Of course we will help with all the regular stuff, like the main tourist sites and where to stay and what to do, but, we will try and focus on the special secrets that locals normally keep to themselves.
We will show you the best places to get memorable photos, what to do to keep children (of all ages) busy, what are the places to see when short of time on a business trip and which places have wheelchair access.
Planning a trip to Israel
Every trip is a unique, special, and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Knowing that fact, planning the right way is not just important — it is essential. Although it’s easier to pack your bags and get away on an impulse nowadays, for most tourists and travelers’ experience it’s still better to plan their trip well. This will allow them to enjoy more moments for less expenses.
When to go
Anytime is a good time to go to Israel. The summer months can get quite humid (with average temperatures going up to 30 degrees Celsius almost daily). The winter months, on the other hand, can get very unpredictable and can include storms which can last for a couple of days (which can force you to change plans). However, the winter months can also see some very pleasant spring-like weather. The best months to go to Israel are May to October, where the weather is mostly comfortable.
Since Israel is a Jewish state, expect busy travel season especially on major Jewish holidays such as Passover and Rosh HaShanah. August and October tend to be really busy, so make sure that you have your hotel reservations planned ahead of time.
Do you need a visa for Israel?
Many countries do not require their citizens to have a visa. The US Department, for instance, does not indicate that Americans traveling to Israel for stays up to 90 days from their date of arrival need a visa. But like all foreign visitors, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of your departure from your own country.
Most of the major hotel chains in Israel serve kosher food. However, there is no binding law regarding this matter. In cities like Tel Aviv, many restaurants there do not serve kosher food. That said, kosher restaurants, which display a kashrut certificated granted to them by the local rabbinate, are mostly easy to find.
Where to go in Israel
In such a small country, there are lots of places to go and see in Israel — and deciding on a destination can be quite overwhelming. If you are planning to travel to Israel as a pilgrim, there are many religious sites particularly in Jerusalem. There are lots of secular attractions, too, such as beaches and festivals. You may have to refine your destination search by how long is your trip going to be.
We hope that you will enjoy the information here and more importantly we invite you to join in – send us your tips, discoveries, special moments that made your Israel holiday so special.
Shalom & LeHitraot (See you soon)
The Israel Inside Out Team