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C.T.O – Israel Tours and Travel travel guide

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C.T.O – Israel Tours and Travel

C.T.O – Israel Tours and Travel

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Nice to meet you. We are CTO, Consolidated Tour Operators, celebrating over 50 years since being established in 1969.

Lots of water has passed through the River Jordan since that winter morning in which 4 British and a Frenchman boarded what later became known as the first Highlights Tour of Israel ever.

Our aim was – and still is – to offer everybody an opportunity to take part in a comprehensive group tour within an affordable budget. Our love of Israel has led us – through the years – to create tours showing the best of Israel from north to south, as well as the Middle East, especially Jordan & Egypt. We built the tours in order to let you enjoy your journey knowing that all is being taking care of for you.

From your arrival until your departure, we look after all your land arrangements. Our representative will meet and assist you right after passport control; the tour guide will meet you the next morning at your hotel and escort you to the A/C touring vehicle to start your wonderful experience throughout the country. All the sites visits are pre-arranged, and the only action you need to take is to reach for your camera.

In Israel we offer our tours in various languages such as English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese. For Jordan the regular tours are in English and Spanish and in Egypt the regular tours are in English.

Other than the tours, we are able to provide you with any tourism services you might need; hotel accommodations, private tours etc. As a wholesaler company CTO can guarantee competitive rates with a friendly personal service.

The founder of the company Mr. Moshe Eshed (pictured above with a group at Mount Zion in Jerusalem in 1969) was one of the foundations of the tourism industry in Israel as well as former World President of the International Association of Tour Managers. Today the company is managed by Mr. Noam Eshed – a director of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association – who shares the family love of Israel and passion for travel, together with a skilled staff. We are happy to have in our staff a great combination of Israel’s top tour guides, knowledgeable tour operators & experienced drivers available at your service. Our staff is here to do its utmost to make sure you will have a lifetime experience in the land of creation.

Designed to bring together the vision of the Israeli State founders, the tour is great for families who seek the perfect holiday vacation and still create a link to their roots. An excellent opportunity for second-time visitors to experience different highlights.

The perfect choice for seeing the major sites and highlights of Israel. Visiting Jerusalem’s Old and New City, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Safed, Golan Heights, Haifa, Acre, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Masada & Dead Sea.

Experience the major sites of Israel, visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Golan Heights, Haifa, Acre, Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Masada & Dead Sea and more. Extend your tour to Jordan with a visit to the “rose red city, half as old as time” – Petra, to marvel at the ancient Nabatean city.

Visiting Israel is not just a sightseeing tour; it is also an enlightening experience. Walking where Jesus walked and lived, visitors return with a deep appreciation of the bible. Visit historical treasures and stroll through unique sites and panoramas. For a blend of traditions and religion, this tour offers a deep, spiritual experience.

1,2,3 & 4 Day tours from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Eilat
CTO give you the option to visit Jordan on either a 3 or 4 day tour, which can be booked as an extension to your Israel tour, or just a tour to Jordan. Visiting: Jerash – City of the Decapolis, known in Biblical times as the Pompeii of the Middle East. Amman – capital of the Hashemite Kingdom and the largest city in the country. Mount Nebo – with its breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to see the Holy Land from where Moses stood. Madaba – to see the famous 6th century ancient Holy Land Map. Shobak – the crusader castle. Petra – with a horseback ride to the “Siq” (Canyon), the Treasury (El Khazneh), the field of tombs, obelisks, the altar, amphitheatre and much more at this stunning new 7 wonders of the world site. We also offer 1 or 2 day tours to Petra from Eilat or including flights from Tel Aviv.

Classic Cairo Tours & Nile Cruises
Also available as an extension to tours in Israel or as a stand-alone tour, is a city break to Cairo or a combined Cairo & Nile Cruise tour. In Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili bazaar and The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities are amongst the landmarks not to be missed offering an unforgettable experience, filled with history, culture and amazing sights and sounds. Few holidays offer the mystery or fascination of a Nile Cruise. Many of Egypt’s iconic sites are located near the majestic Nile – and you can explore most of them on a Nile Cruise. Spend the day discovering the enthralling tombs, temples and artifacts left behind by the Pharoahs and in the evening relax in style on board a luxurious cruise boat. Combine a Cairo visit with the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.


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Explore Herzliya – the Perfect Vacation Destination in Israel

