Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox


Faculty: Elizabeth Roark, Cliff Rosenbohm
Meeting: Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

COSTS: $2300
DATES: 5/1 - 5/22

On this trip we are going to be exploring the ancient lands of Israel and Jordan. The birthplace of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the Middle East offers a unique blend of multicultural, political, and religious communities.  Time will be spent prior to traveling studying the religious ideas, political etiologies, and social customs of this region. Then during our trip we will meet people from all walks of life to learn in a personal way what it is like to live in their world.  We will travel as Christian pilgrims reflecting on the teachings of Jesus as we visit the historic sites where the biblical events occurred.  We will visit ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, and desert citadels as well as the biblical sites that are around every corner: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the brook where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land.  Travel will be mostly by bus. Weather will be hot. We will be doing several hikes, one is ten miles (must be able to complete hike in order to participate in this trip). Itinerary: Galilee (4 days), Jerusalem and surrounds (5), Masada (1), Aqaba (1), Wadi Rum (1), Petra (2), Dead Sea (1), Amman and surrounds (4).



Day 1

Leave PDX

Day 2

Arrive at Ben Gurion airport

Day 3

Caesarea Maritima, Swim in Mediterranean at Aqueduct Beach Caesarea

Day 4

Mt. Carmel , Nazareth: Village and Basilica of the Annunciation

Day 5

Upper Galilee: Tel Dan and Banias, Mt. Bental

Day 6

Morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee,
Mt. of Beatitudes, Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, Capernaum, Tamar B’kfar

Day 7

Beth Shean, Jordan River valley, Yad VaShem

Day 8

City of David Archaeological Site including Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Mt. Zion, Upper room, Jewish Quarter, Hezekiah’s Wall, visit the Temple Institute and Southern Steps of the Temple

Day 9

Western Wall, Bethlehem, visit Bethlehem Bible college,      
Church of Nativity Shepherds’ Fields

Day 10

Free Day

Day 11

Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane
Enter the Old City via Lion’s Gate, Pools of Bethesda, Way of the Cross, 
Church of the Holy Seplechure, Garden Tomb

Day 12

Travel to the Dead Sea region and visit Qumran
Hike up to the Ein Gedi falls, Swim in the Dead Sea 
Nokim for a Bedouin experience

Day 13

Sunrise Walk up the Rampart to Masada
Travel south to Eilat in order to enter Jordan to Aqaba

Day 14

Aqaba to Wadi Rum desert for a jeep tour, Desert camping overnight

Day 15

Hike, ride back to Rum Village
Bus to bedouin camp within the Petra archeological reserve.
Afternoon: hike, explore little Petra
Dinner in local Bedouin homes

Day 16

Hike the back way to Petra, Monastery for a break
Lunch by the museum and explore Petra

Day 17

Ghor al Mazra’a village: crafts and lunch  
Bethany beyond the Jordan, the baptism site of Jesus. 
Mt. Nebo, where Moses looked out across the Holy Land.

Day 18

Lunch at Miriam’s house, Visit Ajloun Castle 
Orjan home-stay overnight

Day 19

Jerash , Free Afternoon

Day 20

Visit mosque, citadel and roman theatre, Photo scavenger hunt.

Day 21

Morning is free Afternoon hangout at Taj Mall 
Amman to Portland, OR

Day 22

Arrive PDX