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Anonymous 06/04/14(Wed)22:27 UTC+1 No.857562 Report

18, First time traveling without family.
I'm going to Israel in June for about a month.
I plan on getting around via hitchhiking and hope
to see Jerusalem, Acre and Tel Aviv (where i'll be landing).

Any advice dudez?
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Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)17:34 UTC+1 No.857855 Report

I'm going to israel as well the last week of June. I will visit Tel aviv, Acre and Jerusalem. I also plan to visit the west bank and the golan heights from Acre. Ask anything and if I know the answer I shoot it to you.
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Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)22:09 UTC+1 No.857911 Report

>>857855
Do a lot of people speak english over there?
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Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)22:37 UTC+1 No.857923 Report

>>857562
>>857911
Not him, but I was in Israel for 6 months recently.

Yes, everyone you meet will be able to speak English. Almost every restaurant and sign and store will have an English translation (outside of rural areas of course). I had a few instances where the waitstaff didn't understand, but they were always promptly replaced by someone who does.

You're going during tourist season so be prepared for some big crowds and high prices, especially around Tel Aviv.

Do not put your bag underneath the public buses. I got my luggage stolen twice on two different occasions.

Old Jerusalem and Acre are very claustrophobic and it's extremely easy to get lost. Get a map and keep track of where you're going at all times

Palestinian chick is fucking unbelievable.

I wouldn't plan on getting around by hitching. You can do it of course but you might want to map out some bus/train routes to get to your favorite destinations. The public transport is cheap and efficient.

Haifa and Bethlehem are both wastes of time. Tel Aviv is a bit boring, but I grew up in New York and I also went during the winter, so there wasn't a lot going on. If you're into beach life and clubbing it might be fun for a week.

Anyways you're going to need to post more about your interests for more advice.
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Anonymous 06/05/14(Thu)22:38 UTC+1 No.857924 Report

>>857923
I meant Palestinian chicken*
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)16:07 UTC+1 No.858086 Report

>>857923
Second poster here. I never thought I would have language issues in Israel. I'm surprised though as you mention bethlehem is a waste of time. I am not planning spending the whole day there but I will definitely go to the church and might even wander around old town a little bit. In relation to that, could you tell me how easy is to get to Bethlehem from Jerusalem on a day trip? Using public transport preferably but if there is no such option I could also consider sth else
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)17:19 UTC+1 No.858096 Report

>>857924
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)17:41 UTC+1 No.858106 Report

>>857924
Damn, you got my hopes up there for a moment.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)19:04 UTC+1 No.858119 Report

>>857855

Should have mentioned that I won't be taking any friends either, going on my own.

Will there be any other people my age in hostels? Seems like an unorthodox location for teenagers.

How are Israeli hostels in general?
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)19:18 UTC+1 No.858122 Report

>>857562
Advice nr. 1:
Never say "dudez".
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)19:22 UTC+1 No.858126 Report

>>858122

Okay bruh.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)20:12 UTC+1 No.858141 Report

>>858086
I guess I worded that poorly. Bethlehem is perhaps worth a trip, but it's literally just the church and the square. The rest of the town is basically a tourist trap bazaar with nothing notable to do besides shitty souvenir shops with obnoxious merchants. Don't plan to spend any more than a couple hours there, if you even want to go at all.

It's extremely easy to get there from Jerusalem. Every fucking taxi you get in the cabbie will ask if you want to go to Bethlehem - it's only 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the center of Jerusalem. The only encumbrance is that you have to cross into the West Bank, which is easy enough on the way out but you might get hounded on the way back into Israel. If you want to take public transport, one of the arab buses from Damascus Gate (the northwest gate in Old Jerusalem) will take you right into the town. Google says Bus 21 or 24 but you might want to double-check that when you get there. You could even walk if you wanted to.

>>858119
The hostels are the same as in Europe from my experience, if not a little bit nicer. You'll run into a ton of young people, don't worry. It's a hotspot for European tourists and Israeli youth love to take off and travel around the country a bit once they get the opportunity. Jerusalem is a very, VERY young city. This is anecdotal of course, but I can't think of any city I've ever been to where I saw that many teenagers/young adults running around. Hostels in Tel Aviv are much the same way; lots of beach bums, surfers, and clubbers.

Don't expect much in the ways of accommodation in Acre. It might be better to spend the night in Haifa and go to Acre on a day trip, but Haifa itself is boring with nothing to do outside of beaches. Still, it's got better accommodation with better restaurants and shopping so it might be a good place to branch out from.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)20:40 UTC+1 No.858149 Report

>>858141

Thanks, I truly appreciate the feedback.

How 'touristy' is the Jerusalem Old Town? I hope it's not yet another "tourist trap bazaar", I do realize that I may seem ignorant in asking this.

Also, have you got any suggestions for places to check out within the same radius as Tel Aviv, Acre, Jerusalem?

Thanks.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)21:01 UTC+1 No.858154 Report

>>858141
Then I will not worry too much on getting to Bethlehem. I was budgeting one day and it might be even less. Thanks mate!

