Israel has an amazing history and a mind-blowing future, combine this with sun, sea, white sandy beaches, fantastic food all makes for a destination like nowhere else on earth.
The one thing that makes this country so unique is that Jesus spent his earthly life here, many of the places he visited, the paths he walked are still here today all as written in the bible.
For the person who has only dreamt of going to follow in his footsteps and wants an adventure the 2019 tour is for you.
We want more younger people and first-time visitors to discover and experience what God has placed in this land, for this reason the trip is during school / university holidays. There will be the opportunity to get off the beaten track and walk the hills of Judea, although the trip is open to everyone a degree of fitness is essential, energetic but exhilarating.
With our experience leading groups for over 25 years we will give you a clear, simple historical and biblical background helping you understand why Jesus was destined to be Jewish in the land of Israel. Just as he taught in parables we present his teachings in simple and relevant ways.
Groups are always varied with people from different cultures and levels of understanding, this is why our style of guiding and teaching is easy to absorb.
You will experience Jerusalem, ancient and modern, see some of the world’s greatest archaeological sites and excavations, walk a desert path just like Abraham, Jesus and his disciples, and sail across the Sea of Galilee.
But most of all you will read the bible in a completely different way giving you a trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Monday 29th July
Day flight from Luton to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Jerusalem - 3* hotel.
Day 2 - Tuesday 30th
We start at the excavated ruins of the City of David to uncover the secrets of biblical Jerusalem; walk in the footsteps of kings and prophets at the site where many of the stories of the Bible took place. For those wanting a challenge we walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, carved out of solid rock to bring water into the city in 716 B.C. It’s wet and dark, but great fun. The tunnel comes out at the
Pool of Siloam, where Jesus told the blind man to wash his eyes and he would see. Ascend by way of the Herodian Channel that comes out by the Western Wall at the foot of the Temple Mount. Next the Davidson Centre for a film presentation of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. Out into the sunshine and short tour of the Southern Wall Excavations of the Temple Mount to stand on the steps Jesus took to enter the temple.
Lunch time in the Jewish Quarter.
The Mount of Olives with its spectacular views across the Kidron Valley the Tomb of the Prophet’s and Jerusalem. From here we walk down Palm Sunday Road retracing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and visiting Dominus Flavit (where Jesus wept over Jerusalem) before descending into the Garden of Gethsemane to consider his last 24 hours.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3 - Wednesday 31st
We enter the Old City through St Stephen’s Gate a possible location of his stoning and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the crippled man. We travel back through history walking the streets of Old Jerusalem and the Via Dolorosa to the Western Wall (Kotel) where you can pray, or just absorb the atmosphere of this unique place.
Lunch time in the Old City.
An uphill walk through the upper city gate to the Church of St Peter on Mount Zion where Peter denied his friend Jesus three times. From here we can see the original steps Jesus walked up from the City of David to the House of Caiaphas the High Priest.
Optional - For those interested in modern history we get a fascinating insight into the British Mandate period 1917 – 48 with a visit to the Underground Prisoner Museum. The British prison held those thought to be a threat by the Mandatory government, particularly members of the pre-state Jewish underground.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
After dinner we visit Friends of Zion Museum where we meet the biblical figures, academics, businessmen, and military officials who, through their faith, have forged an everlasting bond between the Jewish and Christian peoples. Magnificently told using ground-breaking technology, accompanied by original musical score, fantastic surround sound, lighting second-to-none and interactive displays that appear to come to life before your very eyes.
Day 4 - Thursday 1st August
Today starts at the Garden Tomb and the Place of the Skull where we consider the importance of what took place here. Always a powerful and moving experience.
A short drive through West Jerusalem to Yad Vashem the Holocaust Memorial Museum, a must for all visitors to Israel. This special experience shows God’s hand on the Jewish people and their Nation.
We journey south to the Judean desert, where those wanting to make the most of the desert experience will take a short trek into the wilderness. If this is not for you simply relax under the palm trees at the Oasis of Kfar Hanokdim. The Oasis and its Bedouin camp will be our dinner and overnight stop, experiencing the Bedouin lifestyle sleeping in desert lodges, or rustic cabins. For the early riser, why not find a quiet place outside the camp and watch the sun rise? Something you will always remember!
Day 5 - Friday 2nd
We visit Masada, this fortress city was built by Herod and is one of the most important historical sites in Israel. The cable car takes us to the plateau with its stunning views across to Jordan and the Land of Moab. After, we will continue driving north past En Gedi, the Dead Sea (the lowest place on earth) and Jericho to the River Jordan where the Israelites cross into the Promised Land the site of Jesus’ baptism. Final destination - the Sea of Galilee. The rest of the afternoon is free to swim or just chill.
Dinner and overnight Galilee - 3* hotel.
Day 6 - Saturday 3rd
This morning will follow ‘Jesus’ teaching Triangle’. we visit Capernaum the centre of Jesus’ ministry, Chorazin and Bethsaida the site for the feeding of the 5000.
Back to the hotel, free afternoon for swim.
Dinner and overnight Galilee.
Day 7 - Sunday 4th
Galilee is such a peaceful place, you will understand why Jesus spent so much time here. The morning starts with a relaxing boat trip across the Sea of Galilee, imagine Jesus walking on the water or calming the storm. We say goodbye to Galilee by visiting St Peters Primacy the traditional beach location where Jesus appeared to Peter after his resurrection.
On our journey to the airport we will stop at the Mediterranean beach resort of Caesarea where you can take a quick swim or enjoy the beach cafes, a great place to finish the trip.
This is a ‘taster’ tour for younger people and first timers, although people who have been before are welcome.
There will be quite a lot of walking so a degree of fitness is essential.
Itinerary subject to change.
Price £1385 per person
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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.
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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 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.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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“Just a note to report that the trip to Jordan went very well. We all arrived home safely yesterday morning.
The group gelled together well and we all thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and magnificent scenery. Everyone was surprised to realise how much Bible history had taken place there.”