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ISRAEL TOURS

Our small group Israel tours are the perfect way to learn more about this fascinating country and discover how Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has shaped the world historically.

From the religious fervour of Jerusalem to the tranquil villages along the Sea of Galilee and bustling, modern-day Tel Aviv.

We take pride in being one of the best Israel tour companies - we are passionate about showing you the best of what Israel has to offer as well as its and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

A select few of our Israel tours are combined together with Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and its neighbouring countries such as Egypt and Jordan - widely known for its pyramids, the Dead Sea, and more.

Our guided tours in Israel will show you the fascinating history of this beautiful land and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has created an incredible tie with the majority of people on earth and it, therefore, remains one of the most iconic travel destinations to visit.

Whether you want to lose yourself in the intricate alleyways of Jerusalem, move from one historical monument to the next, visit ancient archaeological sites or enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, a well-designed Israel tour package is sure to leave a lifetime of memories.

Need some help in picking dates? Find out when is the best time to visit Israel here.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of climate can I expect on your Israel tours?

Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Israel as the country falls into full-bloom after the winter rains, leaving behind breath-taking scenery. Summer temperatures can be uncomfortable which is why it is recommended to do activities, such as hiking, early in the morning, however, Israel offers excellent beach weather in the area of Tel-Aviv and rain is extremely rare.

Autumn provides similar temperatures to Spring. In October, the rainy season starts and continues throughout the season. During Winter, the amount of rain is moderate and at high altitudes, one can often find snowfall - particularly in the north.

For real-time information about Israel's weather patterns, visit Accuweather.

What are the top cities to visit in Israel?

  • Jerusalem - Synonymous for being a city sacred for millennia to the three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Akko (Acre) - Boasting an ancient walled port town and UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to multiple religions, namely: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Bahá'í, and Druze.
  • Beer Sheva - The capital of the Negev Region.
  • Eilat - A vibrant resort city known as the ‘Goa of the Middle East and Israel’s window to the Red Sea.
  • Haifa - Home to the Shrine of the Báb and Terraces and the German Quarter, Haifa is the center of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • Nazareth - The largest Arab city in Israel, famous for being the hometown of Jesus Christ, now the largest Arab city in Israel.

What are the top cities to visit in Israel?

  • Jerusalem - Synonymous for being a city sacred for millennia to the three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
  • Akko (Acre) - Boasting an ancient walled port town and UNESCO World Heritage site which is home to multiple religions, namely: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Bahá'í, and Druze.
  • Beer Sheva - The capital of the Negev Region.
  • Eilat - A vibrant resort city known as the ‘Goa of the Middle East and Israel’s window to the Red Sea.
  • Haifa - Home to the Shrine of the Báb and Terraces and the German Quarter, Haifa is the center of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • Nazareth - The largest Arab city in Israel, famous for being the hometown of Jesus Christ, now the largest Arab city in Israel.

What is the official language of Israel?

The official and most spoken language of Israel is Hebrew. Approximately 20% of the population are Israeli-Arabs who speak Arabic as well.

Arabic was formerly the official language up until 2018. However, English is the most widely spoken foreign language and Israelis study English in school from an early age. The older generation of Israelis are generally less fluent in English and therefore some knowledge of Hebrew will come in handy.

What type of food can I expect to eat in Israel?

Falafel has become the official food of Israel and consists of small fried balls of mashed chickpeas, usually served with pita bread, salads and hummus. This is a relatively cheap lunch and can cost as little as ?10-15.

Another popular food is the Shawarma which consists of sliced meat, served inside a pita.

Hummus is also a popular food, made from creamed chickpeas, tahina, lemon and olive oil and often served with pita bread for dipping. Several restaurants which specialize in Hummus offer creative toppings such as: chickpeas, mushrooms, minced meat, fava beans and more.

What currency is used in Israel?

The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) and colloquially it is referred to as Shekel (plural: shkalim) or sha-kh. Cash points and ATM's are available in most places throughout Israel and credit cards of all types are accepted widely.

What type of food can I expect to eat on Israel tours?

