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Need help with Israel Itinerary

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Hi. First time to Israel, need some direction. We are traveling to Israel from NYC for two weeks in September. We are a late 30s couple traveling with 3 of our early/mid 70s parents and our 22 month old daughter. We want to explore the sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth that are most critical to our Catholic religion but don't want to overdo it. Our parents are still mobile but get tired somewhat quickly so there's a limit to how much traditional sightseeing we can do, especially with the toddler in tow. We want to spend a larger chunk of time relaxing, taking in the sun, food and the culture of Israel. We do a fair amount of international travel, quite a bit of is has been with our parents and our daughter so this isn't our first trip trying to pull something like this off. We want to minimize the number of times that we're packing and unpacking so we want to identity a few home bases from which to explore the country.

Based on that, here's our first draft of our itinerary:

Day 1 - Leave USA
Day 2 - Arrive Israel – Stay in Jerusalem
Day 3 - Jerusalem
Day 4 - Jerusalem
Day 5 - Jerusalem
Day 6 - Galilee/Nazareth/Bethlehem Area
Day 7 - Galilee/Nazareth/Bethlehem Area
Day 8 - Tel Aviv
Day 9 - Tel Aviv
Day 10 - Tel Aviv
Day 11 - Tel Aviv
Day 12 - Tel Aviv
Day 13 - Leave Israel

As indicated above, our initial thought is to land and get a transfer to Jerusalem. We would spend the first four nights in Jerusalem which would allow us to adjust to the time zone and see the most critical Jerusalem sights.

After Jerusalem, our thought is to rent a car and drive north to the Galilee/Nazareth/Bethlehem area where we would stay at a hotel for two nights.

Next we would drive to Tel Aviv where we would spend the last 5 nights taking in the beach, food, and culture.

Once we get the major home bases identified, we'll start to dig in on all the specific sights so please excuse how high-level our itinerary currently is.


Thanks in advance!

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