Pre-Season Tour

This 5-day preseason tour is intended to provide participants with a regional overview of archaeological material in Israel, focusing on the northern region. The tour includes visits to numerous sites that represent a broad chronological range from the Bronze and Iron Ages through the Classical and Roman periods to the Early Islamic and Crusader eras. Visits to the sites are accompanied by historical, archaeological, and geographical lectures given by Director Matthew J. Adams. This program will provide an enriching experience for all participants and contextualize the excavations at Megiddo within the regional and chronological framework of the area.

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Dates: Sunday 14 June – Thurs 18 June

Cost: $1600 per student. Includes lodging, two meals per day during tour, transportation from airport and on tour, site admission fees, tips, and transfer to Megiddo Expedition after tour. Does not include airfare and incidentals.

*Final Price dependant on final number of participants

Accomodations: Kibbutz Mizra Country Lodging (near Megiddo)



*Itinerary Subject to Change

Saturday, 13 June: Welcome!

*Plan flights to arrive by 16:00.

17:00 Bus from Ben Gurion Airport to Kibbutz Mizra
19:30 Dinner and Welcome Reception at Kibbutz Mizra

Sunday, 14 June: Tel Dan and the Golan

06:30   Bus to Tel Dan
             Breakfast on the go
08:00   Tour Tel Dan
10:00   Bus to Nimrod’s Fortress
10:30   Tour Nimrod’s Fortress
12:00   Bus to Katzrin
12:30   Lunch Katzrin Golan Brewery
13:30   Tour Katzrin Byzantine Village
14:30   Mizrar

Dinner: Free (Tiv Tam / Cafe Cafe)

Monday, 15 June: The Sea of Galilee and Nazareth

06:30   Bus to Gamla
             Breakfast on the go
08:00   Tour Gamla
10:30   Bus to Capernaum
11:30   Tour Capernaum
12:30   Bus to Magdala
13:00   Lunch Magdala
14:00   Tour Magdala
15:00   Bus to Nazareth
16:00   Tour Nazareth Village

Tuesday, 16 June: A Roman and Byzantine Metropolis

07:00   Breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra
08:00   Bus to Belvoir Crusader Fortress
09:00   Tour Belvoir
10:30   Bus to Beth Shean
11:30   Tour Beth Shean
13:30   Bus to Beth Alpha
15:00   Tour Beth Alpha Synagogue
16:00   Bus to Mizra
19:00   Dinner at Ramot Naphtali

Dinner: Free (Tiv Tam / Cafe Cafe)

Wednesday, 17 June: Akko of the Crusaders

Breakfast on the g
07:00   Bus to Akko
08:00   Tour Akko
12:00   Lunch in Akko
13:00   Bus to Beth Shearim
14:00   Tour Beth Shearim
16:00   Bus to Mizra

Dinner: Free (Tiv Tam / Cafe Cafe)

Thursday, 18 June: Cities on the Sea

07:00   Breakfast at Ramot Naphtali
08:00   Bus to Tel Dor
09:00   Tour Tel Dor
10:00   Bus to Caesarea
10:30   Tour Caesarea
13:00   Lunch at Caesarea and free time at the beach!
17:00   Bus to Tel Aviv/Mishmar HaEmek

Friday, 19 June

Free day

Saturday, 20 June

Free Day; Transfer to Mishmar HaEmek
Bus from Airport and Arlozorov to Mishmar HaEmek
19:00 Report to Dinner at Mishmar HaEmek


*This itinerary is subject to minor changes.