Falafel has become the official food of Israel and consists of small fried balls of mashed chickpeas, usually served with pita bread, salads and hummus. This is a relatively cheap lunch and can cost as little as ?10-15.

Another popular food is the Shawarma which consists of sliced meat, served inside a pita.

Hummus is also a popular food, made from creamed chickpeas, tahina, lemon and olive oil and often served with pita bread for dipping. Several restaurants which specialize in Hummus offer creative toppings such as: chickpeas, mushrooms, minced meat, fava beans and more.

Head over to Wikipedia for more information about Israel's cuisine.

What are the best tours of Israel?

The best tours to Israel depends entirely on your budget and how long you want to spend in the country. At Encounters Travel we offer a wide range of tours to Israel – from small group tours to shoestring, and tailor-made.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

All nationalities don’t require a visa when travelling to Israel - Israel an agreements in place with 65 countries where no visa is required and entrance is allowed on the production of a valid passport.

The following countries are exempted:

Africa: Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland
Asia: Japan, Georgia, Mongolia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan.

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Republic of Slovak, Ukraine

Pacific: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, New Zealand, Republic of Palau, Tonga Vanuatu

The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

Is it dangerous to go to Israel?

Israel to contrary belief is a very safe country to travel to - crime rates are low compared to many other countries.

The risk from hostile war-related activities to anyone traveling within Israel itself is very low and highly unlikely. Overall, you’re probability of being safe in Israel is about the same as travelling to any other country.

How much money should I bring to Israel?

How much it will cost to travel in and around Israel depends on your preferences and how you want to spend your time in Israel.

If you want to travel on an budget in Israel, you should budget for at least 30-40 USD a day – this includes accommodation, some transportation, attractions, and of course, food.

As a western country, travel in Israel does cost more than in the rest of the Middle East.

How much does a tour to Israel cost?

A tour in Israel for one week usually starts around $1850 per person. So, a trip to Israel for two people costs about double that amount but, bare in mind that the amount you spend on a tour is dependent on the type of tour you choose to take.

Which is the best month to visit Israel?

You can visit Israel practically any time of year – you’re unlikely to encounter bad weather or particularly bitter temperatures.

Israel tours are popular in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. In spring, north Israel displays its diverse flora, and wildflowers carpet the hillsides. By summer, the temperature in the low-lying areas get really hot – the Dead Sea and the Red Sea can see heat in the 40°Cs.

Whenever you decide to go, check the calendar: Israel’s social diary is crammed with various religious festivals all year round.

What is the best time to visit Israel?

Israel is an all year round travel destination and its highly plus you are unlikely to encounter any bad weather or uncomfortable temperatures.

Whenever you do decide to travel to Egypt, you should check the social calendar - Israel’s social diary is filled with various religious festivals all year round.

TOUR REVIEWS

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I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

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The price was great and the people wonderful!

I was pleased and impressed with the experience in booking and obtain all necessary documents in a timely manner. I am looking forward to my tour and hope the ground experience it just as good. This trip is my dream/bucket list trip.

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Israel Country Guide

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Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +972
Area: 20,770 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Israel is the Dead Sea at 430m (-1411 ft.) | The highest point in Israel is Har Meron at 1,208m (3,963 ft.)
Population: 8,452,841 (2018)
Capital: Jerusalem
Government: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic
Language: Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic

Israel, officially known as the State of Israel, is in the Middle East on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. This country borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the east and west, and Egypt to the southwest.

The landscape of Israel is geographically diverse given the small area it covers. Tel Aviv is Israel's economic and technological centre and the seat of government while the capital is Jerusalem. The state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only limited recognition. Israel has the highest standard of living in the Middle East as well as one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

Israel is defined as a Jewish and democratic state. The country is a representative democracy with a parliamentary system, proportional representation and universal suffrage. Israel has the 33rd largest economy in the world and is a developed company. A highly skilled workforce and a high percentage of citizens holding tertiary education degrees make Israel one of the most educated countries in the world.

The coastal plain of Israel, on the shores of the Mediterranean, is home to most of the nation's population. The Jordan River runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on the surface of the earth.

