If you like most people, going on a good vacation is often a once a year event. Depending on where you going and what you plan to see, two weeks is not much time.
Proper planning is essential to maximize any trip and to get the best value for your money. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your next trip to Magdala.
Israel in general contains many “must-see” sites. You can easily spend up to ten days covering everything from Jerusalem to the Negev Desert. The Sea of Galilee area and Magdala can consume up to two days of your trip. So do your research, decide what you want to see and then plan accordingly.
Israel is bigger than you imagine. Do not make the mistake of booking all your accommodation in one central area. For example, a trip from Tel-Aviv to Upper Galilee can take up to 3 hours each way leaving you tired and with very little time to see all the sights.
There are transportation options to match any budget and group size. If you a travelling as a group of 5 or more, private transportation might be the best solution and will cost you about $400 per day.
There are also taxis available in more central places like Jerusalem and a short trip should cost you about $10.
Car rental is one of the cheaper options and costs about $70 per day on average. You can even invite a tour guide along with you to serve as a navigator and make sure you always heading in the right direction.
What to Pack?
You most certainly head to Israel for the sights and a good pair of walking shoes is a must. Sandals are a great idea especially in the summer. Make sure you bring along a wide-brimmed hat and sun screen and in winter a good fleece coat and warm closed shoes.
When to Go
From personal experience visiting Magdala is best in March and April. During this time it is spring and the surroundings are beautifully covered in green. The temperature is also in the region of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the place is relatively quiet and peaceful.
June through to August is generally high tourist season but also it gets quite busy around Christmas time.
Summer temperatures hover around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and normally there is no rain during this period. Expect to pay up to 50% more on your accommodation during summer.
Magdala and Israel in general for that matter is a magical place. Plan accordingly and you will be left with many amazing memories for years to come.
This is the “Holy Land”. What you see, touch and feel will transport you to a time of long ago. You are able to almost feel Jesus presence wherever you go. The great part of making a trip to a place like this is also meeting like-minded individuals who have an appreciation of history, culture and spirituality.