After Netta's amazing victory at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, the music festival is coming to Israel for the third time! Happy Gay Travel & 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.
The host city of Eurovision 2019 has been officially confirmed as Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel with a population of 445,000, and is a major center of culture and entertainment and the Gay capital of Israel. Tel-Aviv is quickly making a name for itself as one of the top Gay destinations in the world. Every year around 2.5 million international tourists visit Tel Aviv, ranked the fifth-most-visited city in the Middle East & Africa. The beaches of Tel Aviv are often ranked as some of the best beaches in the world.
Tel Aviv is called "The city that never sleeps", because of its active nightlife, with a huge variety of nightclubs and bars, many of them LGBT friendly. Tel Aviv is often ranked as one of the top LGBT destinations in the world. Avoid the hassles of limited vacancies and sold out soirees. Book your Eurovision 2019 Week with us and experience Eurovision & Gay Israel the right way.
Our suggested program is below, however, feel free to contact us for questions or bespoke itineraries.
Day 1 - Sunday, May 12, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
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 13, 2019
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 14, 2019
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 Finale of Eurovision.
Day 4 - Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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 16, 2019
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 17, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel
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 18, 2019
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 19, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel / Departure
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)!
Below you may choose from 8 different hotel & rate options (For Deluxe Hotel Options, please check Eurovision Israel 2019 Deluxe Gay Tour Package page.)
Each package includes: • 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 Jerusalem (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 Airport
Leonardo City Tower Hotel, Tel Aviv
Newly renovated, the design hotel Leonardo City Tower Hotel Tel Aviv welcomes you with an outstanding level of modern comfort in a prime location just 10 min from the wonderful Tel Aviv beach right in the heart of the diamond exchange district in Ramat Gan. The design hotel, as one of the closest hotels to the international airport Ben Gurion with excellent connections to the public transport, is the perfect resort for business and leisure travellers alike.
The premier gourmet restaurant spoils with a fantastic cuisine and is suitable for all kinds of events.
167 beautiful rooms with an amazing design,free Wifi, an outdoor pool and a spacious fitness as well as Spa awaits you. An exclusive business lounge and seven modern meeting rooms for events and conferences are at your disposal.
The Leonardo City Tower Hotel Tel Aviv is the perfect starting point to explore the attractive city of Tel Avivwith its famous attractions, cultural highlights and breathtaking beaches. The quick access to Tel Aviv’s highways allows exciting excursion and discovery tours into the surrounding area.
Double Occupancy, Standard Room: $1,745 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Standard Room: $3,070 USD
The Savoy Tel-Aviv Sea Side Hotel, Tel Aviv
Savoy Sea Side Hotel is just 100 m from Jerusalem Beach in the center of Tel Aviv. It offers ultra-modern rooms with wood floors, LCD TV and private balcony.
Hotel Savoy Sea Side is surrounded by some of Tel Aviv's best restaurants and is a few steps from the seafront promenade. Carmel Market is a 5-minute walk away.
The rooftop sundeck is a great place to get together for happy hour drinks, or get some work done in the adjoining rooftop lounge.
Each room comes with a Smart Panel where you can connect your computer, iPod or video camera and use the LCD screen as a monitor.
This Boutique Hotel features a minimalist design throughout. It includes a business lounge, meeting rooms, and 24-hour reception.
Double Occupancy, Standard Room: $1,710 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Standard Room: $3,000 USD
The Vera Hotel, Tel Aviv
The Vera Hotel is a 39-room boutique property offering guests a locavore Tel Aviv hospitality experience with artisanal amenities by local purveyors, plush rooms, a buzzing bar, spa, rooftop sundeck, hyperlocal concierge and personalised service for business, solo and leisure lifestyle focused travelers arriving in the nonstop city on the Mediterranean.
The Vera Hotel is well located in the Tel Aviv City-Center of Tel Aviv, 600 m from Independence Hall Museum. Built in 2017, the property is within 0.7 mi of Nachalat Benyamin Crafts Fair.
The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, while some rooms also offer a terrace and others also have city views. The units feature a desk.
The accommodations provides an ironing service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English and Hebrew.
Double Occupancy, Classic Room: $1,655 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Classic Room: $2,895 USD
BY14 TLV Hotel, Tel Aviv
Located in the heart of the city and just minutes from the beach, BY14 TLV is inspired by the Tel Aviv's unique urban Mediterranean atmosphere.
BY14 TLV Hotel is also a short walk from many of the city's attractions, including the colorful Carmel Market, Diezengoff Square, and Sheinkein Street with its many lively cafés and restaurants.
Featuring a sun terrace, a free gym, and free bike rental, BY14 TLV Hotel offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. Tel Aviv's beach is 350 m away.
BY14 is inspired by city life. Answer emails, grab some homemade ice-tea and chat with other guests in our stylish lobby, while upbeat music plays in the background. Or relax in your room and revel in its unique ambiance before a night on the town. You're in a good place – and among friends.
