Thank you to all that gave me their valuable feedback... I've revamped our itinerary to the following... thoughts? Anything I've missed/should include? You will see itineraries under each location... this is just for flexibility... e.g. if we don't feel like kayaking day 2, can do that on day 3.
North Israel –Day 1-4
• Do we stay in Hadera (we have friends that live here)? Netanya? Tel-Aviv?
Itinerary 1 - Caeserea, Beach, Playground – probably 1st day to keep busy to not sleep but not too much so (Wed)
Itinerary 2 –kayaking on the Jordan (a few hours) through Hula reservation/Sea of Galilee-Tiberias or Chocolate Factory/making tour (De Karina/Galita’s)
Itinerary 3- Sachne, Gan Garoo
Itinerary 4- Akko, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra
Travelling Day 5– Be’er Sheva (to visit friends/see how area has changed) & go to Ein Gedi
• Should we also stop at Ashdod (south of Tel Aviv) on the way?
Ein Gedi-Day 6-7
• I'm thinking of staying in Ein Gedi on the Kibbutz may be a better as more “resort”-like and where we would be spending the majority of the time with excursions to Dead Sea & Masada but not sure...
Itinerary 1 – Dead Sea Float (early morning or late afternoon), enjoy Ein Gedi (feeding animals, hiking, “waterfalls”, etc)
Itinerary 2 –Masada (early morning or late afternoon), enjoy Ein Gedi (feeding animals, hiking, “waterfalls”, etc)
Jerusalem – Day 8,9,10
• Itinerary 1 – Old City – Kotel, Western Wall Tunnels, Hezekaiah's water tunnels, Jewish Quarter, 4 Sephardic Synagogues, Temple Mount/Dome of Rock, King David’s Tomb (Mt. Zion), Tower of David Museum, Walking along Ramparts, Cardo, markets (With Tour Guide) - I REALIZE THIS IS WAAAAY TOO MUCH IN ONE DAY... will fill in what is missed for days 2 & 3
Itinerary 2 –Other Jerusalem (Ben Yehuda street, Israel Museum, Knesset, Marc Chagall windows at Medical Center, Mini Israel)
Itinerary 3- Biblical Zoo, Time Elevator, those missed from above 2
Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Ashdod – Day 11, 12, 13 (our flight is at midnight of Day 14...so whole day 13 is available) ... theme relaxation
Itinerary 1 – Ashdod (south of Tel Aviv), Dizengoff St/fountain
Itinerary 2 – Yarkon Park (paddle boats), Palmach Museum
Itinerary 3 - Beaches (e.g. Tayelet, Andromeda’s rock), Eretz Israel Museum