Israel Short Break – 2 nightsView all Country Tours >>

Day 1: Flight to Tel Aviv. Meet and assist upon arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Tour of Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Tour begins with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the City. Stop at
Mount Zion to visit King David’s tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey.
Enter the Old City and walk through the Jewish quarter to the recently excavated and
restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Armenian and Jewish quarters, Wailing Wall and the Kotel,
continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy
Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Visit the Church of Nativity and
Manger Square. View the Shepherds field. Return to hotel in Tel Aviv for overnight.

Day 3: Departure transfer from hotel to Tel Aviv airport for onward flight.

 

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Airports

The main international airport is Ben Gurion and is located 20 minutes from Tel Aviv approximately 45 minutes to Jerusalem.

Electricity

The electrical current is 220 to 240 volts/50 cycles. Power sockets take a European-style two prong plug.

Getting Around

Taxis can be a good way to get around Israeli cities. Only use licensed taxis which must be metered and always insist that the meter is switched on. Buses are also a cost effective way to travel within the cities and from one city to another.

Handy Hints

The Israeli people are friendly and welcoming to tourists. Whilst English is widely spoken, a few words of Hebrew do not go astray. The typical greeting Shalom is used to express hello and goodbye.

Health

There are no special health warnings or vaccinations required for visitors to Israel. However it is advisable to consult your medical practitioner well ahead of your departure time for advice and the latest health warnings.

Language

The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic.

Money Matters

The currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel which is divided into 100 Agorot. US dollars are commonly accepted as local currency and many Israeli merchants will quote prices in USD as well as shekels. Bank hours are Sunday to Thursday from 8.30am-12.00pm, and Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.00pm-6.00pm.

Passport Information

A valid passport is the only official document required for some European passport holders. An entry permit valid for three months will be issued on arrival. Please note that it is common practice to request a “loose leaf” visa if you do not wish to have an Israeli entry stamp in your passport. This is advisable as there are countries which will not permit entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport, such as Lebanon & Syria.

Some of our favourites

Jerusalem's Old City
Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv
Masada at dawn
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
The Dead Sea
Religion

A modern state and an ancient land, Israel is home to the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, however the official religion is Judaism.

Safety & Security

Crime is rare in Israel and in that regard Israel is a safe country. Due to the political situation, however, it is necessary for visitors to inform themselves of Government travel warnings. It is also not advisable for visitors to enter the Palestinian Territories.

Tipping

Tipping is the normal custom in Israel, below are our recommendations;

Our Recommendations:

Meals in restaurants: 10-15% of total bill. Some restaurants add a 12% service charge and in this case it is not necessary to add extra tips.
Tour guides: USD$5 per person per day.
Tour drivers: USD$2.50 per person per day.
Private tours: USD$10 per person per day.
Porters: USD$1 per bag.
Weather

Below are the average minimum/maximum temperatures for Jerusalem in °C

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What to Wear

There are no special requirements in Israel with respect to dress. Entrance however to religious sites is however not permitted to anyone dressed immodestly; men and women should cover their legs, shoulders, and necklines. In Jewish places of worship men should cover their heads. In Christian places of worship people in shorts and sleeveless tops will not be allowed to enter.

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