Israel

Led by Robert & Alice Ward & Jane Holloway

Monday 19th - Friday 30th November 2018

A welcome to this brochure from Robert Ward…

I am delighted to offer details of our 2018 Holy Land tour which follows closely the pattern of last year’s highly successful trip. I am so glad that Jane Holloway, National Prayer Director of World Prayer Centre Birmingham has accepted my offer to help me lead this trip.

Jane has this to say…

“I have known Robert and Alice for many years and we have worked together on numerous events. I have always wanted to visit Israel to experience and discover more of Jesus’ world. So when I heard that Robert was arranging another trip I asked if I could come. And now I find myself as a co-leader! I have absolutely no doubt that as we journey, worship and fellowship together we will all learn more of Our Father’s heartbeat for ourselves, our communities, our nation and our world.”

Robert continues...

Over the years I have led many Israel trips and have watched the several hundred people I have taken respond to the breath-taking experience of visiting the Holy Land for the first time. It was for them – and will be for us – a transformative and profoundly enriching experience.

We are following a wonderfully comprehensive itinerary, which includes 7 nights in the comfortable Christmas Hotel, which is close to the Garden Tomb and the Old City of Jerusalem, and three nights in the amazing Kibbutz Hotel, Ma’agan. Here we will be lodging in air conditioned chalets on the very shore of the Sea of Galilee, gathering for meals in the communal dining room. Without question, the most wonderful setting of any hotel I have ever stayed in! On our way back to Jerusalem we spend a night in the classic Colony Hotel in Haifa. This gives us plenty of time to pause in Caesarea where we can (if we wish) swim or paddle in the Mediterranean Sea.

In total we shall have a full 9 days touring, with one day, the last day, completely at leisure in Jerusalem. Just about everything you would wish to visit or experience is included in this itinerary.

Once again we have engaged Rami Abu Hanna as our guide. Rami is a Christian Arab Israeli with a delightful personality and sense of humour. His knowledge of the history and culture of Israel and of the Bible and Christianity in the Holy Land is profound. Everybody last year simply loved Rami with his sensitive, warm-hearted and engaging manner.

As in past years, we shall visit the Edinburgh Medical Mission Christian Hospital in Nazareth. The oldest overseas charity in Israel, it treats mainly Palestinian patients. We shall be invited to tour the hospital and I know we will want to make donations of baby clothes, toiletries and soft toys as we have on previous occasions. A fascinating part of our visit, one which is greatly valued by the staff and patients.

The price of £2095 includes everything except your lunches. Of course insurance is essential and needs to be paid for by tour members themselves.

Worldwide Christian Travel (WCT) have been very helpful in their advice and I’m certain that with their agent in attendance in Jerusalem, we will have a secure and safe time, with wise insights and advice whenever it is needed. I have visited WCT in their HQ in Bristol and have spent time getting to know this excellent family-run company. WCT was established around 50 years ago by Cyril Hadler, a Baptist Minister who sensed a call to set up this business, which is now run by his daughter and grandchildren. I know them to be efficient, prayerful and servant-hearted. I am absolutely delighted that they will be looking after us from start to finish.

Please note that there is quite a lot of walking involved on this tour, covering ground along crowded, often unevenly paved streets, so physical fitness is essential.

Monday
We leave on our flight to Tel Aviv*, where we will be met on arrival by our guide for transfer to our hotel in Jerusalem.

