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Old March 18th, 2013, 12:28 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
Surreyman[_3_]
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On Sunday, March 17, 2013 2:25:18 PM UTC, David Horne wrote:
Surreyman wrote:



On Saturday, March 16, 2013 9:36:20 PM UTC, David Horne wrote:


[]

If you're still reading, we're closer to an itinerary. No hotels booked




yet (availability seems fine) but probably Tel Aviv for the first 3




nights (we arrive on the Thursday and travel on the sabbath is




problematic) then fly to Eilat, but stay in Taba (Sinai) 3-4, then to




Jordan, finally to Jerusalem. So, St. Catherine's is definitely on the




list, then Petra and Wadi Rum. We're looking into staying in a tent at




Wadi Rum.


[]

Looks good - envy you! Taba's on the Egyptian border, of course. Nothing


there apart from a resort hotel or two (unless it's expanded since I was


last there). Eilat or Aqaba could have been more interesting, & the


distance differences are negligible. But your choice, of course.




We'll be in Taba Heights which is about 15km further south- yes, just

resorts but we wanted a few beach days and it made a slightly easier

base from which to St. Catherine's. We really didn't fancy either Eilat

or Aqaba... hope we made the right decision.



Around


the St. Catherine's area there's a delightful Wadi Gazella area if you can


persuade your guides to divert a little! When I was last at St.


Catherine's they were just starting to build a hotel complex nearby. I


assume that's finished now. Again, depending on your own tastes, that


could centre you amongst glorious desert scenery rather than in the less


dramatic coast resorts - but I'm getting subjective again! Above all,


enjoy! Look forward to hearing from you afterwards.




Many thanks!



D



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Yep, fair enough. Your thinking is spot on.
It's just that isolated beach resort hotels are the last places we'd choose ourselves, but that's purely subjective.
Must admit we did drop down into them now and then to re-fill with safe water! :-))

One last thought - it's apparently 'the thing' to overnight at St. Catherine's (or leave your hotel xxxxxx early a.m.) and to climb Mount Sinai to see the dawn - not a vicious ascent, I'm told. I haven't done it, but if it appeals, your local guides will obviously advise.

Whatever, you've a great time ahead.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 10:56 AM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Surreyman wrote:

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Yep, fair enough. Your thinking is spot on. It's just that isolated beach
resort hotels are the last places we'd choose ourselves, but that's purely
subjective. Must admit we did drop down into them now and then to re-fill
with safe water! :-))

One last thought - it's apparently 'the thing' to overnight at St.
Catherine's (or leave your hotel xxxxxx early a.m.) and to climb Mount
Sinai to see the dawn - not a vicious ascent, I'm told. I haven't done it,
but if it appeals, your local guides will obviously advise.

Whatever, you've a great time ahead.


We'd have to leave from the hotel at 0030 to climb the mount in time- in
the end we opted for a day trip and not climbing the mountain- leaving
at 0700 with a private taxi and back in time for a late lunch. Very
enjoyable visit, and you were right, the scenery on the way was just
unbelievable. When I thought I'd seen the most breathtaking valley
another unfolded. The resort at Taba Heights was wonderful though, you
don't see Eilat or Aqaba, but instead look over to the dramatic scenery
of Saudi Arabia. Fantastic snorkelling, which surprisingly I'd never
done before and got completely hooked on...

Will definitely return to the area. The trip eventually divided itself
like this- 3 nights Tel Aviv, flight to Eilat, border crossing, 4 nights
Taba Heights, two border crossings to Jordan (3 taxis), 3 nights Wadi
Musa (Petra), then Jerusalem via Aqaba crossing (2 taxis, then bus) for
last 4 nights. Israeli Egged buses have free wifi which works very
well... the journey went quicker while listening to R4!

Your advice to spend time at Petra was spot on. We got a 2-day pass, and
could happily have spent another full day there... I like the
government's pricing policy: 50 for a full day, 55 for 2, 60 for 3- but
90 if you aren't spending a night in Jordan.

Didn't go to Wadi Rum, for another time...

D

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Old April 14th, 2013, 12:30 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
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Martin wrote:

On Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:56:05 +0100, (David Horne)
wrote:

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The resort at Taba Heights was wonderful though, you
don't see Eilat or Aqaba, but instead look over to the dramatic scenery
of Saudi Arabia. Fantastic snorkelling, which surprisingly I'd never
done before and got completely hooked on...


We went the same way, we spent most of our time in Greece snorkeling
and sailing when our kids were teenagers. We even took and passed a
BSAC scuba course one winter, but stopped when we found that the next
stage was diving in the North Sea in early spring.
My daughter recommends snorkeling in Cao Coco, Cuba, it has the second
biggest coral reef in the world the sea is full of fish. It was Ernest
Hemingway's favourite for fishing. Thomas Cook does a good value cheap
package holiday starting from Manchester Airport. The hotels are
Spanish owned. You need to pick the time for a cheap holiday and the
season to avoid the heat in summer and rainy season.


We do want to go to Cuba (my partner has US passport, but Cuba doesn't
leave a permanent stamp so shouldn't be a problem travelling from UK.)

D

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Old April 14th, 2013, 12:35 PM posted to rec.travel.europe
Surreyman[_3_]
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On Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:56:05 AM UTC+1, David Horne wrote:
Surreyman wrote:



[]

Yep, fair enough. Your thinking is spot on. It's just that isolated beach


resort hotels are the last places we'd choose ourselves, but that's purely


subjective. Must admit we did drop down into them now and then to re-fill


with safe water! :-))




One last thought - it's apparently 'the thing' to overnight at St.


Catherine's (or leave your hotel xxxxxx early a.m.) and to climb Mount


Sinai to see the dawn - not a vicious ascent, I'm told. I haven't done it,


but if it appeals, your local guides will obviously advise.




Whatever, you've a great time ahead.




We'd have to leave from the hotel at 0030 to climb the mount in time- in

the end we opted for a day trip and not climbing the mountain- leaving

at 0700 with a private taxi and back in time for a late lunch. Very

enjoyable visit, and you were right, the scenery on the way was just

unbelievable. When I thought I'd seen the most breathtaking valley

another unfolded. The resort at Taba Heights was wonderful though, you

don't see Eilat or Aqaba, but instead look over to the dramatic scenery

of Saudi Arabia. Fantastic snorkelling, which surprisingly I'd never

done before and got completely hooked on...



Will definitely return to the area. The trip eventually divided itself

like this- 3 nights Tel Aviv, flight to Eilat, border crossing, 4 nights

Taba Heights, two border crossings to Jordan (3 taxis), 3 nights Wadi

Musa (Petra), then Jerusalem via Aqaba crossing (2 taxis, then bus) for

last 4 nights. Israeli Egged buses have free wifi which works very

well... the journey went quicker while listening to R4!



Your advice to spend time at Petra was spot on. We got a 2-day pass, and

could happily have spent another full day there... I like the

government's pricing policy: 50 for a full day, 55 for 2, 60 for 3- but

90 if you aren't spending a night in Jordan.



Didn't go to Wadi Rum, for another time...



D



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www.davidhorne.net (email address on website)

"[Do you think the world learned anything from the first

world war?] No. They never learn." -Harry Patch (1898-2009)


Ah - memories!
So glad you enjoyed.
 




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