We will be on a tour for 10 days, staying in Tel Aviv (2 nights), Tiberias (2 nights), Dead Sea (1 night), and Jerusalem (4 nights). We have arranged to stay in Israel for additional 6 days (5 nights) on our own after the tour ends.
* We would like to snorkel in the Red Sea and would like to plan to fly to Eilat, stay for two full days and nights, and return to Jerusalem.
*Since there is so much to see and do centered around Jerusalem, I am thinking of the following plan after tour ends:
Jerusalem 1 night more in a less expensive hotel
Fly to Eilat 2 days and nights
Return to Jerusalem 2 nights and 1.5 days more at end of trip, having left some of our luggage and purchases in the hotel in Jerusalem.
We can then return to favorite spots by car or bus or with guide, see more of Jerusalem, shop before returning home rather than at the beginning and carrying, and relax a bit as well. We think that with a hotel reserved, we can make decisions about where we want to go on extra time in Jerusalem as we go along. How does this sound?
(Note: we have been to Jordan and Egypt already but this is first trip to Israel)
Can anyone suggest a guide we might hire for at least one full day from the Jerusalem area?
Should we try to go to the West Bank with a guide and if so, who?
We have been advised to hire a private guide with car out of Tiberius for a free day while on the tour rather than taking their half day Golan Heights tour by jeep that would cost us $200. for the two of us. Then we can spend time at sights in the Tiberius area not covered by the tour, stop to see Golan Heights for only one hour quick view, etc. Does anyone have a guide with car to recommend who can pick us up in Tiberius for a one day tour?
Thanks for any suggestions and input.