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Dec 14th, 2013, 01:03 PM
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Jordan & Israel Travelogue (Subtitle: Nothing is Ever Easy)

Hi All --

Finally posted my Jordan & Israel trip (April 2012) report. Great travel, with the exception of a little visa snafu (see also: Luang Prabang/Bangkok trip report).

Thanks for everyone who provided advice.

LINK: http://www.esmetravels.com/category/...israel-jordan/

Recommendations from my experience:

Israel/Jordan
• Obtain an advance visa if you’re crossing at Allenby/King Hussein Bridge. You can obtain an onsite visa at the other two bridges

Tel Aviv
• Stay at one of the many boutique hotels. Brown TLV is the best value; Alma Hotel and Lounge and Neve Tzedek Hotel are the swankiest
• Indulge in fruits, nuts, candies, olives and more at the Carmel Market
• Explore Jaffa’s twisting alleys and market
• Shop and enjoy premium street art in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood
• Walk scenic Rothschild Boulevard
• Have a drink and a nosh on lively Sheinken Street

Jerusalem
• Get lost in the Old City.
Walk the rampart walls
Try your luck at the Western Wall
Attempt redemption at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
• Stay at the King David Hotel if you can afford it
• People watch on Ben Yahuda Street
• Allow for plenty of time to get through Ben Gurion Airport Security. A lot.

Jordan
• Stay at the Marriott Dead Sea Resort (request a corner room with a patio) and float in the Dead Sea
• Stay at the Feynan Ecolodge (one-of-a-kind gem) and hike the Dana Biosphere Reserve
• Rent a vehicle – it’s the easiest way to get around and the driving is easy (unless you’re crossing Wadi Namla). Rent a 4x4 vehicle if you’re crossing Wadi Namla
• Gas up often: gas stations aren’t plentiful
• Jordanian men are very good-looking. Not so much advice, here – just my commentary
• Obviously, see Petra. The 800-step climb up to see The Monastery is worth it
• Book a camel ride at Wadi Rum – but I recommend keeping it short as the bouncing gets old
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Dec 14th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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Oh I like that...attempt redemption at Holy Sepulcre. And how is this done? Your visiting Jerusalem did leave out some important sites. What means trying your luck at the Western Wall...to find a place or what? Or is this a reference to a hoped for answer to praying?

Yes, Petra wonderful trip...though donkey ride a bit nerve raking my DW thought at the time. m We didn't spend time in Tel Aviv but explored Galilee, Sea of Galilee, Golan. Surely you did too.

Maybe more forthcoming in the south, like Jericho, Dead Sea, Masada, Hebron?
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Dec 15th, 2013, 05:23 AM
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Hi Ozarksbill. Yes, Israel deserves more time than I gave it. I would have seen more in Jerusalem had I not spent a day trying to figure out how I was going to get to Jordan.
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Dec 19th, 2013, 08:59 PM
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Israel is small and wonderful country but there are many places which have historical background and blessing of nature. We can choose them to enjoy a trip of Israel. These places of Israel are really a very nice places to visit.
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