Biblical Resources Study Tour to Israel & Jordan
plus 4-day extension to Amman & Petra
May 21 – June 3, 2005 • Hosted by Dr. Jim Fleming
Dr. Jim Fleming, your guide and teacher, has lived and worked in Israel for many years. His knowledge of the land, its history, geography and archeology and his profound understanding of its spirituality guarantees an experience in Israel and Jordan like no other. It is not surprising that many participants on these study tours return again and again to find fresh, new meaning and discovery through the inspired teaching of Dr. Fleming.
Saturday, May 21: USA/Israel. Depart from U.S.
Sunday, May 22: Arrive in Tel Aviv. Transfer to our hotel.
Monday, May 23: Caesarea, Meggido, Nazareth, Cana. Starting at the Herodian City of Caesarea, visit the Theater, the Palace, the Cardo, the Hippodrome, and discuss the Harbor. Our journey continues with a visit to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. We will then travel on to Cana where Jesus transformed the water into wine. Overnight in Galilee.
Wednesday, May 25: Golan Heights. Today we will see strategic security points. We will take a nature walk at Tel Dan, one of the most northern points of Israel, from which we will be able to see points of Syria and Lebanon. Overnight in Galilee.
Thursday, May 26: We will visit Belvoir, a Crusader Castle with a fantastic view. We will visit Beth Shean, the city where King Saul's body hung on the wall and King David cried over death of his beloved friend Jonathan. While there we will visit the Theater and the Roman Baths. We will prepare ourselves to go up to Jerusalem and enter its gates with songs of joy.
Saturday, May 28: Mt. Of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Stephen's Gate, St. Anne's Church (Bethesda pools) and the Via Dolorosa. Today we will visit the Christian and Moslem quarters of the city. We will walk the Palm Sunday Way, visiting the points important to Jesus' last week in Jerusalem. We will visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, and walk the Way of the Cross and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Sunday, May 29: New City of Jerusalem. Today we will visit the Israel Museum, the Holy Land Model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem and have communion at The Garden Tomb.
Monday, May 30: Israel/USA. Depart for home.
Jordan Extension, including Amman & Petra
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the wonders of ancient Jordan?
Monday, May 30: Amman, Jordan. We will drive south to Amman. After crossing the border we will visit Jerash which has the beautiful Oval Forum, Roman Temples and Byzantine churches. An Amman city tour will show us the Roman Theater and the Universities and King's Palace. Amman is one of the Decapolis cities and in Jesus' time was called Philadelphia.
Tuesday, May 31: Today we will travel to Madaba, a city which has the mosaic of the earliest ever map of Jerusalem. The way to Petra is also part of the Exodus way, crossing the borders between the Amorites and Edomites. We will have a view of Machaerus, Herod Agrippa's Palace where John the Baptist was decapitated. Overnight in Petra.
Wednesday, June 1: Petra. Called the Rose Rock City, the ancient city of Petra is hidden among the ancient canyons of southern Jordan, where it was half-carved, half-built into the pink sandstone cliffs more than 2000 years ago by an industrious Arab people, the Nabataens. We will walk in the Siq, visit the Treasury and several other monuments. We will ride horses part of the way and you can even try a Camel Ride if you choose to. After lunch we will drive back to Amman.
Thursday, June 2: We will drive to Mt. Nebo and visit the place where God took Moses at the end of the Exodus journey to show him the Promised Land, although Moses was not allowed to continue on—however, we will. We will cross the Jordan River into Israel and drive to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Friday, June 3: Early morning transfer to Ben Gurion Airport to board our return flight to Zurich and then the USA, arriving later this afternoon.
Study Tour to Israel & Jordan Included Features
• Round trip scheduled flights from New York (JFK) and return from Tel Aviv.
• First Class accommodations throughout the trip.
• All Sightseeing and Excursions, Guides and Entrance Fees.
• Breakfast and dinner each day.
• All tips for guides, drivers and portage throughout the trip.
• On-site and hotel lectures by Dr. James Fleming and Biblical Resources Staff.
• Notebook of site diagrams, maps and study materials.
• Comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout the trip.
Tour Prices, Fees & Options
Study Tour to Israel:
Double Occupancy: $2470*
Single Occupancy: add $275
Double Occupancy: $700
Single Occupancy: add $155
* This includes airport taxes, fuel charge supplement and all tips on trip.
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $400 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
About Jim Fleming, your guide and teacher
Dr. James Fleming, or "Jim" as he is known to the many who have enjoyed his teaching around the world both on tour or in the classroom, serves as Director of Biblical Resources Study Center in Jerusalem, Israel, an ecumenical organization serving Christians around the world. He is also founder of the World of the Bible Archaeological Museum and Pilgrim Center at Ein Karem, Jerusalem. He has lived and worked in Israel since 1974, and he has developed courses of study in historical geography and biblical history.
Jim divides his time lecturing around the world, leading study tours to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean World, and teaching guide courses and directing the World of the Bible Garden in Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Through lectures and study tours, he weaves Archaeology, History, Geography, and Theology together to help us understand Biblical times and the events, hopes and fears of the people in various Biblical periods.
For more information, please contact:
Biblical Resources Trip Coordinator
P.O. Box 7051
Springfield, IL 62791