ISRAEL SUPER SITES TOUR

Date: February 15, 2022 - February 28, 2022
Led by: Dr. David Cloud
Base Price for:
Land Only: $2,645.00

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New dates announced for 2022. Dr. David Cloud of Way of Life Ministries is once again leading an extensive tour of Israel that's 15 days altogether (13 days/12 nights on land).

This is a Private Group Tour

 

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Day 1 - Tuesday - February 15th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Depart from your home city. 

Day 2 - Wednesday - February 16th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Arrive at Ben Gurion airport

  • Upon arrival, immediately after Passport Control, as you enter into the luggage pickup carousel area, you will be met by our airport representative with a sign reading ‘Samson Tours’ and/or ‘David Cloud & Friends’. If for any reason, you miss our representative, please remain at your arrival flight’s baggage carousel and call or send a WhatsApp or text message to +972-50-7152575. Never hesitate to ask an Israeli to borrow their phone to make a call.

  • Transfer to your hotel 

  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Hotel Ashkelon

Day 3 - Thursday - February 17th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Ashkelon: One of the five major cities of the Philistines (1 Sa. 6:17) ancient gate and wall and port shows the sophistication of the Canaanites, beautiful setting to see: gate, wall, area of old port

  • Drive by (and we’ll attempt a special private visit on-site) to the Soreq Desalination Plant

  • Visit the ancient city of Lakhish, where the Assyrians laid out their invasion on the Israelites in the days of Hezekiah. 

  • Drive via Bet Guvrin. Visit the gladiator colosseum and then stop by the Roman Milestones

  • Elah Valley: Where David fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17:2), view of valley from below and above (Hill of Shaarayim). 

  • Overnight & Dinner:  Leonardo Hotel Ashkelon

Day 4 - Friday - February 18th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Drive through the Negev, viewing the biblical landscapes for the Israelite wanderings. We will be able to stop along the way and get a feel for the area

  • Visit Kibbutz Sde Boker, the resting place of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister

  • Lookout over the Wilderness of Zin

  • Descend to the Aravah Valley by way of the Scorpion Ascent

  • The Wilderness of Faran, where Ishmael grew up and hunted

  • Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve

  • Yotvata agricultural tour (time permitting)

  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Royal Resort, Eilat

Day 5 - Saturday - February 19th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Today we’ll tour Eilat and surrounding sites: The location of Eziongeber, where Solomon’s ships docked (1 Ki. 9:26); they were manned and piloted by Phoenicians from Tyre (1 Ki. 9:27); they made round trips to Ophir and other places for gold and other products. The location is Ophir is not known, could have been India or South Africa. This was where Jehoshaphat’s ships were broken because of his unlawful affiliation with Ahab (1 Ki. 22:48). To see: the Red Sea and general area:

  • 11:00: King Solomon's Copper mines at Timna

  • 12:00 - Visit the reconstruction of the original tabernacle at Timna

  • Hike the Black Canyon

  • Enjoy the late afternoon relaxing by the Dead Sea. Usually called the Salt Sea in the Bible (e.g., Gen. 14:3; Num. 34:3; Deut. 3:17; Josh. 3:16). It is 34 miles long and 11 miles wide at the widest point and 430 meters or 1,400 feet deep. Jordan flows into it. It has no outlet and there is no marine life other than bacteria and microbial fungi. It is the lowest place of any landmass on earth (400 meters or 1,300 feet below sea level). At about 33% salinity, it is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, nearly nine times more salty than the oceans. Sea will be healed in Christ’s kingdom. 

  • Overnight & Dinner: Prima Oasis or similar

Day 6 - Sunday - February 20th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Early morning rise to drive to Ein Gedi; see the wildlife (wild goats, conies), waterfall, and caves in the area where David hid from Saul. Lookout towards Mt. Nebo, Located on the western shore of the Dead Sea, where David hid from King Saul (1 Sam. 23:29, 24:1-22). Fishermen will fish here in the Millennium (Ezekiel 47:10)

  • View where the Kidron Valley enters the Dead Sea

  • View the Dead Sea Caves in Qumran from a distance

  • Walk Wadi Qelt from St. George, old Roman road, Herod’s aqueduct, Herod’s palace, Jericho tell, sycamore tree, (if time allows) cable car to Mt. of Temptation a grand view of biblical (Moses viewed the land from Mount Nebo across from Jericho (Deut. 34:1). The first city conquered by Joshua (Joshua 6). Elijah ascended in a fiery chariot. John the Baptist baptized on the Jordan. Zacchaeus converted (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus healed the blind man and went up to Jerusalem from Jericho (Luke 19:28-40).

  • Driving up north in the Jordan Valley along the Jordan River route.  

