Know Before You Go
You’ll need a passport that is and remains valid for at least six months after the date you will exit Israel.
United States citizens will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every port or entrance terminal to Israel.
You do not need any special shots or immunizations before traveling to Israel. Israel is a developed country with a level of health and hygiene equal to that of the United States. Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival.
However, we still advise you to let your personal physician know about your travel itinerary to Israel.
Israel has four distinct seasons, and different parts of the country experience different seasonal weather.
- The coast has humid summers and mild winters
- The hill regions have dry summers and moderately cold winters
- The Jordan Valley has hot dry summers and pleasant winters
- The Negev experiences desert conditions all year round
Mid-summer average temperatures:
- Daytime: 83° F in Jerusalem to 100° F in the Dead Sea region
- Nighttime: temperatures rarely dip below the mid 60s
Mid-winter average temperatures:
- Daytime: 54° F in Jerusalem to 69° F in the Dead Sea region
- Nighttime: temperatures can drop below 40° F
Like the United States, Israel is in the Northern Hemisphere, so our seasons happen at roughly the same time. The warmer season runs from March/April to October.
What to Pack
Luggage size: Due to limited storage space under the buses, we recommend that you use one 24" suitcase plus one carry-on bag or backpack per person.
Luggage straps and tags: We will provide you with orange luggage straps and name tags. Please use these as they will help to identify your luggage as part of our group’s in the airports and hotels.
Tip: If you’re traveling with a companion, pack one or two outfits in each other’s luggage, so that if one bag is lost, you won’t need to hold up your trip.
Summer clothes: 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.
Winter clothes: bring long sleeve shirts, sweaters and a scarf, gloves, a warm coat, and a raincoat.
Dressy clothes: This is an informal Christian tour to Israel, and there is no need for dress-up clothes for either men or women.
Religious sites dress code: Some religious sites we visit on our Holy Land trip will require long pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for woman. These sites will be discussed the day before, so you will have time to prepare.
Wear comfortable shoes. Israel guided tours require a lot of walking, and surfaces are not always even.
Please bring a small bag or backpack for day trips and hikes.
The water provided at hotels and restaurants during meals is safe to drink, and you can use it to fill a refillable water bottle.
Otherwise, we recommend that you drink bottled water when possible. We make bottled water available for purchase on the bus at $1 per bottle.
Please bring sunscreen, a ball cap or sun hat, and sunglasses — even in winter!
Most businesses in Israel accept all major credit cards, and there are ATMs located in convenient locations along our guided tour of Israel.
The Israeli equivalent of the United States dollar is called the new shekel (NIS). 1 new shekel is made up of 100 agorot: Israel’s equivalent to our penny.
Bills: There are bills of 200, 100, 50, and 20 new shekels.
Coins: There are coins of 10, 5, 1, and 0.5 new shekels, and coins of 10 and 5 agorot.
Exchange rate: Make sure to check the exchange rate before you go. As of this writing, 1 new shekel is equal to approximately $0.28.
What if I forget something?
Fear not! You can purchase virtually anything you need during your stay, including clothing, cosmetics, and hygiene products.