Highlights

  • Tel Aviv - the second most populous city on Israel's Mediterranean coast with 1930s Bauhaus buildings.
  • Nazareth - Israel's largest Arab city and the centre of Christian pilgrimage with shrines and biblical buildings.
  • The Old City of Jerusalem - a walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem, home to the Western Wall.
  • Sea of Galilee - the lowest freshwater lake on Earth fed by the River Jordan with biblical associations.
  • Bethlehem - a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank and the biblical birthplace of Jesus.
  • Tiberias - a city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee with famous religious sites.
  • Golan Heights - the Golan Region in Levant, spanning about 1,800 square kilometres with impressive views.
  • Haifa - the third-largest city in Israel known for the Bahai Gardens and the Stella Maris Monastery.

Tips

  • Bargaining is normal, and customers are expected to haggle in the markets.
  • Do not be offended by Israelis as they can come across as brusque and direct.
  • Avoid talking politics with Israelis and criticising the country of Israel in particular.
  • In the summer, the temperatures can get extremely hot, especially when walking around the sights.
  • Shabbat takes place every week from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset and many places close.
  • It is standard practice to tip between 10-15% so you should carry some small change.
  • Women should cover their bare arms and legs in mosques and synagogues.
  • Watch out for jellyfish in the Mediterranean Sea during the months of June to August.

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10 Reasons to visit Egypt in 2020

In Egypt

Wondering where to travel in 2020? Here's why Egypt should be at the top of the list.

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5 Temples to visit in Egypt

In Egypt

Egypt is a country rich in history, giving travellers the opportunity to travel back in time. Here are the top 5 temples to visit in Egypt. 

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10 reasons to visit Kathmandu

In Nepal

Thinking about travelling to Nepal? Here are 10 reasons why you should visit its capital city - Kathmandu.

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A foodie’s guide to Nepal

In Nepal

Travelling to Nepal? This handy guide will give you some insight into the local cuisine.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-10-28 08:15:12

The best Red Sea tours in Egypt

In Egypt

Is swimming in the turquoise-coloured waters of the Red Sea on your travel bucketlist? Here are some of the best Egypt tours available that takes you there.

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Egypt's largest archaeological find in over 100 years

In Egypt

Find out all the details about Egyt's latest discovery right here!

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-11 13:19:40

Egypt beyond the pyramids: 10 things to see and do

In Egypt

Egypt is much more than just its famous pyramids! In this article, we dissect what this beautiful country has to offer.

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Everything you need to know about Israel’s Shabbat

In Israel

Travelling to Israel? Then its very important to now about Shabbat!

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How to spend a day in Cairo

In Egypt

Do you want to explore Egypt's bustling capital city of Cairo? This handy guide will give you insight into what to do and where to go.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-12 09:31:55

The best street eats in the Middle East

In Egypt Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Israel,

The Middle East is home to some of the best culinary dishes on the planet - have a look at what you can expect right here.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-12 09:50:45

Top five temples in Vietnam

In Vietnam

Planning on exploring Vietnam? Here are the top five temples to visit in this historic country.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-13 08:41:56

Top five temples in Cambodia

In Cambodia

Planning a trip to Cambodia? Here is a checklist of five temples you just cannot miss.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-13 10:17:39

Bhutan trekking guide

In Bhutan

Every year, travellers flock to Bhutan to trek its stunning trails. If you're thinking about trekking in Bhutan, this handy guide will give you some insight into what to expect.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-18 17:45:33

What type of food to expect to eat in South Africa

In South Africa Africa,

South African cuisine is a lot like the countries diversity and rich history -  with delicacies coming from the Cape Malay to recipes deriving from the Dutch settlers.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2019-11-19 06:27:04

Best time to visit South Africa.

In South Africa

Planning your holiday is easier when you know how to pack and plan so here's a guide on when is the best time to visit South Africa.

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Best time to visit Israel

In Jordan News,

Planning a trip to Israel but wondering when is the best time to go? This handy guide provides all the answers you'll need. 

