Wander Women Israel:
A Yoga, Dive, and Adventure Retreat
Tel Aviv + Beyond
May 31- June 7, 2020
Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to hike, bike, surf, dive, stand up paddle board and party your way around the land of milk and honey. Spend eight days and seven nights in tiny yet diverse Israel, taking in the highlights of the Red Sea, the Negev Desert, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
While most people associate Israel with politics and religion, there’s so much more to modern Israel. It’s filled with incredible history, yes, but also home to some of the most vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and interesting people in the world. Israel is teeming with creative energy, filled with delicious healthy food, blessed with easy access to nature and bursting with passion for adrenaline-pumping adventure activities.
Throughout the week, we’ll rest our heads in swoon-worthy accommodation, ranging from a chic urban penthouse in Tel Aviv to a sleek Red Sea villa to authentic Bedouin glamping accommodation deep in the desert surrounding the Dead Sea. Israeli hospitality will be in full effect, as we break bread with locals at a traditional Shabbat dinner, share many a shot of arak, and learn about the country’s culture firsthand.
Israel can be expensive and difficult to travel around without conversational Hebrew knowledge. There’s a term for native-born Israelis: sabres, a desert cactus fruit both thorny on the outside, and sweet on the inside. Enter Wander Women Retreats! We have dozens of close Israeli friends on speed dial and by the end of this trip, so will you. We’re working with Israeli guides and locals throughout the tour for a true insider experience, with a built-in group of new travel besties.
A local photographer will be behind the lens every step of the way, ensuring everyone leaves with profile-picture worthy shots of themselves on every step of the trip. In addition to full access to the hundreds of photos our pro will take throughout the trip, she’ll send a daily selection of highlights for you to post on-the-go.
As with all Wander Women Retreats, we seek to be mindful travelers in our destination by partnering with small, locally-owned businesses and traveling as low-waste as possible.
The retreat will be held over seven days from May 31st to June 7, 2020. The cost, including just about everything, starts at $2900.
• Seven nights accommodation
• Two meals a day
• All outlined activities — see below!
• Daily yoga
• Airport transfers and all transportation
• A custom welcome bag
• All tips for tour guides and drivers
• Professional photos of the trip
• Donation to local charities
What’s Not Included
• Optional desert camel ride or second optional dive
• Additional meals or activities not specific in the itinerary
• Mandatory travel insurance
Subject to change, and expect surprises, but here’s the general idea.
Day 1: Arrive in Eilat, a beachside town on the Red Sea. After a yin yoga class to stretch out post-travels, we’ll toast to an exciting week ahead with sundowner drinks, a welcome dinner, and a quick Hebrew lesson (most importantly: l’chaim!)
Day 2: Explore the depths of Eilat by diving or snorkeling the Red Sea! Certified divers can explore dive sites like wreck of the Satil, French missile vessels covertly delivered to the Israeli Navy in the 60s, while those looking to try breathing underwater for the first time can take guided “try dive” over some of the area’s vibrant coral gardens. All groups will reconvene for a beach yoga class, chill vibes and dinner at a Sinai-style beachside restaurant and bar.
Day 3: We’re off to the Negev — despite the many beautiful beaches of Israel, over half of the country is covered by a broad desert. After a picnic breakfast at Mount Yoash viewpoint — from where we can see Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — we’ll scramble through the Red Canyon before setting off for the surreal, salty Dead Sea. After slathering ourselves in mud and marveling at floating in one of the most bouyant bodies of water in the world, we’ll sleep under the stars at an authentic glamping resort complete with a campfire and a pillow-strewn lounge area. An optional sunset camel ride is available for those who can’t pass up the opportunity to selfie with the symbol of the desert.
Day 4: We’re on the go again! No matter your religion, Jerusalem is a surreal city to explore, and in style with our adventure-based itinerary, we’ll experience it by bike. After our private tour, we’ll toast at a local winery in the Jerusalem hills. Upon arrival at our penthouse in Tel Aviv, our home for the rest of the trip, we’ll close the day with sunset rooftop yoga, absorbing the city’s pulsing urban energy.
Day 5: Start your day with a morning yoga session (not too early — Tel Aviv likes to party late!) on the roof overlooking the city’s famous Bauhaus architecture. After breakfast on our private deck, we’ll do our part to contribute to keeping Israel beautiful with a beach clean up for Plastic Free Tel Aviv. In the afternoon, time to hang ten — we’re taking surf lessons at an all-female surf school in Port of Jaffa, with incredible skyline views of the old city as a backdrop. Uniquely, Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Israel, which means the city’s iconic nightlife will be kicking off tonight!
Day 6: We’ll kick off our day with another morning yoga class on the roof. Today, it’s a choose your own adventure! Pick between local tours of Tel Aviv’s robust street art scene or one of its famous food markets. Reconvene for an epic Israeli tradition of a weekly dinner with loved ones — Shabbat, where we’ll start the weekend off right by disconnecting digitally and connecting IRL over amazing homemade food.
Day 7: Time to relax on the sand – you’ve earned it — with some Vitamin D (and sea) on Tel Aviv’s famed beaches. The summer weekend beach scene in Tel Aviv is something not to miss! Lunch is at one of the city’s best traditional Arabic restaurants, where we’ll dine on healthy salads, warm fresh-out-of-the-oven pita bread, and more. In the afternoon, hit the water again for stand up paddle board yoga. Tonight is our final night out in Tel Aviv, where we’ll meet up with local friends for an epic insider’s tour.
