Study Tour to Jordan and Israel

You are invited to join us as we travel through Jordan, discover the lost city of Petra, cross the Jordan River, sail the Sea of Galilee, explore the Garden of Gethsemane, and enter Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The biblical story is firmly rooted in the soil of Israel, and the climax of that story is found in the real historical events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection – real events in real time and space. This study tour will enrich your understanding of the Scriptures as we explore many of the major biblical sites in Jordan and Israel.


DAY 1: Friday 28 September


We depart Sydney this evening on our Emirates flight to Dubai. On arrival, we connect with our onward Emirates flight to Amman, Jordan.

DAY 2: Saturday 29 September


On arrival into Queen Alia international Airport, Amman we will be met by our guide. We drive to Jerash, one of the cities of the Decapolis, and home to an excellent theatre and colonnaded walkway. Return to Amman for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: Sunday 30 September


We start with a city tour of Amman, another one of the cities of the Decapolis (ancient Philadelphia), visiting the Roman Theatre and Citadel. We gather with brothers and sisters in a local church for Sunday worship. Next we visit the new Archaeological Museum in Amman. In the afternoon, we drive down the desert highway to Mt Nebo from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and is buried. Finally, we visit Madaba to view the ancient mosaic of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. Continue on to Petra, for dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 4: Monday 1 October


A full day to explore the world heritage listed site of “the rose-red city” – Petra, home of the ancient Nabateans. We enter the city through the dramatic “ciq”, see the Treasury, carved in the pink stone, and continue past the Roman theatre, the Corinthian Tomb, and the Palace Tomb, to the Roman road. Those with the energy will climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice or the Monastery before we return to our nearby hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Tuesday 2 October


We depart Petra and drive to the Jordanian/Israeli Allenby Border crossing, then on to Jerusalem. We approach the city from the East, stopping at the Mount of Olives to get an overview of the city. Here we visit the Place of the Ascension, the Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit Churches, before walking down the Palm Sunday Road to the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane, with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations. Those who wish may take a walking tour of the Old City with one of the Christ College lecturers as an orientation to Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in our hotel.

DAY 6: Wednesday 3 October


This morning we visit the Tower of David at Jaffa Gate, which was Herod’s Palace at the time of Jesus and now houses an excellent museum giving an overview of the history of Jerusalem. We head next to Mt. Zion, King David’s tomb, the Upper Room, the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, and Caiaphas’ house. Later we take a short drive to Emmaus, where Jesus appeared to the two disciples after the resurrection, and visit the Crusader period church. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: Thursday 4 October


After breakfast we will spend the morning in and around the Old City Jerusalem. We begin at the City of David, the most ancient part of the city, viewing the excavations from the time of David, the remains of Nehemiah’s wall, Hezekiah’s tunnel, and the Siloam Pool. Next we head to the Temple Mount and visit the Western Wall precinct (“the Kotel”), the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Dome of the Rock. We continue our walking tour of the Old City, following the Via Dolorosa, and stopping at the Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the lame man, the Crusader period Church of St Anne, and the Lithostrothos at the Sisters of Zion Chapel (the “stone pavement” remains from the Antonia fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pilate), before making our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

DAY 8: Friday 5 October


Today we head out of Jerusalem the Jordan Valley and the northern end of the Dead Sea. We begin with Jericho and visit the ancient Tel, take the cable car to Mt Temptation, and afterwards see the Sycamore Tree. Next we stop at Qasr EL Yehud, the most likely site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan river, before visiting Qumran to see the remains of the Essene settlement, and the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden and later discovered. The afternoon will be free time in Jerusalem – a great opportunity to spend some time in the Old City as preparations are made for the Sabbath. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 9: Saturday 6 October


Today head out of Jerusalem, stopping first at Bethany, the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, to see the ancient winepress. Next stop is Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea, where David hid from Saul. Then we drive further south to the fortress mountain, Masada. We ascend the mountain by cable car and see where the Jewish zealots made their last stand against the Roman 10th Legion after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. We descend by cable car and visit the Masada Museum. On the way back to Jerusalem, we stop for a dip – or float! – in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight again at the hotel in Jerusalem.

DAY 10: Sunday 7 October


This morning we travel to Bethlehem to see the city of Jesus’ birth. We visit the Shepherd’s fields and the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square, as well as the cave where Jerome lived and worked. Next we head to Herodium, one of the string of fortresses built by Herod “the Great”, and the site of his burial. After lunch we will return to Jerusalem for an afternoon of free time. Ideas for free time include: the Old City markets, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), Armenian museum, Ramparts walk, Eloserkirche tower and crypt, Western Wall Tunnels. After dinner we will gather in the hotel for a worship service. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11: Monday 8 October


We start our day with a tour of the Garden Tomb. Next we visit the Davidson Centre, which includes the remains of a first century Roman road, and the Temple’s Southern Steps, where Peter addressed the crowd on the Day of Pentecost. Next we walk through the Jewish Quarter and visit the Palatial Herodian Mansion and Burnt House, which form part of the Wohl Museum. We will spend the afternoon at the Israel Museum, seeing the model of Jerusalem, the Shrine of the Book (where the dead Sea Scrolls are housed), and the archaeological section of museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12: Tuesday 9 October


This morning we leave Jerusalem for the North. After breakfast we travel to Caesarea by the Mediterranean, the city (re-)founded by Herod “the Great” and the capital of the Roman province of Judea. We’ll see the remains of the theatre, the Herodian palace where Paul was imprisoned, the hippodrome, and the harbor from which Paul sailed to Rome. After lunch we visit Muhraka, the traditional site of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal. Next we visit Megiddo, an important city in ancient Israel overlooking the Jezreel valley, and the “Armageddon” of Revelation. We continue on to our hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.

