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Israel during Easter

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Israel during Easter

We are planning a trip to Israel during Easter. We've been wanting to visit this interesting and beautiful country for a long time, and we now finally seem to have the time for it.

We assume that the popular sights are going to be crowded during the Holidays and that the price level of acommendation will be higher too. However, we were wondering if it is harder to get around as a tourist during there days. By that we mean - do things close down? Do the busses still run and so on?

Would you recommend touristis going at another time of the year, while not so crowded and a Little less expensive? We expect to cue, but we would like to have the time to go to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the dead sea etc.

Also, my boyfriend is a Construction manager and therefore very interested in seeing Petra in Jordan. Will we manage all this in a week?

We welcome ALL input - thank you in advance

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1. Re: Israel during Easter

Easter is not a holiday for the vast majority of Israelis. However, it coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover, which is an extremely busy time, not only for local people but also for Jewish tourists who come from abroad to visit friends and family for the holiday. Everywhere will be extremely crowded, and yes, many places will be closed because of the holiday. There are some days on which public transport doesn't run. Accommodation costs will be sky high (if you can even find anything, at any price, at this late date).

I would definitely recommend coming at a different time of year. And avoid the end of September and first half of October (in 2014) for the same reason, because there is a whole string of Jewish holidays then.

I am not sure of the connection between being a construction manager and wanting to see Petra, but with only a week - at any time of year - it isn't practical to include Petra.

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2. Re: Israel during Easter

Easter this year is parallel to the Jewish Passover which has great affect in Israel. Passover Starts on April 13th night (public transportation except of taxis will stop Sunday afternoon until Monday 14th night) and again on the 8th day (April 20th afternoon until April 21st night) in addition to Friday afternoon-Saturday nights. Besides being crowded expect price jump during this period. Foe Petra you should allocate 2.5 days (going down to Eilat, joining a tour, crossing the boarder, visiting Petra and Wadi Ram and coming back)

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3. Re: Israel during Easter

Agree with the above.

(1) Avoid Israel during the Passover holiday (which this year includes Easter).

(2) With only a week, save Petra for another time and concentrate on Israel - even one week in Israel only is barely enough time to just scratch the surface.

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4. Re: Israel during Easter

The best time to come is at the end of April (after the 22nd) when things calm down and prices are back to normal. If it us your life long wish to be in the Holyland for Easter I would discourage you in any case.

Israel has plenty of sites which could potentially be of interest to a construction engineer. No need to go yo Petra on such a short visit.

Chana

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