Israel and Petra

Old Apr 13th, 2014, 02:02 PM
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Israel and Petra

There are four seniors planning a 15 day trip to Israel in July. I know that it is very hot there, but that seems to be the only time we can go. At the moment our plan is to go to Tel Aviv and spend two nights. We want to go to Petra. Is it advisable to go via air to Eilat, spend two nights, go to Petra and come back to Tel Aviv or should we take a private tour from Tel Aviv, visit Masada and the Dead Sea on the way to Eilat. We were planning on having a private tour on the following six days.
Day 7 going to Caesara, Akko, and Haifa
,Day 8 to Gaililee, Nazeth, Sepphoris, and Tiberiago
Day 9 Golan Heights
Day 10 Masada and the Dead Sea (?)
Day 11 Tour of Old Jerusalem
Day 12 Tour of the New City
Days 13-14 On our own in the old city
Day 15- Fly back to US. Problem may occur as this is a Saturday and we will need a taxi to go to the airport. Any suggestions for Jerusalem car service to the Airport. We can still change anything. We are only locked into the flight on July 26. We are two senior couples in our 60's and 70's having never gone to Israel before. All suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old Apr 13th, 2014, 03:06 PM
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I gather July 26 is the flight home? Why not fly to Amman to start the trip? It's only a three hour drive from Amman airport to Petra. Then on to Israel.
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Old Apr 15th, 2014, 04:32 PM
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Years ago we went twice to Israel and once Petra (also Egypt). I am wondering now speaking as a older traveler if you might consider a tour company for the whole trip which takes care of arrangements and knows the logistics.

You have some obvious errors in your plans, such as a day in Golan Hts and next day Masada...not possible. Also not enough time in Galilee or in Jerusalem. Golan Heights not a whole day unless you seek out some ancient church with mosaics. Well, it is a slow winding road up. To the south no Bethlehem mentioned nor Hebron.

Don't know about getting to Petra (years ago we crossed at border with tour group and stayed in Amman). Eilat is a long way south, isn't it? Masada/Dead Sea/Jericho itself more a separate and long day trip, not en route to Petra for sure. Yes, Petra is amazing. But what do you mean by the New City?

I am a retired pastor so I do think this might be as real chance to see biblical sites (Jewish, Muslim and Christian) with a guide. So again are you thinking of a private guide for each site or an overall tour guide?
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Years ago we went twice to Israel and once Petra (also Egypt). I am wondering now speaking as a older traveler if you might consider a tour company for the whole trip which takes care of arrangements and knows the logistics.

You have some obvious errors in your plans, such as a day in Golan Hts and next day Masada...not possible. Also not enough time in Galilee or in Jerusalem. Golan Heights not a whole day unless you seek out some ancient church with mosaics. Well, it is a slow winding road up. To the south no Bethlehem mentioned nor Hebron.

Don't know about getting to Petra (years ago we crossed at border with tour group and stayed in Amman). Eilat is a long way south, isn't it? Masada/Dead Sea/Jericho itself more a separate and long day trip, not en route to Petra for sure. Yes, Petra is amazing. But what do you mean by the New City?

I am a retired pastor so I do think this might be as real chance to see biblical sites (Jewish, Muslim and Christian) with a guide. So again are you thinking of a private guide for each site or an overall tour guide?
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Apologies for what seems to be a repeat posting! )-:
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