Going to the Promised Land

Date: June 03, 2018 - June 14, 2018
Led by: Doug DeLong
Base Price for:
Land Only: $2,525.00

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Pastor Doug DeLong of Calais Church is leading this amazing 10 days and 9 nights tour on land in Israel. These are excellent tour dates that coincide with the 70th year of Israel's modern Independence.

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Day 1 - Sunday - June 3rd, 2018

  • 15:10 - Group departure from Chicago on AZ629 (Alitalia Airlines)

Day 1 - Monday - June 4th, 2018 - (D)

  • 07:30 – Main Group Early Arrival to Rome on AZ629
  • 09:35 - Main Group Departure on AZ806 to Tel Aviv
  • 13:55 – Main Group Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met after Passport Control by our assistant who will assists with luggage carts, baggage carousel, customs and entry into the arrivals hall.
  • Overnight: This is a Pre-Arrival night. You can add on an additional night from your Add-Ons in My Account area for the Seasons, Netanya. You may alternatively book on your own and report in to the Seasons the following day.

Day 2 - Tuesday - June 5th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Transfer to your hotel by the Mediterranean Sea (see add-ons)
  • Enjoy time by the Mediterranean Sea and rest from your journey
  • 18:00-19:00 – Welcome ‘home’ dinner for entire group
  • 19:00-20:00 – Meeting Room booked for Kick-Off
  • Overnight & Dinner: Seasons, Netanya


Day 3 - Wednesday - June 6th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • 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 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.
  • 15:00 - Visit the Nazareth Village, a reconstruction of the 1st century village. (Note: your guide, Eitan Chamberlin, excavated here in 1999). 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: Leonardo Tiberias, Sea of Galilee

Day 4 - Thursday - June 7th, 2018 - (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).
  • See the site of Kursi where Jesus healed the demonized man name Legion  (Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-17; Luke 8:26-39)
  • 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: Leonardo Tiberias, Sea of Galilee 

Day 5 - Friday - June 8th, 2018 - (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: Leonardo Tiberias, Sea of Galilee

Day 6 - Saturday - June 9th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life.
  • Experience 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 (Bethany beyond the Jordan) 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.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Plaza Dead Sea

Day 7 - Sunday - June 10th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure in your hotel’s spa and the Dead Sea
  • 10:00 -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: Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

Day 8 - Monday - June 11th, 2018 - (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.
  • 11:00 (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.
  • 14:20 - Go underground to visit the 1st century Burnt House. Like Pompeii, this section of the Jewish Quarter provides a revealing moment in the destruction of the city by the Romans.
  • 15:30 -Visit the Temple Institute
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

Day 9 - Tuesday - June 12th, 2018 - (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.
  • Enjoy the rest of your afternoon on your own shopping in New Jerusalem at the Machane Yehuda Market, Ben Yehuda Street or back in the Old City.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

Day 10 - Wednesday - June 13th, 2018 - (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).
  • Experience Hebron – the Cave of the Machpelah where the patriarchs and matriarchs are buried.
  • 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).
  • Drive back to Jerusalem along the road to Emmaus
  • Optional Evening Event: ‘Hallelujah’ ($30 Per Person + taxis)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel Jerusalem

Day 11 - Thursday - June 14th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • 05:05 – Main Group Departure on AZ809
  • 07:50 – Arrive to Rome
  • 09:30 - Group Departure on AZ628
  • 13:10 – Arrive to Chicago

This group has elected to choose their own flights.

You may arrive early or later. Costs for additional overnights and transfers are listed in the Add-Ons section.

You must enter your flight details into the Alternative Flight Arrival/Departure details into your online account no later than 3 months prior to departure. If you have any difficulties, please contact us.

Each passenger must also upload to their online account a copy of their passport or fax us these details to 352-835-0885.

Please see our helpful FAQ section and stay tuned here for updates as we draw closer to the tour.


  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • 10 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • Licensed Israeli Tour Guide
  • 9 nights in nice accommodations
  • 9 tour days
  • Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner each day at hotels (soft drinks not included)
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Internal Headset Whisper System for groups of 20 or more
  • Free WIFIon the bus throughout the Israel portion
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags



  • Round-trip airfare from Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit or JFK (up to $1200.00 budget). You book your own flights, with your own layovers. Popular stopover opportunities from the US include New York (Delta & El Al) Paris (Air France), Rome (Iberia Airlines), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), Amsterdam (Delta), and more. If you would like assistance, we charge a minimal flat fee of $70 above cost to book the best flights on your behalf.
  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. This way you can come in at different times and create the maximum experience!
  • Credit Card fees. If you wish to pay by any major credit card, please select the Add-On which adds approximately 3% to your final bill.
  • Add-ons, additional overnights, transfers, etc.
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
  • Recommended minimum cash gratuities for guide & driver ($120 per person)
  • Affordable & Optional Traveler’s Insurance through World Nomads
  • 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 11 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.


Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Full Payment for Flight Due

Nov 30, 2017


Group Minimum Should be Reached

 Jan 21st 2018


Final Payments are Due

 Feb 21st 2018


Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

 Feb 21st 2018


Last Day for Early Bird Registration

 Feb 21st 2018


Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

 Feb 22nd 2018


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

 March 15th 2018

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