A biblical tour of the Holy Land

Led by Pastor Ivy Johnson

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th August 2020

Dear Family and Friends

A warm welcome to you on this trip to the Holy Land that you have read so much about. This is the chance to experience it all, walk on and live in it.

Welcome to the Holy Land, the place where the Bible begins.

Pastor Ivy Johnson

Day 1
Depart London Luton for Tel Aviv airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Introduction to Jerusalem

Walk through the Jaffa Gate to the Tower of David. The museum here will give you an overview of the rich history of the city and a dramatic view of it. Walk through the Jewish Quarter to the Davidson Centre where you will have a tour of the fascinating archaeological park. At the steps of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount remember the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the finding of Jesus at the Temple and the healing of the blind man in defiance of the Priests. After viewing the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) visit Mt. Zion to see the Tomb of David and the Upper Room— the place of the Last Supper, Pentecost and where Jesus appeared to his disciples after His resurrection.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 3
New City of Jerusalem, Bethlehem

Today’s sightseeing begins in Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’ Fields where you can reflect on the birth of Jesus.. Next, you drive past the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament en route to your visit to the Israel Museum. Here you will see the fascinating Model of Jerusalem as it was during the time of the Second Temple and the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 4
Jerusalem, Garden Tomb

The day’s touring starts at the Mount of Olives to take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then visit the Pater Noster shrine, which is built over the grotto in which Jesus assembled His disciples and taught them the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the “Palm Sunday Road” we visit the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41] as He foresaw the destruction of the Temple. At Gethsemane Jesus’ spent his final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back 2000 years. Visit the Church of All Nations built over a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. From there He was taken up the Kidron valley to be interrogated and imprisoned at the house of the High Priest Caiaphas, now called the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. At the Antonia Fortress, Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate and taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead us to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; here visit Calvary and the empty Tomb of Christ. End the day with at the Garden Tomb; a beautiful place to reflect on the Resurrection.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. 
 
Day 5
Bethany , Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea

After breakfast drive down to the Jordan Valley to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead then continue to Qumran, located on the Dead Sea’s northern shore, and the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Now a national park, the caves were used for storage purposes by the Essenes, the sect that produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd discovered manuscript fragments in the caves hidden for centuries in airtight jars. The fragments from the Books of Exodus, Isaiah and Psalms are now on exhibit in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Then to Masada, where you take the cable-car up to the last stronghold of the Zealots. Some 2000 years ago, Roman legions stormed one of the two paths to the top of this sandstone mountain to reach the Jewish Zealots headquartered there. The brave Israelite soldiers held out for three years against the invading Roman army before taking their own lives to avoid capture and enslavement. Many of their fortifications, originally built by King Herod, still stand. After visiting Masada, you have time for a swim in the Dead Sea before returning to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
Jerusalem to Galilee

Today you head north up the Jordan valley to visit the baptismal site at Yardenit. Continue to your hotel in Nazareth for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mt. Beatitudes

Begin this morning with a visit to the exhibit that shows a recently discovered fishing boat from the time of Christ. Then enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where you can recall Jesus calming the waters. The day continues at the Mount of Beatitudes to mark the Sermon on the Mount, followed by a visit to Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. A short distance away is the site known as “Peter’s Primacy,” the site where, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9] From here visit Capernaum where Jesus began His Galilean ministry, to see the synagogue where He taught and the church built over the site of Peter’s home.
Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 8
Nazareth, Mt Tabor

Today visit Nazareth, the boyhood village of Jesus, now and a bustling city. At the Church of the Annunciation you will see visitors from all corners of the world, and this is reflected in the décor of the modern building. Then stop at Nazareth Village, a modern recreation, based on archaeological research, of what a Galilean village at the time of Jesus was like. In the afternoon visit the Byzantine Church at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding [John 2:1-11] and where some couples like to informally renew their marriage vows. Then drive to the top of Mt Tabor for a sweeping view of a landscape rich in Biblical history. Mt Tabor is thought by some to be the scene of the Transfiguration.
Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.
 
Day 9
Megiddo, Caesarea, airport for departure

Drive through the Jezreel Valley, referred to as Armageddon in the Bible and visit Megiddo, once a prosperous city-state that controlled the via Maris trade route between Egypt and Assyria. Then to coast to Caesarea, ancient capital of the Roman province, where you view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region.  It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptised the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Continue to the airport for check-in for your flight back to London Luton.

Itinerary subject to change

Price £1795 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 quality hotels in twin / double 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 guide
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities (tips), service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution

Not included in the price

  • Travel from home to UK airport
  • Single supplement £344 per person
  • Travel insurance (see back page)

Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.315 as published in the Financial Times on 14th October 2018.

*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 bottom 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 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.

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 November 2019



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