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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2012
mt. of olives bazaar  (3 Answers)

We recently purchased some pottery at the Mt. of Olives Bazaar Jerusalem Gate. We have not received our purchases yet and it's been three weeks. Does anyone out there know how to contact this business? We have no phone number and can't find it on the internet. Thanks for any help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2011
Dubai to Jerusalem  (8 Answers)


I am an expatriate residing in Dubai and my husband and I would like to take our 75-year old dad for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I believe there are restrictions in place, specifically those with Israel stamps in their passport won't be allowed entry back to Dubai.

Is there a way to get past this restriction? Is it too risky given that there is a chance of not being allowed entry back to Dubai?

Would you know of any reliable travel agencies that could help?

Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2011
traveling on our own  (3 Answers)

From the point of view of a local. My wife and I rarely join fix tours, and we wish to visit Jerusalem and make as many side trips as possible. Are their many visitors that comes to Jerusalem without any tour guides and once we arrive Jerusalem we wish to choose tour guides, whether it be christian or not. We would like to travel fairly economically yet see as many places all over Jerusalem and side trips. We would appreciate any tips and comments.
We are aware that during October hotels or accommodations would costs a bit more, would you know of private homes that accepts in Spain, there are many private homes that accommodates tourists for less costs which is so interesting yet we learn many local ways rather than secluding ourselves to tourists hotel costs. Many thanks for any comment or tips you may offer. God BLESS.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
Ahhhhhhhh one more favor.  (4 Answers)

Found a few nice apartments in the German quarter for a half to a third of some of the Hotels. I seem to feel I would smile all trip long if I woke up in a nice apartment in the Old City instead (and found a inexpensive guide lol). Any knowledge of any of either?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2011
First time, For a week I want to see as much as I can and be centrally located.  (8 Answers)

For the beginning of October, some VT pals are hunting centrally located nice apartments (350+ ils a nite)or hotels (taxi and walking places) and giving a senior traveler some ideas on what to see there before he takes the big trip. I have Emailed a few guides that lean towards Christian sites, however, due to studies, I am so very amazed at all that is there. Nothing solid yet sooooooo any ideas to assist the quest? Simple commands work best with me :) Be well. Sam

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2011
Tour Companies  (5 Answers)

I am planning a 2 week tour from the US through the Holy Land and would like to know of any American tour companies that have a particularly good reputation for being a quality tour company.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2011
Non-Muslims go into Dome of the Rock?  (5 Answers)

What is the CURRENT situation with Non-Muslims going inside the Dome of the Rock? Can't find this info anywhere

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2011
Weather around October- November  (1 Answer)

My family is planning to visit Jerusalem on October- November, what's the weather this time? What clothes to bring? When's the best time to visit this place? Thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2010
Amman to Allenby  (7 Answers)

How the procedure going to Amman to Jerusalem via Allenby Bridge?I read its such a hassle...How bout getting a driver from Jordan ,do we still have to go to the procedure of getting the shuttle bus and paid 6JD...??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2010
zion walking tour  (2 Answers)

they have a web site Zion Walking Tour. I took several tours of their a few years ago when i was in jerusalem.

can anyone do me a favor and call (972-2) 627-7588 and see if they are still having their daily walking tours? i sure would appreciate it. they have an email and i emailed, but have not received any answer, so i dn't know if they are still in business. they sure have a nice web site, however.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2010
Jerusalem from Ashdod  (14 Answers)

Hello, We will be arriving on a Costa Cruise for one day on Thur March 31. My husband and I would like to go to the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemene, the Israel Museum (only to see the dead sea scrolls) and the dead sea. Does anyone know if this is doable? We arrive in Ashdod at 7am and leave at 8pm. We aren't interested in going with the ship and being treated like a herd of cattle. Can we hire a taxi and any idea how much this would cost? And is there anyone that will be on that cruise that would be interested in sharing the cab ride?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2010
prayer plaza at the wailing wall  (3 Answers)

hello! i enjoy always watching the live web cam of the wailing wall. i notice that there appears to be palm trees in the foreground of the plaza that weren't there before. can someone tell me what that is--a sitting area or whatever? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2010
hebron hostel  (3 Answers)

hello, this is patty asking abouat the hebron hostel.
i appreciate the feedback on my previous question.

is there any way that someone can find out how much it costs for a female dorm room? i didn't want to have to call, and they have no email.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2010
Another Visa Question  (3 Answers)

I'll be traveling from Jerusalem to Cairo by bus on March 3, 2010. The Visa application asks for a port of entry into Egypt. Does anyone know where this might be? I understand that holders of U.S. Passports do not need a Visa for Isreal, correct? Thank you for your assistance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2009
Hostel Recommendation  (8 Answers)


I'll be visiting Jerusalem next month and would like to ask for recommendations on hostel. Just a bed to rest at frills needed as my budget range would be USD30 or less. Would be nice if it's in the Old City, safe, and most importantly with clean toilet/bathroom. Don't care much about the noise as I sleep very soundly :0)

I've checked on Citadel Youth Hostel but got mixed reviews especially on the toilet issue. Petra Hostel, not much info as well as on the East New Imperial Hotel.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2009
Does it need special permission to go to Bethlehem?  (3 Answers)

I understood that we need a special permission if we would like to go to Bethlehem from jerusalem. Where do we apply for the permission? How many days we need to apply it? If we join a group tour, can the agent help on this?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2009
Olive wood  (1 Answer)

Where can I buy Olive wood while in Tel Aviv? This is the same wood the vendors use to make religous items, however I want to make them out of the same wood. If someone could provide an address in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem where I could go and buy the raw wood, that would be great!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2008
From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Bethlehem  (6 Answers)

Hi there,

I will be inb Tel Aviv onyl for 2 days, and I would like to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem on one of those days, as a day trip!