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10 reasons why you have to visit Israel in 2020

In Morocco

If you're thinking about planning an Israel tour in 2020, here are 10 reasons why you absolutely should go. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/a9343fad-36e3-4125-8af8-38176c0262d1/ By: Michaila Knauff 2019-12-13 14:55:21

Egypt's Major Attractions: Five things you must see

In Jordan

Find the best places to visit with our list of the top 5 things you simply have to see during your Egypt tour.

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10 Reasons Why You Have to Visit Egypt in 2020

In Greece

Egypt: mysterious, renowned, unforgettable. The land of ancient civilisations, kings and queens, and centuries of history awaits you in 2020. 

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Jordan’s Major Attractions: 5 Things You Simply Must See

In News

Jordan is one of the most intriguing destinations to visit in the Middle East. Rich with historical significance and natural splendour, it offers numerous exciting attractions.

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Morocco’s major attractions: 5 things you simply must see

In Egypt

The complex and fascinating country of Morocco offers a wealth of historical, cultural, and natural attractions for the intrepid traveller. We’ve chosen our top 5.

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Best time to visit the Maldives

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Use this informative guide to help you decide on the best time to book your relaxing Maldives tour.

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What type of food can I expect to eat in Greece?

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The food of Greece is as iconic and varied as its history and cultural influence.

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What Type of Food Can I Expect to Eat in Bhutan?

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The alluring nation of Bhutan is a unique travel destination. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and serene atmosphere. Its cuisine is equally as fascinating and tempting.

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Best time to visit Bhutan

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Located in the Himalayas, Bhutan is a fascinating, scenic Asian country that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. 

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What type of food can I expect to eat in the Maldives?

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Planning a Maldives tour? Get some insight into the local cuisine you're more than likely to come across!

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Best time to visit Croatia

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Croatia’s stunning natural beauty, fascinating historical sights and delicious food has made the country a firm favourite amongst travel enthusiasts. Whilst you can enjoy a trip to Croatia all year round, it is important to know which season best suits your own travel interests and goals.

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Israel’s major attractions: Five things you simply must see

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Have you ever wanted to travel to a country with breath-taking beaches, pristine desert landscapes, noble historic sites, scenic cities and mouth-watering food? Then be prepared to add Israel to your bucket list. 

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What type of food to expect to eat in Croatia

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One of the first facts you’ll learn when traveling to Croatia is that many different nations have ruled the territory throughout history. This means that your tastebuds will sample cuisine inspired by a multitude of cultures.

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10 Reasons why you should explore the Garden Route

In Egypt Morocco, India, Nepal, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, South Africa, Maldives,

Thinking about planning a trip to South Africa? Here's 10 reasons why the Garden Route should be part of the conversation.

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2020's Best adventure travel destinations

In South Africa

To help fuel your wanderlust, we tapped into 2020’s best adventure travel destinations – ranging from epic Nepal to the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, dreamy Morocco, and more.

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Why you should visit South Africa in January

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South Africa in January is often believed to be the peak season of the summer. The activities and the places to visit aren’t short on excitement, so there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t plan your trip at the start of the year in this dazzling country.

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Best travel destinations to visit in February

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Use this informative guide to help you book your February holiday.

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Top 10 things to do in Cape Town

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Explore and experience the world-famous city of Cape Town with our pick of its top ten activities. 

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A guide to the Cape Winelands

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The Cape Winelands offers a myriad of attractions to suit a wide range of individual interests. Situated just 40km east of the city of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands lies shadowed by a mountain range which creates an unforgettable backdrop for the myriad of wineries scattered throughout the region. The sunny blue skies, lush vineyards, world-class wineries, restaurants, art galleries, historic towns and Cape Dutch farmsteads make this region seem as though it is from a fairytale. There is no shortage of things to do in this magnificent area, so we’ve created a handy guide to help you put together your itinerary for visiting the Cape Winelands:

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Why you should visit Cambodia in February

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Looking for a unique travel destination for the month of February? A Cambodia tour should be at the top of your list.

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Why you should visit Vietnam in February

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If you’re thinking of travelling to Vietnam, February is your best bet - you can expect dry, bright weather throughout the whole country.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Vietnam

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Vietnam is home to thousands of temples and fascinating places of worship. We've picked out our top ten.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Cambodia

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Its estimated that there are around 4000 temples in Cambodia, we have chosen our top ten for you to visit.

