Roll out the red carpet; Prince William heads to Israel for an eventful 48 hours, you can recreate the itinerary with more free time and less pomp
As Prince William heads to Israel for his historic trip to the region, the Israel Tourist Board decides to share the secrets on how to recreate his experience for yourself, with more free time and less pomp and formality.
Day 1: Jerusalem
Fly into Israel’s award-winning Ben Gurion International Airport located 20km (12 miles) southeast of Tel Aviv and 50km (31 miles) west of Jerusalem. Prince William has a motorcade waiting for him – he sure is missing out on the good public transport link which we get to enjoy. From the airport, you can hop on bus 485 (outside gate 23 on the 2nd floor in Terminal 3) which takes you to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem and the cost is only ₪16 each way which you pay in cash to the driver.
Shared taxis, known as Sherut, are popular. Each taxi takes about 10 passengers and you can either go to a common destination like a bus station or direct to your hotel. For more information, see our Ben Gurion International Airport guide.
If you have deep pockets like Prince William, check into King David Hotel. Opened in 1931, this 5-star hotel in the heart of the city has played host to royalty and leaders from around the world, including many prime ministers and Hollywood A-listers. Rooms from £350 a night.
If you aren’t on a prince’s budget, Prima Royale is a great mid-range choice while Abraham Hostel offers an authentic Jerusalem experience without breaking the bank. For more choices, see our Jerusalem hotels guide.
After checking in, it’s time to discover this amazing 3,000-year-old city on foot. Home to 60 museums and 2,000 archaeological sites, choosing where to start is a challenging task, which is why we list our top recommendations for you in our Things to see in Jerusalem guide.
If you’re a keen photographer and looking for the best views of the Old City, climb up (or be driven to) the Mount of Olives, named after the olive groves that once grew here. The mountain is believed to be the place where Jesus ascended to heaven. It is also home to the Church of Mary Magdalene – a Russian Orthodox Church built in 1886, which holds the remains of Prince William’s great grandmother, Princess Alice.
After walking up an appetite, Prince William will head to lunch at the residence of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. OK, you probably won’t get to do this particular activity, but you can easily enjoy an authentic Jerusalem food experience by checking out the Restaurants in Jerusalem guide.
When the sun goes down, cultural attractions abound in Jerusalem. Check out at the Jerusalem nightlife guide for concert and theatre performances, as well as bars, clubs and live music venues.
Day 2: Tel Aviv
Rise early and head to the historic town of Jaffa in Tel Aviv. One of the world’s most ancient ports, this picturesque area boasts art galleries, craft workshops, flea markets and historic buildings. Take a gentle stroll up the Tayelet promenade and enjoy sandy beaches on one side and the skyscrapers on the other. The broadwalk is lined with street musicians, artists, along with shops, restaurants and cafes – great for having a quick bite. Alternatively, check out the Restaurants in Tel Aviv guide and indulge in this global foodie city.
After lunch, head to the Neve Tzedek neighbourhood or visit the many museums and attractions which you can find listed in our Things to see in Tel Aviv guide.
In the evening, while Prince William is holding court with Her Majesty’s Ambassador, you can let your hair down and sample the legendary nightlife Tel Aviv is renowned for. On offer are kosher nightclubs, belly-dancing bars and sleek cocktail joints. The Tel Aviv Nightlife guide has excellent recommendations.
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