By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal-LaGrange University President Anthony Allen will lead an informational gathering at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 to provide details about a 10-day biblical tour of Israel that he will host in February.
The meeting at the Roland Fine Arts Center on the HLGU campus will include Allen's presentation, an informational video and a question-and-answer session.
The trip will take place Feb. 28 through March 9. Participants will depart by bus from the HLGU campus and be driven to the St. Louis airport for the flight to Israel.
Plans call for visiting some of the most notable biblical sites, including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the Mount of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee.
Allen said the trip is open to the public.
"It's being sponsored by the university for alumni and friends and anybody who would like to go," he said.
The cost of the trip is $3,997, which includes airfare, lodging, meals and various fees. A travel agency is organizing the excursion.
Allen said about 20 people have already signed up.
He said the trip will coincide with HLGU's spring break but is not necessarily designed as an educational opportunity for students.
"Students tend not to go on trips that cost this much," he said.
He said the trip may appeal to anyone with an interest in biblical traditions.
"I think it's particularly significant for Christians -- those who want to experience a bit of history," he said. "Israel is an exotic place to venture to not only in terms of archaeological sites, but just a great place to go and visit."
For more information, go to www.hlg.edu/newsinfo/news-story.php?id=1257, call Megan Shadrick at (573) 221-3675 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.