Dear Israel Gurus,
Please comment on my itinerary and suggest budget (less $80-100/night accommodations).
Me and my wife are planning 12days/11night trip to Israel in late December. Here are the plans/thoughts so far:
FRI morning: arrive TLV, Transfer to hotel in Jerusalem
-How? Sherut? Bus _taxi?
Next 3.5 days/4 nights Jerusalem.
Getting a car for a week a night before departure.
TUE morning: check out and head to Dead Sea
TUE: Hike in Ein Gedi, deep in Dead Sea, hike/cable car to Masada.
Now two options:
(A)Night in Dead Sea region (where? Any chance for budget stay?)
(B) Drive to Eilat at night
Next day depending on the options:
(A) Some more natural attractions in the region/desert
(B) Snorkel/explore eilat (too cold?)
Drive to Mizpe Ramon, spend a night there (where?)
THU: Hike in the Crater? (Any well-marked trail to recommend?)
Drive North towards Caessaria.
Spend a nigh in ???
FRI: Caessaria (till what time the ruins are open open on Friday? How much time needed ½ day enough?)
Fri afternoon ->Haifa, night in Haifa (where?).
SATexplore Haifa/Acco (anything really crucial we won’t see on shabatt?)
Sat night – drive to Tiberia
SUN morning Tiberia, drive back south to Rehovot
Mon/Tue Tel Aviv (return car on Monday and use public transport)
Tue late evening back to US.