Silicon Wadi of Israel
During this journey you will be introduced into the Israeli military special forces 8200, where you’ll discover how Israel became the cradle for technology and so much more…
“In Hebrew there is a word, chutzpah, that means ‘positive rudeness’. Approaching people you don’t know and asking them for a favour or asking them to connect you to someone you need… in Israel people easily do this, even if they’re not entrepreneurs. This is important to deliver ideas, perspectives and criticism. Israeli culture promotes a lack of fear of failure and an understanding that with big risks come big rewards’. They use obstacles as the catalyst for innovation.“

The Experience

Day 1

Arrive at the rare wildness of the Lofoten Islands

• Flight to Tel Aviv
• Discovery of traditional Jaffa, stepping back in time with ancient streets and teeming bazaars, breathing a vibrant and youthful energy
• Enjoy dinner at the bustling flea market and mingle with the hipsters of Tel Aviv
• Overnight in Hotel Lighthouse, Tel Aviv
Day 2

Discover the destination by Rib and enjoy the wonderful scenery

• Introduction into the Weizmann Institute of Science: world’s leading multi-disciplinary basic research institution in the natural and exact sciences
• The philosophy of innovation & creativity
• House Campus tour & entrance to the original lab of Dr Chaim Weizzmann
• Encounter with Anya Eldan, VP of the Startup division at the Israel Innovation Authority, managing existing programs such as the Early Stage Fund and Technological Incubators and developing new programs to foster innovation
• Overnight in Hotel Lighthouse, Tel Aviv
Day 3

Feel free to golf and explore

• Exploration of Jerusalem: where tradition meets technology
• Discover the most ancient core of Jerusalem, the new excavated areas including the Herodian stepped street and the magnificent underground sewage system, the place where king David and king Solomon lived
• Visiting the Holy Sepulcher, the most sacred site for Christians, revealing a secret ritual taking place in the church
• Rooftop dinner in modern Jerusalem
• Overnight in Hotel Lighthouse, Tel Aviv
Day 4

Departure Paradise

• Introduction into the special forces 8200 by Pinhas Buchris, general partner at State of Mind Ventures. Pinhas is a recognized leader in the development of Israel’s military intelligence, cyber and technology capabilities. He was MD of the Israeli Ministery of Defence, commander of the classified unit and head of the prestigious 8200 division
• Flight from Tel Aviv.

The Origin

When Tel Aviv was founded on empty sand dunes in 1909, its founders envisioned it would become a clean, major metropolis. Over a hundred years later, Tel Aviv’s start-up ecosystem is now considered one of the best outside the US. With nineteen start-ups per km², the opportunities in the Israeli capital are flourishing. But what makes it such an accommodating place for entrepreneurs?

Accommodation

THE LIGHTHOUSE HOTEL, TEL AVIV
Brown’s new Lighthouse Hotel is primely located in the center of Tel Aviv, just a short walk from most of the city’s tourist attractions and a 2-minute walk from the beach. Occupying several floors of the renowned Migdalor (“Lighthouse”) office tower, the hotel combines a daring architectural attitude with a fresh and innovative design, making a stylish yet unconventional hotel experience.

The Lighthouse is the perfect for travelers seeking an urban, trendy and vibrant stay in the city that never sleeps. All 100 rooms and suites of the hotel boast spectacular views of the Tel Aviv skyline and the Mediterranean. Additional features include a stylish ground floor lobby, a restaurant on the 5th floor with a spacious sundeck overlooking breathtaking panoramic views and a trendy sky bar on the 18th floor.

The Start-up Nation

HOW THE ISRAELI MILITARY BECAME THE CRADLE FOR TECHNOLOGY
• Creating a unique fertile ground for innovation
• The special 8200 forces train young Israeli recruits in coding, hacking and in developing smartphone apps

THE SURVIVOR DNA
Never giving up, trial and error, … Israelis have a strong entrepreneurial mindset, with an amazing R&D and ideas ahead of the curve, understanding technology like nowhere else on this planet

IS THIS JOURNEY FOR YOU?
For all of you out there in need of fresh ideas, new insights, advanced innovative technology and interested in expanding your global network. Pricing available upon request, depending on availability and the number of travellers.

What is Included? 

(and not included)

What is included?
· Return Private charter flight and (if required) a helicopter transfer from your point of origin to Lofoten Links
· A representative on hand (always wearing a smile) to manage the adventure
· 3 nights accommodation in a Lodge at Lofoten Links (each lodge has 3 en suite bedrooms)
· Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Lofoten
· Dinner at a seafood restaurant in Henningsvaer
· Rib Safari around the Islands
· Unlimited golf at Lofoten Links
· Viking games and entertainment

What is not included?
· Transportation to and from the Origin Airport
· Wines, Cigars & Alcoholic beverages
· Caddies
Guide Pricing
This bespoke Flight Plan to Lofoten Links is available from £6,500 pp (approx. €7.667 ) (subject on the global point
of origin and the number of passengers travelling).

Deposit
A non returnable (and non transferable) deposit payment of 50% is payable to secure your booking.

Final payment
The balancing payment for the trip is due on 3 months prior to you departure date.

(Full Terms and Conditions are available on request)

The Organizers

Destination.be

For the past 15 years, Ellen Van den Branden, the Driving Force and Creative Brain behind “Destination”, has had the privilege of creating extraordinary itineraries and encountering exceptional personalities thanks to the co-creation with her team and her clients. Therefore she decided in 2019, to design a new branch, being Destination Journeys, whereby she reveals her top 9 signature travels, in honor of her team who have put all their love and passion into the design of these projects — “Silicon Wadi of Israel” being a very special one of them.

With its 20th anniversary coming along in April 2020, Ellen and her team have put their heads together to rebrand “Destination”, putting both branches, Unlimited and Journeys, in the spotlights, to revive, give inspiration and to share these unforgettable moments.
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