Days 1 & 2 – Orlando to Tel Aviv – Feb 15 & 16 Monday and Tuesday:
The departure day finally came for our Israel tour! From Jacksonville, Michigan, DeLand, Deltona, Hilliard, Lake Mary our excited travelers for our international overnight flight through JFK Airport to Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s about 2 ½ hours from MCO to JFK and then 10 hours non-stop to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Arriving in the late afternoon – it was good to be back on the ground.
Sun and 70 degree temperatures awaited us. After processing through Passport Control, we gathered our luggage before walking to our tour bus. We were greeted by our guide Opher, and driver Abraham. Loading up the bus, we drove past Jaffa along the Med Sea coastline. We drove north through the Tel Aviv traffic to our first night’s hotel in Netanya. We checked in and enjoyed dinner together. Following, almost the whole group walked to the downtown area of Netanya as well as to the beach to dip their toes in the cool Mediterranean Sea. Great ending to a travel day. We are all looking forward to our first full day here in Israel tomorrow.