We are looking forward to visiting Israel. Our ship docks in Ashdod (Thurs) and Haifa (Fri). We are a party of 4 adults and 3 young children, so it would work best to have a private tour.
We are Christians and would appreciate a Christian themed tour - it would be wonderful if someone could recommend one with Christian operators (experiential Bible knowledge).
I have read lots of positive reviews of GTI but the quote I received was more expensive than I'd expected (people seem to say around $600 for a private tour).
* From Haifa to the North of Israel: $125 per person
* From Ashdod to Jerusalem and Bethlehem: $119 per person
* From Ashdod to Jerusalem and Dead Sea : $135 per person
** 2 years old FREE
*** 4 & 6 years old less 10%
This would make it around $800 per day. I know child prices vary and they are taking up seats, but it seems a lot per child and as an overall rate.
Would this seem to be a fair going rate? Any other tour/guide recommendations would be gladly received.
Also, any advice about spending the whole day in Jerusalem versus going to Bethlehem or the Dead Sea, would also be very valuable.
Finally and possibly it's own thread, but I have read that it can be quite physically demanding. We have an off road double buggy for the younger children that the older child can take a turn in, but they are very moany walkers! The ship does not offer full day child care and I think the children would actually find it interesting to see the setting of the Bible stories they are so familiar with - but I am concerned that they can't keep up. I guess I could carry the youngest - a wriggly 11kg solution to overeating onboard!
Thanks in advance!