travelling to Palestine and Israel with my child( 2.5 year old )
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 1:37 AM Last Post By: catw
Feb 18, 2013 2:12 PM
travelling to Palestine and Israel with my child( 2.5 year old )Hello,
I am planning to go with my child to explore both places and make conexions with people....
Now, my main concern is for my girl, is it a good time politically to travel there now? safe?
Actually planning from around the 20th March to 15th April...Easter will catch us there...is it a bit intense in some areas during that time? if so which areas should we avoid?
Where do you think is worth going? unmissable places? What are your favored places and why?
And I hear a lot about booking in advance, please can anyone recommend where to stay?
I have some vague ideas of what we'd like to do....
Would like to be in Jerusalem at least 5 or 6 days...
Bathe in the Dead Sea
Stay somewhere in the West Bank a while, meet people, hopefully children too so my girl can play lots, where should we stay? also I am an anstract painter and my husband a musician, is there any place we could go and share some music or painting sesions with the children?
And perhaps if we have time before leaving visit some place by the Mediterranean,
Er, I know its very general and vague, but you don't have to answer all the questions, maybe just give me a tip or two?
Thanking you all immensely,
Feb 18, 2013 9:40 PM
1Part of your time in Israel will be peak holiday season. For details, please read FAQ #52 .
Feb 18, 2013 10:37 PM
2To expand on what a1 said, it's not Easter you need to worry about, it's Passover (in Israel; the West Bank, with the exception of Jewish settlements, won't be affected by Passover). If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, the chances are you won't find anything. You can't just turn up (especially with a small child) and expect to find a room available. Prices will be through the roof.
You should NOT take your child into the Dead Sea. It's virtually impossible to step into the water without losing your balance. Holding a child - and you shouldn't dream of letting your child go in not held - will guarantee that you'll tip over. It will be a hideous experience for anyone who gets Dead Sea water in their eyes. You cannot get a child of that age to keep her head out of the water.
Feb 19, 2013 1:37 AM
3For the Palestine side, apart from East Jerusalem, the most interesting cities are Ramallah for the nightlife, Hebron for the drop-dead gorgeous Old City, Bethlehem for the Christian church and its small Old City. Jericho and Nablus also have their merits.
There are many sites to discover in the countryside, and you'll find a good number of very active expat hiking groups in Palestine. Among the most popular hikes are the gorgeous Wadi Qelt and the Saint Georges Monastery, the Mar Saba monastery / Dead Sea desert hike, and the Roman terraces hike around Batir ( the latter is rumored to be soon tobecome UNESCO World Heritage).
With a small child, hiking may not be an option. I suggest you go and have lunch a Saturday at Hosh Jasmin organic farm, near Beit Jala, it's very popular with expats and artist-friendly, it's run by artists. They also run a small restaurant in Bir Zeit's Old City, near Ramallah, Hosh El Elleya.
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