2 weeks Israel in December?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 11:52 AM Last Post By: amirico
Nov 26, 2012 3:39 AM
2 weeks Israel in December?Hello guys,
I am planning to vistit Israel from 21th of December until 6th of January. I want to visit some friends I got to know on other journeys, but also I want to travel around and maybe have a few nice days on the beach (maybe kitesurfing if its possible in this period of the year). I know that December is not the best time of the year to visit Israel. But what is it like at this time? Should I visit Israel nevertheless at this time or would you recommend to me to visit Israel another time?
Actually my big advantage is that our company will be on vacation, so I would not have to use my vacation days.
The idea to visit Israel this year came very spontaneously. So I did not have time to make some research on the country yet. If you have a route suggestion or could tell me some "must-sees" it would be graet.
Also I have got a stamp from Dubai in my passport already. Might this be a problem on entering Israel?
And does Israel still give a stamp just on a piece of paper and put it in the passport or is it not possible any longer?
Thanks for reading :-)
Edited by: Bobsch
Nov 26, 2012 4:17 AM
1The UAE stamp in your passport makes no difference. You can ask for Israeli immigration to stamp a separate piece of paper and they will probably comply, but no guarantees.
There are no "must sees". There are a lot of things you may chose to see or do and if you tell us your specific interests and travel objectives we can offer recommendations.
Nov 26, 2012 4:37 AM
2I enjoy nature, amazing landscapes and active and adventureous things (just for example Gibbon experience in Laos, diving, kitesurfing and so on...). Mabe there is a kind of desert safari or things like this?
Thanks for replying :)
Nov 26, 2012 8:47 AM
3Just to give you a general outline:
Land in Ben Gurion Apt., rent a car, drive north along the coast, visit Haifa and Acre (Acco) and then head east into the Galilee. After exploring the Galilee, visit the Sea of Galilee area and the Golan Heights.
Drive your car south along the Jordan River Valley towards the Dead Sea where you can take a dip, visit Masada and enjoy countless hiking opportunities in places like Ein Gedi.
From Here you can extend your visit to the desert towards places like Sde Boker and Mitzpe Ramon and even Eilat.
Finally, return your car in Jerusalem and divide the remainder of your time between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Kitesurfing: Along the Mediterranean coast it's mostly storm surfing in winter (i.e. advanced level only). There is are great conditions in Eilat though. Let me know if you need more info.
There are numerous outdoor activities in the Galilee, Golan and the Negev (hiking, horse riding, jeep safaris, atv tours, bird watching, diving etc.). It's all a matter of time and sometimes budget.
Fianlly, December is winter in Israel. Some days are rainy, some are sunny. You can expect daytime temps. of about 10 degrees in the mountains, 15 on the coast and 20 in the Dead Sea and Eilat.
Nov 26, 2012 10:41 AM
4In addition to the unpredictable weather, the days are short in December. It gets dark by 5.
Since Christmas falls in the middle of your proposed dates, you should get your accommodation sorted out for December 24 and 25 now, if you haven't already done so. Christmas isn't a holiday in Israel, but it's peak travel time for tourists from abroad, for obvious reasons.
Nov 28, 2012 4:32 AM
would be nice to get some more information about kitesurfing in Israel. Where I could expect good wind conditions at this time? And which spots are good for beginners (means shallow water, often other kitesurfer at the spot and so on)?
Nov 28, 2012 8:45 AM
6I hope it would help you but there are 3 big surfing sites that I know of in Israel... If you have friends here in Israel the can help you get inside the right links to check what and when it is best for you to surf...
www.xwave.co.il - special site to see what is the forecast in Ashdod and Haifa.
www.topsea.co.il - there's great really good Israeli forum
www.intersurf.co.il - In this site you can see the sea cameras in real time!
P.S I understand that this will be your opportunity to take a vacation without spending vacation days but the best time to come to Israel is definitely around july-october... If in the end it would be your plan- don't hesitate to ask me what activities you can find here.. I have lots of special tips related to summer vacations in Israel
Nov 28, 2012 11:52 AM
There are three areas to kitesurf in Israel:
1. Sea of Galilee on the north eastern shore. Due to the strong winds and rocky beach this is for medium-advanced riders and is active june-august.
2. Mediterranean Coast. All along the cost. There are great northerly winds april-june and again around september-october. During these months there are conditions for all levels. Beaches are sandy. During winter winds are unstable and this is when the advanced surfers wait for the storms and the other riders stay at home and drink hot coco.
Here are a few clubs I would recommend:
3. Eilat. This is a year round destination and probably the best choice for you. The beach is narrow and there is a coral reef so you get taken out by boat. You can choose between a rescue boat or a full lesson. Eilat is suitable for all levels.
Remember that winds are not guaranteed so always have a backup plan.
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