TEMPLE BETH SHALOM 2021 ISRAEL TOUR

Date: June 23, 2021 - July 07, 2021
Led by: Rabbi Ari Goldstein
Guided by: Gil Zohar
Base Price for:
Land Only: $4,750.00

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Once again, Rabbi Ari Goldstein is leading a fabulous 13 day/12 night on land bar/bat mitzvah tour of Israel with an option to visit Petra, Jordan.

Expert guide, Jerusalem post writer, and multi-book author Gil Zohar will be the guide for the tour.

For complete family pricing, children pricing and discounts see the brochure or the Get Prepared section. Discounts are applied at checkout and/or after check-out from the Add-Ons section of your My Account area.

This is a Private Group Tour

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Day 1 - Wednesday - June 23rd, 2021

  • Depart from the USA anytime flexible for you. 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. Once you have this information please email us your details and/or update your traveler information in your online account.

Day 2 - Thursday - June 24th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Upon arrival, you will be met by our airport representative (after Passport Control) who will assist you through baggage, customs and to your transfer vehicle
  • Your private driver will transfer you up to Jerusalem
  • Overnight: Lady Stern Hotel. Note: This new boutique hotel, is in a short walking distance to the light rail, Jaffa Street, the Machane Yehuda market and some of the best restaurants and city life in the heart of the city.

Day 3 - Friday - June 25th, 2021 - (B/)

  • This morning we’ll enter the Old City of Jerusalem through Jaffa Gate, along the David Street Market. Along the way, we’ll take a short stop along the rooftops of the city to experience its many incredible landscapes.  We’ll walk about through the Christian Quarter, and those that want may visit the Church of the Sepulcher.
  • We’ll make our way through the Jewish Quarter to visit the Herodian Quarter to see the first century remains that
  • Next, we’ll take a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels
  • Around lunchtime, we’ll head over to the Ben Yehuda Street area where you can have lunch out on your own, and enjoy the many New Jerusalem highlights like the Jerusalem Time Elevator (for kids). Anyone who wants to participate in a live terrorism training experience or the basics of Krav Maga can optionally join an afternoon adventure into the Gush Etzion Block to experience Caliber 3.
  • In the evening, those that want can join Rabbi Goldstein for a visit to Nava Tehillah.
  • We’ll join back together at Zion Square and then walk down Jaffa Street together to visit the famous Machane Yehuda Market. Here you’ll find the intoxicating smells of rugalach and challah bread and the city bustling as it gets ready for Shabbat.

Day 4 - Saturday - June 26th, 2021 - (B/)

  • This morning, you have the option to visit, with Rabbi Ari Goldstein, the Hebrew Union College (the Reform Rabbinical School) for a Sabbath morning service.
  • Afterwards, those that want, can walk with Rabbi Goldstein to the Kotel and have study sessions along the way, through some unique locations like in the Valley of Hinnom, Mt. Zion, Schindler’s Tomb and then to King David’s Tomb on Mt. Zion.
  • In the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Israel Museum or the Jerusalem Zoo.
  • In the evening, we’ll enjoy the Sound & Light Show together at the Tower of David – The Night Spectacular (included).   After that you can continue the party at the Tachana, the old Turkish train station that’s full of restaurants and bars or just enjoy a stroll through the German Colony to one of the many restaurants out on your own.
  • Overnight: Lady Stern Hotel 
 

Day 5 - Sunday - June 27th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Early departure from the hotel for those who want to go up to the Temple Mount to see the former site of the Temple and today’s Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.
  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations & the Davidson Center and see a 3D Virtual Model of the former Temple
  • Experience the City of David and have the option to walk through Hezekiah’s water tunnel (Reminder: bring a backpack with shorts, sandals, and a small flashlight).
  • End the day at Begin Center to see the life of Menachem Begin
  • Overnight: Lady Stern Hotel 
 

Day 6 - Monday - June 28th, 2021 - (B/)

  • This morning, we’ll depart Jerusalem and head towards the Galilee.
  • Our first stop is Tsfat (Safed), the city of Kaballah. We’ll tour the Old City and have plenty of time for perusing the galleries.
  • Next, we’ll drive to the Golan Heights to visit Mt. Bental, an ancient volcano that sits along the Syrian border with Israel controlled Golan.
  • Next, we’ll take jeeps and/or 4-wheelers through the apple orchards of the Golan through ruins of war and conflict
  • We’ll return to the Sea of Galilee where we’ll have the opportunity for a swim at our seaside hotel with a private beach.
  • Enjoy dinner out on your own at one of the many restaurants in Tiberias.
  • Overnight: U Boutique, Tiberias

Day 7 - Tuesday - June 29th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Before departing Tiberias this morning, we’ll stop by the tomb of the great Rabbi Maimonides.
  • Next, we’ll visit an army base to visit with the soldiers and learn about their day to day life.
  • We’ll make our way to Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot to see the exceptional Holocaust museum focusing on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
  • We continue to Caesarea National Park, the site of the remarkable ruins of this ancient Roman city.
  • Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Day 8 - Wednesday - June 30th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Visit Jaffa, the oldest port city in the world.
  • We’ll continue by exploring Rothschild Street and visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948
  • Tour of Kibbutz Magal where we’ll learn about the Netafim drip system, Israeli greenhouses, and the kibbutz life.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll have option to visit the Rabin Museum and the Israel Olympics Museum (included)
  • Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Day 9 - Thursday - July 1st, 2021 - (B/)