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Top 10 things to do in Phnom Penh

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Planning a Cambodia tour? Then exploring Phnom Penh should be right at the top of your travel to-do list. Here is our selection of the top 10 things to do in Cambodia's busy capital city.

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Recommended Tours: February 2020

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At Encounters Travel, we bring the world to you. We offer tours in 38 different countries, from the most famous and popular destinations, to the lesser-known, hidden gems. These are some of our best tours to be experienced during the month of February. 

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Travel images of the month – January 2020

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A great travel photo reveals some aspect of that place’s true character that, though it may have been hidden, seems to have always been there. So why not take a trip around the world - from the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Blue City of Morocco, and more, with our favourite travel photos of January 2020.

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Featured tour of the month – Discover Egypt

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If an Egypt trip is on your 2020 bucket list then the Discover Egypt tour is perfect for you – from temples and tombs to pyramids, sailing down the Nile and eating mouthwatering traditional Egyptian cuisine, and so much more. 

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Meet the Team: Gavin De Vos

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Gavin is one of the travel consultants in the Encounters sales team. 

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Exploring Nepal on a budget: Nepal on a Shoestring tour review

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The landlocked nation is a paradise for adventurous types, although it also features an abundance of culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife.

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Top small group tours to Nepal

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Thinking about travelling to Nepal? Do you want to marvel at the natural beauty of Mount Everest? Then our small group tours to this beautiful country are perfect for you. 

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Best destinations to visit in March

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March is a transitional period in many countries, a bridge between summer and winter. We've picked the best destinations to travel to during March. 

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Top 10 things to do in Hanoi

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The vibrant city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second biggest city in the country. Hanoi encompasses an interesting mix of the East and the West with visible traces of the country’s rich history. Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese for a long time, later by the French and also by the Americans in the 20th century. Hanoi was named the 8th most popular destination in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor and is a highly sought after destination for visitors from all over the globe due to its rich historical and cultural heritage, breath-taking scenery and delicious cuisine. Hanoi boasts a myriad of places to see and things to do, so we’ve compiled our top 10 suggestions on the best things to do in Hanoi. 

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Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu is the chaotic, vibrant capital city of Nepal. This is our pick of the best attractions in and around the city. 

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Why you should visit Nepal in March

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March is the start of one of Nepal's two annual peak tourist seasons and it's also when the temperatures have truly warmed up after winter – with the thawing of many high-altitude trekking trails, river levels primed for whitewater rafting, and some exciting cultural festivals.

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Everything you need to know about Bandipur

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The village itself is small, with lots of plants, trees and charming lampposts. Strangely enough, this place will remind you of Hanoi in Vietnam. There you will also find beautiful buildings in the old style. But unlike Hanoi, Bandipur is much less touristy.

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Chitwan wildlife safari guide

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This handy guide will give you all the information you need to know about experiencing a wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, located in Nepal.

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Top 10 temples to visit in Nepal

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Visit some of the most beautiful and atmospheric temples in the world in Nepal. We've picked our top ten. 

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Top restaurants in Kathmandu

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Nepalese cuisine might not be as popular as it should be on an international stage, it is often overpowered by its more headstrong neighbouring countries however, don’t mistake this as complacency.

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A packing checklist when going on a Nepal tour

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Proper packing is the first step to making a trip memorable and that’s what this article is the perfect guide of what all you need for your Nepal packing list.

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The Best Festivals in Nepal

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Nepal is a small yet diverse country, with a variety of religions. These are some of the best festivals that are celebrated in the country. 

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10 Interesting Facts about Mount Everest

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Mount Everest is famous for being the highest mountain in the world. Here are some lesser-known facts about the iconic peak. 

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Everything you need to know about Petra

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Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Petra was once a thriving trading centre and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. Here's everything you need to know before your visit.

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Featured tour of the month – Jordan on a Shoestring

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From stunning natural landscapes to world-renowned historical and religious sites, Jordan is truly a hidden gem of the Middle East. Jordan will leave you feeling touched by the generosity and kindness of its people.

