Frequently Asked Questions
In tourism it is customary to tip, in cash, all service providers, and Israel is no exception. 10-15% is the norm in restaurants. A daily tip is customary of the Guide & Driver and hotel staff.
Pack light. Israel is very casual. If you are coming in June to August, no need for any jackets.
You will find a hat, sunblock and sunglasses to be the real essentials. But do have a pair of long pants handy, for visiting holy places.
Yes, we highly recommend health insurance. Israel has a good Medicare system but it is expensive and a good health insurance will cover all of this.
Regarding travel insurance: it is up to you, but we find it very useful to protect your belongings, and trip interruptions
If you are planning on touring during Spring Break, March through June or Christmas time – it’s never too early to book. On the other hand, if you’re planning low season – December through February you can relax a bit and 2 – 3 months is sufficient.
For all other months we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance whenever possible. Of course, if you have a last-minute tour, we will be more than happy to do our best to accommodate you.
Some people may wish to avoid the peak seasons as defined by hotels. These are most major Jewish holidays (Passover in the Spring, and the 3 weeks from the Jewish New Year through the end of Sukkot in the Autumn) and mid-Summer (July & August) as well as the week from Christmas through New Year.
Jewish holidays are holidays for Israelis so they tend to fill up the hotels themselves, particularly in the North and in the South. Christmas can be very busy due to foreign tourism. The Summer – particularly August – is very busy in Tel Aviv and the North.
Tough question to answer: Mid-Summer (July & August) is very hot. It’s guaranteed to be 30 degrees Celsius or warmer & very humid on the coast, and even hotter (but less humid) in land.
In the desert areas and in the Jordan Valley it is more likely to be 40 degrees plus. So, if you don’t like the heat, obviously you should avoid July & August. If you do like the Summer and enjoy the beach and water sports, then you will probably love it! And there is the added bonus that it will literally never rain in July or August.
Well, maybe never is too strong, but the chances of rain are next to zero. Mid-Winter (January & February) is cool and wet and it can even snow in the hilly areas including Jerusalem. So, if you don’t like the cold or you are worried that rain might spoil your tour, avoid the winter. However, take into consideration that January & February are low season and prices are considerably lower in hotels and many regions of Israel have delightful weather in the winter.
What about the Spring and the Autumn? They both offer absolutely delightful weather for touring. My personal favorite months are March – May and October – November.
Great Question, we tailor each journey to your exact specification, we need to know your preference of hotel category, meals, guide, number of participants, vehicle type, size, the season in which you are traveling then we can give you a price for the tour.
All Passport must have a validity of at least 6 months from the day of departure
The Holy Land has a quite large variety of food, if you are eating at the hotel our breakfast & dinner will be open buffet. Typically, in Israel all major hotels serve Kosher food, breakfasts are dairy and dinners are non-dairy dinners, there will be a wide variety of options to choose from.
If you have any allergies, please let us know.
Credit card is widely acceptable in Israel, and it is the most recommend method of payment everywhere. Keep with you just a little cash for Tipping and to buy small items.
If you are accompanied with a priest, yes, we will arrange all the mass bookings for you.
If you have another question, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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