I decided to extend my stay by a couple of days and included a tour up the north-west coast of Israel to the Lebanese border. Heading north out of Tel Aviv
Our final day of touring was dedicated to the Old City of Jerusalem. Entering through Dung Gate in the Jewish Quarter we climbed above the Western Wall
Our final tour days will be based in Jerusalem – today we visited the “New” Jerusalem and tomorrow the “Old City”. We travelled to the Israel Museum
My journey today took me back to the Jordan Valley, this time to the far south of the Dead Sea and the ancient Winter Palace of King Herod at Masada.
Just a few minutes down the road from our hotel in Tiberias, is the start of the Jordan River carrying water from the Sea of Galilee south to the Dead Sea.
Once again, we left our hotel early, heading north to the Mount of Beatitudes, believed to be where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
Caesarea was built by Herod the Great to honour Augustus Caesar over a period of 12 years. Two stone breakwaters were constructed
A proper healthy middle eastern breakfast. Staying at a very upbeat hotel called BY14. The staff are really nice even when I arrived at midnight.
The last of the four sections of your packing list covers paperwork.
Probably the easiest to compile and all absolutely necessary so there will be no need to leave any behind.
We are half-way through our packing lists. We’ve covered clothing and accessories, now we need to look at electronics.
Keep in mind that this is where a lot of your luggage weight will occur so be frugal in your choices.
This list can be pretty extensive depending upon how much detail you want to include.
For example, you may simply list “toiletries” or might want to break that down to every individual item to take.
I’ve just booked my next holiday to Israel for September. Now I need to start planning…. Really? So early you’re thinking?
Absolutely. I’ve travelled constantly for over 30 years and without a doubt the successful trips are those planned well in advance.
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