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Turkey set to become visa-free for UK and Schengen area travellers

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Turkey has decided to become visa-free for UK & Schengen travellers!

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Recommended Tours: March 2020

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We've chosen some of the best small tour packages that we have on offer for March 2020. Destinations include India, Greece, the Balkans and more.

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Meet the Team: Ant's Role at Encounters Travel

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Anthony Horrobin, better known as Ant, is the Sales Manager at Encounters Travel. If you've travelled with us, you would have more than likely have had some sort of chat with him before!

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Travel photos of the month – January/February 2020

In Egypt Morocco, India, Jordan,

We asked a few of our Encounters travellers to share at least one of their best and most memorable travel photos from their January trip – tours ranging from Incredible India, Jordan on a Shoestring, Pharaonic Encounters, and more.

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10 reasons to go trekking in Nepal

In Nepal

The beautiful little country of Nepal offers a wide range of trekking options, ranging from short and easy treks to strenuous and lengthy ones. Each year, Nepal welcomes a large number of visitors who flock to the country for its eye-catching scenery, fascinating cultures and welcoming locals. Here are our top 10 reasons to trek in Nepal: 

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Jordan tour packing checklist

In Jordan

If you’re heading to the Middle East on a Jordan adventure, you’ll need to know what to pack and how to pack – we thought we’d help you out and take the guesswork out of things with our Jordan packing checklist.

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Best destinations to visit in April

In Morocco Thailand, Turkey,

Time for an Easter holiday? We've chosen the best places to travel to during the month of April. 

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The Top 10 Sights to See in Jordan

In Jordan

Jordan is located in the Middle East. Bursting with historical landmarks, as well as spectacular natural landscapes, it offers a myriad exciting attractions. We’ve chosen our top ten must-see sights on a visit to Jordan.

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Wadi Rum Jeep safari guide

In Jordan

Wadi Rum is a desert region in Jordan. A jeep safari is a wonderful way to explore this spectacular natural landscape. We’ve compiled a handy guide that will tell you all you need to know about discovering Wadi Rum by jeep.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-03-13 08:08:38

Why you should visit Jordan in April

In Jordan

April is one of the most popular months to visit Jordan - and with good reason - the weather is pleasant, and the semi-arid hills of northern Jordan burst into magnificent, knee-high bloom.

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The Best Festivals in Jordan

In Jordan

Jordan is a small country in the Middle East. With a rich historical, cultural, and religious scene, it offers a range of interesting festivals and celebrations. We've chosen our top festivals that take place in Jordan.  

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10 Interesting Facts About Jordan

In Jordan

The Middle Eastern country of Jordan is famous for landmarks such as Petra and Wadi Rum. Here we reveal some lesser-known facts about this small nation. 

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Is Egypt Safe

In Egypt

The question here though isn’t whether or not you should visit Egypt but rather is it safe to visit? The short answer: Yes, Egypt is safe! However, for the long answer, carry on reading.  

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Coronavirus Update

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Please read for details of which of our tours are operating and which are cancelled, as well as for information about travel credits and updated Flexible Booking Conditions for new bookings. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-03-27 08:11:25

Exploring Jordan on a budget: Jordan on a Shoestring tour

In Jordan

Jordan is safe and hospitable, however, it suffers guilt by association due to its location in the Middle East. Travellers who take the time to discover and explore this peaceful and friendly nation are rewarded with a warm welcome from locals.

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Meet the Team: Tara’s Role at Encounters

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Meet Tara, who is the Social Media Manager at Encounters Travel. 

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Lockdown chat with Mariah - Travel consultant at Encounters Travel

In Egypt

We chat to Mariah Alves, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares her lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.

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https://ucarecdn.com/fa8f441f-ee0d-48ba-8aae-c1df832dab57/ By: Jarred Manasse 2020-04-16 09:22:06

Lockdown chat with Mariska - Travel Consultant at Encounters Travel

In Thailand Vietnam,

We speak to Mariska Knoesen, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares her lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.

