A Pilgrimage to Israel

Led by the Rev. John Bridger

Monday 28th March - Thursday 7th April 2022

I was the pastor of Reigate Baptist Church until I retired at the end of 2015. Since then I have enjoyed preaching and teaching in a number of churches more recently by way of video and zoom because of the corona virus.

I first went to Israel in 1968 when I worked on a kibbutz for several months. Even though I was not a committed Christian I had some profound spiritual experiences.

I eventually came to faith in 1974 since when I have returned to Israel several times including taking part in a sponsored bike ride from Dan to Beersheba. Each trip has resulted in a real spiritual experience and I expect nothing less this time.

This is so much more than a mere sightseeing trip. With our Messianic Jewish guide we will actually be visiting places where Jesus walked and talked and listen to his anointed teaching in situ. Bible teaching at its best with an extra dimension!

Day 1 Monday - ARRIVAL IN THE LAND OF PROMISE
Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. Meet our guide and bus driver for the trip
Overnight: Mediterranean Coast
 
Day 2 Tuesday - LIGHT TO THE NATIONS - Jews, Gentiles, and the Messiah
Travel north up the coast and then inland to Galilee
Visit the fabulous ruins of Caesarea Maritima and several other Biblical sites
Enjoy the spectacular view over the north of Israel from Mount Carmel
Travel along the route of the ancient Via Maris to Megiddo, one of King Solomon’s cities
Arrive at Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus
Overnight: Sea of Galilee
 
Day 3 Wednesday - AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE - Daily Life and Religion in the Time of Jesus
Visit various sites around the Sea of Galilee to picture daily life
Chorazin - the well - preserved ruins of a typical Galilean village
Mount of Beatitudes -
Sermon on the Mount
Capernaum - home town of Jesus
Tabgha - multiplication of loaves & fish. Where Jesus met the disciples after the resurrection.
Magdala - ancient synagogue, fishermen’s homes, Church
Kibbutz Ginosar to see the “Jesus Boat” from the First Century
Boat ride on the Lake with worship, prayer and reflective time
Overnight: Sea of Galilee
 
Day 4 Thursday - NORTHERN ISRAEL - “Who Do Men Say That I Am?”
Explore Northern Israel. Seek to understand what the Jewish people of 2,000 years ago expected of the Messiah, and how that was fulfilled in Jesus
Golan Heights - visit Talmudic village at Katzrin
Travel up Mount Hermon - likely site of the Transfiguration
Caesarea Philippi - Peter’s famous confession
Pass Druze Villages - Mt Bental
Dan Nature Reserve - enjoy pleasant walk by a stream
Overnight: Sea of Galilee
 
Day 5 Friday - THE JORDAN VALLEY - “In the World But Not of It”
Baptismal site at Yardenit
Journey south down Syrian African Rift Valley to the Dead Sea
Ein Gedi - where David hid from Saul
Qumran - site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Overnight: Beersheva
 
Day 6 Saturday - THE NEGEV DESERT - “Stepping Back in to the Old Testament”
National Park at Tel Be’er Sheva
Abraham’s Well
Valley of Elah - David and Goliath
Ascent to Jerusalem - the City of the Great King
Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day 7 Sunday - THE RESTORATION OF HOPE - A Garland Instead of Ashes
Worship at Christ Church. Followed by a tour to learn about CMJ
Yad VaShem - Israel Memorial Museum to the Holocaust
Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day 8 Monday - FREE DAY IN JERUSALEM
Free for rest, reflection, shopping, or perhaps a walk on the walls of the Old City
Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day 9 Tuesday - JERUSALEM IN THE TIME OF JESUS - The Temple at the Centre
We will learn about Jerusalem in Jesus’ day
Temple Mount
Western Wall - place of prayer - Judaism’s most holy site
Western Wall Tunnerls
Jewish Quarter - Herodian Villas
Southern Steps where Jesus Walked
Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day 10 Wednesday - IN THE STEPS OF JESUS - Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurrection
Focus on Biblical passages concerning Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem
Panoramic outlook of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
Site of Jesus’ ascension to heaven and future second coming
View tomb from the time of Jesus
Walk down the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane
Walk to the City of David - and through Hezekiah’s wet tunnel
Garden Tomb - reflective time
Overnight: Jerusalem
 
Day 11 Thursday - TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
Morning free for last minute shopping or wander around Jerusalem
Perhaps wander into the New Jerusalem
Return flight home

Itinerary subject to change

Full price £2150 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv (Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised)
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Transfer of passengers and baggage
  • Sightseeing as in itinerary
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guides
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Travel from you home to UK airport
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks with meals
  • Single supplement £245 per person
  • Travel insurance (see below)

Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.3544 as published in the Financial Times on 7th January 2021.

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

HOW TO BOOK

Either click 'Book' at the top of this page or download, complete and return the booking form to:

Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK

Tel: 0117 973 1840

Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 50 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 or 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
For the latest travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290.

Further Information and Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 12 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 10 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 JApril 2021



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