WELCOME to my 2018 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - it will be for you, a most unforgettable experience. The land of Israel holds the history of events associated with the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ along with those who were vitally involved in the founding of the Christian Faith. The journeys of the Old Testament characters are also enshrined in the pages of its history.
Throughout the Pilgrimage, there will be several occasions for prayer and reflection. The fellowship enjoyed during the week, and the memories which each ‘pilgrim’ will take with them will last long into the future.
Friendships will be fostered, and occasions for relaxation, numerous. There are several who have felt God’s ‘call’ to ministry while in Israel, and are faithfully serving the Lord in their respective churches.
Each day’s activity is clearly displayed, and our excellent Guide Raed Makhouli will provide the information pertinent to each ‘site’ visited.
In geological terms, two-thousand years bring about little change in the landscape of a country – we may well walk in the very footsteps in which Jesus planted His and in which the Old Testament characters traversed and all in the company of an experienced Group Leader.
Day 1, Sunday
Flight from London Luton to Ben Gurion Airport. Meals are served in flight.
On arrival you will be met by your Agent and transferred to your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 2, Monday
A Communion Service at the Garden Tomb following a guided tour of the Garden.
You will then view the Western (wailing) Wall, before travelling to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields. Your final visit this morning will be to Yad Vashem (Haulocast Museum) in Jerusalem.
In the afternoon walk along the Via Dolorosa, see the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Chapel and the Chapel of the Flagellation. Pass along the Ecce Homo Arch, visit the Sister’s of Zion Chapel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3, Tuesday
Drive to the Mount of Olives, visiting the Church of Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit and then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations. Drive on to Mt. Zion visiting St. Peter in Gallicantu, the Dormition Abbey and the Room of the Last Supper. Finally drive to visit the Shrine of the Book in the New City of Jerusalem.
This evening we meet with local Palestinian Christians for our evening meal in a local restaurant.
Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4, Wednesday
Drive to Masada to see the famous fortress where the Jewish Zealots held out against the Romans in AD 70. Ascend and descend by cable car. A brief conducted tour will be given on the summit. Afternoon relax at Ein Gedi and bathe in the warm waters of the Dead Sea. On the way back to Jerusalem you will see the excavations of the Monastery at Qumran and the cave where the shepherd boy found the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5, Thursday
Leave Jerusalem for Bethany where a service will be held in a Chapel in the village. See the House of Mary and Martha and the Tomb of Lazarus. Continue to Jericho along the Old Road to see the ‘valley of the shadow of death’ and St George’s Monastery. In Jericho you will visit the excavations, Elisha’s Spring and also see the Mount of Temptations. Drive along the Jordan Valley road to Nazareth visiting the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph’s Workshop, Mary’s Well, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation then on to Cana of Galilee - the traditional site of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine.
Travel to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Friday
In the morning a service at Tabgha, then a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee visiting Capernaum. Drive along the shores of Galilee visiting Tabgha, the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then to the Church of the Primacy and the Mt. of Beatitudes. At Nof Ginnosar you will have an opportunity to see the ‘Jesus Boat’.
Lunch at Ein Gev and a visit to the Kibbutz.
Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7, Saturday
We start the day a little later, travelling south to Yardinet, the place of Baptism on the River Jordan (personal baptism is possible by prior arrangements). Leave Tiberias for a visit to Megiddo and then drive on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged the Prophets of Baal.
From Haifa you will see the exquisite Bahai Temple. Visit Caesarea and explore the ancient Amphitheatre and Aqueduct.
Finally arriving at our hotel early evening on the Mediterranean coast for dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Sunday
This morning visit the old port of Jaffa before returning to the hotel.
Free afternoon on the Mediterranean coast to relax.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Monday
On our final morning visit St. Peter Church, the Artist colony and the Old Train Station in Jaffa before transferring to Ben Gurion Airport for our return journey home.
Itinerary subject to change.
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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 29th September 2016.
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Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 40 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 May 2017
“I have to express my appreciation to Worldwide Christian Travel and most especially our tour leaders John and Daphne Ross for an amazing trip to Israel and Jordan. Their warmth and knowledge, as well as the wonderful accommodation, brilliant local guides and lovely tour members made this the a time to be remembered. I can't imagine it being better... ”