CHAMBERLIN - A TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO THE HOLY LAND

with Petra, Jordan option

Date: April 19, 2020 - April 30, 2020
Guided by: Eitan Chamberlin
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $4,690.00
Land Only: $3,290.00

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Come join tour leader Roxene Chamberlin on this amazing, solid 4-star 11 day/10 night on land journey to Israel, with an option for visiting Petra, Jordan.

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Day 1 - Sunday - April 19th, 2020 - (D)

  • Depart from your city of origin

  • 12:00 - Group departure from Miami on El Al Airlines Flight # LY8

Day 2 - Monday - April 20th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • 07:00 - Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport (Tel Aviv, Israel)

  • Immediately after Passport Control, you will be met by our airport representative with a sign reading ‘Samson Tours’ who will assist you to your luggage carousel, customs and clearance into the arrival’s hall to meet your guide, Eitan Chamberlin 

  • All early arrivers should return/arrive back at the airport to join the group. Meeting place: the Aroma Coffee Shop (to the left as you enter the Arrivals Hall).

  • We’ll visit Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, where Peter healed Tabitha and where Jonah set off to sea

  • We’ll next make our way to the ancient port city of Caesarea, where we’ll visit a Roman theatre, a hippodrome, an ancient aqueduct and the ancient port.

  • By mid-afternoon, we’ll check-in to our hotel by the Mediterranean Sea

 

Overnight & Dinner: West Lagoon Hotel, Netanya

 

Note: All early arrivals will be met immediately after Passport Control, as described below, and will be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle. If you arrived a day earlier, then please meet at the Kakao coffee shop at the appointed time.

 

Day 3 - Tuesday - April 21st, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Lookout over the Jezreel Valley from Muhraka, where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal.

  • Go to Megiddo & the valley of Armageddon

  • Visit Nazareth – The Brow of the Hill

  • Cana of Galilee: Jesus’ first miracle

  • Lookout from Mt. Arbel over the beautiful Sea of Galilee

  • Walk through the Arbel Pass, Jesus’ passageway to the Sea of Galilee

  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee):  The brand new Magdala Guesthouse or similar by the Sea

Day 4 - Wednesday - April 22nd, 2020 - (B/)

  • Visit Capernaum, mentioned more times in the New Testament than any other city.

  • Visit Bethsaida, birthplace of 5 of the 12 disciples.

  • Drive by Korazin

  • Walk down the Mount of Beatitudes

  • See Mensa Christi, the setting for John 21 - "Feed my lambs!"

  • See the recent excavations at Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene

  • Visit the 1st century ‘Galilee boat at Ginosar’s Yigal Allon Museum

  • 16:00 - Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Ginosar and hear the music of Dani Carmel, a local Messianic.

  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee):  The brand new Magdala Guesthouse or similar by the Sea

Day 5 - Thursday - April 23rd, 2020 - (B/)

  • Visit Tel Hazor and see the destruction of the Canaanite city as reported in Joshua 11

  • Drive through the Hulah Valley, the Waters of El Merom

  • Experience the Tel Dan Nature Reserve and see the Arch of Abraham and Jereboam’s temple

  • Visit the Temple of Pan at Caesarea Phillipi (“Upon this Rock”)

  • Coffee & deserts in a Druze village in the Golan Heights

  • Lookout from Mt. Bental Volcano into Syria and the Road to Damascus

  • Overnight & Dinner (Golan/Sea of Galilee):  The brand new Magdala Guesthouse or similar by the Sea

Day 6 - Friday - April 24th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Early departure

  • Drive down the Jordan Valley

  • See Gideon’s Spring (Mayan Harod) and watch Judges 4 come to life

  • Lookout over ancient Beth Shean

  • Visit the Jordan River ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’ the most likely area where Jesus’ was baptized by John, and where Elijah ascended to heaven

  • Visit Tel Jericho

  • Journey to Qumran: the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Drive through the desert of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul

  • Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing at the Dead Sea or in your hotel’s spa (included)

  • Overnight & Dinner: Daniel Dead Sea (Deluxe Sea-View Rooms)

