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The "Naked Archaeologist Tour" with Simcha Jacobovici operated by the archaeologist, Eitan Chamberlin was just superlative. Amazing organization, the caliber of the speakers were impressive. The network Eitan and Simcha opened up to the group was phenomenal and so generous! Such an honour to be part of this beautiful experience. Eitan is a passionate guy, with lots of experience in so many fields! Just talking to him, opens up a world of wonder! Excellent accommodation and food! I am waiting to hear about the "Naked Archaeologist Tour- 2"! WE WILL BE BACK :)!
- M. Cristina Lo Presti
The Naked Archaeologist Tour was really a marvelous experience which exceeded all of my expectations. My work at Stanford University involved planning and organizing so I know first hand when things go smoothly it is due to thoughtful planning and the excellent execution of the folks that worked for me. When things go smoothly and easily, it is not by accident! So thank you!
I have just return from the "Naked Archaeologist Tour" with Simcha Jacobovici operated by the archaeologist, Eitan Chamberlain. Eitan's knowledge of the Bible and Israel is awesome. Equally impressive is his organizational skills. Having the passionate, knowledgable and somewhat controversial Simcha Jacobovci present, makes for an interesting time to say the least. Accommodations and food were great. Having some knowledge of Biblical history may be an advantage on this type of tour, but not absolutely necessary as Eitan makes it all clear.
My wife and I took our first visit to Israel in November with a group from Manchester, ably guided by Eitan. We appreciated every minute! Eitan has a superb knowledge of both testaments of our (Christian) Bible, a great love for Israel and it's history and an amazing understanding of his subject. His specialty is archaeology, and he appears on various TV shows talking about his subject. I am very grateful to Eitan for helping me to understand the Bible better and giving his views on the current political and social situation of the region. As well as being a great expert he was patient and understanding with our questions and always explained things well. Thank you, John Faraday
My wife & I have talked about doing a trip to Israel for many years. When our head Pastor Sam & Rosemond Owusu put this together we went crazy, I had watched some TV specials of guides in Israel explaining where you are against scripture as your touring and I thought " Boy I hope Sam picks a good guide" Eitan was fantastic, his depth in scripture coupled with an amazing work ethic and commitment to give everyone dollar value was just so impressive, He was energetic,dynamic,pleasant and thorough,his driver Mousse was also a huge plus ! Apparently there is a saying amongst the Jewish nation " If it is at all possible to get to Israel in your lifetime DO IT ! My wife & I felt doubly blessed to have had Eitan as the Man we did it with !!!
- Brian Nisbet
Returned home Friday from one of the most memorable trips I've ever travelled. Eitan is top notch! We saw everything on our list (and it was extensive), don't know how Eitan crammed it all in, but he did and we are grateful. Hotels were top of the line and I felt completely safe and secure in Ethan's capable hands. Can't say enough about how grateful we are for such a wonderful trip/experience.
Excellent value. Superior knowledge transfer . Jam packed site visits with unusual insights on their significance Good food and accommodations threat.
It was last February that we had the privilege of going to the holy land of Israel with Samson tours. It is has been some 3 months now and l am still reaping the fruit of that time with you. You helped me to actually walk through the passages of scriptures. The bible has had more depth and meaning now than even before, as a result of the tour. Thank you for going the extra mile in every way. The tour was very well run & organised, we felt safe and cared for in every way,the accommodation and food was excellent and the actual tour was very, very informative. I also appreciate that there were no surprises financially, truly everything was cared for as you outlined very clearly. I can't wait to return with a group from our church in a year or two. God bless you, Pastor Mario & Josie Schiavone Sydney Australia
- Mario Schiavone
I have been meaning to email you since we got back at the end of January but with the crazy business of the school year and work somehow never got around to it. I wanted to really thank you for an amazing time. It is very rare (possibly unique) that three generations can go on holiday together – especially to a place as amazing as Israel. However there is always a risk that people don’t get on or want to do different things. Overall our trip was very smooth – in no small part to your knowledge, good humour, patience and ability to engage with the kids at their level as well as the grandparents. The week with you was truly the highlight of our five weeks away. Israel is both ancient and modern, laid back and busy. You managed to bring all of this together in a relaxed style which really suited us. I have been recommending you to anyone who asks. In fact, I think our friends the Boymal’s may have booked with you.
