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1. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Greetings every one, I am a young traveler and I have always wanted to see Jerusalem, after all its been constantly on our News and in our history books for as long as I can remember, so there is bound to be a whole universe of historical and cultural sights to visit.
However getting into the holy lands is harder then any other place in the world, so I was wondering how to get into Israel, I heard you can go via boat from Larnaca in Cyprus, I wonder if any one here did that, if so please share the experience generously.:)
Once in the holy City where would your first stop be? There are so many churches, temples, and mosques of grand historical architecture and origin. What about Roman and Greek ruins, are there any of those like every where else in the region.
Regarding safety precautions, what advice would you adventurers offer? I don’t speak Hebrew, only English and a little Arabic (from my mother’s side).
Any highly recommended hotels, shopping malls or other amusement parks that a trip to Israel will not be complete with out?
Thanks in advance.

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

Getting to Israel is actually quite easy.

The boat you mentioned doesn't run and hasn't for years, but you can fly into either Egypt or Jordan and cross the border. Or fly into Israel direct, depending where you are from. From Europe it is generally cheapest to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt with a charter flight and take the bus.

Please tell me your citizenship and where you live and I will be able to help you better.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2008, at 3:23 PM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Sorry for not adding my nationality, I am an American, I forgot to ask this in my first post but do I need a visa?
I am from Los Angelis California. Would my residence affect my privileges of entering Israel?
Can I really fly from Cyprus into Israel?
What about tour guides, any suggestions on good ones I can benefit from?
Thank you for the reply.

4. Posted by aussielebo (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Mate i went to Israel last year in September.... it was AMAZING!!!
the thing that shocked me was the night life.... they know how to party!!

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

I don't know about flights from Cyprus to Israel. There've got to be some, but I don't know. There are regular flights from Istanbul and Antalya to Israel though, so if you look into getting from Cyprus to Israel you might have to go to Northern Cyprus and go from there to Turkey and from there to Israel. Another option would be to fly north (UK, Germany, France, Netherlands) with a charter flight and fly from there to Sharm or Tel Aviv. I don't know. Al-Jazeera Airways also flies Cyprus-Amman via Kuwait City, check them out.

Americans can get visa for Israel at the border, it is just a stamp in your passport. Note though that with an Israeli entry stamp your travels in the ME are limited to Turkey, Egypt and Jordan. You cannot go to Syria, Lybia, Iran or Sudan and a number of other muslim countries.

If you live in SF area and are looking for flights to Israel, look into flying with KLM. A return trip should be in the range of 1200 USD for LA-Tel Aviv.

What is this talk about residency, are you a legal resident of Cyprus? Or do you live in LA? I'm confused now whether you are trying to get from Cyprus to Israel or not.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2008, at 11:22 AM by t_maia ]

6. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Thank you so much for all the information you have provided me with.
Regarding residence, I never been to Cyprus, you see my father went to Israel on a ship from Cyprus a while ago and after consulting him on this trip I am planning you see where I got the idea. However you told me the sails stop sailing in that direction so I was looking for alternatives. Can I stop by in Egypt and go into Israel from there?
And I have lived a few years of my early life in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia specifically, would that affect this trip?

7. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Thank you so much for all the information you have provided me with.
Regarding residence, I never been to Cyprus, you see my father went to Israel on a ship from Cyprus a while ago and after consulting him on this trip I am planning you see where I got the idea. However you told me the sails stop sailing in that direction so I was looking for alternatives. Can I stop by in Egypt and go into Israel from there?
And I have lived a few years of my early life in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia specifically, would that affect this trip?

8. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Thank you so much for all the information you have provided me with.
Regarding residence, I never been to Cyprus, you see my father went to Israel on a ship from Cyprus a while ago and after consulting him on this trip I am planning you see where I got the idea. However you told me the sails stop sailing in that direction so I was looking for alternatives. Can I stop by in Egypt and go into Israel from there?
And I have lived a few years of my early life in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia specifically, would that affect this trip?

9. Posted by scerab (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

I am sorry for multiple posting my connection died on me and I kept on trying to post and ending up posting multiple times. I will make sure it never happens again. Sorry for that.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2008, at 12:49 PM by scerab ]

10. Posted by jhetland (Budding Member 43 posts) 8y

I always thought El AL was the preferred way of getting to Israel? Couldnt imagine it woudl be too hard to go there beeing an American, but from what I have heard, tourists are not permitted anywhere near the Palestininan territories.

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