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Israel Sites during Ramadan

Hi everyone,
Were heading to Israel in May, during Ramadan. Does anyone know if the various sites in/around Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron close early for Ramadan. I'd list individual sites, but there are many, and I can't seem to find closing times on their websites during Ramadan, if indeed they do close earlier.

Also, how easy is it to travel from Jerusalem - Bethlehem-Herodium-Hebron by bus? Something doable by ourselves, or better with a tour?

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AFAIK there are no buses to Herodion. You'd have to go by taxi or with a tour. Jericho, Bethlehem and Hebron are under the Palestinian Authority. Herodion, Jerusalem, Haifa, Tiberias and Nazareth are in Israel. There are Arab buses from East Jerusalem that go to Bethlehem and probably to Hebron. Try googling "East Jerusalem bus" - maybe you can find bus lines and schedules. You can also get taxis in East Jerusalem. All those vehicles are registered with the PA and can travel to PA towns. Vehicles licensed in Israel cannot enter them. I'm not at all sure you can combine Herodion with PA towns.

Sunset's around 7.30 pm in May. Most sights close before that. Except for East Jerusalem and the Moslem Quarter of the Old City, Jerusalem isn't affected by Ramadan at all. I'd expect to see lots of decorations up and quite a lively atmosphere in the Moslem Quarter after dark.

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Thanks for taking the time to respond Chani, I really appreciate the info!!