Hello! My name is Jake and I visiting Israel/Palestine for 8 days before I am studying abroad in Germany. I have a few questions: How should I split up my time of 8 days to see the major places in Israel and hopefully visit somewhere in Palestine? Is Jordan (Amman or Petra) worth a day side trip? What Palestinian city is good to visit? And finally, should I book my hostels ahead or wait until I am there for the sake of being spontaneous? Thank you!
I'm planning to rent a car during my stay in Israel. I'll reach my final destination (Tel Aviv) on friday evening... Is it really true that all city stations will be closed from friday, 2:00 pm? Is Ben gurion station really the only station in whole Israel where a rented car can be returned from on weekends?
Apart from this I'm confused about Israeli toll roads: As far as I understand, there is no way to avoid surcharge, because they are priced with a transponder not distributed to car lessees... Is this true?
In case of affirmation, is only the Highway nr. 6 priced? Or even Highway nr. 1 from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (and Ben Gurion?)
Hi, does anybody know where in Biet Shemesh I can find a Toto winner sports betting location (kind of like a makolet with betting inside)?
We (we both are U.S. Passport holders) are thinking about a multi country trip, entering Jordan, via plane from Cairo, then after a few days in Jordan, crossing into Israel from Amman border crossing. Then, the idea is, to fly home on united from tel aviv to NYC. I have TRIED LOOKING ON GOOGLE and cannot find a clear answer--must you exit Israel the same way you entered--ie if you entered via land you must exit via land??? Please, if my question bothers you, pls don't answer! Too many negative replies for me as of late on vt. Thanks
just wondering what it will be like in late April early May in Israel weather wise? And is there any events worth seeing or recommendations on places to go in Tel aviv... any info appreciated.
How can I get from the center of Haifa to Nesher Park? I understand it is not easy. If I need to get a cab where is the furthest I can travel by public transport to keep the costs down. Thanks
Hi! I'm going to be in Israel for about 3 weeks starting on April 26th. We plan to go for 3 or 4 days to Istanbul at some point.
My wife was there about 10 years ago and she remembers buying a package that included flight and hotel, really cheap. She bought it directly in Israel.
Does anyone know if those kind of packages still exist? If so, who sells them and how much are they approximately?
As I do every year, I am inviting any VTers who are so inclined to participate in our traditional Passover seder in Jerusalem on April 3, Friday night. If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible!
I would like to identify the 18 model synagogues there, but using catalogues outside Israel I have only managed 12:
1. - Florence
2. - the great Tlomackie St. Synagogue, Warsaw.
3. -Dura Ehropos, 245 AD on Euphrates in northern Syria
4. - Great Portuguese synagogue, Amsterdam 1675.
5. - Beth Shalom synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1954
6. - Second century AD synagogue in Sardis, Turkey. First built as a secular basilica
7. - synagogue of Kaifeng, China, 1163 rebuilt 1653
8. - interior of 'Ibu Dannan' synagogue, Fez. Mid-17th century
9. - Rashi chapel, Worms, an annex to the ancient synagogue of 1034
10. - Altneuschul, Jewish quarter, Prague. Built 1270.
11. - Moorish style synagogue, Toledo c. 1200. Later turned into Sta Maria la Blanca church.
12. - Rabbi Shemuel Ha'Levi Abulafia Synagogue, Toledo after 1492 turned into El Transito Church.
Can someone help me complete this list with the six missing synagogues pleas? Stefan
As far as I found out, the best way to go to Massada national park from Jerusalem will lead through Westbank by taking route nr. 1 to the dead sea and follow its bank via route nr. 90 to Massada....
Is it allowed to go this route with a car rented from an Israeli company? When I get it right, I will not leave Israeli controlled area (Zone C), so the car should be still insured?
Will I have to pass check-points/border stations on this route? Or are they only between the zones A and B and Isreali controlled areas?
Hi! I'm going to Jerusalem with my wife and 2yr old son at the end of April. I've never been there so I'm a bit lost regarding location.
What is a good area to stay at? What is the "difference" between the West and East Jerusalem? Would you stay in/near the old city?
Thanks for the help!
I'm thinking about a journey to Israel at Pentecost. Will there be annoyances and limitations due to Shavuot? Are there any sights, which should be avoided due to this feast?
"Colours water fountaun" that you write about has stopped several months ago.
