About Us

Who we are

Laila Tours & Travel of Bethlehem has been providing quality tours and pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Jordan and Egypt since 2006. We also provide outbound ticketing services for residents and visitors to the Holy Land.

Laila Tours is owned and operated by Laila Jackaman Asfoura, a lifelong member of Bethlehem’s Palestinian Christian community, and staffed by a team of local residents who are professionals in the field of tourism.Since 2006, Laila Tours & Travel has led and organized fulfilling, personalized and top-quality pilgrimages and visits to the Holy Land for thousands of people from across the world.

Our programs have ranged from small groups and individuals needing personalized tours to large-scale pilgrimages of diocesan and religious orders that can exceed over 100 participants.As a company, we have made the decision to provide quality personalized tour programs over standardized package tours for large-volume companies.

We find the experience of working with each of our customers and partners in a unique way more rewarding, exciting and beneficial.Each tour is designed to fit the needs and interests of our clients, and then providing them with the best possible program and services we can.

Meet the Team

Laila Asfoura Executive Director

I have a background of many years in the Tour Operating business and formed the Company to provide a specialised service to discerning clients. I have a dedicated, loyal and well qualified staff. In a very short period of time we became recognised as one of the most capable businesses with operating facilities to International standards.

Maria Asfoura Deputy Manager

I’ve been involved with Laila Tours since the day it started in 2006. I am the daughter of Laila so it’s important for me to be by her side in the business. I used to be an Incoming Officer and Representative in Jordan and attending international conferences. In 2013 I came back to Bethlehem and started my work as the Deputy Manager of the office.

Nuha Atick Accounting Department

I handle all the accounts for our programs and making sure that our tour programs are as affordable to our clients as possible. When time affords, I join our groups to assist them with making sure their program is going well. I have been working at Laila Tours since it started in 2006.

Michiline Bandak Tour Coordinator

I have a BA degree in English Literature and minor translation from Bethlehem University. I have been working at Laila Tours since 2006 as an Incoming Officer and senior tour coordinator working with United Kingdom & Australian Markets with large volume groups. I speak Arabic as Mother Tongue language, fluent English and conversational French.

Michael Jackaman Tour Coordinator & Graphics

I have been working at Laila Tours since 2008 mainly as a tour coordinator. I also do Photography, Web and Graphic Design. I work with our United Kingdom and continental European groups. I often join our groups as a representative and photographer, and I also design our promotional materials. I'm a native of Bethlehem and have a Diploma in tour guiding in the Holy Land.

Testimonials

On behalf of the Holy Land Coordination, I write to express our profound thanks to you, to Michael and all at Laila Tours for your continued support and help to make the 2016 Holy Land Coordination Meeting such a success.

As the Coordinator of the Group I am especially grateful to you and Michael in all that you do to assist me. It can be a difficult job arranging this annual meeting and to gather forty people from across the world and to make sure that the meeting runs smoothly. The involvement of Laila Tours to ensure that all arrangements are in place to assist the Bishops and delegates is much appreciated. I cannot do this without you and I will always be grateful.

Michael’s continued help is very valuable and nothing is ever any trouble for him. His help to arrange the many transfers is invaluable and nothing went wrong! I was particularly grateful to you for your help and assistance during our crossing to Jordan. This was incredibly smooth because of your help and advice. Thank you!

Once again we saw why Laila Tours is clearly the best Pilgrimage Company in the Holy Land. I am very lucky to work alongside Laila Tours because you clearly show care and love in all you do. We will continue to support you and pray for God’s blessings on all you do to help people walk in the footsteps of the Lord.

I look forward to working with you again for the 2017 meeting.

With much love and thanks

Rev Mark B Madden KCHS
Holy Land Coordination, International Affairs Dept. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.

The Christians of the Holy Land are held very close to the hearts of  Catholics in England and Wales, and not least to the hearts of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Westminster. Our annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a precious means by which this cherished relationship is both strengthened and deepened. I hope that our pilgrim presence is a source of great hope for our brothers and sisters, the ‘living stones’ of the Holy Land: their faithful witness is most certainly a wonderful encouragement to us. My sincere gratitude, then, to Laila and her team. Your professional yet always so friendly service really helps to make our pilgrimage an enriching experience for each and every pilgrim. Thank you Laila Tours.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, UK

Laila Tours were not only incredibly professional and efficient, they were also very personal and caring, and treated all our pilgrims like they were one of their own family. All fifty of our pilgrims left the Holy Land feeling that not only had they been blessed by the Lord during their pilgrimage, but that they had also been enlightened by our wonderful guide and experienced real Palestinian hospitality through Laila and her staff. We all carried home with us a desire to return to the Holy Land one day and to take others on pilgrimage with us so that they too could share the same joy that we experienced.

Fr. David Borland, Pilgrimage Director, Galloway Diocese, Scotland

Dear Laila, Thank you very much for the tremendous support from all your team at Laila Tours to ensure the success of the 1st Friends of the Holy Land pilgrimage. I know that we set you many challenges in order to ensure pilgrims visited all the Holy Sites, as many FHL projects as possible and met with local Christian families whom we are supporting as well as local community and church leaders. We only achieved all of these objectives and enabled pilgrims to not feel ‘rushed’, by the smooth ground arrangements that you made where everything ran like clockwork. Thank you and we look forward to working with you again. Peter Rand. FHL Vice Chairman and Executive Trustee.

Peter Rand, Vice Chairman of Friends of the Holy Land

I want to thank you very much for arranging our recent wonderful personal pilgrimage to Bethlehem. As you know, it was  our first time and we have returned with a renewed faith having walked in the footsteps of Our Lord. Your kindness and warmth was overwhelming and you professional organisation meant that our personal pilgrimage was fulfilling, interesting and moving. Abou Shadi was wonderful. Patient, professional and an excellent driver. He was constantly there every step of the way and made our journey very comfortable and easy. Ibrahim was a wonderful guide on the first day and took us to places we didn’t think would be possible in such a short stay. He brought alive the life of Jesus in  Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Michael was a very helpful and friendly addition to our last two days. He was funny, friendly, warm and informative. Sofiano was also very helpful in Tiberias. All in all, we had the experience of a lifetime and for that we will always be truly thankful to you and your team. We will keep you all in our prayers this Easter and beyond.

Anne Marie and Jim, Scotland

My group and I would like to send you a big thank you for a truly wonderful pilgrimage to the holy land. Everything went so smooth, from the time we were picked up from the airport, to the time we went back home. When things go smooth like this, it is a reflection of the hard work and the perfect organisation by the people behind the scenes as well as the people we dealt with. Our itinerary was quite busy, however we saw all of it and more. The coach was really comfortable and driven by Yehya, a polite professional driver and we felt quite safe in his hands. The hotels were clean and comfortable and the food was nice and tasty. Our guide, Mr Ibrahim Salameh was outstanding. His wide knowledge of history, politics and religion was impressive. He provided us with all the information we needed to know about the various sites. He was professional, polite and he went the extra mile and took us to all the sites on the itinerary and more. We will strongly recommend your company to friends and other fellow churches. Some of us are talking about organising our next trip to the holy land in the near future!!! Keep up the hard work and all the best in the future.

Wafik Morcos, St Michaels Church, Margate, U.K.