New Reviews for you to Peruse!
So far 2018 has been a very exciting year. Our two sold out Spring Adults Only tours had an amazing Israel experience and our Summer Family / Bar-Bat Mitzvah tours are off to an incredible start! Here are just a few of the letters we have received from our very happy passengers.
Israel Discovery Tours is off the charts. Everything was beyond first class. I loved the small intimate no more than 40 people group on our bus. We were all strangers on day one and 3 days in we were all great friends. . Our guide was one for this history books. The love for his country, his incredible knowledge of the country and his amazing charisma and energy really brought complete strangers together...there are no words. The tour was incredibly comprehensive. The hotels were spectacular and each one was beautifully appointed and had incredible food and service. I felt that I experienced all aspects of Israel: the ancient history, the kibbutz experience, the natural beauty, the new and 21st century Israel. I am so thrilled that I booked my trip with IDT. First class amazing, amazing tour company. Hope to visit again with you!!!!!
Carol B – Monroe Township, NJ
The trip was totally amazing. Our guide was warm, personable, knowledgeable and funny. We did so much in each and every day of our tour.It’s unbelievable how much we were able to do each day. The hotels were plush, luxurious and totally focused on their clients.The food was delicious everywhere we went, with many choices to choose from at every meal. And, you, Brad, started us off on this incredible Holy Land Adventure, with your outstanding service that you and your staff provided to all of us. Thank you and thank you to your . We had a trip we shall never forget!
Lawrence & Diane G – Wellington, FL
We are back from the very best tour that we have ever taken to Israel and this was our seventh tour. Our Guide was the best guide ever and the venues were excellent especially for the first-timers on our tour who were introduced to Israel in a most thoughtful and exciting way.This was the first tour that was so inclusive of almost all of the meals which makes things easy, and the hotels were just terrific. The attention to detail and organization that the Staff brought was phenomenal and we were catered to like one big family. Having been on so many tours before, my wife and I always see things that we missed before and feel closer to Israel than ever before. People that we meet who have never been to Israel ask if we would recommend that they simply fly over and see Israel on their own and we tell them that this would be a very, very big mistake. Only an organized tour like the one that Israel Discovery Tours offers will be cost effective and truly give them a meaningful experience with wonderful guides and an opportunity to see all that Israel is in its 3,000 years of history. We thank you for a wonderful experience
Louise & Gerald E - Tucson, AZ
Our guide was so fabulous and such a lovely person. His breadth of knowledge was extensive and he communicated it in an engaging manner and his love for Israel heartwarming and contagious.
The itinerary was so complete. Friends of mine (including a travel agent) who have been to Israel many times said they had not seen many of the sites I saw. Upon reflection it felt like it painted a picture of ancient history to today. I’m proud to be Jewish, more-so with what I learned and experienced in Israel. The hotels were excellent as were the restaurants we visited. My only complaint, too much food! It was more then we could have imagined.
Mara C – Arlington, MA
We had an incredible time in Israel!! Our guide was an amazing person and his knowledge of history, biblical understanding and everyday Israeli life was unsurpassed. Every day was an adventure. We always felt safe and at home. The itinerary IDT provided was fabulous. We really felt as if we were part of Israel in every place we went. It was truly a blessing to see Jewish people and Israeli flags everywhere and to feel as if we were an intricate part of our homeland. I hope we can return to our homeland again soon. Thank you!!!
Alan & Sharon P – Highland Beach, FL
How does one describe a trip of a lifetime? From the beginning, Israel Discovery Tours helped us plan our FABULOUS trip to Israel. Once we arrived we were met by IDT staff, and brought to our hotel. From then on, we were always with someone from IDT. If we had any questions, they were always answered. Now, let me tell you about our tour guide. What an amazing man. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about Israel, and funny too!! I felt he really cared about ALL of us, and treated us as if we were all family! He was MARVELOUS, he made this trip! I can't thank you enough for all the attention to detail that goes into a tour like this. My visit to ISRAEL EXCEEDED my expectation and I thank you, your staff and all at IDT for making this a trip of a lifetime.
Sonni G – Wellington, FL
Summer 2017 was incredible! We Just wanted to share two of the letters we received from families who traveled this past summer. Our next Family/Bar-Bat Mitzvah Tour departs on December 23. Limited space is available, so please call soon for more information if you would like to travel with us this winter.
