Shabbat Shalom from Dubravnik, Croatia

We are so excited for Pesach 2019 at the Hotel Bellevue in Losinj, Croatia.

Chol Hamoed Pesach is a great time to explore the beautiful Old City of Dubrovnik.

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Here are our Top 5 Places to Visit in Dubrovnik:

Walls of Dubrovnik - walk the famous city walls. At the top, stop an appreciate the view of the old town and the shimmering Adriatic. 

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Dubrovnik Synagogue - daven Mincha at the oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use today.

Island of Lokrum - take the ferry from the city. Spend a few hours at the holiday home of Austrian Archduke Maximillian, on the island. Explore the monastery and botanical gardens from his era.

Stradun - stroll down the limestone paved main street of the Old Town, the historic part of Dubrovnik. Don’t miss the clock tower and star wars.

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Srđ - enjoy riding the cable car up the low mountains behind the walled city of Dubrovnik. At the top of the mountain, explore Fort Imperijal, built during the Napoleonic Wars, from 1806 to 1816.

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Sunday Spotlight: Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov

Over 3 million + people have proudly emigrated to the Jewish homeland over the last 70 years. What would you do if you were born in a country that did not allow you to leave?

 

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In 1970, 14 Jews desperately wanted to make Aliyah from the Soviet Union - and they figured out a creative solution.

Under the guise of a trip to a local wedding, members of the group bought all the tickets on a 12 seater plane.The plan - the groups pilot would fly the plane across the border.

 

This fascinating story about devoted and heroic Olim is the subject of Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, a daughter of one of the group's leaders, latest documentary, Operation Wedding.

 

Anat, thank you for screening your documentary, and facilitating a question/answer session, this past Chol Hamoed Pesach for Kosher Travelers staying at the Hacienda Forest View Hotel, Ramada Suites Netanya, and Nof Ginosar.

 

Kosher Travelers were blown away.

 

As we approach Yom Ha’atzmaut, comment below and tell us about olim that inspire you?

How to (Enjoy) Traveling With Kids

 

Last summer, you had a brilliant idea.

“Let’s travel to Israel with our entire family for Pesach.”

You could picture the awe on your teenager’s face as she davened for the first time by the Kotel, the Western Wall.

The shining face of your toddler as he experienced his first camel ride in the desert, dressed as Avraham Avinu.

The excitement your ten years old would soak up, as she walked through the Jerusalem Shuk Erev Shabbat.

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Book the tickets!

Kol Hakavod (that is what we say here in Israel)!

 

Congratulations, that was an awesome decision.  Traveling abroad creates a lifetime of memories for children as they familiarize themselves with new sights, fresh experiences, exotic foods and of course much-needed quality family time.

 

Nonetheless travel delays, together with jetlagged, bored, overtired and cranky children can make traveling with children a challenge.

 

Kosher Travelers are here to help!

 

Throughout our years as parents traveling with our own children and as professional travel operators, we have discovered the highs and lows of travel.

Insider tips for traveling with kids and enjoying it!

Here is what we learned as Kosher Travelers:

  1. Be Realistic

Traveling single or as a couple, is a completely different experience than traveling with small children and or a family.

Your kids will not think the 45-minute walk home from the Kotel, through the streets of Jerusalem is magical. (But we know it is 🙂 )

Keep in mind, that your ultimate goal is to create an enjoyable and stress-free experience for everyone.

2. Book Accommodations

 

Choose your accommodations wisely.

 

What are your priorities?

 

Location?

 

Size?

 

Comfort?

 

What are amenities at the hotel “must haves” for your family?

 

You will enjoy the free breakfasts, housekeeping service, and lobby. (no cleaning up and doing dishes for you)

 

Your kids will love free wifi, space to kick around a ball outside,  a pool, a game room and a kids club.

 

Hotels and their facilities make your family travel trip so much more enjoyable.

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3. I’m Bored - planning the perfect itinerary

Now, that you have secured your accommodations, begin planning your trip.

 

A good place to start your research is on the internet.

 

Different travel websites can help you structure the basics of your itinerary.

