A wonderful tour to Israel

Led by Canon Gordon Smyth

Wednesday 4th - Friday 13th April 2018

I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem. That is where the people of the Lord go up to praise the name of the Lord.’

Come with us on a journey of a lifetime to Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Visit the places we read about in the Gospels; re-live the familiar stories and praise the Lord in the land where he once walked.

Worship will be part of our trip but people are able to choose to join in or not as they wish.

Canon Gordon Smyth

Canon Gordon Smyth

Day 1 - Wednesday 4th April
We fly from London, Luton to Tel Aviv. Onarrival we meet our Messianic Jewish Guide and transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - Thursday 5th April
We start the day with a visit to Mount Zion where we see the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the room of the Last Supper. From here we enter the old city through the Dung Gate for a walking tour visiting the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the El Aksa Mosque, the southern wall excavations, and the Western Wall Tunnel.
We continue to St. Stephen’s Gate to visit St. Anne’s church and the Pool of Bethesda and then follow the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 3 - Friday 6th April
We head towards Mount Zion to the City of David and go down Warrens shaft (or Hezekiah’s tunnel) and then visit the Pool of Siloam. We then go to visit the Shrine of the Book.
Straight after lunch we visit the Garden Tomb and have a service of Holy Communion followed by a chance to relax in the Garden.
Shabbat meal in the homes of Jewish people and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4 - Saturday 7th April
This morning we drive to the Mount of Olives and walk down the Palm Sunday Road to spend time in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations.
In the afternoon we travel to Bethlehem to see the church of the Nativity and the Shepherd’s Fields.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5 - Sunday 8th April
Morning in Jerusalem to attend the church service at Christ Church.
In the afternoon we visit the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 - Monday 9th April
We travel to the Jordan Valley, on the way passing through Wadi Kelt and view St. George’s Monastery. We stop at Jericho to see the excavations of the Tel, Elisha’s Spring and then continue to Qumran, where we see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the remains of the Essene community. We travel to Masada, to view the remains of the hilltop fortress (ascending and descending by cable car) and finally to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea where we will have an opportunity to bathe in the Dead Sea from the hotel.

Day 7 - Tuesday 10th April
We leave early and travel to the extensive archaeological site of Megiddo and Mount Tabor, where we take taxis to the top. Continue to Nazareth to see Nazareth Village, depicting life as in the time of Jesus and meet with some Palestinian Christians.
Finally to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 - Wednesday 11th April
We travel to the Mount of the Beatitudes, commemorating the Sermon on Mount.
We then journey to Tabgha where we see the Church of the Multiplication and Mensa Christi and then continue to Capernaum, Jesus’s adopted home town. From here we take a boat trip across the lake to Ein Gev Kibbutz. We have an opportunity to view the first century “Jesus boat”- an example of the boat used by the disciples. The coach then takes us to Kursi, associated with the story of the Gaderene swine and Bethsaida. Finally we gather around the lakeside for a service on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where we remember Peter’s encounter with Jesus after the resurrection.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 9 - Thursday 12th April
We visit the nature reserve at Tel Dan and visit the site of the ancient Israelite city of Dan. From here we travel north across the Golan Heights and ascend by bus to the lower slopes of Mount Hermon. We then visit Banias (Caeserea Philippi), one of the sources of the River Jordan. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to renew Baptismal vows in the River Jordan followed by a chance to chat with some Messianic Jewish Christians.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 10 - Friday 13th April
We leave Tiberias and travel to the Mount Carmel ridge where we see Muhraqa, site of the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. From here we travel down the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to see the Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct.
We then transfer to the airport for our return flight to London, Luton.

Itinerary subject to change.

Price £1850

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 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 £450 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$1.4649 as published in the Financial Times on 5th January 2016.

* 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 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 June 2016



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