Transportation in Israel

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Transportation in Israel

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  • Julia L
    Chesterfield, UK83 contributions
    Ok, let’s get this sorted out. I read a lot of reviews before I came and nearly didn’t bother. I’m glad i did. To all the miseries and negative reviews let me say….

    Yes it’s short, it’s not a tall mountain, so what, it’s definitely more fun than the bus or walking and no they can’t slow it down to make it longer.

    NO it’s not expensive. In a country where 2 very small coffees cost £8 or a 2 minute taxi costs £10 really £15 for two round trips is not a lot of money.

    Yes they could do with a really good clean but they do not smell, they are not nasty and I didn’t feel horrible when i got on or off.

    The staff were friendly. Admittedly we had no wait but they were helpful and patient with us.

    To sum up this is a novel activity and a good way to transport up and down a mountain if you’re going to the monastery which I would really recommend too. Take the cable car, see the church, chat with a friendly friar, have lunch at Santa Maria the Austrian cafe/restaurant next door, they’re lovely too. It’s a nice afternoon out.
    Written April 27, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Ella D
    Tel Aviv, Israel78 contributions
    An amazing course, Bar my instructor was super dedicated, positive, thorough and the atmosphere at the club is wonderful and inspiring. I never knew I could dive this deep or hold my breath for so long!
    Amazing, positive, professional. Super big thank you!
    Written April 30, 2022
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  • Melanie S
    1 contribution
    I LOVE Elchi. He is so kind, interesting, funny, and knowledgeable. He made my trip unforgettable!!!
    Written May 19, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Rhonda C.
    1 contribution
    Our family of 12 embarked on a journey through Israel in August 2019. A casual acquaintance highly recommended Noam as a must have tour guide. It was the best suggestion and we had a trip of a lifetime! Noam created an itinerary that included remarkable experiences that were meaningful for each family member (18 to 77). A few of our highlights were Independence Hall, Golan Heights wine tasting, Bedouin community, the robotic dairy farm, chocolate making factory visit in the Galilee and many more remarkable experiences. Noam showed us his knowledge and passion for his country and we are forever grateful! I am proud to call Noam my friend.
    Written December 27, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Eugenia
    Moscow, Russia1 contribution
    Sasha is the best guide I ever met. He helped me to understand the story and culture of the country and told a lot of interesting facts. And it hasn’t be boring.
    Thanks a lot.
    Really recommend!
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • Debbie H
    1 contribution
    Fantastic service great price ,friendly and helpful driver the whole booking process and communication was clear and efficient. Highly recommended.
    Written March 3, 2022
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  • Linda M
    Netanya, Israel15 contributions
    very kind people;drivers are on time. very nice guys.better to book in advance but their are doing utmost in order to find a driver whenever its necessary
    Written September 23, 2019
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  • JClackson
    Tel Aviv, Israel11 contributions
    Gil is nothing but AMAZING. He is highly reliable - always arriving on time (if not ahead of time). His car is spacious and always clean - with a bottle of cold water waiting for you. And above all - he is a super pleasant and mindful person, riding with him is always a great experience. Highly recommended!!!
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • stevehsimon
    Hong Kong, China11 contributions
    Overall this was a great adventure.

    Sightseeing

    Day 1 - Jarash
    After the Boarder Crossing, we drove to Jerash. It was incredible. It was very large Roman city in great shape considering a few thousand years had passed. Our driver found an excellent guide for us (not included in the price of the trip). We paid $15 JD’s including service. There were giant arch’s, and a huge hippodrome. You think that’s it and then you see beyond that the city goes on for another mile. The streets are lined with giant Roman columns and there are the remains of many structures. At the other end, there is a Roman Theatre in excellent shape. Our driver arranged with our guide to meet us at that end so we would not need to walk back to the entrance.

    Day 2 - Petra
    We spent all day at Petra. Try to start as early as early as possible before the cruise ship tour buses arrive. The afternoon is very crowded. I left the hotel a 7am. My wife was sick so I toured it myself. Our driver arranged for a very knowledgeable Petra guide by the name of Mamoun Nawafleh (Google him - he wrote a book.). He was excellent. He spent about 2 hours with me. Petra is amazing and there is so much written about it I will not attempt to duplicate. I will just say you will walk through a narrow canyon about 20 - 30 fee wide and 600 feet high. It is incredible. Then there is the buildings that are literally carved into the cliffs that stand hundreds of feet tall. You continue down the path until you come to the path to the monastery. This is about a mile of straight up. I think I recall it has 850 steps so you will need to be in good shape and take your time. The GPS on my watch said I walked about 7 miles out and back but my steps counted 10 miles. It could be the GPS did not register well inside the cliffs.

    Day 3 - Petra and Wadi Rum
    My wife now recovered, we went back to Petra, picked up our bags at the hotel and drove to Wadi Rum. We boarded an open air 4 x 4 which was a pick up truck with seats in the back. We drove for about 90 minutes through the desert. It was exciting to see the desert mountains, cliffs and high dunes. We stopped for tea along the way. As it was getting late, we decided to drive directly Amman.

    Day 4 - Amman, Roman Citadel, Mount Nebo
    We toured Amman in the morning. It was interesting to see the vibrancy of the city. The Roman Citadel is on a very high spot and so it is not only interesting but a great view of the city and of the Roman Theatre. Mount Nebo as you might expect was very crowded and difficult to find the spiritual moment of Moses looking out over the land of Milk and Honey. There is a church there that dates back to 400 ACE with a fantastic Mosaic. If you take the side trail to the right after the entrance, there is a quiet spot that overlooks Moses’ Spring and likely where the tribes remained as he climbed up Mount Nebo.

