THE GOOD REPORT ISRAEL TOUR 2019

Date: February 18, 2019 - March 03, 2019
Led by: Julie Jordan
Base Price for:
Land Only: $2,470.00

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Julie Jordan is leading this comprehensive tour of Israel from February 18th-March 3rd 2019.

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Day 1 - Monday - February 18th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Main Group departure from Sydney, Australia
  • Layover
  • Depart from layover

Day 2 - Tuesday - February 19th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on Lufthansa (LH 0686)
  • You (as well as all members arriving on different flights) will be immediately after Passport control by our airport representative. Our representative will assist you with luggage carts through Baggage, Customs and into the Arrivals Hall and out to meet your private driver.
  • Check in to our hotel, and enjoy a lovely stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea
  • 20:00-21:00 – Meeting Room booked for Kick-Off
  • Overnight & Dinner: Seasons, Netanya

 

Day 1 - Wednesday - February 20th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy the morning at your leisure.
  • Visit Caesarea Maritima: Herod’s Port City. We’ll explore the Roman Theatre, the Praetorium (Governor’s Palace), the Hippodrome and the fabulous Roman Aqueduct. Caesarea was the home of Pontius Pilate, the scene for Cornelius and Peter (Acts 10:1) the imprisonment of Paul (Acts 23:23), the home of Philip the Evangelist a (Acts 8:40; 21:9) and the opening scene for the Great Jewish Revolt in 66 CE.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Seasons, Netanya

Day 2 - Thursday - February 21st, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Visit the site of Muhraka, where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).
  • Enjoy a comprehensive visit to Tel Megiddo in the valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). At this UNESCO world heritage site, we’ll see the Canaanite Gateway, the controversial Solomonic Gate and Casemate Wall, ‘Solomon’s Stables,’ a lookout over the Valley of Armageddon and the amazing water shaft and tunnel built during the time of Ahab.
  • Explore Nazareth, visiting the Church of the Annunciation and other important sites
  • 14:00 - Visit the Nazareth Village, a reconstruction of the 1st century village. (At the end of our visit, you’ll have a lovely gift shop to enjoy.
  • Drive via Cana of Galilee (John 2), the site of Jesus’ first miracle.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 3 - Friday - February 22nd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Walk in the Arbel Pass, Jesus’ passageway to the Sea of Galilee. This is one of the most impressive scenic overviews of the Sea of Galilee and provides an excellent backdrop for Jesus' ministry.
  • 09:00 - Visit the pre-70 synagogue at Magdala. Here, we’ll discuss the modern theories of Mary Magdalene and her role as one of Jesus’ most dedicated followers (Mark 16:9).
  • Visit the 1st century Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum. Was this a boat similar to the one the disciples used?
  • 11:30 - Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Ginosar to Ginosar. While on board, we’ll experience the silence of the Sea as well and see how a fisherman casts his net.
  • Delve into the archaeological remains at Capernaum, mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other city except Jerusalem (Matthew 4:13, 8:5, 11:23, 17:24; Mark 2:1, 9:33; Luke 4:23; John 2:12).
  • Walk about Bethsaida, the birthplace of 5 of the 12 disciples (and the ancient Israelite town of Geshur (Matthew 11:21; Mark 8:22; Luke 9:10; John 1:44).
  • Weather permitting, we’ll end the day walking down the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 4 - Saturday - February 23rd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Visit Tel Hazor and see the destruction of the Canaanite city as reported in Joshua 11 and Judges 5. Here, we’ll see the Solomonic Gate, the destroyed Late Bronze Age palace and an example of the Israelite House. (Note: your guide excavated here in from 1997-1998).
  • Drive through the Hulah Valley, possibly the Waters of Merom (Joshua 11:5).
  • Experience the Tel Dan Nature Reserve to see the “Arch of Abraham,” Jeroboam’s temple, and the discovery place of the ‘House of David’ inscription (Gen 14:13-16; Deut. 34:1; Josh 19:47; Judg. 18:1-2, 18:27-29; I Kings 12:26-33, 15:20; II Kings 15:29)
  • Explore the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi (Matt. 16:13-28).
  • Enjoy coffee & deserts in the Druze village of Ma’sade in the Golan Heights.
  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias/Sea of Galilee

Day 5 - Sunday - February 24th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life.
  • Have a short visit Tel Beth Shean next to Mt. Gilboa (I Sam. 31:8-13; II Sam. 21:12-14) to lookout over the Roman city, the ancient Tel. Beth Shean was the capital of the Decapolis in Jesus’ day (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20).
  • Visit the baptismal site of Qasr El Yahud, where John most likely performed his baptisms (Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:9)
  • Our last site of the day is Qumran, where some of the Dead Sea Scroll caves were copied and Cave 11
  • Enjoy the rest of the day floating in the Dead Sea, the hotel’s spa or enjoying the hotel’s amenities.
  • 19:30 - Church service in hotel meeting room
  • Overnight & Dinner: Daniel Dead Sea (Standard Rooms)

