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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:22

2015 Adults Only Tours

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Space is limited on our Fall 2015 Adults Only tours for good reason!

Read what our Spring 2015 passengers have to say about their Israel experience:

We returned from our trip two weeks ago and still have not stopped talking about how wonderful it was.  It was the trip of a lifetime.  Being a tour member of IDT and as guide always said, "being part of the IDT family" was much more than we ever expected.  We never could have anticipated what we saw, how we were treated and the way everything just flowed.  We never had to worry about our luggage, or accommodations and food - that was beyond fabulous at every stop.  At every meal we said "this cannot be topped!"  We were wrong, the next meal was even better.  We are still talking about the dinner at the restaurant on the Sunday evening before we left for the airport!

There are no words to describe our guide.  Not only was he full of information (and we still cannot get over the amount of knowledge he had), but he was so concerned about us.  He wanted us to feel Israel through is eyes and heart, and we did.  At every evening stop he gave everyone on the tour his room number in case he was needed during the night.  He could not stop filling us with information.  We must also give a big round of applause to our bus driver.  We all felt very safe in the company of the IDT representatives. 

Should we ever decide to revist Israel, IDT would be our choice hands down.  We would not even consider another tour company.  We had friends that have traveled with other tour companies, and when we compared our tour to theirs, IDT won hands down.

A special thank you to Bradley, who always answered my questions, had good suggestions and always returned my phone calls.

Again, thank you IDT.  You were all the best.  You made our dream trip a true reality.

Zita & Ed - Boynton Beach, FL 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:00

Spring 2015 Adults Only Value Virtual Tour

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Day 1 Virtual Tour - The April 27th Adults Only Value Tour has arrived in Israel. They are probably finishing their delicious Welcome Dinner at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem and heading upstairs to their beds for a good nights sleep. Spoiler Alert - Jet Lag should wake them up around 4:00 am. CNN International can be a jet lagged traveler's best friend. After an Israeli Buffet Breakfast (I'm so jealous!) - an exciting day of touring in Jerusalem.

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Day 2 Virtual Tour - Today was the first full day of touring in Jerusalem. I'm sure many of our passengers are still finding it hard to believe that they're finally here. For the majority of the group, this is their first visit to Israel. First stop today was the Old City in Jerusalem. King David's Tomb, The Jewish Quarter and The Western Wall were just a few of the amazing sights visited.

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Day 3 Virtual Tour - Today our group got their hands dirty at the Tel Maresha Dig. It was time to look for buried treasures at this underground archaeological site. Digging and sifting revealed ancient pieces of pottery and artifacts from past civilizations.

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Day 4 Virtual Tour - Shabbat Shalom!
Today was a very emotional day as our group visited Yad Vashem - Israel's National Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. After a private memorial service and a visit to the Museum and Memorials, it was on to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, Sculpture Garden and scale model of Jerusalem. A visit to the Western Wall to before Shabbat was a wonderful way to end the week. Tonight is a traditional Shabbat dinner at the Inbal Hotel.

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Day 5 Virtual Tour - It was a day of rest in Jerusalem for our group. The wake up call came a little bit later this morning. A fascinating walking tour of the the Old City was the only touring today. The rest of the day was at leisure. Tomorrow is another big day as the group will leave Jerusalem and head south to the Dead Sea - the lowest place on Earth.

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Day 6 Virtual Tour - The adventure continues... into the desert. Today our group left Jerusalem and toured to the Dead Sea. On the way they stopped at the Hatzarim Air Force Base and saw the actual command plane used in the Entebbe operation. Before arriving at our luxury resort at the Dead Sea our group enjoyed a taste of Bedouin hospitality and camel rides! Floating in the Dead Sea was a relaxing way to end the day.

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Days 7 & 8 Virtual Tour - Wow, so much has happened since our last update. Day 6 started early with a cable car ride up to the top of Masada. The group enjoyed a magnificent view of the Dead Sea and surrounding desert from the top of the ancient fortress. After a tour of the excavations it was back to the hotel for breakfast and then on to Eilat. Along the way they saw King Solomon's Pilars and stopped at Yotvata Dairy Kibbutz for a refreshing ice cream break. Day 7 - two options - A relaxing and fun yacht cruise on the red sea with lunch, snorkeling, swimming and parasailing (for the adventurous) or an optional day trip to see one of the wonders of the world - the ancient Nabatean capital city of Petra, Jordan

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Days 9 & 10 Virtual Tour - Going North - Day 8 began with a short flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv. From Tel Aviv the group continued touring to northern Israel and ended their day on the shores of The Sea of Galilee in the city of Tiberias. Along the way they saw the spectacular Roman ruins of Caesarea, Megiddo and the ancient synagogue at Beit Alpha. Day 9 was another day of adventure that included a jeep tour in the Golan Heights and the ancient holy city of Safed - the center of Jewish mysticism - Kabbalah. This evening the group went to Kibbutz Ein Gev and had the unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the Kibbutzniks in their homes and learn about life on the Kibbutz.

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Days 9 & 10 Virtual Tour - Going North - Day 8 began with a short flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv. From Tel Aviv the group continued touring to northern Israel and ended their day on the shores of The Sea of Galilee in the city of Tiberias. Along the way they saw the spectacular Roman ruins of Caesarea, Megiddo and the ancient synagogue at Beit Alpha. Day 9 was another day of adventure that included a jeep tour in the Golan Heights and the ancient holy city of Safed - the center of Jewish mysticism - Kabbalah. This evening the group went to Kibbutz Ein Gev and had the unique opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the Kibbutzniks in their homes and learn about life on the Kibbutz.

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Day 12 Virtual Tour - Shabbat in Tel Aviv. A day to rest and relax. The group took advantage of their final Shabbat in Israel - they strolled along the beach, took naps by the pool, ate delicious Mediterranean style lunches and reflected on what they have seen and done over the past 11 days. Their Israel experience is not over yet! Tonight is their festive farewell banquet. After a day of rest they should be ready to dance the night away.

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Day 13 Virtual Tour - It's not over yet! This morning the group visited the Ayalon Institute - site of the underground bullet factory used during the War of Independence, The Weizmann Institute of Science where medical and scientific breakthroughs happen almost daily, and toured modern Tel Aviv. Last stop of the day was the Palmach Museum - a fascinating and captivating experience dedicated to the first defenders of Israel. The rest of the day was at leisure to shop, pack, rest and relax before the long flight home.

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Day 14 Virtual Tour - The April 27th group is on their way home. It was an amazing two week experience and we cannot wait to hear from them! The May 4th group is at the Dead Sea today. June 11 is the departure date for our next Family / Bar-Bat Mitzvah tour. It's going to be a busy summer!

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00

Our December 2014 Tour Celebrates Hanukkah in Israel

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2014 was certainly a tumultuous year, but at Israel Discovery Tours it ended wonderfully with our fantastic Family - Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour over winter break.  Arriving over Hanukkah, our families lit the candles and celebrated the Festival of Lights together at the magnificent Waldorf Astoria, Jerusalem.  What an experience to be in Israel over Hanukkah!  All the families gathered together at the welcome dinner; meeting each other, bonding and preparing for their journey of a lifetime.  It may not come in a box with a bow, but can there really be a better Hanukkah gift than taking your family to Israel for your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

After touring all over Israel and having an amazing and meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah service on top of Masada, our group ended their journey in Tel Aviv with our fabulous banquet on New Year's Eve.  In 12 short days the group saw, felt and experienced Israel.  Most importantly, everyone (especially the children) came home with a special connection to Israel - a bond that cannot be broken.

Are you thinking about taking your family to Israel next December?  Give us a call and get all the information now!  Airfares have just become available and we are booking up fast!

