I'm new to Trip Advisor, so I'm starting here on the forum for some help/guidelines etc....
My father and I are going on big trip to the middle east in a few weeks with a tour company from the states. I have never done a big tour company group where everything is planned and all together.
I want to make sure I can get souvenirs (super touristy but oh well) like a simple Olive Wood nativity (looking for something around $75 or under... nothing ornate), Christmas ornaments, possibly some casual jewelry, things like that. But also get some things that are unique to Israel. We'll be visiting Bethlehem, Galilee, Nazareth, etc.
Does anyone have tips about shopping for such items WHILE in a tour group? We only have a half day for our own exploration to shop in the old city.
Also, I'm not afraid to haggle, just afraid of offending. I don't want to get ripped off but also want to agree on a reasonable price that they'd make a profit. Any tips on HOW TO HAGGLE?