Humanities study trip to Israel

Curriculum Themes

Tectonics

Irrigation

The Hazard Management Cycle

Changing Cities

Religious Studies

Why Israel?

Israel is the perfect destination for Religious Studies, Geography and History. The birthplace of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, it’s a country rich in religious significance. Geographically, it boasts the lowest point in the world next to the Dead Sea, tectonics at the Jordan Rift Valley and beautiful coastlines along the Mediterranean. With so much religious significance there comes with it a rich history, reflected in the current architecture and ruins at sites like Caesarea.

Israel’s relatively small size means you can cover all manner of subjects in a short space of time. Flying in to Tel Aviv, you have the option to stay put and explore this vibrant city or set off for one of the holiest places on earth, Jerusalem. Travel between urban environments and beautiful rural scenery, meeting with traditional Bedouin settlers and climbing into the beautiful mountains of the Golan Heights.

What to do on a Study trip to Israel?

On a study trip to Israel you’re spoiled for choice. So, here’s a few things we’d recommend:

Here you’ll find yourself standing at the lowest point on earth, roughly 400 metres below sea level. It’s not surprising then that this also makes it the lowest body of water on earth. Beyond this amazing statistic there are great debate points to be had surrounding water management and the subsequent effect on the environment. In the last 60 or so years, the water level has dropped by around 30 metres due to heavy redirection of the River Jordan’s flow and use of the lake’s waters for commercial purposes.

Once an important port built by King Herod, it was a vibrant outpost for the Roman’s an eventually renamed after the Emperor, Caesar. A focal point of early Christianity, it is mentioned frequently in the New Testament. Multiple excavations since the 1950s have revealed the extent of the building work undertaken here. Notably, it is thought to be the first harbour constructed in the open sea, with huge, concrete breakwaters constructed and filled with rubble to keep the tide at bay.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, experience a style of living seemingly from another era altogether. Ride camels in the desert at the break of dawn, hear tales of their way of life from the locals and learn of the struggles currently facing the Bedouin people in Israel.

 

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This ancient city is seen as the birthplace of three of the major, monotheistic religions in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. With a rich history of conflict, innovation and intrigue, Jerusalem boasts thousands of years of tales, myths and architecture that make it a unique place to visit.

Example Itineraries

Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your Humanities trip to Israel, which you will find below. However, we can also create a totally bespoke and unique itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.

Day 1 Land in Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem. Check in to your accommodation then head out to visit the Western Wall and experience Shabbat where 100s of Jews come together to celebrate. There is also the option to eat with locals and enjoy a Shabbat dinner.

Day 2 Visit the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem with your expert local guide. After a morning exploring the city, board your coach and transfer north to Haifa. On route stop at Caesarea, the ancient Roman port. In Haifa, learn about the Druze ethnic minority people.

Day 3 An action-packed day awaits you. Visit a local Bedouin Settlement and learn all about their culture and history. Spend time in Massada National Park and embark on a camel ride. Return to the hotel and take part in a Krav Maga lesson, learning the traditional Israeli martial art.

Day 4 Transfer to the lowest place on earth, The Dead Sea, before leaving to look at tectonics in the Jordan River Valley. Pay a visit to the impressive Belvoir Fortress on your way back to Massada.

Day 5 Get to know the history and culture of the local people by visiting a traditional fishing village. Then head into the mountains to the scene of Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and a trip to a dormant volcano at Mount Bental.

Day 6 On your final day, spend the morning in Tel Aviv before transferring to the airport for your return journey home.


Getting there

Tel Aviv is a 5 hour 55 minute flight from London with flights available with British Airways and EasyJet. Book well in advance as airfares can rise steeply during peak months over summer.

Where to Stay

The Post Hostel, Jerusalem

Centrally located with funky decorations and friendly feel, this is a perfect base for groups. Just 0.7 miles from the Western Wall and with a terrace looking over the city, it offers great value for money and comfort.

The Post Hostel Israel


When to Visit Israel?

Israel is a great place to visit all year round but we’d advise visiting between April to May or September to October as temperatures are mild and pleasant. Outside of these, particularly in the regions around the Dead Sea, it can be extremely hot so take plenty of sunscreen!

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