- Kerryn Lowe
Samson Tours is truly a 1st class in everything it provides for its travelers. Traveling with Samson Tours in January, 2015 was a transforming experience as Eitan provided great background and insight into many Bible sites. I hope to bring a group back from our church, and I would only go with Samson Tours. Thank you so much for making our trip to Israel the trip of a lifetime.
- Chris Starr
I went to Israel expecting a life changing time and I was not disappointed. Eitan made the trip so easy, fun, and adventurous. We had a group of 14 and I can attest that each one of us had an oooo, aaahh or WOW during some part of the trip. Eitan was the only tour guide who I saw cracked open his bible or bible notes. My biggest surprise was the Dead Sea it is beautiful! We had Communion, outrageously good food, good hotels just plain fun! Eitan let us meet his family and we had an Arab bus driver(who prob got tired of me leaving stuff on the bus lol). Everybody inside the country got along no arguing very peaceful within 30 mins of us getting to our first hotel in Netanya I went for a 45 min walk by the Mediterranean Sea ALONE! Its sooooo peaceful over there. Everybody need to go to Israel at least once in their life. Put your feet where Jesus and his disciples walked and others in the Bible you won't read the Bible the same. I want to upload some pics and vids I took over a thousand! I kid you not I did not want to come back home I could've stayed another 10 days easily. I plan to go back t if Eitan can deal with me another 10 days. I want to go back to with Samson Tours. Beautiful country, Spirit of Peace hovers over them no matter what the news media says!
- Veronica Clark
My trip to Israel was truly amazing and a spiritual life changer. I will never be the same. I learned so much about Israel and the stories in the bible. Since my return to home I have been sharing and encouraging family and friends to come and visit Israel and to take the tour with Samson Tours. My tour guide and the CEO of Samson Tours, Eitan, was very knowledgeable and anointed in his teaching and guidance. I look forward to returning to Israel with Samson Tours in the future. Thank you so much Eitan and Samson Tours for a wonderful trip. I am forever grateful.
- Patricia Cook
Just finished a 10 day tour and it was the experience of a lifetime. On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 15! and I am not kidding! Samson tours is the very best! Excellent hotels, outstanding food. You've read all of your life the stories of the bible but to experience it was superb! Never had a moment of chaos or fear! I recommend planning a tour, Pastors it will change the way you minister the bible! I am ready to do it again! Eitan Chamberlin is one of the most knowledgeable guides in the business. There were people that was not on our tour listening in to what was being said. Simply the best!
- Steven Williams
Great tour!!! I recommend it to anyone who loves the Bible or is interested in getting to know it better.
- Dana Byquist
Israel will be forever remembered! I felt completely safe and provided for the entire time! Every detail was taken care of--we just needed to show up 'on-time!' :) THANK YOU Eitan and Samson Tours for an incredible trip! I would do it again!
- Ashley Ragnow
When the trip leaders proclaimed that this trip would be life-changing, I thought that it was pretty lofty but it turns out that they were absolutely correct. I came away with a deeper understanding of the Bible, a closer connection to its teachings, and a desire to "dig in" and understand it even better. Much more importantly, this will bless everybody and everything in my life. Samson Tours and our leader (and CEO of Samson), Eitan, were unequivocally top notch. I'm very grateful indeed to have gone!
- Doug Hoff
Coming to Israel has been a life changing experience that I know will stay with me for for the rest of my life. Being able to visit so many significant places has sparked more of an interest to study the Bible and has made me so grateful for Christian Science.I have been able to dig into stories and see new perspectives that I never would have imagined. I am also glad I was able to come to this land and see everything first hand. A huge take away from from this trip has been realizing the spiritual significance behind each location that can be shared and recognized anywhere in the world.
