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
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.
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.