Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers you need for your trip to Israel.

Before You Go

Do I need a Passport?

Yes. Proof of citizenship is required for all travelers, and passports are required (must be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel). All non-citizens of the U.S. must have passports, visas and other documentation normally required for entry into the country of destination. Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage. To find out if you need to apply for a VISA prior to your trip, view this document.


What should I make copies of before I leave for Israel?

In case documents get lost or stolen, make two photocopies of the following: the first two pages of your passport, traveler’s checks and credit cards, airline tickets and itinerary and travel insurance details. Leave one copy with a contactable friend at home and take the other with you (separate from the originals) or give it to a friend traveling with you.


When will I get my travel information?

Your travel documents will arrive via FedEx approximately 30 days prior to departure. Should you need your documents sooner or delivered to an alternate address, please contact Inspiration Tours at 800-247-1899.


What is the weather like in Israel?

The temperature will be around 15-27°C (60-81°F) in Jerusalem and 17-35°C (62-95°F) in Tiberias and the Dead Sea area, so please bring sunglasses and appropriate clothing for this weather.


What clothes should I pack for Israel?

Bring clothing for warm weather and a jacket for the evenings. Also bring something to cover your shoulders and knees, as this is required at some of the sites we will visit. Please also ensure to pack good walking shoes.


What currency does Israel use & how should I exchange my money?

We suggest you bring US Dollars, Pounds or Euros, which can be exchanged for the Israeli Shekel. There are locations throughout each city in Israel to exchange currency, including most hotels; you may also obtain Shekels prior to departure. Rates vary from place to place and some charge commission.


Can I use my cellphone in Israel? Do I need to get a different SIM card or prepaid phone?

Most cell phone providers offer international plans; check with your carrier before your trip to see what international options they provide. If your phone is unlocked you can purchase a prepaid SIM card at a fairly low price.


What about my debit card? Do shops and restaurants accept debit/credit cards or do I need to bring money to convert to local currency?

Most shops and restaurants accept foreign debit/credit cards. Exchanging some money for Israeli Shekels is a good idea. You will need Shekels for 2 main reasons: 1) tips. Not all restaurants allow you to add tip to your debit/credit card when paying for a meal. 2) There are a small number of shops that may only take cash (especially when outside of tourist areas).


Should I bring a backpack or bag on the tour days?

A back pack is always a good idea. Water bottles, cameras, money, and souvenirs will be harder to manage if you do not have something to put them in.


Is there any access to a laundromat or do I need to pack enough clothes for the entire trip?

Most hotels will do your laundry for you (for a fee), but there are also laundromats around the city where you can drop your clothes off for washing (you will need shekel coins for this).


Will I be able to plug in electronics in Israel?

Most hotels in Israel will have 220 volts AC 50 Hz. You will need to bring along necessary converters and adapters to operate any 120 volts, 60 Hz appliances such as hair dryers, electric razors, etc. Some small electronic devices are dual-voltage and will adjust automatically for other countries. If your appliance’s charger has a manual switch, you’ll need to change it back and forth before plugging in your appliance. For dual voltage electronics, you’ll simply need to bring an adapter to plug the charger in to the outlet. Before leaving on your trip, check the manual or power cord for the device to know if it will work with 220 voltage without a converter. Be aware that U.S. electronics that are not dual-voltage should never be used without a converter in countries with a voltage of 220.

Traveling

Can I travel with liquids?

Any liquids in your checked-in suitcase should be in tight (preferably plastic) bottles. Fill them only three-quarters full to allow for expansion.International security regulations require that liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on bags must be in containers of 100 ml or less and carried together in one transparent plastic bag (20 cm by 20 cm or 15 cm by 25 cm) with a resealable (zip-lock) top. Among these are cosmetics, sun block, perfume, shaving cream, insect repellent, anti-perspirants and toothpaste.


What do I do when I land in Israel?

