Israel Spring Seminar 2024

March 18-26, 2024
Tours around Jerusalem and Galilee
Jerusalem University College

Main guide and lecturer: Professor Chandler Collins Plus six expert guest lecturers

Only 35 spaces available, Sign up Now!

Join BAS for its first-ever ISRAEL SEMINAR in conjunction with the Jerusalem University College!

Chandler Collins and six expert guest lecturers will present to you at JUC’s beautiful urban campus and on-site when touring exciting locations in Jerusalem and the Galilee.

You’ll experience interesting sites in Jerusalem from the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Plus fascinating museums and institutions that will educate and thrill you.

Then you’ll move up to the Galilee to take in the amazing natural beauty and biblical sites of Megiddo, Nazareth, Sepphoris, Capernaum, and more!

Reserve your space on this lifelong learning adventure today!


March 18 – Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, and settle in at the hotel

Lecture Topics
· The geography of Jerusalem’s Historic Basin
· The excavation history of Jerusalem
· The archaeology of Mount Zion

March 19 – The Quarters of Jerusalem, ancient city walls and ramparts, the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East,

Lecture Topics
· The fortifications of Jerusalem
· History of the modern quarters and communities of Jerusalem
· Historic changes in the city’s urban plan

March 20 – Bronze and Iron Age Jerusalem: ancient water systems, the Western Hill, Avigad’s archaeological excavations and associated onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· The growth of Jerusalem under the Judahite Monarchy
· The water system of Jerusalem
· History of the archaeology on the Southeastern Hill

March 21 – Hellenistic and Roman Jerusalem: morning lecture and onsite lectures, Noble Sanctuary, Western Wall, tunnels beneath Jerusalem, Davidson Centre, the Wohl Museum and associated onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· The development of the Herodian Temple Mount and its buildings
· The archaeology around the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount

March 22 – Hellenistic and Roman Jerusalem: Protestant cemetery and associated archaeological excavations, the Tower of David, the Bethesda Pool where in the Bible Jesus miraculously healed a paralyzed man, Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre and associated onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· Herod’s palace complex and fortifications
· The Herodian Quarter on the Western Hill
· The archaeology and communities of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

March 23 – Mount of Olives (tombs, churches and views of Jerusalem), Haas Promenade view, Bethlehem, Ramat Rachel, the Israel Museum and associated onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· Jerusalem’s regional connections and agricultural hinterland
· Roads and highways around Jerusalem

March 24 – Beth She’an, Megiddo, Nazareth and onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· The archaeology, history, and geography of the Jezreel Valley

March 25 – Hazor, Magdala, Caesarea and onsite lectures

Lecture Topics
· The archaeology, history, and geography of the Galilee

March 26 – Departure Day – transport to the Tel Aviv Airport from the hotel

Be advised: Each day of the trip will include up to 8 hours of walking per day over rough ground, paving stones, sand and trails. Please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes or boots, or closed-toe sandals.


Gloria Hotel (Jerusalem)


Chandler Collins

Chandler is a Ph.D. candidate at Bar Ilan University and the former Dean of Administration at Jerusalem University College. He lived in Jerusalem's historic basin for more than five years and writes about the ancient and living city here.

Petra Heldt

Petra is Director of the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel. She is an ordained minister and a published author.

Orit Peleg

Orit is a Classical archaeologist specializing in Hellenistic and Roman art and architecture of the southern Levant. She heads the Classical Archaeology sub-department at the Institute of Archaeology and runs site excavations and fieldwork.

Yiftah Shalev

Yiftah, a published author, is Senior field archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority. He has excavated at Tel Dor, Tel Esur, and the City of David (Giva’ti Parking Lot).

Dieter Vieweger

Dieter is a German Biblical scholar and Prehistorian Archaeologist. He has held a number of distinguished research and educational positions.

Amit Reem

Amit is Chief Archaeologist for the Jerusalem Region of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He has published numerous books and articles on his excavations and discoveries.


  • 3 meals per day
  • Two bus pickups from Tel Aviv Airport to the Gloria Hotel on arrival day, and help arranging taxis to the airport on departure day
  • Tips
  • Site Entrance Fees
  • Lectures
  • Daily Tour Transportation
  • Gloria Hotel (Jerusalem)
  • Ein Gev Hotel on the Sea of Galilee (Galilee)
  • Airfare
  • Cost of transportation to the Tel Aviv airport on March 26


  • Deposit required at the time of registration: $200
  • Land only (based on double occupancy): $4,325
  • Land only (single occupancy): $5,265
  • Full (balance) Payment: November 27, 2023
  • * Airfare not included in any price point. Single supplimentary fees are required for all solo tour members. BAS will not be placing solo tour members in a shared room with other tour members for health and safety reasons.


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If you are unable to fill out the electronic registration form, please contact the Travel/Study department at 1-800-221-4644, ext. 424.


For more information, contact:

Peter Megginson
Biblical Archaeology Society
Email: [email protected]
800-221-4644, ext. 424 (Toll-free)
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Washington, DC 20015-2604