“Immediately after Independence Day we started to see a very significant increase in both site visits and actual bookings: three times as much as the previous month,” says Ziv Rosen, CEO of the Gulliver Group. “Also, if a month ago bookings were mostly last minute, now people are already booking Holidays for Shavuot and summer. By the way, although children who are not vaccinated yet have no solution – and are currently back in the country they will need isolation – we are also seeing invitations for families for the summer. “People say to themselves, ‘Come on, we haven’t been abroad for a year, so let’s be in isolation, it’s the big holiday anyway.’ Others think that there will probably be a change in the isolation policy by the summer.”
According to Rosen, one of the most sought after destinations right now is Greece. “Israelis really like the islands in Greece, especially Crete and Rhodes, and the Greek government is making efforts to increase the number of vaccinated,” he says. “All of Greece, including the islands, is still partially closed. Restaurants, bars and nightlife are closed, and there is still a night curfew in all of Greece. Restaurants and cafes are expected to open for outdoor seating only as early as May 3. The plan, according to the Greek government, is to open Greece. “For tourism on May 15 – meaning that at this time the hotels, bars and attractions will also open – and the ambition is for Greece to return to a certain normalcy.”
“To encourage families to fly to Greece, Ajian Airlines has launched a campaign that says families flying from May 15 to the end of August will pay only port taxes (for bookers until May 6). Greece will no doubt be popular this summer: just an hour and a half flight, weather “Air is similar to what is in the country, back-to-back, beaches, good food. As for Greece, the forecasts are very good, so it is worth rushing and ordering because demand will be high and prices will only go up.”
It is recommended to visit Rhodes in the Old City, known for its archeological treasures; In the “Butterfly Valley” nature reserve; In Lindos, the “White City”, located 50 km southwest of the city of Rhodes and is considered one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
Among the attractive destinations in Crete are the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the Venetian Citadel, the Morosini Fountain and the Knossos Antiquities.
Especially for children: Rhodes Water Park with wave pools, slides, rafting and tubing. In Crete you can take the children to the local aquarium, where there are countless species of fish and various aquatic organisms.
Indulge: The 5-star All Senses Nautica Blue Exclusive Resort & Spa – All Inclusive Resort in Rhodes. Located on Fanes Beach, amidst lush gardens, it offers sports facilities, diving and kite surfing activities. Price for a vacation package (flights, transfers, hotel for 3 nights, all inclusive, with a couple + 2): $ 609 per person (May 14-17), $ 585 per person (July 16-19).
In Crete you can indulge in The Village Resort and Waterpark located in Hersonissos, 25 km from the island’s capital, Heraklion. The hotel has a water park with slides, authentic rural atmosphere and various family activities. Price for vacation packages (flights, transfers, hotel for 3 nights, All inclusive, in a pair + 2): $ 649 per person (May 14-17), $ 639 per person (July 16-19).
Local corona practices: Israelis who have passed 14 days since receiving the second vaccine dose are no longer required to have a corona test to enter Greece. They will be asked to present a vaccine certificate in English. Israelis who are not vaccinated, or recovering, can enter Greece without isolation from the age of 5 by presenting a negative test from an official institute conducted 72 hours before the flight to Greece. There may be random checks at the entrance to Greece for some of the entrants, including the vaccinated. Whoever is found on the random check is positive, will be sent for ten days in solitary confinement at the hotel at the expense of the Greek government. Corona practices should be followed in the days before the flight because they are constantly updated.
“Cyprus is a favorite destination for Israelis, and it is the main destination that Shavuot and summer invitations are starting to enter,” says Oren Cohen-Maguri, VP of marketing and sales for the Flying Carpet Company. “I expect a mass influx of Israelis to Cyprus. It is less than an hour’s flight, the weather is comfortable. Now in Cyprus this is the beginning of the season, the prices are very attractive. In my opinion, Hebrew will be heard in every corner of Cyprus as early as May. “
“We are preparing there for many months for the tourist season. On April 26, Cyprus entered a closure for a limited period of two weeks, until May 9, in order to reduce morbidity as much as possible and be ready to receive tourists as early as mid-May.” The place is very suitable for families and children. There are amazing beaches, all inclusive hotels with water parks, restaurants, attractions. Prices now are pre-registered. Those who book now for the summer save hundreds of dollars per family. “
Cohen-Maguri emphasizes: “Without a doubt, Cyprus will be the star of this summer. This year we also expanded the range of vacation packages. Israelis were mainly used to Ayia Napa and Paphos, and this year we also expanded the offer to Limassol and Protaras.”
It is recommended to visit the archeological park and the ancient port of Paphos. For shopping, you can hop to the Kings Avenue Mall.
In Ayia Napa you can go on a pirate ship cruise between the spectacular bays and you should not miss the area of the lively bars and clubs.
Especially for children in Paphos: the zoo, the “Aphrodite” water park, where a large variety of challenging water slides for all ages.