Plan Your Trip.

 

Once you have a basic itinerary planned, social media can be helpful.

 

You can ask for referrals, opinions, and questions on various social media travel groups.

 

The two groups we suggest are;

Love Love Israel: Tried and Tested and Travel the World With Your Kids.

4. Local Tour Guides

Local tour guides have vast experience in helping tourists plan itineraries. They can help you personalize your schedule meeting your specific needs.

 

5. The Free Stuff

Many things to see and enjoy are absolutely free. See a street fair, concert, or cultural event.

 

Catch a magnificent sunset, take a walk or bike ride, play in the park, swim at the beach or lake, climb a mountain.

 

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6. Empower Your Kids

Get your kids involved! Encourage your kids ages five and older to participate in the planning.

 

Practice speaking Hebrew with them.

 

Do they know how to count? Echad, Shtayim, Shalosh

 

How to say “Please and Thank you”? Bevakasha and Todah

 

And “where is the bathroom?” Eifhoh Hashirutim?

 

7. What’s In Your Bag

 

There is a limit to what you can pack. Using a list will help you avoid overweight charges and heavy uncomfortable luggage.

8. Emergency Plan

Before traveling, set up a family emergency plan.

In case a child gets lost, some families have found it helpful to add a GPS app to their smartphones (Live360).

9.  Pictures

We love the idea of buying kids a journal and a (cheap) digital camera or their smartphones.

If you are on Instagram - Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #WeTravelKosher.

Then once at home and everyone is well rested, create a digital album or scrapbook.

10. Meet the Locals

The local park is a perfect open space for your kids to run around.

As a bonus, you can meet local parents that can help tweak your itinerary or at least point you in the direction of a kid-friendly restaurant.

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Enjoy!

Last summer, you made an awesome decision.

 

You are embarking on an unbelievable adventure.

 

Traveling with your children creates lasting memories for your entire family.

 

 

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WISHING YOU AN YOUR FAMILY A CHAG KASHER V’SAMEACH!

Share your travel adventures with us! #wetravelkosher

 

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Shabbat Shalom from Nof Ginosar Hotel

Shabbat Shalom from Nof Ginosar
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Chol Hamoed Tiyulim

For those that are planning Chol Hamoed "tiyulim" make sure to include the Majrasa.

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The Majrasa is a fantastic water hike located off route 92. A bit of a challenge as walking through the river is a bit rocky. Don't forget your bathing suit and "floaties" for the kids as there are parts along the way for swimming.
 
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What is your favorite hike by the Kineret?

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Or you can always stay back and enjoy the amazing amenities at the Nof Ginosar Hotel.
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Tuesday Travel Tips: Croatia

Have you ever traveled to Croatia?

Some Kosher Travelers will be headed for Pesach to the Bellevue – one of Croatia’s most luxurious hotels.

Travel Tips: Croatia

After being treated to a Glatt Kosher LeMehadrin gastronomic experience by the culinary genius Chef Avi Steinmetz. – under the supervision of Rabbi Nahmia Rotenberg shlit’a – Vienna.

Our Kosher Travelers often spend their days as tourists in Croatia.

Here are some of our favorite destinations.

1. Old City Tours

Thanks to the preservation of history, unique lifestyle and impressive museum, a tourist hotspot is the island’s ancient villages.

2. Jeep Tours

Challenging and especially fun Jeep trips from mountaintops 598m above sea level, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Losinj and other islands’ landscapes.

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3. Day Trip to Venice

Venice – one of the world’s most popular tourist destination, built on wooden foundations constructed on 118 islands, interconnected with 400 bridges.

About 170 water canals pass through the islands, leading to sailing being the primary method of transportation in the city, making the visit an experiential and unique one!

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4. A tour of Croatian Islands

Tours in the spectacular islands of the area – we will visit ancient villages, including “Candrija Linadrik”, the picturesque fishing village “Valon”, the island “Cres” which offers a historical experience in the ancient city and a unique shopping experience!

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5. Trips in Nature

An afternoon on the Losinj Island offers a magical tour of nature.

