I am returning to Israel on 29th April and this time bringing my sister with me. We have 7 days and hotels booked. We will not visit the Galilee this trip and are not religious although we were brought up Christian and went to Sunday school so know the stories. We are very interested in history.
I have packed a lot in and written it out as a timetable which, if possible I would like to stick to. I was spontaneous on my last trip and although I enjoyed it immensely I missed a lot. This time I want to stick to a schedule and have used TA and Douglas' excellent guide. Although I have been before I want my sister to enjoy this as much as I did and do not want to be walking aimlessly trying to find places as we have so little time, I am not good with maps although my sister is better.
Mon- Arrive in Ben Gurion and take a taxi to Hotel - Beachfront in Tel Aviv,
Tues - Walk along the promenade to Old Jaffa, explore the area and take the Dan HOHO bus from St Peter's Church (no8 on their map). Get off the bus at No 10 Newe Zedek,, visit the Shalom Tower, Independence Hall (outside only), and walk along Rothschild to No 14 (Sheinkin). Board bus again here and go to Rabin Sq (No 18) Spend time on Dizengoff and get bus at NO 20 Azrieu Ctr, continue on bus to No 25 Diaspora Museum and time permitting get off here and visit museum. Take bus from here to Tel Aviv Port. Take last bus back to No 6 close to our hotel.
Wed - Bus to train station and train to Akko. Spend the day here visiting the gardens, Knights Templar passageways, Citadel and Templar Halls.
Thurs - Bus to Jerusalem (early) and leave bags at Abraham Hostel (too early to check in). Take the 11am Holy City Tour (4 hours). Back to Hostel to check in then Sound and Light Show in Tower of David.
Fri - Israel Museum, Mahane Yehuda market and get food for the evening. Taxi to Mount of Olives and walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane, visiting churches along the way. Enter the old city via the Lions Gate and visit St Annes Church. Walk to the Western Wall in time for the lighting of candles. Walk back to Hostel and eat the food we bought earlier.
Sat - Abraham Hostel tour to Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea.
Sun - 10am tour of City of David (we will not be doing the wet tunnel as we are both claustrophobic). Afternoon, Hurva Synagogue, the Cardo, Garden Tomb, 16.30 tour of the Kotel Tunnels (booked), Visit Mamilla Mall.
Mon - Yad Vasham in the morning and then some shopping. Nesher taxi to airport for 8.20pm flight to Manchester.
I would appreciate your comments.