The Church in Westbury Park tour to the Holy Land

Led by Rev Emma Langley

Monday 18th - Tuesday 26th November 2019

Welcome to the Church in Westbury Park Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is an incredible opportunity for us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as we trace his life from birth in Bethlehem to life in and around Lake Galilee and finally following him to the places of crucifixion, resurrection and ascension in Jerusalem.

As we travel and eat and pray together we will also be experiencing something of the life of ordinary people in one of the most controversial parts of the world. We will meet with Palestinian Christians and have the opportunity to discover what life is like for them. We will stay both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories behind the so-called ‘Peace Wall’ and we will go to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial to learn about the actions that resulted in the death of 6 million Jews.

It will be a time for going deeper into our faith, growing in relationship with one another and gaining memories and insights which will stay with us for a life time.

Day 1
Depart from London Luton on our flight to Tel Aviv. On arrival we will be met and transferred to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. 

Day 2
We have a walking tour of Bethlehem beginning with Manger Square, visiting the Church of the Nativity and the Milk grotto. We visit Bethlehem Bible College for lunch (own expense) and the opportunity to talk with students and staff.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. 

Day 3
After breakfast visit St Aphrem Syrian Christian school then Beit Sahour Shepherd’s Fields grotto where we celebrate the Eucharist. We meet with local Palestinian Christians for dialogue in a local restaurant and then those who wish may return to the Grotto church for a time of prayer. Free time in Bethlehem. In the evening drive to the wonderfully evocative Shepherds Fields restaurant for a traditional Palestinian meal in a Bedouin tent.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. 

Day 4
We leave Bethlehem and make the steep descent into the Wadi Quelt, celebrating the Eucharist in the desert where Jesus fasted at the start of his ministry. We visit Qumran and after lunch (at own expense) take a dip in the Dead Sea. We drive to Jerusalem where there will be opportunity to meet with Rabbis for Peace, an organisation actively working for reconciliation.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day 5
We now turn and face towards Jerusalem beginning at the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view over the Old City. Follow in the steps of Christ as he makes his last journey on earth. A full day of exploration lies ahead of us, beginning at the church of Paternoster. Then we descend to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. After a visit to the Garden Tomb we enter Jerusalem through the Lions gate.
Lunch (at own expense), then follow the Via Dolorosa through the old lanes to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return in our own time to our hotel where we have dinner and time to relax.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. 

Day 6
Our final day in Jerusalem begins at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Free afternoon when extra trips may be arranged.
Dinner and overnight Jerusalem. 

Day 7
We drive north to Nazareth and visit the Church of the Annunciation before lunch at St Margaret’s where we will meet with local Palestinian Christians. We continue to Nazareth Village for a visit and then drive to Pilgarhaus, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, for a 2-night stay.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 8
After breakfast we visit the sites associated with Jesus’ lakeside ministry, beginning at the Mount of the Beatitudes, then walking downhill past the Cave of the Shepherds to the Church of St Peter’s Primacy at Tabgha and the traditional site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Continue to Capernaum before returning to the Pilgerhaus.
The afternoon is free to relax by the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 9
After breakfast we celebrate Eucharist and then travel along the shore to the kibbutz at Ginosar. Sail on the Sea of Galilee. There may also be time to view an ancient excavated boat and learn of its fascinating history.
Transfer to Tel Aviv for our return flight to London Luton. 

Itinerary subject to change

Price £1550 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
  • One dinner at Shepherds’ Tent Restaurant in Beit Sahour
  • One lunch at St Margaret Guesthouse, Nazareth
  • 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 £336 per person
  • Lunches & drinks except those mentioned above
  • 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$1.351 as published in the Financial Times on 2nd January 2018.

* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) which 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: 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

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 January 2019



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