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10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

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10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

I'm trying to finalize a 10-day itinerary for the end of May, keeping in mind timing issues related to best days of the week, and also that the only Tuesday is the day of a big birthday that will hopefully be very memorable. I've come up with 2 scenarios. Any thoughts about timing?

Itinerary #1: Good for allowing more time in Tel Aviv on the weekend, but fewer options for desired hotel that weekend in Jerusalem which seems to be getting booked up already.

Friday: Arrive in the evening, settle down in a Jerusalem Hotel

Saturday: Take a tour to Bethlehem, West Bank

Sunday: Jerusalem City Tour

Monday: Jersualem exploring on own

Tuesday (birthday): Tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, Masada, nice meal in Jerusalem

Wednesday: rent car, drive to Akko, then to Haifa. Stay in Haifa

Thursday: See a glimpse of Haifa, stop at a winery, then Caesarea on way to Tel Aviv lodging

Friday: Tel Aviv / Jaffa; enjoy nightlife

Saturday: Tel Aviv sites, relax, beach

Sunday: Tel Aviv, Bauhaus tour

Monday: depart am

Itinerary #2: Less time for Tel Aviv, particularly for nightlife, more options for desired hotel in Jerusalem

Friday: arrive in evening, enjoy nightife if not too tired after long flight from Chicago

Saturday: Tel Aviv / Relax/ Beach

Sunday: Tel Aviv / Jaffa

Monday: Tel Aviv / Bauhaus tour

Tuesday (birthday): Rent car, drive to Haifa stopping at Caesarea and winery along the way. Stay in Haifa, nice meal in Haifa

Wednesday: Drive to Akko, then drive to Jerusalem. Stay in Jerusalem

Thursday: Jerusalem City Tour

Friday: Jerusalem exploring on own

Saturday: Tour to Bethelem / West Bank

Sunday: Tour to Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea

Monday: leave am

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1. Re: 10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

If you share the hotel you are trying to go to, we may be able to help you find a viable alternative. It also seems to me that to plan a vacation around a hotel is not the best motivator. Your Tel Aviv days are very light, in both itineraries. I've done the Bauhaus Audio tour but I would think that the Friday AM walking tour would be better--since you can ask questions. Since you will be in Tel aviv on a Friday, I would do the tour then. Also, doing it at the beginning of a Tel Aviv stay enables you to notice and understand the many many buildings you will see that are all over Tel Aviv and NOT on the tour.

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2. Re: 10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

The free Bauhaus tour is on SATURDAY morning:

visit-tel-aviv.com/….UuicZhD8JMw

I really don't see much difference between the two itineraries. The advice usually given here is to start off in Tel-Aviv and finish in Jerusalem.

Drive to north: You should pick up the car the previous afternoon so that you will be able to get a much earlier start. After Caesarea, I recommend the Amphora winery in Kerem Maharal and Schwartzmans Dairy in Bat Shlomo. You can then drive into Haifa via Mukhraka and the Druze Villages, although it will be quite late by then. You should continue on that evening to Akko and stay in a hotel there - this will save you a lot of time driving through traffic the following morning.

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3. Re: 10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

I like the second one better -- but as mbgg says, I strongly prefer ending my trip in Jerusalem.

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4. Re: 10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

The Bauhaus Center offers a tour on FRIDAY mornings. I do not believe it is free! BUT, if you have to pay something you may end up with a small group.

http://www.bauhaus-center.com/tours.php

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5. Re: 10-day itinerary, Timing Issues

I also like the second itinerary better. You won't be doing much the day you arrive and the way it is spaced will give you beach time to get over jetlag yet a good amount of time for touring. In Tel Aviv consider visiting the Hall of Independence and/or the Palmach Museum, both of which require advance reservations. There is a lot to do in Tel Aviv and you won't be bored. I like the idea of doing the birthday trip up the coast. Ceasarea has some terrific restaurants for lunch, in the ruins and next to the water. The winerys at Zichron Yaacov are also nice for a birthday. Finish off in Haifa with another special meal.

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