A fabulous High 4-Star experience in the Land

Date: November 15, 2015 - November 23, 2015
Led by: Dr Jay & Meridel Rawlings
Guided by: Eitan Chamberlin
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $3,180.00

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Join Jay and Meridel Rawlings on this fabulous 4-Star adventure to Israel in November 2015.

Please note we have reduced the prices by $100 already!

We'll be staying in excellent accommodation throughout this tour. Visit the links in the itinerary section to see where we're staying.

Note that the published price on the website is in US$. See the complete pricing in the brochure.

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Day 1 - Sunday - November 15th, 2015 - (D)

  • 16:55 - Depart from Vancouver, BC on Air Canada Airlines AC084

Day 2 - Monday - November 16th, 2015 - (B/D)

  • 10:15 - Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, Biblical Lydda. This is where Peter was located when he was called to Jaffa to heal Tabitha
  • 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.
  • Visit the monastery of Muhraka on Mt. Carmel where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).
  • Check in and catch up on your rest at our lovely hotel on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Welcome ‘home’ dinner.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Dor Nahsholim (New Boutique Sea View Rooms)

Day 3 - Tuesday - November 17th, 2015 - (B/D)

  • 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.
  • Visit the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and pronounced the birth of a son called Immanuel.
  • If possible, we’ll visit the Upper Nazareth Great Synagogue to meet Rabbi Hayim who is also a scribe. Rabbi Hayim will display for us some of the ancient and modern scribal practices.
  • 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 the recently-discovered synagogue and town of Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9).
  • Visit the 1st century Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum. Was this a boat similar to the one Jesus and his “students” used?
  • Set sail on the Sea of Galilee and hear the music and singing of Dani Carmel, a local Messianic. While on board, we’ll also experience the silence of the Sea and see how a fisherman still casts his net.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe Rooms) or Nof Ginosar (Grand Deluxe Rooms)

Day 4 - Wednesday - November 18th, 2015 - (B/D)

  • Begin the day with a spiritual walk down the Mount of Beatitudes (Matthew 5), engaging with the grain fields, mustard plants and other examples that serve as the backdrop for Jesus’ parables.
  • Visit the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, where Jesus by tradition fed the 5,000
  • Experience 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).
  • 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: ‘Upon this Rock’).
  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe Rooms) or Nof Ginosar (Grand Deluxe Rooms)


Day 5 - Thursday - November 19th, 2015 - (B/D)

  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life.
  • Drive down the Jordan Valley along the Jordan River
  • Visit the baptismal site of Qasr El Yahud, where John most likely performed his baptisms (Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:9)
  • Explore Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scroll caves were discovered
  • Visit the desert of Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul (Isa 35:7; I Sam. 23:29, 24:1-22)
  • Enjoy the rest of the day floating in the Dead Sea at a private beach or our hotel’s lovely private spa which has a Dead Sea pool of its own.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Daniel Dead Sea

Day 6 - Friday - November 20th, 2015 - (B/D)

  • Cable-car up to the top of Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last stand for the Jewish rebels in 73 CE (Luke 11:21-22).
  • Descend Masada on foot via the Roman Rampart (25 minutes, moderate descent)
  • Drive via Arad
  • Visit the Cave of the Macheplah in Hebron (the burial places of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel
  • Enjoy the rest of your afternoon exploring Bethlehem. We’ll have a late lunch near Shepherds Fields, visit the Church of the Nativity and enjoy shopping in Bethlehem at a Bazaar (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4-20; Matt. 2:1-12, 2:16-18).
  • We’ll end the day with a short visit to Rachel’s Tomb at the Bethlehem Border Crossing.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel (Standard Rooms), Prima Kings or Dan Jerusalem,

Day 7 - Saturday - November 21st, 2015 - (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 from a historical perspective, noting key archaeological details. Learn 7 reasons why Jesus was crucified there (Matt. 1:17; Matt 27; Luke 23; John 19)
  • En route, we’ll stand on the Lithostratos, “Pavement”, where Jesus was condemned to the cross
  • Walk out the Damascus Gate, where tradition holds that Stephen was stoned (Acts 6:5-15; Acts 7:1-8:2).
  • Visit the Garden Tomb, a modern alternative for the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Guided by a local volunteer guide.
  • End the day with an optional visit the Israel Museum to see the 2nd Temple Model & the Shrine of the Book, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.
  • This Evening enjoy Jerusalem on your own: take the opportunity to celebrate the end of the Sabbath with Israelis on Jaffa Street, Ben Yehuda Street, the Mamilla Mall, the German Colony or other famous spots in New Jerusalem.
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel (Standard Rooms) or Prima Kings or Dan Jerusalem,

Day 8 - Sunday - November 22nd, 2015 - (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.
  • 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.
  • Have a special visit to the 3rd Temple Institute to see the actual objects destined to be used one day in the Third Temple.
  • Visit the Upper Room and David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion.
  • Enjoy the rest of your afternoon shopping in the Old City
  • Overnight: Kibbutz Ramat Rachel (Standard Rooms), Prima Kings or Dan Jerusalem (Deluxe Rooms)

Day 9 - Monday - November 23rd, 2015 - (B/D)

  • 08:30 - Transfer to the airport.
  • 11:55 – Departure on Air Canada Flight #85
  • 16:50 – Arrive in Toronto

Sunday, November 15th – (Meals & Entertainment in flight)

  • 16:55 - Depart from Vancouver, BC on Air Canada Flight #084
  • Arrive the following morning, Nov. 16, at 10:15

Monday, November 23rd – (B/D)

  • 08:30 - Transfer to the airport.
  • 11:55 – Departure on Air Canada Flight #085
  • 16:50 – Arrive in Toronto

Please see our helpful FAQ section.


