A Journey through Israel, The West Bank and Jordan: Past, Present and Future08 - 23 April, 2018

Israel and Jordan
Trip Dates:
08 - 23 April, 2018
Trip Price: £3380 not including international flights
Single Room Supplement: £920
Trip Length: 15 days

Join Dr de Lange of the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge on this tour through Israel and Jordan whose origins date back to the dawn of civilisation. The tour will examine this fascinating history, encompassing the Old and New Testaments, the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. Dr de Lange is well known for his books on Judaism and Jewish/Christian relations and through his extensive contacts in the region, he has arranged several special meetings for the Alumni.

After a day exploring Tel Aviv, drive northwards to the beautiful town of Haifa. Continue on for a two night stay on the shores of the Sea of Galilee which is renown for its unique beauty and religious heritage. Sail across the sea to Capernaum and visit the site of the old synagogue, the centre of Jesus' ministry of the North.

Continue south along the Jordan River valley and into the West Bank (referred by the UN as Israeli occupied territories) and drive to Jerusalem for a four night stay in this fascinating city, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The town still has the ability ‘to stir the emotions and fire the imaginations like no other city on earth’. Over the next three days there will be a chance to fully explore the city as well as making excursions to Masada, the famous stronghold where the zealots last held out against the Romans and also Bethlehem. There will be a visit to Birzeit University where Dr de Lange has arranged a special meeting for the group.

After leaving Jerusalem make the short drive to Amman the capital of Jordan stopping en route at Jericho. Visits have been organised to the Darat Al Funun Foundation and the Centre of Oriental Research responsible for the discovery of a number of ancient scrolls in Petra. From Amman continue south along the King's Highway and stop to marvel at the wonderful Byzantine mosaics at Madaba before arriving in Petra, the ancient city hollowed out of rose-pink sandstone. Travel through a narrow siq, a winding fissure between overhanging cliffs, and arrive suddenly at a wonderful temple, complete with tiers of Corinthian columns, pediments and statues, hewn right into the sheer face of the rock built by the Nabateans over two thousand years ago. Spend two days exploring this site before driving to Aquaba through Wadi Rum, a starkly beautiful valley in the southern Jordanian Desert. Finally cross back into Israel at the coastal town of Eilat before returning home.

Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.


Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: Professor Nicholas de Lange

Nicholas de Lange is Professor of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity and Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. He read Classical Mods and Greats at Christ Church, Oxford, followed by a DPhil in Patristics. After a brief spell as a Research Fellow of the University of Southampton he came to Cambridge as Lecturer in Rabbinics, becoming Reader in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1995 and Professor in 2001.

His research interests include Hellenistic and Byzantine Judaism. He has held visiting positions at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Jewish Theological Seminary of Hungary in Budapest, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Toronto and Princeton University. Professor de Lange is well known for his books on Judaism and Jewish/Christian relations and has accompanied previous journeys for the Alumni.

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