A few notes on this tour, which readers have shared with me:
- Children must be at least 8 years old
- Many of the travel days are on Shabbat – please check your dates carefully
I have been told that the Cinema hotel in Tel Aviv has a dairy kitchen, but is not under hashgacha. I have not personally confirmed this.
Many of the optional tours are to Christian sites.
Starting today, from $999 – $1500, you will be able to score a one-week vacation in Israel, with six nights in a hotel, meals, tours and more. There are 1,5000 of these packages available.
The offer will be “live” on the Groupon site for two weeks, but with only 1,500 packages available, I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out sooner.
You can see the full itinerary over on Groupon, but the trip is being billed as an 8-Day Tour of Israeli Cities and Historical Landmarks. The cost covers a ton, including:
- Round-trip airfare from JFK
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
- 1 night of standard accommodations at Cinema Hotel in Tel Aviv
- 2 nights of standard accommodations at Maagan Kibbutz Holiday Village beside the Sea of Galilee or Prima Galil Hotel in Tiberias
- 3 nights of standard accommodations at Prima Park Hotel in Jerusalem
- All transfers
- Six breakfasts, two dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motorcoach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
Please note that unfortunately only people 8 years & older are eligible for this trip.
All Groupon Israel packages are for the winter season (January and February, 2006), which traditionally have been the low point for Israel’s tourism industry.
According to an article in YNET, Israel Minister of Tourism Levin said that “although the ministry usually halts all its campaigns during times of crisis, he decided to proceed as usual.
‘The continued marketing activity is aimed at preserving incoming tourism and creating a faster exit route once the security problem is behind us. So far, it has been proving itself. There have hardly been any cancellations so far, and despite the slowdown in reservations, we are not witnessing a terrible crisis or something people should change their habits for.’
‘When you shout, ‘Crisis, crisis,’ it only intensifies the external crisis and makes people hesitate whether to come to Israel. When they see that we keep marketing Israel as usual, it projects business as usual.'”
So, who’s going to Israel on a Groupon deal?! Now would be a good time to have some Groupon credits in your back pocket, that’s for sure!