WITH JESUS IN JERUSALEM AND THE GALILEE

Friends of Ann Pangbourne

Date: October 14, 2020 - October 29, 2020
Led by: Mrs Ann Pangbourne
Guided by: To be announced
Base Price for:
Land Only: $3,425.00

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Ann Pangbourne, a highly experienced tour leader is leading this private tour for friends.

15 days/14 nights on Land in Israel with excellent lodging in Jerusalem (Prima Kings), the Mediterranean Sea (Dor Nahsholim), and the Sea of Galilee (Ron Beach).

Most mornings and evenings there will be short times of prayer and worship to begin and end the day.

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Day 1 - Thursday - October 15th, 2020 - (D)

  • At 22:15, we’ll depart from LHR on El Al for Tel Aviv

Day 2 - Friday - October 16th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • At 04:45, arrive to 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 driver.

  • En route, we’ll have a lovely breakfast in the town of Ein Kerem at the Pundak Restaurant (included).

  • Next, we’ll depart for Bethlehem where with a local Palestinian guide we’ll visit the Church of the Nativity. 

  • After a short time at a local bazaar, we’ll have lunch in Shepherds Fields (arranged by the guide/driver)

  • We’ll end our day at Rachel’s Tomb.

  • By 3pm, we’ll check into our hotel where we’ll be staying for the next 7 nights in the heart of Jerusalem.

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

 

Day 3 - Saturday - October 17th, 2020 - (B/L/D)

  • This morning, we’ll enjoy a more relaxed time at our hotel.

  • After an early lunch in the Armenian quarter at the Bulghouri Armenian Restaurant, we’ll visit the Tower of David Museum

  • Next, we’ll walk the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate, gaining insight to the city’s defenses throughout its history.

  • We’ll visit St. Mark’s in the Armenian/Jewish quarter to see the traditional Armenian place for the Upper Room.

  • In the evening time, we’ll visit the City of David for their new Hallelujah Sound and Light show.

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 4 - Sunday - October 18th, 2020 - (B/L/)

  • We’ll begin our day with a scenic lookout from over the Judean Desert from Wadi Qelt, a key passageway and route between Jerusalem and Jericho.

  • Next, we’ll visit the Jordan River to the place where it is believed John baptized Jesus (Qasr el Yahud)

  • We’ll then make our way into the hill country of Samaria to visit Tel Shiloh, where the Tabernacle rested for 369 years and enjoy their new multimedia film and museum, which displays finds from the biblical period.

  • Next, we’ll visit Har Baruchim where we’ll have lunch and a visit to the winery.

  • We’ll then see the modern Samaritan Temple on Mt. Gerizim and point out also where the ancient temple once stood before it was destroyed in the 2nd century BCE.

  • We’ll end the day between the Hill of Blessings and Curses at Shechem, where we’ll pay a special visit to Jacob’s well (per David Roberts photo)

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 5 - Monday - October 19th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • We’ll begin a day full of exploration at the City of David. Here, we’ll visit the most recent archaeological excavations, with an option to walk from Hezekiah’s tunnel to the Pool of Siloam.

  • You’ll have the option to walk up the ancient street that led from the Siloam to the Temple Mount (Note: You must be in great physical condition for this).

  • We’ll gather together at the Southern Wall Excavations, also known as the Davidson Center, to walk the first century streets and steps that once allowed pilgrims to enter the sacred temple.

  • Next we’ll visit the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, where Jews ‘wail’ over the loss of the temple and pray for a restored one with the coming of the Messiah.

  • We’ll end the day with some free time to peruse the stores in the Old City’s Suq (market).

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 6 - Tuesday - October 20th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Upon entering Jerusalem, we make a stop at the Mount of Olives where we’ll begin the Palm Sunday journey.

  • As we approach the Kidron Valley, we’ll visit the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll also visit the Chapel of the Apostles nearby, where tradition holds was the cave in which the disciples slept. This site is just opposite the Chapel of St. Mary, where Greek Orthodox tradition holds Mary died, and where later the Crusader kings and the Queen Melisenda were buried. 

  • We’ll descend into the Kidron Valley where we will see Absalom’s Pillar, the tomb of Zecharias, and other early tombs from the days of the Temple.

  • We’ll make our way up the hill of Mt. Zion by coach, where we’ll visit St. Peter en Gallicantu, also known as the House of Caiaphas. First century steps and ritual baths indicate this to be a very important place. Early Byzantines considered this to be the prison where Jesus was held the night of his arrest.

  • Next, we’ll take our coach to have lunch at the Lavan Cafe, that perches over the Hinnom Valley, near Jerusalem’s Cinematheque. 

  • We’ll return to Herod’s gate where we’ll begin the Via Dolorosa, which will culminate with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • At approximately 16:00, we’ll visit the Garden Tomb. Here, we’ll have a private place for group prayer (communion not required). 

