On a Monday morning, after our son's bar mitzvah at the Kotel, we would like to visit Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of Machpela. I am trying to figure out the best/easiest/safest way to do this. (I do not feel a need to spend time in the Hebron community beyond visiting these places).
I guess it is possible by public transportation, but I don't really want to bother with bus schedules, etc. I suppose that leaves a taxi or a guide, as options. What is your advice? Will most taxis be willing to go to these places? (Like, for example, the average taxi that is waiting outside of the Dung Gate?) If I do this by taxi, would I take the taxi to Rachel's Tomb, have the driver wait, and then go on to Machpela, and wait for us there, and then drive us back to Jerusalem? Or can I just take a taxi to these places and then find another taxi there, to take us to the next place? Any idea -- even a rough idea -- of what this might cost? Or would I be better off with a guide? If so, where might I find a guide to do this, and what should I expect to pay? Thanks!