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Hi, I'm staying in TA for 2 nights and I'm trying to get a sense of where to find a place to stay. I want to be relatively centrally located, but perhaps in a more relaxing/peaceful part of the center that's still convenient to move around quickly. Any areas come to mind? Neve Tzedek and Florentin keep coming up, but I really don't know.
If these are the key spots, are there any specific areas or intersections to try to get close to within these districts?
Thanks for your time.
I will be arriving in Israel on the 21st for 10 days. I am curious if anyone can give me advice on the best phone plan to use. I have an unlocked iPhone 4, so I am looking for a service where I can just plug in a sim card. Data is very important to me so I would want something with at least 1-2 GBs.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
I spent ten days traveling about Israel and Palestine, mainly by bus: many thanks to those who gave me good advice beforehand. I'd like to add some of my own.
Travel by bus isn't so simple. Bus stops may bear the route numbers of the buses which stop there, but there's seldom a timetable, and never a map. At larger bus stations (e.g. Afula), one can ask the staff, and they'll know which bus gets you to your destination, at what time, and from which stand: otherwise, it's all a great secret. Likewise sheruts: they bear a route number, but no other indication of where they're going.
Make sure you stand in the correct bus shelter for the route you want, or the bus for which you've waited may sweep straight past you. Israeli and Palestinian companies appear to run parallel networks in places, but not exactly the same routes. Fame and fortune await whoever can come up with a reliabl... more »
I'll be spending a few days in either Eilat or Aqaba (haven't decided which to stay at yet) and am looking to do a diving/snorkeling trip while there, maybe including swimming with dolphins. Can anyone recommend a good one that's good value? and is it better to do that in Eilat or Aqaba?
I'm hoping to visit Tel Aviv, Israel in late July/early August. I'm based in Verona, Italy which is fairly close to Venice. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the cheapest way to get to Tel Aviv from Verona? Going by plane is definitely a good choice - but which airlines would be the best in this case?
Thanks a lot in advance!
I'm looking for an up to date comprehensive Guide book for Israel and Palestinian territories.
I know tis is a lonely planet forum, but nee advise as there are very mixed reviews on lonely plant guide and there is no rough guide (last one ws 1998)
any advise would be appreciated i'm going to be working there for a few weeks every few months and want the add a few day to my trips to tour around.
Thanks in advance
Hi everyone :)
I'm going to Israel for the first time, in 3 weeks and after doing some research this is my itinerary. I thought it would be worth posting it on here to check it's all ok.
Day 2 / Sunday - spend the day in Tel Aviv, and get a tourist visa for Jordan from the embassy. Stay at friends house
Day 3 / Monday - Get a train from Tel Aviv to Akko, stopping off at Caesarea and Haifa along the way, stay in a hostel in Akko/Acre.
Day 4 / Tuesday - Go east to Tiberias, see the Sea of Gallilee etc, stay in hostel in Tiberias. Travel by train/bus?
Day 5 / Wednesday - Travel south and cross border into Jordan, go to Amman and stay in hostel overnight. Train/bus?
Day 6 / Thursday - Go south to Petra and stay somewhere overnight - Rocky Mountain Hotel maybe?
Day 7 / Friday - see more of Petra, then tra... more »
I am arriving in Tel Aviv at 2:40 am on a Sunday morning and want to find a place to watch the sun rise. I had first run across Masada, but it doesn't seem I would have enough time to get my luggage, get my rental car, drive there and hike to the top. Next in line I am thinking of watching it over the sea of Galilee- I think it would be quite an experience. Sunrise is at about 5:30 am: are there any good overlooks around Tiberias that would be accessible at this time of day that I wouldn't have to hike into? Any other ideas on good places to catch the sunrise within an hour or two of Tel Aviv?
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I want to spend a meaningful Christmas this year. I want to know the atmoshere of Christmas in Bethlehem. Will the streets , churches and houses decorated by christmas lights? Will the shops or restaurants be closed during Christmas period? Any Christmas market? How do people celebrate? Also, what about the weather? Thanks
I’m a 48-year-old gay guy from San Francisco traveling solo to Tel Aviv for 9 days October, staying in an apartment in Hayarkon. I don’t suspect I’ll have any problems filling my time in TA, especially given that I’m not far from the beach.
My question is “What else should I see?” I know I’ll want to spend a day in Jerusalem – and I’d be especially interested in locating a tour that is small-ish and gay-friendly (or at least neutral) – and keeping in mind that as an atheist, I’m visiting Jerusalem as a tourist interested in its history, not as a pilgrim. Any suggestions?
Are there other day trips I should add to my itinerary? The Dead Sea/Masada combo sounds interesting – though I have some reluctance to joining a large bus tour (they are not always easy for a single traveler if everyone else is in pairs or groups). And I have a friend who lived in TA for awhile and said the Dea... more »
Here are my recent experiences crossing from Israel to Jordan via the Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein/Northern crossing. My crossing was May 23 2013 and I did it solo (female with US passport).
I started at Nazareth, from which I caught the 11AM bus to Afula (11.80 NIS), and another bus around 11:45 to Beit She’an (11.20 NIS). From most destinations, the bus transfer will be at Afula, which is the major bus station in northern Israel. It is a large station with many facilities including snacks.
The Beit She’an station is small and on the hot side of the road. There is no taxi stand near by, although the occasional taxi passes on the road. I’ve heard that these taxis charge a lot to the border, and I’m not surprised, since there seems to be very little in terms of options. However, I did take a bus to the border. The 16 leaves several times in the early morning, several times in the ... more »
i will be arriving at Ben Guruion on Friday afternoon, close to 3 PM. The last train north wil have departed by the time I arrive. How easy will it be to get a sherut to Haifa from BG airport at that time of day? it was suggested tha I get a bus or sherut into Tel Aviv and catch a sherut from there to Haifa.
I was denied entry into Israel in 2002 at the Beit Shean border crossing. I'm thinking of going back (with El Al, no less) but since one of the boarding questions is "Have you been to Israel before?", I suppose that I would have to disclose this incident right away since either "yes" or "no" wouldn't be quite accurate an answer.
Although the reason for my denial of entry was the laconic "decision of the ministry of interior", I have to admit it was probably the name/addresses/phone numbers of Syrian nationals that were found in my wallet that did me in. I had been to Syria on the same trip and, travelling by bicycle, being invited over for food, drinks, and sleep was pretty much to be expected -- now try explaining that to a 20-year-old border guard.
And, according to Israel's embassy in Ottawa, the mere fact that I was using the Beit Shean crossing w/o being Isr... more »
Sorry to ask again but my search only turned up threads from last year.
I flew to Tel Aviv in January and asked for and was given a stamp on a piece of paper.
In June, I plan to fly into TelAvia and leave via Jordan. I don't want either Israel exit stamp or Jordanian entry stamp. Is this possible.
I believe I can get a Jordanian visa in Ramallah. Is this also true?
Could anybody give me the links to the websites of the three border crossings to Jordan?(I'm aware that there is no VOA via Allenby Bridge)
Thnx in advance!
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