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A January 2007 trip to Israel by pabrams52

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Quote: I had anticipated an exciting first visit to Israel but had no idea how impressed and amazed I would be once I got there. This is a journey not to be missed!

Hilton Tel Aviv

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A Great Stay in Tel Aviv Anyone who's traveled a fair amount knows that one hotel, even within the same chain, is not the same as the next. There are some real gems out there that can really make your stay and I recently discovered that the Hilton Tel Aviv is one of them. My stay there in late January of 2007 proved to be a highly satisfactory one and I'd recommend it to not only business, but leisure travelers as well. I must point out though that staying on their "Executive" level is worth every extra penny you pay. The extended service and amenities afforded that level really make your visit a memorable one. From the time you check in at their 17th floor Executive desk to the moment you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Hilton Tel Aviv
Independence Park
Tel Aviv, Israel 63405
972-3-5202222

Inbal

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Great HotelThree superb hotels dominate the Jerusalem landscape: King David, David Citadel and Inbal. The first two are traditionally rated 4-star hotels, with the Inbal ranking as 3-star. But after having personally experienced the Inbal on our first visit to Jerusalem, I feel this hotel has strengths that have it nipping at the others’ heels. The open and inviting lobby is tastefully designed in a modern style, with a huge floral centerpiece within view as you enter. The hotel is designed around a central courtyard atrium, which is utilized for outdoor dining in warm weather months and is tented during the winter for special occasions. The strengths of this hotel are their spacio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Inbal
Liberty Bell Park
Jerusalem, Israel 92145
+972 (2) 675-6666

Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel

Hotel | "Dan Carmel"

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Not Up to SnuffThough the Dan Carmel Hotel is touted as the best in Haifa, I found that this assessment is definitely off the mark. It is rated as a three-star hotel and though the signs are there that they're trying, some features I experienced clearly show they need to try harder. One of their strongest attributes is that they are located on the lovely heights of Haifa along an convenient shopping and dining area. The biggest "wow" that I experienced was the view from our room. It overlooked the twinkling lights of the Bay of Haifa by night and was stunning in the morning light as well. It is a loyally-staffed and friendly hotel with 204 rooms and 18 suites, Wi-Fi, pool, gym, sauna...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel
85-87 Hanassi Avenue
Haifa, Israel 34642
+972 (4) 8303030

Tree Planting Centers

Attraction | "Planting a Tree in Israel"

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A Memorable ExperienceI had long dreamed of planting trees in Israel and I was now seeing my dream come true. The Jewish National Fund, or Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael maintains the Plant a Tree with Your Own Hands project near Lavi, in Lower Galilee. It is accessible by taking Route 7707 off of Route 77, east of Golani Junction, then immediately left on secondary road. The experience is a rewarding one. The saplings, which you can pick out, can be planted in memory of a loved one or in honor of a significant occasion. If you prefer, they will do the planting for you. You will be issued an official certificate with the identification number of your tree. The proceeds certainly go to a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Tree Planting Centers

Jerusalem, Israel
+972 (2) 6707433

Using a Personal Guide

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A Tour with EliThere are all different manners of touring the world. Some travelers opt for a group, while others choose to go it alone. But lucky are the ones that can hire their own private guide. Such was our good fortune when my husband and I made our first visit to IsraelWe are quickly becoming seasoned travelers and are making memorable notches in our belt. Our preferred method has been one of independence – to come and go at our leisure and to learn on our own. Until now, we have toured in countries where that is a viable option, but the decision to visit Israel made us rethink that master plan. First of all, Israel is a part of the world to which we’ve never been. Secondly, ...Read More

Rosh Hanikra

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Limestone Beauty of Rosh HanikraRosh Hanikra sits on Israel’s northwest border. The incredible natural beauty of the white limestone cliffs and the grottos formed by the constant pounding of the sea make for an exciting tour stop. Upon arriving, visitors first see the border gate between Israel and its neighbor, Lebanon, directly to the north. Our guide also pointed out the visible buoys in the water off the coast that marked the international borders in the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors take a short cable car ride down to the shoreline where you can tour the grottos formed by the unrelenting rush of the water against the soft chalk cliffs. The cliffs are significant for another historical reason – duri...Read More