David Sindelar Holy Land Tour
Pastor Jerry Erickson & David Sindelar
January 1, 2019 to January 10, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
Day 1 & 2: USA to TEL AVIV-Jaffa- Caesarea Maritima
Arrive in Tel Aviv and board a new, climate-controlled motor coach where our guide will greet us and give us an orientation of the land as we travel towards Jaffa. There we will consider the vision of Peter (Acts 10) and start following the sequence of events that lead to the opening of the gates of the early church to Gentiles. As we look at the very place where Jonah ran from the Lord, we will also reflect on our own walk with God. We will then travel to Caesarea Maritima, where we will visit the magnificent city with Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ruins. Here we will elaborate on the story of the baptism of Cornelius, the first gentile convert into Christianity (Acts 10), and on the travels of Paul — those events that led Caesarea Maritima to become the springboard of Christianity to the West. Check into our hotel on the coastal plains of the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner included.
Day 3:Mount Carmel – Megiddo – Nazareth – Sea of Galilee -Peace Vista Lookout
After a buffet breakfast, we depart the hotel to Mount Carmel and consider the contest between the Prophet Elijah and the false prophets of Baal (I Kings 18), discussing the reasons why the Prophet chose that place for the contest, and the lessons we learn from the story. We then travel to Megiddo, and explore the Tel that goes back in history to 4000 BC, looking at ruins from the times of King Solomon and King Ahab. Overlooking the Armageddon Valley, we will also discuss the reasons why we believe this will be the setting for the final battle between good and evil mentioned in Revelation 16:16. After a self-hosted lunch break we travel to Nazareth where we will visit the Church of the Annunciation, the location of Biblical Nazareth and the Mount of Precipice (Luke 4). We will then drive to the Peace Vista Lookout to view the Sea of Galilee from the location where the entire lake is visible. We check into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the next three nights and enjoy another dinner together.
Day 4: Tel Dan-Caesarea Philippi-Bethsaida – Mt. of beatitudes – Capernaum – Primacy of Peter-Boat ride
After a buffet breakfast, we travel to Tel Dan where we will view the location where the golden calf was set (amongst other ruins). We will then go to Caesarea Philippi to consider the great confession of Peter (Matthew 16). We then will then return to the Sea of Galilee and visit Bethsaida, the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip, this is one of three cities that make up the Gospel Triangle and the location where Jesus spent two of His three years of public ministry. We then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes and discuss the Sermon on the Mount, we will then descend the Mount of Beatitudes on foot to the Primacy of Peter where Jesus appeared to the disciples the third time after the resurrection. During our self-hosted lunch break you will have the opportunity to try St. Peter’s fish, commonly eaten by people in Jesus’ day. We will then visit Capernaum, Jesus’ Galilean ministry base. There we will see the house of Peter’s mother in law, in addition to other ruins of the village. We will stand in the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus was confronted by the demoniac. We end our day with a visit to the ancient boat museum, containing a recently-discovered 2000-year old fishing boat. We will then sail on the Sea of Galilee on a replica of that boat. We return to our hotel. Dinner included
Day 5: – Harod’s spring– Samaria-Jericho – Jordan River-Jerusalem
After a buffet breakfast, we leave the area of Galilee, following the Jordan Valley Road to Harod’s spring where Gideon chose his men. We will then go to Samaria and visit the Church of Jacob’s Well where Jesus met the Samaritan Woman, on the way viewing Mount Ebal and Gerizim. We will then continue traveling south to the actual location where John the Baptist was baptizing on the Jordan River. Jericho will be our next stop, where we will visit the Tel of Jericho with its ancient ruins, pointing out what possibly could be the foundations of the ramparts that Joshua and the Israelites brought down. After lunch, we travel to Jerusalem for a Genesis welcome into the Holy City. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6: – Mt. of olives –Palm Sunday Procession Road- Southern wall excavations –Hebron-Bethlehem
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with an orientation over the holy city from the Mount of Olives, pointing out important locations within the Old City, connecting them with Biblical stories and prophecies about the return of Jesus. We will then walk down the Palm Sunday Procession road to the Garden of Gethsemane, where the passion of Jesus began. Each of us will be given some personal time in a private section of the Garden. We will then visit the Southern Wall excavations where ruins of the retaining walls of the Temple Mount are still visible. We will then gather at the teaching steps, the main entrance to the Temple where Rabbis met and taught their disciples. After a self -hosted lunch we then travel to Heborn to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs, then we go on to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. We begin with a visit to the Shepherds fields where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the birth of Our Lord. These fields are also the setting of the Book of Ruth. We will then travel to the Church of the Nativity and view the actual place where Our Lord was born. Time will then be given to shop for olive wood and other items. We return to our hotel. Dinner included.
Day 7: -Western wall tunnels – Temple Mt. – St. Anne and pool of Bethesda – Antonia Fortress -Church of the Holy Sepulcher– Israel Museum
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day entering the Old City and a visit to the Western Wall, a section of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and Judaism’s holiest site. We will ascend the Temple Mount, discussing its connection to both the Old and New Testaments. We will also discuss why it is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Leaving the Temple Mount, we will visit the Church of St. Anne’s, a perfectly intact Crusader church. It is a wonderful place to gather and sing a song (sometimes with fellow Christians from all over the world). There, we will also visit the pools of Bethesda where the healing at the pool took place (John 5). We will then walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of Suffering), the actual path that Jesus walked from the Antonia Fortress to the crucifixion site. We will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jesus’ tomb. After a self-hosted lunch in the Old City, we travel to the Israel Museum where we will visit the Second Temple Period Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scaled model of the city from the year 66 AD. We will also visit the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on exhibit, in addition to the archeological section where many artifacts are displayed we will play special attention to those items that relate to Bible history. We then return to our hotel. Dinner included.
Day 8: Beer Sheva-Valley of Elah-Tel Bet Shemesh
We begin our day with a visit to the Biblical city of Beersheva to visit the ancient tel and discuss its association with Abraham. We will then continue to the Shphela region where we will visit the Valley of Elah where David confronted Goliath. We will also stop at the Tel of Beth Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant was returned from Philistine captivity. We will then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: City of David-Hezekiah’s Tunnel – Yad Vashem-Jewish Quarter-Caiaphas house –– Garden tomb
After a buffet breakfast, we begin our day with a visit to the original location of the city of Jerusalem, going back in history 3000 years. We will also visit Hezekiah’s tunnel, a 1749-foot-long tunnel that was dug by King Hezekiah as he prepared for the Assyrian King Sennacharib’s invasion in 701 BC. Those interested in walking the foot-deep water tunnel will have the chance to do so. We will then Yad Vashem, the largest Holocaust Museum in the world. We will then visit the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper and also the home of the High Priest, Caiaphas. We will then visit the Jewish Quarter. After a self-hosted lunch, we visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. We end our day with a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will worship together and celebrate communion. We return to our hotel for our last Dinner provided.
Day 10: – Thursday- Departure
Travel to the airport. Return home with unforgettable memories, amazing new friends and a life-changing understanding of the Bible.
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 Meals Daily
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.
For More Information