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https://ucarecdn.com/fa8f441f-ee0d-48ba-8aae-c1df832dab57/ By: Jarred Manasse 2020-05-04 13:23:04

LIVE BLOG: How coronavirus has affected the travel industry

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We’ve put together a live blog to share the stories of the travel community during this tough period. If you would like to submit your story, please email jarred@encounterstravel.com

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https://ucarecdn.com/fa8f441f-ee0d-48ba-8aae-c1df832dab57/ By: Jarred Manasse 2020-05-27 11:24:07

COVID-19 Travel Survey

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If you have five minutes to spare, we would really appreciate it if you can take the time to fill out our COVID-19 Travel Survey, which will help us prepare the best trips for you once global travel restrictions are lifted.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-06-01 04:05:38

What is overland travel?

In Promotions News,

At Encounters Travel, our adventure overland tours take in many of destinations cultural, scenic and wildlife highlights - often travelling through several countries to give you a truly in-depth experience. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-06-02 04:42:15

Are overland tours Expensive

In Africa

The big question is, are overland tours expensive? Some say overlanding is among the cheapest ways to visit Africa, and provides a great introduction to the continent for first-timers, while others strongly disagree. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-06-09 03:34:34

How long are overland tours

In Tanzania Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Africa,

It’s no secret that taking on Africa in the form of an overland safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The rewards are rich and varied; endless horizons, unspoilt bushveld, truly wild places and truly wild animals. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-06-17 03:37:41

Can solo travellers book overland tours

In Africa

People often describe their first solo trip as an almost religious experience - to take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes, or preferences of a travelling companion can be heady stuff. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-06-23 04:49:48

What should I pack for an overland tour

In Africa

It’s worth doing your research on the climate of the areas you are travelling to so that you know what to expect and what sort of clothing you should take. 

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The ultimate guide to exploring Santorini

In Greece

Do you want to explore the sun-kissed Greek island of Santorini? This travel guide will provide you with all the information you need to know.

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https://ucarecdn.com/cac4ef8f-9ff8-49ab-94cc-4a07f6d53dd6/ By: Ant Horrobin 2020-06-24 12:48:51

Mykonos Travel Guide

In Greece

Mykonos is known for its super-stylish hotels, great beaches and summer party atmosphere.

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Are overland tours comfortable

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One this’s for sure when you travel to Africa on an overland tour, especially for first-timers, is that you need to travel with an open mind!

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What is a typical day on an overland vehicle like?

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With Encounters Travel you can expect to travel in comfortable, fully equipped and specially designed expedition vehicles, giving you a great vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. 

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https://ucarecdn.com/a9343fad-36e3-4125-8af8-38176c0262d1/ By: Mariska Knoesen 2020-07-14 12:37:10

Ultimate guide to a gulet sailing experience

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Want to know what it's like to go on a gulet sailing experience? This handy travel guide has all the answers.

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https://ucarecdn.com/fa8f441f-ee0d-48ba-8aae-c1df832dab57/ By: Jarred Manasse 2020-09-09 14:03:15

The spiritual side of Nepal

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Nepal is the world’s only Hindu Kingdom, however Hinduism is just one of the many religions practiced in the country.

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5 reasons to visit Nagarkot

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If you're thinking about visiting Nagarkot in Nepal, here are five good reasons to explore this hill station in the Kathmandu Valley.

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Egypt's top World Heritage Sites

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Egypt has a host of UNESCO World Heritage Sites just waiting to explored. On our Egypt tours, you'll get the chance to see them.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-09-29 14:41:19

Pokhara: a piece of paradise in Nepal

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Pokhara is the starting or finishing place for most treks in Nepal's Annapurna region.

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5 Reasons to visit Dhulikhel

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Planning a Nepal tour? A visit to the city of Dhulikhel should be at the very top of your list. Here's why.

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https://ucarecdn.com/90855967-50b7-4e4d-9bee-0f41b360a0fe/ By: Tara Jenneker 2020-10-19 10:21:50

QUIZ: How much do you know about Egypt?

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Do you know your pyramids and pharoahs? Test your knowledge about Egypt in this interesting quiz.

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