Holy Land Study Tour
Offering more than a typical tour, the Saint John's Holy Land Program sets study of the biblical sources of our faith within the unique combination of study, pilgrimage, and prayer. Students venture to biblical and early Christian holy sites in Turkey, Israel, and Palestine, places frequented by Christian pilgrims for over 1,700 years.
In order to ensure affordability and to foster an authentic encounter with the Church in the Holy Land, the group will stay in monasteries and religious houses whenever possible. Space in the study tour group is limited to a minimum of 7 participants and a maximum of 15, so we encourage early application.
Your instructor and guide will be New Testament specialist Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, professor at Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary. His course expands the Biblical text by emphasizing the culture, geography, history, archaeology, and people of Western Turkey and the Holy Land. Through his instruction, students and pilgrims will experience the world of Sacred Scripture in the lands which gave birth to the Bible. This course, Biblical and Archaeological Sites, can be taken for credit or audit. All students participate fully in the readings, site visits, and discussions.
2015 Study Tour Pilgrimage
The travel to the Holy Land consists of two components:
1.) The Churches of Revelation and Saint Paul in Turkey and 2.) The biblical and historical sites in Israel and Palestine.
- Tuesday, 19 May departure from USA to Turkey
- Wednesday, 20 May, Arrival Istanbul, transfer to Izmir, Turkey
- Thursday-Friday, 21-22 May: Izmir, Ephesus, Colossae, Laodicea
- Friday-Saturday, 22-23 May: Pammukale Depart Pammukale for Istanbul - Tel Aviv
- Sunday, 24 May, Arrive Tel Aviv, Israel. Upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, meet Sindbad Driver, transfer to Nazareth to St. Gabriel's Hotel. Breakfast and early check in. Late morning visit of Sepphoris return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
- Monday, 25 May, early morning departure, Nazareth, Cana, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Peter Primacy, (accommodations, Casa Nova Tiberius)
- Tuesday, 26 May, Mount Tabor, Latin and Greek Capernaum, Kursi
- Wednesday, 27 May, Belvoir, Bet Shean
- Thursday, 28 May, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Omrit (if permitted)
- Friday, 29 May, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, Syrian Church, and Lutheran Church,
- Saturday, 30 May, Greek and Latin Shepherds' Fields, Herodion
- Sunday, 31 May, Bethany, Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Orientation, Dormition Abbey
- Monday, 1 June Basilica of the Anastasis (Holy Sepulcher), Harem al Sharif (Temple Mount, if possible), Saint Anne's, Flagellation, Ecce Homo,
- Tuesday, 2 June Mount of Olives, Mary Magdalene Church, Gethsemane, Tomb of the Virgin, St Peter Gallicantu, Cenacle
- Wednesday, 3 June Early Mass at Holy Sepulcher, Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Qumran
- Thursday, 4 June Yad Vashem, Ein Karem, John the Baptist Grotto, Visitation Church, (Hezekiah's Tunnel, if time; bring flashlight)
- Friday, 5 June Caesarea Maritima
- Saturday, 6 June Masada, Dead Sea
- Sunday, 7 June Tel Aviv-Istanbul
- Monday, 8 June Istanbul
- Tuesday, 9 June Istanbul
- Wednesday, 10 June Dep Istanbul to USA
Program Fees: 2015
The anticipated price range for this experience is $6,900 - $7,100, including: tuition*, lodging, half-board, guides, land travel, bus transfers, and incidentals.
(Variable rate depends on single or double occupancy, graduate or undergraduate program, currency fluctuations, unforeseen fuel surcharge, and number of participants.)
*Participants must be enrolled in the course and pay the applicable tuition rate for 3 graduate credits or 4 undergraduate credits. Scholarships are available to qualified, registered students.
Rate includes accommodation for 22 nights on a half -board basis as follows:
- All transfers and tours by tourist A/C vehicle
- Airfare: Istanbul-Izmir-Istanbul-Tel Aviv-Istanbul
- All entrance fees to places mentioned on itinerary
- Exit taxes
- Administrative costs
- Gratuities for hotels, drivers, Turkish guides, breakfast and supper wait staff
- Turkish Visa fees (online payment or at border control, ~US $20, cash)
- Roundtrip airfare between USA and Turkey
- Lunch en-route
- Beverage with meals
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Undergraduate applications: February 19, 2015
- All other applications: March 19, 2015
Full payment: April 17, 2015
Questions about the itinerary and program itself, please contact:
Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, Holy Land Study Tour Coordinator
Saint John's School of Theolog and Seminary
P.O. Box 7288, Collegeville, MN 56321
Requirements: Study Abroad Programs
- Completed application form (.pdf) or apply online with a non-refundable application fee of $25.
- A one-page essay describing how this program can help you fulfill your personal and professional goals and objectives.
- Official transcripts if applicant is seeking credit.
- Two recommendation from educational or professional contacts*
* For clergy and religious: One recommendation must come from the bishop or major superior
Online Recommendation Form (Email this link to those writing recommendations for you.)