  • This morning, we’ll drive to the ancient town of the Maccabees to visit the nature reserve known as Naot Kedumim.
  • Next, we’ll visit the fortress of Latrun, which is today home to Israel’s tank brigade.
  • In the evening, we’ll have an optional dinner and experience together at Nalagaat Dinner Theatre show.
  • Overnight: Royal Beach Tel Aviv

Day 10 - Friday - July 2nd, 2021 - (B/D)

  • This morning, we’ll head into the Shephelah Region to join an actual archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin (Tel Maresha), the hometown of the prophet Micah and the site of a large Hasmonean city during the time of the Maccabees. Note: Must have closed-toed shoes for the archaeological dig.
  • We’ll make our way to Beersheva where we’ll meet with local Bedouin in a very authentic Bedouin hospitality experience.
  • We’ll then continue to the Dead Sea where we’ll be staying the next few nights
  • Enjoy your private Dead Sea beach and spa time (spa services not included).
  • Overnight & Dinner: Isrotel Dead Sea or Herods Dead Sea

Day 11 - Saturday - July 3rd, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Masada, Herod the Great’s desert fortress and the last battle of the Jewish Revolt. You will have the option to hike up or take the cable car.
  • Here, we’ll take out the Torah Scrolls to experience a never-forgetting opportunity for Bar and Bat Mitzva Ceremony
  • Return to the hotel (Note: anyone departing this day, will checkout by 12:00 but will have facilities available such as the spa until your transfer to the airport).
  • For those remaining, you’ll have a free afternoon on your own and an optional desert hike through Ein Boqeq
  • Overnight & Dinner: Isrotel Dead Sea or Herods Dead Sea

Day 12 - Sunday - July 4th, 2021 - (B/)

  • This morning, we’ll have a relaxed breakfast with late departure
  • Drive to Eilat via the Aravah Valley, seeing ancient terrain along the way such as Mt. Sodom and the Wilderness of Zin
  • Along the way, we’ll visit Timna (Solomon’s Mines) to see where the ancient Egyptians, Midianites and Israelites once mined copper. Minor copper mining still takes place in the region today.
  • Continuing on towards Eilat, we’ll stop for a quick visit to Kibbutz Yodfata where you can taste some delicious ice cream in the desert
  • Check-in early to our hotel
  • Enjoy dinner out on your own and a fun time out on Eilat’s boardwalk by the Sea
  • Overnight: Herods Eilat

Day 13 - Monday - July 5th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Today, you have the option to enjoy an optional tour of Petra, Jordan or enjoying a free day on your own in Eilat. Anyone, remaining in Eilat may have an optional, morning hike with Rabbi Goldstein (Nahtal Tzefahot)

Note: you must choose the Petra option from the Add-ons section of your My Account area and pay at least 2 months prior to departure to guarantee your space.

  • 07:00 – For those who have selected Petra, you will be picked up at the hotel to cross the Aravah Border Crossing and make your way on a professionally guided tour to the Nabataean city of Petra. Have lunch at Basin Restaurant in Petra (MUST BRING PASSPORTS, SUNSCREEN & HATS. Recommended: Change of Clothes. Lunch on your own.) Approximate return time to hotel will be 7pm.

Day 14 - Tuesday - July 6th, 2021 - (B/)

  • Optional hike with Rabbi Goldstein (Red Canyon)
  • Late checkout from the hotel
  • In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Eilat airport for your domestic flight (included) to Ben Gurion International Airport where you will connect with your international flight home.

We will provide Private or group transfers as needed from the hotel to the airport. Please let us know your international flight details at least 3 months in advance to secure you the best domestic times from Eilat to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Day 15 - Wednesday - July 7th, 2021 - (B/D)

Arrive back in the USA.

All travelers will proccur their own airfares for this tour. If you wish us to book your airfare for a flat $50 fee above cost, feel free to contact us.

Land Prices based on 20 or more adult travelers.

Land Options

July 7

Departure

July 3 Departure

Per adult in a double/twin room

$4,750.00

$3850.00

For 3rd Person (ages 13+) in a shared room (cot or pullout couch)

$4,480.00

$3930.00

For the 1st Child (ages 2-12) in a shared room with Adults

$3600.00

$3050.00

For the 2nd Child (ages 2-12) in a shared room with Adults – Includes a Supplement for larger 2+2 Family-Style Room at certain hotels

$3600.00

$3050.00

Single Supplement – for a single room throughout

+$1900.00

$1600.00

Note: If departing on July 3, then the discounts will be applied after your checkout. Select your discounts from the Add-ons section of your My Account area.

 

Add-On Options

 

 

Pre-Arrival & Post-Departure Hotels

Upon Request, at guaranteed savings.

