We wouldn’t urge you to come if it was unsafe! Each year 3 to 4 million tourists visit the Holy Land and they all go home again safe and sound, fulfilled and inspired. In spite of what you’ve read in the papers or seen on TV, this is a safe place to visit. You are far more likely to run into trouble in any major U.S. city than anywhere in the Holy Land.
You will average up to three to five miles of walking per day on your tour. This walking is done in small increments throughout the day, and you will have frequent opportunities to rest if needed. To prepare yourself, consider walking a little each day. We recommend properly “breaking in” any new shoes you plan to wear while in the Holy Land.
Yes, online registration is a simple process.
Yes! We have strong connections all over the Holy Land to plan special teaching moments in key locations. We also offer FREE leader travel, Pre-Trips (FAM TRIPS) and other incentives for leaders bring groups. Go here to fill out a GROUP LEADER FORM.
Absolutely! This is at the heart of our organization. There are many organizations in the Holy land that we partner with that we can customize about any missions element for your group.
Whether it is creating time and space for a Contemporary worship service or event, teaching time, or a Mass, we can include these special times in meaningful places throughout the Holy Land.
Approximately 4 weeks from departure for your trip, your project manager will e-mail each traveler a FINAL TRAVEL PACKET containing every detail needed for the tour such as:
Full Detailed Daily Itinerary
How Much Money to Bring and How to Exchange
Exclusive Maps of Your Tour
Important Items to Pack
Cultural Sensitivity Suggestions
Basic Language Tips
Contact Information While Traveling
Each traveler needs to be in possession of a valid passport with AT LEAST 6 months to expiration at the time of departure. US and Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Israel. When arriving in Israel, a visa will be given to you when your passport is checked at immigration control. There is no additional cost for the visa. Typically, this is a 90-day tourist visa. Do not lose this visa while in the country. Nationalities besides Americans and Canadians should check with the closest local consulate.
Israel has four mild seasons. The coast has humid summers and mild winters, the hill regions have dry summers and moderately cold winters, the Jordan Valley has hot dry summers and pleasant winters, and desert conditions exist in the Negev all year round.
In summer, average temperatures during the day can range from 83 degrees Fahrenheit in Jerusalem to over 100 degrees in the Dead Sea region. At night, temperatures may dip below the mid 60s.
In winter, average temperatures during the day range from 54 degrees in Jerusalem to 69 degrees in the Dead Sea region. At night, temperatures can drop below 40 degrees.
Like almost everywhere in the world, casual is acceptable for everyday sightseeing. In summer, lightweight T-shirts and shirts, shorts, and a bathing suit and a light jacket for nights in the mountains or the desert. In winter, bring long sleeve shirts, sweaters and a scarf, gloves, a warm coat, and a raincoat. We recommend layers for when/if it warms up throughout the day. Many religious sites require pants for men and clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for women. Bring comfortable, non-skid shoes. Tours involve a lot of walking, and surfaces are not always even. You may want to bring a backpack for day trips. Don’t forget sun protection, including sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Women are not required to cover their heads.
The Israeli currency is the Shekel (officially “New Israeli Shekel” or ILS). It’s currency symbol is ₪. American dollars can be exchanged for Israeli Shekels easily and locally, and credit cards are accepted by some merchants. Be sure to alert your credit card company before departure that you will using your credit card in Israel to avoid any delays or fraud alerts. ATMs are also widely available for withdrawing Shekels. You can check current exchange rate at www.xe.com.
Most hotels have free wi-fi in the lobby, and some hotels provide it free in the room. Many hotels also have Business Centers where you can access e-mail and internet without a fee. American cell-phones that work overseas will work in Israel too. Check with your provider to see if this is possible with your plan and phone. Israel is 6 or 7 hours ahead of the East Coast of the USA depending on the season.
Almost all hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers, and all have shaver sockets. For other appliances, Israel’s electricity is 220V A/C, single phase 50-cycles; 110V-220V transformers can be used. Israeli outlets have three prongs, but European two-prong adapters usually work. If you don’t have an adapter that seems to work, call the hotel’s front desk or visit a hardware store.
No. Israel is a developed country with a level of health and hygiene equal to that of the United States. Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations prior to their arrival. No special shots are required for any of the countries we tour. If in doubt, please check with your family doctor.
Although Hebrew and Arabic are Israel’s official languages, English is spoken so extensively that even street signs are in English.