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Before Travel
No. Americans, Canadians and citizens of most western countries need just a valid passport to come to Israel: novisa is required. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you leave Israel. Please take a moment to check the validity of your passport per above and order a new one if necessary.
Yes. Travel in Israel is generally quite safe. We are constantly in touch with security sources throughout the trip. We would not encourage tourists to come if we felt they would be in the slightest danger.

All airlines flying to Israel allow passengers flying in Economy class to check one suitcase under the plane and take one carry on and one personal bag on to the plane. The allowance for Business Class is generally two checked bags. Please check your flight documents to confirm prior to flying.

No. Israel is an entirely western country with an advanced level of hygiene, healthcare, diagnosis and medicine that is the envy of much of the world and on a par with the best of North America and Western Europe.

Absolutely. Tap water in Israel is safe and delicious. And, you will also find bottled mineral water everywhere. (It’s important to make sure you drink a lot, especially if you are walking, hiking or exercising during hot weather.)

Absolutely. Many visitors to Israel take a day tour to Petra in Jordan. You can fly between Tel Aviv and Amman ortravel overland through a number of border crossings. (We will assist you with any questions or requests you might have.)

Yes, the blue slip defines your status in Israel as a tourist. Israeli VAT regulations exempt tourists from paying VAT at hotels in Israel.  The hotels are required to add the VAT(currently at 17%) to all hotel invoices of guests, who either checked in using Israeli passports/ID’s or tourists thatdid not present the B2 visa slip received at the airport. All tourists have to keep the B2 visa slip until the end of their stay and it has to be presented at each hotel upon check-in. In recent months, the tax authorities have become much more attentive to this issue and the hotels are thereforeno longer allowing VAT exemption from anyone, who did not present the B2 slip. It might be a good idea to take a photo of the slip to make sure that they have a copy in case it gets lost.

Tour Transport

We have arranged a private luxury bus for your group. The group will travel together on the same bus throughout the trip.

Private Taxi – a more expensive option, taxis can be flagged down or ordered by phone almost anywhere and they will take you around town or between cities.

Buses – the most popular form of transportation in Israel, you can buy tickets at any city’s central bus station or from the driver at any of the bus stops. Please note that most buses don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat). For schedules and fares of buses in Israel, please visit the Egged website.

Train – the Israel Railways is an affordable, easy way to travel between major cities in Israel. Please note that thetrains don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat). For train schedules and fares, please visit the Israel Railways website.
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
37 miles, 50 minutes

Tel Aviv to Tiberias/Galilee 
81 miles, 100 minutes

Tel Aviv to Ramon Crater
130 miles, 150 minutes

Tel Aviv to Haifa    
90 miles, 70 minutes

Jerusalem to Tiberias 
109 miles, 120 minutes

Jerusalem to Masada   
56 miles, 90 minutes
Internet & Phone
Most hotels in Israel have Wi-Fi available for hotel guests at customary prices. Many cafes and restaurants offer a complimentary Wi-Fi service. Since September 2013, both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem offer citywide free Wi-Fi network which provides 80 free Internet “hot spots” across the central parts of the cities.

If you have an international plan, your cell phone may work in Israel. Please check with your local provider about calling and data packages.

Certainly. You can rent a phone when you arrive or at any time during your visit. Read about renting a cellular phone here.

We have made arrangements with the 019Mobile cell phone company. Information about rates and plans can be found here..
Local Weather
Israel enjoys long, hot, dry summers, with variation in humidity between cities and regions.

Winter temperatures can vary widely between cities and regions. Jerusalem and the Golan/Galilee are generally colder; Tel Aviv, the desert and Eilat are milder. Winter is the rainy season all over the country. The best thing is to travel with layers and rainwear.

For more specific weather information, click here.
All of the clothing you bring should be comfortable; no need for full formal wear. You can bring business casual clothes for Shabbat and modest clothing for certain areas of Jerusalem and Safed.

Each participant should bring their own day pack to carry whatever they might want during the day – camera, journal, sweater, phone, and personal things. It is not advisable to load the bag with too many things.