Explore Herzliya – the Perfect Vacation Destination in Israel

Travelers looking for interesting destinations in Israel Are you looking to add a unique destination to your travel bucket list? If so, then Herzliya, Israel should be at the top of your list! Located on the Mediterranean coast, Herzliya is a vibrant city with plenty of things to do. From its stunning beaches to its lively nightlife, there’s something for everyone in this incredible destination. Let's explore what makes Herzliya such an amazing place to visit. Beaches and Water Activities One of the best parts about visiting Herzliya is that it’s located right on the Mediterranean Sea. This means that visitors can enjoy a variety of beach-related activities while they’re there. Whether you want to take a dip in the sea or sunbathe on the sand, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so here. Additionally, visitors can try surfing, there is a surf club near the Dan Hotel. Cultural Experiences Herzliya has a long history, and this rich culture is still alive and well today. Visitors can explore local museums or take part in traditional cultural experiences. Nightlife and Shopping: Herzliya has no shortage of exciting nightlife spots; from bars and clubs to live music venues there is something for everyone here! For those who prefer a more relaxed evening out, shops are open late as well so visitors can pick up some souvenirs before heading home. There are also plenty of restaurants some of them are the best in Israel, you may try LOLA MARTIN, BISTRO 56, 4SEA kitchen & sushi bar and others! Last time we had a night out at the Publica hotel and had some salads and Fish and Chips and amazing cocktails. Rent A Yacht You can rent a yacht for a cruiset from the Herzliya Marina, accompanied by a professional skipper and on luxurious yachts. With its stunning beaches, cultural experiences, and vibrant nightlife scene, Herzliya offers something for everyone! Whether you're looking for an adventure or just some rest and relaxation by the Mediterranean Sea - this charming city won't disappoint. So why not book your vacation today? With all that it has to offer - we promise you won't regret it!

Poets' Perspectives: Exploring Israel's Landscapes and Culture Through Their Eyes

Poets' Perspectives: Exploring Israel's Landscapes and Culture Through Their Eyes

Israel has a rich history and culture, which has inspired many famous poets to visit the country and write about their experiences. From the bustling city of Tel Aviv to the ancient city of Jerusalem, poets have been drawn to the many unique and inspiring places that Israel has to offer. One such poet was Yehuda Amichai, who is considered one of Israel's greatest poets. Amichai was born in Germany but moved to Israel as a child, and his poetry reflects the unique blend of cultures that make up Israeli society. Amichai loved to write about the landscapes of Israel, from the deserts of the Negev to the hills of Galilee. He was particularly fond of the city of Jerusalem, where he lived for many years, and his poetry often explores the complex and sometimes conflicted relationship between Jews and Arabs in the city. Another famous poet who visited Israel was Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg was part of the Beat Generation, a group of writers and artists who rejected traditional values and celebrated nonconformity and spontaneity. Ginsberg visited Israel in the 1960s, and his poetry reflects the energy and excitement of the time. He loved the vibrant nightlife of Tel Aviv and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city, which he described as "a kind of New York on the Mediterranean." Pablo Neruda was another famous poet who visited Israel, and his poetry reflects the political and social issues of the time. Neruda was a committed Marxist, and he was inspired by the struggle of the Israeli people against British colonialism and the Zionist movement. He visited Israel in the 1950s and wrote several poems about the country, including "I'm Explaining a Few Things," which is a powerful indictment of the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Robert Frost was also drawn to the landscapes of Israel, and he wrote several poems about the country during his visit in the 1950s. Frost was particularly taken with the biblical history of the region, and his poetry reflects the sense of awe and wonder that he felt when he visited sites like the Western Wall and the Sea of Galilee. Finally, Robert Pinsky visited Israel in 2012 as part of the "Walt Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" project, which explored the connections between Whitman's poetry and contemporary Israeli culture. Pinsky was struck by the vibrancy and diversity of Israeli society, and he wrote several poems that celebrate the people and landscapes of the country. In conclusion, the poets who have visited Israel have been drawn to the many unique and inspiring places that the country has to offer. From the ancient history of Jerusalem to the vibrant energy of Tel Aviv, Israel has inspired some of the world's greatest poets to write about their experiences and capture the essence of this fascinating and complex country.

Israeli Luxurious Holiday Villas - The Ultimate Vacation Experience

Israeli Luxurious Holiday Villas - The Ultimate Vacation Experience

Holiday villas have revolutionized the way people vacation, offering a unique and luxurious experience that can't be matched by traditional hotel stays. With spacious and private accommodations, a holiday villa is a perfect choice for families, friends, or couples seeking a different kind of vacation. One of the main benefits of a holiday villa is the privacy it offers. Unlike a hotel, where guests may have to share common areas with strangers, a villa offers the ultimate in privacy, allowing guests to enjoy their vacation without any distractions. A villa typically includes multiple bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a large living area and fully-equipped kitchen. This means guests can spend time together in communal spaces while also having the option to retreat to their own private space for some alone time. Another great feature of holiday villas is the added amenities they provide. Many villas come with a private pool, allowing guests to relax and soak up the sun without having to share space with others. Some villas even offer game tables, allowing guests to play games like pool or table tennis while enjoying the privacy of their own villa. These added amenities make for a truly unique and memorable vacation experience. Holiday villas are also a great option for those looking to celebrate special occasions with friends or family. Whether it's a bachelor or bachelorette party, a birthday celebration, or a family reunion, a holiday villa offers the perfect setting for a memorable and intimate gathering. Of course, one of the main advantages of a holiday villa is the flexibility it offers. Guests can cook their own meals, allowing them to save money and enjoy home-cooked meals. This is particularly advantageous for those with dietary restrictions or for families with young children who may be picky eaters. Having a fully-equipped kitchen also means guests can enjoy the flexibility of eating meals at their own convenience. In conclusion, a holiday villa vacation offers a unique and luxurious experience for those looking for something different from a traditional hotel stay. With added privacy, amenities, and flexibility, a holiday villa is a great option for families, friends, and couples looking to enjoy a vacation together without the distractions and noise of a large hotel.

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