I have come up with a rough itinerary for our trip to Israel in October. Please tell me where you think it should be tweaked, or changed. We want to go at a somewhat leisurely pace and spend more time seeing what we really enjoy rather than rushing to see as much as we possibly can. Sometimes we enjoy just meandering around neighborhoods.
6 Oct. - Shabbat - arrive in Tel Aviv at 14:30.
take cab to Savoy Hotel
rest/beach/dinner/maybe Old Jaffa
7 Oct. - Diaspora Museum - hope to do some genealogy research
there. Then Old Jaffa.
8 Oct. - Simchat Torah - stores will be closed
Israel Museum - last day for Sharmanka show
9 Oct. - Palmach Museum - 1100 reservation
10 Oct. - Rent car and drive to Haifa, Dan Panorama Hotel
Bahai Gardens/Louis Promenade/German Colony
all supposed to be nice at night
Dinner probably in German Colony
11 Oct. - Wadi Nisnas? Hazkenim felafel?
Drive to Pastoral Hotel Kfar Blum.
See Akko and Ohr Hachaim Synagogue, if time
Not sure how long it takes to get to Kfar Blum. We want
to be sure to arrive before dark.
12 Oct. - erev Shabbat - tour Zefat, Metulla, Synagogue Bar Am
and other areas with guide. Make dinner arrangements at
13 Oct. - Shabbat - See Old Akko if no time on the 11th and/or
go to Druze village - See if we can arrange to have lunch
with family. Shop.
14 Oct. - Drive to Dead Sea - Crowne Plaza Hotel
float in Dead Sea/play with mud
stop at Bet Alpha Synagogue on way down, if time
15 Oct. - Masada - early morning (cable car starts at 0800)
Drive to Jerusalem - Harmony Hotel
16 Oct. - Meet with guide and tour Old City, Western Wall, possibly
17 Oct. - morning - Yad Vashem
intentionally leaving afternoon open
2000 - Tower of David Light Show (made reservations)
18 Oct. - Egged Bus #99
Knesset/Hadassah Hospital (Chagall Windows)
19 Oct. - Erev Shabbat in Jerusalem
Be at Western Wall before beginning of Shabbat
Make dinner reservations someplace
Maybe Arab shuk in morning
20 Oct. - Shabbat - most things will be closed
Israel Museum - Shrine of the Book, Second Temple
model, outdoor sculpture garden, and one or two wings.
See if we should bring lunch with us. I think I read
that the museum is open but coffee shop is not.
21 Oct. - Tower of David Museum
Whatever we feel like doing for last day
22 Oct. - flight home early morning (around 0700 - guess we need
to leave for airport around 0300?)
Thank you so much.