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There is no destination on Earth like Israel. Over millennia, this tiny bit of land, located on the warm shores of the Mediterranean, has cast a giant footprint on the world that belies its size.  It is the birthplace of the three major monotheistic religions, whose epicenter, Jerusalem, is a beloved and coveted capital. Deep within the Judean desert lies the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, whose mud is considered a cure for some illnesses and whose water is so buoyant that everyone can happily float.  The fertile hills of the Galilee are resplendent with Arab and Jewish villages and ancient archaeological sites that reveal previous civilizations, as archaeologists work to peel back the layers of rock, soil and time. And today, modern cities have risen from the desert attracting the trendiest travelers with a world-class foodie scene, high-end shopping and incredible innovations in science and technology! Whether you wander the land with the Bible as your guidebook, or you gravitate to the frenetic nightlife, beautiful beaches and restaurants of Tel Aviv, you will discover for yourself that this old-new country truly lives up to its nickname, the Miracle on the Mediterranean. 

Tours & Packages to Israel

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Discover Israel New
Tel Aviv and the ancient Jaffa seaport, Galilee, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Masada, ancient and modern Jerusalem; Optional extension: Eilat & Petra
10 days  •  from $3199 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates group tour + flights

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)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens traveling to Israel must have a passport which should be valid for at least 90 days after your return trip.  Friendly Planet Travel strongly recommends having at least six months validity on your passport following your return date for ANY international trip.  Israel grants tourist visa's upon arrival for U.S. citizens. you should have at least 2 free pages in the Visas section of your passport for any country you will be visiting.

Non-U.S. citizens should verity the entry requirements with our partner, VisaHQ or with the relevant embassy or consulate.  

Passengers who hold dual citizenship (U.S. and Israel) are required to enter and exit Israel using an Israeli passport. Please remember to take both passports with you when visiting Israel.

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

More information about passports & visas.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for travelers to Israel.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

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.

Tipping

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

Money

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

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

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. 

Electricity & 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.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Rave Reviews

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Israel and Turkey! Thank you so very much for ensuring the best seats for me on the airplane to and from. They were very easy and gave me plenty of room to move around. I appreciate you making these seat assignments possible. Turkish Airlines is one that I would always recommend! The crew and service was great! Friendly Planet put together such a wonderful tour! Astounding!

Chris Simning

Astonishingly beautiful...spiritually rich. Having traveled the world, this by far is the best trip I have ever taken. There is nothing to compare to the magnificence of Israel. I came back a changed person.

Tish Emrich