The Lands of the Bible (Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, Egypt, etc.) are ancient lands full of culture rooted in thousands of years of history. Traveling to these places is unique and exciting. Some of the places will feel very similar to home such as when you pull into a gas station or when you shop in a mall. But some will be exotic such as a local open market or a holy site requiring modest clothing. Here are some tips to help navigate travel to Israel and other Bible lands.
Dress & Attire
Dress in Israel is very casual. Suits and ties are almost non-existent. T-Shirts and shorts during hot seasons is perfectly acceptable. Many of the holy sites require that knees and shoulders are covered (especially sensitive to women). If shorts or sleeves are long, it may work but it is best to check with our professional guide.
Outside of Summer, clothes can be “layered” to accommodate temperature changes. During several months of the spring and fall the weather can be hot during the day and quite cool at night. Don’t over pack though! You’ll want to leave room in your suitcase for the souvenirs you will bring home.
Summers are hot and very dry. Winters are mild along the coast, warm at the Dead Sea and in Eilat, but often raining and cold in mountainous areas like Jerusalem. Pack an umbrella November through March. In April, May, September, and October, the weather is generally sunny but not blazingly hot.
We recommend obtaining some shekels prior to your arrival in Israel. But if you need more shekels, you can use an ATM card to pull out more without paying too much in fees. Most businesses accept credit cards for purchases and the credit card companies often give decent exchange rates. Cash will be needed for smaller souvenir shops and for some of the lunch options.
Most airlines allow (1) free checked bag weighing no more than 50 lbs. and (1) carry-on and (1) personal item (purse, briefcase) per person. Check with the airline prior to travel, since the policies can change.
All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed.
Israel is very technologically advanced. Wireless networks can be found in restaurants, cafes, hotels and in the Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Most hotels have internet access but speedier connections may require extra payment.
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At this time, No vaccinations are required for Israel. However, prior to your scheduled trip will we will keep you updated if the requirements change.
The electrical power supply is 220 volt AC-50 cycles. You might need to purchase a 3 prong converter or adaptor for any electrical items you want to bring.
The water is safe to drink, although bottled water is widely available.
Israel is ahead seven hours Eastern Standard Time, eight hours ahead of Central Time, nine hours ahead of Mountain Time and ten hours ahead of Pacific Time.
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