Pil­grim­age tours

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

WORLD Dis­cov­ery Travel is a lead­ing agent in Chris­tian- in­ter­est tours for pil­grim­age study to the Middle East and Europe. It has been con­duct­ing pil­grim­age tours to the Holy Land since 1997 and its prod­ucts have been steadily evolv­ing and ex­pand­ing to in­clude new des­ti­na­tions and more elab­o­rate itin­er­ar­ies.

“When we first be­gan pil­grim­age tours to the Holy Land, it was a pretty ba­sic pro­gramme that was only six days and used the cheap­est avail­able flights,” says World Dis­cov­ery Travel man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Chris­tian Tour Depart­ment founder In­bam Solomon.

“Our cur­rent Holy­land Pil­grim­age Tour uses pre­mium ho­tels and is over 12 days. It in­cludes many Old and New Tes­ta­ment sites. We use Emi­rates Air­lines, which of­fers the flex­i­bil­ity of sev­eral flights a day and has daily de­par­tures. Us­ing Emi­rates also pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect to a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions, as we’ve learnt many peo­ple now want to per­form th­ese pil­grim­ages with fam­ily mem­bers re­sid­ing in other coun­tries, so it’s im­por­tant we al­low that flex­i­bil­ity.

“We un­der­stand that per­form­ing a pil­grim­age can be ex­pen­sive as ground costs are in US dol­lars, and to as­sist pil­grims we are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of re- in­tro­duc­ing our ba­sic pil­grim­age to en­able those who want to visit the es­sen­tial sites only. Nat­u­rally, this will not be as ex­ten­sive as our study tour pro­grammes and ho­tels en­gaged will dif­fer,” says In­bam.

Re­cently, World Dis­cov­ery Travel in­tro­duced its Egypt Chris­tian Study tour, which re­flects on the book of Ex­o­dus and the Pharaonic cul­ture of that time. The guide en­gaged was an Egyp­tol­o­gist, and an Old Tes­ta­ment lec­turer was con­sulted in the de­sign­ing of the tour itin­er­ary and ac­com­pa­nied the group as spir­i­tual di­rec­tor.

Among its reg­u­lar of­fer­ings are Holy Land pil­grim­ages ( Jor­dan and Is­rael), foot­steps of St Paul ( Greece and Turkey in­clud­ing Pat­mos) and church his­tory ( the Balkans and Luther trail). It also co­or­di­nates Ober­am­mer­gau Pas­sion Play tours and Catholic- in­ter­est tours to Poland. As most groups are by pri­vate book­ing, clients are to en­quire with Chris­tian tour spe­cial­ists on th­ese pro­grammes.

World Dis­cov­ery Travel has been serv­ing clients since 1989 and is pleased to of­fer cus­tomised flights and ground ar­range­ments to a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions.

Call the team to­day at 03– 2026 1128 or e- mail chris­tian­tours@ world­is­cov­ery- travel. com or drop by its booths at PWTC Linkway L01 and L02.

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