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Advice on travel schedule

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Advice on travel schedule

Hi,

This summer (july) we are travelling to Israel. We are a group of young friends (23 years old) and would like some advice on our travel plan :)

This is what we are planning to do:

Day 1: Arrive at ben gurion at 9 AM, travel with bus to Eilat

Day 2: Eilat -> Petra & visit Petra

Day 3: Visit Petra & travel back to Eilat

Day 4: Travel to Ein Gedi, visit dead sea and travel to Jerusalem

Day 5 - 7: Jerusalem

Day 8 - 10: Tel Aviv

Now we are wondering if it is a good idea to include Petra? It would cost us 2 days of travelling.

What do you thinks? Any good suggestions to do instead of Petra? (Akko-Golan Heights-...)

Thanks a lot for the suggestions and tips!

Greets

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1. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Your itinerary is doable. What day of the week is "Day 1" ?? (very important for public transport planning as there is very limitd sevice on Saturdays).

It's your decision whether to go to Petra based on your priorities. It will take up three days of your 10 day vacation.

I suggest going to Jerusalem directly from Eilat, then taking a 1-day tour from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea that includes Massada, Ein Gedi and a short swim:

http://abrahamtours.com/theme/israel-tours/

This is logistically simpler and you will see a lot more. Add one day to Jerusalem and drop one day from Tel-Aviv, so your schedule will be:

Day 4: Travel to Jerusalem

Day 5 - 8: Jerusalem including 1 day at the Dead Sea

Day 9 - 10: Tel Aviv

Alternatively, you could do the following:

Day 4: Travel to Ein Gedi, visit dead sea and travel to Tel-Aviv

Day 5 - 6: Tel-Aviv

Day 7 - 10: Jerusalem including 1 day at the Dead Sea

Edited: 03 June 2014, 08:05
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2. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Oops:

The alternate schedule should read:

Day 4: Travel to Tel-Aviv

Day 5 - 6: Tel-Aviv

Day 7 - 10: Jerusalem including 1 day at the Dead Sea

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3. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Personally, I would skip Petra on such a short trip unless you have seen Israel before. It will also be terribly hot there this time of year with lots of walking. But as mbgg says, it is your trip, and I would otherwise follow his advice.

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4. Re: Advice on travel schedule

If you are not going to Petra there is no reason to go to Eilat. Eilat in July is boiling hot, and it isn't worth the travel time (five hours in each direction from either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv by bus) to get there. Tel Aviv has much nicer beaches.

But if you do: There is no direct transport from the airport to Eilat. You can take a train to Tel Aviv, and a bus from there to Eilat. Seats on buses to and from Eilat must be reserved in advance, which you can do from two weeks before you want to travel (up to a few hours before you want to travel). Reservations can be done by telephone. Online reservation is possible only in Hebrew.

It is also possible to fly from Ben-Gurion to Eilat. There are also flights from Sde Dov, a small airport right next to Tel Aviv, but that is less convenient if you're landing at Ben-Gurion and want to go straight to Eilat.

Edited: 03 June 2014, 10:29
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5. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Hi,

thanks for the responses!

If we would skip Petra, are there some other suggestions/must-do's to do in Israel?

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6. Re: Advice on travel schedule

To answer that it would be helpful to know. What kingdom of thing you are interested in seeing..... religious sites? (Jewish? Christian? Moslem?). Historical? Archaeological? Scenery? Etc etc

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7. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Hi,

Since we are already spending 6 days at the bigger cities (Jerusalem & Tel Aviv) some scenery, smaller villages, nature,... would be nice! :)

Thanks!

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8. Re: Advice on travel schedule

If nature and smaller towns and villages are a priority then the Galilee is what I recommend. Go way up north of the Sea of Galilee and base yourself there to travel around to the many, many beautiful national parks (many with water for cooling down on hikes or hiking through water), the Golan Heights, wineries, cities such as Safed and towns such as Rosh Pina and Metulla. You might want to stay on at a kibbutz guesthouse. For this part of the trip, you would need to rent a car to be able to travel around effectively.

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9. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Akko is, indeed, worth a visit. So is our lovely Galilee region and the Golan Heights.

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10. Re: Advice on travel schedule

Hi, I am just finishing two weeks in Israel with my girlfriend. We're Aussie. Our tips:

DO SEE PETRA. This place is mind blowing. We've been to many historical places around the world and this is in the top 3. It's worth it. Eilat is a dump so don't go except for Petra and don't do only a day trip, stay overnight so you can have enough time there and come back early the following morning. Desert Eco Tours are a decent set up and can do this for you.

We are in the Gallillee and Golan now. Don't bother. The terrain/scenery is nothing compared to many many other countries, see Israel for the history not the nature (except Dead Sea which is worth it for a couple of hours only).

Other tips:

Mesada was good.

Tel Aviv is a great city.

Jerusalem is amazing and worth as many days as you can afford there.