  • Shirts/Blouses
  • Winter: 3 Sweaters or Sweatshirts
  • Jeans/Pants/Shorts/Skirts
  • Undergarments and Socks
  • For women: A knee-length/long skirt and a shirt with sleeves (any sleeve length) for some of the religious sites that require them
  • Sleepwear
  • 1 – 2 Pair of comfortable walking shoes/hikers
  • 1 Pair of water shoes/sandals that you can wear in the Dead Sea
  • 1 – 2 Bathing Suits
  • Winter: 1 Raincoat
  • Summer: 1 Sweater/Sweatshirt, plus 1 light windbreaker jacket
  • 1 Hat (You will also receive a Makor hat in Israel)
  • Small knapsack or day pack for daily use
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (There will be soap and shampoo at each of the overnight accommodations)
  • Additional Items
    • Siddur, Talit and Tfilin for those who are interested
    • Kippah (yarmulke) / head covering
    • Phone and tablet chargers
    • Adapter for electrical appliances
    • Camera, film / memory card and batteries
    • Music / MP3
    • Books / reading material for the bus
    • Plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
    • Sunscreen
    • Mini flashlight or penlight
Money & Currency
Israel’s currency is the Shekel; you’ll find it abbreviated as NIS (New Israeli Shekel). Exchange rates of the shekel to all foreign currencies, as well as other information, can be found here.
You can use your ATM card to obtain shekels at ATM’s throughout Israel. You can also use American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards at most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores. Before the trip, remember to notify your credit card companies and bank about your upcoming trip!

You can purchase shekels either before the trip or once you arrive in Israel.

The VAT (Value Added Tax) in Israel is 17%. It’s already included in most prices in Israel. VAT is waived for tourists at hotels, tour companies and car rental agencies. Like in Europe and elsewhere, tourists can receive a refund of the VAT they paid on purchases when departing the country through the refund program. The purchase amount in one tax invoice, including VAT, must exceed 400 NIS. For more information, click here.
In restaurants, if the bill does not include service, a 12% tip can be added. In hotels, the bellhop and other service providers can be tipped. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped. You can bargain in open air markets but not in stores or restaurants.
Religious Customs
Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the Jewish holy day of the week observed every Saturday. Shabbat starts at sunset on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday evening.

All public offices are closed on Shabbat, as are banks, most stores and businesses; throughout Israel there is a growing number of shops open on Shabbat. In most cities, public transportation (trains and buses) do not operate on Shabbat. Most non-kosher restaurants are open on Shabbat. Radio and TV broadcasts operate as usual.

It is recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location. For more information about Shabbat, click here.
Not all of the restaurants in Israel are kosher. Places offering kosher food usually display a kashrut certificate granted to them by the local rabbinate. Most hotels serve kosher food, as well as some restaurants, but there is no binding law.

If kashrut is important to you, you must check it out at each separate place where you dine. For more information, click here.
Absolutely. Israelis wear what people in any Western country would wear, for the most part. The key to fashion in Israel is informal and casual.

Some religious sites require long pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. Please be sure you are prepared for these sites.
Other Information

100 – Police

101 – Magen David Adom

102 – Fire Department

972-(0)3-5165382 – Tourist Police

The electric current in Israel is 220 volts, C, single phase, 50 Hertz – the same as in Europe. Most  Israeli  sockets are  three-pronged  but  most  accept  European  two-pronged  plug,  for which you need a plug adapter. If yourappliance does not work on 220 volts, you will need a voltage adaptor (transformer). Your hotels should haveadapters and transformers available. Most  hotel  bathrooms have  hair-dryers  as  well as  low-wattage,  American-style  sockets  for electric shavers, in which you can usually charge your cell-phone or tablet.

Of course. Please tell us what your needs are and we will make sure to take care of you on the trip.

Following statement from International Group Tourism (IGT) in Israel.

Shalom From Jerusalem!!

Following the recent global events in respect of the Corona Virus, we would like to provide you with a short important update from Israel.

First and foremost, we would like to reiterate that our clients’ safety and health are always our TOP obligation and priority.

We would like to reassure you that life in Israel is normal without any interference.

We are keeping in direct contact with the health authorities and there are no special instructions or alerts for touring Israel.

Right now we have hundreds of thousands of tourists touring Israel, enjoying this exceptional land and people. All of the sites and attractions are open, with Israelis and tourists also enjoying the beaches and the leisure and cultural options. We are positive that you will enjoy Israel as well and look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful country.

Should anything change, we will update you immediately and if necessary we will make the necessary modifications in the program, guaranteeing safe travel. We are on top of it 24/7.

Shalom from IGT
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