We just returned from 2 amazing, moving and wonderful weeks in Israel, thanks to all the help from this forum. We started with 2 nights in Tel Aviv, great accommodations and incredible value at Eden House. Saw Jaffo, Independence Hall, Dizengorf square, the Diaspora and Plamach museums, Shenken Street and the Carmel market. Great meals at Noa's in old Jaffo and Manta Ray.
We then rented a car and headed up the coast to Ceasarea and Akko. Three nights in the Galilee at the Frankel's B&B, which is truly beautiful and very special. Did a jeep tour of the Golan, a walking tour of Safed and hiked around Banios, Nimrod's Fortress, the Hula Valley and ancient Korazim. Then drove to Jerusalem and returned the car.
In Jerusalem for 4 nights, we rented a great (and very reasonable) apartment called the Avissar house in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood, with a roof top terrace with views of the old city. Moving visits to the old city, the wall (and tunnel tour), the Jewish quarter, the temple mount, the city of David (including Hezekiah's tunnel), the Israel museum, Yad Vashem, the Herzl museum, the national cemetery and the mount of olives. Best meals where at Adom's and Chakra.
Next, another rental car and off to Masada and the Dead Sea. Then a stay at the Dessert House in Mitzpe Ramon (incredible!), a hike at Ein Avdat and stops at Ben Gurion house and grave. Then onto some hikes in the Maktesh Ramon and an overnight at Kibbutz Lotan. This includes a terrific tour and a great massage. Next day a hike/tour at Park Timna, a swim at the Dolphin reef and a sunset camel ride. Last day included the Coral World observatory and the drive to Tel Aviv.
Truly the trip of a life time! Independent travel in Israel is wonderful, especially with the help of the forum!