Is it possible to do that in 1 day, by public transport? If not, how much would it cost to arrange a private car/driver to take me there and back to Tel Aviv?

And another question (and please forgive my ignorance!): I seem to remember that Bethlehem is part of Palestine. Does that mean there's some border in place, or is Bethleham going to be part of a FUTURE Palestinian independent country???? Sorry, again, if this question sounds really stupid!

Thanks for all your information!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2008
Help please, It is possbile from Jerusalem to Petra(Jordan)  (1 Answer)

I'm trying to plan a trip to Israel in July, Is there any local tour to Petra from Jerusalem?
It is possbile from Jerusalem to Petra(Jordan)for one/two day trip, How to do? Thanks for helps!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2008
booking a dorm in petra hostel

the petra hostel doesn't have a way to reserve a dorm bed
on the internet, and i was wondering if i could get one of you
ladies out there to do me a favor so i don't have to call long

is it possible to call the petra hostel and reserve a women's dorm bed
from saturday august 16, 2008 through friday sept 5th 2008? It would be reserved in the name Patricia Sheneman.

if they want a credit card or something, just let me know, and i'll
just have to call myself. but i'm calling from california, USA and i have
a job with on-call hours and i dn't always can get through.

anyway, if anyone can do me this favor, let me know! I know the petra is a little run down, but i don't care, since i'll be gone every day for the 3 weeks, volunteering to help sift at the temple mount sifting project.

thanks ahead of time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2008
ultra orthodox shopping malls and supermarkets in jerusalem  (2 Answers)

i was wondering could anyone tell me where in jerusalem the shefa shuk supermarket store is in jerusalem or where the ultra orthodox supermarkets are. my reason for asking is when i visit this year i quite fancy doing some shopping there just to see what they are like. if soemone could give directions on how to get their street names bus numbers that go near them that would be brilliant.

also in jerusalem do the ultra orthodox have shopping malls that cater to their needs if so what are these malls called and where are they in jerusalem also what makes them different from the other supermarkets ie what do they sell that others dont

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2008
Avoiding passport stamps to re-enter into Syria  (2 Answers)


I am an Australian travelling on an Australian passport. I am travelling throughout the Meditterranean and the Middle East. I plan to travel by land, not air. My itinerary is to travel to Jerusalem, via Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, then back again, to Lebanon to catch my plane from Beirut to depart.

I believe that I do not need a visa to enter into Jerusalem. However, will they stamp my passport at the Jordanian/Israeli border? If so, is there an alternative to avoid this? I will not be allowed to re-enter into Syria or enter into Lebanon if my passport has a stamp from entering into Israel.

Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2008
cafe near temple mount institute  (1 Answer)

hello everyone from california!
from what i understand, there is a cafe right by the Temple Mount Institute?
Can anyone give me info about it? I guess the Temple Mount Insitute is right up the stairs from the wailing wall? I was hoping to have a place where i could go and hang out while i am in that area sightseeing--anyone have info
on the type of place it is and hours, what they serve, etc.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2008
clothing shops in mea shearim  (8 Answers)

does anyone know are there many shops in mea shearim that sell the mens traditional dress such as the coats socks breeches etc and if i tried to buy them would they sell them to me

also is there a good way to take photos at the moment i think is should just take a photo quickly then move on

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2008
Help travelling in Jerusalem!!!  (8 Answers)

I am in dire need of help ASAP. I either need a great road map of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, or the knowledge of people of live there.

I need to know how far it is from Yad Vashem from the Old City of Jerusalem. And how far it is from Yad Vashem to the Avshalom Reserve, Latrun and Abu Ghosh.

I need the distance and approximate time it would take to drive there.

Travelling there soon and need to know as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2007
Malcha/Manahat ? Hotel/Hostel?  (1 Answer)

Hello. I am going to be visiting my girlfriend in Jerusalem. She is staying in the Young Judean Youth Hostel with the Young Judea Shalem program. The only information I can find out about the location of the Young Judean Youth Hostel is that it is near Malcha or Malha (the place with the popular mall). I need to find someplace to stay for the week I am there, and the information online is not very clear as to where there is a hotel or hostel in her area. Can anybody here help me?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2007
trying to make a call  (2 Answers)

i am trying to call a friend in Jerusalem. I tried dialing 011 972 plus a two digit number, then a 8 digit # but cannot get through, keeps saying redial.. can someone help me( i may be dialing wrong exchange. The person lives in Jerusalem)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2007
email for hebron hostel  (2 Answers)

i don't know if i found it or not, just can't read
all the posts,

but if someone could do me a kindness, and phone hebron hostel, and find
out their email address, i would appreciate it. i lost it.
they do have one, but can't seem to find it.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2007
sheckels  (2 Answers)

hello everyone again.
i'll be in israel in about 3 weeks---planning on
spending 3 weeks volunteering for Sar El, then
staying weekends in the Old City.

is the value of the sheckel (spelling) still running
around 1 sheckel to 4 dollars?

money will be very tight, and want to make sure before hand.

take care,
thanks everyone

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2007
help!! from TLV airport to Jerusalem  (3 Answers)

Dear all:
we are planning to visit Israel in May, our flight arrives at the Tlv airport at 2am in the morning, is there any buses running at that time or we had to wait
till morning. anybody had similar experiences b4?
thank you=)

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