As my first trip to Israel edges closer, I have been thinking more and more about what I want to see and accomplish. I’m striking for a balance of the historical and modern, religious and secular, educational and fun.
I started to make a mental list of must-see sights in each major city: namely Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa.
I’m especially excited about Jerusalem – I have heard one month wouldn’t be enough for Jerusalem. The Holy City has some main draws like City of David and Dome of the Rock; at the same time – lots of tourist traps like people trying to sell you useless crap. Also downloaded a few apps to assist me in my planning. This should be one great learning and fun adventure. I have already secured my stay in Tel Aviv through Airbnb. I’m staying with a kind and young couple in the happening part of town. They have already demonstrated to me their hospitality by offering me a small discount for me to stay with them. They’ve never had a guest from Hong Kong!! I may be the rare “Asian” person in Israel. One that has not made aliyah…yet. :-)
Tel Aviv should be where I can get my fix of the modern and fun. Haifa would be historical and educational.
Below is what I’m thinking given my week in Israel. Obviously, I can’t see and do everything. I have to save time for another trip in the future!! Have you been to Israel? Any other sights that you would recommend?
- City of David
- Jewish Quarter
- Western Wall
- Tower of David
- Mount of Olives
- Muslim Quarter
- Neve Tzedek
- Old Jaffa
- Tayelet Beach
- Museum of the Jewish People
- Attend a Shabbat Service
- Experience the nightlife
- Baha’i Gardens and Golden Dome
- Theatre at Caesarea National Park
- Ramat HaNadiv
- Louis Promenade
- National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space