Day 7 - Saturday - April 25th, 2020 - (B/)

  • 09:00 - Departure

  • Visit Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and descend via the Roman Rampart

  • Next, we’ll drive southward past Mt. Sodom to enter the Aravah Valley

  • We’ll visit Timna, “Solomon’s Pillars” and see a lifesize replication of the Tabernacle as it once sat in the desert

  • Next, we’ll have a short visit to the Aravah Institute to see the Methuselah Tree and get a feel for kibbutz desert life

  • We’ll end our day at the Red Sea, at the gulf city of Eilat where you’ll enjoy the sunset, have free time and dinner out on your own at the many nearby restaurants.

  • Overnight (Red Sea, Eilat): Hilton Queen of Sheba 

Day 8 - Sunday - April 26th, 2020 - (B/)

  • Today, after you’ve had an amazing buffet breakfast, you have an OPTION for a full free day in Eilat or to visit the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, made famous by the Indiana Jones movie. For the costs of this extra excursion, please see the Add-Ons, which is all inclusive of the day tour.

  • Overnight (Red Sea, Eilat): Hilton Queen of Sheba 

Petra-tour participants:

  • 07:00 - Breakfast

  • 08:00 - Pickup by our representative in the hotel lobby to transfer to the Yitzhak Rabin/Aqaba border crossing.

  • 08:15 - Upon arrival to the border you will be issued Visas for you entry to Jordan.  

  • 08:30 - Cross the border to meet your Jordanian guide and driver for the day.

  • 10:30 - Begin tour of Petra

  • Your guide will guide you all the way through the Suq to the Temple Treasury

  • Lunch will be included today in the Basin Restaurant

  • After lunch, you’ll have free time to enjoy the many other parts of Petra on your own.

  • 19:00 - Return to the Eilat border and cross

  • 20:00 - Return to hotel and enjoy dinner out or order in room service.

  • Overnight (Red Sea, Eilat): Hilton Queen of Sheba 

Day 9 - Monday - April 27th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Today, we’ll begin a very long drive, just like the Ancient Israelites, back towards Jerusalem.

  • We’ll travel through the Negev and much of the deserted country, seeing amazing geological formations and craters along the way. We’ll stop for a lovely lookout over the Ramon Crater.

  • Next, we’ll make our way to the town of Beer Sheva, where Abraham made his oath to Abimelech. We’ll visit the ruins of the early Israelite city.

  • Next, we’ll make our way to Hebron, to visit the Machpelah, where the patriarchs and matriarchs would ultimately be buried. This region can often flare up due to Israeli-Palestinians, and so we’ll do our best to make this stop. As an alternative, we’ll visit the Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath

  • Our last stop of the day will be in Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and a local bazaar before making way to our Jerusalem based hotel.

  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Ramat Rachel (Deluxe), Our Lady Stern, or King Solomon Hotel (Refurbished)

Day 10 - Tuesday - April 28th, 2020 - (B/)

  • Walk onto the Temple Mount to see the site of the former temple and today’s Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque

  • Visit the Western “Wailing” Wall

  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations to walk up the 1st century steps of the Temple.

  • Visit the newest excavations in the City of David and wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel. Visit also the 3D Movie.

  • Have lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter

  • Tour the Jewish Quarter to see Hezekiah's Broad Wall & The Cardo

  • Go underground to visit the 1st century Herodian Quarter

  • Visit the Temple Institute and see the many objects that have already been made for the future Third Temple.

  • Enjoy the rest of the day exploring or shopping on your own in the Old City.

  • 20:30 – Optional Evening Event: The Night Spectacular:Tower of David Sound & Light ShowOR the Hallelujah show at City of David

  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Ramat Rachel (Deluxe), Our Lady Stern, or King Solomon Hotel (Refurbished)

Day 11 - Wednesday - April 29th, 2020 - (B/)

  • Visit the Mount of Olives

  • Enjoy a time of prayer and devotion at the Garden of Gethsemane

  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda

  • Walk the Via Dolorosa from a historical perspective to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Stand on the Lithostratos, “Pavement”, in the Ecco Homo Convent.