- Jason McEntire
My relationship with Israel has been long and I know exceptional guiding when I see it. I was deeply impressed the first time I led a tour with Eitan and I did not think then that my admiration could increase. However Samson Tours has recently caused my second experience of tour-leading to magnify my confidence in them. Tour leading involves responsibility and so it was important that I felt well respected and well included in the whole process. My role was made easy. The company is intensely effective on all fronts and absolutely nothing is too much trouble for them. They work with an expertise that I have not encountered before. Everything was done well, whether it was describing the latest archeological finds, liaising with busy hotel staff, getting closed gates opened for us on site visits, negotiating pleasant low-cost lunches for us, or ensuring our safety in the midst of a snow-storm. The service was consistently excellent. I am so glad I discovered Samson Tours. There is absolutely no question... we will just have to plan another tour.
- Lisa Battye
The experience of a pilgrimage tour with Samson has been truly outstanding. Our party benefited from superb organisation and care right through from landing to departure. Each day brought a fascinating selection of places to visit, together with knowledgeable information setting the relevant history and archaeology in context.
- Carolyn Hampson
A Story About a Guide Two years ago I went on Pilgrimage to Israel. We had a guide called Eitan, who lived near Nazareth. He was a wonderful guide. He knew all the places we visited and what happened there. As he got to know us he adapted his plans and knew what we would enjoy and what our limits were. He knew the best times of day to visit places so that we got the best experience. He knew the best places to eat and made sure we drank enough. He knew the Bible and challenged us about our faith. He kept us safe and made sure we experienced and learnt as much as we could. As the week went along we came to rely on him, he knew the best way to go, the most interesting places to visit, and we followed him carefully. On the last day we all had lunch together before our flight home and when we left the restaurant we followed Eitan, as usual, to find the coach to go to the airport. As we were walking down a road some of us spotted the coach parked up a side street across the road, but Eitan seemed to be walking past it, we shouted him, but the road was busy and noisy and he didn’t appear to hear us and it looked like he was walking away from the coach, so some of us decided to cross the road near were the coach was parked. After all it would save us a walk back when Eitan realised he’d walked to far! But when Eitan got on the coach he was very upset – of course he had seen the coach, but it was not a safe place to cross the road. Although it appeared to us he was walking away from the coach he was in fact walking up the street to a pedestrian crossing that we did not know about, there had been a good chance that we could have been knocked down as it was a busy road. We could see and hear Eitan clearly and he had shown throughout the week that he was a good guide, yet we still did not trust him, we still thought we know best, we knew where we wanted to get to and thought we could take a short cut! How often do we do that with our faith? We know where we want to be (close to God) but we don’t listen to or respond to the promptings of our guide the Holy Spirit, because we think we know best.
- Hilary Shedlock
Eitan, I wanted to thank you for being our tour guide extraordinaire! I can’t tell you how enlightening this trip was for me! I learned so much and my love of the Bible has sky-rocketed!
- Michele Parsons
We had such a memorable and inspiring trip with you and we were so glad we knew a sweet way to thank you appropriately!
- Sue Palmer
It was great to be in Eretz Israel for the first time and to have an enthusiastic and learned guide like you. Thank you also for the extra out-of-the-way excursions and for giving us time to pick up all that pottery!
- Pradesh Shrestha
Eitan, I recall when you told me that you were already booked on a tour but that you would personally select a guide for us. Dubi did you proud! Not only was he always the professional, courteous guide but he took such an interest in our tour and education of Israel that we all felt that it was like a family member taking us out for the afternoon. I could not have hoped for more and you both have my most sincere thanks for helping to make Israel the highlight of our vacation. Sharona, thank you for managing all the details of our tours. As you have read, it was a super time. I will shortly find the time to go trip advisor and write a very favorable report on Samson Tours.
