A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a very special event in the lives of many Christians. An Embrace the Middle East Encounter Tour will give you the opportunity to visit places that would have been familiar to Jesus as well as those that have developed since, as a result of His life and ministry. You will meet with the ‘Living Stones’ – Christians who live and work in this beautiful but divided land and learn how they act as ‘salt and light’ in their communities. There will also be plenty of opportunity for worship and reflection and time for fun and relaxation too.
The tour will be led by Embrace’s Regional Managers Su McClellan and Neil Graham who are both very familiar with the land and its people as well as the projects that Embrace supports in both Israel and Palestine.
Wednesday 7th February
We fly from Luton to Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for our introductory talk and evening in our hotel.
We start our day at the Shepherd’s Fields before visiting the Church of the Nativity. We will then move on to Embrace’s partner the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation where we’ll also have our lunch. After lunch we’ll visit the Joint Advocacy Initiative’s Olive Tree Campaign and help to plant some trees. We’ll have dinner in our hotel and then meet a local family who will tell us what it’s actually like to live in Bethlehem.
We visit the Separation Barrier and some of the people affected by it. We’ll then travel to the Negev where we’ll visit the Masada Fortress and enjoy a picnic lunch.
We’ll then travel to Jericho and a visit to the Palestinian Bible Society before returning to Bethlehem.
Our coach will take us to the top of the Mount of Olives where we will visit the Church of the Pater Noster before moving to a viewing point for that iconic view over the Old City of Jerusalem. We then walk down the Mount of Olives to visit the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane.
After lunch we visit the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate Communion together. We will then move into the Old City to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall before returning to Bethlehem for the evening.
We’ll have a slower start today before joining a local congregation for Sunday worship. After lunch at a local cafe our coach will then take us back into Jerusalem where, we visit the Church of St Anne and the Pools of Bethesda, The Cardo, the Church of the Domitian and the Room of the Last Supper.
We return for a leisurely evening in Bethlehem.
Our coach will take us to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. After a good lunch break we will visit an Israeli settlement and meet some of the people who live there.
We return to our hotel where after dinner there will be the chance to reflect on the day’s visits before our evening devotions.
We say goodbye to Bethlehem and travel up to the Jordan Valley to the Galilee.
We visit the Church of the Beatitudes followed by lunch. We then visit Capernaum where we will celebrate Communion together on the beach before taking a boat ride out onto the Sea of Galilee.
We then drive onto Nazareth for dinner and an evening in our hotel.
Today we’re up early to beat the crowds visiting Mount Tabor, where once we’re all at the top we’ll have a time of worship together.
We will then visit the Jezreel Valley and Megiddo with an all important stop for lunch. We return to Nazareth for dinner and after dinner talk.
Our day starts with a visit to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, followed by a visit to Nazareth Village.
After lunch our coach will take us to the Sepphoris National Park to see the amazing Roman ruins and mosaics. We then return to our hotel for the evening.
Friday 16th February
Our coach will take us on the coast road to visit the spectacular Roman Ruins at Caesarea.
We will then move on to the ancient port of Jaffa where we will have some free time to explore or enjoy a lazy lunch by the sea. We will then transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1550 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
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.
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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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Room Check In and Check Out Times
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“The trip to the Holy Land was an exciting time of learning, travelling and fellowship. The tour guide exceeded expectations and gave new insights in to the Word of God, which was made a lot clearer when we understood more of our Jewish roots. The Bible seems more relevant now and it’s becoming more important for me to watch Israel; the time clock of the world.”