On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, a tour representative will meet you in baggage claims and take you to your bus (group arrival only). If you have purchased a Land Pack (and are flying in on May 25 or 29) we will have a representative in the arrival hall to assist you. You can then either wait for the next group transfer that has space available (transfer details will be provided closer to the tour date), or if you prefer, immediately take a taxi to the hotel at your own expense (approx. US$220 to Tiberias and US$80 from Jerusalem to the airport on departure). Share a taxi with up to 5 people per taxi and save on taxi costs. As you arrive in Israel you will be allocated a bus in which you will travel all week. A bus captain will accompany you throughout the week. He/she will be there to assist you throughout the daily touring.


What do I do when I land in Israel?

On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, a tour representative will meet you in baggage claims and take you to your bus (group arrival only). If you have purchased a Land Pack (and are flying in on May 25 or 29) we will have a representative in the arrival hall to assist you. You can then either wait for the next group transfer that has space available (transfer details will be provided closer to the tour date), or if you prefer, immediately take a taxi to the hotel at your own expense (approx. US$220 to Tiberias and US$80 from Jerusalem to the airport on departure). Share a taxi with up to 5 people per taxi and save on taxi costs. As you arrive in Israel you will be allocated a bus in which you will travel all week. A bus captain will accompany you throughout the week. He/she will be there to assist you throughout the daily touring.


Will we have a tour guide for our tour?


Yes, Israel’s best licensed, hand-picked tour guides will be provided during the tour.

Other Important Tips

Sun Protection


We will spend much of our time during the tour outdoors therefore ensure you bring sun care lotion to protect your skin each day.


Drink Water


Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you will need to drink plenty of water as we tour together. This is to avoid getting headaches from dehydration. You can drink the tap water in your hotel room but many prefer bottled water.


Gratuity


Basic gratuities for the hotels, guides and drivers are included. You are always free to give an extra gratuity for exemplary service. The going rates for gratuities (for meals purchased on your own) is 10-15%.


Meals


Breakfast and dinner are included. Lunch can be bought for approximately US$12 – US$20 per person per day as we tour the land.


Miscellaneous Info

Israel Work Week

In Israel, the workweek is Sunday to Thursday. Shops and businesses are normally open on Fridays but close early afternoon for the Jewish Sabbath (or Shabbat). The Jewish Sabbath lasts from after sundown Friday to after sundown Saturday. Shops closed Saturdays for the Sabbath tend to open up Saturday night. Muslims and Christians observe their own Sabbaths on Friday and Sundays, respectively.


Learn a little Hebrew

Three languages are spoken in Israel: Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Communication should not be a problem, but here are a few Hebrew phrases that will be helpful to know.

How Are You?
“Ma Nishmah?”
  • Hello/Goodbye

 – SHALOM
  • Good Morning – Boker Tov
  • Good Evening – Erev Tov
  • Good Night – Laila Tov
Restrooms
“Sherutim”
  • Money – Kes-sef
  • How much does this cost? – Kama ze o’le?
  • The bill, please – Cheshbon, bevakasha
  • Bon appetite – Beteavon
I’m Fine
“BE-SE-DER”
  • See You Later – I’hit-rah-ote
  • Do you speak English? – Ata medaber anglit?
  • What is your name? – Aich korim lachca?
  • Nice to meet you. – Nayim Mayod

Even more Hebrew

  • Please – BEHVAKASHA
  • Thank You – Toda Raba
  • Excuse Me – S’leecha
  • Do not understand? – Ani lo mevin (a) (f)
  • Yes – Ken
  • No – Lo
  • Maybe – Ooh-lie
  • All right/ok – B’seder
  • Left – Smol
  • Right – Yamin
  • When? – Ma-tai
  • Where? – Eifo
  • Why? – Lama?
  • A little – Katzat
  • Today – Ha-yom
  • Yesterday – Et-mol
  • Tomorrow – Ma-khar
  • Ice cream – Glida
  • Water – Mayim
  • A cup of tea – Cos tay
  • A cup of coffee – Cos ka-feh
  • Milk – Kha-lav
  • Restrooms – Sherutim
  • Market – Shuk
  • Friend – Chaver (m), Chavera (f)
Log in | Copyright © 2017 Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries | Site by Ink Blot Media Group