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Holy Land Study Tour

Holy Land Program

Dates of Study Tour:  16 May - 7 June, 2017

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 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 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.

Holy Land Study Tour Pilgrimage Overview

The travel to the Holy Land consists of two components:

1.) The Churches of Revelation and 2.) The biblical and historical sites in Israel and Palestine.

The study tour is from mid-May to mid-June each year. 

2017 Travel Dates:  16 May - 7 June, 2017

Israel: Galilee
  • 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.
  • Nazareth, Cana, Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Peter Primacy, (accommodations, Casa Nova Tiberius)
  • Mount Tabor, Latin and Greek Capernaum, Kursi
  • Belvoir, Bet Shean
  • Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Omrit (if permitted)
Palestine:  Bethlehem
  • Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, Syrian Church, and Lutheran Church, 
  • Greek and Latin Shepherds' Fields, Herodion
Israel: Jerusalem
  • Bethany, Jerusalem, Tower of David Museum, Orientation, Dormition Abbey 
  • Basilica of the Anastasis (Holy Sepulcher), Harem al Sharif (Temple Mount, if possible), Saint Anne's, Flagellation, Ecce Homo, 
  • Mount of Olives, Mary Magdalene Church, Gethsemane, Tomb of the Virgin, St Peter Gallicantu, Cenacle
  • Early Mass at Holy Sepulcher, Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Qumran
  • Yad Vashem, Ein Karem, John the Baptist Grotto, Visitation Church, (Hezekiah's Tunnel, if time; bring flashlight)
  • Caesarea Maritima 
  • Masada, Dead Sea
  • Tel Aviv-Istanbul 

2017 Program Fees

Below are the anticipated prices for this experience:

Graduate student, double occupancy, $3,551

Graduate student, single occupancy, $4,016   

Undergraduate, double occupancy, $3,151

Undergraduate, single occupancy, $3,616

(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 graduate credits or undergraduate credits.

Rate includes:

  • Tuition (including guiding and instruction at sites)
  • Accomodation for 21 nights on half-board basis (breakfast and supper)

        May 17-18 (1 night) Haifa

        May 18-23 (5 nights) Tiberias

        May 23-25 (2 nights) Bethlehem

        May 25-June 6 (13 nights) Jerusalem


Not included:

  • Lunch, water, beverages
  • Airline flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature 

Questions about the itinerary and program itself, please contact:

Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, Holy Land Study Tour Coordinator 
Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary
P.O. Box 7288, Collegeville, MN 56321
[email protected]

Requirements: Study Abroad Programs

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.)