To many people the word “Honeymoon” translates to a Caribbean resort with white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, sun, spa and tropical drinks with a little umbrella decorating them. To others, it is a chance to take that one special theme vacation they couldn’t afford before and not sure they’ll be able to take later. We’re seeing more and more couples using their honeymoon to go climb mountains in Nepal, scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef or go skiing in the Alps. Going to Israel and spending your honeymoon there doesn’t usually come up in conversation, for various reasons.
However, we believe that Israel is a destination well worth looking into when you’re planning your honeymoon, as it can offer you a lot of different activities, climates and lots of fun – no matter what your budget is. The added bonus is the chance to visit a land so rich with history and legends that no matter where you go, there is a story to hear and an experience to share.
Israel is a very small country, about the size of New Jersey and smaller than Lake Michigan…but it has so much to offer any traveler and especially honeymooners, you wouldn’t believe it. Planning your Israel Honeymoon you need to consider the following:
Budget – whether youth hostels and B&B’s, through family resorts all the way to little trendy boutique hotels and 5 star chains, Israel has them all. If your budget is tight or you wish to experience the down to earth Israel you can have a lovely stay in comfortable and hospitable Kibbutz guest houses or privately owned B&B’s all around the country. If your budget permits it and you wish to relax at luxurious spa hotels you can choose one of the many world famous resorts and hotels or a boutique hotel. For absolute privacy and intimacy, Israel boasts numerous luxury cabins and bungalows for couples only (complete with amenities, hot tubs outdoors, pools and whatever you can dream of).
Type of vacation – are you a laid back couple looking to hang out by the pool or at the beach? Are you foodies who like to visit local farms, chef restaurants and wineries? Or are you extreme sports lovers who are looking forward to long hikes in nature, mountain climbing and other outdoors activities? Whatever it is you want to do (we recommend mixing and matching!) Israel has it all! Scuba diving in the red sea or the Mediterranean, Golf in Caesarea, Mountain Climbing in the Golan Heights or the Judea desert, Spa in the Dead Sea or any other high end luxury resort, Ski on Mount Hermon (in the winter), paragliding, yachting, nature trails and much more! All you need to do is choose!
Duration – How long are you planning to stay? Depending on the duration of your honeymoon you can choose your itinerary. A few options are going north to south covering all major attractions; Zig-Zag pattern all over the country; Choosing 2-3 major locations only and focusing on them. There are more options of course. Our recommendation is to plan a minimum stay of 10 days, preferably 2 weeks.
Destination combo – For honeymooners coming from locations very far away, such a trip usually involves long flights and jet lag. It may simply not be worth it just to visit one place if you’ve already made all this way. Israel is perfectly situated to allow you to plan your honeymoon around several locations. You can combine a Mediterranean cruise or use the short (and usually inexpensive) regular flights to combine your Israel Honeymoon with a visit to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
History, Tradition and Family roots – Israel has a lot to offer any couple of their honeymoon, but if you have Israeli or Jewish affinity, your honeymoon can mean a lot more to you than just a romantic getaway. Even if you don’t have any such affinity, but you like history and tradition and you are the type of travelers who are looking for the background story everywhere they go, Israel has a lot of that to give. If you want to plan your honeymoon around a specific family trail or a historical theme, Israel may be a natural choice. We do recommend, however, using a guide at least for the parts requiring more knowledge about the story and perhaps preparations ahead (looking for information and people before you arrive).
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