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Israel’s kibbutzes are the world’s most successful communes, where the residents live and work in cooperation. There are 270 of them, the oldest dating back a century, and they present a glimpse of a way of life that few people outside the country have ever seen.
You can drive from the beach town of Eilat in the south, right up to the Upper Galilee in the north, staying in kibbutz inns and hotels.
Things to do
Many kibbutzes welcome guests who can stay for a few days and even join in with communal work, such as picking oranges or brewing wines that are exported around the world. Although the kibbutzes began as agricultural communities, and are still mostly located in rural areas, they are modern communities with schools, hi-tech factories and medical clinics. Some of the communities also have organised tours of local historical sites, with experts who live on the kibbutz and enjoy telling guests all about the history around them.
Their location means many are in some of the most beautiful parts of Israel, and they attract people who love nature – bird watchers are especially taken with the migrations that touch down in Israel and the kibbutes are perfectly placed to watch it happen. The fact that the country is so small – about the size of Wales – means it is easy to drive from place to place without tiring yourself.
If you want green, lush scenery and water around you, try visiting the kibbutzes of the Hula Valley in northern Israel which is a haven for birds. But if you want a dramatic landscape, the communities in the southern Negev desert will show you how they are making the desert bloom. You will be surrounded by the spirits of ancient people – not just Jewish, but also the Canaanites, Nabateans and Romans. Or for modern history, you can call in at Sde Boker, the kibbutz that was home to Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion.
7 night kibbutz on B&B basis
Kibbutz visits included (2 locations minimum)
Including small saloon car
from £490 per person
As above with no kibbutz visits
from £355 per person
We have combined the magical Dead Sea – one of the world’s great natural phenomena, with the warm waters of Eilat for a perfect Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday in Israel.
4 Nights Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday from £725.00 per person. Depart Luton on the 19th of November – 2 Nights at Herods Dead Sea Hotel on a room and breakfast basis and 2 Nights at Agamim Hotel in Eilat on a room and breakfast basis. Return flights are from Eilat Central via Tel Aviv to Luton. Car Hire; collect your car from Tel Aviv Airport on the 23rd of November – Hyundai Automatic or similar (sat nav optional) Drop off your car down town Eilat on the 21st of November. Other Dates or Longer durations available.
One of the fun parts about driving yourself is that you have the freedom to get off at various points along the journey. Once you leave Jerusalem about 25 minutes into your drive, you will get to sea-level, which is marked with a sign, and is a great photo opportunity.
When you arrive to Ein Bokek, the award-winning Herods Dead Sea hotel invites you to a luxurious, rejuvenating and majestic experience on the shores of the Dead Sea. Located on its own private beach, feel at one with the sublime landscape while enjoying pure tranquillity and pampering in the exclusive Herods Dead Sea Hotel.
The Herods Dead Sea Spa offers a variety of heated and health-promoting pools: a sweet water pool, sulphur pools, indoor heated pool with water from the Dead Sea and Jacuzzi pools as well as luxury spa facilities, therapeutic and leisure body treatments: Turkish bath-house, solarium facility, mud pack treatments – baths and facials, hydrotherapy and saunas (wet and dry).
After your 2 night’s relaxation by the Dead Sea, continue to drive down south, straight down to Eilat, which is a few hours further away.
Agamim Hotel is located in a quiet area of Eilat’s North Beach, a short distance from the resort’s promenades and beaches. The hotel features attractively furnished, air-conditioned rooms, all with private facilities including satellite TV, telephone, safe and private balconies overlooking the lagoon. All of the hotel’s wings are arranged in a U-shape around the main lagoon, and the public areas (the restaurant, reception desk, and so on) are concentrated in a separate area, so that guests enjoy complete privacy and a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere. The Agamim’s hospitality style is attentive, pampering and stress-free.
Agamim means ‘Lakes’, and, true to name, the Isrotel Agamim Eilat spreads out across spacious grounds; magnificent swimming pool and boasting a fresh, modern design in which natural materials reflect the colour and texture of the local landscape.
The Isrotel Agamim’s main feature is the one-of-a-kind swimming pool (heated in winter), lying at the centre of the property and including waterfalls, fountains and bridges. Its three streams run along the hotel’s guest wings, allowing guests staying in Deck rooms to enter the water from their terrace and swim into the central pool. There is also a children’s pool, a well-equipped fitness room (pay locally, minimum age 16) and wet & dry sauna, plus a spa (minimum age 16), specialising in unique health treatments, children’s club (minimum age 4 with adult supervision) with a wide range of games and a video games arcade.
Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Sun, Sea and Salt self-drive holiday to Israel and for further information.