This will be our second trip to Israel. The last trip was in Spring 2006 and we went with an organized tour for 10 days. We hope to travel a little more independently this time, but with that come decisions which may not be the best use of our time. I usually plan a lot of our trips searching various forums on TA and asking an occasional question when needed. I understand that ultimately it’s our trip, but thought folks here might offer some perspective on our itinerary since I’m unsure at this point.
Our tentative schedule for late April 2012:
5 nights- Tel-Aviv
2 nights- Moshav Amirim
I slated quite a bit of time in the north and am now questioning if we’re spending too much time in this area that could be better spent elsewhere. We have been to Caesarea, Nazareth (briefly), Har Megiddo, Lake Kinneret area, Bet She’an and visited an IDF tank base up in the Golan. Being on a tour, everything seemed a bit rushed and quite frankly we wouldn’t mind revisiting any or all of these places again. We’d probably like to see Tzfat, Zippori and the Hula-Valley. Are there places that you would recommend we would get more benefit from seeing with a guide as opposed to visiting ourselves?
We’ll be renting a car for a week out of Tel-Aviv and returning it in Tiberias. We also are enlisting a tour guide for 3 days in the north using Tiberias as a base and 3 days in the Jerusalem area. We have seen Masada/ Dead sea area but wonder if we are missing out on a good part of Israel that is south of Jerusalem. Any thoughts on whether we’ll have plenty to see for 9 days in the north or should we split some time up and head south. We do live in the desert, so have seen many shades of barren desolate landscape! Sorry for the long narrative, but will be thankful for any input.