  • Round-trip Group Airfare from Toronto on Air Canada
  • Fuel & Taxes for flights (approximately $600.00)
  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 8 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • 7 nights in 4-Star accommodations
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide (Eitan Chamberlin, M.A. Biblical Archaeology)
  • Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner each day at the hotels (soft 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
  • Payment by Check, Money Order, or any Major Debit or Credit Card
  • All Visa & Border Fees (if needed)


  • Lunches
  • Any substantial fuel surcharges or tax increases for flights
  • Flight Connections to Toronto. We’ll be happy to book your domestic connection to Toronto on Air Canada for only a $50 booking fee + actual cost of price difference in ticket. Of course, you are welcome to book your own connection also!
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
  • Gratuities for guide & driver (recommended minimum: $12 per person, per day = $120)
  • Optional Traveler’s Insurance through Travel Guard
  • 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 15paying 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 35 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 $200.00 deposit be paid upon signup. The deposit (less a $100.00 non-refundable fee per person) and any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made 90 days before departure. Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ to Samson Tours, Inc. Payments made by debit or credit card to Samson Tours, Inc. will be charged the full balance. If there are any unpaid fuel surcharges for the group flight, they will be billed to you at cost per the group airline contract either before or after the tour. There is a Late Payment Fee of $200.00 if the balance is paid after the final payment date.
  • Late Registrations & Payments: Theoretically, you can join a tour anytime up to the time of the departure date (Land Only and subject to Hotel Availability). There will be a Late Payment Fee of $200.00 and an additional $50.00 fee if you require airfare assistance. If a hotel or other service listed in the itinerary is unavailable, we will find an alternative hotel for you, however you will be responsible for any transportation costs to/from joining the main group.
  • Land Diversions: If you arrive either before or after the recommended group departure/arrival time, or if your flight is delayed beyond a reasonable waiting period, or if you elect to divert or add-on additional days to the trip, then it is understood that you will arrive at the hotel or to the airport at your own expense. We will more than happy to assist you with these arrangements
  • Refunds (Land): The following refunds for the land portion of the price will apply for non-insured travelers only: Your balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person, which is transferable or can be applied to future tours if cancelled 90+ calendar days before departure. 75% refund of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person if cancelled 89-60 days before departure. 50% of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person refund if cancelled 59-30 days before departure. 0% refund if cancelled 29 or less days before departure.
  • Refunds (Group Air): Per group contract with airline. Typically, there is a $100 non-refundable fee up to 3 months before departure and 100% non-refundable 30 or less days before departure. Most airlines will, however, allow you to postpone your travel dates for a re-ticketing or name transfer fee.
  • Force Majeure: If Samson Tours decides to postpone the tour do to political unrest or for any reason beyond our company’s control that could compromise your security, then your balance will carry over to the new tour dates. Depending on the new dates, there may be an increase in costs for tours that are rescheduled within 1 year. If you are unable to join the new tour dates, then you will be entitled to a refund, less the cancellation fee (see Deposits) and any other non-refundable deposits that may be imposed on us by suppliers such as airlines and hotels. The deposit and/or balances amount can also be applied to any future tour or may be transferable to a third party.
  • Travel Insurance – Samson Tours does not require travel insurance. It is, however, strongly advised that all travelers equip themselves with a comprehensive travel insurance plan through Travel Guard. You can obtain an individual travel insurance quote, by visiting our Insurance page and clicking on any of the ‘Get a Quote’ links that refer you to the Travel Guard 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. If you have been quoted in an optional foreign currency, the rate will be adjusted at the time of final payment.
  • 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


Group Minimum Should be Reached

July 15  2015

Final Land Payments are Due

Aug 15 2015

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

Aug 15 2015

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

Aug 15 2015

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

Sep 16 2015

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

Sep 20 2015

Last day to send Names List (see Names List Template)for ticketing

Oct 10 2015

Airline Tickets are issued

Oct 15 2015

Samson Tours partners with Travel Guard to provide a customized optional travel insurance package for our clients. You can order Travel Insurance by clicking on this link:Travel Guard Traveler Insurance.  Be sure to choose Samson Tours as your tour Operator under trip Information for our group pricing.

Coverage Benefits below are not exact amounts as they depend on the plan you choose!

Trip Cancellation ..........................................................................100% of insured Trip Cost

Trip Interruption ..........................................................................150% of insured Trip Cost*

Trip Interruption- Return Air Only....................................................................$750*

Trip Delay ($150 max/day) .............................................................................$750

Missed Connection..........................................................................................$250

Baggage & Personal Effects Loss (Secondary) ..........................................$1,500

Baggage Delay................................................................................................$250

Medical Expense (Secondary)....................................................................$25,000

  1. $500

Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains...................................$250,000

Accidental Death and Dismemberment ......................................................$25,000

*Coverage for Trip Interruption and Trip Interruption-Return Air Only cannot be combined.

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