THE NAKED ARCHAEOLOGIST ISRAEL TOUR 2016

with Simcha Jacobovici

Date: December 04, 2016 - December 15, 2016
Led by: Simcha Jacobovici
Guided by: Eitan Chamberlin
Base Price for:
Land Only: $3,950.00

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Join Simcha Jacobovici on this incredible VIP 10 Day/9 Night tour on land in excellent accommodations throughout (visit links in the itinerary).

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This is your opportunity to get to know Simcha Jacobovici, the Naked Archaeologist, one-on-one.

Simcha Jacobovici has produced, directed and starred in dozens of important documentaries as an investigative journalist. He recently won the the 2014 Donald Brittain Award for Best Canadian Documentary, as well as the 2013 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards Gold Dolphin in the category of "Science & Knowledge" for the documentary "Resurrection Tomb Mystery." Read about his new 'controversial' book: The Lost Gospel and his new series on the Discovery Science Channel: Biblical Conspiracies.

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Day 1 - Sunday - December 4th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Welcome Service & Escort to our coach is provided. You will be greeted by our airport representative immediately after Passport Control
  • Private transfer to your hotel
  • Check-in to Pre-Arrival Hotel: Sheraton Tel Aviv

 

Day 2 - Monday - December 5th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • 10:00 – Pickup at the Sheraton for all Pre-Arrival members. Note: Please be sure that your luggage has already been brought down to the lobby area where we will meet.
  • 10:20 – Departure from Tel Aviv
  • Visit Caesarea Maritima and meet the figures of Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate, the apostle Paul, Eusebius and many other legendary figures while standing in the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome and the Aqueduct.
  • Lunch (included)
  • Visit the ancient Phoencian city of Tel Dor to learn about the process of making ancient blue dye (tkhellet)
  • Enjoy the evening, resting by the Mediterranean Sea
  • 19:00 – Dinner by the Sea
  • 20:00 -21:00 – Kick Start the tour with an overview by our host: Simcha Jacobovici
  • Overnight & Dinner: Dor Nahsholim (Boutique Wing)

Day 3 - Tuesday - December 6th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Experience Mt. Carmel at the place where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal
  • Visit the infamous Tel Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon
  • See Beit Shearim, the Necropolis of the Rabbis
  • Have a brief stop at Bethlehem of the Galilee to discuss the possibilities of this being the real place where Jesus was born.
  • End the day with a visit to Moshav Zippori where we’ll meet with Mitch Pilcer, owner of Ziporri Village, and the discoverer of the tomb of Rabbi Yehoshua Bar Levi.
  • Drive via Cana of Galilee
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (Grand Deluxe)

Day 4 - Wednesday - December 7th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • 08:15 - Walk in the Arbel Pass (Jesus’ passageway to the Galilee)
  • 09:00 - Explore the newly recovered remains of Magdala
  • 10:30 - Experience a wooden boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Visit the 1st century ‘Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own at a Fish Restaurant by the Sea of Galilee
  • See the Tomb of the Centurion, a rarely known site at Capernaum
  • Visit Tel Bethsaida (home to 5 of the 12 disciples and where Simcha excavates)
  • End the day visiting the archaeological remains at Capernaum, Jesus’ ‘home’ in the Galilee
  • Time permitting, we’ll try to visit the Byzantine site of Kursi (in the land of the Gerasenes)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (Grand Deluxe)

Day 5 - Thursday - December 8th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • We’ll start the day at the Tomb of Honi the Circle Maker
  • Next, we’ll see Tel Hazor (see the 12th century destruction of the Canaanite palace)
  • We’ll have thorough visit to Tel Dan (The Israelite Gate, Jeroboam’s Temple & The Arch of Abraham)
  • After a Lebanese-style falafel lunch, we’ll stop by Caesarea Phillipi (the Temple of Pan)
  • Next, we’ll look-out over the ‘Road to Damascus’ from the Golan Heights
  • We’ll end the day bathing in the ancient hot springs and sulfur pools of Hamat Gader
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (Grand Deluxe)

Day 6 - Friday - December 9th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Drive southward through the Jordan Valley.
  • Stop by Qasr el-Yahud (Bethany Beyond the Jordan), a more probable place for John’s baptisms
  • Explore Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and see some of the less-known parts of the site.
  • Visit the Ein Gedi Synagogue and see where David hid from Saul in what today is called the David Ravine
  • Before Sabbath, check in to our Dead Sea Hotel
  • Enjoy the rest of your evening relaxing in the Dead Sea or your hotel’s private spa.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Dead Sea, David Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Day 7 - Saturday - December 10th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Morning Relaxation at your beautiful Dead Sea hotel with a private beach and spa
  • In the afternoon, choose to have an optional visit to Mt. Sodom. Here you’ll have the option (additional cost) to enjoy a private jeep ride.

