A wonderful Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Led by Stephen & Jean Gillham

Tuesday 16th - Thursday 25th October 2018

Jean and I have been involved in Evangelism in Dorset for over 40 years. We have also led parties to Jordan, Slovenia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, and Bulgaria and have had the privilege of visiting Israel on twelve occasions since 1988. We feel able to give the personal touch, not only ensuring the well being of our party but also being able to add to the guide’s explanation at various places we visit during the day. With our guide we shall find quiet places during our tours where we can read, pray and reflect on what we are seeing. In the evening we share God’s Word with particular relevance to the day’s travels.

We hope that you will be able to join us in this exciting pilgrimage, as we see and study so much of the life of the Lord and literally walk at times in the places where He walked. We have included in the itinerary some sites which we have not been to before as well most of the main sites which those visiting Israel for the first time would want to see. We have built into the Itinerary as much leisure time as possible to allow older friends to have sufficient breaks, should they become tired.

We know that Bible Reading will never be the same again after a tour of the places that we shall take you to. We are convinced that this will truly prove to be the trip of a lifetime!

There are two other possibilities we need to mention. There is the possibility of staying on in Netanya for a couple of extra days rest on the Mediterranean. The extra costs are listed below, but please make clear when booking if you want to stay the additional two days. Depending on the party and their ability to walk, we may be able to give the option in places where we think the Lord would have walked - literally walk in the steps of Jesus!

We shall limit the party size to around 30, so early booking is essential.

Stephen and Jean Gillham

Tuesday October 16th
We depart from London Luton airport on our flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday October 17th - Jerusalem / Bethlehem
This morning we drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view over the Old City. We visit Chapel of Ascension and the Church of Paternoster where we see the Lord’s prayer is displayed in various languages. We walk down the Palm Sunday Road pausing at Dominus Flevit and the Garden of Gethsemane.
In the afternoon we drive to Herodium, one of Herod’s many palaces, believed to have contained Herod’s tomb and to Bethlehem visiting the Church of the Nativity, Jerome’s Grotto and the Shepherd’s Fields. There will be time for shopping in Bethlehem before we return to Jerusalem and visit Ha’as Promenade.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday October 18th - Jerusalem
We start the day at the Temple Mount then visit the Pool of Bethesda and St Anne’s Church then walk part of the Via Dolorosa visiting the Chapel of the Flagellation, Gabbatha, where Pontius Pilate had his judgment seat, to the Church of Holy Sepulchre.
In the afternoon we visit, Mount Zion and St. Peter in Galicantu reputedly where Peter denied Jesus, the Upper Room and finally to David’s Tomb.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday October 19th - Jerusalem
Today we visit the Western Wall tunnels (Kotel). Continue to the Pool of Siloam, the City of David and walk through the tunnel to Robinson Arch. At the Davidson Centre we see the 3D presentation and the Temple Excavations. We continue to the Wailing Wall.
In the afternoon we drive to the Israeli Museum where we see the Model of 2nd Temple and the Shrine of the Book. We view the Knesset and end the day at the Garden Tomb.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday October 20th - Dead Sea
We drive to Bethany, the site of Lazarus’ tomb. We see the Inn of the Good Samaritan before continuing to Jericho where we take the cable car to the Mount of Temptation. We continue to the Baptismal site near Jericho and finally to the Dead Sea where we have opportunity to bathe in the warm waters.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Sunday October 21st - Jerusalem
Free Day with opportunity to attend one of the Church Services. In the afternoon there will be an optional walk on the ramparts and through the four quarters of Old City or an optional visit to Yad Yashem, the Holocaust Museum.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Monday October 22nd - Leave Jerusalem
Today we drive to Tiberias and explore around the lake side visiting the Mount of Beatitudes, the setting of the Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha, associated with the loaves and the fishes, the Church of Primacy. In the afternoon we visit Capernaum, Jesus’ home town, with its ancient synagogue and Chorazim.
We end the day at the YMCA Penuel for a service.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Tuesday October 23rd - Galilee
We visit the Golan Heights and continue to Caesarea Philippi and Banias, source of the River Jordan. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat trip on the Sea and visit the Jesus Boat.
In the evening we visit the Hot Springs (optional).
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Wednesday October 24th - Galilee
We drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus turned water into wine. See the Mt of Precipice and visit Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph’s Workshop and the ancient Synagogue. We continue to Nazareth Village where we have lunch included and in the afternoon drive to Mount Tabor, a possible site of the Transfiguration. In the evening we visit the Galilean Experience.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Thursday October 25th - Leave Galilee
We drive to Megiddo for a visit and see the water shaft. We continue to Caesarea with is amphitheatre and aqueduct.
Some of the group return home and continue to the airport.

Itinerary subject to change

Price £1695 per person
based on 30 paying passengers

Opportunity to stay on in Netanya for 2 extra days 25th - 27th October - £215 per person with half board accommodation. Transfer to airport not included - cost depends on the number of people staying on.

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 quality hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Transfer of passengers and baggage
  • Sightseeing as in itinerary
  • Lunch at Nazareth Village
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • Headsets
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Single supplement £405 per person for the main tour and £96 per person for the extension
  • Travel insurance (see below)
  • Drinks with lunches and items of a personal nature
  • 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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Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK

Tel: 0845 458 8308

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.

General Information

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
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 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.

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 October 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... ”

Jann Merchant

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