with Dov Schwarz & John McTernan

Date: October 13, 2016 - October 24, 2016
Led by: Dov Schwarz
Guided by: Aharon Levarko
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $3,990.00
Land Only: $2,520.00

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Update (July 29, 2016): Dead Sea Hotel upgraded; Revised Schedule posted; All Passenger Details Due by August 13th (Please Update your Traveler Info Settings with Passport Information, etc.)

There's still time to join. We have 24 passengers on this tour. Late Registration Note: Kindly note that you can register any time up to the tour's departure date with a $200 late registration fee. Full payment is due upon checkout and participation is subject to adequate hotel and airline space. If we cannot add you to the group flight, we will work with you to find alternative flight arrangements.

"There are many Israel tours, but few are during the Feast of Tabernacles as Israel is more crowded at that time—do you know why? It is the BEST and most CELEBRATORY time of the year to be in Israel! So, this pilgrimage includes so many things you would not experience on many tours to Israel and our itinerary also includes special times of worship and feasting with our Israeli Believing Brothers and Sisters in Messiah Yeshua!" - Dov Schwarz

This tour includes the Jerusalem March and the Ein Gedi Desert Celebration. 10 Days and 9 nights on Land.

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Day 1 - Wednesday - October 4th, 2017

  • 22:31 - Group Flight Departure on Delta Airlines DL468

Note: You can choose to arrive a day or two early and depart a day or two late. These options including transfers will appear in your online Add-Ons section after initial checkout.

Note also: If you would like to connect to JFK on Delta, please let us know in advance. We will be happy to book for you. Please notify of us of your choice. You are also welcome to book your own domestic flight to/from JFK.

Day 1 - Thursday - October 5th, 2017 - (B/)

  • 16:15 – Arrival to Israel
  • 17:30 – Depart airport
  • Journey through the Negev via the outskirts of Beer Sheva (2-hour drive)
  • Lookout from the Zohar Ravine and the Dead Sea. We’ll journey through the Negev and experiencethe sunset standing in the footsteps of Abraham as we make our way to our Dead Sea hotel for 2 nights
  • Overnight & Dinner: Daniel Dead Sea

Day 2 - Friday - October 6th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Visit Masada, Herod the Great’s Desert Fortress (cable car up and down)
  • Visit the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue
  • Enjoy time at the Ein Gedi Spa
  • 16:30 - Attend the Ein Gedi Desert Celebration, hosted by the ICEJ event at Ein Gedi
  • 18:30 – Evening program begins
  • Overnight: Daniel Dead Sea

Day 3 - Saturday - October 7th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Experience the site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
  • Visit Qasr el Yahud to look out over Bethany beyond the Jordan River
  • Drive up the Jordan Valley
  • Visit Beth Shean, the capital of the Decapolis
  • Baptismal Ceremony at Yardenit
  • Enjoy a time of worship with Dov Schwarz at his private home
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach

Day 4 - Sunday - October 8th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Drive up to the Golan Heights
  • Visit Gamla – the Masada of the North
  • Lookout over the Road to Damascus from Mt. Bental additional costs)
  • Enjoy a bumpy jeep ride in the Golan Heights from Kibbutz Marom Golan to the former Syrian Headquarters (optional)
  • See the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi (Matt. 16:13-28).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ron Beach

Day 5 - Monday - October 9th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Visit the Mount of Beatitudes
  • 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).
  • Visit the newly discovered pre-70 synagogue at Magdala.
  • See the first century boat at Ginossar
  • Set sail on the Sea of Galilee and hear the music and singing of Dani Carmel, a local Messianic. 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

Day 6 - Tuesday - October 10th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Early departure
  • Travel up to the top of Mount Tabor
  • Stand on Tel Jezreel, Naboth’s Vineyard
  • Visit Megiddo in the valley of Armageddon
  • Drive to Jerusalem
  • 14:30 – Take your positions for the Jerusalem March at the northern end of Sacher Park
  • 15:30 – Begin the Jerusalem March
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Royale (confirmed), Waitlisted @ Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Important: All members must wear the same style clothing for the Jerusalem March