  • Beth Shean: A city of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:29). Saul’s body nailed to the wall of the Philistine city (1 Sa. 28). The Romans built the capital of the Decapolis here in Jesus’ day (Mark 5:20). To see: theater, cardo maximus, baths (fairly short visit)

  • Overnight & Dinner: Ohalo Manor, Tiberias or Lake House

Day 7 - Monday - February 21st, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Stop to view Mt. Carmel and River Kishon

  • Megiddo: Armageddon means “hill of Megiddo” and it is the place where Christ will destroy the Antichrist’s armies (Revelation 16:12-16). The valley here is called the valley of Megiddo and the valley of Jezreel. Barak and Deborah defeated the Canaanites (Jud. 4:13-14; 5:19). Gideon defeated the Midianites (Jud. 6:33-34). The Philistines defeated the Israelites (1 Sam. 29:1) and Jonathan and his sons were killed on Mt. Gilboa overlooking the plain (1 Sam. 31:1-7). 34 major battles. Barak - tabor Deborah judges 4-5. Gideon defeated Midianites judges 6. Saul 1 Sam 29-31 (Philistines by Moreh, Gideon Harod). Josiah killed by Pharaohnech 2 ki 23. Armageddon rev 16:12-16; Zechariah 12:1 - 13:2; 14:1-11. 1918 British defeated ottomans & liberated the land from 1250 years Muslim rule (drive Turkish observers from Megiddo hill, attacked from Sharon, 15,000 dummy horses in Jordan valley). To see: the overview of the valley, Solomon’s gate, palace ruins, pagan altar, mangers, water system (only if there is time)

  • Jezreel: Ahab and Naboth, Jehu. Gideon; Midianites & Amalakites camped by Moreh (Jud 7:1); Ishmaelites (Jud. 8:24) Ishmael & Isaac. To see: old palace ruins, grape pressing pits, view of the valley to the east from which Jehu approached

  • Orde Wingate Museum; night squads 1936-39 during Arab revolt; grew up Plymouth Brethren and believed Bible prophecy; loved account of Gideon and established his headquarters near Harod Spring; died 1944; Ben Gurion said Wingate would have been first chief staff had he lived; his Bible is on display at the Harod kibbutz; on the flyleaf is Job 28:24, 28 - “For God looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven. ... And unto man he said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding”

  • Jezreel: Ahab and Naboth, Jehu. Walk down to Harod Spring. Gideon; Midianites & Amalakites camped by Moreh (Jud 7:1); Ishmaelites (Jud. 8:24) Ishmael & Isaac. 

  • Harod Spring where Gideon separated the men

  • Overnight & Dinner: Ohalo Manor, Tiberias or Lake House

Day 8 - Tuesday - February 22nd, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Nazareth: The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (Luke 1:26-27). Jesus grew up here (Matthew 2:23; Luke 2:39, 51). Jesus preached in the synagogue and the people tried to kill him (Luke 4:16-30). Private tour of the Nazareth Village, where archaeologists discovered a 1st century agricultural center.

  • Mt. Arbel scenic overview of the Sea of Galilee and many of the major events of Jesus’ life. The Arbel pass which was the road from Nazareth to the northern part of the Lake. Sea called Chinnereth (name of a harp), Gennesaret (a plain between Magdala and Kinneret), Tiberias. The Sea of Galilee It is about 33 miles in circumference, 13 miles long, and 8 miles wide. The deepest point is 43 meters or 141 feet. Harbors: Mendel Nun found the ruins of 16 harbors in the 1980s

  • Magdala, home of Mary who was healed of demons, synagogue where Jesus preached, fishing harbor; Home of Mary Magdalene out of whom seven demons were cast (Luke 8:2). She was one of the women who first saw the resurrected Christ (Mt. 28:1-10). Here, a first century synagogue (found in 2009) where Jesus preached (Mt. 4:23); in one room a coin was found dating to AD 29, which was at or near the time of Jesus’ public ministry. One of the images in the mosaic floor is of a Galilee fishing boat with a sail and oars. Magdala had a large fish processing industry and its fish were sold in the markets of Rome. It had a large harbor; in AD 68 240 boats sailed from here carrying women and children as Titus approached with his Roman legion. (would prefer non-guided walk through but that’s probably not possible)

  • Visit Capernaum, the home of Simon Peter and the home of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Capernaum is mentioned 16 times in the New Testament. (short visit)

  • Tabgha (Jesus preached parable of the sower from boat in cover; Jesus appeared to disciples third time after they had fished all night Jn. 21:1-140). Sermon on the Mount probably occurred on the hill above Tabgha. Parable of the sower (Jesus preached from a fishing boat; Near Tabgha is a cove that forms a natural amphitheater for preaching from a boat; possible place of the parable of the sower (Mr. 4:1-2) (short visit just to see cove)

  • Time permitting, walk to Mt. of Beatitudes or view from distance

  • Overnight & Dinner: Ohalo Manor, Tiberias or Lake House

Day 9 - Wednesday - February 23rd, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

  • Visit Tel Hazor (Joshua 11, Judges 5)

  • Drive up the Hulah Valley to visit Tel Dan on the Lebanese Border

  • Caesarea Phillipi - “Upon this Rock”

  • Overnight & Dinner: Ohalo Manor, Tiberias or Lake House

Day 10 - Thursday - February 24th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Today we will have a good look at Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean coast

  • Dor: View the area of the ancient Phonecian city; museum to see the purple extracting exhibit

