• 17 May 2019

With incredible historic and contemporary significance, Israel is known as the greatest Holy Land in the world. Explore its ancient meccas, archaeological gems and incredible Mediterranean nature. It’s surprisingly easy to travel in Israel, thanks to its modern infrastructure and advanced technology, as well as friendly locals. Find out why and how you should travel this incredible country in our travellers’ guide to Israel.

Capital: Jerusalem
Language: Hebrew
Population: 8,7 million
Currency: Israeli Shekel
Land Area: 22 072 square km

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Home to the birthplace and life of Jesus, as well as the ascension of Muhammad. Israel is regarded by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. It features vitally in both the Bible and the Quran, making it a religious and cultural hub. And of course, the beautiful landscape that includes the iconic Dead Sea.

Weather, climate & seasons

Israel is a great place to visit all year round. In the north, you’ll find a Mediterranean climate, and in the south, an arid climate. It’s hot through most of the year. We suggest you go in the spring or autumn months when the temperature is milder. But if you don’t mind the heat, summer is also lovely, and there are many religious festivals to enjoy. For some more info – take a look at this handy climate guide to Israel.

What to eat in Israel

Israeli food is unique and delicious. While the country has no universally recognised national dish, you’ll find plenty of spicy falafels, hummus, and pita. Expect light meze served for any meal, as well as shakshuka and shawarma.

Israel is a great country for vegetarians, as locals provide most dishes with both meat options and without. Vegans, however, will struggle as many of the meals are made using yoghurt and cheeses.

Israelis also love their sweet dishes! Be sure to look for Baklava, Kadaif, and Halva. Much like what you’ll find in Greece and Turkey, these desserts have spread with the Jewish diaspora, and are unlike anything else. You have to try them!

Where to go while in Israel

For such a small country, Israel is startlingly diverse! With historic and cultural significance across its landscape and beautiful natural oases, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Nazareth is a beautiful old city, with Middle-Eastern charm and great religious value. The Sea of Galilee is the largest lake in the country, and the sight of many biblical miracles.

Besides the historic sights, Israel is also very contemporary – Tel Aviv is the entertainment hub of the country. With gorgeous beaches, authentic markets and a vibrant nightlife, you’ll see how incredibly the ancient city has ushered in the modern world. Israel is an incredibly technologically successful country.

Of course, you can’t go to Israel without visiting Jerusalem! The holiest city in the world, it is the sight of countless pilgrimages through the ages on one of the top things to do when in Israel. Visit the historic museums to learn more about the complex history of the area, and explore the old city, transported back in time.

On the Highlights of Israel and Jordan tour you’ll see all of these religious hubs, and so much more. Experiencing multiple pilgrimage sites and natural oases, like Mount Zion and the Dead Sea, you’ll leave with a far greater appreciation of the holy country’s immense historical and spiritual significance.

How to pack and prepare for Israel

The most important thing to pack for Israel is lightweight clothing – even in winter, only light jackets are necessary. Include some sunscreen and a hat – although of course, if you forget it, you can find it all as soon as you land. For the religious sites, you’ll need more modest clothing, covering your shoulders and knees. Bring or buy a light scarf or shawl to throw on when you need it.

So there you have it if Israel is the next destination on your bucket list – we hope you’re prepared and excited! If you want to read more about this amazing destination, we’ve got an insider’s perspective!

Questions & Comments




  1. Is there a public transport from jerusalem to tel aviv

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Mario,

      Thank you for your message.

      A customer service representative will be in touch with you shortly regarding your query.

      Feel free to contact us should you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

  2. hm is the cost for your israel tour per person..? and can you please send me the itinerary as well please..? thanks

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Iza,
      It is fantastic that you are interested in our tours.
      One of our agents will contact you with more information.
      Feel free to contact them should you require assistance with your travel arrangements.
      Hope to see you on one of our Expat tours soon!

  3. How much is the lowest rate accommodation?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Polly

      Most of the hotels we make use of are of 3-star standard, we make use of 2 – 4-star hotels on our tours.

      We look forward to travelling with you

  4. ahsan habib says:

    does it allow to visit the citizens of the countries who do not recognize israel.

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Ahsan

      Thank you for your message

      One of our Customer Service Representatives will be in contact with you via email in regards to the above query.

      Please do not hesitate to message us if you need anything else.

      We look forward to traveling with you.