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Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

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Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

We will pick up our rental car (Eldan) in Jerusalem as soon as they open, and drive to Nazareth (and stay overnight there) on lSunday December 28. We will then make our first stop at Caesarea.

Do you think we would have time to pick a second stop, say at Meggido or Zippori? Which one is more interesting and more efficient in term of use of time? Is driving via 6 recommended compare to 2? Would we have enough time to make a short visit to Muhraqa after Caesarea? We hope to arrive in Nazareth before dark, since not a good night driver we are.

Thank you for the advice,

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1. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

Since you start driving from Nazareth I recommend to first stop at Zippori (close to Nazareth) and continue RT#75 to RT#70 to RT#2 (no need to use the toll rad #6) to Caesarea (both can be done in one day). The Muhraqa in between Zippori and Caesarea on mount Carmel and requires about 1-1.5 hours of detour. It you want to add it it should be second stop.

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2. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

It gets dark quite early in December, at 1700 or so. You need two hours to get to Caesarea, two hours touring, 30 minutes for a quick lunch...To get to Zippori you need an hour too. If you want to reach Zippori at least one hour before closing you have no time for another stop.

The tall road is no use for this trip.

Edited: 15 June 2014, 12:03
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3. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

This question isn't clear to me.

Are you picking up your car in Jerusalem and going to Ceasarea dn Zippori, arriving in Nazareth for the overnight?

or

Are you picking up your car in Jerusalem and driving to Nazareth where you will be spending the day and night and then touring to Ceasarea and Zippori from there?

The two answers you received indicate that people are not understanding your question as you got one answer for each of these scenarios.

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4. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

I had the same question.

It would make more sense to visit Caesarea on the way from Jerusalem to Nazareth, and then visit Zippori perhaps the next day as a very short day trip from Nazareth.

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5. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

Sorry here is to clarify. We are driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth and plan to stop by at Caesarea/ Muhraka/Sippori or Meggido before reaching and staying overnight at Nazareth.

Per opinion above, I would take 2 from J to Caesarea. In constraint of time, per Shoshi calculation, I will skip Muhraka. And if there is enough sunlight, Sippori will be the final destination before overnight in Nazareth. That works great for us!

Last question, Sippori or Megiddo (say we rent the car on Friday so we could start the day very early)? I read that the highlight of Megiddo is water tunnel, is it similar experience as Hezekiah tunnel?

Much thanks for the advice,

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6. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

Hezekiah tunnel and the Megido water system are very different. I prefer Zippori to Megiddo. In Megiddo you need lots of imagination while Zippori is beautiful with wonderful mosaics and a water system.

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7. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

Pick up the car early as you can in the morning, it always take longer than you think.. You can do Caesarea and Megiddo on the same day and still arrive in Nazareth before dark. Save Tzipori for the next day, it is quite close. You may encounter some traffic near Tel Aviv. I took the toll road # 6 and got off near Caesarea. We used Google maps on our cellphone to navigate and it worked perfectly. Getting out of Jerusalem was easy using Google maps. If you are using Google to navigate on your smartphone be sure to go to "Tel Megiddo" for the National Park instead of just Megiddo which will take you to a nearby kibbutz. You will need to get an early start and not waste a lot of time. We did stop for lunch at an outdoor restaurant on the harbor in Caesarea. Try to go to both Tzipori and Megiddo, they are both worth it IMHO.

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8. Re: Driving from Jerusalem to Nazareth - visit Caesarea and ?

If you decide not to visit Caesarea you can go to Megiddo, Mukhraka and Zippori before arriving in Nazareth. If to choose between the Biblical site of Megiddo or the Talmudic/Byzantine site of Zippori, it totally depends on what your interests are.

Both parks close at 4 in December so you would need to plan your day accordingly.

1.5 hour drive to Caesrea

1-1.5 hour visit in Caesarea

40 minute drive to Megiddo - or 1 hour to Zippori

Visit either site for 1.5 hours ending at 4.

If you are out by 8 do Caesarea to Mukhraka(less than 1 hour drive) to Zippori(45 minute drive). Can' t do all 4 sites in one day in December.

There is more than the water works in Megiddo(Zippori also has a water"tunnel")

Chana

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