Israel is like no other place on Earth. It is God’s ‘Promised Land’ in the Old Testament and it is where Jesus lived and worked in the New Testament. For people who love the Bible, walking around the land of the book opens their eyes to understand new things written within its pages. Visiting the biblical towns, cities, rivers and hills brings a greater appreciation for Christians who love God’s word.
The tour is led by Pastor Dave and Carolyn Jones, who have travelled to the Holy Land several times and have a great love for the people, land and history of Israel.
Day 1 - Travel to Israel
We depart from London Luton on our flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel in Jerusalem for overnight.
Day 2 - The Judean Wilderness
We begin our tour by visiting the Judean wilderness, following the old pathways walked by the people of the bible between Jerusalem and Jericho. Driving along the shores of the Dead Sea, at the lowest point on earth, we will stop at Ein Gedi the mountain oasis where David hid when he ran from King Saul. The afternoon will give people an opportunity to take a dip in the Dead Sea and experience floating in the salty water. Then a visit to Qumran, the community that wrote the Dead Sea scrolls and is associated with the Essenes and John the Baptist. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3 - The steps of Jesus
The day begins with a trip to the top of the Mount of Olives, to appreciate the classic view over Jerusalem. Starting at the Pater Noster Church, we will walk down the ‘Palm Sunday’ road to the foot of the mountain in the Kidron Valley. Along the way we will visit various sites including the place where Jesus wept over the city. At the bottom of the road we enter the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his final hour in prayer before the cross. After lunch we will travel up Mount Zion and retrace where Jesus spent his last 24hours. Beginning with the traditional site of the upper room, the place of the last supper, we will move to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where Peter denied Jesus. The day will finish with a short communion service at the Garden Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4 - The Old City of Jerusalem
The first place we visit is the City of David archaeological site. It is one of the oldest and most important archaeological sites in Israel, where original buildings from the Old Testament period can be seen. Here people will have the opportunity to walk along Hezekiah’s tunnel and visit the pool of Siloam, and the newly discovered 1st century pathway, that ascends to the Temple Mount. Afterwards, other parts of the Old city will be visited, including the Western (wailing) wall and the archaeological gardens around the Temple mount. Here, original buildings and pavements from the time of Jesus can be seen, as well as the entrances and steps into the temple area. From there we will travel to the north of the city to see the pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralysed man. Then a journey along the Via Dolorosa to visit the place of the pavement where Jesus was scourged. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5 - Free Day
This day gives everyone the freedom to do their own thing. They can explore the old city for themselves, visit other places of interest such as museums, or relax and rest in the Hotel. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6 - The Jordan Valley
Setting off to Galilee we head through the wilderness to the city of Jericho. We will see the ancient city that was destroyed by Joshua and drink from the spring made fresh by the prophet Elisha. Heading up the Jordan valley we will visit the spectacular remains of the city of Bethshean. Afterwards a stop at the Gan Hashlosha National Park will give people a chance to relax and swim in the beautiful outdoor pools. The journey will end in Tiberius on the shores of Lake Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 7 - Galilee
The day begins with a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee towards the town of Capernaum and Nof Ginosar, where an original fishing boat from the time of Jesus will be visited. At Capernaum, the remains of Peter’s house and the synagogue where Jesus preached can be seen. The mountainside where Jesus preached and performed miracles will also be visited. After lunch we will travel to Nazareth where Jesus was born. Here we will spend some time at Nazareth village and see how life was lived during the time of Jesus. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 8 - Dan and Caesarea Philippi
This day we travel to the northern most part of Israel to the foot of Mount Hermon. Here we will visit Caesarea Philippi where Peter confessed Jesus as the son of God. We will also visit Dan which is mentioned numerous times in the Old Testament. Traveling back to Galilee over the Golan Heights we will stop at the river Jordan baptismal site. Dinner and overnight in Tiberius.
Day 9 - Travel Home
After breakfast we leave for Tel Aviv and the journey home. On route to the airport we will stop at Caesarea, site of much New Testament activity. If time allows there may be a short visit to Joppa before departing for Ben Gurion airport and the flight home.
Itinerary subject to change
Tour price £1730 per person
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
Not included in the price:
- Single supplement £440 per person
- Items of a personal nature
- Drinks and lunches
- Travel insurance (see back page)
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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How To Book
You can book this tour online by visiting www.christian-travel.com or by completing the attached booking form and sending it together with your deposit of £200 (full payment if within 10 weeks of departure) to:
Worldwide Christian Travel - 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol BS6 7NA
Please make cheques payable to:
‘Hadler Tours Limited’
Worldwide Christian Travel - 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol BS6 7NA
Tel: 0845 458 8308
Fax: 0845 458 8307
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 and exploring Jerusalem means climbing many sets of steps.
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, 30 Park Street London SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0500 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. Visas are 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.
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 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.
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.
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 visiting www.christian-travel.com or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.
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.