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  • If you're thinking about flying to Israel or starting to plan your trip to Israel then

  • you are at the right place.

  • Hi guys, my name is Oren and I'm a professional tour guide.

  • Now my whole internet site and channel is dedicated to Israel, I've written about the

  • sites, the Israeli society, the best hotels and hostels, but I wanted to do one video,

  • this video, with all the most important stuff.

  • So, let's get started and I will start by saying that Israel is a safe destination,

  • if you're not afraid flying to New York or Berlin then you shouldn't be afraid flying

  • to Israel.

  • Before people come to Israel they are concerned with safety issues, once they arrive they

  • are concerned with how expensive things are and I will talk about it in a minute.

  • Now you will probably land in Natbag, this is the name the Israelis call the airport,

  • but it is also called Ben Gurion Airport, or TLV.

  • It has the perfect location right in the middle of Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

  • It takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to the middle of Tel Aviv and a little

  • bit longer to Jerusalem.

  • Now to Jerusalem you can take the train; the line will be open in the middle of 2018.

  • Until then you need to or take a bus: there is a bus 485 that goes every hour to Jerusalem,

  • or there are shared taxis: these are taxis of ten people that you can take to Jerusalem,

  • or of course take a cab.

  • To Tel Aviv there is the train and I will say that the first station in Tel Aviv is

  • HaHagana and it is also very close to the Tel Aviv central bus station, but that is

  • not a good area, you don't want to hang around that area, especially not at night.

  • It is much better to take the train to Savidor Center or Arlozorov, these stations located

  • in the middle of Tel Aviv and from there you have many buses, you can take a taxi, you

  • can also email your hotel or hostel what is the best way to get there.

  • But south of Tel Aviv, your first night in Israel: it's not a good idea.

  • Now as I said Israel is expensive.

  • If money is not an issue then go for the best: sleep in Jerusalem at the Mamilla Hotel or

  • the King David Hotel, and in Tel Aviv in The Norman hotel.

  • Take a private guide with a car every day.

  • But if money is an issue then there are things you can do about it.

  • The biggest expense is accommodation and hotels in Israel are expensive.

  • The average night is more than 200 dollars in hotels but you can also take hostels.

  • In the last couple of years some great hostels opened in Israel and all of them also offer

  • private rooms.

  • So you basically sleep at a hostel, pay less, but have a room like a hotel.

  • So I can really recommend that.

  • Another thing is that Israel has great street food so you can have lunch for 7/8/9 euros/dollars

  • and it will fill you up.

  • Now street food is never healthy but I will say that the Israeli street food is great

  • and is way healthier than what they sell in Europe or in the US.

  • The best time to travel to Israel is March, the beginning of spring.

  • It is still low season so the prices are lower, everything is beautiful and green, and the

  • chances that it will rain are quite small.

  • Winter is also a great time to come to Israel, especially if you come from Europe where it

  • is cold.

  • And Israel has a safe friendly desert so if you are coming from October to March then

  • plan as much time as you can in the desert.

  • Summer is very very hot.

  • You can expect more than 35 degrees every day.

  • Great if you like the beaches or go to churches and museums but if you want to go for long

  • hikes then the summer (so June, July, August, even September) are a little bit too hot.

  • Now when it comes to planning a trip in Israel I like to use three words: the heart, the

  • line, and the land.

  • The heart of every trip in Israel is Jerusalem.

  • The Old City of Jerusalem is a must-see.

  • If you haven't been there you simply haven't been to Israel.

  • Jerusalem is one of the most important cities in the world.

  • If you have only one long weekend to spend in Israel, book a hotel or hostel in Jerusalem.

  • I've written a lot about the different sites in Jerusalem, but the most important ones

  • are the Old City, where you will find the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,

  • the Via Dolorosa.

  • Outside the Old City you can head to the top of Mount Olives, visit the churches and the

  • Jewish Cemetery.

  • In the New City be sure to visit Mahane Yehuda Market, the Israel Museum, and Yad Vashem.

  • Two days are the absolute minimum you will need.