Rooms here all include an LCD TV, mini-bar, and hardwood floors.The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer.
An extensive sweet and savory breakfast is served daily in the BY14 TLV Hotel's café. A bar with lounge is also available.
Double Occupancy, Standard Room: $1,620 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Standard Room: $2,825 USD
NYX Tel Aviv Hotel, Tel Aviv
NYX Tel Aviv offers hip and stylish accommodations just minutes from bustling Rothschild Boulevard and mere steps away from the vibrant Tel Aviv nightlife. Featuring an on-site restaurant, chic cocktail bar and a host of surprises, the inimitable hotel promises a stay unlike any other.
Combining bold architecture, contemporary décor and a funky vibe, the hotel features casual, well-appointed guestrooms and suites, each with state-of-the-art amenities. Cozy up with plush furnishings, IPTV and, if you choose, your four-legged friend who is more than welcome to stay over at the NYX Tel Aviv. Explore the hotel and discover a business lounge, fitness center with Technogym equipment, and inviting lobby.
Typical hotel amenities are just the tip of the iceberg at NYX Tel Aviv. Guests can expect an out of the ordinary stay thanks to a diverse mix of unlikely features. From a traditional barbershop and retro arcade machines to an all-day DJ and visiting tattoo artist, surprises are waiting around every corner. The hotel’s stairways are decorated with original street art, with each floor featuring a unique, eye-opening design. Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the deluxe vending machines, stocked with all manner of items (snacks, drinks, condoms, gadgets, and more), situated on each floor of the hotel.
Double Occupancy, Superior Room: $1,600 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Superior Room: $2,900 USD
Link Hotel & Hub, Tel Aviv
Located in Tel Aviv, a 4-minute walk from Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Link Hotel & Hub Tel Aviv features a gym and views of the city. This property is located a short distance from The Cameri Theater, Itzhak Rabin Memorial and Kikar Ha-Medina. The property is 1.1 mi from the city center.
Staff at the reception can help guests with any queries that they may have. Street Art works are displayed throughout the property. You can play billiards at Link Hotel & Hub Tel Aviv.
At the hotel, rooms come with a desk. All rooms come with a private bathroom with free toiletries. At Link Hotel & Hub Tel Aviv rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
At the accommodations you will find a restaurant that offers meatless meals throughout the whole day.
Double Occupancy, Queen Room: $1,580 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Queen Room: $2,595 USD
Prima City Hotel, Tel Aviv
Experience The Vibe - Hotel Prima City is an ideal home-base, seconds from the beach, to plan and enjoy an eventful and comfortable stay in Tel Aviv, at a great value Whether traveling for business or pleasure; resting, beach-going, or exploring the city inside & out, the Hotel Prima City is ideally situated on a quiet side street, in the heart of Tel Aviv,with 106 rooms - including 24 studio rooms - each with a small balcony. We provide FREE Wi-Fi access throughout the Hotel.
Prima City offers a diverse hospitality experience, combining the vibrancy so typical to Tel Aviv, as portrayed in the Hotel's public areas, and the hotels brand new 'Mapu' restaurant, helmed by acclaimed Chef Nir Zook, which presents a Mediterranean culinary experience in an upbeat, urban atmosphere we refer to as Fun + Fine Dining, with the quiet playfulness of the Hotel rooms, which serve as a relaxing haven from the City rush. The Lobby Lounge provides a comfortable environment for social gatherings, business meetings or as a work station during evening or daytime, while enjoying free Wi-Fi access in both the public areas, as well as in the guestrooms.
Double Occupancy, Superior Room: $1,525 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Deluxe Room: $2,630 USD
Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv
The Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is located in the beating heart of Tel Aviv surrounded by many of the city's hottest spots. With over 350 beds, the hostel hosts guests from around the world who enjoy its warm atmosphere, convenient location, friendly staff, daily events and tours, and extensive facilities. We look forward to welcoming you to Tel Aviv and extending the famous hospitality of Abraham, from Biblical times to your visit.
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv is located in the Tel Aviv City-Centre district, 600 m from Independence Hall Museum and 700 m from Shenkin Street. This air-conditioned hostel has a terrace and views of the city. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
All simply furnished rooms feature a refrigerator and a private bathroom with shower. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Double Occupancy, Economy Room: $1,095 USD per person
Single Occupancy, Economy Room: $1,730 USD
Experience Gay Israel with OUTstanding Travel
OUTstanding Travel offers the best in high-quality travel services to Israel for the Gay community. Our boutique and tailor-made approach will expose you to unique cultural experiences, fabulous beaches, beautiful people, and a vibrant nightlife, custom-tailored to your every need. At OUTstanding Travel, we understand the importance of elevated service. Our undivided attention lavished on every guest will allow you to indulge and enjoy all that Israel has to offer, care free. Let us pamper, comfort and take care of your every detail, with no request unattended. Our immense knowledge of Gay Israel and its scene qualifies us to provide the most unforgettable experience, without missing a beat. As gay Telavivians ourselves, who better to ask than the people who live and breath the action?