Day 7 - Wednesday - October 11th, 2017 - (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.
  • 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
  • Have lunch in the Jewish Quarter
  • Say a prayer for your loved ones at the Western Wall (Kotel)
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations (Davidson Center) and walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.
  • Arrive at the City of David and tour the recent excavations; Enter Warren’s Shaft at the City of David 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)
  • End the day with a visit to the Western Wall Tunnels. Here, we’ll traverse the full length of the western retaining wall, gaining a fascinating understanding of how the temple was built and how they were able to move such massive stones in that period. We’ll see the Great Stone which is estimated to have been around 450 tons and was lifted by Herod’s builders
  • Enjoy dinner out on your own at one of Jerusalem’s fine restaurants
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Royale (confirmed), Waitlisted @ Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 8 - Thursday - October 12th, 2017 - (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).
  • Prayer and reflect at the Garden Tomb, a modern alternative for the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. Guided by a local volunteer guide.
  • Visit ancient Shilo in the hills of Samaria
  • Visit Be'ad Hayim, an Israel Pro Life Center located near the Mahane Yehuda Market. We’ll meet with the director Sandy Shoshani
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Royale (confirmed), Waitlisted @ Kibbutz Ramat Rachel

Day 9 - Friday - October 13th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • Israel Museum
  • Yad vaShem
  • Ein Kerem
  • Elah Valley
  • Farewell dinner in Jaffa at Abrage Restaurant
  • Tel Aviv
  • Return home

Day 10 - Saturday - October 14th, 2017 - (B/D)

  • 00:15 – Group flight departure on Delta Airlines DL469
  • 05:16 – Group flight arrival to JFK
  • Connect to your home city
  • Return home

Group flight from Houston, Texas has been announced. Here are the details (also located in the itinerary section)"

Thursday, October 13th – (Meals & Entertainment in flight)

  • 16:10 – Group Flight Departure from Houston, Texas on Air France Airlines (AF 639)

Friday, October 14th – (B/D) 

  • 08:35 – Group Flight Arrival at Paris, France on Air France Airlines (AF 639)
  • 10:25 – Group Flight Departure from Paris, France on Air France Airlines (AF 1620)
  • 15:55 – Group Flight Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport

Monday, October 24th

  • 01:00 – Group Flight Departure from Tel Aviv on Air France Airlines (AF 1121)
  • 05:00 – Group Flight Arrival at Paris, France on Air France Airlines (AF 1121)
  • 10:40 – Group Flight Departure from Paris, France on Air France Airlines (AF 636)
  • 14:05 – Group Flight Arrival at Houston, Texas on Air France Airlines (AF 636)

Please see our helpful FAQ section and stay tuned to Group Updates here.


  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Round-trip Group Airfare from Houston, TX (when selected at checkout)
  • Fuel & Taxes for flights (valued at $700+)
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 10 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide (Aharon Levarko):
  • 9 nights in Low/Mid 4-Star Accommodations
  • Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner each day at the hotels (soft drinks not included)
  • Full-course Farewell dinner on the final day at the Abrage, Jaffa or similar
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment, including the Jerusalem March and the Ein Gedi Desert Celebration
  • Internal Headset Whisper System for groups of 20 or more
  • Gratuities for all hotel staff
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners, Name Tags & Pilgrimage Certificate
  • All Visa & Border Fees (if needed)
  • Credit Processing Fees of 2.5% if wishing to pay by any major debit or credit card.



  • Lunches
  • 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 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 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 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 55 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 $100.00 non-refundable fee per person) and any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made approximately 3 months before departure, per the Group’s Timetable (see Deadlines). Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ 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 at cost.
  • 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.
  • 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

June 13,  2016

Final Payments are Due

July 10, 2016

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

July 11, 2016

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

July 12, 2016

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

July 12, 2016

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

August 13,  2016

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

August 23 2016

Airline Tickets are issued

September 12th 2016

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