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Iliff School of Theology Israel/Palestine Immersion Trip

Iliff School of Theology Israel/Palestine Immersion Trip

November 29 to December 9, 2022

Deadline to register September 29, 2022

For thousands of years, a variety of people and groups have lived in—and contested—the land and regions of Israel/Palestine. To gain a better understanding of this land and its peoples, Professors Mark George and Pamela Eisenbaum are conducting an 11 day tour to Israel/Palestine as an immersion course. With the expert help of Mejdi Tours, the immersion course considers Israel/Palestine through a combination of past and present. Drawing on their expertise, Professors Eisenbaum and George guide participants through the study of ancient Israel, the time of Jesus and the early church, rabbinic Judaism, and the Crusader period. Such study lays the ground work for conversations with representatives from various groups as they speak to the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict, since the past continually informs and affects the present. The experience in Israel/Palestine is enhanced by Mejdi’s dual narrative tour model: some days include two local guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian.

Tour highlights include the City of David in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif and the Dome of the Rock, Yad Vashem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Qumran, the desert site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Sites in the north of Israel include Nazareth, Tel Dan, the Galilee, Capernaum, Magdala, the Golan, Akko/Acre, and the grand Roman city of Caesarea Maritima. Along the way, there will be ample time to discuss experiences and insights with group leaders and fellow participants. It promises to be an experience of a lifetime!    

Check out the detailed tour itinerary (also located at the bottom of this page).

Check out a four-minute TED talk by the founder of MEJDI in which he outlines the history and philosophy behind the company.


Optional Post-Trip Extension to Jordan (December 9 – 12, 2022)

There is an optional Post-Trip extension tour to Jordan being offered following this tour. For detailed information and pricing, check out the post-trip extension tour itinerary (also located at the bottom of this page).

Explore the wild beauty of the Arabian Peninsula with an add-on to Petra, Wadi Rum, and Jerash. The perfect combination of relaxation, education, and adventure, with only a few extra days you can:

  • Experience traditional Arabian desert life in the valleys of Wadi Rum. Share coffee with bedouins, see camels in their natural habitat, and view rock inscriptions (ancient and modern) left by local tribes.
  • Explore the ancient Nabatean city of Petra! Walk through wind-swept sandstone valleys with stunning rock striations, and discover the echoing chambers of ancient tombs. The more adventurous can ride a horse or a donkey through the valleys of this the famous “Indiana Jones” filming site.

Before you Register:

  • Read through the Terms and Conditions
  • Do not book your flight until you receive the Tour Confirmation email from us. This tour requires a minimum number of travelers to run and we will send out the Tour Confirmation (and confirm in the Tour Date list above) as soon as we have met that number.
  • Check out Travel Insurance Options. At the moment, travel insurance is required for medical and COVID related coverage during your time in Israel. In addition, trip cancellation and cancel-for-any-reason policies are highly recommended

Pricing:

  • 21-23 paying participants: $2,885 per paying person 
  • 18-20 paying participants: $2,995 per paying person 

Extension Tour Pricing:

  • 15-19 paying participants: $1,275 per paying person
  • 11-14 paying participants: $1,200 per paying person

Book Now $2995 per person

Make A Deposit

To make a deposit and hold your spot on this trip, fill in your credit card details and billing address below. You will receive a receipt by email.

Special Offer: $99.00 per person (for deposits made through 2022, otherwise $300)

Trip Includes

  • 10 nights’ accommodation (double occupancy) at the locations listed in itinerary, or similar hotels as necessary
  • 1 MEJDI-Trained Guide for 7 days, 2 MEJDI-Trained Guides in Dialogue for 2 days
  • 9 days private group transport on large bus, including 1 group airport transfer on final morning prior to extension
  • Meals as listed in itinerary where B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Entrances, sites, and honoraria for speakers
  • Audio headsets if group is 20 or more total participants
  • Customary tips for drivers, guides, and hotel staff
  • Dedicated pre-trip customer service and on-ground support

Trip Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • Single Supplement: $820 for length of tour (as available)
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in the included section
  • Bottled water (tap water safe in most of Israel-Palestine; reusable water bottles encouraged)
  • Transportation outside of group itinerary

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