I am trying to map out my itinerary to Israel, Jordan and Palestine Authority from Dec - Jan. This will be my first time travelling to the Middle East and I have no idea where to start! I have a huge interest in seeing the West Bank while I am there. I have heard stories of tight security measures such as checkpoints to the West Bank. I am most interested in seeing the town of Tubas, but how to get there would require some pre-planning. Any suggestions on how I can go about arranging transport, a driver or even a guide would be much appreciated (or any other security tips for a western women getting through checkpoints).
Also, I was hoping to be in Bethlehem on Christmas, but as a solo traveller not sure if it would be a safe time to travel at such a busy and congested time especially with the Nativity procession.
Appreciate any tips and suggestions! Thanks