The first week of March, 2019, during our Spring Break, I will make my 69th trip to Israel. Only a few of those trips have been on tours, but the past few years I have been taking small groups of 30 or less on very specialized tours, along with my colleague Ross Nichols. We have about a half dozen spots left in the upcoming tour–so it is not too late to join us. Read on and see why this might be the tour of a lifetime you have been waiting for.
There are dozens of “Holy Land Tours” out there and if you have ever contemplated taking one you have probably been overwhelmed by the choice of which one you should sign up for. Most by far are led by Christian Pastors and have a decidedly theological orientation. Many of the Jewish tours are oriented toward Jewish and Zionist history–as one would expect.
Prices also vary wildly on these tours–from bottom basement prices that cut corners and end up herding people around the country in large buses with sub-standard hotels, to expensive luxury tours that seem geared more for amenities than education or learning. You don’t want to choose the former, believe me, and many can not afford the latter. Also, most visiting the Holy Land are looking for education and spiritual insights, not entertainment and luxury accommodations.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced, high quality tour, with expert leadership, decades of experience, and an emphasis on solid historical and archaeological sites and content related to the entire Bible–read on. You might find cheaper tours but you should read between the lines as many of these “cut rate” bargain tours of the Holy Land end up being just that–cut rate bargains you might better pass up.
The dates are March 1-11, 2019. We want to take a relatively small group of around 30. The idea is to keep things at a size that will allow maximum dialogue and interchange between leaders and participants. Our hotels have been carefully selected personally by Ross and me–they are all great places to stay–Four Star rated. The itinerary of this tour is a composite of all I have experienced in my decades of research and discovery in the Holy Land. Even if you have traveled to Israel before, or specifically traveled with Tabor or Nichols, this is the tour for you.
Our emphasis on this tour will be on New Discoveries in the Holy Land. We will take you behind the scenes, exploring new archaeological and textual discoveries as they are related to the key Biblical sites we will visit. No tour can cover everything but we will take you, quite literally, from “Dan to Beersheba” (1 Samuel 3:20). Participants will be given a detailed syllabus with maps and further reading so you can really prepare for what you are to experience, as well as review it when you get back.
Two special highlights of this tour: We will stay in the Arava/Negev desert for two nights at Biblical Tamar–one of the best preserved archeological sites in Israel with ruins dating from the Iron Age to the present. The site was recently featured in Popular Archaeology magazine. We will also visit the Talpiot “Jesus Family” tombs just south of Jerusalem and discuss the very latest unpublished research and findings related to their history and that of the controversial James ossuary.
Anyone interested in biblical history and literature will find this tour refreshing and educational from beginning to end. We have no expectations regarding belief systems, politics, or faith orientations. All that is required to go on this tour is a strong orientation toward learning more about the Bible and its history and archaeology.
Click the link below to learn more, including the daily itinerary, what is included and not included, pricing, and links to register and reserve your place. There is not much time left but if you act soon we can still include you, and a partner if you wish.