We thought you would like to see some of the letters we received after our December passengers returned home:

We had an amazing trip to Israel with Israel Discovery Tours!  Our experience started with the excellent administrators who were extremely helpful and informative in scheduling our trip, which we completed in one week!  Once in Israel, the high level of service continued throught the entire trip.  The itinerary was well organized and packed with important places to see.  Our tour guide was a true historian with colorful details about Israel's history and the politics of the region.  We saw so much of Israel and never had to worry about logistics.  We were always greeted warmly at each hotel, the food was plentiful and delicious, and our children had so much fun with the other kids on the tour.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvahs on Masada were particularly meaningful.  Meeting the rabbi in advance, having a rehearsal, and having the ceremony held in such a historic Jewish place made it all an experience our family will never forget.  We highly recommend Israel Discovery Tours to families looking to have a rich, meaningful and fun trip to Israel.  It was simply outstanding!    -Melissa, Francis F. & Family - Chicago, IL

We just returned from a terrific and completely joyous Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip to Israel.  Watching our grandson's Bar Mitzvah on top of Masada was a treasured experience that we are never going to forget.  Being able to share in the excitement of our family's journey through Israel was a treat.  Our tour guide, Avi, was as good as they come.  He was smart, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.  Our bus driver, Shmilo, was also as good as they come.  We could not have been more satisfied.  We relaxed and learned so much.  The itinerary was so perfectly planned.  It's so hard to please so many people on a tour, but they did.  We were on the go from early in the morning, where we had delicious breakfasts each day, until late evening where we feasted in restaurants - the menus were varied and the food was superb.  The service we had was excellent.  The Israeli people were delighted to have us there and it showed.  The trip was educational, interesting and fun, right on up to the gala party the night before we went home.  The people on our bus were very congenial and the kids had a great time and did not want the trip to end.  We want to sincerely thank Israel Discovery Tours for a job very well done.  They did everything above and beyond what you would expect.                                                                          -Leslie & Neil B. - Las Vegas, NV

Our family had talked about going to Israel for our oldest son's Bar Mitzvah since he was little.  We had built the expectations up so much that we worried whether the kids (ages 10 & 13) would truely comprehend and enjoy the experience.  Our Israel Discovery Tour exceeded all of our expectations.  From the moment we landed in Israel and were first welcomed in Jerusalem through our journey around Israel we felt at home.  We were part of the majority, not the minority.  The friendships forged with other families as we explored Israel will last a lifetime.   -Nicole & Mark L.  -Glencoe IL

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"We wanted to express our thanks to Israel Discovery Tours for the wonderful trip we just completed to Israel. It exceeded our expectations in every respect. The hotels, especially the King David, were superb in all cities. Our guide Avi was wonderful. Not only did he provide much insight and information about ancient and modern Israel, but he truly made us feel that we had indeed arrived at our other homeland, Israel, which is an amazing country. This is not a vacation. The emotional impact of visiting for the first time was profound and endures. Since this was our first trip we were amazed at the diverse beauty of Israel from the beaches of Tel Aviv and Eilat, to the rolling hills and amazing architecture of Jerusalem, to the green lush mountains of the Golan to the Judean desert. The Israelis we met on the tour were wonderful to us. The food, especially the breakfast and dinner buffets were delicious. We had a great group of people on the trip with us that helped make it special as well. Every day was a new and deeply moving experience, from visiting the Western Wall to the tank and aircraft outdoor museums with their wonderful IDF tour guides, to the jeep tour of the Golan adjacent to the Syrian border and especially the opportunity to spend almost two hours chatting with a wonderful kibbutz family at Ein Gev - not only about life on the kibbutz, but also about issues of concern to all Israeli's. We have seen parts of Israel that friends who visited several times have not experienced. We never felt threatened or insecure at any time. I wouldn't change a thing on the itinerary. This was a life changing experience for us and I think for most in the group. Our only regret is we should have made this journey sooner. Thanks again."

-Ed & Joyce, Scottsdale AZ

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The October 27th Adults Only Value Tour returned home this week and our passengers couldn't wait to tell us about thier trip. 

