WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND

with Canon Lisa Battye and Revd. Mark Cowling

Date: November 24, 2022 - December 02, 2022
Led by: Canon Lisa BattyeRev Mark Cowling
Base Price for:
Land Only: $2,290.00

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Canon Lisa Battye and Revd. Mark Cowling of Manchester, UK are leading this lovely 8 day/7 night (4-star) tour of Israel, which will have 1 night on the Mediterranean Sea, 2 nights by the Sea of Galilee, 1 night at the Dead Sea, 1 night in Bethlehem and 2 nights in Jerusalem.

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Day 1 - Thursday - November 24th, 2022

  • Morning/Afternoon - Depart from the UK on EasyJet Flight EZY…TBA
  • Evening - Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport at Lod (Biblical Lydda).
  • Enjoy your evening by the Mediterranean Sea
  • Overnight & Dinner: Leonardo Plaza Netanya or Seasons or similar (Mediterranean Sea).

Day 2 - Friday - November 25th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Visit Caesarea – Herod’s City and the home of Pontius Pilate (Theatre, Praetorium, Hippodrome)
  • Visit the Muhraka Monastery on Mount Carmel where Elijah fought the prophets of Baal
  • See the site of Jesus’ first miracle in Cana of Galilee
  • Tour Nazareth, visiting the Church of the Annunciation, the site of one of the earliest recorded churches in history and the Synagogue Church.
  • Have a Sabbath meal together
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (Sea of Galilee)

Day 3 - Saturday - November 26th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Set sail on the Sea of Galilee from Tiberias to Ginosar
  • Visit the 1st century ‘Jesus’ boat at Ginosar 
  • Walk through the Arbel Pass (Jesus' passageway to the Galilee) 
  • Next up is Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication
  • Visit Mensa Christi, the setting for John 21 - "I go a fishing"
  • Explore Capernaum, the epicenter of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee.
  • Enjoy holy communion at Capernaum
  • Visit the ruins of Kursi, the site famous for Jesus’ casting of demons into the swine and the feeding of the 4,000 
  • End the day at the Mount of Beatitudes and have the option to walk down to the shore.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Kibbutz Nof Ginosar (Sea of Galilee)

Day 4 - Sunday - November 27th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Mt. Tabor – the Mount of Transfiguration
  • Tel Jezreel – Naboth’s Vineyard
  • Drive down the Jordan Valley
  • End the day at the Jordan River Baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud.
  • Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
  • Overnight & Dinner: The Leonardo Plaza, Ein Bokek OR Prima Oasis (Dead Sea)

Day 5 - Monday - November 28th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Visit Masada, the desert fortress of Herod the Great. Walk down the Roman Rampart.
  • Drive via ancient and modern Arad through the lower Judean Hills/Negev border
  • Security-situation permitting, visit Hebron (the cave of the Machpelah)
  • Enjoy the afternoon in Bethlehem (Lunch, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds Fields & Bazaar Shopping)
  • In the evening, we’ll have a special visitor Salim of 'Musalaha' organization
  • Overnight & Dinner: Manger Square Hotel,  Bethlehem

Day 6 - Tuesday - November 29th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Lookout over the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives
  • Walk down the Mount of Olives on the Palm Sunday journey.
  • Visit the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Explore the City of David and have the option to wade through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • End the day at the Israel Museum
  • Overnight & Dinner: Lady Stern, Jerusalem

Day 7 - Wednesday - November 30th, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Early Departure
  • Visit the sacred Temple Mount -walk around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock
  • Visit the Pools of Bethesda
  • Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • See Mt. Zion and the Church of the Last Supper/Upper Room.
  • House of Caiphas (St. Peter en Gallicantu)
  • Have an optional lunch and a tour of Christ Church, near Jaffa Gate
  • End the day at the Garden Tomb, an alternative spot for the crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
  • Overnight & Dinner: Lady Stern, Jerusalem

Day 8 - Thursday - December 1st, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Yad vaShem Holocaust Memorial
  • Ein Kerem (the birthplace of John the Baptist)
  • See the Elah Valley where David fought Goliath
  • Visit Jaffa, the oldest port in the world (where Jonah set out to sea and where Peter healed Tabitha).
  • 17:00 - Have a final farewell dinner out in Jaffa together.
  • 18:00 – Transfer to Airport
  • 20:35 - Departure from Ben Gurion Airport on EasyJet Flight EZY 1828

Day 9 - Friday - December 2nd, 2022 - (B/D)

  • Arrive Manchester, UK at 00:15 on Friday, December 2

The group airfare is being arranged by the tour leader, or you may book your own private airfare to/from Ben Gurion International Airport. If you require assistance, we're happy to help.

Costs:

For 20+ adult passengers

Per passenger in a shared room for Land Only

Prices are in $US Dollars

$2290.00

Supplements

 

Single room

+$850.00

Roundtrip Airfare of UK (arranged by tour leader)

TBA

Discounts

Discount for the 3rd passenger in a shared Triple Room (discount can be split 3 ways).

-$125.00

 

Inclusions

  • Personal assistance after passport control through baggage, customs & to your transfer vehicle
  • Transfers to/from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport Luggage assistance in/out of every hotel
  • 8 days of air-conditioned travel coach with free WIFI
  • 7 overnights in excellent, 4-staraccommodations
  • Breakfast & Dinner daily (includes a Farewell Dinner in Jaffa).
  • English-speaking, licensed tour guide throughout
  • Whisper system
  • All National Park fees, cable car, entrance fees, activities & guest speakers
  • Traveler’s Welcome Kit
  • Baptismal Kits
  • Pilgrimage Certificate
  • All credit card or wire transfer fees

Exclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Manchester.
  • All fuel/taxes for flight and potential surcharges.
  • All-inclusive gratuity package for guide, driver, bellboys, boat ride ($120 per person)
  • Lunches (average $12 per meal)
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
  • Optional traveler’s insurance through your own provider.
  • 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 20paying 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) $400.00 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+ calendar days before departure – full refund

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

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

▪          29-0 days before departure - minimum 0% refund, maximum 25% 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 two years 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 “cancel for any reason” travel insurance plan through. 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

 

 

Early-bird registration ends.

June 13, 2022

Final payments & details are due.

August 13, 2022

Late registration & late payment fees (min. $200) go into full effect.

August 15 2022

 

Please consult with your credit card provider or your own travel insurance provider for comprehensive coverage.





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