ST JAMES AND EMMANUEL HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2018

Date: November 22, 2018 - November 29, 2018
Led by: Canon Lisa Battye
Base Price for:
Land Only: $1,940.00

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Canon Lisa Battye has led numerous tours to the Holy Land over the years.

Now, she's leading an incredible biblical experience in the Holy Land for 8 day/7 night experience in 2018.

Note: This tour coincides with Israel's 70th year of Independence and the 100th year of the Balfour Declaration.

Day 1 - Thursday - November 22nd, 2018 - (D)

  • 12:30 - Depart from the UK on EasyJet Flight EZY 1827
  • 19:40 - Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport at Lod (Biblical Lydda).
  • Transfer and check-in to hotel
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Plaza Netanya (Mediterranean Sea).

Day 2 - Friday - November 23rd, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Visit Caesarea – Herod’s City and the home of Pontius Pilate (Theatre, Praetorium, Hippodrome)
  • Visit the Muhraka Monastery on Mount Carmel where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal
  • See the site of Jesus’ first miracle in Cana of Galilee
  • Tour Nazareth, visiting the Church of the Annunciation, the site of one of the earliest recorded churches in history and the Synagogue Church.
  • Have a Sabbath meal together
  • Overnight & Dinner: Caesar Premier, Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)

Day 3 - Saturday - November 24th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Ginosar
  • Visit the 1st century ‘Jesus’ boat at Ginosar
  • Walk through the Arbel Pass (Jesus' passageway to the Galilee)
  • Next up is Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication
  • Visit Mensa Christi, the setting for John 21 - "I go a fishing"
  • Explore Capernaum, the epicenter of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee.
  • Enjoy holy communion at Capernaum
  • Visit the ruins of Kursi, the site famous for Jesus’ casting of demons into the swine and the feeding of the 4,000
  • End the day at the Mount of Beatitudes and have the option to walk down to the shore.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Caesar Premier, Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)

Day 4 - Sunday - November 25th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Mt. Tabor – the Mount of Transfiguration
  • Tel Jezreel – Naboth’s Vineyard
  • Drive down the Jordan Valley
  • End the day at the Jordan River Baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud.
  • Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Overnight & Dinner: The Leonardo Plaza, Ein Bokek (Dead Sea)

Day 5 - Monday - November 26th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Visit Masada, the desert fortress of Herod the Great. Walk down the Roman Rampart.
  • Drive via ancient and modern Arad through the lower Judean Hills/Negev border
  • Security-situation permitting, visit Hebron (the cave of the Machpelah)
  • Enjoy the afternoon in Bethlehem (Lunch, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds Fields & Bazaar Shopping)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem

Day 6 - Tuesday - November 27th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Lookout over the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives
  • Walk down the Mount of Olives on the Palm Sunday journey.
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Explore the City of David and have the option to wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • End the day at the Israel Museum
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Wednesday - November 28th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Early Departure
  • Visit the sacred Temple Mount -walk around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • See Mt. Zion and the Church of the Last Supper/Upper Room.
  • House of Caiphas (St. Peter en Gallicantu)
  • Have an optional lunch and a tour of Christ Church, near Jaffa Gate
  • End the day at the Garden Tomb, an alternative spot for the crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Thursday - November 29th, 2018 - (B/D)

  • Yad vaShem Holocaust Memorial
  • Ein Kerem (the birthplace of John the Baptist)
  • See the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath
  • Visit Jaffa, the oldest port in the world (where Jonah set out to sea and where Peter healed Tabitha).
  • 17:00 - Have dinner out on your own in Jaffa
  • 18:00 – Transfer to Airport
  • 20:35 - Departure from Ben Gurion Airport on EasyJet Flight EZY 1828
  • Arrive Manchester, UK at 00:15 on Friday, November 30th

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Inclusions

  • Transfer to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Airport Escort and Baggage Services upon arrival and exit
  • 8 days of air-conditioned bus & private driver
  • 8 days with licensed Israeli Tour Guide (native English-speaking)
  • 7 nights in accommodations true to their class
  • Breakfast & Dinner Daily (tour leader can substitute dinners for lunches at no extra charge)
  • All site fees, scheduled activities and entertainment
  • All gratuities for hotel porters and hotel staff
  • Debit/Credit Card Fees & Group Wire Transfers
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map of Israel, “starter” water bottle and more…)

Exclusions

  • International Airfare. The group will purchase airfares directly via the tour leader
  • All lunches
  • Special Drinks and Alcoholic beverages at meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Recommended gratuity of $100 per person for the guide & driver.
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusions or exclusions above.
  • Group Minimum: This programme is based on an absolute minimum of 15 participants. If the group minimum is not met within 4 months of departure, a new pricing structure may be applied.
  • Your Health:All participants must be in good health and walking condition. This programme is active and involves a lot of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be accessible for the disabled. Any condition that may require special accommodation must be reported at the time of your reservation.
  • 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, which is typically fully refundable (less the ‘holding fee’) up to 21 days before departure. Most airlines publish their rates 10 months before the departure date. Samson Tours will book your group airfare at no markup. If you wish to pay with credit card, please add 3% for covering credit card fees, otherwise payments by cash/cheque will be made to the group airfare escrow account.
  • Deposit for Land: To ensure your spot on the tour, we request a £250 deposit be paid upon signup. Main registration ends 4 months before departure date. Late Registrations can be made after this period for an additional £80 (per person) and based on hotel and airline availability. The deposit is fully refundable up to 4 months before departure. After that, the deposit is non-refundable, but transferable to another passenger (provided that the group minimum is met). If the group minimum is not maintained, then the deposit can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours. The deposit can be paid by cash or cheque.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be due three months before departure. If there are any unpaid fuel surcharges for the group flight, they will be billed to you at cost per the group airline contract.
  • 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.
  • Refunds (Land): The following refunds for the land portion (less deposit) of the price will apply to non-insured travelers only: Full refund if cancelled 90+ calendar days before departure. 75% refund if cancelled 89-60 days before departure. 50% refund if cancelled 59-40 days before departure. 25% refund if cancelled 39-15 days before departure. 0% refund if cancelled 14-0 days before departure.  ALL land-payments are transferable to another new passenger up to 40 days before departure, provided that the group minimum has already been met.
  • Refunds (Air): Per group contract with airline
  • 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 a private carrier or through your credit card company. See the Group Leader for more details.
  • Single Supplement: For single travellers, a single supplement fee for the hotels is required. This usually amounts to around 85% 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: The current exchange rates are 3.5 shekels to the dollar, and as of 10.1.18 there are 1.35 dollars to the pound. Samson Tours, Inc. reserves the right to charge a supplement to the price if the dollar falls below the 3.5 threshold, and the Tour leader reserves the right to charge a supplement or corresponding refund if the £ to dollar exchange rate changes markedly between now and final payment time.
  • Responsibility - Samson Tours, Inc. and or its agents and representatives shall be, in no way, liable or responsible for any personal or property loss, damage or injury howsoever caused.
  • Update – These policies may be updated from time to time. Upon update, you will be notified by Samson Tours, Inc. or its group leader.

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