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Travel to and where to stay

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Travel to and where to stay

I will be going to Israel in the fall for about 17 days. It is my first trip there although my wife has many relatives in the country. However, I would prefer to stay at hotels, thus securing my freedom a bit. I am 73; my wife is 70.

Questions are many.: Should I book airline, hotels separately or look for package deals?I am sure the relatives will be escorting us around and so perhaps the escorted tour groups are not really the best route to take.

We'd be coming out of New York City and I am cringing at an 11-hour trip stuck in coach unless I can get a deal on business class. Also, what hotels would you recommend in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, our base points?

Stuart

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1. Re: Travel to and where to stay

First of all when in the fall are you coming? The entire month of September are the holidays and thus hotels become booked very quickly. If you are staying in one city the entire time you will have less of a problem then moving to 2 or more places, although it may be easier for you in that respect. Most packages include guided tours which may not be suitable for the young your age as the pace is generally a bit quicker than the average get around. However there are possiblities of booking day tours which leave on a semi-daily basis (depending on the destination) and are in smaller groups. What are you interested in seeing while you are here? Would you consider a private guide for a few of the days (individual days or consecutive days?

Regarding flights, you can take flights with a stop-over in Europe which breaks up the trip, and allows you some time to stretch your legs in the airport. Airlines with short layovers are American Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways and Iberia.

Regarding hotels, what type of hotel are you interested in? We have small boutique hotels which are 4*, up to deluxe hotels, it's all a matter of budget.

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2. Re: Travel to and where to stay

INasmuch as you do have relatives to visit I would not go with a tour. Pick up day trips as needed.

In terms of the flight, I personally like flights that leave as late as possible. This way, your body is ready to sleep and some of those 11 hours will be spent sleeping. If you can't afford business ask your airline if you could buy three(3) coach seats!! This will give you an empty seat in the middle and make things a little more comfortable. Also, I find when I fly that a blow up U shaped pillow is a must. It keeps your neck from flopping when you do fall asleep and waking up as a result of the "flop"

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Regarding a flight with a stopover in Europe - most airlines allow a stopover of several days without any additional cost. So you could break up the flight by spending time sightseeing in London, Paris, Rome, Prague, etc,etc with no extra travel cost.

If you don't stopover, I recommend getting aisle seats so that you can wander around as much as you want without climbing over someone.

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Thanks for the info. With the holidays rolling in September, we may push the trip towards October. BTW, what do you think of end August?

As to airlines, I would rather just get there so I am going to see what I can get on a business class flight by using some points, if possible. El Al is much more expensive than Delta and Continental.

I agree that it may be best to stay in a hotel in Tel Aviv and do side trips from that base and perhaps a hotel in Jerusalem for the same purpose. Living out of a suitcase is not my idea of a vacation.

As to type of hotels, 4 stars is perfectly fine. I don't need the 5-star upper echelon as we will probably be out of the room more than in it.

As to tours, we will either do a tour from the hotel or a private guide. I am adverse to getting on a huge tour group bus.

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Very, very helpful. Thank you. I agree entirely with your perspective.

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6. Re: Travel to and where to stay

I think everyone would agree that it would be much better to go in October rather than August. August will be too hot. Aim for some time right after all the holidays.

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7. Re: Travel to and where to stay

Perfectamente. I've heard this from many people. October sounds like the best bet. Thank you again.

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8. Re: Travel to and where to stay

End of September to early October is perfect. Start making a list of what you want to see. Some places like the Palmach museum in Tel Aviv and the Kotel tunnels tour have to be booked in advance. The kotel tunnels tour is a must see. Staying in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem makes sense. You can take day tours either in small groups or with private guide/driver to visit the north. Remember that your relatives might take you around too. As a matter of fact I am sure they will, being Israelis.

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