Not sure if any one can help me with this or not.
From the 23rd of Nov to 4 of Jan we are spending 2 weeks in Israel and 4 weeks in Europe.
Accommodation wise for the whole trip we do not really care if it is 5 star ect but as long as it is clean and in a good part of town we are happy.
We are doing a tour of Israel from Sunday the 30th to Sunday the 7th of December. We are looking at booking 2 nights pre tour and 3 nights post tour accommodation.
The company we have booked our tour through has suggested the Hotel Gilgal in Tel Aviv
Is this a good Hotel and in a good area?
I also have 3 booking options
All calculated at 1 room x 2 Adults and 1 room x 1 Adult for 2 nights.
1. Tour Company total is AUD $1928
2. Bookings.com total is AUD $652 ($610 USD)
3. Hotel Gilgal $610 (I assume this price is USD)
As you can see there is a big difference between the tour company and the other 2 options.
My questions are if I book direct or with bookings.com is there any hidden costs, taxes ect that I should expect?
I get the warning on bookings.com that "Please note that there is a 18% VAT for Israeli citizens. This tax is not included in the total price". If I have understood this correctly (I am a Graduate Accountant in Australia it would be bad if I have it wrong lol) I just have to prove I am not Israeli to avoid paying the tax?
Also I am looking at possible booking some of the accommodation for Europe with bookings.com has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with Bookings.com?
Thanks in Advance