An Israel tour to the Holy Land is a bucket-list item for many travellers and here at Egypt Uncovered, we've put together some of the most experiential Israel tour packages, both private and group tours, that will leave you with life-long memories.
Israel is home to some of the oldest religious and historic sites on the planet. Travellers from all over the globe flock to Israel every year to indulge in its rich culture, beautiful scenery and diverse history.
Our Israel tours will take you through the ancient alleyways of Jerusalem, from one historical site to the next. You'll even get a chance to swim - or should we say float - in the extremely salty and mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, which is earth's lowest point on land.
We'll take you to Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus Christ - as well as Nazareth - the place where he grew up. Our Israel tour packages also include visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, the ruined fortress at Masada, the Sea of Galilee and more.
We'll also visit the modern city of Tel Aviv, well-known for its vibrant nightlife and idyllic beachfront.
There's so much to explore in the Holy Land and our Israel tours - led by English-speaking guides - tick all the boxes. If you would like to book a group tour or private tailor-made holiday to Israel, contact us today and one of our friendly travel consultants will gladly assist you.
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Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Israel as the country falls into full-bloom after the winter rains, leaving behind breath-taking scenery. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortable which is why it is recommended to do activities, such as hiking, early in the morning, however, Israel offers excellent beach weather in the area of Tel-Aviv and rain is extremely rare.
Autumn provides similar temperatures to Spring. In October, the rainy season starts and continues throughout the season. During Winter, the amount of rain is moderate and at high altitudes, one can often find snowfall - particularly in the north.
The official and most spoken language of Israel is Hebrew. Approximately 20% of the population are Israeli-Arabs who speak Arabic as well.
Arabic was formerly the official language up until 2018. However, English is the most widely spoken foreign language and Israelis study English in school from an early age. The older generation of Israelis are generally less fluent in English and therefore some knowledge of Hebrew will come in handy.
The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) and colloquially it is referred to as Shekel (plural: shkalim) or sha-kh. Cash points and ATMs are available in most places throughout Israel and credit cards of all types are accepted widely.
Falafel has become the official food of Israel and consists of small fried balls of mashed chickpeas, usually served with pita bread, salads and hummus. This is a relatively cheap lunch and can cost as little as ?10-15.
Another popular food is the Shawarma which consists of sliced meat, served inside a pita.
Hummus is also a popular food, made from creamed chickpeas, tahina, lemon and olive oil and often served with pita bread for dipping. Several restaurants which specialize in Hummus offer creative toppings such as: chickpeas, mushrooms, minced meat, fava beans and more.
This depends on the country which you are visiting from. Many nationalities don’t require a visa when travelling to Israel as Israel has several agreements in place with 65 countries where no visa is required. Each person who enters Israel must have a valid passport. The countries which are exempted from applying for a visa are:
Countries in Africa which are exempt from a visa include: Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
Countries in Asia which are exempt from a visa include: Japan, Georgia, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan.
Countries in Europe which are exempt from a visa include: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Republic of Slovak, Ukraine
Countries in the Pacific which are exempt from a visa include: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, New Zealand, Republic of Palau, Tonga Vanuatu
Countries in the Americas which are exempt from a visa include: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.
Travellers from the following countries will be issued tourist visas free of charge at every entrance terminal to Israel:
Europe: Austria, Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Belgium, Britain, Gibraltar, Germany (people born after 1.1.1928), Denmark, Holland, Hungary, Greece, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Slovenia, San Marino, Spain, Portugal, Finland, France, Cyprus, Sweden, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia.
Asia and Oceania: Australia, the Fiji Islands, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Micronesia, Singapore, Mongolia, Vanuatu.
Africa: Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, the Central African Republic.
America: Uruguay, the Bahamas, El Salvador, Ecuador, Argentina, the United States, Bolivia, Barbados, Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Surinam, Nevis and Saint Kitts, Panama, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada, St. Lucia.
Israel to contrary belief is a very safe country to travel to - crime rates are low compared to many other countries.
The risk from hostile war-related activities to anyone traveling within Israel itself is very low and highly unlikely. Overall, you’re probability of being safe in Israel is about the same as travelling to any other country.
The cost of your trip will depend entirely on your own individual budget, interests and preferences. It also depends on how much time you would like to spend in Israel as we recommend each traveller to budget around 30-40 USD per day. This is inclusive of accommodation, attractions and food.
A tour to Israel depends on the activities that you are interested in doing, the duration of your trip and the areas that you are interested in seeing in Israel. A one week Israel tour with Encounters Travel will start at roughly $1800 per person. Therefore, a trip to Israel for two people may cost twice that amount, depending on the duration of the tour that you choose.
Israel is a country which is fortunate enough to enjoy pleasant weather all year-round. This means that people may visit Israel any time of the year as the likelihood of encountering poor or bitter cold weather is rare. However, Israel is beautiful to visit during the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn. The Spring sees a diverse array of flora, wildlife and fauna. Israel also has a busy social diary filled with various religious festivals all year round.
Israel boasts enjoyable weather all year round, however many travellers enjoy visiting Israel in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn. This is because the Spring in Israel sees the flourishing of beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife. Israel also has a busy social calendar which is full of exciting events and festivals all year round.
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Egypt Uncovered did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
This is our first travel through Egypt Uncovered and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
Dial Code: +972
Area: 20,770 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Israel is the Dead Sea at ?430m (-1411 ft.) | The highest point in Israel is Har Meron at 1,208m (3,963 ft.)
Population: 8,452,841 (2018)
Governemnt: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic
Language: Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic
Israel, officially known as the State of Israel, is in the Middle East on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. This country borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the east and west, and Egypt to the southwest.
The landscape of Israel is geographically diverse given the small area it covers. Tel Aviv is Israel's economic and technological centre and the seat of government while the capital is Jerusalem. The state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only limited recognition. Israel has the highest standard of living in the Middle East as well as one of the highest life expectancies in the world.
Israel is defined as a Jewish and democratic state. The country is a representative democracy with a parliamentary system, proportional representation and universal suffrage. Israel has the 33rd largest economy in the world and is a developed company. A highly skilled workforce and a high percentage of citizens holding tertiary education degrees make Israel one of the most educated countries in the world.
The coastal plain of Israel, on the shores of the Mediterranean, is home to most of the nation's population. The Jordan River runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on the surface of the earth.
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Israel is one of the most historically important places in the world. It intersects countries, continents and religions, situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and home to three of the world’s greatest and most important religions.