I need help planning a 7-8 day trip for 3 adults to Israel in early September.
We are not going to do a guided tour. However we need help putting together a reasonable trip. One of us tires easily, so don’t want to squeeze too many activities in a day, but it is our first trip to Israel and there is so much to see ( sigh).
I have selected places to see that were recommended, and I am avoiding Museums and the more modern Tel Aviv as we would rather see the actual historical and natural beauty of Israel.
My questions are:
1. Where should we stay our first day/night in Israel? We will probably be very tired from the flight unless we drug ourselves to sleep en-route (LOL). We might take a flight that gets in to Tel Aviv in the morning.
2. Does it matter where we are on Shabbat so we aren't affected by closings? Do I need to plan to be in Jerusalem on a Friday and Saturday?
3. If we rent a car, should we stay on the move from area to area, staying at different hotels? We want to have some guided day trips, which would always start and stop at the same location, so how does that affect the plan? Will we need to stay at a single central location, e.g., Jerusalem, and then day-trip out and back to each area?
4. Here is the itinerary I have come up with. Please tell me if it is do-able in the time we have, and any advice about how to do day trips. I am concerned about putting too many things in each day and rushing around, but also don't want to miss the best sights.
Day 1 – Arrive in Tel Aviv – where should we spend the first night?
Day 2: Caesarea, , Akka, Rosh Hanikra Grottoes and cable car
Day 3: Safed, Golan Heights Jeep tour
Dy 4-5: Jerusalem Old City, Western Wall, Tower of David Night Show,
Day 6: Ein Gedi, Masada Cable Car, Dead Sea
Day 7: Petra or Eilat? If we want to do Petra, should that be in a tour group that leaves from Israel? Where?
Day 8 – Eliat to Tel Aviv to airport and home.