How to get the most out of a five-day trip to Israel
July 12, 2013 5:30 PM Subscribe
5 days in Israel: what should we see and do?
posted by naoko to travel & transportation around Israel (6 answers total)
My boyfriend and I are headed to Israel in a couple weeks. We are both notoriously bad at planning, and haven't done much yet to come up with an itinerary. We've only got 5 full days there (I'm arriving midday on a Monday and leaving at the crack of dawn on Sunday; he will be there a little longer but will be working on the days I'm not there), so we'd like to not spend too much time in transit between destinations, and some of the things I'd ideally do on a longer trip (e.g. day trip to Petra) are out. My general thought is to focus on some combination of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, maybe some points north along the coast, but other suggestions are welcome.
We've both been to Israel before, but for me it's been about 15 years (went with family as a teenager) and for him it's been a bit less, but his most recent trip was for work. My memory of what I did last time is a little hazy, and I'm up for repeating things I did before, but I think this time around I'd like a little more outdoorsy stuff (cool hikes, nice beaches etc.) and a little less of the historical/religious sites. Things I know I did last time around:
Haifa - Bahai Gardens (this was cool and my boyfriend has never been, so I'd want to do it again), not sure what else
Tel Aviv - zero memory of what exactly we did
Jerusalem - Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem
Negev - rode a camel
Sea of Galilee
Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity
Like I said, I'm up for some repeats since it's been so long and I'm traveling as an adult this time, but I'd also love to do things I missed on the first go around. Also would be interested for any general Israel travel tips people might have (what to pack, safety, best means of transportation between towns, etc.).
Additional notes: boyfriend is Jewish (and somewhat observant), I am not. His Hebrew is decent, mine is pretty limited, but I seem to remember that one can get around with English just fine for the most part.