Pampering: Aquasol Holiday Village & Water Park Hotel, featuring a turquoise beach, large pool and an adventurous water park for all ages. Price per package (flight, transfers, hotel, 3 nights, all inclusive, with a couple + 2): $ 499 per person (May 14-15 or July 15-18).
Electra Holiday Village Hotel in Ayia Napa is located in the beating heart of the resort town and features a large pool, entertainment staff, activities for all ages and a large water park. Price per package (flight, transfers, hotel, 3 nights, all inclusive, with a couple + 2): $ 499 per person (May 14-15 or July 15-18).
Local corona practices: Following the announcement by Cyprus that Israel will be defined as a “green state”, we will be able to enter it freely, without a negative corona check and without isolation.
“Dubai is the place at the highest level imaginable. America is around the corner, less than three hours’ flight away,” says Nir Mazor, VP of marketing for the airline. “Although Dubai’s burning season is spring-autumn-winter, it still has huge air-conditioned malls, huge entertainment centers, indoor and air-conditioned theme parks and of course hotels with indoor pools and the highest level of facilities, with an emphasis on family vacations. The United Arab Emirates is one of the most vaccinated places in the world and you can fly safely. “
Mazur clarifies that the prices this season will be very attractive, because as mentioned, this is not the peak of the season. “The crazy hotels and resorts will be at half the price compared to the winter, so this vacation will be super-affordable,” he emphasizes.
It is recommended to visit the “Dubai Frame” (150 meters high and 93 meters wide), the Burj Khalifa (the tallest skyscraper in the world) and the Dubai Fountains.
Especially for children: Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, which regularly stars in the lists of the best water parks around the world; Dinosaur park featuring more than 120 dinosaur figures and prehistoric creatures.
Indulge: Fairmont The Palm – A luxury 5-star resort located on Dubai’s iconic Palm Island on Jumira Beach: an 800-meter private beach, 6 swimming pools, about 11 restaurants and a luxurious spa and a kids’ club with lots of activities and games. Price (flight, hotel, breakfast, 4 nights, per person in a double room): starting at $ 659. If the lineup is a pair + 2, the price drops by $ 30 per person (May 13-17), starting at $ 699 (June 20-24). If the lineup is a pair +2, the price drops by $ 30 per person.
Local corona practices: A negative corona test should be done up to 72 hours before takeoff. After landing, another free corona check is performed, after which you will receive a barcode that will be affixed to your passport.
You will be asked to fill in your passport and phone number for the test results in the text message. A printout in English of the results of the negative corona test you did in the country should be presented.
The entry form for the UAE that you filled out at Ben Gurion Airport will be presented at the passport control stand. All tourists who come to Dubai are required to fill in their details in the local health services app.
“Georgia is relatively clean in terms of Corona, it allows entry for Israelis, the flight is short (less than three hours), the weather is comfortable, the food is great, the prices are very good. It is a very attractive destination in terms of cost-effectiveness,” says Shirley Cohen-Urakbi, VP Marketing and sales at Eshet Tours. ”Since there are still very few destinations that open, every destination becomes attractive. Batumi, for example, is a very attractive destination, not only in terms of prices. “
“Batumi combines an authentic Georgian experience alongside Western progress. Luxurious hotels, restaurants, clubs and casinos alongside spectacular nature, authentic restaurants and villages where time seems to have stopped reigning. We are constantly seeing an increase in Batumi bookings, there are already Shavuot bookings, this year is coming to an end. “A long week. Batumi is our strongest destination right now, there is a lot of interest.”
It is recommended to visit the Makhutseti Waterfall Reserve (Makhuntseti Waterfall), the 130-meter-high alphabet tower on Batumi’s promenade, which houses all the letters of the Georgian alphabet, a variety of unique wineries, the Musician Park which is surrounded by forest and sculptures. Of the great composers and local musicians.
Especially for children: Tsitsinatela Amusement Park with a Ferris wheel and a variety of attractions and facilities.
Indulge: 40 km from Batumi, in an area rich in forest near the shores of the Black Sea, lies the Paragraph Hotel – one of the most luxurious hotels in Georgia and the Caucasus. The hotel has a huge public space with plenty of attractions for the whole family: a huge aquarium, 115 m seawater pool, swimming pool Indoor, indoor water park, botanical garden, ropes park, sports fields, bike paths, kids club, restaurants, pampering spa, etc. Price (flight, transfers, hotel, 4 nights, on a bed and breakfast basis, per person in a group of 2 + 2 ): $ 699 (May 16-20), $ 739 (July 25-29).
Local corona practices: Israelis who have been vaccinated in Corona are allowed to enter Georgia without the obligation of isolation starting 14 days after receiving the second dose of vaccine and presenting an official vaccination certificate. Unvaccinated passengers will be required to present at the entrance to Georgia a standard and negative PCR test performed in the 72 hours prior to departure from Israel, and in addition will be required to perform an additional test (for a fee) on the third day of stay. Before landing in Georgia, fill out a registration form on the Georgia Government website: registration.gov.ge.
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