HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2020

with Pastor Joe Wendorph & Leon Bloder

Date: April 14, 2020 - April 25, 2020
Led by: Dr. Leon BloderRev Joe Wendorph
Guided by: Erez Berkovitz
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $4,290.00
Land Only: $2,890.00

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Join Pastors Joe Wendorph (Orlando, FL) & Leon Bloder (Austin, Tx) on this exciting 10 day/9 night experience of Israel, during the best travel week of the year, when the Galilee is in full bloom and between the the Passover and Pentecost holidays.

Group airfares are now posted, with excellent flights on Delta from Orlando, Austin & Chicago.

 

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Day 1 - Tuesday - April 14th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Depart the US from multiple cities on Delta Airlines for JFK International, New York

    • Orlando - 15:10 - Depart on DL 2364. Arrive in JFK at 17:48

    • Austin - 13:00 - Depart on DL 2355. Arrive in JFK at 17:35

    • Chicago - 12:02 - Depart on DL 3331. Arrive JFK at 15:21

  • 23:09 - Group Departure on DL 468

 

Note: You can depart a day earlier and arrive on this day by selecting the Extra Overnight and Transfer from your Add-ons or by contacting us. You can also book your own airfare or take part of our group airfare contract.

 

Day 2 - Wednesday - April 15th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • 17:10 - Group arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport. 

The group will be met immediately after passport control by our representative who will assist you to the luggage carousel, customers and into the Arrival’s hall to meet your guide and driver who will transfer you to your hotel. Time permitting, we may take a tour of Jaffa.

Dinner and overnight in Netanya: West Lagoon 

Day 3 - Thursday - April 16th, 2020 - (B/D)

En route to Galilee we will be visiting the following Biblical sites: Caesarea (Acts 10), Megiddo (Armageddon; 1 Kings 9:15; Rev. 16:16), and Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18).

Next, we’ll visit the early Roman city Tzipori, a city built during the time of Jesus by Herod Antipas.

We complete our tour overlooking the Jezreel Valley at the traditional site for Jesus being chased out of Nazareth: Mt. Precipice.

Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe)

Day 4 - Friday - April 17th, 2020 - (B/D)

We start our day atop the Mount of Beatitudes and read from Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount. Next, we visit Tabgha, remembering the story of the feeding of the 5,000 and John 21 with Jesus calling out to Peter to cast the fishing net on the right side. We continue on to Capernaum, the center of ministry for Jesus in Galilee.

Next, we’ll travel to an overview of the Valley of Bethsaida, which is the hometown of Peter, Andrew, and Philip. Following lunch, we will visit the 1st Century remains of Magdala including the greatest highlight of all: a 2000-year-old synagogue. We will end our day at the Jordan River at the Yardenit site where you can participate in a baptism.

Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe)

Day 5 - Saturday - April 18th, 2020 - (B/D)

After breakfast, we make our way north through the Hula Valley stopping first at Tel Hazor, a city taken by Joshua (Joshua 11:10-14). We then head to Tel Dan where we will tour extensively and include a visit at the Canaanite – Bronze era mud brick gate that has been nicknamed the "Gate of Abraham". At the foot of Mt Hermon we will visit the springs of Banias, also known as Caesarea Philippi. This is where Peter made his famous declaration about Jesus (Matt. 16).

After lunch, we return to the Sea of Galilee to visit the “Jesus boat" from the first century, a vessel found here along the shores of Galilee in 1986.

We’ll conclude our day sailing on our very own wooden boat ride experience on the sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee: Ramot Nofesh Resort (Deluxe)

Day 6 - Sunday - April 19th, 2020 - (B/D)

After breakfast, we leave the Galilee and make our way along the Jordan Valley to first visit the Biblical site of Beit Shean, a well-preserved Decapolis Roman city. Here the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls after they were defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:10-12).

We continue down the Jordan Valley until we meet the Wilderness of Judah, first stopping at Qaser-El Yehud Baptismal site where tradition believes Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. After this, we’ll have lunch and visit the ancient city of Jericho.

Next, we’ll visit Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul. We enjoy a walk back to the waterfalls, hopefully seeing a few Ibex along the way. Lastly, we’ll check in to our Spa Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea where we will have the remainder of the day to go for a swim/float (included) or enjoy the spa facilities with indoor dead sea pool and jacuzzi (included) or a massage at the hotel (not included).

Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea: Daniel Dead Sea (Deluxe Rooms) Ein Bokek

Day 7 - Monday - April 20th, 2020 - (B/D)

A short drive allows us to arrive early at Masada and ascend upon the wilderness mountain, by way of cable car, to the fortress built by King Herod. We survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, the synagogue and palaces. We have an optional walk back down the snake path.

