The most romantic tour ever! And that says something, because I’m in the touring business for more then 20 years (I’m a licensed guide for Holland, Paris, Berlin and London, but that experience is excluded). Never did I see this in one of my tours and this experience was amazing and amusing to watch.
It started out with a low-budget tour for ten gentlemen from London, who wanted to have a nice, relaxed tour in Israel on a low-budget. They stayed for 7 days and paid $490 per person, all in (including the guide). So far, so good.
The tour started with Eilat! I arranged two apartments for them next to each other and they spent their time at the first day mostly on the beach, snorkeling, diving and looking at the girls. After they got used to the climate and the fact that they were finally on vacation, we went into the desert with a jeep and camel tour.
We stayed one night sleeping in the desert with the Bedouins. We also took the Sunset jeep tour, lasting until the morning
After that, we moved to Tel Aviv by bus. They didn’t want to go to Jerusalem, because they didn’t want to take risks and for them Jerusalem is not interesting (they were not religious, according them). Anyway, in Tel Aviv we went to all the tourist sights and at the end we ended up at the drum beach.
That’s a place (Friday late afternoon/evening), where there are loads of volunteer musicians arriving making music for anyone and where people can dance (free dance).
Well, that was it. Two of the gentlemen met two young women from Australia, and they spend the evening with them. The rest of the company returned to their two Tel Aviv apartments and had a good time at a local pub. At three in the night the two Don Juan’s returned love stricken with my reserve mobile phone (you never know). The next day we spend touring Tel Aviv and because Shabat was there, we spent it in the city and used one of my day tours in Tel Aviv.
Two young women (you guessed, the Australians) were silently following our group and when the two love stricken birds recognized their girls they were constantly talking about, they joined the club. From one came the other and the girls knew more girls and the group was expanded with 4 additional girls. The gentlemen acted like gentlemen and decided to pay for the girls as well, caused the planning and scheduling to go haywire, but we survived.
The tour went from Tel Aviv to Haifa, where we all stayed in a guest house (one night), followed by (now) three apartments for two nights. There they spent visiting all the interesting sights and spent many times picnicking in the forests and mountains near Haifa.
We also tempted a hiking course, but that went half-way wrong, because of blisters.
We also toured extensively the surroundings of the Sea of Galilee (with the radically expanded group from 10 to 16 people) and there was some embarrassment when one of the newly couples fell in the lake. The couple didn’t care, because they were kissing in the water when the shipper tried to pick them up (“Rescue them!” he screamed). Obviously the couple didn’t want to be rescued.
All in all, it was an amazing tour for $490 per person and everyone had a really good time. The only thing they regretted was that the tour was too short and there was so much more to see and visit. They plan to come back in December (Christmas) for a new tour, this time 12 days, also a low-budget tour.