Tag Archive: Israel

Jul 27

Israel Trip

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My wife and I decided to take a last minute trip to Israel since we just got an infusion of over 200k Delta points by combining offers from two American Express cards with a Membership Rewards transfer bonus. Read on to hear about our travels to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the north and more along with our luxury hotel, budget hostel and car rental experiences.

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Jul 26

Le Meridian David Dead Sea Resort

Le Meridian David Dead Sea

We stayed at Le Meridian David Dead Sea Resort for two nights in early July of 2011. A lot of reviews you may read on Trip Advisor or other sites are too harsh. It is not a 5 star hotel, but a solid 4 star. For the money it is certainly a very good deal. …

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Jul 26

Western Wall Tunnel Tour in Jerusalem

Western Wall Tunnel

This was very interesting. We made a last minute reservation (+972-2-6271333) on our way into Jerusalem for that night. Note that it is often difficult to get a reservation. Try to book way in advanced. If there is no availability, continue to try up until that day. If you are very motivated, also try to …

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Jul 26

Sandeman’s New Jerusalem Tours (Holy City & Free)

Sandeman's Tour

We took both the Holy City Tour and the Free Tour with Sandeman’s. We loved the holy city tour. It was very reasonably priced and great. Our guide was Moki Schwartz. Moki was getting a masters in History in Jerusalem so really knew his stuff. We spent probably 30 minutes in and around the Church …

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Jul 26

Jerusalem Hostel

Jerusalem Hostel (stock photo)

We stayed at the Jerusalem Hostel (+972 2-6236102) in Zion Square. We really liked it. It was 280NIS/night for a double room. Had decent A/C (without individual control), free wifi (but not in our room), a balcony in the room and a really nice roof deck. They seem to have some bread and instant coffee …

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Jul 25

Avis Jerusalem – King David Station

Avis - Front of First Car

I loved my trip to Israel, but had a horrible experience with Avis’s local contractor in Jerusalem. When you book from the US it appears to be at a very reasonable price, say $20 a day for a compact. When you get there it ends up being around $60 a day with insurance. There is …

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Jul 22

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

My experience traveling through Ben Gurion Airport in July of 2011: Entering The Passport control line was a bit slow. Probably 20-30 minutes. Certain passengers get questioned for a long time and others are very quick, so it seems to be all about getting lucky to be behind travelers that don’t generate a security interest. …

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Jul 22

Yehudiya Nature Reserve (aka Yehudia Nature Reserve)

Yehudiya Nature Reserve

This was one of the highlights of our trip. They have hikes where you swim part of it. We first hiked over an hour in the wrong direction (it was our stupidity, the rangers were pretty clear and the maps were good), so we didn’t start our real hike till quite later than we wanted. …

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Jul 22

Safed Inn (aka Tzfat Inn aka Ruckenstein B&B)

The Safed Inn (aka Tzfat Inn aka Ruckenstein B&B) was a wonderful Hostel / B&B. I would highly recommend it if you are in the area. The couple (Dubi & Riki Ruckenstein) that owns the place are very nice. Riki moved from America years ago, but retains her perfect English (not always the case in …

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