Israel holds many treasures for travellers looking to delve into history and make a connection with the past. From the glistening coast to the barren depths of the Dead Sea, mountain village communities and cosmopolitan cities full of bars and boutiques, a journey through Israel will stir the soul, challenge perceptions and arouse wonder.
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Be treated to a home-cooked meal while staying in a Druze village
Relive history on a walking tour of Tel Aviv's fascinating Old Quarter
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
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Israel go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/israel/public-holidays
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.
1. Be considerate of Israel’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting Orthodox communities and areas. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.