We have been established in Manchester since 1991 – many people have contributed to our development and knowledge. Directors have included, international bankers, entrepreneurs, accountants, IT specialists, international hoteliers and global tour operators. All of them had one thing in common – to ensure the continued success and growth of our company
Knowledge is the ‘key’. We pride ourselves with unrivalled product knowledge. The company has received various awards and recognition both from the Israel Government Tourist Office and the British Israel Chamber of Commerce, as well as from an A.B.T.A. – sponsored competition to create a unique itinerary to Israel, which we won!
How You Can Lead Your Own Group
We arrange tours to the following destinations: – Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Portugal, Spain and France – to name a few. We have also sent groups to South America, India, South Africa and Poland, so our portfolio is truly global.
Your first step in leading your own group is to canvas your potential pilgrims, to see if you have a nucleus of a group. The recommended minimum is 15 participants and the maximum is a coach load of 50 participants. You can have as many coaches as you like.
Once you believe you have a potential group, please contact us and it will be our pleasure to guide you through the rest of the booking process and discuss how we can help you get the most from your pilgrim tour.
Our Approach to Booking Your Pilgrim Group
Regarding the flights themselves we use both scheduled and low cost airlines though our policy is first to offer you the national carrier of the country you are visiting as for them the flight you are taking is not just a commercial route but rather an opportunity to give you a warm welcome to their country, taking good care of you and your group.
Our appointed agents at the destinations are selected because of their professionalism and the understanding of pilgrimage travel. They are an extension of our own philosophy and fully understand that fulfilment of your expectations and aspirations are paramount.
We can design your itinerary to suit your needs, duration, hotels and sites to visit. Or you can select one of our many suggested itineraries. Nothing is too much trouble.
We will support you throughout the entire process. We are there pre departure to ensure that all the administration is correct. We are in direct contact with during your pilgrimage and we will send you our Quality Assurance Form upon your return in order to receive your valuable feedback from your experience.
We suggest that you try and avoid, school holidays and religious festivals, as this period is high season.
FREE GIFTS FOR ALL OUR PILGRIMS:
All our pilgrims to the Holy Land will receive two FREE GIFTS! One, from Caprice, the Israeli jewellery company and the other, from Ahava the Dead Sea beauty cosmetic company. This is in addition to receiving, upon arrival in Israel, an individual bag to carry any personal items during your pilgrimage. In the bag you will find a sun hat, an energy bar, a T shirt, a bottle of water, a Holy Land map and a special Holy Land diary for you to record your own personal impressions. We shall send to your participants a ‘Pilgrimage Certificate’ on their return home
Please feel free to read testimonials from previous tour participants on our web site.
TO PROMOTE YOUR OWN PILGRIMAGE TOUR
In order to help you fill and promote your tour we do the following: –
- Produce a dedicated brochure and booking form.
- Add to our list of group on our web site where visitors can book on line.
- Visit a location of your choice and give a presentation, show a DVD and distribute relevant literature.
Educational Tours For Church Leaders
We organise educational trips for clergy/lay leaders – who have every intention of one day leading a pilgrimage group of their own through ITS Pilgrimages. These tours are heavily subsidised by the suppliers, from the airline to the guide. As a result, we only allow one representative per church.
We do allow a spouse/companion to join the participant at a supplementary charge.
Please note, the cost of the tour is refunded to the participant when he/she leads his or her own pilgrimage tour. Please see details this year’s Educational Tours on our web site.
As we are bonded with ABTA as a tour operator (V1178) we are also licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL 2893) and an accredited IATA agent (91284771), your payments are 100% protected, our professionalism is assured and you are getting the best value, for we are licensed to deal directly with the airlines and all the suppliers.
Who are we?
We are an award winning Christian Pilgrim Tour Operator that specializes in escorted and custom made Pilgrimage Tours to a whole host of countries including, Turkey, Greece, Italy and of course, the Holy Land.
ITS Pilgrimages has been operating Christian pilgrimage tours for over 26 years and has carried many satisfied pilgrims on escorted religious tours from the UK and other countries.
Whether you are planning a holiday for yourself and family, or wanting to join one of our escorted tours, it is our pleasure to help you with what is sure to be the holiday of a lifetime.
Founded in 1991 – we have two major operational divisions. The first handles every aspect of individual travel to Israel- the Holy Land and the second is our group division that handles all types of group travel and specialises in Christian pilgrimage travel.
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We produce a monthly e-mail newsletter for subscribers, which features news and items regarding our company and product updates. To subscribe – go to www.itstravel.co.uk and click on the link on the home page.
Book with confidence: We are a member of ABTA, which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails.
We have also operated a number of musical tours to Israel and Greece. These were from very large choirs to a small youth jazz band. Through our contacts and depending of the level and standard of the performers, we are able to arrange concerts.
Itineraries can be either standard or tailor made to suit the spiritual needs of the leader and his/her pilgrims
As a UK, based travel organisation we are ABTA and IATA accredited agents. We hold an ATOL license number 2893 granted by the Civil Aviation Authority, which are the financial guaranteed and bonds that protect our clients’ payments. Our trading names are: I.T.S, Israel Travel Service & International Travel Service, all under the limited company of Actionstride Ltd. The company has received a number of awards acknowledging its contribution to the Israeli Tourism Industry.
‘ All telephone calls to and from the company are recorded for training purposes’
Our company’s motto is
The Company that Cares
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