Groups and individuals enjoy attractions including water sports, cruises, hikes, a flight in the island’s skies and more.

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Whatever You Decide

Travel to the best sites on the island and surrounding areas.

Swim laps in the outdoor or indoor pool.

Be inspired by shiurim.

Play sports.

Entertained by evening performances.

Enjoy Your Trip

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Tuesday Travel Tips

Dear Kosher Travelers,

We are coming for Pesach to the Ramada Suites Hotel. Can you suggest an afternoon activity that our whole family will enjoy?

Sincerely, 

Organized Traveler

Dear Organized Traveler,

We are so happy that you will be joining us for Pesach this year.

It is impressive that you are planning your trip in advance. many things in Israel need to be booked early.

Everyone is raving about the Planetanya - 168 Ben Gurion Boulevard.

Chol Hamoed Trip to Planetanya

Open from 10:00-19:00, visitors can learn about space, gravity, and forces in the interactive “child-friendly” atmosphere. The presentation features kid volunteers in the various experiments and demonstrations.

Your kids will love building airplanes and gliders in the aerodynamics workshop.

Afterwards, your kids can run around in the science garden.

Also included in the price of admission is a movie in the planetarium about the universe, stars, galaxies, the planets in our solar system.

Currently, the program is in Hebrew but many of the employees speak English.

We highly advise you book early.

Looking forward to greeting you at the Ramada Suites Hotel in Netanya.

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Pesach Hotel Review

Pesach in Israel with Eddie's Kosher Travel

Pesach in Israel with Eddie's Kosher Travel

We're used to getting rave reviews of our Pesach programs but were especially touched by this comment we came across on a community list. Shoutout to Vered Klein - it's always a pleasure! (more…)

Pesach at the Hacienda Forestview in the Galilee

Pesach 2013 in Israel

Pesach with Eddie's Kosher Travel in Israel

Pesach with Eddie's Kosher Travel at the Hacienda Forestview in the Galilee - just one of our laid-back, luxurious locations for your family

Details at [koshertravelers.lmdev.co.uk]

Scholars in Residence at Our Pesach Hotels

Rabbi James Kennard

Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel

Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth

Rabbanit Penina Neuwirth

Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz MK

Rabbi David Gottlieb

Special guest Jamie Geller

We have some of the most enjoyable scholars in residence around...see who's joining us this Pesach at our Israel hotels: koshertravelers.lmdev.co.uk.

Pesach 2012 Diary

Seder at Eddie's Kosher Travel

Seder at Eddie's Kosher Travel

EDDIE’S KOSHER TRAVEL & INTERNATIONAL YOUNG ISRAEL MOVEMENT (IYIM) at LEONARDO PLAZA, TIBERIAS

By: Yael Ehrenpreis Meyer

Friday, Erev Pesach, 1:00 pm: We pulled up in front of the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Tiberias with just under six hours till Yom Tov. We tumbled out of the car to be greeted by our hosts, Australian olim Chana & David Walles, and – to the delight of our three-year-old daughter – by two welcoming “Pharaohs.” In true Eddie’s Travel style, the system was so organized that it was only a matter of minutes before our check-in was complete, our baggage delivered to our room – and we on our way to the dining room for our festive welcome lunch. This was definitely the kind of erev Yom Tov I could get used to…

Leil Haseder, 8:00 pm: As if a magic wand had been waved, our five hundred too-hot-and-tired fellow travelers, from Melbourne, Miami, and Modiin, as well as London, LA, New York and Jerusalem, had been transformed in a matter of hours into Pesach princes and princesses, complete with (more…)