    Other Aspects

    While it is not clear in the trip description, this is a private tour. It is completely individualized. You are not part of a large group or any group for that matter. A good value for the money.

    Be prepared for a lot of driving. Day 1 was about 8 hours of driving, Day 3 about 6 hours of driving. Day 4 was about 5 hours of driving. We skipped some sights so it could actually be more. Our driver said most people do this trip over 8 days.

    Going between Israel and Jordan for first timers is bewildering and much more complicated than anything we have attempted on our own. There are no guides. The drivers on both sides cannot help you through and do not have experience in crossing because they have not done it themselves. You are completely on your own. Frankly I would not recommend it without a guide helping. Separately I plan to publish a step by step description of crossing. Our lack of experience added at least an additional hour to do the crossing. You should not be surprised since Israel and Jordan are cordial at best.

    Our Israel driver was actually a Gett Taxi who spoke very little English. He went to two wrong hotels before finding our hotel. This was frustrating because I checked several times with Mazada to make sure they had the correct pickup hotel. Unfortunately, his lateness had some cascading effects. On the return trip, he again had the wrong hotel which we were easily able to correct.

    Our Jordan driver was great. He answered all our questions and did some amount of guiding. However, his main job is driving and is not a trained guide. Still it was great to have someone to provide the local culture. Our guide’s English was passable. Sometimes our cultural differences led to some frustration for him we sensed. Many people smoke in Jordan so be prepared for regular smoking breaks. Our guide was considerate and only did so outside of the car. Our driver stopped for a lunch break and ordered food for us (a great deal of food). It was relatively inexpensive and great to try new things.

    Our lodgings were great. We paid the premium for deluxe accommodations. In Petra, we stayed at the Marriott and in Amman, we stayed in the Amman Rotana. The views from both hotel rooms were amazing and unforgettable.

    A word of caution on the food. My wife became very nauseous our first night and I experience nausea the next day. We suspect the food. One possibility was the mint beverage our driver suggested at lunch. The other possibility was we arrived at our first hotel very late due to the mixup in Israel and the challenges doing the border crossing. The restaurant buffet was still open at 9pm when we arrived but it was possible we ate something that was spoiled.
    Written November 6, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Irene D
    Cebu City, Philippines1 contribution
    Tala Tours has again exceeded our expectations! From the airport assistance, professional tour guides, assistants, and drivers, excellent hotels we stayed at, they really made sure our pilgrimage tour was worth every penny paid for. Special mention to Loai (our guide in Jordan), Sudqi Hawash and Ashraff (guide and driver in Israel), Rami and Alaa (guide and tour coordinator in Egypt), my heartfelt thank you to all of you! So far, it was the best! Our guests had the time of their lives. I will always go back to Israel as this country has a special place in my heart. And not to forget Jordan and Egypt, too! Kudos Tala Tours! Kudos Mohammed! :)
    Written November 7, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Dxlily
    1 contribution
    TLV Transfers are great, trustworthy and reliable. I was able to communicate easily by email and have all my questions answered. The driver was professional and communicative which was so appreciated. I will go back and use their service again for sure and would recommend to anyone for their professionalism and service. An added bonus was that their prices are reasonable and fair.
    Written April 11, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Noam Y
    3 contributions
    The best group experience and company trips ever
    In my 25 years of employment i had 20 or more company days or weekends, the one
    we had with OverLand is the best so far, great guides, excellent
    food,
    great trip and experiences over all
    Written November 18, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • wonderingcorse
    Haifa, Israel128 contributions
    the carmelit is Haifa's historical subway connecting the port area in the lower city with the carmel heights.
    there are just 6 stations, 3 in the Hadar area, one near the Rotchild hospital plus the 2 terminals.
    the cars are clean, well kept and never crowded or even half full. they leave every 15 minutes. 6-24 but probably not on saturdays and a ride cost 5.90 shekels.
    a great way to traverse the city and visit its different levels traffic free.
    Written February 18, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Rvelton
    Los Gatos, CA10 contributions
    We had a wonderful opportunity to tour Israel with Shani for 8 days. He is one of the best tour guides I’ve encountered in our travels! His knowledge of history and culture is incredible. We had such a great time sightseeing, eating, joking! We already miss you Shani, will have to come to Israel again. Highly recommend!!!
    Written October 4, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Stephanie K.
    4 contributions
    If I could give more than five stars, I would! Roman was wonderful! My two sons and I traveled alone to Israel, as my husband had to stay at home with our other child, who was still in school. We arrived very late at night and had to get to our hotel in Jerusalem, so I booked the taxi in advance and am so glad I did! Roman communicated with me before I even landed to let me know where to go, get our COVID tests, and then how to get out of the airport and where to meet him. I messaged him from our layover in Istanbul to let him know our flight was delayed and we might be a little later than I expected. He told me no problem, he’d be waiting, and he was. Luckily we were only 10 minutes later than I expected. I know just where to go because of Roman and he was waiting with a sign and water for us. I felt so safe and happy I didn’t have to wait for a taxi with the others in line at the airport, so late at night (we landed at 23:00). Roman is a wonderful driver (much better than most Israeli taxis!) and I couldn’t recommend him or this service enough. I will tell all my friends who travel to Israel to book this service! Well worth it!
    Written April 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.