Do I need a Visa when traveling to the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine?
American, Canadian, European citizens and most western countries need only a passport when visiting Israel. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you enter Israel. Additional information can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can also see the Tourist Visa Table provided by the Ministry.
Is it safe to travel to Holy Land, Israel and Palestine?
The short answer is Yes! millions of visitors travel to Israel each year, amazed and inspired, in fact its far safer to visit Israel then any major city in the US. When visiting take the usual tourist precautions; don’t leave personal items unattended, use the safe deposit box at your hotels, be more mindful where you go at night, travel in groups and accompanied when possible.
If you are interested in traveling to areas under the Palestinian authority such as Bethlehem. You’ll need to carry your passport for exit and entering back to Israel. Crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is direct, easy and no prior authorization is required. Hundreds of tourists make the crossing every day.
When is the best time of year to visit and how is the weather?
With years of experience of knowing when is the best time to visit the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine we have scheduled our tour departure dates for the best available periods. We normally have few if any tour departures in September or October (depending on month it falls in the year) due to the Jewish Holiday’s with limited hotel availability, and higher airfare rates. Besides Jewish Holiday season we recommend tours to the Holy Land year-round. The Holy Land, Israel and Palestine is also considered a year-round destination due to it’s climate. The country is privileged with long warm, dry summers, and mild winters, and cooler weather in the hill regions like Jerusalem.
What are the Average monthly temperatures?
|Low / High||Precip|
|January||42° / 60°||18%|
|February||42° / 62°||19%|
|March||45° / 67°||13%|
|April||51° / 76°||5%|
|May||56° / 83°||1%|
|June||62° / 87°||0%|
|July||66° / 90°||0%|
|August||66° / 89°||0%|
|September||63° / 87°||0%|
|October||59° / 82°||3%|
|November||51° / 73°||17%|
|December||44° / 63°||0%|
How many participants are in your tour groups?
We offer groups from 4 people up to 44 people, but the price per person tends to get cheaper the larger the group.
Can I be baptized in the Jordan River?
One of the spiritual highlights when visiting the Holy Land is visiting the baptismal site of Yardenit in the Jordan River. If you wish to enter and submerge into the water all that is required is to rent a locker for your things and white robe paid directly to the site custodian, the Kibbutz Kenneret.
How do I get there?
It is the responsibility of the travelers to book their own flights. For groups, it will be the responsibility of your tour leader or organizer. Should you need a quote for airfare, we will be most glad to offer a very competitive fare.
What should I wear?
For Summer, lightweight T shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and a bathing suit are recommended. Pack a sweater or a jacket for nights in the mountains or the desert. In Winter, bring long sleeve shirts, sweaters and a scarf, gloves, a warm coat, and a raincoat and an umbrella. Some religious sites require long pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. Be prepared for a lot of walking therefore bring comfortable shoes and sun protection including a hat, sun screen lotion, and sunglasses. You can also bring a backpack to help you carry day-to-day touring items you may need including bottled water and sun protection already mentioned.
What about health, vaccinations, and medicine during my trip?
Please consider travel insurance (including medical coverage) is highly recommended for all foreign travel. Israel is a modern country with excellent healthcare and has the world’s highest number of doctors per capita. No vaccinations are required (unless you recently traveled to an area where there are epidemics of yellow fever, cholera or ebola). You can find most standard over-the-counter drugs in Israel. You can also bring supplies of your prescription drugs with you (If you need to bring syringes and vials of medicine, bring along a letter from your doctor attesting to your needs in case it’s needed).
We can also arrange for Travel Insurance and include it in the trip price.
Is the water safe to drink?
Tap water in the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine is safe and delicious. You’ll also find bottle water everywhere. Some areas of Israel are very dry and hot, therefore it’s important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
What are the distances between major cities?
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem 37 miles, 50 minutes
Tel Aviv to Masada 63 miles, 90 minutes
Tel Aviv to Galilee/Tiberias 81 miles, 100 minutes
Tel Aviv to Haifa 90 miles, 70 minutes
Jerusalem to Tiberias 109 miles, 120 minutes
Jerusalem to Masada 56 miles, 90 minutes
What is the currency in the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine?
The Shekel; it’s abbreviated as NIS (New Israeli Shekel). We advise you to check the exchange rate prior and or during your trip. You can use your ATM card to obtain Shekels at ATM’s throughout the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine. You can also use American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards at most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores.
Will I have Wi-Fi and what about cell service?
Most hotels in Israel offer Wi-Fi for guests for free and or customary price. Many cafes and restaurants provide complementary Wi-Fi service. Tel Aviv offers a citywide free Wi-Fi network which provides more then 80 free Internet “hot spots” across the city. For cellular phones if you have an international plan, your cell phone may work in Israel, please check with your local provider. There are also many options to rent a cell phone rental when you arrive at any time during your visit. There are also some hotels such as the Leonardo hotels which offer free international calling. The country code to dial to Israel is + 972.
What if I want to visit an Arab country after my visit to Israel?
No problem! like many countries in Europe, Israel no longer stamps visitors’ passports, therefore your passport will not indicate you visited Israel.
What language is spoken in the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine?
Hebrew and Arabic are the Israeli official languages, however many also speaks English. You’ll even find many street signs written in English. So if all you know is English, don’t be afraid to travel to Holy Land, Israel and Palestine. You’ll get along just fine.