Sacred sites that inspire reverence, ancient spaces that invoke awe, modern cities built to excite and simple villages that have sustained life for centuries

Israel holds many treasures for travellers looking to delve into history and make a connection with the past while on vacation. From the glistening coast to the barren depths of the Dead Sea, mountain village communities and cosmopolitan cities full of bars and boutiques, a vacation through Israel will stir the soul, challenge perceptions and arouse wonder.

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Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required

It is important to be aware that many Arab and Islamic countries deny entry to any person that has evidence of a visit to Israel. Syria, Iran, Libya and several other countries are included in this list. If you are planning to visit any of these countries with the same passport you must request that your Israeli ‘tourist visa’ be stamped on a loose leaf ‘Form 17 L’ instead of in your passport. Likewise, if entering Israel through the land borders with Jordan please ask the Jordanian officials not to stamp an exit stamp in your passport. If you have evidence in your passport of visits to certain Islamic countries, Israeli border officials will scrutinize you regarding the purpose of your visit to Israel. They can sometimes appear difficult and the delay can be lengthy however patience and a friendly demeanor are advised.

Tipping 10-15% for good service is standard practice in restaurants, bars and cafes. Taxi drivers and other service workers like hotel staff generally don't expect tips.

Internet access is widespread in Israel, so accessing the internet via Wi-Fi hot spots and cyber cafes is easy in Israel's cities. Rural areas will have less internet connectivity, so beware of this when travelling through remote regions of the country.

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in Israel’s major cities and built-up areas. Expect limited to no phone coverage in more isolated areas like the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated on your phone before leaving home.

Most toilets in Israel are of the modern, flushable variety unless travelling in remote areas, where squat toilets can sometimes still be found.

Can of soft drink = 6-8 shekels
One hour in an internet café = 15 shekels
Take-away snack or light lunch = 25-30 shekels
Simple dinner at a café or restaurant = 60-100 shekels

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Israel, unless marked otherwise.

Most large hotels, restaurants and shops will accept credit cards.

ATMs are easily found in Israel's cities and major towns. ATMs are less common in rural areas, so prepare accordingly before travelling out of urban centres.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 11 Apr Passover
  • 17 Apr Seventh day of Passover
  • 2 May Independence Day
  • 31 May Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) 
  • 21 Sep Rosh Hashanah (New Year) 1st Day
  • 22 Sep Rosh Hashanah (New Year) 2nd Day
  • 30 Sep Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement
  • 5 Oct First Day of Sukkot (Tabernacles)
  • 12 Oct Last Day of Sukkot (Tabernacles)

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Israel go to:

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

A typical market in Jerusalem, Israel

How we're giving back

In Israel, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.