Near the border is the Egyptian resort of Taba , which is much smaller than Eilat. Tourists in Taba with pleasure went on bus excursions to the Dead Sea and to Jerusalem. Now everything has changed a little.
Now Russian tourists from Eilat go on an excursion to Egypt to Mount Moses and to the Monastery of St. Catherine . Eilat is more convenient than Taba for lovers of excursions, from here it is closer to the famous city of Petra in Jordan, and you do not need to cross the border to see the sights of Israel itself.
Features of the resort Eilat for Russian tourists
Unlike the neighboring Egyptian resorts, in Eilat there are almost no hotels with the system 'all inclusive'. There are not more than a dozen hotels in AI.
In Israel, high prices for rest on the system 'all-inclusive'. If the tour with breakfast included in the price can now be purchased for 50,000 rubles (7 nights, 4 star hotel, 2 people in one room), then a similar all-inclusive tour will cost from 70,000 rubles and more. In neighboring Egypt, there is no such difference in prices.
Such a big difference is due to high prices for food and alcohol in Israel . For example, a kilogram of potatoes in Egypt costs about 3.5 Egyptian pounds , and in Israel it costs 4 Israeli shekels . Feel the difference!
Also, Russian tourists are used to hotels with their own beaches in Egypt and Turkey. In Eilat, there are such hotels, but there are not enough of them. More precisely, at the time of publication of this review there are only 8. All of them are classified as 5 stars, and prices for tours for 7 nights start from 110,000 rubles.
The reason for this is the huge shortage of the beach line. In Eilat, only 12 kilometers of the beach, and part of it is occupied by the port and yacht parking, part is used for the dolphinarium and the oceanarium, and the longest strip is allocated for public beaches.
In Eilat will have to live with a walk to the public beach, or even with a trip to it. Public beaches are free, but you have to pay for renting umbrellas and sunbeds.
Eilat is not a full-fledged replacement for Egypt's 'all inclusive' hotels, this must be understood first. It is from this misunderstanding that all negative reviews of tourists follow.