METROPOLITAN BAPTIST ISRAEL TOUR 2019

Date: April 01, 2019 - April 13, 2019
Led by: Rev Mario Schiavone
Base Price for:
Land Only: $2,590.00

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Tour Israel with Rev. Mario Schiavone and the Metropolitan Baptist Church from Sydney, Australia.

We had a fabulous time on our tour in 2017. Now, it's a return to Israel but with even greater emphasis on the south of the country and an optional experience in Petra, Jordan.

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Day 1 - Monday - April 1st, 2019 - (D)

  • Departure from Sydney, Australia
  • Connecting Flight

Day 2 - Tuesday - April 2nd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport
  • All members 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.
  • Approximately 18:00: Check in to our hotel, and enjoy a lovely stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea

Day 3 - Wednesday - April 3rd, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Morning of Leisure
  • 11:00 - Tour of Independence Hall
  • Lunch in Jaffa
  • Tour Jaffa, where Jonah was swallowed by the whale and the place of Peter’s healing of Tabitha and his vision.
  • Visit Ashkelon
  • Overnight & Dinner: Tal Tel Aviv

Day 4 - Thursday - April 4th, 2019 - (B/)

  • Tel Gezer
  • Elah Valley
  • Lachish
  • Hebron
  • Tel Arad
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Negev, Beersheva.

Day 5 - Friday - April 5th, 2019 - (B/)

  • Tel Beersheva
  • Avdat
  • Lookout from Zin ravine
  • Lookout from Ramon Crater
  • Wilderness of Faran
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Plaza, Eilat

Day 6 - Saturday - April 6th, 2019 - (B/D)

Day 7 - Sunday - April 7th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Timna (Solomon’s Pillars, Ancient Copper Mines and visit to the life-size reconstruction of the Tabernacle.
  • 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)
  • Ein Gedi Spa
  • Tour of Ein Gedi Botanical Gardens
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Plaza, Dead Sea (Ein Bokek)

Day 8 - Monday - April 8th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Early departure for the Galilee
  • Visit the baptismal site of Qasr El Yahud, where John most likely performed his baptisms (Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:9)
  • 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).
  • Visit the 1st century Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum. Was this a boat similar to the one the disciples used?
  • 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.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias

Day 9 - Tuesday - April 9th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • Visit the pre-70 synagogue and archaeological ruins at Magdala (Mark 16:9).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tour of Shilo, where the ark of the covenant rested for 369 years.
  • Drive to Jerusalem via Bethel
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach, Tiberias

Day 10 - Wednesday - April 10th, 2019 - (B/)

  • 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.
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.
  • 11:00 (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.
  • Say a prayer at the Wailing Wall and admire the grandeur of this sacred spot for the Jewish people.
  • End the day with a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels. Here we’ll walk the full length of the newly exposed Western retaining wall for the Temple Mount and walk on portions of the first century street
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Thursday - April 11th, 2019 - (B/)

  • 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 House of Caiaphas
  • Visit Mt. Zion, the Upper Room & David’s Tomb.
  • 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)
  • See the Damascus Gate, to where Stephen was stoned (Acts 6:5-15; Acts 7:1-8:2).
  • 16:00 - Visit the Garden Tomb, a modern alternative for the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Guided by a local volunteer guide.
  • Enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening on your own.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Friday - April 12th, 2019 - (B/)

  • Enjoy the morning at your leisure and have lunch out on your own
  • A morning guided tour of Yad vaShem Holocaust memorial will be provided by the guide and lunch can be eaten there.
  • 13:00 - Transfer to the airport.
  •  ‘Main Group’ Departure on Lufthansa Airlines (LH 0687) or similar
  • Connection Flight

Day 13 - Saturday - April 13th, 2019 - (B/)

  • Return home…with your heart full of memories.

A group flight will be announced 9 months prior to departure.

See our helpful FAQ section.

 

 

Inclusions

  • Group Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport and international borders
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 11 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • 10 nights in 4-star accommodations
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide throughout
  • Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner each day (special drinks not included)
  • 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
  • Group Visa fees, if required for 10 or more
  • All Credit Card Fees

Exclusions

  • Round-trip airfare (+fuel and taxes) from Sydney, Australia
  • Special Transfers for anyone not on the main group flight
  • Lunches
  • Petra Extension Tour (includes transfers, entrance Exit fee and Visa)
  • 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 through World Nomads
  • Personal Visa fees, if required
  • Lunch on the final tour day
  • 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 $400.00 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 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.

 

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Group Minimum Should be Reached

Dec 1st 2018

 

Final Payments are Due

Dec 31st 2018

 

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

Jan 1st 2019

 

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

Jan 1st 2019

 

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

Jan 2nd 2019

 

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

Feb 1st 2019

See our Insurance page.





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