My wife and I just returned yesterday from an Adults Only Value Tour with IDT.  Wow!! What a phenomenal trip.  IDT has this down pat.  Logistics were excellent - they really thought about the itinerary and how each site and experience built upon the previous ones.  Starting in Jerusalem was brilliant... what a foundation for the rest of the tour.  We are not religious, but it was a very spiritual experience.  It would not be possible to find a better guide - he had us laughing, crying and reeling from all the information and knowledge he was conveying.  What an amazing guy!  This is a jam-packed tour - be prepared for early starts and full days.  Food and accommodations were great.  I can't imagine what the hotels are like for the Deluxe tour because the ones on the Value tour were really nice.  I would use Israel Discovery Tours again in a heartbeat without any hesitation whatsoever!   Jeffrey & Linda, Lincolnshire IL

 

The trip was great! Every time I think about it I say "did we really do that?".  This trip was packed full with information that I could not absorb it all (even if I had a tape recorder).  We traveled from the North to the South to the East to the West.  We met Israelis, we met Americans who serve in the IDF.  We cried hearing their heroic stories, we laughed with our guide yelling "Yalla, Yalla!" (take it slow, we want no accidents).  Israel Discovery Tours did a first class adventure for us.  This was our second trip to Israel (1st was 22 years ago).  This trip focused on different issues, different experiences.  We went on an archeological dig, we had a memorial service at Yad Vashem (Valley of the Destroyed Communities), saw the Scrolls of Fire, saw the amazing Chagall Windows at Hadassah Hospital, saw memorials from several wars and paid tribute to heros, met a kibbutznik family and heard their story, bathed in the Dead Sea and gave ourselves salt rub downs, heard Masada's amazing story and saw the artifacts, Eilat (we deviated here to go to Petra - a true World Wonder - worth the price and the journey, went to the Western Wall  and saw the multiple notes and papers written and inserted into the crevices. I became so very emotional at the Women's section and left my prayers.  We traveled the Golan Heights. We saw an old cobble stoned city, a synogogue where we happened to see a Bar Mitzvah and shopped in the artist colony of Safed.  We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and learned dances - we sang and danced.  We saw the Grottos at Rosh Hanikra and had desert in a local restaurant "Chocolate Pizza" - Yum, Yum!  Tel Aviv - such beautiful beaches!  We visited the amazing Ayalon Institute where the underground bullet factory was erected and the Palmach Museum.  This was truly an amazing experience that was planned by Israel Discovery Tours.  Our guide Koby and our crew of adventurers were what made this trip special.  The hotels and the food were great!  I still hear "Yalla, Yalla".     Maris & Alan, Lake Worth FL 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

Fall 2014 Adults Only Value Tour

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The October 27th Adults Only Value Tour has arrived in Israel and they are ready to start their trip of a lifetime.  Take a look at the video below taken at our orientation meeting.  You can just feel the excitement.

Israel Discovery Tours offers three Adults Only "Value" departures a year for our travelers.  Our Value Tours use the identical itinerary as the Deluxe Tours; the only difference being the selection of Hotels.  We use the best hotels in their class in terms of quality and location including: The Inbal Hotel Jerusalem, Isrotel Ganim Dead Sea, Herods Palace Eilat, Galei Kinnereth Tiberias and the David Intercontinental Tel Aviv.  All of these hotels offer the level of service and comfort for which our tour is famous at a more moderate price.  It's a great way to save some money and still get the quality and service that Israel Discovery Tours is known for. 

After 5 nights in Jerusalem, 1 night at the Dead Sea and 2 nights in Eilat, the group will fly up north and spend two nights in Tiberias.  We always fly up north to avoid the long bus trip.  While in Tiberias, our group will do all the touring of Northern Israel.  They are going to see the fabulous aqueduct at Caesaria, the 23 layers of civilization at Megiddo, the magnificent mosaic synagogue floor at Beit Alpha, the Golan Heights and Safed.  If that wasn't enough, when they tour from Tiberias to Tel Aviv they are going to visit the breathtaking grotoes at Rosh Hanikra, the Crusaders castle in Akko and the beautiful city of Haifa. When we tell you you're going to see all of Israel - we mean ALL of Israel.

The group will end the tour with 3 nights in vibrant Tel Aviv.  Amoung other things, they're going to visit the world famous Weizmann Institute, see the underground bullet factory at the Ayalon Institute and experience a unique mutimedia presentation at the Palmach Museum.  Of course, we have a fantastic farewell dinner planned for them at the David Intercontinental Tel Aviv.  What an evening it's going to be with music, dancing and great food.  Just like our September group, we've arranged a surprise speaker to give a special talk before dinner.  A perfect end to a perfect trip. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

The October 20th Group has arrived!