Reminder: Simcha will not be touring during the day due to Sabbath observance.

Day 8 - Sunday - December 11th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Have the option to either hike up or take the 1-way cable car up Masada
  • Tour of Walk down the Roman Rampart
  • 11:00 Have a Bedouin style welcome, lunch (hafla) and camel ride in the Judean Desert
  • Drive via the outskirts of Beer Sheva
  • 14:30 - End the day participating in an actual archaeological dig and tunnel crawl at the magnificent Beit Guvrin. For those who don’t want to get too dirty, you will have the option instead to simply tour the site with your guide.
  • As we enter Jerusalem we’ll have night view lookout over the Old City
  • Overnight & Dinner: Jerusalem, Dan Jerusalem (Deluxe)

Day 9 - Monday - December 12th, 2016 - (B/L/)

  • 07:15 – Early departure to ascend the Temple Mount
  • Meet special guest: Gabi Barkay
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and see the in situ ruins of the Second Temple
  • Behold the 1st century remains of the Herodian Quarter in the heart of the modern-day Jewish Quarter
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter at the Old Quarter Café (kosher)
  • 13:00 - With a VIP visit the Western Wall Tunnels
  • 15:00 - Journey through the City of David (David’s Fortress to Hezekiah’s Tunnel & the Pool of Siloam)
  • Enjoy an evening for dinner out on your own to experience Jerusalem by night or order conveniently from your hotel’s bar or room service
  • Overnight: Jerusalem,  Dan Jerusalem (Deluxe)

Day 10 - Tuesday - December 13th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • Lookout from the Mt. of Olives
  • Walk down the Mt. of Olives to Dominus Flevit and the Garden of Gethsamene.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through Lion’s Gate
  • 10:00 - Visit the Church of the Flagellation at Station #1 of the Via Dolorosa and visit the Franciscan “Antonia” Museum at that site.
  • Walk along much of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Lunch in the Jewish Quarter at the Old Quarter Café (kosher)
  • Exit the Old City via Jaffa Gate
  • 14:30 – Emeq Zurim Sifting Project with special guest: Gabi Barkay
  • Overnight & Dinner: Jerusalem,  Dan Jerusalem (Deluxe)

Day 11 - Wednesday - December 14th, 2016 - (B/D)

  • 09:00 - Visit the ‘Abbatomb in Jerusalem at the home of Raphael Delarosa
  • Visit the approximate location of the Jesus Family Tomb in Talpiot (The Lost Tomb of Jesus)
  • Peruse the Israel Museum (the Shrine of the Book and the Biblical Archaeology Museum)
  • Walk in the Elah Valley and see the story of David vs. Goliath come to life.
  • See Khirbet Qeiyafa (biblical Sha’arayim?), one of the most recent Biblical Archaeology excavations that centers on early Israelite presence at the site
  • Stand on Tel Beth Shemesh where the Ark of the Covenant was returned by the Philistines
  • 18:00 End our journey with a fabulous, full-course dinner together at Regina Restaurant (Old Train Station, Tel Aviv)
  • 19:30 – Transfer to airport
  • Return Home on any of the evening flights (most flights depart between 11pm and 1 am.

NOTE: You may choose to stay an extra night or two in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Please see the add-ons in your My Account or contact us for more information.

Day 12 - Thursday - December 15th, 2016 - (B/)

  • Arrive home

Time to book your airfare! If you would like us to book your airfare, please contact us. We charge only a $50 per person fee above actual costs, saving you time and a whole lot of headache.

Our schedule calls for an arrival on the morning of December 5th and a departure on the night of December 14th/15th.
 
You may choose to arrive a night early and depart late. The costs for early departure/arrival hotels with transfer are listed on the brochure.

