Study Tours

There are three optional post-symposium one-day study tours, and each costs 50 EUR (or $ 70 or NIS 250), which covers all entrance fees and lunch. For each day’s tour, the bus will pick up and drop off at the symposium hotels. Thus, you will not move around from day to day to a different hotel. You may sign up for any or all of the tours. But, if this is your first time in Israel, it is highly advisable of course that you sign-up for all three amazing tours. Please keep in mind that space is limited. The registration form has all the information regarding sign-up and payment, so please go to the “Registration” menu. 
 
The Official Tour Company for iECS 2011 is Twelve Tribes
 
 
 
The descriptions of the tours follow:
 
Tuesday, March 1. Jerusalem – Old & New
Tentative itinerary:
Bus pick-up from Tel-Aviv Symposium hotels, drive to Jerusalem.  Visit the famous Chagall stained glass windows at Hadassah Hospital. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. On to Mt. Zion, and visit the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper.  Enter the Old City and walk through the newly restored Jewish Quarter. Visit the Roman Cardo and the Western Wall. View the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.  Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return to Tel-Aviv hotels.
 
Wednesday, March 2. Dead Sea, Qumran, and Masada Tour
Tentative itinerary:
Bus pick-up from Tel-Aviv Symposium hotels. Drive to the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Visit Ein Gedi and Masada, ascend by cable car to this last stronghold of the Jewish rebels against Rome. Visit the excavations, Herod’s palace, the synagogue and the bath houses. Enjoy an “unsinkable” swim in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Return to Tel Aviv.
Bring a bathing suit.
 
Thursday, March 3. Galilee Tour,
Tentative itinerary:
Bus pick-up from Tel-Aviv Symposium hotels, drive to through the Sharon Valley to Nazareth the sacred Galilean town.  Visit the Church of the Annunciation, on to Cana of Galilee, then drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee.  Continue to Capernaum to see the ruins of the ancient synagogue dating back to the 4th century CE. Continue to Tabgha, Jordan River, Yardenit. Return to Tel Aviv.