Title: The Family Guide to Touring Israel
Author: Lisa Aiken
Publisher: Lisa Aiken
The proof will be in your hands: some self-published books are remarkably wonderful. Lisa Aiken’s The Family Guide to Touring Israel is a 382-page paperback with essentials even native Israelis need to know.
The easy-reading prose informs you of sporting opportunities, gift shop locations and hours, tree-planting and handicap-accessible touring realities. Pay attention to Aiken’s notes about bathroom facilities (they tend to range from hygienic nightmares to high-class and helpful). The remarks alert you to the need for packing baby-changing items and/or tissues and soap to protect the rest of the group.
Chapters progress from how to book flights and arrange itineraries to hiring tour guides, what to expect in terms of hotels, health services, food, kosher certification, public and private transportation opportunities. Want to go jeeping, scuba-diving, camel riding or celebrate a simcha? Maybe you’d prefer a walking tour with or without professional guides. Get the contact information and driving directions you need in this handy guide.
The bulk of the book is an overview of specific regions and communities, with complete contact information for museums, restaurants, ticket offices and their hours. The wealth of the listings surprise even seasoned tourists who’ve covered Israel. You can dig history when you find out how to join archaeologists uncovering the past. Learn where the kids can make paper from tree bark and flower petals with adult guidance, and how you can customize a trip to make dreams come true at any age.
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