Is it the energetic nightlife you crave? The savory restaurants you lust over? The trendiest of shopping destinations, or the historic cultural attractions to absorb? We can provide it all. Our tailor-made, personalized packages, present the perfect escape for you, your friends and family, or significant other, while our planned packages and daily tours create dynamic opportunities to foster new friendships and international networks. With the rich history of Jerusalem, the sparkling 24/7 scene of Gay Tel-Aviv, the magnificent serenity of the Dead Sea, the golden dunes of the Negev Desert and the exceptional year-long Israeli weather, OUTstanding Travel offers an unparalleled getaway to Israel, never before available to the Gay community.
The setting of the sun welcomes the vibrant night life.
Tel Aviv, Israel's central urban hub that never sleeps, offers an array of various sites, smells, and experiences. In the past few years it has developed into the Gay capital of the Middle East according to OUT Magazine, with thousands of people coming for the OUTstanding Pride Week and all year. Upon entering the city one is greeted with concrete, glass, and lights of modern skyscrapers. The center of the city is spotted with the eclectic classically and modern-inspired architectural styles and the Bauhaus buildings which Tel Aviv is famous for. The serenity of the beaches, with year-round temperate weather, crystal water, and vast expanses of sand, infused exquisitely with the happening and trendy city scene which includes updated fashion and contemporary art galleries.
The neighboring Jaffa offers all the romance of an ancient port city, good for a late night stroll with a loved one or a daytime hunt for antiques. A culinary connoisseur will be happy to find a vast array of international cuisine to feast on. And, of course, the setting of the sun welcomes the vibrant night life. You can dance the night away in any one of the happening Gay clubs and bars to the music of some of the most talented DJs in the world. Once you leave the club, at the early morning hours, you can still experience the wonders of the city that never sleeps. Restaurants, boulevard cafes, and almost everything else will still be open when you are ready to tuck yourself into bed.
We've got an intimate knowledge of some of the city's best kept secrets. From which clubs play the best live music to which beaches are the most happening, we've been everywhere and seen it all. Even as the city continues to grow and develop to service the large local gay community and tourists, we make sure to stay updated and informed.
The Dead Sea
An Oasis of luxury in the middle of the colorful sandy Israeli desert
The Dead Sea, the world's largest natural spa, located in the lowest point on earth, has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Today it has become an oasis of luxury in the middle of the colorful sandy Israeli desert, with its beautiful hotels, spas, and restaurants. The mud there, with its high mineral content, has long been known to be an ideal base for skin treatments and beauty products. In addition to making you gorgeous, scientists have proven that the atmosphere has health benefits that can leave your whole body feeling more youthful and vigorous. In other words, it's the closest thing to the mythological fountain of youth. The high density of the water makes swimming feel more like floating in its crisp clear waters, which gives one a better opportunity to absorb the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
A rich historical center as well, the area affords many glimpses into the developing culture of the area in Antiquity. In nearby Qumran, ancient scrolls of the Hebrew Bible and related texts which were written as far back as 408 BC were found in caves, along with Roman currency. Also nearby, is the famous fortress of Massada which was built by King Herod, where Jewish zealots held out against the Roman legion in 70 CE. No visit is complete without a hike up to the wonderfully preserved remains of Ancient architecture which provides an insight into the long-gone civilization and a wonderful vantage point from which to see the natural beauty of the area.
A Fusion of ancient attractions & modern culture, which Israel is so famous for
Jerusalem, Israel's most populous city and capital, is overflowing with some of the country's most fascinating and fabulous sites. It is the perfect example of the merging of ancient attractions and modern culture which Israel is so famous for. The romantic Old City is the perfect place to learn about three religions that find their home there: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Our experienced tour guides know how to uncover the magic of the city and its historical development in the compelling and unique fashion, whether it's retracing the steps of Jesus in the Via Dolorosa or visiting King David's tomb. A stroll in the open market in the Muslim quarter is a wonderful place to buy some perfect cultural wares such as jewelry, spices, and trinkets and absorb the cultural smells and colors. Of course no visit to Jerusalem would be complete without an opportunity to partake in the authentic Middle Eastern cuisine that the city is famous for.
At night, a stunning light and sound show is projected on the walls of the Tower of David, which tells the tale of the history of Jerusalem. The Mamilla Mall, built from reconstructed historical structures, houses interesting boutiques and fine eateries; and is just another example of the harmony between ancient and modern which can be found in this beautiful city. Another important destination is the recently renovated Israel Museum which hosts a wide variety of collections from archaeological finds to contemporary art. Our unique travel itinerary allows you to absorb both the ancient historical significance of this central city and the more recent modern sites. An experience that finds the special balance between religious and secular, tradition and openness, ancient ruins and luxurious boutique pampering that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
• 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 Jerusalem (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 Airport
• Eurovision Song Contest tickets
• 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 above