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Israel Travel Guide

When people speak of Israel, they do so in breathless tones. It’s hard not to gush over the energy of Tel Aviv, the ancient walls of Nazareth and Jerusalem or the golden glow of the deserts and the beaches. Israel is solemn and exciting, splendid and rugged at the same time. It’s a destination for spiritual pilgrimages, a paradise for foodies and a playground for adventurers.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    Summer (June through August) is when most of Israel is at its busiest when both foreign and domestic travellers are going on holidays. During this time, the weather is warm, there’s little chance of rain, and big festivals abound including the Israel Festival and the Jerusalem Beer Festival. Unfortunately, it’s also when the prices are at their highest. Same is true for all the major Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Passover, as well as the American holidays. For more affordable rates and less foot traffic, September and October are ideal when children are back in school but the weather is still pleasant.

  2. Low Season

    November to March

    November to March, Israel’s winter months, are its coldest and wettest. Not very many holidaymakers visit during this time – with the exception of Thanksgiving week, mid to late-December and early January. If you don’t mind the rain and the cold weather, it’s a money-saving trip. Or better yet, push your trip to April or May, essentially Israel’s spring months. These are less rainy, just a little warmer and boast beautiful spring blooms, making them a good time to visit for cheaper. For extra perks, the Doof, Menashe Forest, and Zobra The Buddha Festivals also take place in the spring.

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FAQs about Israel

  • Do you tip in Israel?

    Tipping servers, bartenders, housekeepers and porters are very much expected. At cafes and restaurants, usually, 10% to 15% of your bill is enough.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Many places in Israel including hotels, restaurants, cafes, airports and terminals offer WiFi for free, and the connections are pretty good.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Yes, tap water in Israel is safe to drink. However, keep in mind that tap water in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area might contain particles that could give you stomach problems.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Absolutely. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are widely accepted in Israel.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Public holidays in Israel include Passover in March/April, Independence Day in April/May, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in September, Feast of Tabernacles in September/October, Hanukkah in December, and Christmas.
  • What are the toilets like?

    Toilet facilities in Israel feature sit down, European-style toilets. Public ones are scattered about, but not as common.
  • Is there a dress code for tourists visiting Israel?

    It depends on where you go. Some parts of Israel – Tel Aviv, for example – doesn’t really demand a modest dress code. However in some parts of Jerusalem, including religious sites, you are required to wear conservative clothing.
  • What should I expect at the airport security?

    Israel’s airport security is uncompromising for good reason, and their checks and interrogations are strict at best. During the initial screening process, you’ll receive a sticker that determines how heavily you will be searched and questioned in the second screening.
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