We returned safe and sound and had a great trip (both my business and Rs holiday).
a few observations:
The flights were good – no complaints…
The hotel in Tel Aviv was fabulous and we’d return in a heartbeat.
As for the spa; well it’s more like the Catskills. The food was fabulous, the rooms were great, the scenery spectacular, and the spa was really good.
No complaints whatsoever – except that it’s impossible to lose any weight there or anywhere else in Israel.
The trip was amazing!!!! Thanks again for all your help in organizing.
Everything went very smoothly and the hotels were all excellent. We especially loved the Alexander in Tel Aviv and Kfar Blum– both outstanding. The Dan’s were good as well and my son loved the one in Eilat. All the attractions booked were great and the kids, as us, enjoyed every one of them. The most popular attraction for my younger son was the Archeological Dig which he adored (we all loved it as well), and the most popular for my husband was the Sunset Jeep Tour in Eilat (which we all also loved). Both of these sites were Aufgang’s recommendations so I thank you so very much for that. There wasn’t really any attraction which we did not enjoy. Everything had something special to offer.
The trip was very busy and at times a little tiring for the kids but not too bad, and I wouldn’t have cut anything out as there was so much to see and do. Airplane transportation with El Al was great. Smooth and no problems, including the flight from Eilat to Ben Gurion which worked out really well for us.
Really only a few very minor glitches on an otherwise spectacular trip for all of us. Thanks again for your time and expert advice in helping us to organize. If you have any other specific questions, please feel free to let me know.
The trip was wonderful. We saw and did so much. The Maxim hotel was just perfect. It’s small and cozy – you get to know all of the staff and it’s just a great feeling. Right across the street was the beach (so close) and the promenade. breakfast was very good and the coffee machine and cookies were available allo day. We would hightly recommend this hotel…
Petra was a wonderful experience. We would do it again. I went on a camel (what fun that was) The guides were great and very knowledgeable. We would suggest going on a private tour there to be the best way to go. We would also suggest to tell people to bring some form of money with them because on the way there we were taken to a great store. Apparently its run by the Queen of Jordan for helping the underprivileged women there. The prices are good and you can bargain and the variety is great. I got most of my t-shirts there because they were so lovely. A good shopping experience . The hotel that we originally booked (Panorama) was overbooked and they sent us to the Hilton Queen of Sheba. We really got lucky on that one. What a gorgeous hotel.
The Bar Mitzvah tour was wonderful – the guide was superb. It was the perfect trip. Having the Bar on top of Masada was such a great choice.
We would recommend you anytime to anyone who asks. Your price was the best and you were very helpful.
Thanks again, Dorothy and Lilly.
Red Tent Tour:
Hello Dov, I had a fantastic time. Loved every minute! It was a feast of experiences, all different, all powerful, educational, and best of all, fun. The hotels and restaurants were first rate. I liked the contrasts between staying in a large hotel, a boutique hotel, a kibbutz hotel, and finally the magnificent Mount Zion Hotel. And I loved the variety of sightseeing tours – especially those that were off ‘the beaten track’.
I especially loved all the different speakers. I feel I have gained many significant insights into the lives of Israeli women. I was always impressed with their honesty about living in Israel – and the challenges that they continue to face.
All in all, it was a trip to be remembered for a very long time.
We wanted to thank you for the work you did on your end and all of your advice/suggestions on our recent trip to Israel. We all had a fabulous time! It was a great experience for all of us, and especially our children. The itinerary was well planned and thought out. A special note – our tour guide Yehuda Leket was absolutely fantastic! He went above and beyond the regular duties of a guide. More important is he delivered the history, background, culture of Israel in a wonderful way. He also added in a few points of interests which weren’t on the original itinerary. One of them was the tour of City of David which ended up as one of our highlights of the trip. All in all the hotels, the Bar Mitzvah, the museums/sites etc were excellent. The transfers were amazing! I think that covers it all. Everything was top notch!!
I have already recommended your name & Yehuda’s to many friends. We hope to be back in your office sooner than later to book our next trip to Israel. Again, thanks for helping us make our son’s Bar Mitzvah trip to Israel such an amazing experience.
Have a great summer,
Israel was fantastic – a real marathon but a wonderful one – and the arrangements were pretty much flawless. Our guide – EilonBeza – was very special and is a whole story in himself – as interesting as the country. The scheduling – having the time to ourselves at the beginning and at the end – worked out really well and we really appreciated Eilon on the day walking around the old city – certainly we saw and experienced more than we would have on our own. Hotels – our favourite was probably the Royal Beach – a real treat – followed closely by the Harmony – however the Crowne Plaza in Tel Aviv was fine and well located, and Kfar Blum had a beautiful setting. Everyone we met was exceptionally nice, down to the taxi drivers – this was an especially pleasant surprise given our recollections of what service used to be like in Israel many years ago.
We can’t think of much we would have done differently (maybe 2 rooms in Tel Aviv) other than stay a couple of day’s longer – we never got to the Israel Museum since we spent most of the day at YadVashem – we could have used another day poking around Jerusalem, and of course another day of diving in Eilat would have been welcome.
So thanks so much for all your arranging – all those back and forths were in a good cause and we had the trip of a lifetime.
M & L & J & R
Last evening , I actually clued into the fact that I had not contacted you yet upon our return. So a little embarrassed because a trip like the one we just completed deserved a call upon touch-down.
1. We loved our guide – Isaac. When we met him, he asked about our expectations for the tour. I answered, “I want to have a ball”. The rest is history. He was intelligent and really knew his stuff, ( and when to stop due to overload) changed our route a little (all great places), kept up with Gregg…blah, blah blah. I have attached my posted recommendation. You read me perfectly!!
2. We loved the hotels – you read me perfectly – especially Harmony in the middle of it all in Jerusalem
3. We were blown away by Petra. And Beit Shean should be on everyone’s tour (but isn’t…there were no people there – surreal)
4. Shelly, our talking guide for the Old City started off stiff. We gave her little choice but to love us and by the end of the tour of Old Jerusalem, we were shopping with her for her groceries at the market.
5. We didn’t miss anything (well, a camel or two and a gun range) and your planning was the perfect speed for us.
It was SO different than when I was there..so cosmopolitan, and established and beautiful.
Mike and I want to thank you for a fantastic trip. We had free time to explore the cities – Barcelona, Seville and Madrid, time to relax in Roses and Torrmolinos while still providing us opportunity to see what was important for us in Granada and Cordoba. All the hotels and breakfasts were wonderful. We would go back to all the places we stayed. We appreciated our driver, Antonio. His knowledge and willingness to share the history of Spain with us was so interesting; they are history lessons we will always remember. The train travel you arranged for us was perfect. It was so easy and comfortable. The trip was a balance between sightseeing and exploring on our own which was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you so much for listening to our requests and delivering a wonderful trip that we will always remember.
Pearl & Mike