Everything was spectacular beginning with the ease of booking the tour, the customer service here in the US and especially the level of service we received once we arrived in Israel! Our expectations were exceeded from the get go!
The welcome party on the first evening gave the families on our tour an opportunity to meet and mingle. Before dinner, our hostess and tour guide welcomed us and explained what we can expect on our journey over the next few days.
Each morning at our hotels began early with the most sumptuous buffets and then we headed out for our day of touring in our luxury air-conditioned bus with our expert guide.. He was beyond knowledgeable. From ancient history, religion and politics to geography, topography and agriculture – our guide explained everything we needed to know about Israel in a way that captured the attention of both the adults and kids. Not a day went by where we did not laugh, cry or emphatically say, WOW!!
The purpose of this tour was for the bar mitzvah on top of Masada at sunrise. Our private ceremony, led by a wonderful Rabbi, was truly breathtaking and emotional. Israel Discovery Tours provided us with a professional photographer and videographer to capture this momentous occasion.
From the north to the south, there were so many amazing highlights on this Israel tour. But we especially adored river rafting in the Jordan River, floating in the Dead Sea, the camel ride with the Bedouins, the bullet factory and the archaeological dig - to name a few.
After our long days of touring, we were obviously exhausted. We always had free time in the late afternoon to rest at our beautiful hotels before dinner, which were always delicious with enough variety to please even the pickiest appetites. There was also a fantastic Bar Mitzvah party celebration including a DJ and dance floor where everyone got their groove on!
From arrival to departure day, everything was simply perfect and set to the highest standards of luxury travel. We can't thank you enough for this extraordinary trip of a lifetime!
Andrea & Brian – Deerfield, IL
Even before we left on our trip, the professionalism of the US staff in helping plan our Bar Mitzvah trip demonstrated the quality of the organization we chose as our tour company. We were very confident we made the right decision selecting Israel Discovery Tours.
We are now world travelers! Our son’s first trip on an airplane and his first trip out of the USA was our 12 day deluxe “extravaganza” with Israel Discovery Tours. It all began as we landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. A staff person met us at the plane, and helped us collect our luggage. She walked us through customs, and to our transportation; which drove us to our hotel. The Guide, Field Coordinator, and Bus Driver, who executed our magnificent tour, were phenomenal!
Our guide educated us on the history of the vast array of sites we visited in Jerusalem, Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, Tiberias, The Jordan Valley, Mt. Gilboa, Masada, Eilat, Tel Aviv and more. He had such “passion” for everywhere we went. He felt like it was his personal duty to educate as many people as possible about Israel. Oh, we also knew where the best ice cream in the country was!
In addition to the many historical sites we visited, there was also time to relax. We floated in the Dead Sea; we swam and snorkeled in the Red Sea while we sailed on the yacht “Zorba”. We were served a wonderful buffet lunch prepared by the crew. Our son fell in love with the lamb kabobs! We also had time to swim and kayak in the Mediterranean Sea.
The accommodations were first class. We were treated like “royalty” in some of the most spectacular hotels Israel has to offer. The food at each hotel was just astonishing with breakfast and dinner buffets.
Our son connected beautifully with all the teenagers and their siblings on the tour. The kids on our bus organized a “Kid’s Club” in the back of the bus. We heard lots of singing and laughing from them during the bus rides to the sites we visited. Even the bus was top notch with lots of space, comfortable seats, and big panoramic picture windows!
One of our personal highlights was the sunrise B’nai Mitzvah Service on top of Masada. The view was breathtaking, as the sun rose over the Dead Sea. The service was held in the remnants of the old Synagogue. It was a very special and moving service in a very special and moving place. All the families celebrated with kiddish, cookies, then a tour of the ruins and the story of the events at Masada.
The celebration continued for the 17 Bar and Bat Mitzvah teenagers with an exceptional banquet and party at the Tel Aviv Hilton with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a delicious dinner. Israel Discover Tours made it extraordinary with a DJ, candle lighting, and a Torah cake-cutting ceremony.
Even our trip home was carefully planned. A representative met us at the airport, walked us through security, helped us check our bags, and made sure all our needs were met.