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Our October 20, 2014 Adults Only Deluxe Tour has just arrived today and they're thrilled to be in Israel. They took a video to say hello–take a look below! First event of the tour is our fabulous Cocktail Party Reception and spectacular dinner at the world famous King David Hotel Jerusalem.  Passengers from all across the country will meet each other, their guide, make new friends and learn about the exciting journey that awaits them.  Most important - we eat!

Here's what's on the menu tonight:

Poached Salmon with an Herb Salad in a Vinaigrette Sauce

Grilled Spring Chicken Scented with Pesto

Baked Potato

Roasted Vegetables

Chocolate Trio for Dessert!

Nothing could be better than our amazing Welcome Dinner.

Tomorrow the touring begins! So much to see and do in Jerusalem and the group will visit all the important sites. We've even arranged for them to go to the amazing Sound & Light Show at Tower of David on Saturday night. They'll watch the story of Jerusalem unfold in breathtaking moving images projected on the ancient walls and archeological ruins of the Citadel. It's a complete multi-sensory experience.

After Jerusalem, the group is off to the Dead Sea. Unlike other tours, we always stay overnight at the Dead Sea so we eliminate the exhausting pre-dawn trip from Jerusalem to Masada and back again. From Masada we continue further south to Eilat and after the thrill and emotion of Jerusalem and Masada, it is the perfect time to relax or take our optional day trip to Petra. The group will fly from Eilat to the North instead of driving as we always try to avoid long tiring days. Our routing allows us to create the perfect tour of the North which includes Haifa and the magnificent grottoes at Rosh Hanikra.

Their tour will end in vibrant Tel Aviv where the group will experience all this fabulous city has to offer. We have an amazing Farewell Dinner planned with outstanding food, music and dancing. As a special bonus, an amazing speaker is coming to give a talk before the party – but sshhhhh.....it's a surprise!

At Israel Discovery Tours, we make sure that when you go on your trip of a lifetime – you see all of Israel.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:00

Incredible Offer for 2015!

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Israel Discovery Tours has been working diligently with our suppliers in Israel to make it easier for you to show your commitment and solidarity with both the Land and the People of Israel.
We are thrilled to announce this very special offer:

Adults Only Tours – book by December 31, 2014 and pay 2014 rates for 2015 tours
Family Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tours – book by December 31, 2014 and pay 2014 rates for 2015 Summer Tours

Come with us in 2015 and see all of Israel!

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Israel Discovery Tours offers three Value departures a year for our adult travelers. The Value Tours uses the identical itinerary as the Deluxe Tours; the only difference being the selection of hotels.  We use the best hotels in their class in terms of quality and location including: The Inbal Hotel Jerusalem, Isrotel Ganim Dead Sea, Herods Palace Eilat, Galei Kinnereth Tiberias, and The David Intercontinental Tel Aviv.  All of these hotels offer the level of service and comfort for which our tour is famous at a more moderate price.

After five nights in Jerusalem, the group will travel to the Dead Sea to have an unsinkable swim and spend the night at the lowest place on Earth. From there, it's on to the southernmost point in Israel - the resort city of Eilat.  A much needed break in the middle of the tour, we have a fantastic lunch cruise with snorkeling on the Red Sea and plenty of time to enjoy the beaches or the spa facilities at the hotel. In order to avoid long bus ride, we fly north from Eilat to continue our tour in the Galilee. The tour will end in Israel's most modern city; Tel Aviv.  Our passengers will have time to reflect on their two weeks exploring the history of Israel and the Jewish people and they will experience the future of Israel in this exciting metropolis.

On Saturday night the group will celebrate at our festive Farewell Gala Banquet, complete with great food, music and dancing. We will share our experiences, have a good laugh and a good cry and, at the end of the night, we will all hold hands as one and sing “Hatikvah” The Hope. And although this journey of discovery will come to an end, the impressions, memories and connection to Israel will never end.

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