Mabat Platinum: Trip To Israel
By Kim S.
Israel with Mabat Platinum –
By Kim S.
Have you ever dreamed about touring around Israel in Luxury? If you have, then read on.
My First Class experience started when I arrived into Ben Gurion airport. Dreading the long lines through Immigration/Customs, imagine my surprise when Mabat whisked me away through a private entrance and into a waiting van where I was driven to the luggage hall, claimed my bags and then escorted through a special line to clear customs.
Welcome to Israel, Mabat-style. I knew this was going to be one amazing trip!
There is something magical about Israel. A special energy and vibe. Driving with my Mabat professionals, (who quickly became my Israel tour friends) we saw about 12-days’ worth of sights in 5.5 days! We visited Jaffa, one of the oldest biblical cities in the world, did a quick Israeli art tour with one of the local artists, and visited Independence Hall where Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
Mabat’s guides really brought Israel’s historic days back to life.
We visited many hotels on this trip and the Norman Boutique Hotel – The Norman – was one of my most favorites. The property is housed in two painstakingly restored historical buildings from the 1920s, and sits in the heart of Tel Aviv. Boasting a rooftop pool with amazing views, luxury services and amenities, and fine dining, The Norman is the place to recommend for those who don’t need or want to be beachfront (although a beach shuttle is provided) . The decor and ambiance complement the friendliness and energy of the staff. The property offers 50 rooms comprised of rooms and suites. A definite recommend.
Other amazing experiences included stopping in Caesarea to see King Herod’s palace at sea and Carmel to see a Druze village and have lunch at the home of Sheik Ali Birani, a veteran Druze peace activist. This is just one example of “Mabat’s” people-to-people experiences which really made the trip for me. Another highlight was meeting a local artist from Safed who painstakingly explained Kabbalah, a Jewish form of mysticism through his works of art. One of the most touching experiences was getting to interact with the brave soldiers of the IDF. I was able to sit inside a real working army tank. These experiences will stay with me for a lifetime.
But no Israel adventure can be complete without a visit to Jerusalem. Mabat arranged for us to have access to the newest excavation site under the Western Wall, not yet open to the public.
If booking a trip to Israel is something you are interested in doing, I’d be happy to help.
With my first hand knowledge, as well as my training, resources and networking form year years upon years in the industry, you can be sure your experience will be everything you are looking for.
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