Tuesday
We begin our tour at a wonderful vantage point for a spectacular view over the Old City of Jerusalem. We visit the church of the Ascension and then trace the Palm Sunday path down from the Mount of Olives into the city, pausing at the Dominus Flavit church (recalling Jesus weeping over Jerusalem). We visit Gethsemane. Continue to the Tomb of Absalom. We walk through the Kidron valley, and visit the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu (reputedly the site of Caiaphas’ House, where Peter denied Jesus). Visit Mount Zion, the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb. Entering the old city, we visit the Burnt House - an ancient priestly house from the time of Jesus, just as it was after the sacking of Jerusalem in AD70.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday
Returning to the Old City, we first walk across the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock and then the Pool of Bethesda (where Jesus healed a crippled man). We follow part of the Via Dolorosa (the approximate route Jesus took to his death on the cross). We see flagstones thought to be from the Antonia Fortress (the Roman barracks, where Jesus was tried); on these can be seen an engraving known as the King Game, perhaps related to the mocking of Jesus. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre we see the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We visit the ancient Taxation Museum and end the afternoon viewing Gordon’s Calvary, and with a time of quiet reflection and communion at the Garden Tomb (possible alternative locations for Jesus’ death and resurrection).
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Thursday
Today we explore the city of Jerusalem in the Old Testament, and in the time of Jesus. We see the Western Wall, and the Western Wall Excavations (some remains from the time of the second Temple), and the Western Wall tunnels. We see David’s City; walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel (constructed in the 8th century BC to ensure a safe water supply); and see the recently uncovered Pool of Siloam, and a newly discovered paved street from the Pool to the Temple. Visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum) before concluding the day with a drive the Shepherds’ Fields; and the Church of the Nativity.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday
In the morning we travel to Bethany, the site of Lazarus’ tomb, were we may take the opportunity to scramble down into this breathtaking burial chamber. Continue to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, possibly associated with John the Baptist. We visit Masada, Herod’s massive Fortress which we approach by cable car. Finally, we have the unique opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday
We visit the Israel Museum to see the “Shrine of the Book” which contains the wonderfully presented Dead Sea Scrolls. We then set off towards Jericho, the ancient city captured by Joshua. We recall the temptation of Jesus, and reflect on His encounters with Bartimaeus. We continue North to Beit Sh’an. This was one of the thriving ‘Ten Cities’ (Decapolis) of Roman times. It collapsed in the great earthquake of AD 749 and was buried in sand. Now fully excavated, it presents an amazing insight into how it would have been. We spend plenty of time examining this unusually well preserved ruined city before proceeding to our hotel, the Kibbutz Ma’agan, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Sunday
We visit the 2000 year old “Jesus Boat” at a nearby kibbutz, and then sail across the Sea of Galilee on a replica of this fishing boat - pausing during this for a time of worship. We visit sites associated with Jesus’ ministry: Migdal (the home of Mary Magdalene, with a synagogue from the time of Jesus); Kursi (a possible location for the Gadarene swine); Capernaum (Jesus’ home town, with its ancient synagogue and Peter’s house); and Tabgha (a possible site of the feeding of the 5000, and of a lakeside resurrection appearance of Jesus). We celebrate communion by the lakeside. We visit the magnificent, newly built Magdala Church and end the day on the hillside of the Mount of Beatitudes (the setting for the Sermon on the Mount).
Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ma’agan.

Monday
We start the day passing Mount Tabor (a possible site of the Transfiguration) to visit Cana (where Jesus turned water into wine), and continue to Nazareth - where we see a church built around Mary’s Well, and Jesus’ reputed childhood home (at the Church of the Annunciation). We visit Nazareth Village (depicting life in the time of Jesus), and the place where grapes were trodden. We call on the Edinburgh Medical Mission Hospital which treats mainly Palestinian patients. We have the opportunity of making donations of baby clothes, toiletries and soft toys. We will be greeted by the senior staff and taken on a tour of this hospital: the longest established Christian charity in Israel. We continue to the Mount of the Precipice (believed by some to be where Jesus was taken by the angry crowd after preaching at the Nazareth Synagogue) – from which we view the Jezreel Valley, the Biblical location for Armageddon.
Dinner and overnight at Kibbutz Ma’agan.

Tuesday
We drive to Caesarea Philippi, Banyas, the source of the River Jordan. It was here that Jesus challenged his disciples with the words, “Who do you say I am?” with Peter’s response, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We continue to the Golan Heights and then travel along the Jordan Valley to the place on the River Jordan where Jesus was baptised. We will have the opportunity to conduct baptisms, or reaffirm baptismal vows, in the river.
We leave Tiberias and drive to Haifa for dinner and overnight at the delightful Colony Hotel.

Wednesday
We leave Haifa and drive to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged the Prophets of Baal. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea and explore the ancient Amphitheatre and Aqueduct. We may paddle (or swim!) in the Mediterranean Sea. We continue to Jaffa, associated with Jonah and Peter, finally arriving back at Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Thursday
Completely free day in Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday
We depart from Jerusalem and travel to Tel Aviv for our flight home*.

Itinerary subject to change.

Price £2095 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from the UK* to Tel Aviv, via Paris (Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised)
  • Accommodation in good quality 4 star 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

  • Single supplement £517 per person
  • Lunches & drinks
  • Travel insurance (see back page)

* Athough the tour is based on return flights from Newcastle, flights from other cities are available. Worldwide Christian Travel will be happy to discuss the alternatives with you at the time of booking - 0845 458 8308.

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



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