We're going to israel in April, 2013 for 16 days. The air is booked, but no hotels yet.
We know that we want to spend 4 days in Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek area - possibly a rental apartment) and about a week in Jerusalem (possibly the Harmony Hotel) - but am trying to decide whether to spend the rest of our time in the Galilee area or in Eilat. I know they are very different areas - rural/agricultural/mountainous vs resort/beach/desert. We want to visit both areas, but don't want lodging in both areas - rather to visit one of these areas as a day-trip out of Jerusalem.
So, we're looking for opinions on which area is better for a day-trip.
Our interests are historical & nature.
Lastly, we would like to visit Petra - I know there is a lot of information on Petra here and elsewhere, but my (possibly foolish) concern revolves around whether ones ethnic background should be a concern for visiting Jordan.