We are coming to Israel on the 6th of June. For right now, I have rented a small apartment at Ben Yehuda, as cost is a major consideration and we are 4 people. Based upon reviews from this site, I thought it would be a good place to stay. We were planning to use this as our home base and travel to the sites we are interested in seeing. My son has been in Israel since December and he is suggesting we rent a car. Right now I am trying to figure out if that is the best way to go. I have gotten a few bids on tour guides and the prices are way too high. Any advice from those of you that seem so knowledgeable would be greatly appreciated.