  • And from Jerusalem you can always take a one-day tour to the Judaean Desert or Tel Aviv.

  • The line is Highway number 1, connecting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Judaean Desert.

  • In Tel Aviv you will find the ancient port of Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew), the Carmel Market,

  • Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, many Bauhaus buildings,

  • and, of course, the beaches.

  • Although there is a lot to see, Tel Aviv doesn't have the important sites that Jerusalem does.

  • And many of the buildings look rather neglected.

  • But the charm of Tel Aviv doesn't lie in the importance of the sites or the buildings,

  • but in the atmosphere.

  • You can walk in the middle of the night in Tel Aviv, 2am, and cafés and restaurants

  • are open and people sitting there as if it is the middle of the day.

  • The Judaean Desert, about an hour away from Jerusalem and two hours from Tel Aviv is the

  • nearest and most accessible desert.

  • The main sites are the Dead Sea, Masada, and the Ein Gedi nature reserve.

  • If you plan to spend five days traveling in Israel, then these places are more than enough.

  • I would recommend staying two or three nights in Jerusalem, one night in the Judaean Desert

  • and another one/two nights in Tel Aviv.

  • If you like the desert and plan on coming in winter, then maybe spend two nights in

  • the Judaean Desert, and if you prefer the beaches and nightlife then stay a little longer

  • in Tel Aviv.

  • The land is basically all the rest and there is a lot to see.

  • The Negev Desert, Nazareth, Haifa, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Acre, Caesarea,

  • and much more.

  • Here I can't really summarize it all into a few sentences, since it really depends where

  • you are coming from, when you're coming and what are your interests.

  • I will just say that if you come in wintertime then spend more time in the desert Negev.

  • And if you're a practising Christian, then a tour to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee

  • is a must.

  • Now there is a lot to see in Israel but many of the sites are not impressive.

  • Unlike Egypt where you go and see the Pyramids and they are just impressive, no matter how

  • much you know about them.

  • In Israel if you want to understand the sites, you need to know what you are looking at,

  • you need to know the history.

  • Most of the most important places, like the Wailing Wall, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,

  • are not impressive in themselves.

  • You need to know what you're looking at.

  • The best option is to take a private guide, you can always join a tour or purchase my

  • booklets.

  • I have a booklet about Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Judaean Desert, that I talk about the

  • history of the important sites.

  • Another thing you need to take in consideration is the Jewish calendar.

  • Now in Israel we have two calendars: the Gregorian calendar (the one that you know starting at

  • January) and the Jewish calendar.

  • And you need to know this because the holidays in Israel are mostly by the Jewish calendar.

  • Now it's great being here on a holiday, on Sukkot, Pesach, Hanukkah, but there is no

  • public transportation, and the prices of flights and hotels will be higher.

  • And I've written a long post about the Jewish holidays: what they are about, when they are,

  • and what you can expect.

  • About transportation, I will say that when you're in the big cities you don't need a

  • car but if you want to go to the Golan Heights or to the Negev Desert, it is much easier

  • hiring a car.

  • You can also go there with public transportation, but it is way more convenient with your own

  • car.

  • Now there is something very important you need to remember: that in Israel there is

  • no public transportation between Friday afternoon and Saturday night.

  • So if you land in Natbag on Saturday or Friday night then there are no buses, no trains,

  • and you have to take a taxi, and on Saturdays the taxis are more expensive.

  • Now one last word about the land and the people.

  • Israel is basically a corridor, a corridor where Africa, Asia, and Europe meet, where

  • great empires went through, where Judaism, Christianity and Islam met.

  • And like the land and the history, so are the people: restless, something interesting

  • is always going on, people here are always hurrying.

  • I think that Israel is the most interesting piece of land that exists on this planet.

  • Come and see for yourself.

  • That's it, guys, I hope you enjoyed this video.

  • If you did then please help me grow my new channel by subscribing.

  • Now these videos are for you so please write me down here what you want my next videos

  • to be about: the desert, Jewish sites, churches, how to plan your trip.

  • That's it, guys, see you in the next video, and bye for now.

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