Planning a extended family budget oriented trip to Israel next spring. Sometimes between end of March and May. Would like to be there for Easter, but seems like many places are booked off and prices are up. After a lot of reading seems to be leaning toward a package deal because it’s looks more cost effective than getting airb&b’s, transportation, guide and entrance fees separately. Abraham tours looks reasonable. Confused between self guided vs guided tours. Seem like transportation is provided, but not fully guided. Is that a concern? Can I get info on sites without a guide? Would prefer tour north and Jerusalem and spend a few days at the Dead Sea + Petra combo. Most of the tours only get a day at he Dead Sea. Is there a reason for not spending more time for most packages? Heath issues? Also, going to Petra is more effective for 2+ days with the visa and entrance fees. Considering doing Dead Sea stay on Jordan side and add Petra trip. How can I get to Jordan side hotel zone and Petra from Israel? Would it be reasonable to fly out of Jordan instead of returning to Israel? Any issues for US passport holder?