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Biblical Study and Travel

At the Temple ruins, Jerusalem

Biblical Study and Travel

April 29—May 19, 2018

You’ll never read
Scripture the same again!

Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watch the early morning fishing boats. Climb the Mount of Olives and stand before the panorama that is the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk the streets of Ephesus and imagine Paul preaching there. Stand on the Areopagus in Athens, overshadowed by the Parthenon, and ponder the origins of early Christianity. 


For more than 30 years, CTU Bible faculty have lead Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Associate Professor of New Testament Studies. The program has two parts: a pre-trip online seminar, and a three-week travel seminar.

Encountering the Bible Lands, Part A 
Prior to the travel seminar, an online course introduces participants to the history, geography, and archaeology of the ancient Biblical world. Students learn that acquaintance with nonliterary sources has important implications for our understanding of the Biblical text. This course may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost for CTU students only (cross-registration does not apply). Course runs from February 21-April 11, 2018.
Encountering the Bible Lands, Part B 
Embark on a three-week travel seminar visiting significant archaeological and historical sites in Israel/Palestine, Greece, and Turkey.  Daily tours provide participants with an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians. On-site lectures integrate the archaeology and history with the biblical text. This travel seminar may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost for CTU students only (cross-registration does not apply).

When booking flights, plan to arrive in Tel Aviv by 6 p.m. April 30 in order to take the group shuttle to the hotel. Return flights are out of Athens.

$4,200 plus airfare. Based on double occupancy and includes half-board, entrance fees, gratuities, guiding, and ground transportation. Does not include roundtrip airfare from Chicago, lunches, drinks, visas, or any expenses incurred for events outside of the scheduled program. Single occupancy, where possible, is an additional $1,000. Optional graduate academic credit is available without extra cost for CTU students only (cross-registration does not apply). Non-refundable deposit of $250 due with application (deducted from total). Scholarships available for students taking the program for credit. 
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2018

Please click here to download application.

CTU offers two Biblical Study and Travel scholarships - Chiarelli Scholarship and Seeds Scholarship.  Click here for information.

Please share this with your parish, friends, or organiation! Please click here for a flyer for the program.

For information, contact:

Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J.
Director of Biblical Study and Travel
Phone: 773.371.5436
Fax: 773.324.4360
Email: or


April 29SundayDeparture to Tel Aviv, Israel
April 30 Monday Arrive Tel Aviv; drive to Dor; O/N Nachsolim
May 1Tuesday Dor Museum, Caesarea, Muhraqa, Tel Megiddo; O/N Nazareth
May 2Wednesday Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, Sepphoris, Yardenit; o/n Tiberius
May 3ThursdayBethsaida, Hazor, Tel Dan, Banyas; o/n Tiberius
May 4FridayCapernaum, Primacy of Peter, Tabgha, Magdala, Ancient Boat; Boat ride; o/n Tiberius
May 5Saturday

Free Day to relax on the Sea of Galilee.Optional Trip: Qatzrin, Gamla, Kursi; o/n Tiberius

May 6Sunday Bet Shean, Jericho, Qasr El Yahud (Israeli baptism site), Qumran; O/N Ein Gedi
May 7Monday Masada, Ein Boket Dead Sea swim, Tel Arad; O/N Arad
May 8TuesdayTel  Beersheva, Bethlehem, Temple Model; O/N Gloria Hotel
May 9WednesdayMount of Olives; Gethsemane, Church of Peter in Gallicantu, Mount Zion, Holy Sepulchre; O/N Gloria Hotel
May 10ThursdayWestern Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, City of David; O/N Gloria Hotel
May 11FridayFree Day to explore the Old City of Jerusalem; O/N Gloria Hotel
May 12SaturdayEarly morning flight to Istanbul, visit Chora Church, Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque, (if time allows) Spice Market, evening cruise on Bosphorus; O/N Istanbul
May 13SundayDrive to Gallipolli, Troy; O/N Canakkale
May 14MondayAssos, Pergamum, O/N Kusadasi
May 15TuesdayEphesus, Church of St John, Ephesus Museum; O/N Kusadasi
May 16WednesdayEarly Morning Flight to Athens; afternoon free; O/N Athens
May 17Thursday Parthenon, Areopagus, Agora; O/N Athens
May 18Friday Mycenae, Corinth; O/N Athens
May 19SaturdayReturn flights [from Athens]