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Begin Museum- outside the Old City
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Kotel Tunnel Tours/Old City Jewish and/or Muslim Quarter Tours (PM satturn if you want a private tour)
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City of David (Ir David)-Amazing-you must take a tour to fully understand the site.
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Blind or Deaf Museum in Cholon- Blind, amazing. Deaf, good. Prior reservation needed.
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https://www.k-k.co.il/?lang=en
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Tel Dan nature reserve (similiar to Banias Waterfall -slightly easier & toddler friendly)
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South

Nachal Dragot (aka Darja)- an intense hike near the Dead Sea
Sunrise tour of Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea aprx $70



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Author Topic: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread  (Read 1048080 times)

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9495 on: September 25, 2017, 06:49:55 AM »

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9498 on: September 26, 2017, 06:01:52 AM »
What's the new luxurious hotel at the kinneret called? Are they open yet?

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9499 on: September 26, 2017, 06:29:52 AM »
Setai is open
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9500 on: September 26, 2017, 06:54:03 AM »
Seems to still be having growing pains.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9501 on: September 27, 2017, 03:37:24 AM »
Any suggestions what to do one day chol hamoed with two kids a 4 year old and a 2 year old. One day im doing the zoo i just need to fill another day
Thanks
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9502 on: September 27, 2017, 03:38:43 AM »
Anyone have small crib gemach number or chasdei shmuel number?

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9503 on: September 28, 2017, 10:02:13 PM »
Cross-posting:
He did reach out to me for advice and this is what I replied. Feel free to post what you would have advised :)

Hey Ben,

If you're booking with AMEX, don't miss this Matmid promo and don't forget to wait 24 hours after transferring to get exec rates: https://www.dansdeals.com/airfare-deals/mileage-deals/el-al-matmid-discounted-coach-business-class-awards-upcoming-matmid-devaluation/

I'd love to see a review of LY 787 J from EWR-TLV and LY 777 F from TLV-LAX, but I know that'll cost an obscene amount of points/cash :)
If you do fly F though, you should be able to have a travel agent make special meal requests from TLV...as long as they're kosher :)

A week is a tall order, especially on a blogger schedule. If you can swing it, I'd probably do a 5th night free award at the Waldorf Jlem, and then a night or 2 each at Sheraton TLV, Ritz, and SPG Design Elma Arts. I'm assuming you're going before March, otherwise the W TLV may be an option.

Just bear in mind that Israel does not have a service oriented culture, so a 5 star hotel will never exist there.

That being said, the Waldorf J'lem is in a fantastic location and does a decent enough job. I can put you in touch with the GM there if you need standard award space or to confirm a suite or a deluxe balcony room in advance.

Conventional wisdom is to avoid Jerusalem on Friday/Saturday, but I'd stick around. The experience of seeing an entire city in a hustle and bustle preparing for Shabbos (walk around the machne yehuda shuk or the streets of meah shearim) is neat and then seeing it come to a halt on Friday evening/Saturday is something you won't find elsewhere. You can still tour Christian/Muslim sights/temple mount in the old city on Saturday and if you're up to it, see the crowds filling in the western wall area on friday night.

-Definitively book a western wall tunnel tour well in advance: https://english.thekotel.org/western_wall_sites/western_wall_tunnels/

-And I love the ramparts walk in Jerusalem on top of the old city walls, you can get a birds eye view into everyday life in all 4 quarters of the old city from there.

-The holocaust museum is obviously a must do.

-City of David tour, be prepared to get a bit wet :)

Aside from that, Jerusalem is a good base for a fascinating day trips to::
-Masada tour/Dead Sea floating/Ein Gedi hike
-Dig for a day archaeology at Bet Guvrin
-A tour of Hebron and the cave of the patriarchs.
-If you want to take a tour of the west bank for a view of the conflict from both sides

TLV has beaches and a big bar and nightclub scene, but not much historical. I wouldn't focus too much time there. People love the dialogue in the dark exhibit, which has to be booked well in advance. :http://www.childrensmuseum.org.il/eng/pages/childrens_activity/dialogue_in_the_dark.aspx
And the Palmach museum is neat as well: http://www.palmach.org.il/Web/English/TheMuseum/Default.aspx

There are a ton of awesome wineries if you're into that. I can give you more info on those if you'd like.

Up north along the Mediterranean sea, you've got the Roman ruins in Caesarea, the high-tech companies in Haifa, the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra.
Inland north there's Tiberias on the sea of galiliee, the ancient city of Tzfat, and the Golan Heights. I love Nimrod's fortress and Baniyas waterfall in the Golan.

There are more authentic israeli possibilities, like staying in a kibbutz for a night or staying in a "Zimmer" https://www.zimmeril.com/

And that's ignoring the possibilities of goind down south to Mitzpe Ramon, Eilat, and trips to Petra or Sinai...

Anyway, I hope that wasn't too overwhelming. Happy to follow up on anything.

Enjoy,
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9504 on: September 30, 2017, 04:12:22 PM »
Anyone have extra schach? Any schach gemach? Anyone want to rent schach to me? Anyone want to buy schach at a steep discount off me after sukkos (it'll only be used once, and I'm getting a steep discount to buy but I won't be here next year and don't want to spend that much money). Pm me
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9505 on: September 30, 2017, 11:37:31 PM »
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Very informative for the rest of us too, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9506 on: October 01, 2017, 02:44:07 AM »
Any decent cleaners for a bekitcha? In Jerusalem
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9507 on: October 01, 2017, 02:49:25 AM »
Anyone have extra schach? Any schach gemach? Anyone want to rent schach to me? Anyone want to buy schach at a steep discount off me after sukkos (it'll only be used once, and I'm getting a steep discount to buy but I won't be here next year and don't want to spend that much money). Pm me
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #9509 on: October 01, 2017, 08:19:17 AM »
Any recommendation for Jeeping?  A family of 7, based in Yerushalayim, but can travel.