- Roy Whiston
I promised to write a postive reveiw and maybe even a blog article about how great our guide Dubi was. We have been on over 40 cruises and he was far and away the most knowledgeable, passionate and considerate guide ever. For my full article, please read: http://www.martinpi.com/private-investigator-blog/miscellaneous/touring-isra el-with-an-excellent-guide/#more-658
- Tom Martin
It is hard to put into words a thank you for the tour you gave us of beautiful incredible Israel! Every detail was so well planned and prepared for all of us, the progression from destination to destination was the best! Thank you for giving us a magnificent trip to remember for a lifetime!!
- Cushie Switzer
What a wonderful, eye-opening adventure in Israel. You gave us 110% and we appreciate it so much. Thank you for an amazing trip that will remain with me forever. There is not a day that goes by where something in my life doesn’t remind me of one of the many lessons learned in Israel. Thank you for sharing your deep love and understanding of the country with us.
- Marcelle Pearson
Thank you for the tremendous work that you put into this tour. Your love of Israel is steadfast and sharing that with others makes you happy, and that fact of good cannot help but be felt by all of us that travel with you. Thank you. I also recognize and acknowledge the dollar value of the entire trip that you put together - it is very clear. If you need references or testimonies I’m happy to be called upon. I deeply appreciate all the hard work and therefore value every experience we had in Israel.
- William Bell
THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR MARVELOUS INSIGHTS AND WONDERFUL CARE OF US ALL!
- Molly Byers
Thank you to the moon and back. I’ll never forget this. I have always loved Israel. For over forty years I worked with a school that was 50-55% Jewish populated. I wish I had known then what I know now. Anyway, I now love Israel more than I did before.
- Yvonne Frink
I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed all you taught us and every place you took us. This was a big group, and we all had our little idiosyncrasies, but you were so patient and kind. I really appreciated your sharing your political views and spiritual views. I feel I have learned so much about Israel and Judaism, and respect so much what your people believe and have done. I have nothing but good to say about every aspect of our tour. Couldn’t believe the places we stayed and wonderful food. The Farewell dinner was scrumptious! I’d come back just for that chocolate pie! Really appreciated all the extra things you showed us,and the amount of walking and climbing we were able to do.
- Nan Tellier
We were most touched by the excellent, and most generous, arrangements that you made for Camilla’s and my transfer from Abu Ghosh - the presumed site of Emmaus - to Ben Gurion airport, for us to catch our flight home. All went very smoothly, and we weren’t required to unpack any of our voluminous luggage, though of course we were questioned at some length, and were thankful to have been forewarned accordingly. Our flight was fine, and we made it home in the early hours of the Friday morning. As already said, the whole tour has been a hugely rewarding experience for us, in large measure due to the prodigious efforts that you clearly made on our behalf. We can’t thank you enough.
- Rodney and Camilla de Chair
Eitan Chamberlin guided our private tour of five men in May 2013. He is not merely a good guide; he is excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, punctual, flexible, patient, and energetic. He has hands-on experience working at archaeological sites and brings a wealth of information to any Israel tour. He went the second mile with us, and we recommend his services.
- David Cloud
Not a day goes by that I do not think of our trip to Israel. Everything about it was so powerful and inspiring. I am forever grateful to you for the huge labor of love that goes into planning one of those trips! Your leadership, knowledge and love for Israel made the trip truly outstanding. I have no doubt that we had the best guide (Eitan) in all of Israel!
- Laura Towle
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of some aspect of that trip. Truly a life changer for me.
- Cathie Trogdon
We certainly appreciate your time spent with us and the spiritual growth that impelled!
- Kathy Merrill
I just wanted to thank you again for all the work and care you put into our Holy Land tour. As I read through our Bible Lessons now I feel such a deeper connection to the ideas and principles it lays out for us, and I so appreciate having a better understanding of the historical context in which those writings took place. It’s strengthened my trust in the Father to provide, comfort, and protect, just as He did in all those stories. I also just really love Israel now. I speak of it so highly to my family and friends, and talk of the peace, the love, the beauty we saw there. So thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your home with us. It has changed my life.
- Lauren Wienecke
Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip. I don’t have the time to adequately express how wonderful it was and how impactful this experience was on "restoring my soul" but it shook my love for the Bible to the foundations, and I’ve come back home a better man.
