Dr. Chuck Seielstad Holy Land Tour
Dr. Chuck & Linda Seielstad
June 5, 2018 to June 19, 2018
San Francisco, CA
DAY 1 – Depart USA
Our journey of a lifetime begins with a flight on a wide body jet. After take-off, we will be served dinner and breakfast.
DAY 2 – Arrive Amman – Jordan
Upon arrival in Amman, our guide will assist us through customs and passport control. Transfer to our hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – Petra – Wadi Musa
After breakfast, we begin driving through the Jordanian desert along the area called the Way of the Kings. On our way we will visit Petra. The “rose red city half as old as time,” This ancient Edomite and Nabatean capital is an amazing example of prophecy. We’ll see the spectacular “city of the dead,” with its famed gorge, ancient streets, temples, dwelling places and tombs, carved in the solid rock. Then we arrive at El-Ji Post, and continue the one-mile journey on horseback, or walk, passing through the famous Siq (the natural gorge) and arrive at the Treasury and explore. Overnight in Petra, dinner will be served at our hotel.
DAY 4 – Bethany Beyond Jordan – Jerash
After driving north again along the Dead Sea Road we will make our way to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the place where John the Baptist lived when he baptized Jesus. We then drive to Jerash and explore the ruins of this Roman city. We will then check into our hotel at the Dead Sea to enjoy the spa and this unique body of water. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.
DAY 5 – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Border Crossing – Bet Shean – The Galilee
We drive to Madaba, the site of a mosaic map of Jerusalem from the Byzantine era and then on to Mt. Nebo, to stand where Moses stood to view the Promised Land. We continue to our border crossing, and leave Jordan for Israel. We then drive to Bet Shean and explore the ruins of this Roman city. We overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 6 – Mt. Beatitudes – Primacy of Peter – Capernaum – Korazin – Boat Ride – Jesus Boat Museum – Magdala
This morning we rise at our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today will include many Biblical sites along the shore of the Sea of Galilee: e.g., Capernaum (Matt. 4:13), Mount of Beatitudes (Matt. 5-7), Church of Peter of Primacy (John 21), Korazin, The Jesus Boat exhibition; boat ride across the Sea of Galilee; we will also visit Magdala (the hometown of Mary Magdalene) with its 1st century synagogue. Lunch of St Peter’s Fish (at own expense) and overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 7 – Hazer – Tel Dan – Caesarea Philippi – Golan Heights – Bethsaida – Baptism
Today will include many biblical sites in the Upper Jordan Valley: Hazer (Josh. 11:10; 1 Kgs. 9:15), Tel Dan, and the Nature Reserve, Border of Lebanon (Josh. 11:17), view Mt. Hermon (Deut. 3:8), Caesarea Philippi, (Paneas; Mark 8:27), Bethsaida, The road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19) in the Golan Heights (Bashan). We will then have the opportunity for those interested in getting baptized at the baptismal site on the Jordan River. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 8 – Nazareth – Megiddo – Mt. Carmel – Caesarea – Jerusalem
Today we depart the Galilee, visiting the following biblical sites: Nazareth – Mount of Precipice (Luke 1 & 2) and Nazareth Village which is a reconstruction of a village from the time of Our Lord. Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets if Baal, (1 Kings 18), Megiddo, (Armageddon; 1 Kgs. 9:15; Rev. 16:16) and Caesarea Maritima, the springboard of Christianity to the West (Acts 9 & 25). We proceed south to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – Mt. Olives – Southern Steps – The Herodium-Church of Nativity – Shepherd’s Field
Today we begin our tour with an orientation of the City of Jerusalem form the Mount of Olives. We will then visit the Southern Steps, the main entrance to the Temple and the Teaching steps where Rabbis such Gamaliel used to teach. We will then go to the Herodium where Herod’s tomb was recently discovered. We will then visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity where Our Lord was born and Shepherd’s Fields. Time will be given for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 – Western Wall – Rabbinical Tunnel – The Burnt House – St. Anne’s Church – Model of Jerusalem – Shrine of the Book – Israel Museum
After breakfast, we will enter Jerusalem through the Dung Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herod’s temple. At this point we will enter the Rabbinical Tunnel, where we get as close to the temple as allowed without being on the Temple Mount. Here you will see the foundation stones of Herod’s wall surrounding the Temple Mount. We will then go into the Jewish Quarter to visit the Burnt House, a house that belonged to the Katros high priestly family and was destroyed by the Roman invasion of Jerusalem in the first century AD. When we exit the Rabbinical Tunnel, we will make our way from the temple area. We will proceed to St. Stephen’s Gate to visit the Church of St. Anne, which is also the site of the Pools of Bethesda (John 5). From there we will go to the Israel Museum, including a 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Herod the Great and the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 11 – Temple Mount – City of David – Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Jacob’s Well – The Samaritans
