To save you the trouble of combing through our travel diary to note down our travel arrangements (as I’m sure you were planning to do), here’s our complete itinerary for our honeymoon in Israel.
A couple of things to mention:
(1) Pulling something like this together yourself is hard. The first flights that we looked at took us via London, included three legs and cost somewhere in the vicinity of $5k each. We ended up throwing ourselves at the feet of an amazing travel agent, and it was one-thousand-percent the better option. If that’s not your style, Lonely Planet has a guide to planning your trip to Israel that may come in handy.
(2) In my former life, throughout the planning of this honeymoon, I was a personal assistant at a corporate venture capital firm, which meant that most of my days involved planning the travel and diary logistics of two other people. About a week into planning, I came home in tears and declared once and for all that I Was Done. I was not going to spend 10-12 hours a day making travel arrangements for my bosses, and then come home to do more of the same… which meant that if the husband-to-be wanted to go on a honeymoon, he’d have to do the whole damn thing himself. And he did. Brides, I strongly recommend this course of action; it saved countless hours of arguments and heartache, and I can think of nothing better than getting through the stress of a wedding only to depart on a beautiful fully pre-paid honeymoon that you didn’t have to lift a finger to arrange. Find yourselves a groom that can do it all!
So, with those fun facts in mind, I present to you The Itinerary.
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Departing Brisbane 22 May 2017 at 12:55AM (Cabin Class: Economy)
Arriving Hong Kong International Airport 22 May 2017 at 7:35AM
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Departing Hong Kong International Airport 23 May 2017 at 1:00AM (Cabin Class: Economy)
Arriving Tel-Aviv Yafo Ben Gurion International Airport 23 May 2017 at 7:40AM
Our airfare was around $2,000 pp return, which is very reasonable. Flights to Israel can blow out exponentially, in terms of both cost and travel time; this is largely due to a moratorium on flights to Israel from Muslim countries (so, one could not catch a flight to Tel Aviv from anywhere in the UAE, for instance, even though that’s the most logical stop-over point when flying from Australia). These flights took us via Hong Kong, which was great, and both landed early in the morning local-time at each destination, which every traveller knows is a real coup. If you’re doing it yourself, you can find flights (and sort by cost and/or by flight time) at Skyscanner.
Accommodation: Hong Kong
Ovolo Noho Hotel
Check In: 22 May 2017
Check Out: 23 May 2017
At the strenuous recommendation of both sets of in-laws, we availed ourselves of the opportunity to rest and recuperate for the second leg of the journey in a hotel room during the 20-odd hours that we were in Hong Kong.
Accommodation: Tel-Aviv Yafo
The Diaghilev Live Art Boutique Hotel
Check In: 23 May 2017
Check Out: 27 May 2017
Day Tour: Old Jerusalem
Booked: 26 May 2017 (10 hours)
This was a very kind wedding gift from one branch of our family, a tour of Old Jerusalem round-trip from our accommodation in Tel Aviv. We saw the most sacred and historical sites of Jewish and Christian traditions, including the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Hall of the Last Supper, Tomb of King David, The Wailing Wall… (you can read a complete account in our travel diary here). If you’re after a great guide to everything to see and do in Jerusalem, this link will take you to an awesome offering from the folks at Lonely Planet.
Accommodation: Ein Gedi (Dead Sea)
Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel
Check In: 27 May 2017
Check Out: 29 May 2017
This was somewhat of a weekend beach-getaway, plonked into the middle of our honeymoon. We had planned to transfer on public transport, but there was a major flaw in that plan (see our travel diary for all of the hilarious details) – we ended up renting a car for three days to road trip it ourselves. Lonely Planet has a guide for this too!
Accommodation: Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Diaghilev Live Art Boutique Hotel
Check In: 29 May 2017
Check Out: 1 June 2017
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Departing Tel Aviv-Yafo Ben Gurion International Airport 1 June 2017 at 1:50PM (Cabin Class: Economy)
Arriving Hong Kong International Airport 2 June 2017 at 5:10AM
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Departing Hong Kong International Airport 2 June 2017 at 9:10AM (Cabin Class: Economy)
Arriving Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport 2 June 2017 at 8:10PM
And finally, it must be said that neither of us could have pulled this thing together and actually got it off the ground without the generous love and support of our wonderful families/in-laws, not to mention our ever-patient and brilliant travel agent. We are forever indebted to all of them!
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