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
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
My wife and I just returned yesterday from the October 27th 2014 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
We want to officially thank Israeli Discovery Tours for a magnificent trip to Israel. There were so many impressive aspects to the transformative experience. “Fabulous tour guides” is something we heard from anyone who had traveled with you, yet our guide and our driver surpassed our expectations. Our guide’s expansive knowledge of history, art, and religion – combined with his knowledge of human nature and the mind-set of travelers – combined with his incredible sense of humor was surely a key component of our wonderful experience. But there was more. The itinerary, from the choices of sites visited to the sequencing of the stops along the way contributed to the impact of the trip. Little by little, the history and beauty of Israel unfolded before us. Surely a brilliant tour guide and a thoughtful itinerary are crucial elements of a great tour, but that would leave out the “heart” that comes through as the core of your company. From the gentleman who greeted us at the airport to local hosts, including the Bedouins, every person associated with our group was extraordinarily warm, helpful, and without fail, full of good humor. Our friends from Arizona were on their third trip with you which originally struck as odd. But by the time we were halfway through the tour thoughts were already forming in our heads about how to drag the rest of our family back on the same tour. We returned from the trip with a newfound pride and deep understanding of what it has meant throughout history to be a Jew. We feel fortunate to have taken our first trip to Israel with you. We are now sure it won’t be our last. To all who contribute to Israel Discovery Tours – Thank you! We hope to see you again, soon.
-Robin and Steve K – Highland Park, IL
I just wanted to say what a wonderful experience Israel was. I was concerned about security before I left, but I felt so safe, secure and well cared for the entire two weeks. Our guide was amazing and made history come alive for me. The arrangements were perfectly executed like a well-oiled machine. I met lovely people, many of whom will be lifelong friends. I can highly recommend this trip to everyone and I’m so very glad I did not wait to visit this amazing place.
-Judy J – Plano TX
What a wonderful trip we had! It was a dream of our lifetime. Your whole staff in Israel was not only great at their jobs, but compassionate and wonderful people. The group was terrific, fun and made the trip even more memorable. When Israel is mentioned as a “homeland”, it truly felt like it was for us all. Thank you for the cherished memory.
-Eleanor & Bill L – Arlington Heights, IL
We waited much too long to plan our first trip to Israel—to be exact—64 years. Never the less, we signed up with Israel Discovery Tours. A tour that would take us from one part of Israel to the next, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to Haifa to Eilat to Tiberias and the Golan Heights to Masada and all those in between places we had just read about, both from history and present day. What we experienced during the next two weeks was remarkable. First, what a beautiful and diverse country filled with wonderment, history, modernization, technological advances from medicine, arts and sciences, to new discoveries from the past that enlightened us about our roots. As we completed our two-week journey, I reflected on this limited time and thought, “we all must make this journey as it is an experience like no other and a nation that embraces you with the love and caring.” Now, more than ever, a trip to Israel is a must as they need us more than ever. I am reminded of a line from the classic show, ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ “Why do we stay up here if it is so dangerous? We stay because Anatevka is our home.” Israel is our home, and we need to stay and support it even during the most difficult of times. Thank you, the people of Israel and Israel Discovery Tours, for an experience of a lifetime.
-Deb & Ken M – Morganville, NJ
Since this was our first trip to Israel, we were eager to see the land, the lifestyle and feel the heartbeat of the people. Israel Discovery Tours anticipated our expectations and provided an extraordinary view of them all. Our guide led us, Moses like, through the Promised Land with insight, wisdom and passion. You gave us a perspective of Israel that we will long remember.
-Barbara & David L- Boynton Beach, FL
We’re Back! We’re Home! But more importantly, we were also “at home” in Eretz Yisrael. We wanted to tell you what a fabulous trip we had in Israel. The hotels were first class all the way. The food was delicious and plentiful. The sights and sounds and the places we visited were amazing. What really made the trip especially enjoyable was your staff in Israel. Our guide did an excellent job – his knowledge really brought the country to life. Our driver and hostess did an amazing job – making sure that every detail was attended to promptly. Even our arrival and departure transfers went perfectly. Thank you for such a wonderful tour. Keep up the great job!
-Rhonda & Skip N – Glenview, IL
Just a note to tell you how wonderful our Israel trip was. The memories will be with me forever and I will think of them often. Everything was great – people places & things. Accommodations, tours and staff were top notch. Not only did I fall in love with our beautiful Jewish state, but with your staff in Israel. They will be in my thoughts and heart forever. Thanks again for making my Israel experience so remarkable.
-Rhoda G – Skokie, IL
Before the memories fade, I wanted to let you know how wonderful the trip to Israel was for me. The coordination from the moment you land in Tel Aviv to every planned day trip was seamless. I especially want to commend your staff in Israel. The guide was an absolute treasure. His depth of his passion for his native land was expressed throughout the tour. Overall, the trip left the group with a spiritual connection and love for Israel.
-Judith K – Bardonia NY
The trip was fantastic! Every day I said this was my favorite and the next day we would do something even more amazing. I loved Israel so much. You were so right about being on a tour and sharing the experience with other people. Our group was unbelievable and everyone became fast friends. Best of all was our guide - his knowledge as well as his love of Israel gave us an experience of a life time. We can’t wait to go back!
-Sheri K – Long Grove, IL
What an incredible journey! I tell folks it was not that we saw so much of Israel (from Golan to Eilat) but that we experienced Israel. I think everyone on the tour really got a feel for Israel in the “kishkas.” This trip was a life changing experience for so many of us. I thank you for all the hard work that goes into providing such a fabulous tour. I am recommending it to all my friends!
-Scott & Pamela A – San Mateo, CA
I would be remiss if I did not write to thank and commend you for providing such a wonderful tour. Everything was handled in an extremely professional manner and contributed to an unforgettable and unbelievable trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate when relating the history of the country. He not only made history come alive, but he fostered a feeling of pride in all of us. We have taken many tours all over the world with “top rated” companies but never had a guide as good as him. I would say that this was, hands down, the best trip we have ever taken. When our friends ask us about our tour, Israel Discovery Tours will receive the highest recommendation.
-Sue & Bill P – Osprey, FL
This was the trip of a lifetime and words cannot adequately do it justice. The entire staff was incredible. Everything was seamless and impeccably coordinated. The sites were breathtaking. The hotels were spectacular. The trip was the perfect balance of history, fun and spiritual energy. It is rare that one’s vision and desires live up to expectations. This exceeded mine. I could not have hoped for anything more!
-Richard M – Parsippany NJ