Another question. How easy is to get to Nimrod Fortress in the Golan Heights from Acre? I'm budgeting one day for that as well but I haven't found any practical information online. I will be getting up in Acre and I will have to sleep there as well. It shouldn't be a problem as it's relatively close but still I couldn't find anything so far...
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)21:46 UTC+1 No.858165 Report

>>858149
Old Jerusalem is not a tourist trap, at least not in the traditional sense. I generally say tourist trap when I'm talking about an area that doesn't have much substance, but is filled with greedy locals that aggressively exploit tourists. Old Jerusalem has a lot worth seeing; it has it's fair share of obnoxious merchants as well, but you'd have to be in a pretty bad mood to actually be irritated by them.

Anyways, if you look at this map, you can see the city is divided into four sections. You're probably going to enter through Jaffa Gate. If you look you can see all the winding side streets that intersect with the main ones; that's why I said it was easy to get lost. Those streets are absolutely LINED with cheap shitty souvenir shops, but they're necessary to get to some of the attractions. It's very claustrophobic but the city isn't big, and you're always within eyeshot of a landmark or something. If you keep going in one direction you'll eventually find your way out. It's a lot of fun to just walk around and explore the city as long as you know where you're going. It's the highlight of Jerusalem in my opinion, especially if you're interested in history or religion.

There are a few different day trips you can do from Jerusalem. Besides Bethlehem, the most popular are probably Masada and Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea. Both of those will take the entire day, I guess you could do both in the same day but time would be pretty tight. The Dead Sea is certainly worth it (especially in summer), Masada didn't impress me that much but it's probably worth checking out if you have the time. There are buses from Jerusalem that go to both locations, but I don't remember the exact lines so check before you leave. Keep in mind Masada is a park and will close at around dusk.

cont...
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)21:57 UTC+1 No.858172 Report

>>858149
Another important thing to remember is that public transportation does not run on Shabbat (sunset on Friday until Saturday night). Don't forget this since it's easy to get stuck somewhere on a day trip. Plenty of taxis will still take you where you want to go, and the arab buses will run, but just be careful. This hold true for restaurants as well. There are plenty of places that are open on Shabbat but the vast majority of them close, and it can be really fucking annoying when your old favorites close at you can't find anywhere to eat. Ask your hostel which places are open on Fridays and Saturdays in advance so you can figure out what you want to do.

From Acre, the most common locations would probably be Haifa or Caesarea, although it's a bit weird to do it that way (usually people stay in Haifa and then go on day trips). Caesarea is cool if you like Roman ruins, although the area itself doesn't offer much to do. Like I said earlier, Haifa has little to offer besides beaches. The Baha'i gardens are there, and they're beautiful, but entry is stupidly restricted unless you're actually Baha'i. Visitors can only go in the lower and upper terraces. I think there are tours from the top that will take you through the gardens a little bit, but you're still locked off from the vast majority of the place. Anyways, they're cool to see, but don't expect to do much more than look at them. Beit She'an park is another option. Another ruined city (Israel's specialty) but it could be worth a trip. You can probably tell I wasn't particularly impressed with the North Coast; it's beautiful, but there really isn't that much to do.

Keep in mind Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Acre are all pretty close to each other. You can get between any of the cities in about an hour.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)22:18 UTC+1 No.858181 Report

>>858149
Oh, I forgot Tiberias and the Kinneret (no one in Israel calls it the Sea of Galilee, they'll give you weird looks if you say that). The area there and surrounding it is beautiful, especially in summer, and I'd really try to schedule a day or two to see it. You can get there by bus from Jerusalem, Haifa, or Tel Aviv.

If you'd like, you can also take a trip to Petra in Jordan. It might be convenient to do this through an organize tour, which you can find in Jerusalem or Eliat. You can get across via the Wadi Araba Crossing, where they'll give you a visa-on-arrival. There will be taxis pretty much immediately after that that will take you to Petra. This can be done as a day trip or an overnight and it's surprisingly easy to do; the border is effortless and there are a few places to eat and sleep nearby or in Aqaba if you don't want to do it all in one day.

>>858154
You can't do it from Acre, you'd need to take a bus into Tiberias and then a separate bus into the Golan. The buses really don't run that often to and from there though so you might have downtime. Also the buses within the Golan Heights are slow as fuck, and either don't come on time or don't come at all. It's a real pain in the ass to navigate the place in a timely manner - it's simply not set up to accommodate tourists. Your only practical option is to either rent a car or take a taxi, both of which are going to be pretty expensive. I'm not sure it's really feasible to do in a day.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)22:38 UTC+1 No.858189 Report

>>858181

I'm astounded by your willingness to help, thanks mate.

