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 our guide always said, "We were part of the IDT family" was much 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 our accommodations and food that was beyond fabulous. 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 his eyes and heart, and we did. At every evening stop he gave everyone on the tour his room number in case he was needed in the evening. He could not stop filling us with information. We must also give a big round of applause to our bus driver. Not only was the bus spotless every day and timely, but he was terrific as driver. We all felt very safe in the company of the IDT representatives. Should we ever decide to revisit 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. Thank you IDT. You were all the best. You made our dream trip a true reality.
Zita & Ed - Boynton Beach, FL
I wanted to take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed the recent trip to Israel. Everything worked so well, starting with you and all your patience in dealing with me. People always ask me what the most amazing part of the trip was, and I can't respond with any one answer. Everything day was filled with significant and meaningful adventures from climbing into the deep archeological pit and finding some artifacts, to riding a camel. Israel Discovery Tours included highlights of so many unique Israeli sites and activities. Our guide was interesting, patient and full of pride for Israel which transferred to all of us. This was my third trip to Israel, but the first on a formal tour. It had been over thirty years since I was there, and the changes were so incredible that nothing seemed repetitious. Very importantly, we felt safe. There are no guarantees of safety and security in any city anymore, but with our guide there was a strong sense of well-being. Israel Discovery Tours also made the trip easy for us. We were met at the airport and returned to the airport. Our luggage was carefully watch and loaded for each change in location. You even arranged for wake up calls every morning. Thank you for coordinating such a meaning experience. I highly recommend your company.
Becky– Mt. Laurel, NJ
We just returned from our adventure to Israel and could not be happier with the tour or our decision to go with Israel Discovery Tours. Each day and each site brought history to life and gave new meaning to the State of Israel and its importance to the Jewish people and the world. The sequence of the tour was well planned, allowing one piece of information to build upon another. The sites and sounds of Israel came alive from the stories and point of view of the guide and staff. They not only made us feel welcome, but became part of our family. We truly felt at home in Israel because of their talents and efforts. We would be remiss not to mention the role your office played in making the trip of a lifetime. You were always available to answer questions and concerns and made us feel extremely comfortable and confident with our decision to use your company for our Israel trip. Should we decide to revisit Israel, Israel Discovery Tours will definitely be a part of our plan. Thank you again for making this a meaningful and memorable experience
Ira & Judy, Hauppauge, NY
We wanted to thank IDT for an experience of a lifetime! It is much more than just a tour! Being in Israel with IDT was like coming home to family and we wondered why we had waited so long to do it! From the minute we arrived to the final moments before we boarded our El Al flight, we felt so truly cared for! Each detail of our trip was arranged with such care and thoughtfulness. Israel became our world and we will never forget a moment of out eventful visit. Other tours going to Israel could never equal the depths and breadths if our travels. Our tour guide was fabulous and he brought out such deep emotion in us! It was incredible that each day surpassed the day before without a lull in activity and emotion. Our group meshed so well... We felt so united sharing all these heartfelt Israeli adventures! Thank you IDT and we will forever spread the word of your expertise of Israel!
Linda & Sy – Newport Beach, CA
When is the last time you heard of eight ladies agreeing on anything important? Seven of my travel companions and I wholeheartedly agree on "awesome" as a good start to describing our tour with Israel Discovery Tours, Inc.
Our tour was amazing, educational, fun and varied in activities and sites visited. Although we traveled with the "value" plan, we thought our hotels were great and well located. The breakfast and dinner buffets were impressive and plentiful. The included dinners in other locations were delicious and fun to attend.
We had tour representatives coming and going at the airport; we had a person who dealt with hotel arrangements so that our keys and rooms were ready no matter what time of day we arrived; we had a skilled and reliable bus driver navigating both the highways and the trickier small streets and rotaries. Best of all, we had a superior guide for the journey. He was calm, responsible, friendly, extremely knowledgeable and had an obvious love and loyalty to the country of his birth. We felt safe with him and were comfortable, never anxious, at all points of our journey.
One leaves Israel with a feeling of love, pride and amazement having been treated to historic insights into the three major religions, awareness of centuries of life and turmoil, as well as the beauty of the land and seascapes. One leaves in awe of the accomplishments, the bravery, skills, talents and devotion of the people who came to live there in order to establish the modern state of Israel. It was a great and thrilling adventure! Thank you for the opportunity.
Joan – Mt. Laurel, NJ
This trip can only be called life altering. There are too many moments, too many memories, too many emotions, too many bus rides, boat rides, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and hotels to detail, and I am sure you have heard about them all over and over again from others who have shared this experience. Your organization is phenomenal in every way. Our guide, what can one say that has not been said hundreds of times? Our Teacher, our Rabbi, our Cantor, our General, our Teller of Jokes, our Philosopher, our Scholar, he was all that and so much more. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an itinerary that left us literally breathless and exhausted, intellectually stimulated and challenged, emotionally spent from laughing, crying, singing and dancing, and most importantly, connected to Israel, another word for home. May you and IDT continue to give others this wonderful adventure. With warmest regards,
Lauren and Allen – Skokie, IL
I waited 50 years for the opportunity to visit Israel. Your incredible, comprehensive tour not only met but far exceeded all my expectations!. From one end of the country to another, from ancient to modern times, we first handedly experienced the trials and triumphs of our people. Words can't express my heartfelt gratitude for providing such a wonderful experience. You 'wet my appetite' to return to Israel and hopefully inspire many people to join me! I would highly recommend your company; it was five star all the way!
