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Things To Do In Israel Master Thread For some, this topic may be a given. For others, i think it could be really helpful.

I haven't been in Israel for quite a few years since my yeshiva days and am finally headed back for a vacation with the wife and a toddler.

We have pretty much everything set up except the "what to do, where to go" aspect.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, we'd love to hear them and im sure others on the forum would too.

From places to go, things to go, places to eat, places to avoid, lets hear em all...

March 15, 2010, 11:35:57 PM
Master Thread Of Master Threads: Links To 125+ Destination Threads! See Wiki.
June 08, 2010, 05:31:02 PM
The funny/strange/interesting video thread... Hilariuos badchen speaking with Trop

(How do I embed video on the forum?)

May 30, 2011, 12:21:25 PM
Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions Figured it would be nice to discuss all ex-TLV flights in one thread.
This could include new routes, closed routes, equipment changes on routes, etc.

For example, I had no idea that Korean Air has a direct flight to ICN from TLV a few days every week. Anyone ever take this route?

July 07, 2013, 03:39:59 PM

Does anyone here use them? Does it really save time together with TSApre?

They are available in a whole bunch of airports including LGA and JFK.

August 02, 2017, 12:25:36 AM
virgin atlantic bargains Some readers may find some info below interesting, this may have been discussed already in the forums and not worthy of a new thread ? here is a letter I sent virgin atlantic

To virgin atlantic.

I have seen that you recently uploaded Delta airlines flights to your website making them bookable online which is a big help, making it possible to book routes like JFK – LAX, JFK – CDG and more [I also realized that while you have a separate redemption rate chart for Delta airlines, on routes that Virgin flies, for example NYC – LHR the mileage rate is the same as for virgin and it does not go according to the delta chart, which is a bit interesting].

However I realized that while in the search engine you have an alphabetical list of airports making it possible to put in many destinations, certain destinations don’t show up, for example TLV, ZRH, BRU, making it impossible to book online the delta flights to those destinations. If you could upload those [and all cities delta fly to] onto your website, making it possible to book those delta flights online would be appreciated.


P.s for dansdeals readers, on international flights the availability on virgin website seems to match, however on domestic routes there is a vast difference with delta having much better availability for lower rates [and can make a difference on international rates, for example a search from NYC-CDG, didn’t pull up on any flights with connections only nonstop for high rates, however on it routed through Boston for 62.5k inn business (the domestic portion charges separately) !!].

Some bargains are USA to EUROPE [Besides LHR as mentioned above] for 50k in business with no surcharges ! and with current Amex 30% transfer promo I makes it 39k ! if your willing to book far out in advance you can find great availability, also changes or cancellations are only $50 up till the flight, unlike delta.

there are also amazing bargains to be had for ANA flights ....[over the phone]

October 16, 2017, 11:48:54 AM
Southwest tour with the....IN LAWS!!! It all started with a small trip I arranged for my wife and her sisters to Cyprus for 4 of my Brothers-in-law said "hey we should get away too" I could not agree more though was not sure he was the exact person I was looking to get away with....soon enough the trip went from me and him to include my wife's Father-Brother-Sister-Her Husband-Her Uncle and Aunt (No the wife did not come). Given my travels in the past I was voted to be the tour guide and arrange this trip for them. After much deliberation my final trip was going to be as follows for them:

11/5-TLV-CDG-LAX Air France $690
11/6 LAX-SJC Southwest $55
11/7 OAK-PHX Southwest $48
11/15 LAS-LAX Southwest $40
11/15 LAX-FCO-TLV Alitalia (Included in the 690)

For my ticket it was more interesting. I had bought a United flight round trip on 12/16 I flew one way and then cancelled the return to earn credit for half the flight as I decided to book LX Business for the return. When I checked my credit to see what I had to go to LAX I found they had credit me the full flight back so right away I booked a round trip non-stop into Newark. After that I booked an economy award (12.5k) into SFO and for the return I booked a flight with Spirit LAS-EWR (paid to upgrade to the Big Seat $70) and then the United flight back. However I decided to spend some time in my old stomping grounds of Jersey and just booked a return with LX again in business back to TLV.

Thank God my in-laws managed well into Los Angeles without issues. I had them booked in the Hyatt Regency at the airport for I believe 190 per room. I had told them to rent a car for a couple of hours to check out the city but they decided on crashing in the hotel and walking to Starbucks (or Coffee Bean).

The next morning at around 4 they got up to go to the airport for the SouthWest flight into San Jose. I had arrived in San Francisco the night before and stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at the Airport. They were "officially fully booked" for any upgrades.  The hotel was very nice and definitely comfortable for a nights sleep. The one thing to note is there is no shuttle late night.

In the early morning around 715 I got picked up by Extranomical tours for my tour to Yosemite, we left to San Jose airport to go pick up the In-Laws in our private 15 passenger coach bus. After picking them up we left to Pars Kosher Market to pick up some Bread/Dips/Cold Cuts and the like for Lunch/Breakfast. The trip to Yosemite took around 3.5 hours from the Market in San Jose.

20171106_154250 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_153816_HDR by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_153748_HDR by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_141303-EFFECTS by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

Below you can see the waterfall flowing even though the winter rains have not started yet:

20171106_135828 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_134622 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_133609 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_133229_HDR by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_114732 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_170257_HDR by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_160440 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

This is a small picture of the comfortable coach bus with excellent drivers!!

20171106_155843 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

There was a little mix up at the end of the trip as we had booked a night at the Crowne Plaza in Concord, however there is no kosher food in that area. Extranomical worked with us and hired an extra driver to drive us back to the hotel after supper at Sabra Grill in Downtown. Drivers can only drive for 10 hours, they have a timer attached to the car and he cannot legally go one minute past that time. Here is a really bad picture of the outside of Sabra

20171106_200942 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

Some pics of the Crowne Plaza hotel room:

20171106_220537 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

20171106_220540 by ProIsrael Israel, on Flickr

We had paid USD $2,200 for the tour for 8 people. It also included a guided tour of San Francisco the next day.

November 16, 2017, 01:22:17 PM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison. Pidyon shvuyin is doche everything.  More than anything else this justifies every vote for Trump.

December 20, 2017, 05:44:30 PM
YQ coming to ex HKG )-:
September 22, 2018, 08:12:24 PM
Re: Amex Closed Accounts
Is everything a joke with you?

@EJB? Of course.

April 17, 2019, 09:31:28 AM