7 TIPS FOR THE KOSHER TRAVELER

Travelers have all sorts of specialty needs that have been ignored in the past but are now served by the travel industry. Here, David Walles, CEO of Israel-based Eddie’s Travel, shares tips for the Kosher Traveler.
In years past, the options for the kosher observant traveler were severely limited. While one could always pack up cans of tuna or jars of peanut butter and have their choice of destinations, if you were a truly discerning traveler who wanted to enjoy top-quality cuisine, you had to stay well within the beaten track. Today, things are very different largely due to a developing sector of the traveler industry that is finding innovative ways to cater to kosher-observant travelers. You now have choices off the beaten track. The Far East, luxury cruises, heritage tours around Europe and other parts of the world are now being offered with fully catered kosher options.
Here are seven tips to make your Kosher travel great.
  1. Research is critical. The last thing you want is to get off the plane and be stuck with a sub-par travel program. Inthe non-kosher world, you can often switch to another program. With kosher travel that option might not exist.Research your travel choices carefully.
  2. Plan around the weekends. Many kosher travelers are also Sabbath observers so be sure your weekends are in places with Jewish communities (Chabad House)
  3. Pack for the road. If your comfort foods are from the kosher section of your hometown supermarket or are just harder to find products, then make sure to have a good inventory in stock before you depart.
  4. Be prepared to improvise. Finding Kosher food can sometimes require thinking out of the box. Call the local synagogue to find out what generic kosher food is available at a local supermarket and what hotels and restaurants serve Kosher food.
  5. Be prepared to pay a little more. High-level kosher touring options come at a slight premium.
  6. Get the support of travel specialists. Specialized companies can help you design an itinerary and provide you with the resources you need to “go kosher” as a solo traveler or in small groups.
  7. Check out Israel,“the kosher capital of the world”! It features every type of kosher cuisine you could want and it’s an amazing tourist destination with history, natural beauty and attractions throughout the country. Israel should be at the top of the list of any serious kosher traveler.

2010 Summer Cruising Takes Kosher Travel to a Whole New Level

Wide Variety of Locations, Entertainment and Culinary Experiences Promises the Complete Vacation

(JERUSALEM- May 8, 2010) Responding to the ever-increasing interest in top-quality kosher cruising, kosher travel operator Eddie’s Travel  (koshertravelers.lmdev.co.uk) has announced five kosher cruises scheduled for the summer of 2010. To be produced in cooperation with Kosherica, the leading organizer of kosher cruises since 1995, the 2010 line of offerings includes cruises headed for the Mediteranean, Alaska, the Baltics and Canada New England.

Each cruise will combine an exciting line-up of entertainers from the world of Jewish music with distinguished scholars in residence from Israel and the United States. The programs will be hosted on ultra-modern luxury cruise
liners from the top names in the industry including Celebrity, Holland American and Costa.
“The world of kosher cruising has witnessed a dramatic surge in recent years to become a vacation of choice for kosher-observant families and individuals from all over the world,” said David Walles, CEO of Israel-based Eddie’s Travel. “Our goal in designing the summer lineup is to present a variety of destinations and entertainment options to allow even more people to discover what sets kosher cruising apart.”

With food being one of the foremost criteria for what makes a vacation truly memorable, Eddie’s Travel has enlisted the services of one of Israel’s top chefs to supervise all on-board catering operations. Chef Arik Porat, Executive Chef at the five-star Dan Accadia Hotel in Herzliya supervises a large staff of talented culinary artists to prepare awardwinning meals cooked to top kosher standards. “We see our cruises as an occasion to show off how kosher food and wine can be truly extraordinary and we make every effort to ensure that the meals are ones that our guests will never forget,” Porat said.
Entertainment comes in a variety of forms, including music and lectures and the summer cruise season will attract some of Jewish world’s biggest names. Leaving from Copenhagen, Denmark, the August 8th seven day cruise to the Baltics will visit the picturesque ports of Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Guests will be inspired by Scholar in Residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of the City of Efrat and founding Rabbi of the Lincoln Square Synagogue and moved by the melodies of Cantor Yaakov Motzen.
While at port, the tour operators make sure to design day-trips that respond to the specific interests of their travelers including programs on Jewish  heritage along with general interest. “The name of the game in cruising is to make it a comprehensive vacation where every possible taste and interest is being responded to without having to unpack the luggage each day,” says Walles. “In so doing, we’ve created a travel product that has customers heading home feeling truly rewarded, relaxed and happy with their vacation investment.”
To find out more about the 2010 Summer Cruises and future kosher cruise and travel options, visit koshertravelers.lmdev.co.uk

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