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This past winter, we combined a trip to Israel with a week in Jordan, a neighboring country with a diverse set of attractions and some of the most hospitable people we've ever encountered. Tourism being a huge part of their economy means they take great care to ensure the safety and satisfaction of visitors, making it a sort of haven in the hotbed of…

With a sticky political situation, travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories isn't as straightforward as, say, a Schengen Zone country in Europe. It's outside the scope of this blog to comment on the complexities of the situation, but we do feel it necessary to share general guidelines for entering and exiting the country. The whole of Israel is mainly…

When planning a trip exclusively with points and miles, you have to get creative when you're trying to stay in a place without major international hotel chains. Such was the case for our Christmas Eve overnight trip to Bethlehem. Options were limited, and we were going on the busiest day of the year for Bethlehem. But after some searching, I…

The complex and rich history of the Holy Land has bred a cuisine to match. Centuries of successive conquerers have added their flavors to the mix, and returnees from the Jewish diaspora have also brought with them traditions from their lands of exile. That means it's hard to nail down what exactly constitutes the national cuisine, so if you're a fan…

One would expect a city with as rich of a timeline as Jerusalem to be overflowing with museums, and indeed that is the case. So after taking in the historical treasures of the city, seek out one (or more) of its many museums to gain a deeper understanding of its story. Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat: 10am–5pm Tue: 4pm–9pm Fri: 10am–2pm Entry: 50NIS…

The nexus of Jerusalem's Old City, the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif in Arabic) with its adjoining Western Wall is the holiest site in all Judaism. Quite possibly the most contested real estate on the planet, it also checks in as the third holiest site for Muslims, after Mecca and Medina. But for visitors not seeking to get too entangled in the…

The second of our two stays in Jerusalem, the Crowne Plaza proved to be more comfortable and accommodating than the first. As part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, it's available to book using IHG Rewards Club points. Crowne Plaza Jerusalem | From $88/night Location: The Crowne Plaza is located close to the Central Bus Station which also has a light rail stop…

We typically like to stay at budget-friendly AirBnbs or boutique hotels when traveling, both for the savings and for the immersion. But when you're planning a trip paid exclusively by points and miles, your choices are limited to international chain hotels. Such was the case when we stayed at the Ramada in Jerusalem. Image above: the view from our room. Ramada…

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