We are seniors & the thought of schlepping luggage up many stairs is not all that appealing.
Would we have enough time to see all 3 synagogues & stroll around or are we better to stay?
2. The Haifa-Safed buses run every half hour. If you come to Safed first you could get to Haifa the next day without any difficulty. If you do that, you can find a hotel that doesn't have steps -- Rimonim and Rosenthalis are 2 Old City hotels that come to mind -- a cab could drop you right off at the door)
3. If you want to stay in Haifa and come to Tzfat for a day tour, you might find it easiest to take a train from Haifa to Carmiel and then a bus to Tzfat (the bus stop is right outside the train station -- it's a 40-minute ride. Buses come at least every half hour if not more). That way you avoid all the Haifa-area traffic that otherwise, the bus must go through.
There are indeed direct buses from Jerusalem to Tzfat. However, they start in the northern part of the city, and go all round a lot of residential areas, and by the time they reach the area of the central bus station they are very likely to be full. They are also infrequent - the first one of the morning is at 9:00 and the one after that at 11:00. The closest stop to the central bus station - even assuming the bus isn't packed to the roof by the time it gets there - is opposite the Jerusalem International Convention Centre (Binyenei Ha'uma) which is a bit of a madhouse because there are dozens of routes heading out of the city that stop there to pick up passengers, and there are always crowds of people fighting to get on various buses. In short, not recommended.
It's much better to go via Haifa. Buses to Haifa start from the central bus station in Jerusalem so there is no problem getting on.
Thanks all for your help.
Now thinking of doing 2 private day tours. The first from Jerusalem to Safad & the other from Safad to Haifa which would then solve the transport & luggage problems. We could then look around the cities on the other 2 days. Just need to find the right tour guide/s.
I know we can train from Haifa to TA.
I you are not going to have a car i understand that you will be looking for a private tour with a guide/driver.
That is not going to be a cheap option!
If I were you i would have done it in the following way:
Day 2 - Tzfat in the morning. all other plane depends on where you want to end the day...
Thanks Moti. Might make more sense.