The Real Deal Vacation package to Israel includes roundtrip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv; two nights at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv; two nights at the Lavi Kibbutz Hotel in the Galilee region; five nights at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem; a full touring itinerary, including all ground transportation and entry fees; thirteen meals (eight breakfasts, one lunch, four dinners); and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $2,299 per person.
When Jan. 10, 2013 ($2,299); Feb. 7, 2013 ($2,399); Nov. 15, 2012 ($2,499); Aug. 30, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 2012, Mar. 7, 2013 ($2,699); Oct. 11, 2012 ($2,899).
Gateways New York City (from $2,299).
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $599. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Jul. 26, 2012; add $400 for bookings made after Jul. 26.
Contact smarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent Kayak search, roundtrip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv starts at $895 in mid-January (Aerosvit). Add to that $243 per person for two nights at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv, $190 per person for two nights at the Lavi Kibbutz Hotel, and $525 per person for five nights at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem, and you'd be paying at least $1,853 for accommodation and airfare—and that doesn't include hotel taxes. For just $446 more, this travel package gets you the international airfare, nine nights' accommodation, plus a full touring program including all transportation and entry fees, fourteen meals, and all taxes and fees.
More smarTours offers a four-night extension package to the Israeli beach resort town of Eilat. The package includes three nights at either the Dan Panorama Eilat or Rimonim Hotel Eilat; one additional night at the Dan Panorama Jerusalem; daily breakfast; and all taxes and fees included, from $499 per person for double occupancy (single supplement is $200). Within this package there is an optional full-day excursion to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, which includes ground transportation, tours, and lunch, for an additional $239 per person. (Jordan visa fees and border-crossing fees are not included in this price and are paid upon entry.)
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