TEMPLE BETH SHALOM 2018 ISRAEL TOUR

Date: June 23, 2018 - July 08, 2018
Led by: Rabbi Ari Goldstein
Base Price for:
Land Only: $4,140.00

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Join Rabbi Ari Goldstein and the Temple Beth Shalom of Arnold, Maryland on this unforgettable journey to Israel.

This tour is 13 days/12 Nights on Land with exceptional High 4-Star and 5-Star hotels and experiences.

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Day 1 - Saturday - June 23rd, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Depart from your city of origin

 

Note: You can depart a day earlier and arrive on this day by selecting the Extra Overnight and Transfer from your Add-ons or by contacting us.

Day 2 - Sunday - June 24th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Morning arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel
  • Upon arrival, immediately after Passport Control, as you enter into the luggage pickup carousel area, you will be met by our airport representative with a sign reading ‘Samson Tours’ and/or ‘Temple Beth Shalom’. If for some reason, you miss our representative, please take a free luggage cart and remain at your arrival flight’s carousel until you are contacted. If you are not met properly, please call or send a WhatsApp or text message to 972-50-7152575. If by chance there is any further delay, please gather your luggage and exit into the Arrivals Hall and remain at the Kakao Coffee Shop off to the right until you are located. Please do not leave the airport without our full assistance or our transfer vehicle.
  • 14:00 – Transfer to your hotel in the north
  • 17:00 – Check-in to hotel
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Cabins)

Note: All early arrivals will be met immediately after Passport Control, as described above, and will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle.

Day 3 - Monday - June 25th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Visit Gamla, the “Masada” of the north.
  • Visit Oz 77 and the front lines of the Golan Heights
  • Cable car up to the top of Mt. Hermon
  • Cool off with some water slides at Lunagal.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Cabins)

Day 4 - Tuesday - June 26th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Tour Tsfat (Safed), the city of Kaballah. We’ll tour the Old City and have plenty of time for perusing the galleries.
  • Tour the Bio-Bee center at Sde Eliezer
  • Drive down the Jordan Valley
  • See where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered at Qumran
  • Visit Jericho to see Tel Jericho and meet with a Palestinian to discuss the “imminent” Palestinian state
  • Go “up” to Jerusalem
  • Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 5 - Wednesday - June 27th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • 07:00 – We’ll have an early departure from the hotel, for those who want to go up to the Temple Mount to see the former site of the Temple and today’s Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Note: Anyone who wants to forego this amazing experience may be transferred at 08:30 to meet us at the Kotel.
  • 09:00 -Visit the Western Wall
  • 10:00 - Tour the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Have an optional Tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or some shopping time on your own in the Old City
  • See King David’s Tomb
  • Visit Oscar Schindlar’s Tomb
  • Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 6 - Thursday - June 28th, 2018 - (B/)

  • 08:00 – Departure
  • 09:00 - Experience the life of Theodore Herzl through a Multimedia Experience.
  • Visit Herzl’s Tomb on Mount Herzl.
  • 11:00 - Have your choice of visits: Yad vaShem Holocaust Memorial OR the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo (for parents with children under 10)
  • Gush Etzion OR Hebron – the Cave of the Machpelah, where the patriarchs and matriarchs of Judaism are buried.
  • Learn the Settler’s Perspective as we engage with a person or family living in the southern West Bank region.
  • Optional Afternoon: Experience the Caliber 3 Shooting Range where you will learn the basics of anti-terrorism training. The cost for this experience is $100 per adult and $85 for children up to 18 years old for 12 or more participants. The cost is 25% higher for less participants. Children under 18 will shoot clay bullets only.
  • Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Friday - June 29th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations & the Davidson Center and see a 3D Virtual Model of the former Temple
  • Experience the City of David (3D Movie, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel)
  • Enjoy the rest of your afternoon on your own at Ben Yehuda Street and the Machane Yehuda Market
  • Overnight: David Citadel, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Saturday - June 30th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Possible Bar/Bat Mitzvah opportunity at the Hebrew Union College
  • Return to hotel and prepare for departure
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv
  • Have a late lunch on your own at Dizengoff Center
  • Explore the city streets of Tel Aviv (see Trumpledore Street & Cemetery, Bialik Street, Nachalat Benyamin, Neve Tsedek)
  • Enjoy the rest of your day by the Mediterranean Sea
  • Overnight: Sheraton, Tel Aviv (Deluxe Sea View)

Day 9 - Sunday - July 1st, 2018 - (B/)

Note: Must have closed-toed shoes for the archaeological dig.

