Travel to Israel – Episode 167

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Travel to Israel (Podcast)

The Amateur Traveler talks to Douglas Duckett about his travels to Israel and his popular travel guide to Israel and a regular contributor to the TripAdvisor forum on Israel.

Douglas has fallen in love not just with the “holy land” but with the modern nation of Israel.

We address the issue of “is it safe to travel to Israel” at this time when Israel is at war with the Palestinians in Gaza. He takes us on a virtual trip from the beaches and nightlife of Tel Aviv, through the working city of Haifa with the beautiful Baha’i Gardens and the informative museum about the modern Jewish immigration. We stop at Lake Kinneret (also known as The Sea of Galilee, also Sea of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias) at the town of Tiberius. We make a detour to the historic site of Gamla the “Masada of the North” before turning our face toward Jerusalem. On the way to Jerusalem we stop at Megiddo (Armageddon in the bible) and the Roman ruins at Beit-Shean.

In Jerusalem we talk about the overwhelming religious and historic significance of the city and how some people come down with ” Jerusalem syndrome”. We suggest a walking tour of the city, a tour of the Mount of Olives, the holocaust memorial and the Israel Museum. We also talk about the work the Jerusalem YMCA is doing to promote peace with their peace preschool that teaches Jewish and Palestinian children together.

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Show Notes

“Israel: A Personal Travel Guide” by Douglas E. Duckett

Travel to Jerusalem – Episode 192
Dan Gardens Haifa Hotel
Baha’i Faith
The Scots Hotel on Lake Kinneret (The Sea of Galilee)
Gamla (Masada of the North)
Map of the old city of Jerusalem
Jerusalem International YMCA
Jerusalem International YMCA – Three Arches Hotel
Walking Tours of Jerusalem
The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Israel Museum


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

14 Responses to “Travel to Israel – Episode 167”

Dr. Diane Gartland


Chris, the podcast on Israel was so wonderful, words fail. Doug has been a marvelous asset to the tripadvisor and has certainly helped to make my planning easier. When one thinks of going to Israel as a tourist or pilgrim, it just seems so overwhelming that it is difficult to structure it in a doable way. People like Doug create it as a meaningful adventure while helping a person formulate a plan of travel that is practical and invigorating. I wish I could jump on a plane today. Thanks again for this exciting podcast.

Chuck Prevatte


Chris, this was a great show. Doug was a wonderful guest and really comunicated his passion for travel to Israel. I hope people take hart to what he said about not on seeing the “Holy Land” but see Israel, the modren state also. Keep up the Great Work!

Tourist Israel


Very cool! Israel is the place to be!

Max Taylor


Douglas Duckett was an exceptionally articulate guest! His spiritual attachment to Israel was apparent from the beginning of the interview, yet we didn’t feel like we were being escorted on a pilgrimmage tour. His passion for Israel is infectious. Such a good show!

Douglas E. Duckett


Thank you both for your very kind comments, and I’m glad you enjoyed the show. Chris is a great host and offers a great service!

Daniel Herrold


I always listend to your podcasts when I’m on road trips or traveling long distances in my car. Had an opportunity as I was heading back home to Houston from a day trip to San Antonio and I listened to the Israel podcast.

Kudos to Doug – he was a fantastic guest. Really described the trip which got me excited about possibly going. Israel was never in my “Top 10” but has quickly become so after listening……nice job Chris!



I was very pleased with the show also. As I mentioned this week, Douglas and I have been talking about having him come back on to look at Jerusalem in more detail.

Mark Nielsen


Dear Chris,

I want to thank you for all of the effort and time you have invested in the American Traveler Podcasts. I have been a casual listener for a few months and have completely enjoyed all of the programs that I have listened to. The most recent one that I listened to was Episode 167, Travel to Israel. I have visited Israel about 12 times in the last few years but unfortunately all of my visits have been for business and my time in country has always been packed with meetings. In listening to Douglas’ description of the Israel it appears that I have completely missed the country. I have seen none of the sites or vistas that he mentioned even though I been in of very close to several of the area he mentioned.

As a result of listening to this latest podcast I have started the process of planning a trip with my family (2-adults, 2-childeren, 18 & 15) for next year, 2010. I hate to admit this but, my work for a previous employer required that I travel as part of my business development activities. However, all of my trips where spent in airports and conference room. As a result, I have visited many countries but I have seen very few.

Regards and continued success.

Mark Nielsen



Mark, it’s not too late to see more than conference rooms. Glad we could help in some small way.

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Michael Browne


As we plan our first trip to Israel, I as usual started with your podcast. So very helpful.

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