Israel, Land of Cultural Treasures

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MAR. 13-22, 2021 $4,195
Tel Aviv, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea
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Israel, Land of Cultural Treasures

MAR. 13-22, 2021
Tel Aviv, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea

Join us for eight nights in Israel, an inspiring nation showcasing rich history and spiritual milestones. Begin in Tel Aviv and discover the ancient city’s architectural beauty and the oldest port in the world, Jaffa. Journey north to ponder Roman ruins and roam underground labyrinths at Akko’s archaic fort. Inland, sail the Sea of Galilee and gaze at the Mount of Beatitudes. Encounter Capernaum’s House of Peter before experiencing Tel Megiddo’s UNESCO status ruins. Discover Jerusalem’s highlights while visiting a vibrant open-air market, Old Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives. Then descend into the spectacular Jordan Valley to marvel at the Dead Sea and the fortress of Masada. Along the way, treat your palate to the tastes of Israel – delectable wines, crisp falafels and buttery olive oils – and enjoy fascinating insight, excursions, and interactive talks from local lecturers and guides.

 

Cost: $4,195
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Aaron A. Burke
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Aaron A. Burke is Professor of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant, and the Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is also a faculty member of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, where he is currently editor-in-chief of its press. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from The Oriental Institute at The University of Chicago in 2004. From 2011 to 2014, as director of the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, he conducted excavations of a New Kingdom Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, Israel, which were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2017, expanding upon his research in Jaffa, he inaugurated, Turning Points, an initiative aimed at exploring the broad context of the transition between the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, ca. 1200–1000 B.C. out of which ancient Israel emerged. In addition to his monograph, “Walled Up to Heaven”: The Evolution of Middle Bronze Age Fortification Strategies in the Levant (Eisenbrauns, 2008), he has written extensively on warfare and society in the Bronze and Iron ages, and has co-edited three volumes resulting from directing archaeological work in Jaffa. His interests include the archaeology of Ancient Israel, warfare, and identity negotiations and cultural transformations in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean with particular attention to the archaeology of forced migration and the identification of ensuing cultural changes. He has excavated in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, and travelled as well throughout Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. He is President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

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Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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