Israel

Israel

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The Holy Land.

There's no other place on earth that holds so much meaning to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. No other land where you can stand firm while you tremble inside. As a country, Israel is new. As a destination, it's as old as humanity, and as ancient as time.

Israel is harsh deserts and green hills and valleys. Holy mountains and Biblical seas. A country where a modern metropolis like Tel Aviv can grow from a city called Jaffa, said to be founded by Noah's sons.

Jerusalem is in Israel, as are Bethlehem and Caesarea. This land is so important to so many, it has attracted the likes of Alexander the Great, Richard the Lionhearted, and Napoleon Bonaparte. For only here can you see the Grotto of the Nativity, the Dome on the Rock, and the Western Wall, where even the Pope went to pray.

With VIVA Travel's help, you can follow the steps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa. Visit Masada high on a mountaintop. And see the spot where Moses ascended to heaven. It's all here. All real. All holy.

Other things to do

  • Visit the Church of the Domitian, where Mary fell "asleep."
  • Swim in the Dead Sea
  • See the Roman ruins at Caesarea
  • Explore the Mount of Olives
  • Visit Al-Aqsa Mosque

 

Climate: 

Temperatures range from 50°F (10°C) to 90°F (32°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+02:00

Language: 

Hebrew, Arabic

Currency: 

Israeli New Shekel (ILS)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tips of 10-15% are expected when dining. 

Safety: 

Israel is a safe place for travel overall. However, we recommend you check the US Department of State for up-to-date travel warnings for your travel period.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include IDEN, GSM and UMTS.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited in public enclosed places or commercial areas.

Travel Documentation: 

Visas are given free to US, UK, and Canadian citizens. Prior application is not required upon entry, so long as the traveler has a passport that’s valid for at least six months beyond arrival date.

Airport: 

Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)

Car Rental: 

Most major international companies like Hertz, Budget, and Avis offer service in Israel. 

Public Transportation: 

Israel Railways offers convenient, inexpensive train service. Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Israel for both local and intercity travel. Taxis are available but are more expensive, particularly for inter-city trips.