NOON DAY BAPTIST CHURCH – THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO ISRAEL

12 Days/11 Nights on Land with Jordan Extension

Date: April 17, 2017 - April 30, 2017
Led by: Pastor Mark Somers
Guided by: Eitan Chamberlin
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $4,890.00

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Join Pastor Mark Somers and the Noon Day Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia on this incredible 12 day/11 night (14 days altogether) journey to Israel and Jordan.

The dates are April 17-30, 2017. This will be a high 4-star experience!

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Day 1 - Monday - April 17th, 2017 - (D)

  • 11:05 - Group Flight Departure from Atlanta, GA on United Airlines #421
  • 13:27 – Arrival to Newark for Connection
  • 16:40 – Departure on United Airlines #84

Day 2 - Tuesday - April 18th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • 10:15 - Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (Biblical Lydda)
  • Airport Service and Baggage Handlers
  • Visit Antipatris, the fortress where the apostle Paul was held while en route from Jerusalem to Caesarea Maritima
  • Early afternoon check-in
  • Enjoy time by the Mediterranean Sea
  • Overnight & Dinner (Mediterranean Sea): Ramada Inn & Suites or similar

Day 3 - Wednesday - April 19th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Caesarea Maratima – Herod’s City and the home of Pontius Pilate (Theatre, Praetorium, Hippodrome & Aqueduct)
  • Megiddo & the valley of Armageddon
  • Nazareth – The Brow of the Hill
  • Cana of Galilee: Jesus’ first miracle
  • Walk through the Arbel Pass, Jesus’ passageway to the Sea of Galilee
  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee):  Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe Rooms) or similar

Day 4 - Thursday - April 20th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Visit Capernaum, mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other city.
  • Visit Bethsaida, birthplace of 5 of the 12 disciples.
  • Drive by Korazin
  • Walk down the Mount of Beatitudes
  • See Mensa Christi, the setting for John 21 - "Feed my lambs!"
  • See the recently excavations at Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene
  • Visit the 1st century ‘Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum
  • 16:00 - Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Ginosar and hear the music of Dani Carmel, a local Messianic.
  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee):  Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe Rooms) or similar

 

Day 5 - Friday - April 21st, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Visit Tel Hazor and see the destruction of the Canaanite city as reported in Joshua 11
  • Drive through the Hulah Valley, the Waters of El Merom
  • Experience the Tel Dan Nature Reserve and see the Arch of Abraham and Jereboam’s temple
  • The Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi and the Palace of Augustus
  • Coffee & deserts in a Druze village in the Golan Heights
  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus
  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee): Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe Rooms) or similar

Day 6 - Saturday - April 22nd, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Early departure
  • Drive by Mt. Tabor
  • Stop at Tel Jezreel
  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life
  • Cross over to Jordan from the Sheik Hussein Border Crossing
  • Visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses departs and Joshua and the Israelites lookout over the Promise Land
  • See the famous Madaba Mosaic
  • Overnight & Dinner: 5-Star Movenpick, Petra or similar

Day 7 - Sunday - April 23rd, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Full Day Tour of Petra
  • Ride horses into the Siq
  • Overnight & Dinner: 5-Star Movenpick, Petra or similar

Day 8 - Monday - April 24th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Early Departure to the Allenby Border Crossing
  • Visit the Jordan River ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’ the most likely area where Jesus’ was baptized by John, and where Elijah ascended to heaven
  • Drive by Jericho
  • Journey to Qumran: the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • End the day at the Ein Gedi Nature Walk to the lower waterfall
  • Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the Dead Sea or in your hotel’s spa (included)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Daniel Dead Sea

Day 9 - Tuesday - April 25th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Visit Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and descend via the Roman Rampart
  • Enjoy a Bedouin-style lunch and camel ride at Kfar HaNokdim Ranch
  • Travel to Beersheva to visit Tel Sheva, the place of Abraham’s Oath
  • See biblical Libnah
  • Beit Guvrin
  • Cast a slingshot in the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath
  • Time permitting, visit the new excavations of biblical ‘Shaaryim’
  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. Dan Jerusalem or similar

Day 10 - Wednesday - April 26th, 2017 - (B/)

  • Walk onto the Temple Mount to see the site of the former temple and today’s Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque
  • Visit the Western “Wailing” Wall
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations to walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.
  • Visit the newest excavations in the City of David and wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel. Visit also the 3D Movie.
  • Have lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Tour the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah's Broad Wall & The Cardo
  • Go underground to visit the 1st century Herodian Quarter
  • Visit the Temple Institute and see the many objects that have already been made for the future Third Temple.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day exploring or shopping on your own in the Old City.
  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Kibbutz Ramat RachelDan Jerusalem or similar

Day 11 - Thursday - April 27th, 2017 - (B/)

  • Lookout from the Mount of Olives
  • Enjoy a time of prayer and devotion in a private garden at Gethsemane
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa from a historical perspective to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Stand on the Lithostratos, “Pavement”, in the Ecco Homo Convent.
  • See the Damascus Gate, where Stephen was stoned.
  • Visit the Garden Tomb
  • See the House of Caiaphas, the possible place Jesus was held on the night of his arrest.
  • End the day at the Upper Room & David’s Tomb
  • 20:30 – Optional Evening Event: The Night Spectacular:Tower of David Sound & Light Show
  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Kibbutz Ramat RachelDan Jerusalem or similar

Day 12 - Friday - April 28th, 2017 - (B/)

  • Visit Yad vaShem Holocaust Memorial
  • Israel Museum: Biblical Archaeology Highlights, the
  • Enjoy time in New Jerusalem at the Machane Yehuda Market
  • End the day in Bethlehem (Shepherd’s Fields, Church of the Nativity)
  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Kibbutz Ramat RachelDan Jerusalem or similar

Day 13 - Saturday - April 29th, 2017 - (B/)

  • Have a restful Sabbath morning
  • Drive via Ein Kerem, the ‘traditional’ birthplace of John the Baptist
  • Pick-up the road to Emmaus and the Church of the Resurrection in Abu Ghosh
  • Experience Jaffa – the ancient port and the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner together in Jaffa on the Mediterranean.
  • 20:00 - Transfer to Airport
  • 23:10 – Group Flight Departure on United Airlines #91

Day 14 - Sunday - April 30th, 2017 - (B/)

  • 04:15 – Arrival at Newark
  • 10:23 – Depart for Atlanta on United Airlines #475
  • 12:52 - Group Arrival back to Atlanta, Georgia

Monday, April 17th - Departure from USA

  • 10:00 - Group Flight Departure from Atlanta, GA on United Airlines #421
  • 12:11 – Arrival to Newark for Connection
  • 16:35 – Departure on United Airlines #84

Tuesday, April 18th – Arrival to Israel

  • 10:15 - Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (Biblical Lydda)
  • Airport Service and Baggage Handlers

Saturday, April 29th -Departure from Israel

  • 20:00 - Transfer to Airport
  • 23:10 – Group Flight Departure on United Airlines #91

Sunday, April 30th  Arrival to USA

  • 04:20 – Arrival at Newark
  • 09:00 – Depart for Atlanta on United Airlines #475
  • 11:35 - Group Arrival back to Atlanta, Georgia

See our helpful FAQ section. Also, we will send out regular group updates that entail packing list, and how to prepare from A to Z, starting 3 months prior to departure.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare on United Airlines from Atlanta, Georgia or Orlando, FL (valued up to $1600) – Best Flight Times all-around!
  • Any substantial fuel surcharges or tax increases for flights (valued up to $700)
  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 12 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide (Eitan Chamberlin, M.A. in Biblical Archaeology and Ancient Languages, Hebrew University)
  • Licensed Jordanian Tour Guide
  • 11 nights in 4-star/ 5-Star accommodations Mix
  • Full Buffet Breakfast & Dinner each day (soft drinks & alcohol not included)
  • 1 Lunch & Camel Ride at Kfar HaNokdim Bedouin Village
  • Full Jordan Extension as outlined
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Internal Headset Whisper System (for groups of 20 or more)
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags
  • All Credit Card Fees
  • All Visa & Border Fees to Israel and Jordan

 

Exclusions

  • Lunches
  • Any substantial fuel surcharges or tax increases for flights
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
  • Gratuities for guide & driver (recommended minimum: $140)
  • Optional Traveler’s Insurance
  • 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: A minimum of 20 paying participants are required for this tour program. If the group minimum is not reached by 4 months before departure, Samson Tours or its tour leader will have the right to either a.) request that all tour members pay a supplement for the increase in costs of no greater than $500.00 per person and operate the group at the same quality; b.) lower the hotel class by at least 1 star to offset the increased costs; or c.) postpone the dates until a minimum number of participants are achieved.
  • Group Maximum: A maximum 50 paying participants will be allowed to join this unique tour program.
  • 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 $400.00 deposit be paid upon signup. The deposit (less a $100.00 non-refundable fee per person) and any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made 90 days before departure. Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ 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 $200.00 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.
  • 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 our partner’s website. Travel Insurance coverage begins ONLY from the time you have purchased travel insurance. It is advisable only to purchase travel insurance when you have made non-refundable payments that exceed the amount of travel insurance purchased.
  • 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.

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Deposit must be in for Early Bird-Special

 Nov. 17, 2016

 

Group Minimum Should be Reached

 Dec. 17,  2016

 

Final Payments are Due

 Jan 17, 2017

 

Late Registration Add-On Goes Into Effect

 Jan 17, 2017

 

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

 Feb 17 2017

Updates Online

Airline Tickets are issued

 March 17, 2017

 

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