  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Enjoy time for lunch and shopping on own in the Christian Quarter

  • Visit the Upper Room & David’s Tomb

  • End the day with more free shopping time on your own or visiting the Israel Museum (Shrine of the Book and the Archaeology wing).

  • Overnight & Dinner (Jerusalem): Ramat Rachel (Deluxe), Our Lady Stern, or King Solomon Hotel (Refurbished)

Day 12 - Thursday - April 30th, 2020 - (B/)

  • 06:30 - Breakfast

  • 07:15 - Pickup for transfer to the airport

  • 10:45 - Depart on El Al Airlines LY17 for Miami

  • 17:00 - Arrive in Miami, FL (same day)

  • Connect to your domestic flight or return home.

 

Our group airfare on El Al Airlines has been announced with Round-Trip airfare from Miami. See the itinerary for more details.

Please see our helpful FAQ, and stay tuned for group announcements via email starting 4 months prior to departure.

 


Base Land Package

Per Person

Land Only (adult) in Shared Room - Main Package

$3290

Group airfare, round-trip  from Miami on El Al Airlines.

+$1400

Petra Add-On option (includes pickups, border fees, Visa, local guide,, site fees, lunch in the Basin Restaurant)

+$450

Single Supplement (for single room)

+$1250

For the  3rd Person (ages 13+) in a Shared Room 

$3090

Additional Overnight & Transfer (4-Star)

upon request

Additional Overnight & Transfer  (3-Star)

upon request

Private Transfer to/from airport or hotel (per person with minimum 2 passengers if booking your own separate flight)

+$70.00

Per Person Discount for final payment by Check

-2%

 

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Group Minimum Should be Reached

November 6th 2019

Final Payments are Due

December 6th 2019

Deposits become non-refundable to
Samson

December 6th 2019

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

December 6th 2019

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

December 7th 2019

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

January 7th 2020

Inclusions

  • International Round-trip airfare on El Al Airlines from Miami, FL direct to Israel (you have the option to book your own airfare or connect to Miami)

  • Meeting & assistance on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport by Samson Tours elected representative.

  • 11 days on land in Israel as per your program below.

  • 10 overnights at mentioned hotels or similar

  • Daily buffet breakfasts at all hotels

  • 8 dinners at hotels

  • Baggage assistance from arrival to departure, at all hotels (we pre-tip them for you).

  • Licensed, English-speaking tour guide throughout the entire tour.

  • All Entrance fees per the itinerary

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach and driver throughout

  • Free WiFi on the bus and at most hotels

  • Welcome kit with free hat, map, bus signs, name tags, printed itinerary, 2 bottles of starter water and more.

  • All credit or debit card fees (there is a 2% discount for paying your final balance by check or direct deposit).

 

Exclusions

  • Lunches, 2 dinners and special drinks at meals throughout the tour

  • Gratuities for guide & driver (total $140 per person).

  • Additional pre-arrival or post-departure services not mentioned in the schedule (See add-ons in your My Account area).

  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.

  • Baptism kit (purchased on site).

  • Petra Add-On for Sunday, April 26

 

Policies

  • 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 15 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 30 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 $400.00 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 our partner’s 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.

 

Base Land Package

Per Person

Land Only (adult) in Shared Room - Main Package

$3290

Group airfare, round-trip  from Miami on El Al Airlines.

+$1400

Petra Add-On option (includes pickups, border fees, Visa, local guide,, site fees, lunch in the Basin Restaurant)

+$450

Single Supplement (for single room)

+$1250

For the  3rd Person (ages 13+) in a Shared Room 

$3090

Additional Overnight & Transfer (4-Star)

upon request

Additional Overnight & Transfer  (3-Star)

upon request

Private Transfer to/from airport or hotel (per person with minimum 2 passengers if booking your own separate flight)

+$70.00

Per Person Discount for final payment by Check

-2%

 

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Group Minimum Should be Reached

November 6th 2019

Final Payments are Due

December 6th 2019

Deposits become non-refundable to
Samson

December 6th 2019

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

December 6th 2019

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

December 7th 2019

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

January 7th 2020

 

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