Day 6 - Monday - February 25th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in your hotel’s spa and the Dead Sea
  • 09:00 -Departure
  • Explore Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last stand for the Jewish rebels in 73 CE (Luke 11:21-22).
  • Visit the desert of Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul (Isa 35:7; I Sam. 23:29, 24:1-22)
  • Visit Tel Jericho (Josh 3:15-16, 6:1-27; II Kings 2:4-5, 2:18-22; Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 10:46-52; Luke 19:1-10), where the walls came tumbling down, and lookout over the Mount of Temptation.
  • Lookout over the Judean Desert and the Monastery of St. George in Wadi Kelt
  • Check in to our New Jerusalem hotel
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 7 - Tuesday - February 26th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Have an early departure for the Temple Mount to see the site of the former Jewish temples and the current Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque.
  • Say a prayer at the Wailing Wall and admire the grandeur of this sacred spot for the Jewish people.
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.
  •  (11:40 Warren’s Shaft) - Visit the newest excavations in the City of David and wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel, and visit the Pool of Siloam (II Sam 5:7-9; II Chr. 32:2-5; I Kings 1:33, 1:38-40; II Kings 20:20, 25:1-9; Ps. 48:12-13; Isa. 22:11; John 9:6-11)
  • Have lunch and some shopping time on your own in the Jewish Quarter
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah's Broad Wall (II Kings 20:22; II Chr. 32:3-5; Isaiah 22:9-10 & the reconstructed Cardo, the north-south street that ran through the city in the Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • 15:30 -Visit the Temple Institute
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 8 - Wednesday - February 27th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy a panoramic lookout from the Mount of Olives (II Sam 15:30; Numbers 19:1-10; Ezekiel 11:23; Ps. 122:3, 122:6, 125:2; Luke 21:37; Zech 14:4; John 8:1)
  • Walk the Palm Sunday journey down the Mt. of Olives, stopping by Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city (Luke 19:41-44) and engaging with the early Christian tombs discovered at the site.
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of all Nations (Matthew 26:36ff).
  • See the Pools of Bethesda at the Church of St. Anne (John 5:1-9).
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, noting key archaeological details. Learn 7 reasons why Jesus was crucified there (Matt. 1:17; Matt 27; Luke 23; John 19)
  • Walk out the Damascus Gate, to where Stephen was stoned (Acts 6:5-15; Acts 7:1-8:2).
  • 14:15 - Visit the Garden Tomb, a modern alternative for the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Guided by a local volunteer guide.
  • Special Evening Event: Hallelujah at the City of David
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 9 - Thursday - February 28th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Explore Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity. (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4-20; Matt. 2:1-12, 2:16-18).
  • Gather up 5 smooth stones in the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
  • Stand on Tel Beth Shemesh to see the place of the ‘return of the ark of the covenant’ (2 Samuel 6:1f and Samson country, Zora and Eshtaol, the place of Samson’s birth and stories (Judges 13-16).
  • Visit Jaffa, where Jonah was swallowed by the whale and the place of Peter’s healing of Tabitha and his vision.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 10 - Friday - March 1st, 2019 - (B/)

  • Enjoy the morning at your leisure and have lunch out on your own before transferring to Ben Gurion International Airport for your departure flight.
  • Have the option to stay an additional night

Day 11 - Saturday - March 2nd, 2019

  • Arrive to Hong Kong
  • Depart from Hong Kong
  • Arrive back to Sydney on March 2nd/3rd 2019

An official group flight option will be posted approximately 9 months before departure.

If you are booking your own flight, please forward this information to us and enter it in your Online Account.

For helpful tips on how to get prepared visit our FAQ

Approximately 3 months prior to departure, we'll email you a series of updates on how to get prepared for the tour.

Inclusions

  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • Gratuities for bellboys at the hotels upon arrival and departure.
  • 11 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide (proficient English speaking)
  • 10 nights in nice 4-star accommodations
  • 10 full buffet Israeli-style breakfasts
  • 10 full buffet dinners at hotels and restaurants
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Internal Headset Whisper System for groups of 20 or more
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags
  • Wire Transfer fees (our side)

 

Exclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Sydney, Australia
  • Special Transfers for anyone not on the main group flight
  • Lunches
  • Sodas and other special drinks served by the hotels.
  • 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: $13 per person, per day = $130)
  • Optional Traveler’s Insurance
  • Visa Fees, if required
  • All Credit Card Fees (add 3% for credit payment)
  • 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 $300.00 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 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 the World Nomads 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.

Deadlines

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Group Minimum Should be Reached

 Oct 14th 2018

 

Final Payments are Due

 Nov 14th 2018

 

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

 Nov 14th 2018

 

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

 Nov 14th 2018

 

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

 Nov 15th 2018

 

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

Dec 14th 2018

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