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Wednesday - October 21st, 2020 - (B/D)

  • This morning, we’ll make our way down to the Dead Sea to visit Masada, the fortress of Herod the Great, where Jewish rebels battled against the Romans in a final stand in 73 CE.

  • Next, we’ll enter the wilderness of Ein Gedi where we’ll visit the ancient ravine where David hid from Saul and the ancient synagogue uncovered within the National Park

  • Afterwards, we’ll have lunch and visit Kibbutz Ein Gedi for a tour of their botanical gardens which will be guided by one of the kibbutz members. 

  • We’ll end the day with a swim in the Dead Sea at Kalia Beach, where you can extract mud right out of the ground.

  • Dinner and overnight: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Thursday - October 22nd, 2020 - (B/D)

  • NOTE: This morning you may have the option to depart Israel or arrive to Israel if numbers allow.  It may need someone to depart for you to arrive! A minimum of 16 people is required for each week.

  • We’ll begin our tour day at the lovely port of Jaffa, one of the most ancient cities in the world. Jaffa is where Jonah set sail, Peter experienced his vision, and other great stories occurred like Andromeda’s Rock.

  • We’ll drive along the Mediterranean Coast until we then reach Caesarea Maritima, where Peter too met Cornelius, and where Paul was imprisoned. We’ll visit the Roman Theatre, the Hippodrome and the ancient port.

  • Next we’ll make our way to Kibbutz Dor Nachsholim, where we’ll me staying for the next 3 nights on a private beach by the Mediterranean Sea. After we check-in to our rooms, we’ll take a lovely walk together on the beach to visit Tel Dor, the ancient Phoenician city that lies just along the seashore, next to the kibbutz.

  • Dinner and overnight on the Mediterranean Sea: Dor Nahsholim (Double ('Hotel' Rooms, Facing Lawns)

Day 9 - Friday - October 23rd, 2020 - (B/D)

  • We’ll begin our tour day at Sephoris, where we’ll spend at least 2-3 hours amongst the ancient city. Sephoris, also called Tziporri because of its bird’s eye view over the valley, was the largest construction in the Galilee during Jesus’ childhood in Nazareth.

  • Next, we’ll visit Cana of Galilee to visit the traditional Church of the Wedding where it is believed John 2 occurs. The site indeed is an ancient synagogue.

  • We’ll then make our way to Nazareth, where we’ll walk from the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (‘Mary’s well’) to the Latin Church of the Annunciation (Mary’s home)

  • Around 4pm, we’ll return to our hotel for relaxation and swimming before supper

  • This evening we’ll have a special dinner out in the nearby town of Zichron Yaakov (included)

  • Dinner and overnight on the Mediterranean Sea: Dor Nahsholim

Day 10 - Saturday - October 24th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • First up today is one of the most destroyed cities in the world: Megiddo, which protects the corridor to the Valley of Armageddon. Here, we’ll visit stables, granaries and a water shaft that dates back to the early Israelite days.

  • Next, we’ll drive through some beautiful country to Mt. Gilboa. It is here where Saul fell upon his sword, but it also here where Gideon chose his men.

  • We’ll make our way to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. This spectacular church, built by Antonio Barlucci, sits above the ruins of early churches that protected the place where the transfiguration occurred, according to tradition.

  • In the evening, around sunset, we’ll make our way to Haifa, where we’ll have dinner out in the German Colony (included). 

  • After dinner, we’ll have a spectacular lookout over the beautifully lit up Haifa Bay, where many cruise ships port for the night.

  • Dinner and overnight on the Mediterranean Sea: Dor Nahsholim

 

Day 11 - Sunday - October 25th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Today, we’ll drive along the northernmost border road where we’ll learn more about the past wars with Lebanon and the challenges still felt by locals today. Along the way, we’ll pass through Jewish kibbutzim, Arab, Druze and Circassian Villages that bespeak of the diversity of the land along a volatile border.

  • We’ll make our way to Tel Dan where it is said the biblical tribe of Dan migrated to. Here, the famous ‘David’ stele, the temple built by Jeroboam, and the ‘Arch of Abraham’, one of the oldest arches in the world were discovered.

  • Next up is Banias, also known as Caesarea Phillipi. Here, Jesus met with some of his disciples in Matthew 16, most famous for “Upon this Rock, I’ll build my Church.” 

  • We’ll end our day in the Golan Heights where we’ll look out over the Road to Damascus, and see the modern city of Kuneitra and the United Nations base.

  • Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee: Ron Beach Hotel

Day 12 - Monday - October 26th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • This morning, after having breakfast at our seaside hotel, we’ll visit Bethsaida, which was home to at least five of the twelve disciples.

  • We’ll make our way then to Capernaum, the home base for Jesus’ ministry. Here, amongst the many first century ruins we’ll engage with the many miracles that occurred from this quaint fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea.

  • Our next visit is to the Mt. of Beatitudes. A lovely church and gardens now marks the spot where Jesus spoke the words of Matthew 5 to his disciples.