Shelley – Huntingdon Valley, PA
Our trip was fantastic—an adventure of a lifetime! We loved it. It was upscale, intense and exhilarating. We are still processing it all—everything was a highlight and everything had special significance. Our guide made it all come alive. He was caring, personal, professional and above all, knowledgeable and passionate.
We cannot stop talking about the trip. The memories will last a lifetime.
Norma and Chuck , Oxford CT
My wife and I have just returned from IDT's 2 week deluxe adult tour to Israel.
We went with high expectations which were considerably surpassed because of what we actually experienced. This was our first trip to this absolutely beautiful and amazing country. Once you experience Israel the way it is presented by IDT, you will better understand this modern day miracle. You will find it impossible to not become emotionally moved by what you will observe and learn about the history and present-day achievements of this highly talented and resilient people.
Travelling with IDT was an experience that we have never had in our past travels. They have a highly professional and passionate ground team in Israel that leaves no detail open to chance. You will find that your only task is to enjoy yourself; they will take care of every other detail from the time that you are greeted at Ben Gurion Airport to the time of your departure. Everything in between from checking into hotels to visiting the many venues is "crisp ".
Of course, we were aware of the recent events that have been widely reported in the media. However, one quickly realizes that there is a significant distortion between the TV images and the reality of Israelis going about their daily business much in the same way that we do in North America.
At no time did we feel unsafe or any tension.
A number of Israelis that we met during the tour told us that they appreciated our support for them by visiting Israel at this time.
Well, this is the least that we can do for them.
Claire & Norman - Montreal, Canada
I recently returned from my first trip to Israel. I would describe it as far more than a trip but more as an incredible life experience and adventure. We traveled all over the beautiful and diverse country of Israel and learned so very much about our heritage and the pride and unmatched heroism of the Jewish people.
While our accommodations were excellent and the various tours fascinating what I shall remember most is the feeling of "BEING "home.....
Our tour guide offered us an insider's view of life in Israel. He skillfully wove together the past and the present and helped each one of us to appreciate the value of actually being in Israel.
I felt very safe and well taken care of from the moment my plane landed until the moment I left. I will miss Israel more than words can say.
My experience is truly the result of a wonderful tour company and an excellent guide.
Billie - Lakewood, CO
Although we had been talking about going to Israel for several years, I really had no idea what to expect. I had heard wonderful stories from friends who had visited there and I can say that we had the trip of a lifetime with IDT. We covered the country from north to south and east to west. Each day I thought, "This has been so enriching; how can it get any better?" Well, each day was better than the previous one and I'm not even sure I could tell you my favorite part--I've been back for almost a week and think about our trip every day.
Our guide was amazing--so knowledgeable and experienced with Israel history. He made the entire history of Israel come alive with stories of ingenuity, passion, courage and idealism, I couldn't get enough of it. Everything from Masado to Ayalon to Yad Vashem to the kibbutz Ein Gev to the Palmach Museum--made me think a lot about my Jewish heritage and how proud I am to be Jewish.
Every last detail was attended to--hotels, restaurants, tickets for all the events. Thank you for a first class trip!
We walked many places in Jerusalem and never felt threatened. In fact, it felt very peaceful wherever we were. I would not hesitate to return to Israel and hope to go on the second timer tour.
Karli - Littleton, CO
Our Israel Discovery Tours trip was truly awesome and much more wonderful than we ever dreamt it would be. In fact, if we could come back next week, we would.
Everything was so well planned and thought through. The sites we visited were all so fascinating, many unusual for tourists, and a real educational experience; the hotels and restaurants luxurious; the meals absolutely delicious and elegantly prepared and served;
The bus and air-plane transportation were planned perfectly. The people on the tour were all delightful, friendly, and so thoughtful.. Most outstanding was our terrific guide; so knowledgeable, humorous, energetic, and fun to have as a travel companion, and so, so proud of Israel.
In short, the entire trip was "Azayoka" (amazing/wowie).My husband I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and it was truly the trip of a life-time, the very best in our 58 years of marriage. We highly recommend IDT and look forward to coming back again soon.
"Toda" from us both for this sensational experience.
Reva and Aaron - Beachwood,OH
It was such a pleasure to visit Israel, the land of our magnificent rich heritage, steeped in thousands of years of history, which speaks out from every stone of the ancient world. Israel Discovery Tours and our tour guide took our entire group through the journey of the ages, which came alive at every turn. His knowledge and the way he explained the history of Israel, made it come alive for us.
We urge each and every one to visit Israel with Israel Discovery Tours, touch its stones, connect to the culture and experience our heritage of this unique place where the past meets the present
Our guide took us in 14 days thru the ages until today throughout the beautiful Israeli wealth of historic sights and natural wonders as well as a great variety of cultural events.
Israel Discovery Tours choice of hotels offers a high level of comfort and services to make your visit even more enjoyable.
We highly recommend a vacation-tour of Israel with Israel Discovery Tours, to all our family, friends and acquaintances, and definitely hope to return soon ourselves.
Michael and Sylvia - Calexico, CA
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