ISRAEL STUDY TOUR WITH PROFESSOR YUEHAN FU

Date: January 18, 2021 - February 02, 2021
Led by: Dr Johan Fu
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $4,590.00
Land Only: $2,990.00

Join This Tour


This is a private tour for Professor (Johan) Yuehan Fu and students. On this amazing journey, you'll get first-hand experience with over 100 biblical sites throughout the land, some rarely visited by the average visitor.

The tour is 15 days altogether, with 13 days and 12 nights on land in Israel.

Register early and make payments from your online account according to your budget.

Read the full English brochure OR Chinese brochure.

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Day 1 - Monday - January 18th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Depart from Brisbane, Australia or anywhere in the world
  • 14:40 Group Departure from Brisbane (BNE) on Turkish Airlines TK9331
  • 20:40 – Arrive in Singapore (SIN)
  • 23:35 – Depart Singapore for Istanbul on TK55

Day 2 - Tuesday - January 19th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • 06:50 – Depart Istanbul for Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines TK784
  • 08:55 - Morning arrival to Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Enjoy a biblical breakfast and a tour of the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve
  • Visit Caesarea (Herod’s Palace, Roman Theatre, Hippodrome, Aqueduct)
  • End the day on Mount Carmel (Monastery of Muhraka)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Bay Club, Haifa

Day 3 - Wednesday - January 20th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Morning visit to the Bahai Gardens
  • Haifa Hecht Museum (opens at 10am)
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth (Nazareth Village, Church of Annunciation, Sisters of  Nazareth Convent)
  • Sepphoris
  • Time permitting, we’ll visit Cana (Khirbet Cana) (not Kefar Kenna)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

Day 4 - Thursday - January 21st, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Tel Hazor
  • Tel Dan
  • Caesarea Philippi
  • Capernaum/Tomb of Centurion
  • Capernaum - St Peter Church
  • Chorazin
  • Mountain of Beatitudes
  • Church of the Primacy of Peter, Mensa Christi
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee

Day 5 - Friday - January 22nd, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Bethsaida
  • Hike down Mount Arbel
  • Visit the 1st century boat (‘the Jesus Boat’) discovered at Kibbutz Ginosar
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galiee
  • Restful afternoon
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar, Sea of Galilee
 

Day 6 - Saturday - January 23rd, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Beth Shean
  • Elisha’s Bed at Tel Rehov
  • Gilgal Argaman (Moshav Argaman)
  • Jordan Baptismal Site of Qasr el Yehud
  • Qumran and also hike up to Cave 11
  • Lookout over Ein Gedi
  • Dead Sea Swim and relaxation in the hotel’s spa
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Oasis

Day 7 - Sunday - January 24th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Masada (cable car up /down)
  • Drive down the Aravah Valley
  • Timna (includes visit to the Tabernacle)
  • Afternoon by the Red Sea
  • Overnight & Dinner: Atlas Nova Like or similar

Day 8 - Monday - January 25th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Drive via the Negev
  • View of the Ramon Crater
  • Visit Tel Sheva – Abraham’s Oath
  • Security permitting, visit Hebron (Cave of the Machpelah)
  • Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity, Shepherds Fields, local Bazaar)
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 9 - Tuesday - January 26th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Temple Mount
  • Temple Western Wall
  • Western Wall tunnel
  • Temple Southern Steps
  • Burnt House
  • Broad Wall
  • Cardo
  • City Gates
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 10 - Wednesday - January 27th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Rockefeller Museum
  • Tell Jericho
  • Shilo
  • Bethel
  • Mt. Gerizim
  • Ancient Samaria
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem
 

Day 11 - Thursday - January 28th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • City of David
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam
  • The Tomb of the Kings
  • Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book
  • Afternoon of Leisure
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Friday - January 29th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Mount Olives
  • Pater Noster (“Our Father”)
  • Dominus Flevit
  • Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations
  • Caiaphas House (‘St. Peter en Gallicantu’)
  • Pools of Bethesda
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • St Alexander Nevsky Church
  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Kings, Jerusalem

