Jerusalem and Bethlaham
|This was the first of only two guided tours we
took, the other was Petra in Jordan. While we could have toured
Jerusalem by ourselves, I recommend doing it with a tour group the first
time or you will spend most of your time trying to find where things
are. I also recommend that you use a tour van or tour car and not
the tour bus. The van seats 12 and the guide was very knowledgeable
and .got to know all of us by name. Unlike the tour bus which seats
over 40 we went to small places to shop or to eat because we were a much
smaller group. We also got to spend more time at each stop because
it took less time to get off and on the van.
Probably the only disappointment of the tour was a mistake on our part in taking the trip on Saturday. While the Christian holy day is Sunday, the Hebrew and Muslim holy day is Saturday. We managed to see many of the Hebrew holy places but the Muslim places were closed to the public on the Holy Day.