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Israel

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

Israel is a fascinating blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty, where age-old sacred sites meet vibrant, modern cities.

From the alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City to the beaches of Tel Aviv, Israel offers an unforgettable experience for all.

Ideal for backpackers, solo travelers, couples, and families seeking a 10-day trip packed with rich culture, diverse cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes.

Unearth the profound history of Masada, float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, and tantalize your taste buds at Jerusalem’s bustling Mahane Yehuda Market.

The best time to explore Israel is during the pleasant months of April-June and September-October, when the weather is perfect for discovering both the dynamic urban centers and the awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Suggested Activities

A world-famous Religious City, stroll along the ancient, narrow streets and immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of this iconic destination, sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of the modern cultural hub that is Tel Aviv!

Discover hidden street art, relax at the beach, and shop for souvenirs at Carmel Market, the city’s largest and most colourful bazaar.

Experience the unique experience of swimming in the Dead Sea, which makes you FLOAT like no other sea on the Planet!

Experience the healing properties of the mineral-rich mud and enjoy feeling like sinking is impossible!

Learn about the story of the Jewish rebel’s last stand against the Romans, and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Dead Sea and surrounding Desert.

At Eilat, marvel at the underwater world of vibrant coral gardens, shipwrecks, and diverse marine life, including Turtles and Dolphins!

Here, you can hike through striking desert canyons, cool off in refreshing waterfalls, and spot native animals like ibex and hyraxes in their natural habitat.

Top Tips

Knowing a few words and phrases can help you navigate and connect with the locals, and it is a simple way to show your respect for the local traditions and lifestyle, as well as being a fun part of travelling!

Especially for women, dressing modestly according to local customs, especially at religious sites, will improve your experience as you won’t need to worry about being barred entry, and shows your respect for the local customs.

Many businesses close from Friday evening to Saturday evening, so plan accordingly.

Make it Unique

Experience history firsthand by joining a volunteer dig at an ancient site!

Located in Tel Aviv, here you can immerse yourself in Israeli history and culture at a Lesser-known museum, also allowing you to potentially avoid some crowds!

Marvel at the breathtaking views of the WORLD’S LARGEST EROSION CRATER, located in the Negev Desert!

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How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Israel is by flying into Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV), which has flights from major International cities

Other: You can cross land borders from Jordan or Egypt, keep in mind to make sure to have all the documents you require.

How to get Around?

Getting around in the Cities is doable on Foot or with Buses or Taxis, and between regions you can take Trains, Buses, shared Taxis (sherut) or rent a Car.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Israel is by flying into Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (TLV), which has flights from major International cities

Other: You can cross land borders from Jordan or Egypt, keep in mind to make sure to have all the documents you require.

How to get Around?

Getting around in the Cities is doable on Foot or with Buses or Taxis, and between regions you can take Trains, Buses, shared Taxis (sherut) or rent a Car.

Safety Concerns

Israel is generally considered safe for tourists.

A few safety concerns to be aware of:

  1. Political tensions: The region has a history of conflict, and tensions can occasionally arise.
    Stay updated on the current political situation and follow the advice of local authorities.
  2. Security measures: Due to ongoing security concerns, there is a visible security presence in public places like airports, train stations, and shopping malls.
    Be prepared for security checks and carry identification with you at all times.
  3. Petty crime: Keep your belongings secure.
  4. Travel restrictions: Travel to certain areas, like the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, is not advised due to ongoing conflicts and security risks.
    Check government travel advisories before planning your trip.
  5. Road safety: Traffic in Israel can be chaotic, and drivers may not always follow traffic rules.
    Exercise caution while crossing streets and consider using public transportation or taxis instead of driving yourself.

 

Stay informed about the current situation, respect local customs and laws, and exercise common sense.
By taking these precautions, you can minimize risks and focus on experiencing the incredible sights and culture Israel has to offer.

Israel is not currently safe for Tourists.

Israel is currently experiencing ongoing regional armed conflict, for up-to-date travel safety information visit here (click here).

Other safety concerns to be aware of:

  1. Security measures: Due to ongoing security concerns, there is a visible security presence in public places like airports, train stations, and shopping malls.
    Be prepared for security checks and carry identification with you at all times.
  2. Petty crime: Keep your belongings secure.
  3. Travel restrictions: Travel to certain areas, like the Gaza Strip and West Bank, is not advised due to ongoing conflicts and security risks.
    Check government travel advisories before planning your trip.
  4. Road safety: Traffic in Israel can be chaotic, and drivers may not always follow traffic rules.
    Exercise caution while crossing streets and consider using public transportation or taxis instead of driving yourself.

 

Stay informed about the current situation, respect local customs and laws, and exercise common sense.
By taking these precautions, you can minimize risks and focus on experiencing Israel’s incredible sights and culture.

Where to Stay?

Base yourself in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, with easy access to main attractions. If you want to see more of the country, consider staying in Tel Aviv for a few days and then moving to Jerusalem.

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds.
    This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. The most highly recommended hostel in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is the Abraham Hostel.
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people looking for maximum comfort.