A Wonderful Tour to Israel

Led by Canon Gordon Smyth

Sunday 27th April - Tuesday 6th May 2025

‘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 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.

Day 1 – Sunday 27th April
We fly from London, Luton to Tel Aviv. On arrival we meet our Messianic Jewish Guide and transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Monday 28th April
We start our day by visiting the model of Jerusalem to familiarise ourselves with Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. We then visit the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book After lunch we then go to the Mount of Olives and walk down the Palm Sunday Road visiting the church of Dominus Flevit and the church of Mary Magdalene. We then spend an hour in the Garden of Gethsemane followed by a visit to the Church of All Nations. We then head to the Garden Tomb and have a service of Holy Communion followed by a chance to relax in the Garden. Finally we travel through the Western Wall Tunnel.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem

Day 3 – Tuesday 29th April
Today we enter the old city through the Dung Gate for a walking tour visiting the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock and the El Aksa Mosque. We continue to St. Stephen’s Gate to visit St. Anne’s church and the Pool of Bethesda and then follow the Via Dolorosa and the Lithostrotos to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Straight after lunch we visit Mount Zion where we see the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the room of the Last Supper and the site of Herod’s Palace.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 4 – Wednesday 30th April
City of David and go down Warren’s shaft (or alternatively for the brave --Hezekiah’s tunnel) and then visit the Pool of Siloam. If the archaeological excavations allow we ascend the steps from the pool of Siloam to the southern steps of the Temple. We then view the southern wall excavations, the Davidson archaeological park, the archaeology around Robinson’s arch and the Huldah Gates; After lunch we travel to Bethlehem to see the church of the Nativity, Jerome’s caves and the Shepherd’s Fields with a chance to buy olive wood souvenirs.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 5 – Thursday 1st May
This morning we drive to Bethany and visit the tomb of Lazarus We leave Jerusalem and travel to the Jordan Valley, on the way passing through Wadi Kelt and the Inn of the Good Samaritan and then we view St. George’s Monastery and see the Mountain of Temptation where there is an opportunity to ride a camel. On the way we stop at Jericho to see the excavations of the Tel, Elisha’s Spring and Zacchaeus’ tree. After lunch we either visit the Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem or have free time in Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6 – Friday 2nd May
We continue to Qumran, where we have lunch and see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and see the remains of the Essene community and tto the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. There will be opportunity to bathe in the warm waters of the Dead Sea before we drive to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – Saturday 3rd May
We leave early and travel to Masada to view the remains of the hilltop fortress (ascending and descending by cable car). After lunch there will be an opportunity to renew Baptismal vows in the River Jordan at Yardenit.
Finally, to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – Sunday 4th May
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’ adopted home town. Then we take a boat trip across the lake. At Kibbutz Ginosar 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. We visit the village of Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalene. Finally we gather around the lakeside for a Communion 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 – Monday 5th May
Today we visit Nazareth to see the Nazareth Village, depicting life in the time of Jesus and an opportunity to meet with some Palestinian Christians. In Nazareth we visit the church of the Annunciation and also other sites in Nazareth associated with Jesus’ boyhood. Then we go to Cana—the site of Jesus’ first miracle. After lunch we visit the nature reserve at Tel Dan and visit the site of the ancient Israelite city of Dan and Abraham’s Gate From here we travel north across the Golan Heights and ascend by bus to the lower slopes of Mount Hermon.
We then visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi), where Peter proclaimed that Jesus is the Son of God. Banias is also one of the sources of the River Jordan.
Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 10 – Tuesday 6th May
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 £2340 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv
  • Accommodation in good hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees, service charges, porterage and gratuities
  • Tours and transfers in deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Items of a personal nature, drinks & lunches
  • Travel from home to UK airport
  • Single supplement £630 per person
  • Travel insurance Staysure have a range of suitable policies

Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = US$1.2541 as published in the Financial Times on the 9th June 2023.

* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk

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Tel: 0117 973 1840

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 or 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. Latest entry requirements can be found here www.israelsafe.com. A visa is not required for British Passport holders visiting Israel and no 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 12 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 10 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. Staysure have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here.

Gratuities
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and if 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 August 2023



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