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Old City Jerusalem

JERUSALEM          BETHLEHEM         HEBRON         Jericho        Amman       petra

Join Bayan President Jihad Turk on a
journey through the Holy Land this Fall. 

September 5 - 17, 2022       11 nights

Jerusalem is a world heritage city sacred to followers of the three faiths that view Abraham and his descendants as chosen messengers of God to the diverse inhabitants of the region over millennia. Our travels will enable us to explore historical and contemporary religious sites of importance to Muslims, Jews and Christians, explore the dynamics of Palestinian efforts for independence and self-determination vis a vis the founding of modern Israel, appreciate historical epochs of the early Muslim empire, the Crusades, Ottoman times, and more. We will also engage local Palestinian enterprises, before continuing on to Jordan, with a culminating highlight of a visit to Petra, the ancient Nabatean city.

Itinerary in the holy land

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Bayan has been offering faculty-led tours to world heritage destinations since 2017, with previous tours to Southern Spain, Malaysia & Singapore, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now in 2022, we are excited to be able to renew our line-up of tours we had hoped to offer in 2020, but were interrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Our hope is that with appropriate precautions, we can once again venture forth and explore various regions of the globe and be enriched by new religious and cultural experiences.



Tours offered by Bayan cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and satisfaction. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities. Bayan’s tour group size is generally kept to 20-30 participants.


All pricing is double-occupancy.


Adult                              $4,495

Additional Adult          $4.195

Minors (8-17)               $3,995


Single supplement:     $500

AIR and Land Package Inclusions

  • Round Trip International airfare from US gateways on Turkish Airlines

  • Airport transfers

  • 11 nights hotel (4*)

  • Ground transportation by private coach

  • Daily breakfast + 2 lunches

  • 2 water bottles/day

  • Internal flight from Khiva back to Tashkent

  • English speaking guide throughout the trip

  • Local licensed professional guides (7 days)

  • All entrance fees for sites

  • Gratuities for group transport, meals, activities



  • All meals except those specified above

  • Personal items

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Exit tax

  • Tourist visa (may or may not be required based on nationality)

  • Travel insurance

  • Covid test costs (if required for entry or return to country of origin)

tour highlights

Click on an image to see where we will visit.

Along with visiting these sites, we will encounter the people and make friendships, sample various cuisines, appreciate cultural programs, and enjoy the natural landscapes that we pass through.

  • How can I apply for the scholarship?
    Interested individuals should start an application for admission to Bayan. In the application form, any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria (including membership in Embrace) can indicate they are interested in the scholarship. After completing the admissions application, Bayan staff will send a follow-up email with a link to complete the Embrace scholarship application, which is a separate application.
  • Where can I find additional information on the Bayan admissions process?
    Please click here for our Admissions site.
  • What is the Embrace Membership Program?
    The Embrace Membership program is a leadership building initiative for interested parties who are committed to the Embrace mission and vision to get more involved with the organization. Embrace members take various leadership roles and responsibilities within the organization to assist with its further growth and development. For more information, email Embrace at
  • When can an Embrace member be eligible to apply for the scholarship?
    A member must have completed at least 1 year of active membership. Active means that the member must be actively engaged in Embrace’s programs and activities and maintain their responsibilities as an Embrace member. Members in name only will not receive an endorsement letter from Embrace for scholarship consideration.
  • Can the scholarship be used to cover tuition at any institution?
    The Embrace Scholarship at Bayan is awarded only to students admitted to study in a Bayan master's degree program at the Chicago Theological Seminary. The award cannot be disbursed for study at any other institution.
  • Why is Embrace and Bayan offering this scholarship opportunity?
    Both Embrace and Bayan are committed to creating leadership from the American Muslim community to help properly shape the role of Islam in America. American Muslim converts play a key role in shaping the American Islamic identity, and being fully integrated in American culture. Embrace’s focus is building that leadership from the American Muslim convert communtiy while Bayan can provide the skills and education necessary to bring growing American Muslim leaders to the next level of spriritual and community leadership.
  • Who is funding this scholarship?
    Members of the Muslim community nationwide who believe in the mission of Embrace and would like to support leadership development among converts so that their voice, experience and knowledge can benefit the further development of the American Muslim landscape.
  • What is the benefit of going through Bayan’s degree program?
    Earning an accredited Master’s degree can help demonstrate that a person has made a significant commitment to acquiring knowledge and skills relevant to leadership, scholarship, spiritual care and other services that can assist communities in positive faith formation and contribution to society at large. It also indicates that the student has engaged peers and faculty in a structured manner that reflects high standards of accomplishment. The graduate credential builds an individual's capacity to seek gainful employment in a variety of professions and contexts.
  • How do you determine if someone is a convert?
    We honor each individual's self-identification. If someone indicates they have at some point in their llfe embraced the faith of Islam and now consider themselves to be Muslim, they may consider applying for the scholarship, if other criteria are met. In particular, applicants should have a prior connection with ICNA's Embrace program in order to become eligible for the scholarship.
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