EUROVISION 2019 is coming to TEL AVIV!
After Netta's amazing victory at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, the music festival is coming to Israel for the third time!
OUTstanding Travel has put together a fabulous program highlighting the best of Tel Aviv and Israel in honor of the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest .
Join thousands of tourists in celebration of Europe's hottest and gayest event of the year. Pack your sunglasses and bathing suit to soak up the mediterranean spice - Tel Aviv style.
OUTstanding Travel has worked hard to bring you the best of Tel Aviv... we hope you join us!
Our suggested program is below, however, feel free to contact us for questions or bespoke itineraries.
DAY 1: SUNDAY - may 12th - Tel Aviv
Shalom and welcome to Israel
Upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, you will be greeted by an OUTstanding Travel representative who will assist you with your baggage and will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival at your hotel walk the streets of Tel Aviv and soak up the vibes of one of the hippest cities on Earth. Embrace the gay vibrancy and pride, a paradise of golden beaches, world-class nightlife, culture and cuisine. Head over to the Charles Clore Park by the sea - the Eurovision village and enjoy all that the show has to offer.
DAY 2: MONDAY - may 13th - Jerusalem
Boker Tov (Good morning)!
Start your day with a delicious Israeli breakfast at your hotel before joining other OUTstanding visitors on our tour to Jerusalem - the eternal capital of Israel... a short 50 minutes from Tel Aviv.
Start with Mishkenot Sha’ananim (in Hebrew- Peaceful Habitation) and ‘Yemin Moshe’– the groundbreaking, first Jewish neighborhoods to be built outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, on a hill directly across from Mount Zion.
‘Yemin Moshe’ neighborhood, named after Moshe Montefiore, was abandoned during the Independence War. However, after the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, the neighborhood became a home to academics, writers and artists.
The iconic, famous windmill, still standing in Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood today was the first factory established outside of the old city walls. Montefiore founded the mill to provide cheap flour to the neighborhoods population.
Today these neighborhoods are home to galleries, restaurants, cafes, and the Jerusalem Music Center.
Continue to Mount Zion and visit King David's tomb, the Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey before entering the Old City via the Zion Gate towards the Jewish Quarter. Together we will tour the recently excavated and restored Roman Cardo, once the ancient Roman road at the heart of the city.
Just as in biblical times, our route will lead us to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site and the last remnant of the Second Temple. Finally, we will make our way to the Christian Quarter and walk along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as we join pilgrims from around the world, revering the Tomb of Jesus Christ.
As the sun sets on the hills of Judea, we will make our way back to the white city of Tel Aviv... take a nap on the bus you wont want to miss a night out in the city that never sleeps.
DAY 3: TUESDAY - may 14th - Tel Aviv -
Eurovision 2019 - First Semi Final
After breakfast, start the day with a tour of the White City guided by our OUTstanding tour guide. Check out the most free and vibrant gay culture of the Middle East and experience Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv’s iconic street filled with people, cafes and bars. Located in the heart of the White City of Tel Aviv, Rothschild Boulevard is a commercial center, with major financial institutions lining the street, the National Theater, which includes the philharmonic and concert hall of Tel Aviv, and a culinary center, with tens of top restaurants. Visit the lovely Neve Tzedek, the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv, built in 1887, and the historical sites of the Old City of Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world. Soak up its ancient atmosphere and walk along the famous Artist's Quarter. No better way to get to know Tel Aviv than to walk it yourself!
Spend some time relaxing at hotel before getting ready for the first Semi Finales of Eurovision.
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY - may15th – Masada & the Dead Sea
After breakfast head to the bus as today we will be visiting the lowest point on earth and the worlds largest natural spa - the Dead Sea and Masada.
Plunge south to the lowest point on earth and ascend by cable car to the legendary mountain top, where lays the fortress of Masada. Overlooking the biblical Moab Mountains, Masada was built in year 30 BC by King Herod. In middle of the desert, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride.
Continue to Ein Bokek - Dead Sea Resort to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying the buoyant therapeutic waters and world famous rejuvenating mud of this mineral-rich sea, the largest all natural spa in the world, on a private beach provided solely for the tour bus group. In the evening, return to Tel Aviv with the bus to have another unforgettable night of fun.
DAY 5: THURSDAY - may 16th – Tel Aviv -
Eurovision 2019 - Second Semi Final
Today is for you - spend the day soaking up the Israeli heat.
Following breakfast, hit up the wonderful Hilton Gay Beach or visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum, one of the city's cultural centers. Take a stroll to Tel Aviv’s port area, and stop by one of its trendy restaurants or coffee shops to relax and have lunch, and peruse around the many stores in the area.
Also worth visiting is the newly renovated Sharona Market, a complex of unique restaurants, food stands, and shops, located in the old German colony of Tel Aviv.
Enjoy the exciting Eurovision second Semi Final taking place tonight!
If not at the venue itself, join thousands of locals at Charles Clore park, the Eurovision village for a simulcast viewing of the contest.
DAY 6: FRIDAY - may 17th - Tel Aviv
Enjoy the morning for yourself. Eat, Relax, soak up the Tel Aviv sun and feel the special atmosphere of the Israeli Friday. We suggest putting on your swimwear and hitting Hilton gay beach or visit the art and craft fair of Nachalat Binyamin or the Carmel Market.
Night time - Party time!
Enjoy the amazing gay nightlife of Tel Aviv!
DAY 7: SATURDAY - MAY 18th - Tel Aviv -
Eurovision 2019 - Grand Final
A day to relax and recover. Make the most of your stay in Tel Aviv. Spend the day lounging at the Hilton Gay Beach or visiting the Tel Aviv port and gather your strength for the tip top high of this week- Grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest!
DAY 8: SUNDAY - may 19th – Departure Day
Following breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight back home, taking with you everlasting fond memories of your Tel Avivian Eurovision Week!
Goodbye and Le’Hitraot (till we see you again)!
RATES & INFO:
* Find below the different hotel catagories and rates
Our rates include:
•7 overnights hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
•Greet and assist at the airport by an OUTstanding Travel Representative
•Private taxi transfer from Ben Gurion Airport to the hotel in Tel Aviv
•Walking tour of Tel Aviv & Jaffa with a certified tour guide (May 14th)
•Two day trips with OUTstanding Travel Gay Bus: Jerusalem (May 13th) and Masada & the Dead Sea (May 15th) incl. lunch, certified tour guide and sites entrance fees
•Party pass to one main Eurovision party
•Private taxi transfer from the hotel in Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion AirportOur rates exclude:
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Meals throughout the entire tour other than mentioned
• Spa Treatments at the Dead Sea
• Tips to driver, guide and restaurant staff
• Any other item not mentioned aboveCancellation Policy:
•Up to 29 days prior to arrival date: 15% from the total services
•28 – 21 days before arrival date: 30% from the total services
•20 – 14 days before arrival date: 50% from the total services
•13 – 7 days before arrival date: 80% from the total services
•Less than 7 days before arrival date: 100% from the total ServicesPayment:
It is our company policy to receive a 30% deposit upon booking, and full payment 4 weeks prior to arrival.