>Petra

I've always wanted to visit and, now that you've mentioned the ease of border crossing, I'll be sure to visit.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)22:43 UTC+1 No.858192 Report

>>858181

I've heard of certain nations not allowing people to visit due to a stamp in the passport from entering Israel. Do you happen to know which countries these are, is there a way to avoid the stamp?
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)22:57 UTC+1 No.858194 Report

>>858192
They won't stamp you. The visa they give you is a little identification card. I highly, highly recommend you tape this into your passport for the duration of your stay - you're pretty fucked if you lose it and it would be an easy thing to forget since it's about the size of a driver's license.
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)23:06 UTC+1 No.858195 Report

As a guy who lives here i can tell you there are many places to visit,you should go to the beaches in tel aviv,they are great,and if you can make it to eylat they have the best beaches
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Anonymous 06/06/14(Fri)23:14 UTC+1 No.858198 Report

>>858189
Hope you have a good time there. If I'm to be completely honest, I wasn't thrilled with my trip. My primary reason for going was to learn about the history of the Levant region and some of the more esoteric Jewish beliefs, but I found that to be *seriously* overshadows by the ongoing political conflict. That being said, it's a cool country and I met some seriously interesting people there. An interesting point is the huge generational rift that I haven't really seen elsewhere in the world. I met a young guy and his sister at a bar in Jerusalem, and they talked for hours about how sick they are of the politics and the militarism and the zionist bullshit, and how they just want to live their lives. I doubt that sentiment is shared by everyone, but it's interesting to note.

Anyways, if you're going for the beaches and women I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun. If you're going for a more deliberate, educational reason you might have to go a bit out of your way to find what you're looking for.
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)00:17 UTC+1 No.858205 Report

>>858181
I just checked and it's like 1.5h drive to Nimrod from Acre. So I would say it's doable in one day, how much would a taxi charge for such a trip? and for the whole thing? (trip to nimrod, waiting a couple of hours and trip back to acre)
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)00:33 UTC+1 No.858207 Report

>>858205
I'm not sure, it would be extremely expensive. A taxi from Jerusalem to Haifa, which is about the same distance is quoted at 745NIS. I don't know what your local currency is, but for Americans that's $215. Personally that's way too expensive for me to go anywhere, let alone for a day trip. But obviously you can decide that for yourself.
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)08:03 UTC+1 No.858305 Report

>>858172

The best idea is to arrange being in Tel Aviv on Shabbat since it's the most secular city. Won't find any problems to find a place to eat and it's a great day for the beach (prepare for crowds).

Tel Aviv is THE place for going out and party, beach life etc. Also Isreali chicks are gorgeous.
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)10:27 UTC+1 No.858347 Report

>>858207
then probably it's gonna be cheaper for me to rent a car. Is that possible in Acre? I guess I will need a navigator as well
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)10:45 UTC+1 No.858353 Report

For one month, Isreal will begin to bore you. Take some time and plan a week in Jordan. Stay in Amman for maybe a day, then head to Jerash for a day to visit the roman ruins there, prior to heading back to Amman and out to Petra. Spend at least 2 days in Petra, then head to Wadi Rum for at least a day trip in the desert, but I'd suggest an over night. Then on the way back to Petra visit Mount Nebo(of Mosses fame), then the purported Baptism sight of Jesus, and maybe the dead sea if you haven't visited that on the Israeli side(It is cleaner in Israel). Then take off from Amman and head back into Israel.

Do not listen to people that say leaving Israel for Jordan represents any problems. This is a very simple, and typical trip.
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)11:01 UTC+1 No.858355 Report

>>858181
>It might be convenient to do this through an organize tour, which you can find in Jerusalem or Eliat.
Where can I find those? In places like the central bus station or in more specific places?
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Anonymous 06/07/14(Sat)19:49 UTC+1 No.858436 Report

>>858355
The central station in Tel Aviv, if I remember correctly, is more like a mall than a bus station. You should be able to find tours there, but the best way to arrange them is through your hotel or hostel. I would call or email them beforehand to ask about any prearranged tours they have available if you're interested in one.

I only put that as an option though, it's very easy to get to Petra and back by yourself, I just figured it might be a little intimidating for an 18 year old. From Eliat you need to take a taxi to the border. Once there, it's an easy border cross with a small fee. There will be taxis on the other side that will take you wherever. They'll charge you up the ass though, it's worth it to try and haggle them down to a reasonable price.

I should note that if you're going to Jordan, you should request that they don't stamp your passport. I believe they avoid stamping passports by default now, but getting an entry stamp at the Eliat-Aqaba Crossing is pretty much the exact same thing as having an Israeli stamp in your passport, since obviously you could have only come from one country if you enter Jordan that way. Just something to be mindful of
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Anonymous 06/08/14(Sun)20:35 UTC+1 No.858697 Report

>>858436

Thank you for this.

>intimidating

I'm trying to get waaaay out of my comfort zone so it fits the bill.
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Anonymous 06/09/14(Mon)17:12 UTC+1 No.858903 Report

Is it true that you cannot gain entry to Lebanon from Israel or vice-versa? Would like to visit both over Summer.
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Anonymous 06/09/14(Mon)22:23 UTC+1 No.859010 Report

>>858903
There is only one border crossing and it does not allow tourists
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