Originally I was planning on taking a package tour, but the more I look into it, the less satisfied I am. I'm thinking of going it my own. It will be me and my friend (males in our 30s) and my mother (in her 60s). We are primarily interested in seeing the historic sites of Jerusalem, some of the historical/natural sites of Jordan, and poking a bit around the Galilee. Here's our plan:
Day 1: depart US for Amman
Day 2: arrive Amman, overnight in Madaba
Day 3: visit Madaba, Mt. Nebo; overnight Madaba
Day 4: King's Highway to Petra; overnight Petra
Day 5: Petra
Day 6: To Aqaba/Eliat; overnight Eliat
Day 7: pick up rental car, drive through Negev to overnight near Masada
Day 9: day trip to Haifa/Akko; overnight Nazareth
Day 10: day trip to Sea of Galilee; overnight Nazareth
Day 11: drive to Jerusalem drop of rental car; afternoon and overnight Jerusalem
Day 12: Old City Jerusalem
Day 13: New City Jerusalem
Day 14: Jerusalem/possible day trip Bethlehem
Day 15: bus to Tel Aviv, PM Tel Aviv
Day 16: Tel Aviv
Day 17: to USA
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm curious to hear what others think of using Nazareth as a base to see some of the Galilee. Also, I'll have to look into this further, but can anyone talk about driving from Masada to Nazareth? Looks like the direct route goes through the West Bank which I know isn't allowed with most Israeli rental cars. Is it necessary to go around? Same for the drive from Nazareth to Jerusalem.
Nazareth a good base?
Drive Eliat - DS - Nazareth through West Bank?