 

Petra Day Tour Optional Extension Per Person (includes special visa, border taxes, transfers, guide, and entrance fees)

+$450.00

 

Discounts

 

 

Discount (per person) for final balance payment by Check (you can still pay deposit with cc).

-$75.00

-$75.00

Discountfor single supplement for traveler who departs early on June 28

-$-300.00

 

Additional per person discount (per person) if the group has 31 or more passengers

-$150.00

-$150.00

 

Samson Tours, Inc. is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST39934. We are bonded, licensed and insured and provide a 100% Force Majeure Policy. We are also a proud member of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association. We lead the industry with the fairest and most transparent Policies and are here to ensure you have a safe, reliable trip with us. Feel free to contact us anytime with your questions.

 

 

Deadlines

Deadlines

Due Date

Last day for Early-bird Registration discount

Feb 28, 2021 

Final Payments are Due

March 22, 2021 

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

March 22, 2021

Inclusions

  • Assistance and Transfers to/from all airports
  • Bellboy services at all hotels
  • 13 days/12 nights in solid 4-Star accommodations throughout on land
  • Licensed, English-speaking guides for all touring days.
  • Private driver and luxury, airconditioned bus with WIFI throughout
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1-way domestic airfare from Eilat to Ben Gurion Airport at end of tour
  • Welcome kit
  • ALL Entrance fees per the itinerary, unless otherwise specified:
  • Credit card fees (Note: There is a discount for paying your final balance by check or direct deposit).

Exclusions

  • International Roundtrip airfare
  • Lunches & most dinners (except 2)
  • $180 per person for gratuities for all services, guides and drivers throughout. Payable by credit card.
  • $60 per person optional dinner at Nalagaat Dinner Theatre (Tel Aviv)
  • Caliber 3 Option – approx. $140 per person (pay on-site via c/c)
  • 1-day Petra optional tour from Eilat include visa and taxes
  • Additional overnights and transfers not mentioned in the schedule
  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.
  • All gratuities for all services, including guide/driver ($200 per person).

Policies

  • Final Hotels & Itinerary: We typically post final hotel choices 6 months in advance and you may find links to them in the itinerary itself. Along the way, we reserve the right to update the hotel, change a site or replace any service with an equal or better-quality experience or value.
  • Group Minimum: A minimum of 20 paying adult passengers are required. If this minimum is not reached by the Early-Bird special date, we may either a.) request that all adult 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.
  • Deposit & Payments: This tour has a non-refundable (but transferable) $500.00 deposit per person upon signup. The deposit can be paid by debit/credit card, check, money order, over-the-counter deposit. You can make monthly payments of any amount toward your balance from your online account or contact us for setting up a payment plan. Important Note: We provide a significant discount for paying your final balance by check (see add-ons).
  • Late Registrations: Any registration beyond the Early-bird deadline will be subject to a strict, minimum $200 per person fee (see add-ons) due to the amount of work involved with updating hotels, airlines and service providers on your behalf.
  • Group Airfare: A group airfare must have 10 or more passengers on the same group flight. Group flights are not always more affordable, but they are far more flexible in terms of cancellations and deposit refunds than individual airfares. Typically, only 10% of the tickets may diverge from the main group international flights. Passengers may book their own domestic airfare to/from the main group departure hub or ask us to get a quote for your connection.
  • Individual Airfare: If we do not offer a group airfare for your tour, you or we may book your flight individually. We’re happy to do the job for you and provide the best airfare for the best quality versus price for just a $50.00 fee + the actual cost of the flight that you. To book your individual airfare, send us your passport, credit card details, seating preference, and Miles card if you have one. Individual airfares are non-refundable, but typically can be changed up to 1 year for a fee.
  • Diversions & Add-Ons: If you arrive either before or after the scheduled group departure and arrival times you may and most likely will be subject to additional costs for airport transfers and/or overnights. We are happy to provide our customer with every possible experience and service that is needed from Door to Door, so please contact us if you wish to extend your package to other countries like Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Rome, Jordan, Petra only or any other experience or activity you might want to have to make your experience 100%.
  • Refunds: Your initial deposit is non-refundable; however, it can be fully transferable to another passenger or may be used for future travel dates with us. The following balance refunds apply to non-insured travelers only:

▪          90+ days before departure – full refund less deposit

▪          89-60 days before departure – minimum 75% refund

▪          59-30 days before departure – minimum 50% refund

▪          29-0 days before departure - minimum 0% refund

  • Force Majeure and Postponements: 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 tour will be postponed, and your entire balance will carry over to new tour dates. Depending on the new dates, there may be an increase in costs for tours that are rescheduled later than one year from the time of postponement. If you are unable to join the new tour dates and are not insured, then you will be entitled to a refund, less any other non-refundable deposits that may be imposed on us by suppliers.
  • 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.
  • Your Health: 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 your 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 however 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. Always feel free to check your Group Page and/or contact us to better serve you or to get the latest details about your tour.

 

Deadlines

Due Date

Last day for Early-bird Registration discount

Feb 28, 2021 

Final Payments are Due

March 22, 2021 

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

March 22, 2021

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