Day 13 - Saturday - January 30th, 2021 - (B/D)

  • Walk on the Road to Emmaus
  • Tel Beth Shemesh
  • Gath
  • Elah Valley (and Cave of Adullam)
  • Beit Guvrin/Moresheth (Micah)
  • Lachish
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Ashkelon

Day 14 - Sunday - January 31st, 2021 - (B/)

  • Rest this morning by the Mediterranean Sea
  • Visit the Canaanite gateway at Ashkelon
  • Tour Jaffa (Joppa)
  • Tour Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948.
  • Have a late lunch/early dinner on your own at the port of Tel Aviv
  • 18:00 - Transfer to Airport
  • 21:05 – Group Departure from  Tel Aviv to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines TK789
  • 23:40 – Arrive in Istanbul
 

Day 15 - Monday - February 1st, 2021 - (B/D)

  • 01:10 – Depart Istanbul (IST) for Singapore on Turkish Airlines TK54
  • 17:55 – Arrive in Singapore
  • 21:15+1 day – Depart Singapore for Brisbane, Australia on Turkish Airlines TK9322. (Arrive in Brisbane at 07:15 on Feb 2)

Day 16 - Tuesday - February 2nd, 2021 - (B/D)

  • 07:15 (approximate) - Arrive in Brisbane or Melbourne

Airfare is included in the main package price up to ($1600 value). If higher costs, there will be a surcharge.

You may book your own airfare for this tour.

The group airfare will be published approximately 9 months prior to departure.

 

Per person, for 20+ passengers

Land + Air rates in US$  

Per Person in a Shared Double/Twin Room

$4590.00

Third Person in a shared Triple Room (discount can be split among 3 passengers).

$4290.00

Single Supplement (additional cost for single room)

+$1100.00

Discount for 30 or more paying passengers

-$100.00

Pre-arrival or post-departure hotel with airport transfer

+225.00

Inclusions

  • Round-trip group airfare (when selected) from Melbourne or Brisbane, Australia on El Al Airlines or Turkish Airlines (if selected upon checkout) – Up to $1600.00 max value, based on airfares published 9 months prior to departure.
  • Transfers to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport
  • Luggage & Airport services upon arrival/departure
  • Tour Leader (Chinese-speaking)
  • Supporting, licensed Israeli Tour Guide (English)
  • 13 days of new air-conditioned tour bus & driver
  • 12 nights in High 3-Star/Low 4-Star accommodations
  • Full Buffet Breakfast & Dinner each day (soft drinks & alcohol not included)
  • Special biblical Breakfast at Naot Kedumim
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Internal Headset Whisper System for groups of 20 or more
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags
  • Pilgrimage Certificate
  • All Credit Card Fees

Exclusions

  • Lunches
  • Any diversion that may result in an increase in airfare or land costs.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
  • Optional Traveler’s Insurance
  • All Israeli Visa & Border Fees (all USA and Australian passport holders are exempt)
  • Cash gratuities for hotel staff, guide & driver ($180 per person). Note: You are welcome to add a generous love offering at the end of the tour
  • 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 20paying 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 50 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 Travel Guard. 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 the World Nomads 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.

Deadlines

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Action Required

Group Minimum Should be Reached; All Deposits Paid; Non-Refundable Airline Deposit of $100 per person goes into effect

Aug 14th   2020

 

Final Payments are Due

Sept 14th   2020

 

Land Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

Sept 14th   2020

 

Last Day for Early Bird Registration

Sept 14th   2020

 

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

Sept 15th   2020

 

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

Oct 15th   2020

Updates Online

Last day to send Names List (see Names List Template) for ticketing

Nov 13th   2020

 

Final Airfare Payment is Due to Airlines by Samson (must retain 80%)

Nov 13th   2020

 

Airline Tickets are issued

Dec 14th   2020

 

 

It is always advised to get a real-time quote through our insurance partner with World Nomads.





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