After getting EXCELLENT advise from people on this forum as to apartments to rent, my husband and in-laws decided they would really prefer to do a tour. This way, everything is planned and taken care of and we are provided with food, transport, guides, etc. ok, fine.
I was interested in Christian (evangelical) perspective tours, and several recommended Pilgrim Tours. I viewed the itenerary and it looked fairly comprehensive for a first time visit to Israel. Also, the price seemed very good for four adults. I emailed a representative to enquire about the hotels - this is the list I received:
Mediterranean: Blue Bay Hotel – Netanya (rated very, very low and assaulted in the forums!)
Galilee: Magaan Kibbutz (can't find any information or review on the forum OR google)
Dead Sea:Moriah Classic (rated DEAD LAST in the forum and the pics are atrocious!)
Jerusalem:Grand Court (not the worst ratings, but definitely not great).
ok, this tour adverts specify that these are "first class" and "four star" properties. Seriously? Can anyone offer me further insight as to:
1. the quality of this tour - first hand knowledge
2. these hotels (eek!) and whether they are really that bad
3. a "bible land" or "life of jesus" tour that has perhaps better hotels and smaller groups?
thank you so much - this is my husband and my annual Christmas trip, but it is "once in a lifetime" for my in-laws - any help would be greatly appreciated.