- Christian Hagenlocher
Dear Samson Tours, Thank you very much for our tours while we were in Israel. Your tours were insightful and very comprehensive giving us many views on the history of Israel and the Jewish people. It was truly meaningful to go to places that we read about in Tanach and seeing them in person. I would highly recommend your services to anyone who is going to Israel and is looking for a tour guide.
- Haydn Fried
Thank you for your help with all the arrangements. We had a wonderful trip. Our guide, Ari Singer, was wonderful. We asked for some changes to the itinerary, as we realized when we got to Israel that some of it would not be of interest to the children. He made changes that were excellent. Especially the 3rd day’s agenda had to be changed. Ari took us to the P’til Techelet factory, to sites like Shiloh & Mt. Girizim, a place for a camel ride, lunch at Ariel. Ari is very knowledgeable and had something of interest for all ages. We were especially impressed with his preparation and research for the tour. He was dealing with young, religious children. He gauged the tour so as to get and keep their interest. Thank you for getting him to be our guide.
- Nancy & Stuart Schoenburg
Hey Eitan, on our private tour with Yossi...It was great! Yossi was humorous, very knowledgable, flexible and tried to accommodate us as best as possible. It worked out very well for our group. Thank you so much!
- Valorie Miller
We had heard about Petra from others who had been there, and had seen the portion from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where the facades of Petra were filmed. When we were planning a trip to Israel for a family Bar Mitzvah, we took the opportunity and contacted Samson Tours. A Samson Tours agent who was knowledgeable and helpful put together a 3-day package, which included a Dead Sea resort, a full day touring the ancient city of Petra, and a day in the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The total experience was wonderful. We were guided through the process at every step of the way by professional guides and assistants, all arranged by Samson Tours. The most surprising thing was the warm welcome we received by the Jordanians. They were all pleasant and helpful, and spoke perfect English. I would recommend the Petra experience to anyone, especially when arranged by the experts at Samson Tours.
- Harvey & Lauren Taub
As a rabbi, I have led more than ten trips to Israel with participants ranging across the demographic spectrum. I have worked with many tour operators over the years and I cannot begin to sufficiently praise Samson Tours enough for its ability to offer a rich and extensive Jewish trip at a great value. Samson Tours does not insist that a group fit its boiler plate itinerary. Each and every detail is meticulously planned to meet the unique needs of the group. I most strongly recommend Samson Tours for any synagogue trip. The group leader and participants will not be disappointed.
- Ari Goldstein
Our Israel experience with you was exceptional. Best 15 days! Most wonderful experiences and memories made! You are the best!!
- Cynthia Fox
God has used you to challenge me in my study of the Word of God. I pray that God will continue to show Himself true as you read His Word, and study the land He has promised to your people. Remember, information will not save you. Only Truth! John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Thank you again for everything. I will never think of Israel the same again, and I would not think of touring the Holy land without a guide named Eitan.
- David Bottrell
Thanks for the real life reminder!!! We’re still trying to get our feet back on the ground. Just arrived home Thursday evening. Thanks for a great trip!!! Our Bible reading is more real now.
- Margaret Loew
Dear Samson Tours, I want you to know how much we appreciated you and all you did. The guide you provided us (Eitan Chamberlin) was amazing, and if ever you’d like a reference I’d be happy to do one for you.
- Fred Grosse
There is no trip that compares to visiting the Holy Land; and there is no guide who brings the places to life like Eitan and Samson Tours. I’ve told many people, "Eitan MADE the trip!" When I watch video of Israel and hear Eitan "teaching" in the background, I miss it so much. Thank you so much for the energy, time, devotion, and thoughtfulness you put into the trip. Sitting around in the evenings hearing the discussions about modern Israel were always very enlightening. Someday I hope to come back with my wife and several friends and relatives to see these places again and learn many more things about Israel.
- Ura Schrock
I just wanted to put in print how much we enjoyed your guiding. Your breadth of knowledge is astounding, your passion is inspirational, and your patience with slow oldies and always-late young ones is truly remarkable. Your delightful sense of humor sets a mood of relaxation and fun that adds greatly to the whole experience. THANK YOU!