  • Caesarea Maritima: This Caesarea is on the coast, which is why it is called Caesarea Maritima. Caesarea Philippi is north of the Sea of Galilee. The home of Cornelius (Acts 10:1), the place where Paul was imprisoned (Acts 23:23), the home of Philip the Evangelist (Acts 21:8) To see: Theater, Herod’s Palace, race track, newly opened area

  •  Drive along Tel Aviv waterfront to Jaffa (Joppa): stop and see segregated bathing area (same sex on one side and orthodox Jew on the other); Jaffa is one of the world’s most ancient ports (2 Chronicles 2:16; Ezra 3:7). Jonah boarded a ship (Jonah 1:3); see the view from Jaffa up the coast toward Tel Aviv

  • Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed in May 1948, officially marking the end to the Jewish Diaspora after 2,000 years.

  • Drive to Jerusalem 

  • Overnight & Dinner: Shani Hotel or Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 11 - Friday - February 25th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Begin with an early morning view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

  •  Mt. Gerizim: Gerizim was the mountain where part of Israel spoke the blessings of the law of Moses, and Ebal was the mountain across the valley where part of Israel spoke the curses (Deut. 11:29; 27:12-13; Joshua 8:33). Gerizim and Ebal were west of Shechem and east of the city of Samaria. The Samaritans built a temple on Gerizim. They still have their Passover sacrifices here. To see: view from Gerizim, Samaritan temple ruins (brief stop at ruins just to view from road)

  • Shiloh: The location of the Tabernacle for 369 years (Josh.18:1; 1 Sa.1:3). Hannah and Samuel. Destroyed by the Philistines (Jer. 26:9). To see: possible location of the tabernacle; direction of Ramah; view of the area from high point (short visit)

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Spend the rest of the day at the Israel Museum

  • Overnight & Dinner: Shani Hotel or Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 12 - Saturday - February 26th, 2022 - (B/D)

Day 13 - Sunday - February 27th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Early Departure

  • Go up to the Temple Mount to walk around the site of the former temple, today’s Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque

  • Visit the Southern Wall Excavations & the Davidson Center

  • Experience the City of David (3D Movie)

  • Journey into Warren’s Shaft and Hezekiah’s Tunnel

  • At the end of the day, we’ll have a VIP Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels

  • Overnight & Dinner: Shani Hotel or Jerusalem Gardens Hotel, Jerusalem

Day 14 - Monday - February 28th, 2022 - (B/)

  • Free day. You can keep your luggage in security and use the hotel's amenities until your transfer time.

  • Transfer to airport. Pickups and individual transfers to the airport will take place approximately 4 hours before your scheduled departure time.

Day 15 - Tuesday - March 1st, 2022 - (B/D)

Arrive back to your home city.

All travelers are booking their own airfare.

Samson Tours is happy to book your airfare at cost + just a $50 fee.

Once your airfare is booked, please upload this information to your Travelers Information section of your My Account area and forward us a copy of your flight receipt and your passport for our records.

Land Prices



Based on 15+ adult travelers:


 

Per Person (adult) in a Double/Twin Room

$2,645.00

For 3rd Person (ages 13+) in a Shared Room ($180 discount can be split 3 ways at checkout when choosing to share in a Triple room.)

$2,495.00

Add-Ons or Supplements Below

 

Airfare (at cost)

At Cost

Single Supplement

+$825.00

Assistance with assistance with private airfare booking (optional). Above actual cost.

+50.00

Discount for Payment via check or money order

-$50.00

Inclusions

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

  • Transfer to your hotel upon arrival, no matter your arrival time.

  • Porterage at airport and hotels.

  • 13 days in Israel

  • 12 overnights at mentioned quality 3-star hotels or better.

  • On-call travel agency support assistance 24/7

  • 3 tour days with licensed, local guide

  • Full buffet breakfast & dinner daily

  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned above 

  • All entrance fees per the itinerary, unless otherwise specified

  • Free WiFi on the bus and hotels

  • Welcome kit with hat, map and more.

  • Credit card fees are included (there is a $75 per person discount for payment by check. Select from Add-Ons). 

 

Exclusions

  • International Round Trip airfare (book your own to the closest group arrival/departure times, or contact us to assist.) 

  • All cash gratuities for bellboys, guides, drivers, boat ride, etc., approximately $140 per person budget.

  • Additional overnights and transfers not mentioned in the schedule

  • Soft drinks and special drinks at meals.

  • Visas and border fees if required. Members from Nepal and certain countries must get a Visa prior in advance.

 

  • 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 11 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) $300.00 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 Registration: 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. In some cases, there can be an increase in costs as well, especially for flights.

  • 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 and remember you may be subject to ‘diversion’ costs, such as special transfers or extra overnights.

  • 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 also 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+ calendar 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: 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.

  • 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

Deadline Date

Airfare should be purchased on your own no later than...

Sep 15 2020

Group minimum should be reached

Oct 15 2020

Final payments are due & early-bird registration ends

Nov 15 2020

All passenger info is due (Passports, Roommates, etc.)

Dec 15 2020

 

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