Pricing

Land Rates Per person for 25+ passengers

Land Only

 

$3950.00

Third Person in a Shared Room

$3850.00

Child (ages 2-12) sharing room with parent -

$3550.00

Single Supplement

$985.00

 Refer friends and save $100.00 off your final balance for every person you refer to this tour!

Add-Ons , Supplements & Discounts

Add-Ons

Cost

Group Airfare from Newark, NJ or Toronto (Airfare will be announced 10 months prior to departure)

Estimated $1000.00

Pre-Arrival or Post-Departure 4-Star Hotel on BB in Tel Aviv (Per Person, Per Night in a Shared Double Room)

$135.00 Per Person

Pre-Arrival or Post-Departure 4-Star Hotel on BB  in Tel Aviv ( Per Nightin a SINGLE Room)

$250.00

Airfare Booking Assistance

$50.00

Discount for Referring a Friend with your Coupon Code

-$100.00

 

 

Inclusions

  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • VIP Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 10 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • 9 nights in Solid 4-Star accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily at the Hotels
  • 1 Lunch-to-go on day of arrival
  • 1 Full-Course, Bedouin Hafla lunch on Dec. 11
  • At least 6 full touring days with Simcha Jacobovici
  • One-on-One Private Meeting and Photo Session with Simcha
  • Supporting Licensed Ministry of Tourism Guide (Eitan Chamberlin, M.A. in Biblical Archaeology)
  • Free WIFI on the bus
  • Full Buffet Breakfast & Dinner each day (soft drinks & alcohol not included), including an exceptional, full-course Farewell Dinner in Jaffa on the final day.
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Internal Headset Whisper System for groups of 20 or more
  • Gratuities for hotel staff and bell boys.
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags
  • All Credit Card Fees
  • All Visa & Border Fees (if needed)

