PLANNED SPONTANEITY

Trip Start May 04, 2012
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Trip End May 27, 2012


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Can a trip be planned and also spontaneous? If there are specific places or events that you want to see in Israel, some of these require reservations to be assured attendance.    That's the planned part of our itinerary.  After these were booked, our itinerary took shape for specific dates and times.   The days can then unfold spontaneously around these preset anchors, flowing at the spur of the moment. 

We aim for a "peaceful exploration" style of travel, which means that we let our curiosity, sense of discovery and energy determine the days – not a check-off-the-sites style of travel.  Imagine going to a restaurant with a really big menu.  When you sit down to order, you make a selection knowing in advance that you can’t possibly order everything on the menu – well, that’s how travel is for us.  We don’t even try to see everything or to pack our day’s solid. We’re savoring whatever we choose to do!

ONLY IN ISRAEL

So this trip is a mix of revisiting some of the places that we want to see in more depth than our last visit (for example, the city of caves at Bet Guvrin and the 18 superimposed cities of Bet Shean) as well as a sampling of Israel’s technological innovation, music, archaeology and history, art, diversity, natural beauty and trees.   We’ve attempted to include things that you can only do in Israel: 

  • Dead Sea – THE lowest place on Earth.

  • Jerusalem – THE holiest place on earth for three religions with sacred sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims within easy walking distance of each other.

  • Tel Aviv – “the Mediterranean Capital of Cool – vibrant, diverse, beach resort with sandy beaches, commercial centers with skyscrapers, incredible architectures, culture, shows, nightlife and atmosphere.”

  • Walk where the Bible stories took place – stand in theses places, explore the stories emerging from the archaeological studies and realize that you are really in the land of the Bible.

  • Trees – visit heritage trees that are unique in their shape or form, historic or religious connection.

Our 13 day itinerary includes: Tel Aviv (4 nights), Zichron Ya’acov (2 nights), Rosh Pina (3 nights), Bet Shean (1 night), Ein Gedi (2 nights), Jerusalem (2 nights).    I’ve scoured the internet and read TripAdvisor and guidebooks to create our “menu for each location” which offers possibilities for us to spontaneously choose from each day.  These menus are loaded on our phones so they are conveniently accessible and I can use the space in my daypack for my camera equipment!  And since we know we can’t possibly see and do everything, we already have an outline for our next trip to Israel!

Here’s what we booked in advance and the contacts:

Jerusalem

Western Wall Tunnel Tour
Email:  tours@thekotel.org

Chain of Generations Center 
Email:   tours@thekotel.org

Tower of David Sound & Light Show:

Private guide.  We highly recommend Madeleine Lavine who guided us on our last trip and once again on this trip.  This trip we visited the City of David and some off-the-beaten track sites.  We  also had separate day at Bet Guvrin, the city of caves outside of Jerusalem.   Madeleine Lavine, Licensed Tour Guide.   Email:  madl@zahav.net.il  
Website: www.touringwithmadeleine.blogspot.com

Tel Aviv

Palmach Museum 
Email:  palmach_reservation@mod.gov.il

Better Places Demonstration 
Email:  betterplacecenter@betterplace.com

Bet Shean

Sound and Light Show 
Email:  yafitc@npa.org.il
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