- Peet & Irma Stockton
I wanted to write and thank you again for a wonderful tour we had these last 2 weeks. The feedback from those on the trip has been most complimentary and I’m so grateful that we had Eitan as our guide. You did a magnificent job organizing us and planning meals for us and sharing your knowledge with us. The group loved every minute of the trip.
- Kristy Christian
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you again for the wonderful job you did in guiding us on the recent tour we have just had with you. Kristy was certainly inspired in choosing you as our guide, and you made everything so interesting, vital and current in what you shared with us. It was so lovely to meet your beautiful wife as well! I wish we could have had longer with her!I have come home with a renewed dedication to praying for the peaceful resolution of all the issues your country is facing. Thank you, thank you for all you did to make the trip so memorable.
- Jill Gooding
How do I tell you how very special you are and how wonderful you made our trip!!! Meeting with you and your family has been a special experience. Our trip to Israel was beyond all of our expectations, but I have no doubt you put it in a special category.
- Ellen Aronwald
We cannot stop talking about our trip and how you made it so special for the four of us. Your historical insight made all the difference between an okay trip and a fabulous, extremely memorable one.
- Norbert Gottenberg
Thank you, Samson Tours - you are one class act! Thanks especially to your guide, Eitan Chamberlin, for showing us Israel and spreading his passion for our amazing Eretz Ysrael!
- Lauren & Michael
We have told our family all about our trip, and all about our new and great friends in Israel. We can honestly say that meeting you has not only increased our knowledge of Jewish history, our love of Eretz Israel, and our passion for Jewish solidarity but has also warmed our hearts as we have found people with which to share all of these feelings with. How lucky are we? Eitan, it was truly wonderful to meet someone who is originally from Florida and is as passionate about Judaism and Israel as you. It really increased my pride and my love of Eretz Israel and how much I would love to one day make alyah!
- Carole & Gilles Benchaya
Our tour with Samson Tours was superb -- world-class all the way. Eitan designed an excellent tour based on our interests, a combination of theological and historical interests. His in-depth knowledge of the land, history, and people made the stories of the Bible and history come alive for us. His delivery in his native English was captivating. Attentive to detail, safety, and our comfort, Eitan didn’t mind answering questions or adjusting the itinerary as we needed. Thanks to Eitan and his company, we had the best experience we could possibly have asked for. We would use him again for sure.
- Judson & Laura Dunlap
First of all - Thank you so much for the outstanding tour of Israel. I had Biblical Geography in college, and this was much more valuable in only six days! We are signed up to come back with the group in two years.
- Diane & Greg Gaus
Thank you for a wonderful week in Israel. It was an experience we will never forget. Of course, we came home excited and quite a few of our friends want to join us for the next trip...Thanks again. You made the trip the excellent one that it was, so we want to share our great experience with others by running our groups tours in 2009 and 2010.
- Roger Voegtlin
The trip was a dream for us. Everything went well - largely because of you. You were knowledgeable and good person. That combination helped us get the most out of the trip. We were glad to have someone we could fire questions to all day long. It really helped build our understanding and perspective. I hope to come back and would recommend you to anyone I know who goes to Israel. I have been encouraging everyone I see to go visit.
- Drew & Joanna Johnson
Thanks so much for the tour of Jerusalem on such short notice. I would not have seen a tenth of what you showed me if I had gone site-seeing on my own (the original plan) and certainly wouldn’t have understood the significance behind each of the sites to the extent you were able to share. The amount of knowledge your guide was able to share in one day was truly impressive and I look forward to a return visit in order to experience all the places there wasn’t time for.
- Lathan Lewis
A few years ago, I came to Israel on a cheap package-deal tour. The guide could barely speak English and he didn’t have a clue about the Apostolic-Pentecostal faith. This year we used Eitan Chamberlin from Samson Tours. Not only did he do our tour cheaper than other services, but he knew exactly how to guide the Holy Land for those of our faith.
- James Varnum