Around lunchtime, we’ll visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

After this, we’ll start our own "Aliya" (rise) from the depths of the Judean Wilderness to the mountains of Jerusalem. Upon entering Jerusalem, we make a stop at the Mount of Olives and begin the Palm Sunday journey. Ultimately, we’ll reach the Garden of Gethsemane, where we’ll enjoy a private garden amongst the olive trees for prayer and reflection.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel (Newly Renovated Rooms)

Day 8 - Tuesday - April 21st, 2020 - (B/D)

We will pick up from the events of Holy Week that we left off in the Garden of Gethsemane when we arrive at the traditional place for the house and courtyard of Caiaphas the high priest, also known as St. Peter en Gallicantu.

Next we’ll visit the Mt. Zion area outside the Jewish Quarter where is located the traditional room of the Last Supper and the Upper Room is also here. This will lead us into the Jewish quarter to explore some of the excavations here. Much of the ancient 1st century city is beneath the modern streets of the modern Jewish quarter, that has been rebuilt since the 1967 Six Day War.

Next, we’ll visit the Southern Wall Excavations, also known as the Davidson Visitor Center. Here, we’ll walk some of the original first century streets, steps and even money changers tables that once served the bustling 1st century Jewish temple.

We’ll end our day in Bethlehem, where we’ll visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds Fields.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel (Newly Renovated Rooms)

Day 9 - Wednesday - April 22nd, 2020 - (B/D)

Rising for an early morning visit on the Temple Mount will start our day off early in an attempt to beat the crowds but be aware that queuing in line may take some time with no sitting area and only limited shade. This will allow us to tour the platform but not enter the restricted areas for Muslims only such as inside the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Having experienced what is above we are going to go underneath the city's streets and homes as we explore the entire length of the Western wall in the excavations of the Western Wall Tunnels. This leads us to the St. Anne Church and the area of the Pools of Bethesda, that we find in Jesus healing the paralyzed man in John Chapter 5.  

Returning to the paths of tradition and pilgrimage we will pick up the Via Dolorosa and follow most of the 14 stations as we climb to Calvary, a break for lunch at the Christian Qtr and some free shopping time before we gather and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – one of the traditional sites for Jesus's crucifixion and burial.

The conclusion of our day is to walk in the footsteps of David and the ancient Jerusalem, that is hidden in the City of David and concludes our day by walking in the flowing waters of the Siloam tunnel (Hezekiah's Tunnel – Wet or Dry route is optional) and finding the 2000-year-old Pool of Siloam!

Following dinner, we have a night Sound & Light Show at the Tower of David that summarizes 5,000 years in a 45 min. light show spectacular!

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel (Newly Renovated Rooms)

Day 10 - Thursday - April 23rd, 2020 - (B/D)

Today, we’ll leave Jerusalem to visit the Shephelah (lower hill country) and the Negev (northern desert) regions. Our first stop in the Shephelah will be at the Elah Valley, where David conquered Goliath. You’ll have time to visit the actual stream where this great biblical event occurred.

Next, we’ll participate in an actual archaeological excavation, digging back in time to at least 2200 years ago during the Hasmonean period at the ancient city known as Beit Guvrin or Maresha, where the prophet Micah was from. At the end of our dig, we’ll have the opportunity to crawl through tunnels that link us through the basements of these people’s ancient homes. Note: You must bring closed-toed shoes and long pants for this experience.

Next up will be Beer Sheva in the Negev Desert, named by Abraham 4000 years ago. Since then, Beer Sheva has held an important place in the history of Israel. Next, we’ll visit Tel Sheva where archaeologists have uncovered two-thirds of a city dating from the early Israelite period (10th century BCE.) This city is located on the edge of the wilderness near the confluence of the Beer Sheva and Hebron Streams. The meticulously planned water system of this city demonstrates impressive engineering expertise. As such - we have conquered the Ancient land of Israel from Dan to Beer Sheva!!

The journey continues into the heart of modern Israel with an evening in Tel Aviv. A hands on Israeli cuisine workshop and plenty of wine is our celebration dinner (included) to complete a very hands-on practical day!!

We’ll end the day with a lovely journey through the streets of Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world, made famous by the Book of Jonah.

Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem: King Solomon Hotel (Newly Renovated Rooms)

Day 11 - Friday - April 24th, 2020 - (B/D)

Our morning begins in the hills of West Jerusalem following a scar on the Judean landscape that will never heal like the loss of European Jewry and the 1000 yrs of Jewish life that will fall as victims to the Nazi Holocaust. The Yad vaShem Memorial is for all those who were murdered, but also an exhibition for all of us to reflect and experience in order to ensure, that modern societies will never again fall to the depths of darkness as the era of attempted total eradication of human life by western societies. Israel as a nation will never meet a foreign dignitary before he/she has at least laid a reef at the hall of remembrance and we will visit the museum as well as the memorials in an attempt to deal with this enormous subject with a visit of 2 hours here.

