Israel trip with the family

Old Aug 18th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Israel trip with the family

We wil be going to Israel in July 2010 for our son's Bar Mitzvah. We have been told by friends who have gone that you can easily rent a car for some areas and get a tour for others. After reading this site we are now confused. Where would it be best drive and where should we have a guide? Also after looking into hotels we would obviously need 2 rooms for a family of four, are there any good hotel recommendations and are there ones where we can be in one room? Would we be better off going through a company to book hotels or is it cheaper to do it on our own? Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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We were in Israel last yr. and rented a car. I don't know the area that you want to visit. We picked up our car and drove to Ceasarea, Tiberius, Ein Bokek, Masada, Katzrin and other sites. The only places we did not use a car was Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In Jerusalem, we stayed at the Dan Hotel. It is around the corner from the King David. very good location for walking to the old city. We did not use a guide except for a 1 day escorted tour of Jerusalem which was very good and booked through the hotel. We also had aprivate guide to Davids tomb. The rest of the places we visited, I used both the Fodors and Frommers guidebooks, which had different strengths in various areas. I've booked last year and this year through InIsrael.com An online travel agency, I've had no problem with. As far as autos we booked through autoeurope, their an online wholesaler. We are going back this year to visit eilat, petra and southern Israel.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Please give some details about what your time frame is (how many days touring before/after BarMitzvah), numbr of persons, ages of children, interests, budget (e.g. 5-star hotels or kibbutz B&Bs), etc, etc, etc.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 07:46 PM
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How did you move to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv if you did not use the car there?
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Hi
If you're asking me how we moved to Jerusalem and tel Aviv w/o a car, took a shared taxi from Brn Gurion airport to tel Aviv. returned to airport and picked up car. afterf touring we returned car to airport and took taxi to Jerusalem and returned to airport when ready to go via taxi again. In thecities there was no need for autos. Traffic is heavy and streets confusing. If you've driven in NYC you can survive probably.
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Thanks a lot for your reply. Because we are driving in the NYC , I am so scared to drive in the foreing countries.
How expensive is the ahared taxi to / from the airport ?
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 05:58 PM
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I would recommend that you hire a guide with a car for your trip. The guides are so knowledgeable and can plan a trip to suit your needs. They also arrange accomodation for you. Israel is a difficult country to navigate, especially since if you ask for directions, no one will say that they don't know. They will just give you some advice. Also with a family of four it is probably more economical to hire a guide than to take a bus tour.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Thank you all, we have a recommendation a company - David Bellin, if you know of his reputation that would be great. We have driven in NYC so are not fearful drivers but will probably hire a guide with a car. We would like to spend 2 weeks and perhaps rent an apartment to keep costs down,since we would probably need 2 hotel rooms or one large since we are 4 people. My husband has been before, but for the rest it is our first time and want an enjoyable experience.
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