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Israel travel guide

Israel is one of our top trending destinations for 2019...

From the ancient Kings Valley to the surreal Dead Sea, Israel is a place of contrasts with landscapes straight out of some of the most iconic movies of all time. It's also a great jumping off point for Jordan where you'll discover, Petra.

Israel Information

Languages Spoken

The official language in Israel is Hebrew, it changed from Arabic in 2018.
other anguages spoken include English and Russian.


Israel Shekel (ILS). Symbol: ₪

$100 USD is approximately 361 ILS.

Time Zone

UTC +03.00, making Israel 7 hours ahead of New York and 10 hours ahead of LA.

Top places to visit in Israel

Tel Aviv
Away from religious tradition lies the cosmopolitan capital of modern-day Israel: Tel Aviv. Here, you can spend days chilling on one of its many beaches, taking in hipster art galleries and café culture of Old Jaffa and Neve Tzedek, devouring your way through a food scene that rivals London or New York’s, or partying all night long to techno.
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The fact that Jerusalem is the spiritual homeland for Christians, Jews and Muslims makes it a city unlike any other on Earth. From the Western Wall to the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, The place practically hums with religious devotion. Pro tip: visit Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market for an amazing mix of Middle Eastern fares.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea
 From the ancient history to the stunning natural beauty, the Dead Sea is the perfect stop on any trip to Israel. Swim around and use natural sea salts and mud as your own personal spa. With the high salinity levels, you'll have no problem floating the time away.
Glass bottom boat cruises, off roading, guided dives, and donkey cart trips through the mountains… where are we? Not Greece or Mexico, but at the southern tip of Israel. Here you'll find pristine nature reserves and plenty of opportunities to see beautiful coral reefs!

Israel costs


The cost of a pint of draught beer in Israel is about 26 ₪ (approx $7 USD), with local markets being around the same price.


The cost of a meal for one in Israel varies depending on the type and quality of food, but is around 55 ₪ (or $15 USD) for main dishes.


Looking to catch a cab? A normal taxi price varies by distance and by city, but for rides of about 5 miles cost around 40 ₪ (approx $11 USD).

Travel Israel with us

If you're looking to book a tour and a flight to Israel why not secure your vacation by putting your whole trip on deposit? Check out our deposit options here

Israel Tours

Israel and Beyond | 8 days
Over eight days you'll visit Jerusalem, Tiberias and Tel Aviv. Look over ancient Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, learn about Israeli wine at the Sea of Galilee, walk the coastal ruins at Caesarea, and immerse in local culture through culinary endeavours.
From $2,499
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Israel Explorer | 8 days
Starting at Tel Aviv then Haifa, Galilee, Jericho, Jerusalem. You'll discover different sides to Israel on this adventure from vibrant and buzzing Tel Aviv to the historical sites of Jerusalem.
From $1999
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Explore Israel & Jordan | 15 days
Discover the differences of the middle east on a 15 day adventure sampling local cuisine and discovering ancient sites along the way. You'll take it up a gear on this tour racing through the desert in a 4x4 jeep.
From $4,399
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Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

Do I need a visa for Israel? US citizens do not need a visa for travel to Israel, just make sure to have a valid passport!

What's the weather like in Israel?

April through to October is hot. October to March is cooler with more rain.

How should I dress?

Clothing styles are casual and European, but it depends where you are going. Make sure to bring lightweight clothes for the cities in the summer time, but for visiting religious or memorial sites make sure to bring a shawl or wrap for covering your head and shoulders for Muslim holy sites and a long skirt for Jewish holy sites. Conservative dressing is advised in the outskirts, where as Tel Aviv is much more relaxed.

How to get there

Traveling to Israel is relatively easy, with direct flights and numerous connecting routes from many North American cities. It's just 10 hours from New York or 14 hours from Los Angeles. Tel Aviv is the main port of entry which is served by many well known airlines. Check out our STA Travel exclusive student/youth flights to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Apt (TLV)!

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