Next, we will visit the Israel Museum and we visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed, the model of the 2nd temple Era and the archaeological wing of the national museum.

The climax and pinnacle of a pilgrimage tour is a visit to the Garden Tomb, where we will have worship and communion. 

We’ll end our tour on the Road to Emmaus, in the town of Abu Ghosh where we’ll have a farewell dinner together before heading to the airport.

After dinner, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

  • 23:55 - Depart on Delta Airlines DL 469 for JFK

 

Day 12 - Saturday - April 25th, 2020 - (B/)

  • 05:18 - Arrive at JFK International Airport

  • Depart the US from multiple cities on Delta Airlines

    • Orlando - 08:05 - Depart on DL 2822. Arrive at 11:01

    • Austin - 09:15 - Depart on DL 2355. Arrive at 12:30

    • Chicago - 08:05 - Depart on DL 3337. Arrive at 10:07

Announcement (June 21, 2019) - We now have group space on the following flights from Austin, Chicago and Orlando on DELTA AIRLINES, which has the fastest flight times to Israel from all 3 cities.


 

Depart for Israel: Tuesday, April 14 2020

  • Depart the US from multiple cities on Delta Airlines for JFK International, New York

    • Orlando - 15:10 - Depart on DL 2364. Arrive in JFK at 17:48

    • Austin - 13:00 - Depart on DL 2355. Arrive in JFK at 17:35

    • Chicago - 12:02 - Depart on DL 3331. Arrive JFK at 15:21

 

  • 23:09 - Group Departure on DL 468

 


 

Arrival to Israel - Wednesday, April 15

  • 17:10 - Group arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport.

 

Return to USA - Friday, April 24 

  • 23:55 - Depart on Delta Airlines DL 469 for JFK


Arrive in the USA - Saturday, April 25

  • 05:18 - Arrive at JFK International Airport

  • Depart the US from multiple cities on Delta Airlines

    • Orlando - 08:05 - Depart on DL 2822. Arrive at 11:01

    • Austin - 09:15 - Depart on DL 2355. Arrive at 12:30

    • Chicago - 08:05 - Depart on DL 3337. Arrive at 10:07

 

If you intend to book your own airfare, please contact us after registering.

Please see our helpful FAQ section.

Also, stay tuned for Group Updates sent via email that help you prepare for the tour.

Inclusions

 

  • International Round-trip airfare from either Orlando, Austin, Chicago or JFK (when selected).

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

  • 10 days on land in Israel and Jordan as per your program below.

  • 9 overnights at mentioned hotels or similar.

  • 9 touring days

  • English speaking tour guide, Erez Berkovitz, throughout the entire tour.

  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned above 

  • Meal arrangements: Full buffet breakfast & dinner daily, 1 Culinary Workshop Dinner in Tel Aviv and 1 farewell dinner on the Road to Emmaus, Abu Ghosh.

  • All Entrance fees per the itinerary, unless otherwise specified

  • Free WiFi on the bus and most hotels

  • Welcome kit (hat, map & more)

  • Porterage/gratuities at airports and hotels.

  • Debit/Credit card fees for initial deposit payment. You can also make additional payments from your online account. 

Exclusions

  • All gratuities for all services, including guide/driver (recommended $140 per person).

  • Additional overnights and transfers not mentioned in the schedule

  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.

  • Debit/Credit card fees of 2.5% for final balance payment. To select this option, please see the Add-Ons section of your My Account area approximately 4 months prior to departure. You may send checks to Samson Tours, Inc., PO Box 2713, Belleview FL 34421

 

  • 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 25 paying adult 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 45 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 $200.00 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 to Samson Tours 90 days before departure. If the tour leader is collecting all payments, they may specify their own timeline. 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 due 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.  However, it is 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.

 

Land Prices



Based on 25 or more paying, adult travelers. Prices are per person.


Land + Air from Orlando, Austin, or Chicago

$4290

Land only (adult) in a double/twin room

$2890

Discount for 3rd person (ages 13+) in a shared triple room 

-$225

Single Supplement (for single passenger in a single room)

+$1195

Additional overnight (4-star) in Tel Aviv, per person in a shared twin on BB

+$150

Separate Private Transfer (per person) from airport to Tel Aviv, either way

+$50

Final Payment by Credit Card (% of total)

2.5%

 

Deadlines


 

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Group Minimum Should be Reached

Dec 14, 2019

Final Payments are Due

Jan 14, 2020

Deposits become non-refundable to
Samson

Jan 14, 2020

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

Jan 14, 2020

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

Jan 15, 2020

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

Feb 20, 2020

 

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