We are an Australian couple in our 70s. We will be on board the Celebrity Constellation when it docks in Ashdod on November 5 and 6.
To maximise our time we are thinking of staying overnight in Jerusalem rather than returning to the ship. Is this a good idea? Any recommendations of a reasonably priced hotel - maybe near the Old City?
We would like to see the main Christian, Jewish and Muslim sites if possible. What is not to be missed?
We have booked separately a tour the previous day from Haifa, which includes Nazareth, the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, and the Mount of Beatitudes.
We know the Old City is walking only - how difficult is it and how far is the walk to the main points of interest? My wife has limited walking capacity.
Can we see the main places independently, or do we need a guided tour?
What about museums etc - should we include any at the expense of sites? Is it worth including a trip to the Dead Sea?
Our main interest is history, but we want to leave Jerusalem with at least some understanding of the current situation.
Sorry for so many questions, but any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated!