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Visiting in August

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Visiting in August

Thank you all for the excellent advises. We reevaluated out plans and decided on following: arriving in Tel -Aviv as 2:30 am on Friday (we are coming from Rome vacation, no jet leg) will catch a bus to Eilat -6:30 am- arriving at noon. Spend a day in Eilat by the Red sea snorkeling; Saturday visit Petra ( heat not an issue for us ); Sunday rent a car and driving to Jerusalem with a stop by the Dead Sea. Arriving in Jerusalem on Sunday night, (and as per above mentioned suggestions) instead of running around the country like chickens without heads, will spend full 5 days exploring Jerusalem.

How about this plan?? Any suggestions??

Thank you ALL again.

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1. Re: Visiting in August

What will you do between landing and getting to the CBS for the 6:30 a.m. bus? Youay not be jetlagged but after staying up all night and then sitting for 5 hours on a bus I'm sure how much stamina you will have once you get to Eilat several hours before you can check into your hotel room.

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2. Re: Visiting in August

Your plan sounds great. A few comments:

1) Consider taking a domestic flight from Ben Gurion int'l airport (where you land from Rome) to Eilat. (airlines: EL AL, Israir, Arkia). This will save you some 5 hours in the bus, that begins after a 4-hour wait after your 4 hour flight.

Alternatively - by land: I'll recommend on preferring to take the night train to Be'er Sheva (rather than to Tel Aviv) and switch to the bus to Eilat there (the train station and central bus station in Be'er Sheva are literally in front of each other). And - whether you take the bus to Eilat from Be'er Sheva or from Tel Aviv - you must book in advance the tickets or else you will probably won't find seats (it's August - they high season for vacations in Eilat)

2) It is recommended to return the car at Jerusalem as close as you can to your arrival. Getting around Jerusalem with public transportation is easy, and will save you the heavy traffic and almost impossible parking-spot find...

3) Be aware that the weather in Israel is rather hot during the summer - but it is EXTERMELY hot at Eilat (about +40C during the day, while Jerusalem is about +29C during the day). Cover yourself in hats and drink a lot of water all day long!

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3. Re: Visiting in August

The itinerary is fine if you only want to see Jerusalem. You should also consider a one day tour to the Galilee (look at the Egged Tours or Abraham Hostel web sites for organized tours) and/or one day in Tel-Aviv (by public transport, only one hour from Jerusalem).

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4. Re: Visiting in August

Dear Amos R

I took your GREAT advise and booked air tikets to Eilat. Thank you

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5. Re: Visiting in August

Great!

Mind that while international flights land at Ben Gurion airport's terminal 3, the domestic flight service is from terminal 1. You would need to take the free shuttle that runs in the airport:

After clearing passport control and baggage claim, you're exiting to the arrivals hall. Go to exit 01 and walk to the road - the shuttle stop is on the right. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours. Tell the driver your destination is terminal 1.

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6. Re: Visiting in August

Thank you, very much for a great advice.

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