Jewish Heritage Tours

If connecting with both the past and present marvels of Jewish life is the way that you want to experience Israel, our Jewish Heritage Tours can bring that experience to you. You'll visit Haifa and Safed and tour the old city of Jerusalem along with experiencing the the joys of modern Jewish life by watching the Bar-Mitzvahs at the Kotel.
Packages starting from $1931 per person double occupancy (Land Only)
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Travel Tips

  • Make sure that your passport (and visas, if required) is signed and valid for at least six months from the date of return from Israel. Also, before you go, complete the emergency information page in your passport.
  • Make at least 2 copies of the identification page in your passport. Leave one copy with someone at home and take one on your trip. Carry it somewhere separate from your passport. Having these copies readily available will facilitate replacement of your passport should it be lost or stolen
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary at home with family or friends so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or other Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries that you plan to visit.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. If your trip's itinerary includes visits to holy sites, mosques and cathedrals, pack modest dress and carry a wrap while touring. Mosques will also require you to take off your shoes before entry. Men should cover their heads in a synagogue. Remember, in a foreign country, you are subject to its customs and laws.
  • Climate and Current Weather

  • Generally, in spring and autumn Israel's temperatures are near-perfect every day and nearly all days are sunny. Israel's winter sees a mixture of cold rainy days and cool, sunny days which are great for hiking and touring.
  • Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall tends to be heavy in the north and center of Israel, with much less in the northern Negev and minimal amounts in the southern areas. Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions; hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.


  • Electric current in Israel: 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz.
  • Sockets: Most Israeli sockets are of the three-pronged variety (type H) but many can accept some European two-pronged plugs (type C) as well. Electric shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may require adapters and/or transformers, which can be purchased for your travel.
  • Safety

    Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and to tour. Although foreign government advisories often warn against travel to Gaza and the West Bank, they generally do not discourage travel to Israel. As with any place you visit, be careful of where you go at night and travel in groups when possible.

    Passport Requirements

    All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they return from the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it. If you are not a US or Canadian citizen please check with your local Israel Consulate to see a visa is required to enter Israel.

    Time Zones

    Israel's time is + 2 hrs from GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) - so, when it's 6:00PM (GMT), 1:00PM EST (Eastern Standard Time), it's 8:00PM in Israel.

    Currency and Banks

    Israeli Currency

  • The State of Israel's currency is the New Israel Shekel (NIS) or shekel for short (pluralized as shkalim in Hebrew or shekels in English).
  • 1 Shekel = 100 agorot (agora in singular)
  • Bank notes are in denominations of: NIS 20, 50, 100, and 200
  • Coins are in denominations of: NIS10, NIS5, NIS1 and 50, 10 and 5 agorot
  • Changing Money

    Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. A passport is required when exchanging travelers' checks. The rates vary from place to place, and banks charge a commission. It is recommended, though not obligatory; to carry a small amount of US dollars, since most tourist sites, restaurants and shops will take payment in dollars.

    Currency Exchange Rates in Israel Today

    Banks: Branches and Hours

    Various banks have branches in the large cities and in smaller communities. Most banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon Sunday to Thursday, and 4-6pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Fridays and Jewish holiday eves, banks are open from 8:30 am until 12 noon. All banks are closed on Shabbat. Most of the large hotels have banks which often offer additional, more convenient hours.

    Banks: Branches and Hours

    Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. ATMs are located outside most banks.

    Cash Withdrawal

    Holders of international credit cards can withdraw local or foreign currency at banks which accept their credit cards. ATMs are located outside most banks.

    Credit Cards

    Major credit cards are widely accepted in Israeli restaurants, stores, hotels, museums, etc.

    VAT Refunds

    You can get VAT refunds when leaving Israel but be prepared to queue at the airport. Additionally, VAT refunds are only available for individual receipts in excess of 400 shekels. VAT refunds are not given for: food, drinks, tobacco products, electrical appliances, cameras, film or other photography equipment.


    In Israel it is customary to tip mainly in restaurants. When the bill does not include service charge, a 12% tip should be added to the payment. In hotels, one tips the bellboy or any other service provider. Taxi drivers are generally not tipped.


    Vaccinations/Immunizations: None Required

    Israel is a modern, developed country with levels of health and hygiene equal to those of Western countries. Visitors entering Israel are not required to undergo vaccinations or immunizations prior to their arrival.

    Pharmacies and Hospitals

    Pharmacies and hospitals are available in all major cities and emergency and health care is to a very high Western standard. Pharmacists and all medical personnel speak adequate English. In Israeli pharmacies, "over-the-counter" items are really over the counter so you'll have to ask the pharmacist if you need anything.

    Travel Health Insurance

    Travel health insurance is highly recommended; although all Israelis are covered under the national health insurance system, foreigners will be expected to pay for any treatment received in the public hospitals or at a clinic.

    Tap Water: Drinkable

    Tap water in Israel is safe for drinking throughout Israel in both the big cities and rural parts and mineral water is available everywhere. Due to the hot climate in sunny Israel, remember to use sunscreen throughout your stay and drink a lot of water.

    Country code for Israel: +972