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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 

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