We have a trip planned from July 18-28. We're excited but also somewhat concerned about recent tension in the area. I'm well aware that Israel is mostly safe, and that trouble is limited to a few geographic spots. Even so, this seems to be a time of greater tension than usual: The NY TImes calls it the period of greatest tension in the past 10 years. So many things so close together: the murder of the Israeli teenagers, the revenge murder of the Palestinian teenager, the escalation of attacks in the disputed territories, the collapse of peace talks, the crazy talk throughout social networks, etc. I heard today from someone traveling in Israel now that tour groups are skipping the Western Wall for security reasons. What a disappointment - and perhaps a signal of the seriousness of things, if such a major tourist attraction is closed for business? I have to wonder, it still a good idea to take this trip now? I'm bringing my three children and parents, after all. Perhaps we should postpone?
We're traveling in a van for 10, with a reputable guide. Here is our itinerary. I'd appreciate it if someone that knows the country well would take a look and tell me if there are any safety concerns in any of these areas:
7/18 Arrival , transfer to Tel Aviv –overnight Art Plus
7/19 Free day to relax Tel Aviv –overnight Art Plus
7/20 Tour Jaffa and Tel Aviv, including, newe tzedek, Independence hall and more. –overnight Art Plus
7/21 Mediterranean Coast - Caesarea, Haifa, Akko - Overnight Kibbutz Ginnosar
7/22 Golan- Jeep ride, chocolate factory, kayaking in the Jordan river - Overnight Kibbutz Ginnosar
7/23 Safed, Capernaum, Nazareth - overnight Dan Boutique Jerusalem
7/24 Old city of Jerusalem - Tour the old city including mt. of Olives, western wall tunnels, Jewish and Christian qrt, western wall, church of the holy sephulcure - overnight Dan Boutique Jerusalem.
7/25 New city of Jerusalem - Yad vashem Holocaust memorial, machane yehuda main Market, ammunition hill - overnight Dan Boutique Jerusalem.
7/26 Dead Sea - visit Masada, swim in the dead sea and than drive to Eilat – over night Dan Panorama Eilat
7/27 Petra, return with a flight to Jerusalem
7/28 transfer home
Thank you so much.