We have to say without equivocation the staff of Israel Discovery Tours was super- professional, quite friendly, and performed a first class tour. Our family loved every minute of this truly incredible adventure, and can’t wait to return someday in the future. We would like to give IDT our highest recommendation.
Paula, David and Logan D. – Coconut Creek, FL
Ken Solomon, President of The Tennis Channel, meeting the General Manager of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem while traveling with Israel Discovery Tours!
What a great group of celebrants! 17 Bar & Bat Mitzvah’s - WOW!
The first three days of their unforgettable Israel experience were spent touring in the beautiful and historic city of Jerusalem while staying at the luxurious and world – renowned Waldorf Astoria.
The next stop on their journey was Northern Israel. While staying at the brand new U Boutique Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias, our group toured the Golan Heights, Safed, Rosh Hanikra and so much more.
After two days in the north it was time to head south to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth for an unsinkable float. Our overnight at the Dead Sea allows us to fully enjoy this unique region and be well rested for Masada. We eliminate the exhausting pre-dawn trip from Jerusalem to Masada and back again.
The families woke up early the next morning for the highlight of the tour – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on top of Masada. Here, on this historic spot, a place that symbolizes the spirit of the Jewish people, the children became Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our private service takes place as the sun rises over the desert landscape. It was an unforgettable moment for the entire family.
After the thrill and emotion of Jerusalem and Masada, the group traveled to Eilat to relax and enjoy the beach and our fabulous yacht cruise with lunch and snorkeling. Saturday afternoon our group will arrive in Tel Aviv – the vibrant city that never sleeps. We fly back from Eilat to Tel Aviv as we always avoid long tiring drives.
While in Tel Aviv the group will visit (among other things) the Tel Maresha Dig located at Beit Guvrin, where they’ll have the rare opportunity to experience hands-on archaeology and perhaps make a few discoveries of their own as the dig and sift for authentic artifacts. Fun for the whole family!
The group will end the tour with our fabulous Bar/Bat Mitzvah banquet at the Tel Aviv Hilton – the very best hotel in Tel Aviv. The party is a festive celebration with music, dancing, cake cutting and a candle lighting ceremony. A wonderful evening!
Our Winter 2016 tour has returned home and they had an amazing trip!
December is such a special time to be in Israel. Our group lit Hanukkah candles in Jerusalem, celebrated the Bar/Bat Mitzvah's on top of Masada, welcomed the New Year at special Bedouin dinner and had an incredible Bar/Bat Mitzvah party in Tel Aviv. So Much to see and experience and our amazing guides made sure that everyone had a fantastic time.
Our December Tour is always very popular and fills up quickly. If you're considering joining us this coming December 2017, call us now for a brochure and save a place for your family on this journey of a lifetime!
We love hearing from our families and sharing their letters with you. Here's one from the group that just returned:
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Israel Discovery Tours for providing us with a truly unforgettable experience for our son's Bar Mitzvah. Words cannot adequately describe how wonderful the entire trip was. From the moment we landed, to the Bar Mitzvah at Masada, to the moment we departed everything was amazing. Before we even left home, Brad was an invaluable source of information. He was always available to answer our questions and was extremely communicative. Once in Israel, our guide took over and was incredibly well informed, energetic, passionate and funny. He was absolutely adored by the kids, parents and the grandparents - no easy feat. I will recommend his services to anyone who is considering taking a tour of Israel. Each day was a perfect mix of seeing and learning about both ancient and modern sites, cultures, and gorgeous geological wonders. Jerusalem, the desert, the grottoes, the Dead Sea, Tiberias, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, and everything in between were all amazing. Hiking, off-road adventures, archeological digs, museums, Bedouin hut and meal, and a kibbutz visit were just some of the adventures and experiences that we took part in. The Bar Mitzvah at Masada was obviously a high point (no pun intended). It was truly a magical event for everyone. This is something that has to be experienced, as words cannot do it justice. The only thing we did not like about the whole trip was that it had to come to an end. My son is already thinking about when he will return to Israel. We will be recommending IDT, this trip and Israel in general, to everyone we know. Thank you for the memories. Cathy & Lee S. - New York, NY