Jerusalem & Egypt advice

Old Oct 1st, 2023, 10:27 AM
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If you’re interested in another opinion, I enjoyed Masada much more than Bethlehem. It may depend on if you have religious reasons for visiting Bethlehem. Even though our guide was able to bypass the line with us, too, I found the Church of the Nativity claustrophobic & unpleasant. Masada was enjoyable for the outdoor experience & the dramatic desert setting & history. Unlike the church in Bethlehem that bears no resemblance to the historic birthplace, Masada is readily recognizable as the place where its story took place. For me it’s no contest.

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Thank you you for seeking advice from this forum and best of luck with your trip to Israel. What I find moving is that churches there that are named for important events events in Christianity like the Assumption, the Nativity and the Ascension are erected where they occurred.

The pictures are below the altar of th church of the Nativity. The star is said to be the spot where Jesus was born and the other is where the manger was.

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Old Oct 1st, 2023, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by MmePerdu
If youíre interested in another opinion, I enjoyed Masada much more than Bethlehem. It may depend on if you have religious reasons for visiting Bethlehem. Even though our guide was able to bypass the line with us, too, I found the Church of the Nativity claustrophobic & unpleasant. Masada was enjoyable for the outdoor experience & the dramatic desert setting & history. Unlike the church in Bethlehem that bears no resemblance to the historic birthplace, Masada is readily recognizable as the place where its story took place. For me itís no contest.
MmePerdu, thanks for your thoughts. I am biased toward Masada also.
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MmePerdu, thanks for your thoughts. I am biased toward Masada also.
On a side note if you like beer try an Israeli brand, Goldstar. Pretty good!
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On a side note if you like beer try an Israeli brand, Goldstar. Pretty good!
IF I like beer!!! Thanks for the tip!
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IF I like beer!!! Thanks for the tip!

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KTtravel, that was my impression, thanks!
Yes, Bethlehem is usually very crowded and honestly, apart from the church, there’s literally nothing to see there. I’d definitely go to Masada and then you can make it a Dead Sea trip and perhaps stay at a hotel and avail yourselves of the salts, mud baths etc. It’s close enough to Jerusalem to even make it only a day trip if you prefer although the Masada site has expanded a bit since I lived there 30 years ago. I was in Jerusalem in 2019 and there’s so much to see, even more than when I lived there that 4 days isn’t enough. I’d definitely get a tour guide for Bethlehem if you choose to go because it’s easier with a guide. Don’t forget to book with an official guide rather than some chap from the streets.
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BTW we are strongly considering Egypt now. Perhaps February next year as the weather should be ok.


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jacketwatch, I encourage you to travel to Egypt! Every day was exciting for us as we explored the countryís rich history. We also went to Jordan.
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jacketwatch, I encourage you to travel to Egypt! Every day was exciting for us as we explored the countryís rich history. We also went to Jordan.
Thank you. We both seem to be in agreement and Iíve read that the people are very nice.

I love history so this is right up my alley and now that you mention it Jordan to see Petra is worth considering.

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