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October 2012 tentative itinerary

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October 2012 tentative itinerary

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

Independence Hall

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

Kfar Blum

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

return car

16 Oct. - Meet with guide and tour Old City, Western Wall, possibly

Mechane Yehuda.

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.

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1. Re: October 2012 tentative itinerary

Your itinerary could still use some tweaking. Here are some suggestions:

In Tel Aviv-Yafo, make a reservation at the new Old Jaffa Visitor's Center and don't miss Neve Tzedek, Rothschild Blvd and and a sunset walk along the boardwalk in the Tel Aviv Port.

10 Oct: Tour Caesarea and Zichron Ya'akov (have lunch there) on the way to Haifa. Skip a tour of the Bahai Gardens - it's sufficient to view them for just a few minutes from the Louis Promenade. Have dinner in the German Colony with no additional need to visit that area during the day.

11 Oct: Old Akko (don't miss the Knights Halls). Lunch at Abu Christo. Rosh Hanikra grottoes and then drive along the Northern Road to Kfar Blum.

12 Oct: Baram Synagogue and Tsfat. You'll have no time for more than this on Erev Shabbat.

13 Oct: Visit Tel Dan and tour the Golan Heights. Don't miss a visit to Mt Bental and consider a jeep tour in the area.

15 Oct: Consider visiting Qumran National Park on the same day as Masada.

16 Oct: Start at Mt Zion, then Jewish Quarter and after lunch the Davidson Center. Skip Machane Yehuda this day and visit the market another day (best on Fridays).

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2. Re: October 2012 tentative itinerary

Oct 8: I assume you meant the "Eretz Israel" Museum in Tel-Aviv.

Oct 10: Note that there are no tours of the upper Bahai Gardens on Wednesday:


The lower gardens are open all day, but the inner gardens and the shrine are open only in the morning.

Oct 11: Driving time from Haifa to Kfar Blum is only about 90-100 min. so you have most of the day available for touring:


Oct 14: Again you will have most of the day available for touring. You can visit either Bet Shean or the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve along the way.

Oct 22: You have to arrive at the terminal 3 hours before your flight. If you take a taxi - order it for 4 hrs before your flight . If you take the Nesher sherut - tell them what time you want to be at the airport.

Edited: 26 August 2012, 06:20
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3. Re: October 2012 tentative itinerary

Regarding the Diaspora Museum you might want to email them and be sure they are open as this is the eve of a holiday and some places are not open at all. If they are open it will only be until 1 p.m., so plan accordingly. Likewise the galleries in Old Jaffa may be closing early as well.

10 October: Your plan is for an extremely slow day. I would add Caesarea and or Zichron. Note that the 12 noon tour at the Bahai Gardens requires standing on your feet for over an hour including going down alot of steps and either walking back up or finding a taxi/bus back to your car.

11 Oct. -- I suggest the Maritime and Illegal Immigrant Museum and or Elijah's Cave. Or just drive to Akko where you could spend the entire day. Don't forget to include the British Jail museum (not included in the ticket and with a separate entrance. From Akko to Kfar Blum it will take up to 1.5 hours driving, depending on the roads you take.

12 Oct. Start at Zfat, then Baram (due to early closing times and then Metulla for an overlook into Lebanon.

13 How about a jeep trip in the Golan? You can visit Majdal Shams and have lunch there, on the Hermon, Israel's highest mountain.

14 Oct. Beit Alpha Synagogue is a good choice and you should have time. Take into consideration that from Kfar Blum to Ein Boqek is over a 3 hour drive in the desert. If you are set on an ancient synagogue you might like to stop at Hamat Tivieria (while recently defaced, the resortation work is almost complete and you will enjoy seeing this mosaic, which is similar to that in Beit Alpha.

15 Oct, stop at Ein Gedi or Qumran on the way north. Be sure to get to car rental agency before closing time (5 or 6). I suggest returning the car and taking a taxi to the hotel which is very difficult to find if you are driving, plus there is no where for you to park in the immediate area.

18 Oct. Better to take a more direct bus to the hospital and back

Try the Lavan which is open on Shabbat.

You are correct that there is nowhere to buy food at the Israel Museum on Shabbat. Bring your own food and drink. Note that you cannot walk around with a large bag and will need to check it at the entrance to the main building (not the main entrance to the museum).

See if we should bring lunch with us. I think I read

Yes you should hire a taxi to come around 3 for your flight home. Ask the hotel to order one for you and they will tell you when they'll pick you up according to the hour of your flight.



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4. Re: October 2012 tentative itinerary

October 18: Are you planning on taking the 99 bus because you want to take the circular bus tour, or as a means to get to the Knesset and Hadassah?

If the latter, it is not a very practical way to go about it. The 99 runs only every two hours, which means you are very restricted - either having to rush like a maniac to be sure of not missing it or else having far too much time at each stop.

Here's how to do it by public transport:

Harmony Hotel to Knesset:

bus 7 from King George corner Jaffa Road (bus going NORTH, the stop is on the same side of King George as Steimatzky bookshop) to the Knesset

Knesset to Hadassah Ein Kerem:

bus 35 from the Knesset to Yefe Nof light rail station, bus 27 from there (ask bus driver for a ticket that is valid on the light rail and your ticket will be good for both, no extra fare).

Hadassah to Harmony Hotel (or anywhere in city centre along Jaffa Road):

Bus 27 to Mount Herzl (the last stop), light rail from there.

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5. Re: October 2012 tentative itinerary

Eretz Israel Museum - the glass pvillion is under renovations (one of the highlights) the Sharamnka show is not good enough to go there. I was there last week. If you have kids it might be suitable, my grandkids were not impressed. You can skip this museum.

Oct 8 - the Tel Aviv and Jaffa ports will be open so will Ha-Tachana. All nice recreation center with shops, restaurants and other activities for the holiday. If you still want to visit a museum go to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It has a new wing, permament display (quite inpressive) and temperary exhibitions by leading artists. There are concerts in the evening too, but these are in other places too if you are interested.

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