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Israel has always been an attractive destination. From biblical times to the present, this land had attracted people from all over the world. Despite the political tension in the region, Israel has a stable government and and an astounding array of historical and religious sites and amazing scenery.

The Mount of Olives, the Sea of Galilee and the ancient port of Jaffa, are only a few of the fascinating sites in the county – actually there is almost no place in Israel that has no religious or historical significance.

Jerusalem is one of the most exciting and fascinating destinations in the world. The city itself is a historic window to the roots of the three major monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. If you are looking for a young and light-hearted atmosphere of parties and nightlife – Tel Aviv is definitely a destination for you! The pubs are open 24/7 – Tel Aviv is the city that never sleeps.

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CURRENCY AND EXPENSES

Average cost for a day of traveling:
backpackers: $30-45
average travelers: $45-100
High-class travelers: $100-250

Currency is the NIS – New Israeli Shekel
Israel  is a relatively expensive destination in Europe. This is reflected in transport, food and accommodation

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Ramon – one of the greatest natural wonders of Israel, the impressive beauty of the Ramon Crater will leave you wanting more. The Ramon Crater was created by erosion, and is the largest of its kind in the world. (Socket resulting from the drift forces who precipitates the rock layers),ramon is the world’s largest. The crater is 40 kilometers long, about 9 km wide and 350 meters deep.  

The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake. It is located in the eastern Galilee, near the Golan Heights.

The Sea of Galilee is a resort and recreation area, with dozens of organized beaches on its shores. Some of them offer extreme activities like boating and jet skiing, water skiing and paragliding.

Masada: was the royal stronghold of Herod and the last outpost of the Zealots during the Great Revolt against Rome in 66-73. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has many archaeological remains from the Herodian Period including palaces, a bathhouse, warehouses, water storage plant, and from the time the Zealots: the buildings used them to protect the place and preserved Roman siege system in a unique way (some say the best in the world).

VISA

Israel has visa exemption agreements with many countries for visits of up to 90 days. Before you approach a mission, check whether you need to obtain a visa to visit Israel. Note that by visiting Israel you may not enter (on the same passport) all Middle Eastern, Gulf or North African countries, apart from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia. for more information:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx

ACCOMMODATION

5 star hotels – quite large selection in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem [$350-450 per night]

4 star hotels – [1$50-300 per night] particularly large selection can be found in more touristy areas like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Eilat and Nazareth

3 star hotels – [$100-200 per night] very small selection

hostels – [$15-40 per bed] in major cities and special locations

Airbnb – very useful particularly in expensive locations like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

TYPICAL GOOD LONG TRAIL

Israel National Trail – This trail crosses the entire length of Israel, from north to south. The trail is about 1,000 km long and passes through the spectacular scenery of the Eilat mountains, the Negev Desert, the Mediterranean region and the Galilee. It is possible to do only part of the trail. Note that along the southern part of the trail – there is no place to fill up with water. Therefore, you have to take enough water with you, leave water along the route or arrange in advance for water to be brought to you.

Mitzpe Ramon - Israel

BE AWARE OF

Do not to leave your belongings unattended (there are strict security regulations)

It is forbidden to sell alcohol in stores from 11PM; if you want to buy alcoholic drinks do so before this time.

Saturday (Shabbat): Many businesses and public transport do not work on Saturdays in most parts of Israel, including Jerusalem. Organize in time accordingly.

Getting around - transportation

Israel has a relatively well-developed, reasonably priced transport system, including buses, taxis and trains morrows reasonable. Travel from the airport to Jerusalem is possible via taxi or a shared taxi (sherut taxi). Tel Aviv may also be reached by train.

ME index for food costs

WEATHER

summer: (June-early Sept) 27-320C (there is no rain at all); possibly above 430C, but dry.

Spring: (late Mar-May) and autumn (late Sept-Nov) daytime Israel temperatures are very pleasant; around 15-250C degrees in most of the country.

Winter: (Dec-early Mar) Israel’s winter weather fluctuates. Some winters are mild and sunny, while some are severe and overcast. There’s often heavy rain. Temperatures 10-150C in most places

Tel Aviv Beach

WHAT TO TAKE

Swimsuit and towel: to enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and many hidden springs in the hilly area.

Musical instruments or a sketchpad: find a nice spot under a beautiful tree or a scenic spot to play or draw.

sunglasses and a good hat – these are always useful in the Middle East.

COMMUNICATION

WiFi: Free almost everywhere: airport, restaurants and public areas.

International prefix: +972

SIM card – You can find SIM cards in any convenience store or supermarket.

Telephone service –  in every hotel.