  • We’ll then make our way down the Mt. of Beatitudes to Tabgha by foot, passing along the way the Cave of Eremos, where early Christians say Jesus taught his disciples.

  • From the base of the Mount of Beatitudes, we’ll cross the road to visit the Church of the Multiplication, where already by the 3rd century pilgrims marked the place where Jesus broke five loves and 2 fishes for the feeding of the 5,000.

  • Just a stone’s throw away is Mensa Christie (the Church of the Primacy of Peter). Here, we’ll have a place of worship and time for reflection next to the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where John 21 occurred.

  • We’ll end the day at Magdala. We’ll see the recently discovered first-century synagogue and the new church built in honor of the great women of faith.

  • Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee: Ron Beach Hotel 

Day 13 - Tuesday - October 27th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • Today, we’ll tour largely in the vicinity of Tiberias. Tiberias was a town built by Herod Antipas in the days of Jesus and later becomes an important town in Jewish history, as from here the Jerusalem Talmud was written. On our short tour of ancient Tiberias, we’ll see the new Roman theatre that was discovered, as well as the ancient hot springs and 5th century synagogue. 

  • In the heart of Tiberias likes the famous Tomb of Maimonides, a famous biblical scholar. Around his tomb lie many other tombs related to the early periods of Judaism, shortly after the destruction of Jerusalem, like the tomb of the famous Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakai, who was a primary contributor to the Mishnah

  • We’ll visit other major landmarks around the city, like the Yigal Alon Promenade Sculpture Park at Ginosar.

  • Along the way, we’ll take a short tour of Kibbutz Deganya, the first kibbutz and visit it’s Chocolate Factory for fabulous sweets and coffees.

  • We’ll return to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day by our seaside pool.

  • Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee: Ron Beach Hotel 

Day 14 - Wednesday - October 28th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • This morning, we’ll drive northward into the Hulah Valley where we’ll visit Tel Hazor. Hazor was the capital of the Canaanite empire and was conquered by the Israelites (Joshua 11, Judges 5). The archaeological evidence is astounding.

  • Next, we’ll make our way deeper into the Hulah Valley where we’ll take a tractor ride into the marshlands where so much wildlife lives. The tour will likely be guided in English by a local expert.

  • After the tour, you’ll have the option to drive golf carts throughout the park along the many beautifully paved trails that bring you close to wildlife.

  • We’ll make our way back to the Sea of Galilee where you’ll have an optional visit to see the 1st century boat at Ginosar or the Yigal Alon Museum, which tells the life of the early kibbutz and one of Israel’s most famous generals from the 1948 war of Independence: Yigal Alon

  • We’ll end our day with a wooden boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where so many stories from the New Testament will come to life.

  • Return to the hotel for some swimming time and a short celebration service before a late supper.  

  • Dinner and overnight on the Sea of Galilee: Ron Beach Hotel 

 

Day 15 - Thursday - October 29th, 2020 - (B/D)

  • 04:30 - We’ll depart from the Galilee. A take-away breakfast will be provided which will have some fruit, vegetables included. 

  • Along the way to the airport, we’ll stop for a break with the opportunity for coffee and tea.

  • 09:05 - Depart on El Al airlines for LHR

  • 12:35 - Arrive in LHR 

Please see the itinerary for expected flight times. The tour leader will be procuring a group airfare for the group. Please speak to Ann Pangbourne regarding this approximately 9 months prior to departure.

 

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Group Minimum Should be Reached

June 14, 2020

 

Final Payments are Due

July 14, 2020

 

Deposits become non-refundable to
Samson

July 14, 2020

 

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

July 14, 2020

 

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

July 15, 2020

 

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

Aug 14, 2020

Updates Online

 

Inclusions

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

  • Porterage at airport and hotels.

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

  • 15 days of air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned above and customer-friendly driver (Request: Rami) 

  • 14 overnights at mentioned hotels or similar

  • 15 touring days with Ann Pangbourne, Tour Leader

  • 9 touring days with a licensed, Israeli guide.

  • All Entrance fees per the itinerary, unless otherwise specified

  • Free WiFi on the bus and most hotels

  • Welcome kit (hat, tote bag, map & more)

  • Debit/Credit and/or Wire Transfer fees that we are charged (approx. 3%). Note, you may be charged by your company or bank for any fees or exchange fees they might impose.

  • Gratuities for hotel staff and porterage (this accounts for $5 per person, per hotel check-in + $2 per person, per day per hotel divided by the staff)

 

Exclusions

  • International Round-trip airfare.

  • Lunches

  • Recommended gratuity for guide ($7 per person, per day x 9)

  • Recommended gratuity for driver ($5 per person, per day x15)

  • Additional gratuities for local guides and donations at churches as recommended by your Tour Leader

  • Additional overnights and transfers not mentioned in the schedule

  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.

 

  • 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 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 19 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. 

  • 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: 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. All other participants should be in good health and walking condition. This program is active and involves a  certain amount of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be accessible for the disabled. 

  • 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.

 

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