidson Center and experience the recreation of a pilgrim's ancient journey to Jerusalem and entrance into the Temple. In the late afternoon we visit the Israel Museum to see the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeological treasures from the Holy Land, Jewish ceremonial objects, and the restoration of four historic synagogues from around the globe. Dinner and your evening are at leisure. Overnight at the Mount Zion Hotel.
We begin in the early morning with a visit to the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and continue to ascend the Temple Mount, the Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary, one of the world's most religious sites, holy to Jews, Moslems and Christians. After lunch we continue on a walking tour of the Old City with visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane and adjacent Church of Assumption. In the late afternoon an optional tour will take us back to the Israel Museum to explore further exhibits. Dinner and the evening are at leisure. Our overnight stay is at the Mount Zion Hotel.
In the morning we explore Yad Vashem to view the memorials and exhibits to all who perished in the Holocaust with visits to the Historical Museum, the Avenue of the Righteous and the poignant Children's Memorial. On our return to Jerusalem we stop for lunch in the Machane Yehuda Market and then visit nearby narrow alleyways, winding lanes and 19th century synagogues of the Nachalot Quarter. In the early evening we visit the studio of the acclaimed Israeli ceramic artist Meira Una. Dinner and the evening are at leisure. Our overnight stay is at the Mount Zion Hotel.
Today we take the road through the Judean desert and descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. We ascend via a cable car to the ancient Herodian fortress of Masada where Jewish rebels from 73 to 74 C.E. fought to the end against the forces of the Roman army. After lunch and the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea, we return to Jerusalem stopping to visit Qumran, the site where a desert community of Essenes wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Shabbat Dinner followed by our overnight stay at the Mount Zion Hotel.
We leave Jerusalem and return to the Mediterranean coast to visit the impressive ruins of Herod the Great's ancient port city of Caesarea with its theater, promontory palace and hippodrome. After lunch we visit the ruins of ancient Tzippori (Sepphoris) located on a hill midway between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. This ancient city known in antiquity as the "Ornament of the Galilee," was the traditional birthplace of Mary, mother of Jesus, and an important center of Jewish Scholarship in the 2nd and 3rd centuries C.E. Dinner and an evening lecture on the history of Israel. Overnight is at the Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel.
Today, we visit the Capernaum Synagogue with its ancient synagogue and Byzantine church. The town is notable as a place where Jesus preached and healed the sick. We continue to the Mt. of the Beatitudes and after lunch we visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Dinner in the evening is at a restaurant in Tiberius, one of the four holy cities of Israel. Overnight is in the Kibbutz Ginosar Hotel.
Driving north we reach the Tel Dan Nature Reserve and view the restored great Canaanite entrance gate to the city. Tel Dan is known in the bible as the place where Jeroboam, the king of Israel, built a sanctuary and set within it two golden calves. After lunch we continue to visit Nimrod Castle and if time permits we will explore the beautiful southern Golan with a stop at the Golan Archaeological Museum. Dinner is at our hotel with an evening lecture by Professor Spar on Biblical Archaeology. Overnight is at the Carlton Hotel.
As we travel across the beautiful Jezre'el Valley we arrive at Megiddo, one of the Royal Cities of ancient Israel. We tour the Museum and the extensive excavations, visiting the great Water Tunnel, the ancient Canaanite High Place and "Solomon's Stables." We remain in the Galilee for a special wine and chocolate tasting at one of the area's fine vineyards. At the end of the day we reach the port city of Old Jaffa and stroll through its winding streets filled with boutiques and galleries. Overnight is at the five-star seaside Carlton Hotel with dinner at leisure in one of the city's fine restaurants.
|Day 11||Tel Aviv||Tel Aviv|
We begin with a walking tour of historic Tel Aviv with a visit to Independence Hall and the UNESCO World Heritage Architectural "White City" district with its famous Bauhaus inspired buildings. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel's leading center for modern and contemporary art. In our final evening in Israel we enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Goshen Restaurant. Overnight is at the Carton Hotel.
|Day 12||Tel Aviv with departure for the USA or Optional Tour to Jordan||Tel Aviv with departure for the USA or Optional Tour to Jordan|
Depending on your flights, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. For those continuing on our Optional Tour to Jordan, we will cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan and explore the majestic ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash. We continue to Amman and the new Jordan Museum. An afternoon visit will bring us to the Citadel, the Roman Theater and a tour of the Old City. Dinner and overnight are at the Regency Palace Hotel in Amman.
We begin our day with a stop at Mount Nebo, the mountain upon which Moses stood to see the Promised Land. We continue to Madaba, the "City of Mosaics," and then to Petra., the rose-red city, rediscovered in 1812 by the young Swiss explorer and orientalist, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who disguised as an Arab pilgrim, persuaded a local guide to take him to the long- lost city. Dinner and overnight are at the Marriott Hotel in Petra.
The entire day is spent visiting the incredible ancient city of Petra. We enter through the Siq, a natural narrow gorge cut into high canyon walls, and emerge in front of a series of royal tombs carved out of the gleaming multi-colored rock. This ancient city surrounded by mountains was an ancient Nabataean caravan center in which merchants trafficked in incense from Arabia, silks from China, and spices of India. Dinner and overnight are at the Marriott Hotel.
Leaving Petra we travel along the Wadi Rum epically traversed by Lawrence of Arabia. We explore this desert valley landscape in a four-wheel drive vehicle and enjoy a traditional lunch in a Bedouin tent before returning to Israel for our flight home. On the plane, begin planning your next Ramapo College trip with Perillo Learning Journeys.