Another great Goway tool is their in-house operations guides, one for every country they visit. Tour directors and other staff update them after each trip so that the Goway team has the latest information on everything from the most convenient and clean public restrooms in Mombasa, to the best place to find good prices on jade in Beijing, for instance, as well as contacts at each hotel and all sorts of minutiae to assist in a smooth journey. The main goal, of course, is happy travelers. Says Hollingworth: “Goway wants it to be an experience that people will remember for the rest of their life.”
the chosen Goway’s selection of hotels in Israel reads like a wish list from our own notebook. In lovely Tiberias, clients will stay at Scots Hotel, the site of a 19th century Scottish hospital. Its “antique” rooms are particularly magical—120 years old, with original walls, huge spaces and high ceilings in what used to be the Doctor’s House. The hotel overlooks the Sea of Galilee, with a bridge connecting the main areas and beautiful gardens to a pool adjacent to the beach.
The David Citadel in Jerusalem is another gorgeous treat for clients, with decadent lounge areas and a heated outdoor pool that tunnels its way into the main building so clients can step out indoors during the winter. Overlooking the Old City, the hotel is one of those classic stays you wish you could find in every city, with spacious guestrooms and suites, L’Occitane bath amenities and a shopping arcade.
And in cool-as-a-cucumber Tel Aviv, guests stay at the Carlton Hotel, a five-star, shoreside beauty a minute away from the Mediterranean Sea, where they can enjoy a swim at any time.
Rates for Goway’s 21-day Middle East Treasures start at $7,899 pp dbl. The trip departing on Oct. 14 is sold out but there’s still space available on the Nov. 4th and all of the 2011 departures. Clients traveling this year might get to enjoy a special celebration of Goway’s 40th anniversary. Opera lovers will no doubt want the May 19 departure, which includes a special performance of “Aida” at Masada.