Day 8: After a rooftop farewell yoga nidra session (fear not, party fiends — it’s basically nap yoga), we’ll enjoy one more delicious breakfast together before departures. Pictures and contact info will be exchanged before airport transfers take off!
Why sightsee when you can sight do! We’re going to enjoy Israel the way the locals do — in motion. Here’s what’s included, but of course, expect some surprises.
Diving or snorkeling the Red Sea
Hiking in The Red Canyon
A winery tour in Tzova
Surfing lessons at Jaffa Beach
Insider nightlife experiences in Tel Aviv
Floating in the Dead Sea
SUP yoga at Jaffa Port
A bike tour of Jerusalem
Beach clean up in Tel Aviv
We get that you don’t want to end your trip needing a vacation from a vacation — while we’re offering a lot of fun and activity, we’ve also build in downtime for you to rest and recharge.
The Food + Accommodation
We’ll spend two nights at a seaside villa in Eilat, one night glamping in sukkah tents in the desert, and four nights at a chic penthouse in central Tel Aviv
Due to the unique nature of our accommodation in Israel, all rooms will be shared — rooms in Eilat and Tel Aviv will feature shared king sized beds, and the sukkah tents in the desert will be shared amongst our private group. Of course you can room with a friend but if you’re traveling solo, fear not, so are most of our Wander Women guests! We’ll do our best to pair you with someone we think you’ll click with based on your intake forms — and we’ll all be besties by the end anyway. Rooms vary slightly by layout and view and will be assigned based on booking order.
Every day, two meals will be included; breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Israeli cuisine is beloved worldwide, not only for being delicious but healthy and balanced. We’ll eat well and feel great — and yes, there will be plenty of hummus along the way. For the non-included meal of the day, we’ll bring you to a favorite spot where you can order at your own expense, or branch off and do your own thing.
Travel With Us
On this trip you’ll be traveling with Wander Women Retreats founder Alexandra Baackes as your host and yoga instructor.
Alex fell in love with Israel’s hospitality, culture, and adventures immediately upon her first trip in 2018 and loved it so much she’s been back four times since! She is a PADI Divemaster and Ambassadiver, as well as a RYT 200 Registered Yoga Teacher, a Buti Bands and Sculpt instructor, and a regular yoga practitioner for over a decade. She can’t wait to travel with you.
Getting There and Away
Most international flights to Israel arrive and depart from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). This is where our tour will end.
Our tour begins in Eilat, which is easily accessed by several different methods. Eilat’s brand new Ramon International Airport (ETM) receives regular flights from Tel Aviv, just a 45 minute hop away — though there are also direct flights from many cities in Europe. Please feel free to reach out to us for help with flight recommendations — we’re always available at email@example.com.
Extend Your Adventure
Want to have a longer Israel adventure? Join us for High Flying Israel: An Aerial Arts + Yoga Retreat from May 23-30, and travel seamlessly with Alex for a true Israel getaway.
Remember, guests attending multiple retreats receive 10% off all of them!
This retreat has limited space — book soon to avoid disappointment! A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. If you have any pressing questions, or just want to learn more about it from Alex herself, we’d love to chat via Skype! See available slots for a Skype Q&A here.
Can’t make this one? Don’t sweat — sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when enrollment opens on future retreats. Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions or concerns over if this is the right retreat for you. We’d love to chat!
Please note: a minimum number of guests is required to guarantee departure. Please do not book international flights until you receive an email from us letting you know the minimum has been met.
Wander Women Israel // May 31 – June 7
Will I have time to do my own thing?
This is your retreat and we want you to make it exactly what you want! There’s a lot to see and experience, so we’ve tried to design an itinerary that balances the best of activity and downtime. But any time you want to bow out to have some “me-time” or do your own thing, we’re going to cheer you on.
How much money will I need to bring?
For meals at the local spots we’ll bring you to, you can expect to spend roughly 50NIS ($15USD) for lunch or 100NIS ($30USD) for dinner, depending on where you go and what you order.
I want to extend my trip to explore more of Israel. Any suggestions?
Can I do a payment plan and pay in installments?
Absolutely. We want to make this happen for you! Email us at email@example.com.
Is it possible to have a private room?
Due to the nature of the accommodation we will be staying at, it is possible but for a very large single supplement. Contact us for details.
Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, everyone will be required to have personal travel insurance for the duration of the trip. World Nomads offers coverage incredibly affordable rates — I recommend their travel insurance, which will reimburse you in the case of flight delay, medical issues, and more.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be 18 years old or older.
What about visas?
Visas are not required for travel to Israel from the US, Canada, The UK, or many other countries. Traveling to Israel can be slightly intimidating given the more complicated restrictions, but we’re here to help!
As you might have heard, security at the airport can be comprehensive, and many are unclear on implications for their future travel plans. We will provide a wealth of information on the Israeli airport + visa experience and welcome any follow up questions and concerns! Israel no longer stamps passports, but if you have any worries about future travel plans, we have extensive background and knowledge in this area — please just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Please also check with your embassy for current visa information.
What is the refund policy?
Remaining invoices are due 90 days before departure. The $500 deposit to secure your space is non-refundable. Beyond that, if you cancel at least 90 days before departure, you’ll receive 100% of your remaining retreat fee back. If you cancel between 30-90 days before departure, you’ll receive a 50% refund. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure will result in a 0% refund.
Is there a waiting list?
There will be a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis in case spaces open up. If the retreat is full and you’re still interested, email me at email@example.com to be added to the waiting list.
I still have questions, or cute photos of my dog. Can I contact you?
Um, yes please! Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.