I'm planning to do a tour of Hong Kong, the UK primarily London, and Israel in late spring 2014. The primary purpose to visit Israel for myself is to join an educational tour on Israel's religious history and I thought I would tag along the UK as well as I would have flown 1/3 to the other side of the world from New Zealand anyway, and adding a few more hours to the UK seems to be a money well spent kind of thing. And HK is to visit family and friends there and this will be a short stopover for a few days.
Now I know that Emirates have good service from HK to London at a very affordable rate and I got to fly on lots of A380 flights, plus I could also stop over in Dubai for a week before going to the UK. My draft itinerary is:
1. Christchurch - HK via SYD (on Qantas)
2. HK - Dubai (EK)
3. Dubai - London (EK)
4. London - Tel Aviv (El Al)
5. Tel Aviv - London (LY)
6. London - Dubai - HK (EK)
7. HK - SYD - Christchurch (QF)
Question: would I be in trouble if I'm not making stopover in London between leaving Dubai on the onward journey and going to Tel Aviv on LY? I could fly from DXB to LHR on EK and then fly straight from LHR to TLV on LY the same night. Would I land in troubles with Dubai/UAE's authorities, and would EK staff willing to check my luggage through to TLV? And how about the Israeli custom?
My preferred choice would be to stop on London for a couple days between arriving from DXB and onward to TLV, and leave my UK trip to after I'm back from TLV. But it wouldn't make sense to adjust from DXB to London's time zone, then switch my own biological clock to TLV (which is only an hour slower than DXB I think). But I may encounter problems at customs at both DXB and TLV, not to mention no chance EK would allow me to check though to the LY flight.
Would you guys recommend me to do a London stopover first, or scrap the idea of flying EK, or stick to my plan of transiting on the same day DXB - LHR - TLV?
Thanks in advance.