Israel

Touring the land of the Bible can be a life-altering event. Stand on the site of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Enter the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Temper the solemnity of a religious pilgrimage with the vibrant nightlife of Tel Aviv or a sail on the lush Sea of Galilee. Friendly Planet makes travel to Israel both easy and affordable.

Tours & Packages to Israel

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Israel? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Jerusalem
Population:  8.38 million
Currency: Israeli new shekel (ILS)
Languages: Hebrew and Arabic
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: IST (UTC +2)

Weather

Israel's climate varies from the northern region to the southern region. Recommended months to travel are March thru April which is wildflower season and September thru October. The peak summer months of June through August are usually too hot to enjoy, especially in the Negev desert. Winters are wet, cold, and occasionally snowy.

Entry requirements

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Israel is famous for its exclusive lines of bathing suits (Gottex, Gideon Oberson), skin-care products made from mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, silver jewelry, diamonds, glass, art, leather coats, painted tiles, embroidery, religious items and antiques. 

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for travelers to Israel.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs H & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

When tipping, pay cash, not credit. In restaurants tip 12-15%, however some automatically include a 12.5% service charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Israel?

    Most banks have ATMs and are open every day except Saturday.

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

We just came back from our Classic Israel [tour], and boy, what an experience we had! It was moving and overwhelming every place we went. Your service was superb from the start through the end of our tour. Our tour guide, Micah, was good in explaining every place we went and gave us enough time to float on the Dead Sea. Your name really denotes what kind of people we had on our tour—"very friendly." Surely, we will have to travel with you guys on our next trip, and will really recommend you to our friends. Your service is unbelievable.

Joyce Sael
Classic Israel

Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.

Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA