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ISRAEL TOURS

Home to three of the world's greatest and most important religions, the fascinating history of Israel 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 as you move from one historical monument to the next, visit important and ancient archaeological sites or enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, a trip to Israel is sure to leave a lifetime of memories.

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 are passionate about showing you the best Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has to offer. We also have some tours that combine Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories with neighbouring countries such as Egypt and Jordan.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year to visit Israel?

The seasons of spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best times to visit Israel, as the temperatures are pleasant.

Is it safe to visit Israel?

There are no government warnings against visiting Israel, except for the border regions of Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Israel is safe; you must just be aware and adhere to the advice of officials.

What is the official currency of Israel?

The currency used in Israel is the Israeli new shekel, commonly known as the Israeli shekel. The shekel is dived into 100 agora. There are ATMs, banks and money exchange places all over the country.

What should you wear in Israel?

Apart from the conservative areas and religious sites, Israel is a liberal and relaxed society so casual clothing is acceptable for most settings. In summer, it can be extremely hot while in winter, spring and autumn it can get very cold.

Can you drink the tap water in Israel?

Yes, you can drink the tap water, but as a precaution drink bottled mineral water that is sold everywhere.

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
Governemnt: 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.
  • Haifa – the third-largest city in Israel known for the Bahá'í Gardens and the Stella Maris Monastery.
  • 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.

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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TAILOR-MADE Israel TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

TOUR REVIEWS

Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience

The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.

Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

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Israel Country Guide

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Factfile


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
Governemnt: 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.
  • Haifa – the third-largest city in Israel known for the Bahá'í Gardens and the Stella Maris Monastery.
  • 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.

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.