Embrace the Middle East is the UK’s leading development charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East, specifically in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Egypt. We work through local Christian partners who work with all those in need irrespective of faith, nationality or political affiliation, to provide education, healthcare and community development.
Embrace has been organising Encounter Tours to the region for many years. We have built up a wealth of experience in helping people to experience the land where Jesus walked, both the historical sites and encountering the ‘living stones’ the Christian communities that live and work in this beautiful but troubled land.
This Encounter Tour will give you the opportunity to spend time in Bethlehem, tour the main historical sites in Jerusalem, meet amazing people doing amazing things in Christ’s name, experience the still small voice of Lake Galilee and see the incredible Roman sites of Zippori and Caesarea.
There will be time for reflection and worship and an Embrace member of staff will be there to answer any questions you may have. We will benefit from the services of a fully qualified guide who will not only share their expertise but will ensure that the whole trip runs smoothly.
We look forward to journeying with you.
We fly from Manchester to Tel Aviv and transfer to Bethlehem for our introductory talk and evening in our hotel.
We visit the Church of the Nativity and have some time to explore Manger Square and its surrounding streets, followed by time in the Shepherd’s Fields. After lunch we’ll visit Embrace the Middle East’s partner the Joint Advocacy Initiative’s Olive Tree Campaign. We’ll have dinner in our hotel and then meet a local family who will tell us what it’s actually like to live in Bethlehem.
We visit the Separation Barrier and some of the people affected by it. We’ll then travel to the Negev where you will be able to choose between visiting the Dead Sea or the Masada Fortress. We’ll then travel to Jericho for lunch and a visit to the Palestinian Bible Society before returning to Bethlehem via Qumran.
Our coach will take us to the top of the Mount of Olives where we will visit the Church of the Pater Noster before moving to a viewing point for that iconic view over the Old City of Jerusalem. We then walk down the Mount of Olives to visit the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane. After lunch we visit the Garden Tomb, where we will celebrate Communion together. We will then move into the Old City to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall before returning to Bethlehem for the evening.
Our coach will take us to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. After a good lunch break we return to the Old City where you can choose to use the time for shopping in the souk or you might want to traverse the City Walls on the Ramparts Walk (at extra cost). We return to our hotel where after dinner there will be the chance to reflect on the morning’s visit before our evening devotions.
We’ll have a slower start today before joining a local congregation for Sunday worship. After lunch at the Singer Cafe our coach will then take us back into Jerusalem where, we visit the Church of St Anne and the Pools of Bethesda, The Cardo, the Church of the Domitian and the Room of the Last Supper.
We return for a leisurely evening in Bethlehem.
We say goodbye to Bethlehem and travel up to the Jordon Valley to the Galilee. We visit the Church of the Beatitudes followed by lunch. We then visit Capernaum where we will celebrate Communion together on the beach before taking a boat ride out onto the Sea of Galilee. We then drive onto Nazareth for dinner and an evening in our hotel.
Today we’re up early to beat the crowds visiting Mount Tabor, where once we’re all at the top we’ll have a time of worship together. We will then visit the Jezreel Valley and Megiddo with an all important stop for lunch.
We return to Nazareth for dinner and after dinner talk.
Our day starts with a visit to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, followed by a visit to Nazareth Village. After lunch our coach will take us to the Sepphoris National Park to see the amazing Roman ruins and mosaics. We then return to our hotel for the evening. Day 11 Our coach will take us on the coast road to visit the spectacular Roman Ruins at Caesarea. We will then move on to the ancient port of Jaffa where we will have some free time to explore or enjoy a lazy lunch by the sea. We will then transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Itinerary subject to change
Price £1285 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
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.
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HOW TO BOOK
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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.
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.
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.
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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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