FAQ

# Learn more about traveling to the Holy Land.

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How safe is traveling to Israel/Palestine?

Yes, it is very safe! Our expert local guides lead each Holy Land tour with intimate knowledge of the region, including cultural and geopolitical considerations. The news you hear of violence centers around Gaza. We will be staying far away from there. If, for some reason, violence spreads outside of Gaza to an area where we are scheduled to visit, we will adjust our trip accordingly.

 

What will the weather be like?

You can expect daily temperatures in the summer months to be in the mid 80°s F. In the Spring and Fall expect daily temperatures to average around 70°s F. Please note that several sites are located outside with full exposure to the sun, so we recommend bringing sunscreen.

Can I drink tap water?

Tap water is safe to drink in Israel and in Palestine. Bottled water will also be available. 

How much walking will there be?

Quite a bit. You’ll need to be physically fit to attend this trip. The stones in the old cities are uneven and slippery, especially when wet and these old cities are unfortunately not handicap accessible. There will also be long hours of sitting on the bus to travel from city to city.

What are the accommodations like?

Please remember: this is a cultural immersion trip, not a luxury resort trip. Every hotel will be different. Some may feel like a vacation spot (e.g. Jericho) while others may feel like you’ve stepped back 1,000 years (e.g. Nazareth).

Could I bring my children on this trip?

If they are junior high school age or older, absolutely! You must chaperone them on the trip though.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find someone to replace you, we can issue a refund of your payment. Alternatively, the person who is going on the trip can pay you directly and then take over your payment from there. However, after we send your information into the airlines and book your plane ticket, we can not issue a refund or transfer your ticket to another person. You are then required to utilize travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance!

What will food be like?

You’ll experience a mix of Middle Eastern & Western food. Hotel breakfasts and dinners often serve a variety of food, including western selections. Lunches will be on the go and often will be Middle Eastern (think falafel, chicken kabob, pita bread and hummus). Some days you’ll have the opportunity to walk and find a lunch that suits you. On other days, we’ll all eat lunch together. (Lunches are not covered in price) You are NOT forced to eat the meals at the hotels (although they are very tasty!). Feel free to venture out into the cities to eat whatever you like and experience more of the local cuisine.

How will we travel around?

We’ll travel to Tel Aviv by plane and then will travel by air-conditioned bus for the rest of the sites. We will have a licensed tour guide with us for the entire trip, as well as an experienced bus driver.

Can I travel solo?

Absolutely! You will be paired with another solo traveler for your hotel stays. If you would like to have your own room, you’ll need to pay an additional $800 for the trip. If you or we cannot find another solo traveler for you to be paired with, you will need to pay the additional $800 for a single room.

What should I pack?
  • Plan to dress casually, packing clothes that can be layered if the weather changes.
  • Choose comfort over fashion. If you plan on dining in exclusive restaurants, you may want to pack just one dressy outfit.
  • Bring along a light-weight jacket which will not prove to be too cumbersome if you end up carrying it for a few hours.
  • Bring along modest options for visits to certain religious venues.
  • It is highly recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen as protection against the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Women should bring a scarf to cover their heads and shoulders at certain sites.
Which credit cards are accepted?

You can use your ATM card to obtain Shekels at ATMs throughout Israel and Palestine. You can also use American Express, MasterCard, and Visa cards at most hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Will I need to bring a power adapter?

Outlets have three prongs, but European two-prong adapters usually work. For power adaptor options check out Amazon offerings.

Will I be able to use my cell phone?

Please check with your phone service provider to determine if you will need to purchase an International plan to use your phone in-country. You can also find international plan information online for AT&TT-Mobile, and Verizon.

Will there be access to Wi-Fi?

Yes, you will have access to free Wi-Fi on the buses and in some hotels. Many cafes and restaurants also offer complimentary Wi-Fi. Some hotels will have Wi-Fi available for hotel guests at customary prices.

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