A biblical tour of Israel

Led by Damian and Sandra Luke

Sunday 17th - Sunday 24th March 2019

To walk on the Land where Jesus, the Patriarchs and the Apostles all lived in and ministered from can be both enriching and faith-building, bringing the truth and reality of the Bible to life.

We will visit some of the most exciting places such as:

The Mount of Olives, The Upper Room, The Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, The Pool of Bethesda, The Western (Wailing) Wall, The Mount of Temptation, The River Jordan, The Sea of Galilee, Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5,000, The Mount of Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount), Cana of Galilee where Jesus turned water into wine, Mount Tabor (Transfiguration), Mount Carmel.

Damian and Sandra Luke

Day 1 - London / Tel Aviv
We depart on our flight from London Gatwick airport to Tel Aviv. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - Mt. of Olives / Mt. Zion
After breakfast we visit Bethany where we visit Lazarus’ tomb and then continue to the Mount of Olives where we have a panoramic view over the Old City. Walk down the Palm Sunday road to the chapel of Dominus Flevit, where the Lord wept over Jerusalem. Finally descend to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations. Time for prayer in the private garden.
In the afternoon visit Mount Zion and the Upper Room, also known as the Cenacle which commemorates the Last Supper; the Dormition Abbey and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on the sight of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas. . We end the day with a visit to the Garden Tomb where we have a communion service.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3 - Bethlehem / Shepherds’ Fields
We travel the short distance to Bethlehem to visit the Basilica of the Nativity and the Grotto, venerated as the Birthplace of Jesus. We drive to the Shepherds’ Fields. Visit the Nativity Peace Centre and a local school at Beit Jala before returning to Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4 - The Way of the Cross This morning we shall enter the Old City and start our tour at the Crusaders’ Church of St. Anne and the Pool of Bethesda. Continue to the Tower of Antonia where Jesus was tried and the Church of the Flagellation before visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We visit the Western (Wailing) Wall where we will spend some time before we return to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
There will be time during the day to walk around in the Old City and shop for souvenirs.

Day 5 - Jericho / Jerusalem
Today we leave Jerusalem and begin our journey north with a visit to Jericho where we view the ancient city and we take the chair lift to the Mount of Temptation before continuing to Shechem and Jacob’s Well. After returning from Mesopotamia Jacob bought a plot of land for “a hundred pieces of silver” where he pitched his tent and dug a deep well. Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman here. Visit the baptism site at Yardinet on the River Jordan where we will renew our baptismal vows.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 6 - The Sea of Galilee
After breakfast we visit the Jesus boat museum at Nof Ginosar and then take a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee on a replica boat. The boat will stop on the lake if you wish to have a brief service. We will first visit Capernaum “the Town of Jesus” where he carried out the major part of his Ministry and Messianic Work. Visit the excavations and St.Peter’s Church. Visit Tabgha, the site where the Lord fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, and the Mount of Beatitudes which commemorates our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 7 - Cana / Mt. Tabor/ Nazareth
We visit Mount Tabor, where the Lord was Transfigured which we will ascend and descend by taxis. Continue to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Those who wish can renew their marriage vows. Continue to Nazareth Village and the Old Synagogue. The biblical village in Nazareth recreates a village in Jesus’ time. We return to Tiberias where the remainder of the day is free to relax.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 8 - Megido / Mt Carmel / London
Continue to Mount Carmel (to Elijah’s mountain top) and the valley of Megiddo, which is a fascinating excavated city with lots of different ages and levels and an old underground water system. The coach then takes us to Tel Aviv airport for our return flight to London Gatwick airport.

Itinerary subject to change.

Price £1495

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick 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 guide
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Travel between home and UK airport
  • Lunches
  • Single supplement £476 per person
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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) 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 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 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, see BBC Ceefax page 470 onwards 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 May 2018



Testimonials

“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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