A wonderful tour to the Holy Land

Led by the Revd Paul & Judith Lavender

Monday 23rd April - Tuesday 1st May 2018

Visiting the Holy Land is a special experience, and an opportunity to make a significant impact upon our understanding and appreciation of the communities and cultures of the land where Jesus lived, and to further deepen our spiritual growth and discipleship.

The itinerary allows us to engage with and visit key biblical sites, and with further opportunities to enjoy the atmosphere and reflect on, pray and read the scriptures with renewed insight. Judith and I hope you will join us for what we trust will be both a memorable holiday and a time of spiritual renewal.

Day 1 Monday
We leave London Luton on a direct morning flight to Tel Aviv, where we will be met on arrival for transfer to our hotel in Tiberias.

Day 2 Tuesday
We start the day with an audio-visual introduction to the region at “The Galilee Experience” and then visit the 2000 year old “Jesus Boat” at a nearby kibbutz. We sail across the Sea of Galilee on a replica of this boat, pausing during this for worship. We visit sites associated with Jesus’ ministry: Migdal (where a 1st century synagogue has recently been found); Capernaum (Jesus’ home town, with its ancient synagogue and Peter’s house); and Tabgha (possible site of the feeding of the 5000, and of a lakeside resurrection appearance of Jesus); Kursi (the Gadarene swine) and Bethsaida (Peter and Andrew’s home, with the recently excavated “Fishermen’s House”). We finish the day celebrating communion on the hillside of the Mount of Beatitudes (the setting for the Sermon on the Mount).
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 3 Wednesday
Passing Mount Tabor (a possible site of the Transfiguration) we visit Cana (where Jesus turned water into wine) and continue to Nazareth – where we see a churches associated with Mary’s Well, and Jesus’ reputed childhood home (the Church of the Annunciation). We visit Nazareth Village (depicting life in the time of Jesus) and the Mount of the Precipice (believed by some to be where Jesus was taken by the angry crowd after preaching at the Nazareth Synagogue) viewing the Jezreel Valley (the Biblical location for Armageddon).
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 4 Thursday
We travel south, visiting the Qaser el-Yahud baptismal site, passing Jericho and going through the Wadi Kelt (possibly the inspiration for the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”) where we see St George’s Monastery across the valley. Arriving in Jerusalem, we view the Old City from the Mount of Olives and imagine the Jerusalem of the Second Temple Period. We see the Western Wall and explore the Western Wall excavations (some remains from the time of the second Temple) and the Western Wall tunnels. To conclude the day, we see David’s City; walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (constructed in the 8th century BCE to ensure a safe water supply) and see the recently uncovered Pool of Siloam.
We continue to our new hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Friday
In the morning, we visit nearby Herodion (one of Herod’s many palaces, believed to have contained Herod’s tomb); the Shepherds’ Fields and the Church of the Nativity. During the afternoon, we meet local Christians who will help us to understand the recent history of the region, including a visit to Bethlehem Bible College (where we will hear an Arab Christian Palestinian perspective on the conflict) and the Tent of Nations (a Christian-owned farm surrounded by Israeli settlements).
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 6 Saturday
We visit Bethany, the site of Lazarus’ tomb. We then trace the Palm Sunday path down from the Mount of Olives into the city, pausing at the Dominus Flavit church (recalling Jesus weeping over Jerusalem). We see Gethsemane, where we will celebrate communion and have time for quiet reflection. We walk part of the “Last Path” (through the Kidron valley) and see the Western Wall where we will hope to witness a Bar Mitzvah. After lunch, we visit the church of St Peter in Gallicantu (reputedly where Peter denied Jesus, the site of Caiaphas’ House). We look out across the Gehinnom Valley and reflect on the implications of this for Jesus’ teaching on judgement.
Our new hotel is close to the walls of the old city of Jerusalem.

Day 7 Sunday
In the morning, those who wish may share in (English-speaking) worship with local Christians in Jerusalem, either Christ Church (the oldest Anglican church in the Middle East, with a “Messianic” flavour) or East Jerusalem Baptist Church (an international church with Palestinian sympathies). We visit the Pool of Bethesda (where Jesus healed a crippled man). We then follow part of the Via Dolorosa (the approximate route Jesus took to his death on the cross) and see flagstones from the Antonia Fortress (the Roman barracks, where Jesus was tried) on which can be seen an engraving known as the King Game, perhaps related to the mocking of Jesus. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre we see the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We end the afternoon viewing Gordon’s Calvary and with quiet reflection and worship at the Garden Tomb (possible alternative locations for Jesus’ death and resurrection).
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Our evening meal will be a Messianic form of the Passover Seder.

Day 8 Monday
We take a “day out” to visit the desert area south-east of Jerusalem. We drive along the shore of the Dead Sea (the lowest place on the earth’s surface); visit the ancient fortress of Masada (another of Herod’s fortresses, and the famed site of Jewish resistance); Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, possibly associated with John the Baptist; and Ein Gedi, scene of David’s pursuit by Saul. Finally, we have the opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9 Tuesday
In the morning we visit the Israel Museum to see the “Shrine of the Book” and then Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum), just outside Jerusalem. We travel on to Tel Aviv and our flight home to London Luton.

Itinerary subject to change
Price £1,485 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv (Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised)
  • Accommodation in good hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees, service charges and porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Tours and transfers in deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL protection

Not included in the price

  • Travel between home and UK airport
  • Single supplement £312 per person
  • Travel insurance (see below)
  • Payments by credit card will incur a 2% admin charge

Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.3019 as published in the Financial Times on 28th September 2016.

* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk

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Tel: 0845 458 8308

Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 45 years. We cover all aspects of travel and are one of the most comprehensive Christian travel organisers in the country. Worldwide Christian Travel is a trading name of Hadler Tours Limited.

General Information

Fitness
People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.

Your protection
Hadler Tours Limited is a member of ABTA with membership numbers 93522 & V2096. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you of if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or visit www.abta.com.

All monies paid by you for the air holiday package shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3078. For more information see our booking terms and conditions.

Passports, Visas and Vaccinations
Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport for travel to the relevant countries and that it is valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for British Passport holders visiting Israel. At the time this brochure went to press no vaccinations or inoculations are required for travel but you may wish to consult your own doctor for advice concerning this. If you have any queries regarding the above, we will be happy to help.

Travel Advice
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Further Information And Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 10 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure.

Travel Information
Full travel information, including details of meeting points, flight times, accommodation and travel information, will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before departure. Normally, tickets are not issued but are handed to you at the airport or departure point by our representative who will be there to ensure that you depart without a hitch and to deal with any last minute difficulties.

Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to have travel insurance for your booking. Holiday Extras have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.

Gratuities
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.

Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.

Page published February 2017



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