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1. Posted by bator (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi All,
I'm planning on going on a two weeks trip to Israel this summer,
I wanted to know if you have any reccomendatoins as to where to travel and in which city to stay in order to enjoy most parts of the country.

2. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 9y

In two weeks, with enough energy, you can see and do quite a lot. I recommend you book two or three accommodations (hostels, hotels, B&Bs, whatever) - in Jerusalem, the upper Galilee and perhaps in the south, depending on what you want to do.

When are you planning to be here and what's your objective (religious, political, historical, etc. etc. etc. or all of these...) and what's your budget (lodging, transportation, food, etc.)? A bit more info from you will help all of us on this board to make suggestions to help you have a great time!

suzanne

3. Posted by asa39 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Make sure you see Akko in the north as well- its a really nice, old seaside city

4. Posted by Kar2083 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Have fun in Israel! Israel is an amazing country with great people that is too often overlooked. More people should definitely travel there.
Side note: I was there for a little over three months last year and I spent a week in Tel Aviv @ Hayarkon 48, which is a GREAT hostel if you're looking for accommodations. It is super clean, they have amazing showers, great people and literally one block from the beach, major embassies and only a couple shekels by minibus to the busstation where you can easily head off to other cities.
Have a wonderful trip!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 14, 2007, at 3:44 AM by Kar2083 ]

5. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 9y

Am also going to Israel this summer (second week of june) but I only have a week. Coming from Egypt I will cross the border at Taba and than to Eilat to dive. From Eilat to Mizpeh Ramon to see a museum and than up north to the Dead Sea. A "dive" there is a must I think in this country. From the Dead Sea I will go to Jerusalem to see this old amazing town. After Jerusalem I go up north to the marriage of my nephew. After the wedding going south to Tel Aviv to stay there for a few days. From Tel Aviv I fly back home (Amsterdam). Still looking for some ideas.

6. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

If you visit Jerusalem I'd advice staying in the Hebron Hostel. It was the best place I found in Jerusalem and I ended up volunteering there for a few weeks

If you were going sooner I'd ask you to say hi to the manager :D

7. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

I was looking to visit Israel too some time soon. What would be the best way to visit Jerusalem and the old quarter, if thats what they call it, the historical quarter even.

Is it best to visit this via Israel or Jordan? As I have been told it can be done through both...

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

From the UK, it should be cheaper to fly to Tel Aviv than to Amman.

Jerusalem is in Israel (or Palestine, depending who you ask), so you need to go to Israel to visit. Visa-vise it makes the most sense to fly to Israel, cross the border at Eilat-Aqaba for a visit to Jordan and then return to Israel through the Eilat-Aqaba crossing.

See these links too:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1064.html
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_922.html
http://www.fco.gov.uk/ - see the "don't got to" section. (Yes, Israel is in there.)

9. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 9y

First of all, for anyone thinking of visiting Israel, please don't let the media or foreign office reports scare you off. They are all either interested in bigger bucks for coverage (media) or CYA (foreign offices)...

I've lived in Jerusalem for the most part since 1981 and really, it is the safest place I've ever lived, visited, been, whatever. Now, you may laugh and think I'm crazy, but really, when I go to the States to visit my mother, sisters, brothers, friends or anywhere else for a vacation, I'm more than happy to get back to Jerusalem where I feel truly safe!

So put away all those State Department & UK Foreign Office notices and stop watching CNN & the BBC for travel reports - anyway, you won't be going to Aza or the villages on the border with Lebanon. You CAN visit Bethlehem and possibly Jericho (both as short tours from Jerusalem). Otherwise, there's so much to see and do and experience all over Israel, you'll simply have a wonderful time.

Mancunion - the Old City in Jerusalem is, I think, to which you are referring when you mention "the old quarter"? Of course, you can spend hours, days, weeks wandering the narrow streets and alleys there and never really see it all!

And you can visit both Israel and Jordan via either country - fly into Ben Gurion Airport in Israel or Queen Alia Airport in Amman. The best crossing points (where you do NOT need an advance visa to enter Jordan) are the Sheikh Hussein/Jordan Valley bridge in the northern Jordan Valley (near Jerash in Jordan and Beit She'an in Israel) or the through the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal/Arava Crossing near Eilat/Aqaba all the way in the south. You can certainly cross via the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge near Jericho, BUT, if you are coming to Israel first, you'll need a Jordanian visa ahead of getting to that crossing point.

So, as we say in the tourism promos: "Come to Israel, come stay with Friends!"

suzanne

10. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 9y

Thanks for the info Suzanne... :)