My wife, teenage daughter and I will be going to Israel this February for 9 days/8 nights. First trip for my wife and me, my daughter spent 5 weeks this summer touring Israel and cannot wait to go back. (She was staying just outside of haifa during the rocket attacks but was not phased.
First, thanks so much to everyone for their posts, especially Douglas. having the posts as you visit Israel is so thrilling and fun to read. Thanks to this group we changed our early plans from a group (either Smartours or Gate1 were my thoughts) to now independent travel. We will be going to Jerusalem first rather than last due to a meeting up with another family member who will also be in israel that time. We plan 4 maybe 5 nights in jerusalem and maybe 3 nights in Tel Aviv we are thinking of maybe 1 night in haifa or Tiberius. I am not a particularly good driver and get lost all the time so this may have some bearing.
I can't wait to stay at the Y in Jerusalem sounds great. Haven't made my reservation yet but I will. Should I make it directly or through Regent travel? I am sure I will have more questions but just one now we arrive on Shabbat eve, I know most things will be closed but are some tours available on Saturday e.g Zion tours. I would appreciate some help on planning our first day in Jerusalem on shabbat.
thanks again for all the help.