Exclusions

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Fuel surcharges and taxes for flights, if any
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, WiFi etc.
  • Gratuities for guide & driver (recommended minimum per person: $130.00)
  • Optional Traveler’s Insurance through this link
  • $50.00 Add-On Booking Fee for Domestic Connections or Diversions to/from Group Flight (See Add-Ons section in My Account)
  • Any other Add-Ons for Pre-Arrival or Post-Departure (See Add-Ons section in My Account)
  • Final Itinerary & Hotels: The itinerary may be updated from time to time at the discretion of Samson Tours, its guide and its tour leader. Final Hotel Arrangements will be posted no later than 100 days before departure. In the event of a hotel change, Samson Tours will guarantee a replacement at the same quality or provide an upgrade to a higher class of accommodations at no extra charge.
  • Group Minimum/Maximum: There is no longer a group minimum. maximum of 35 will be allowed to participate.
  • Group Airfare: Samson Tours works alongside the tour leader to find the best airfare and best price for the group. In order to request a group airfare price, there must be at least 10 passengers on the group flight. The airfare will be paid to the airline in full upon their request and subject to their cancellation/refund policies.
  • Booking your own Airfare: If you are not joining your tour’s group airfare, please do not book your airfare until 90 days before the tour departure date or until the Notice of Group Minimum has been sent to you.
  • Flight Diversions: If you elect to be on the group flight and wish to depart from a different city of origin, you can a.) Book your own domestic airfare connection or b.) Select the Add-On in your My Account for a $50.00 Domestic Flight Booking Fee. Any costs or savings for the additional flight will be added or deducted from your tour balance. Please contact us with your specific departure city request.
  • Deposit & Payments for Land: To ensure your spot on the tour, we request a $500.00 deposit be paid upon signup. The entire deposit (less a $100.00 non-refundable fee per person) plus any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made 90 days before departure. Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ to Samson Tours, Inc. Payments made by debit or credit card to Samson Tours, Inc. will be charged the full balance. If there are any unpaid fuel surcharges for the group flight, they will be billed to you at cost per the group airline contract either before or after the tour. There is a Late Payment Fee of $200.00 if the balance is paid after the final payment date.
  • Late Registrations & Payments: Theoretically, you can join a tour anytime up to the time of the departure date (Land Only and subject to Hotel Availability). There will be a Late Payment Fee of $500.00 and an additional $50.00 fee if you require airfare assistance. If a hotel or other service listed in the itinerary is unavailable, we will find an alternative hotel for you, however you will be responsible for any transportation costs to/from joining the main group.
  • Land Diversions: If you arrive either before or after the recommended group departure/arrival time, or if your flight is delayed beyond a reasonable waiting period, or if you elect to divert or add-on additional days to the trip, then it is understood that you will arrive at the hotel or to the airport at your own expense. We will more than happy to assist you with these arrangements
  • Refunds (Land): The following refunds for the land portion of the price will apply for non-insured travelers only: Your balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person, which is transferable or can be applied to future tours if cancelled 90+ calendar days before departure. 75% refund of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person if cancelled 89-60 days before departure. 50% of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person refund if cancelled 59-30 days before departure. 0% refund if cancelled 29 or less days before departure.
  • Refunds (Group Air): Per group contract with airline. Typically, there is a $100 non-refundable fee up to 3 months before departure and 100% non-refundable 30 or less days before departure. Most airlines will, however, allow you to postpone your travel dates for a re-ticketing or name transfer fee.
  • Force Majeure: If Samson Tours decides to postpone the tour do to political unrest or for any reason beyond our company’s control that could compromise your security, then your balance will carry over to the new tour dates. Depending on the new dates, there may be an increase in costs for tours that are rescheduled within 1 year. If you are unable to join the new tour dates, then you will be entitled to a refund, less the cancellation fee (see Deposits) and any other non-refundable deposits that may be imposed on us by suppliers such as airlines and hotels. The deposit and/or balances amount can also be applied to any future tour or may be transferable to a third party. Read more at http://samsontours.com/security.
  • Travel Insurance – Samson Tours does not require travel insurance. It is, however, strongly advised that all travelers equip themselves with a comprehensive travel insurance plan through Travel Guard. You can obtain an individual travel insurance quote, by visiting our Insurance page and clicking on any of the ‘Get a Quote’ links that refer you to the Travel Guard website. Travel Insurance coverage begins ONLY from the time you have purchased travel insurance. It is advisable to purchase travel insurance immediately after making the final balance payment.
  • Add-ons once you have registered for a tour you can select from a variety of add-ons in your My Account area you may select or deselect any of these add-ons (extension tour, hotels, late fees, etc.) until 30 days before your tour.
  • Your Health:All participants should be in good health and walking condition. This program is active and involves a lot of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be accessible for the disabled. Having a disability does not disqualify you from joining any tour. However, be advised that you may have to forgo portions of the said itinerary by waiting on the bus or in a safe location until the main group has returned. If you require special accommodation, please report this at the time of your reservation so that we can better serve you.
  • Single Supplement: For single travelers, a single supplement fee for the hotels is required. This usually amounts to around 85%-90% of the Double Room cost. If a person has ordered a double room and his or her roommate cancels his or her tour, then the individual holding a double room must find a new roommate or pay the single supplement.
  • Exchange Rate: Samson Tours, Inc. reserves the right to charge a supplement to the price if the dollar falls below the 3.5 threshold. To date, we have never yet had to charge an exchange rate surcharge.
  • Government Imposed VAT or taxes: Currently there are no VAT taxes for foreign on tour land packages to Israel. Should such a tax be imposed before the start of the tour, even after ‘final payment’ has been made, Samson Tours will notify all of its participants in writing. In order to participate in the tour, you will be required to pay all such taxes before the start of the tour. If you are an Israeli Citizen you will be asked to pay VAT at the time of you final payment.
  • Responsibility - Samson Tours, Inc., its agents, suppliers, guides, leaders and representatives shall be, in no way, liable or responsible for any personal or property loss, damage or injury howsoever caused. The company shall also not be responsible for penalties for privately-booked flight tickets if purchased before the minimum is reached.  
  • Update – These policies may be updated from time to time. Upon update, you will be notified by Samson Tours, Inc. or its group leader.

Please add the following dates and deadlines to your calendar.

 

Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Final Balance Payments are Due

 September 5, 2016

 

Late Registration Fee of $500 goes into effect

 October 1st 2016

 

All Passenger Info is Due (Passports, Roommates, etc.)

 October 1st  2016

Update Online Account Info with Full Passport Info, etc.

 

 

 

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