DAY 13: Wednesday 10 October


We begin the day with a short drive to Sepphoris (Zippori), a city rebuilt by Herod Antipas during Jesus’ youth. We’ll see the synagogue, theatre, small museum, mosaics among the streets, and the stunning “Mona Lisa” of the Galilee. From there we stop at Cana, where Jesus turned the water into wine, and Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus.

We’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation, and “Nazareth Village” – a recreation of the first century village which gives a good sense of what life was like in Jesus’ day. Later we visit Capernaum, the home base of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry, and see the ancient synagogue and Peter’s home. From there we stop at the Mount of the Beatitudes, where the Sermon on the Mount is commemorated, and Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. We’ll end the day with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight is at the hotel.

DAY 14: Thursday 11 October


Today we head North and upwards onto the Golan Heights. We begin with a visit Gamla, the ancient Jewish fortress village that resisted the Romans, sometimes known as the Masada of the North. Here we’ll visit the first-century synagogue, and those with the energy can walk to the precipice. From Gamla, we drive over the eastern slopes of the Golan Heights with their Druze villages and journey to the headwaters of the Jordan River at Caesarea Philippi, where Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ. We then continue to Tel
Dan and see the remains of Jereboam’s temple and the Canaanite gate. Returning towards the Sea of Galilee, we’ll visit the remains of Chorazin, one of the cities cursed by Jesus, and Kursi, the possible site for Jesus’ encounter with “Legion”. We’ll then return to our hotel on the lake for dinner and overnight.

DAY 15: Friday 12 October


After breakfast we visit the first-century fishing boat at the Yigal Alon Museum, then visit the first century synagogue recently excavated at Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene. In the afternoon, we drive down the Jordan Valley to Bet Shean, another one the cities of the Decapolis. Return to the hotel on the lake for dinner and overnight.

DAY 16: Saturday 13 October


This morning we transfer back across the Jordan River and into Jordan for our return flight this afternoon, bound for Dubai. On arrival in Dubai, we will transfer to our return flight to Sydney.

DAY 17: Sunday 14 October


Arrive in Sydney this evening at 2205 with wonderful memories of your trip!

Additional Information


Booking Form (DOCX)

Information Sheet (PDF)

Study Tour Prices and Accreditation:

BB745 – 6cp $9,690* per person (twin share)
BB745 – 4cp $8,590* per person (twin share)
BB645 $8.590* per person (twin share)
BB445 $8,590* per person (twin share)

Audit $7,690* per person (twin share)
Single Supplement: $1865

Fee-help is available for eligible students studying for credit. For all fee-help students the upfront payment will be $3190.

*Price is subject to change. Conditions apply. Price is subject to minimum of 20 paying participants.


  • Amman Amman International Hotel (1 night)
  • Petra Movenpick Hotel (2 nights)
  • Jerusalem Olive Tree Hotel ( 7 nights)
  • Galilee Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (4 nights)


  • Return economy class airfares from Sydney – Dubai – Amman – Sydney with Emirates Airlines
  • 14 nights’ hotel accommodation in Jordan and Israel including daily buffet breakfasts & dinners as specified
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as outlined in the itinerary with the services of local professional English speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Airport meet and assistance and transfers and transportation throughout in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees to all sights and museums as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Border crossing fees and taxes and Jordan group visa
  • Whisperer headsets in Israel only
  • Tips, porterage & gratuities throughout


  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals
  • Entrance/sightseeing/meals other than those in the itinerary
  • Single supplement
  • Travel insurance
  • Incidental expenses of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
  • Any services not listed in ‘Price Includes’ above


Register your interest and obtain a booking form from Christ College or the team at Olive Tree Travel
To secure your spot, a deposit of $450 (which will bededucted from the final balance) is due by 1st December 2017 (unless sold out prior).
The final balance is due by 25th July 2018

Information Evening

Attend an initial information evening to meet fellow travellers and find out what you need to know. Fill in the form below to RSVP.

Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7pm
Christ College, 1 Clarence Street, Burwood 2134

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Ian Smith

Ian is the Principal of Christ College and lecturer in New Testament and Greek exegesis. He has been on the full-time staff at Christ College since 1995, prior to which he was a missionary with Australian Presbyterian World Mission at Talua Ministry Training Centre in Vanuatu. Ian has also worked as a high school teacher and as the minister of Griffith Presbyterian Church.

Ian is married to Jenni and they have four adult children and two grandchilden.

Murray Smith

Murray lectures in Biblical Studies (Greek and New Testament) at Christ College. Murray has been on the full-time faculty at Christ College since 2010. Prior to this he served as a pastor at Kirkplace Presbyterian Church, as a teacher of Ancient History and Religious Education at Newington College and the Presbyterian Ladies College, and as a staff worker with the Sydney University Evangelical Union. Murray serves as an elder at Hornsby Presbyterian Church.

Murray is married to Lynette and they have five young children.

Who to Contact

Christ College Admin Team

Christ College
1 Clarence Street, Burwood NSW 2134
Tel. (+61 2) 9744 1977 Fax. (+61 2) 9744 5970

Steven Green

Olive Tree Travel
Suite 1, level 1
230 Balaclava Road, North Caulfield VIC 3161
T: +61 3 8488 9696 or 1300 55 08 30
M: 0413 016 772

Where is Christ College?

1 Clarence St Burwood NSW

Parking and transport: Limited 2 hour ticketed parking is available in the surrounding streets. Free unlimited parking can be found a few blocks from the college. Please do not park at Burwood RSL Club as Club parking is for Club patrons only.

Burwood Train Station is about a 7 minute walk from the college.