You need to tell tourists like me not to spend time seeking for somethings that do not exist!
my research on this issue is conflicting--i have seen references that it is nearly impossible to get a cab to the airport on saturday mornings and other references show its no big deal that cabs are available, possibly for a higher fee. I am researching a possible future trip, but is it easy to catch a cab in jerusalem on saturday mornings? I think we would stay in the christian quarter. We dont mind paying a higher fee and/or making a specific reservation, we would just need to be able to get to the airport! this would be in march of next year. thank you.
We will be base in Tel Aviv and are planning day trips. We are contemplating if we should rent a car for just a couple of days or the entire of our stay?
Can anyone suggest an itinerary where to go ? How is parking like ?? Is it expensive?
Many thanks! :)
Hi! We are planning a trip to Israel with our 2yr old boy. We have about 3 weeks total, but plan to go to Istanbul for 3 or 4 days during that time.
So my question is, what are the MUST see places? Is there any place where it would be difficult to go with my son? We'll probably be staying with family near Tel Aviv, and they might lend us a car.
Is it feasible to make my base at a beach hotel in city, rent a car, and do day trips out to Jerusalem, Nazareth etc.. or should I get lodging for each adventure? I will be in Israel for 3 weeks. Please advise your wisdom.
Help me and my wife to get from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion air port on Saturday
What mode of transportation would you suggest between Jerusalem and Haifa? Someone suggested train to Tel Aviv and then bus to Haifa. Someone else said you could take a bus all the way from Jerusalem and it only took 2 hours. (In which case why go thru Tel Aviv?) I have also seen that, though the train route is slow, it is very scenic. (More scenic than the bus route?)
Any help in sorting this out would be appreciated. Thanks
We are thinking of Israel in early June 2015 and would like to know if it is easy to do it yourself. We have taken a lot of tours in other countries and the efficiency is what I like best BUT sharing the experience with 30 other people is not the greatest. We are looking to do Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and take day trips to all the other out of town highlights. If you could recommend tour companies and sights to see that would be great.
I understand that I cannot drive in the old city of Akko. Can I leave a car outside of the old city, with luggage in it, while visiting the old city? Will there be a problem with theft? Will there be a problem with Israeli security not liking cars sitting around with unattended luggage?
Hi! Planing to go to Israel soon. Witch currency is better to take with € or $? Thanks!
I am an international student and i have to go back to my native country every 9 months , i will be on a 3 month leave
So is there any place where i could store my luggage rather than carrying it back ???
1. Is that correct that from Jerusalem to Allenby Boarder, I can take the he shuttle bus from Damascus gate? Do I need to make reservation if Damascus Gate is not the final terminal? It takes about 45 mins? The price is about 45 ILS?
2. How to get to the South border (Taba) from Jerusalem? How long does it take and how much?
I would need help in planning a very little free time I will have on my trip to Israel. I will be stationed in Haifa. All that I will have available is one evening after 18.00 and then from Thursday 19.00 till Saturday 18.00 (Sabbath...), when my plane takes off.
Any suggestions would be really welcome. I would prefer to see Christian sites like Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Betlehem (where I could also maybe get a glimpse of the Arab culture).
How safe is it to travel to Betlehem or spend a night there?
Would it make sense (especially on safety grounds) to leave Haifa at 19.00 and travel to Betlehem or Jerusalem (that could maximise my tour time on the following day)?
Is it really necessary to come to the airport full 3h before the flight?
Any itinerary ideas greatly appreciated.
I'll be hiring a car from Tel Aviv airport. How reliable are the cars and does anyone know if I could rent a car with built in Sat Nav for Israel?
Or will I have to hire Sat Nav separately?
Hello everyone. I'll be travelling around Israel for 3 days by car. The places I want to visit are Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Basically I need to know if it is safe to cross into the West Bank?
How good are the main roads in the areas mentioned?
How long do the checks take to cross back and fore from the West Bank?
How much is petrol?
What side of the road do cars travel?
Is it ok to spend a night in a hotel within the West Bank?
All answers will be greatly appreciated and any other tips that I haven't thought of will be most welcome. Thank you.
Would special fees be available for students, teachers, elderlies, handicaps etc for entrance ticket in Jerusalem ?
Which one is better for exchange of ILS? Thanks.
I want to buy one from Israel. I will be in Jerusalem, not yet confirm which area to stay thought. Could people living there give me an idea where to get one? I wish to do a quick shop only. Thanks.