  • Beit Guvrin Archaeological Dig
  • Experience the Ayallon Institute, the pre-state underground bullet manufacturing facility
  • Overnight: Sheraton, Tel Aviv

Day 10 - Monday - July 2nd, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948
  • Rabin Museum
  • Palmach Museum
  • Overnight: Sheraton, Tel Aviv

Day 11 - Tuesday - July 3rd, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Drive towards Caesarea. Visit the port city of Herod the Great.
  • Visit Haifa and lookout over the spectacular Bahai Gardens
  • Visit the Crusader city of Akko
  • Overnight: Sheraton, Tel Aviv

Day 12 - Wednesday - July 4th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Visit the Hazerim Airforce Base
  • Tour the Nefafim Factory (the world’s first drip system) at Kibbutz Hazerim
  • Hike Ein Avdat
  • Camel rides from Chan HaShayaroth OR Mamshit
  • Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in the Dead Sea
  • Overnight & Dinner: Isrotel Dead Sea

Day 13 - Thursday - July 5th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last battle of the Jewish Revolt. You will have the option to hike up or take the cable car.
  • Here, we’ll take out the Torah Scrolls to experience a never-forgetting opportunity for Bar and Bat Mitzva Ceremony
  • Drive to Eilat
  • Overnight: Hilton Queen of Sheba (Deluxe Sea-View Rooms)

Day 14 - Friday - July 6th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Option #1 - Wake up early to cross the Aravah Border Crossing and make your way to the Nabataean city of Petra and back. Have lunch at Basin Restaurant in Petra (MUST BRING PASSPORTS, SUNSCREEN & HATS. Recommended: Change of Clothes.) Kindly note that we will have a representative in Eilat who will transfer you to/from the border and will pay all border fees & taxes on your behalf. You are expected to provide a generous gratuity for your guide and a driver of a minimum $10 per person.
  • Option #2: Enjoy a free day on your own in Eilat (swim with dolphins, etc.)
  • Enjoy dinner out on your own
  • Welcome the Sabbath with Rabbi Goldstein from the shores from the Red Sea
  • Overnight: Hilton Queen of Sheba (Deluxe Sea-View Rooms)

Day 15 - Saturday - July 7th, 2018 - (B/)

  • Check out from the hotel at the latest possible time and prepare for departure.
  • Fly from Eilat to Ben Gurion International Airport

Note: We will provide Private or group transfers as needed from the hotel to the airport. Please let us know your international flight details at least 3 months in advance to secure you the best domestic times from Eilat to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Day 16 - Sunday - July 8th, 2018 - (B/)

  • RETURN HOME!

Currently, all passengers are encouraged to book their own flights to/from Israel. We will be happy to book the best and most affordable airfare (at absolute cost) from your airline of choice for a mere $50.00 booking fee. 

Please see our helpful FAQ section.

Inclusions

 

  • Meeting & assistance on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport by Amiel representative.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels.
  • All gratuities for all services, including guide/driver ($150 per person value).
  • 13 overnights at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • 12 full days sightseeing as per your program below.
  • English speaking tour guide throughout the entire tour. (No guide on day 13)
  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned above (No bus on day 13)
  • Transfer from Eilat hotel to local airport and borders.
  • Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast, including full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily, and 3 dinners on days 1, 2, and 11. 
  • Flight from Eilat Regional Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport 90$ per person per way
  • FREE WIFI on the bus
  • Welcome kit
  • ALL Entrance fees per the itinerary, unless otherwise specified:
  • Credit card fees (There is a discount for paying your final balance by check or direct deposit).

 

Exclusions

  • International Roundtrip airfare
  • Biblical zoo – Adult 14$, children 12$
  • Caliber 3 – 140$ per person
  • 1-day Petra optional tour from Eilat include visa and taxes
  • Additional overnights and transfers not mentioned in the schedule
  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.

(Land Prices based on 20 or more adult travelers…)

 

Per Person (adult) in a Double/Twin Room

$4140.00

For 3rd Person (ages 13+) in a Shared Room

$3760.00

For the 1st Child (ages 2-12) in a shared room with Adults

$3410.00

For the 2nd Child (ages 2-12) in a shared room with Adults – Includes a Supplement for larger 2+2 Family-Style Room at certain hotels

$3550.00

Single Supplement

$2400.00

Additional Overnight in Tel Aviv (Pre-Arrival or Post-Tour), per person in a Shared Twin or Queen room on BB with private transfer

$180.00

Additional Overnight in Tel Aviv (Pre-Arrival or Post-Tour), per person in a SINGLE ROOM on BB

$340.00

Petra Day Tour Optional Extension Per Person (includes special visa, border taxes, transfers, guide, and entrance fees)

$375.00

Per Person Discount for Payment by Check

-$80.00

 

Policies

  • 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 45 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 $100.00 non-refundable fee per person) and any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made to Samson Tours 60 days before departure. If the tour leader is collecting all payments, they may specify their own timeline. Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ 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 World Nomads. 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.
  • 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 20paying 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 charge a.) a supplement for the increase in costs of $550.00 per person to operate the group at the same quality for 15-19 passengers or a supplement for the increase in costs of $1000.00 per person and operate the group at the same quality for 10-14 passengers. Samson Tours also reserves the right to 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 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 or getting travel insurance, 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 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 $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.

 

Deadlines

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Group Minimum Should be Reached

Feb 20th    2018

 

Final Payments are Due

March 20th   2018

 

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

March 20th   2018

 

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

March 20th   2018

 

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

March 21st   2018

 

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

April 21st 2018

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