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ISRAEL TOURS

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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Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Galilee, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada, Megiddo, Beith Shean, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, old ...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of climate can I expect in Israel?

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.

What are the top cities to visit in Israel?

  • Jerusalem - Synonymous for being a city sacred for millennia to the three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Akko (Acre) - Boasting an ancient walled port town and UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to multiple religions, namely: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Bahá'í, and Druze.
  • Beer Sheva - The capital of the Negev Region.
  • Eilat - A vibrant resort city known as the ‘Goa of the Middle East and Israel’s window to the Red Sea.
  • Haifa - Home to the Shrine of the Báb and Terraces and the German Quarter, Haifa is the center of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • Nazareth - The largest Arab city in Israel, famous for being the hometown of Jesus Christ, now the largest Arab city in Israel.

What is the official language of Israel?

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.

What currency is used in Israel?

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.

What type of food can I expect to eat in Israel?

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.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

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.

How much is a visa to Israel?

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.

Is it dangerous to go to Israel?

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.

How much money should I bring to Israel?

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.

How much does a tour to Israel cost?

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.

Which is the best month to visit Israel?

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.

What is the best time to visit Israel?

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

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.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!

I thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.

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.

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Time: GMT+3
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)
Capital: Jerusalem
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.

Highlights

  • Tel Aviv – the second most populous city on Israel's Mediterranean coast with 1930s Bauhaus buildings.
  • Haifa – the third-largest city in Israel known for the Bahá'í Gardens and the Stella Maris Monastery.
  • Nazareth – Israel's largest Arab city and the centre of Christian pilgrimage with shrines and biblical buildings.
  • The Old City of Jerusalem – a walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem, home to the Western Wall.
  • Sea of Galilee – the lowest freshwater lake on Earth fed by the River Jordan with biblical associations.
  • Bethlehem – a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and the biblical birthplace of Jesus.
  • Tiberias – a city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee with famous religious sites.
  • Golan Heights – the Golan Region in Levant, spanning about 1,800 square kilometres with impressive views.

Tips

  • Bargaining is normal, and customers are expected to haggle in the markets.
  • Do not be offended by Israelis as they can come across as brusque and direct.
  • Avoid talking politics with Israelis and criticising the country of Israel in particular.
  • In the summer, the temperatures can get extremely hot, especially when walking around the sights.
  • Shabbat takes place every week from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and many places close.
  • It is standard practice to tip between 10-15% so you should carry some small change.
  • Women should cover their bare arms and legs in mosques and synagogues.
  • Watch out for jellyfish in the Mediterranean Sea during the months of June to August.

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