Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape

Pre-season Study Tour of Sites in Northern Israel

June 17 to June 22, 2017



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 the Early Bronze Age to the Early Islamic and Crusader eras. Visits to the sites are accompanied by historical, archaeological, and geographical lectures given by JVRP staff members. This program will provide an enriching experience for all participants and contextualize the excavations at Legio within the regional and chronological framework of the area.

Cost: $1500

Included in the Cost


3 nights at Kibbutz Mizra

2 nights at Avitan Guest House (Moshav Ramot Naphtali; home of the Tel Kedesh Excavations)


Breakfast and Dinner every day. Lunch is at your own expense each day.



Bus from airport on June 17 and throughout tour.



LP: "Lecture Presentation" by JVRP Staff

T: "Guided Tour" by JVRP Staff and/or Specialist

MC: Melissa Cradic

RH: Robert Homsher

RC: Rangar Cline

JR: Jennifer Ramsay


Saturday, June 17, 2017

17:30 Bus from Ben Gurion/Arlozorov to Kibbutz Mizra

19:30 Dinner at Kibbutz Mizra

20:00 Welcome Reception


Sunday, June 18, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra

8:00 LP: Orientation and Tour Overview (MC)

8:30 LP: Geography and Chronology of Israel (RH)

9:30 Bus to Sepphoris

10:00 T: Sepphoris (RC)

12:30 Bus to Nazareth

13:00-15:00 Lunch in Nazareth with free time to explore the Church of the Annunciation

15:00 Bus to Mizra

15:30-17:00 Free time at Mizra

17:00 LP: Historical Overview: Early Bronze through Iron Age (RH)

18:00 LP: Historical Overview: Babylonian/Persian Period to the Crusades (RC)

19:00 Dinner at Kibbutz Mizra


Monday, June 19, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra

8:00 Bus to Tel Kabri

9:30 T: Tel Kabri

11:00 Bus to Akko

11:30-17:00 T: Akko with free time on your own for lunch

17:00 Bus to Kibbutz Mizra

19:00 Dinner at Kibbutz Mizra


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra

8:00 Bus to Bet Shean

9:00 T: Beth Shean

11:30 Bus to lunch (road stop for falafel/shawarma)

13:00 T: Hippos/Sussita

14:30 Bus to Ramot Naphtali

16:00-19:00 Free time at Ramot Naphtali

19:00 Dinner at Ramot Naphtali


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Ramot Naphtali

7:30 Bus to Omrit

8:00 T: Omrit

9:30 Bus to Tel Dan

10:00 T: Tel Dan

13:00 Bus to lunch (road stop for falafel/shawarma)

13:30 Bus to Nimrod’s Fortress

14:00 Nimrod’s Fortress

16:30 Bus to Ramot Naphtali

17:00-19:00 Free time at Ramot Naphtali

19:00 Dinner at Ramot Naphtali


Thursday, June 22, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Ramot Naphtali

8:00 Bus to Tel Hazor

8:30 T: Tel Hazor

10:30 Bus to Capernaum

11:00 T: Capernaum

11:45 Bus to Caesarea (lunch stop on the way)

13:00 T: Caesarea

15:00 Free time for beach in Caesarea

17:00 Bus to Tel Aviv/Mishmar HaEmek


Friday, June 23, 2017

Free day


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free Day

Bus from Airport and Arlozorov to Mishmar HaEmek

19:00 Report to Dinner at Mishmar HaEmek


*This itinerary is subject to minor changes.



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