Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Best African Safari
  2. 2 Tanzania Great Migration, when to go
  3. 3 Weight Loss Diet - How To Loose Belly Weight Fast
  4. 4 15 days Morocco Itinerary Help please
  5. 5 Petra Wadi Rum
  6. 6 Royal Air Maroc Dreamliner JFK-CMN and maybe connect to RAK
  7. 7 Questions on Israel/Jordan Border Crossings and Jordan Travel. Need Help!
  8. 8 Trip Report Nine months to Egypt (but you should go now)
  9. 9 Transportation from Tel Aviv Airport to Jerusalem
  10. 10 What is worth seeing in November?
  11. 11 Traditional music + dance in South Africa?
  12. 12 Trip Report Morocco – November, 2015 - Self Drive
  13. 13 Wildbeest migration tour operator
  14. 14 Israeli Tour Guides
  15. 15 Trip Report Egypt Quickie Trip
  16. 16 CASABLANCA for 1 Day
  17. 17 Masai Mara in May
  18. 18 Western Desert Itinerary
  19. 19 Tentative Itinerary - what do you think?
  20. 20 luggage for a weird itinerary
  21. 21 where to spend a night near JRO airport?
  22. 22 Marrakech - Which area to stay?
  23. 23 Middle Atlas or Chefchaouen
  24. 24 Trip to Merzouga
  25. 25 Lodge/Camp in Ruaha National Park
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Israel December 2010 trip notes w/recommendations

Jump to last reply

Just (barely) got back from Israel. Went to Tel Aviv, Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem. We would like to highly recommend the services of two independent guides. David Gurevich for Galilee and Jerusalem at and for getting around Bethlehem and Palestine Sam Salem at These are two keepers.

We are independent travelers and made our way around Tel Aviv (port of Jaffa, Carmel market) using the shared ride sheroot transportation. Hotel recommend is Tal Hotel. There's not a lot in this city which is a cross between Los Angeles and Panama City, FL.

We picked up a car rental with David and saw Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth (which is 98% traffic and 2% sites to see.) Some people parachute, some run marathons, I rent cars in foreign countries for a rush.

Spent night at Hotel Ramot in northeast Galilee, the most peaceful view in the world. Then hit all holy sites in Galilee and made it to Beit Shean which is the coolest archeology dig we've seen since Pompeii.

We rented an apartment in Jerusalem that was superlative. number 191207. Right by pleasant Arab neighborhood at Damascus Gate. Ate at Al-Quds daily. David took us through each step from Mt. Olives to Church of Holy Sepulchre. Don't miss the "disputed ladder" story.

Sam took us into Palestine including Herodian and then Bethlehem. He knows everyone. Then we hit Masada and Dead Sea.

Advisories: Watch Friday nights and Saturdays are shabbat and things close. Don't answer questions that weren't asked by soldiers or customs people. Tell your guides to avoid "bus stop restaurants." There are no Starbucks in Israel. And fill up on Taco Bell before you go (you will miss it amongst all the hummus.) Travel while you're young (these hills will kill your knees).

Sam was extremely helpful is getting us accommodations when weather cancelled our flights. BTW, St. George's Guest House is a great place to stay, especially for families.

This is my second time to Israel and it just keeps getting better.

Nashville, TN, December 2010

5 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.