Beyond the Western Wall of the Temple Mount lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Sam. 24:18-25). We will visit this site where now stands the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all Islam) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will then visit the City of David, the original location of the city of Jerusalem and explore the origins of the city, here you will have the option to walk in water through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (Gihon spring) on to the Pool of Siloam (flashlights and water shoes needed). We will then travel to Biblical Samaria to visit Jacob’s Well where Jesus had His encounter with the Samaritan woman. We will then climb Mount Gerizim to have a meeting with the Samaritans (subject to availability). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 12 – Masada – Ein Gedi – Qumran – Tel Jericho – Wadi Qelt
Leaving Jerusalem, we will descend down to the Dead Sea and the wilderness of Judah. Our first stop will be Masada, where we will ascend high upon the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Here we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Following the road north along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we will stop at Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul (I Samuel 24). Continuing north, we will stop at Qumran, and the possible settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From there we will go to the city of Palms, Jericho the oldest existing city on earth. Here we will see Tel Jericho, and the Mount of Temptation. If it is available on our way back to Jerusalem we will stop at the Wadi Qelt. The Biblical Valley of the Shadow of Death. Back to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight
DAY 13 – Upper Room – House of Caiaphas – Church Of All Nations – Garden of Gethsemane – Kidron Valley – Via Dolorosa – Judgement Hall – Church Of Holy Sepulcher – Garden Tomb
Today we will follow the Passion of Christ. We begin our day on Mt. Zion where we will visit the Upper Room, where Jesus spent those last momentous hours with His disciples before His passion, and it was also here where the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples on Pentecost. We will then go to Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove, and there visit the Church of Agony, where Jesus prayed and was arrested (private time will be given in the private section of the Garden, Church of All Nations. We will then cross the Kidron Valley on foot to go to the house of Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried and where Peter denied Our Lord. We then walk the Via Dolorosa to the Sisters of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate) and the Ecce Homo Arch, and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. In the afternoon we will visit the Garden Tomb and celebrate a communion service. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.
DAY 14 – Flight Home
We depart from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to board our flight back home. This will be the close of an unforgettable tour.
Roundtrip Non-Stop Flight – Wide-bodied trans-atlantic jets.
Porterage of Baggage – Your bags will be put on buses and taken up to your room for you.
Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches – Ride aboard a brand-new, private, air-conditioned motor coach.
Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee – Complete the experience with prayer, singing and dancing on a 2,000 year old boat replica.
Guides Knowledgable of Historical and Biblical Context of Sites Visited
Customized Guidebook – Complete with study on where you have been and where you will go on your tour.
Superior First Class Hotels – We stay at only the best hotels the area has to offer.
Group Photos and More – Get a group photo and tons of photography opportunities!
Two Buffet Meals Daily (Breakfast & Dinner)
Comprehensive Sightseeing – With plenty of time and opportunity for pictures.
Limited Trip Size – We strive to make your trip special and unique, so this trip offers limited group size.
Entrance Fees to Places Visited – Walk right past the ticket booth with all your Entrance Fees paid in advance!
Special Rabbinical Tunnel Visit
Masada Visit Including Round-Trip Cable Car Ride to the Top
*Some accommodations may be changed on certain tours depending on the leader’s wishes. Please see your dedicated tour page for more information.