Female lone travel in Israel in early December
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2012 5:29 AM Last Post By: ZedisDead
Oct 8, 2012 11:14 AM
Female lone travel in Israel in early DecemberHi I'm hoping some Israel experts can give me a few tips please?......
I'm well travelled and travel regularly but have never gone on a lone trip before (I'm 29 years old) And a little nervous. I've always wanted to visit Israel and have finally booked to go in early December for 4 nights, 5 days basing myself in Tel Aviv.
I was planning to book onto two separate day tours-one to Jerusalem and one to the West Bank and explore round and about alone on the other three days.
Could anyone recommend any good tour companies (I'm on a budget)?
Is it better to book before I go or whilst I'm there?
What other places would you recommend I visit?
Is Israel currently 'safe' for female lone travellers? Any tips would be really appreciated?
Also can anyone recommend good places to go to in Tel Aviv to meet other travellers?
Thanks in advance for your help
Oct 8, 2012 12:34 PM
1I guess I'm not an Israel "expert" but I can offer some observations.
First, yes, Israel is safe; for anyone. My big question is why are you basing in TA. You do not offer why you want to go to Israel or what your primary interests are. The airport is located between TA and Jerusalem so either city can be accessed equally well.
The bottom line is that TA is world famous for two primary things; beaches and night life. It's unlikely you'll be camped out on a beach in December so unless you're really in to clubbing I'll ask again, why base in TA? Jerusalem, on the other hand, is one of the world's most fascinating and unique cities. A single day trip to Jerusalem would be like trying to see New York City in an hour.
Depending upon your interests (history, religion) you would probably be better of basing in Jerusalem and doing a couple day trips from there.
Yes, you should book ahead of time.
Oct 8, 2012 12:59 PM
2I am female, originally from the United Kingdom, and have lived in Israel for decades. I feel absolutely safe everywhere here - using common sense of course.
I have to agree with laketraveller and ask why you want to base yourself in Tel Aviv. It's a pleasant enough city, but not the most interesting for tourists. It won't be beach weather in December, and you can go clubbing anywhere in the world. Base yourself in Jerusalem.
What are your interests? What do you want to see?
Oct 8, 2012 1:50 PM
3With only four nights to spend in our fascinating country, by all means base yourself in JERUSALEM rather than in Tel Aviv. (And that's being recommended by a resident of Tel Aviv.)
Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating, complex and unique cities in the world.
Any compelling reason to spend a day in the West Bank when you have so little time to see the vast array of sights in Israel? If Bethlehem is of interest to you, I suggest dedicating a half-day excursion from Jerusalem to that West Bank town.
Do your best to spend a day at Masada and the Dead Sea. And then there's the Galilee region in the north definitely worth a day trip too.
In Jerusalem, itself, you could spend a full week touring and not see all that the Holy City has to offer you. Besides the Old City, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and the City of David, try and make time to see some of the sights in New Jerusalem as well, particular a good half-day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
Oct 8, 2012 2:20 PM
4Thanks for all of your responses.
I will base myself in Jerusalem. I'm interested in culture, history and generally wondering, exploring and people watching (i have studied theology and social anthropology previously for my degree) Clubbing isn't really my thing anymore.
Which is the best way to get from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem? I land at 17:15
Oct 8, 2012 3:17 PM
5Take the Nesher shuttle from the airport. It is a 10-seater minibus that will deliver you to any destination in Jerusalem. It goes when it's full and it fills up quickly. Depending on whether you are the first or last to be dropped at your accommodation, you might get a tour of the city! It costs about NIS 60 (around 10 pounds) per person including luggage. It's by far the best and most convenient way to get there, at any time of day or night. Both bus and train are impractical for that journey.
With your interests, Jerusalem is the obvious place to stay. What period of history? There's everything from biblical to contemporary. Good areas to explore are the Old City, of course, and also around Nahlaot and the Mahaneh Yehuda market in west Jerusalem. Plenty of people watching everywhere, even - and perhaps especially - in the central bus station.
Oct 9, 2012 7:42 AM
Oct 9, 2012 11:26 AM
7The best days of the week to go to Mahaneh Yehuda are Monday to Thursday. Most stalls are closed Sunday (because nothing is harvested on Saturday so there is no fresh produce for sale on Sunday, also most people have bought so much on Friday that they don't need to shop again on Sunday). Fridays are extremely crowded and you would be fighting your way through the hordes, with their shopping carts etc. The market is closed on Saturdays.
Oct 11, 2012 9:15 AM
8As concerns visiting the West Bank, I would give it a day, but then I'm partial. :-)
If you are interested in learning about the political and social realities of life in the West Bank, then I suggest you check out Green Olive Tours. They have an excellent web site and are reviewed extensively on Tripadvisor. They run tours of different lengths that include Bethlehem.
Enjoy your trip.
Oct 11, 2012 1:33 PM
Oct 15, 2012 12:08 PM
10Jerusalem has loads to do especially within the old city. I would book a Western Wall tunnel tour in English in advance http://english.thekotel.org/VisitorInfo.asp?id=2 and take time just to wonder. Also note the diferent visiting times for the churches and mosques e.t.c.
The Israel Museum is also highly recommended.
For some winter sun catch the bus from the central bus station (www.egged.co.il) to ein gedi and you can hike the desert oasis inc. waterfalls and then go float in the dead sea. It's only about 1hr15 away from the city. If you want to stay in the dead sea a night or pack in loads to one day- go to qumran where they discovered the dead sea scrolls and also masada. All accessable by bus.
For the green North you'll have to come back another time!
Oct 16, 2012 3:37 PM
Oct 19, 2012 5:29 AM
12Take the opportunity to just walk around Jerusalem on your own. it is very safe. Lunch at a prime humas place in the Old City (Abu Shukris or Humas Lena) and eat dinner in the Mahane Yehuda neighborhood, in West Jerusalem. .
A tour of te unnnel undetr the Western Wall is well worth it. you have to book the guided tour at the entrance.
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