Q. When will I receive my ticket and information package?
A. Approximately two weeks before departure you will receive a phone call from a representative of International Heritage Tours to confirm your mailing address and to arrange a shipping time.
Q. What is the temperature like?
A. December/January/February are cooler months and sometimes rainy. By March it is starting to warm up. By April/May it is warm to very warm. The months of June/July/August/September are very hot. October/November are warm months.
Q. What kind of clothing should I bring?
A. Comfortable clothes that you would wear for a lot of walking. We recommend dressing in layers so that as the day heats up or the night cools down, you can take away or add layers as you need. For the religious sites (such as churches and sites deemed holy) women must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees at all times. We may also be attending a Shabbat dinner and it is customary to dress up for dinner on that evening (Friday night).
Q. What kind of footwear should I bring?
A. Comfortable shoes as we do a lot of walking.
Q. How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
A. You may bring one mid-sized case to check into the plane that may not exceed 20 kg and you may bring one carry-on bag not to exceed 8 kg. Please go to the El Al website for in-depth details.
Q. What can I not bring with me on my carry-on bag?
A. For security reasons, you are not allowed to board with potentially dangerous articles such as scissors, cutters, Swiss army-type knives or tools and instruments for agricultural, scientific, sporting or industrial use and the like, nor can you board with any type of imitation or toy firearm.
Q. What is the currency in Israel?
A. Shekels - although U.S. Dollars are widely accepted.
Q. If I run out of money, can I get more while I'm in Israel?
A. Yes. Your North American bank card should work in any ATM machine in Israel. You will receive the cash in local shekels. (There is usually a charge from your bank associated with doing this. If you plan to withdraw cash while in Israel, please inquire about the fee(s) at your local branch before departure.)
Q. How much should I expect to pay for lunches?
A. Approximately $7 up to $15 U.S. per person per day.
Q. Is my passport and other personal items safe to leave in the hotels?
A. Every room has its own safe which you set and secure with your own protected code.
Q. Do I need to bring any medication?
A. As your body may be adapting to a new and different climate and water system, it is not required but it is recommended that you bring Immodium (or something like it). It may also be helpful to bring items such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Gravol. If you have a medical condition and are on medication for it, please remember to bring it with you.
Q. Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Israel?
A. No, there are no immunization requirements for this region of the world.
Q. Do I need a voltage converter to plug in my electronic items?
A. That depends on your electronic item. The voltage in Israel is 220 V. Check your device (usually the information is listed on the plug itself)—it should say something like: Input: AC 100V - 240V. If your device is within the 100 to 240 volts range, then you can simply purchase a plug adaptor at your local dollar store as the plug/outlet system in Israel is different from North America. If you need a voltage converter you can purchase them for a cost of about $15 to $25 at most retail stores such as Walmart, Target, etc.
• HAIR DRYERS – We recommend you don't bring your own hair dryer unless you have the proper converters for them. Several ladies have burned out their hair dryers because the voltage in Israel isn't compatible with North American hair dryers. Most hotels have hair dryers and if you don't see one you can ask at the front desk for one.
• FACE CLOTHS – if you prefer to wash up with a face cloth, you will need to bring your own as most hotels do not have them.
To make any further general inquiries please call:
1-877-999-8868 ext 415 - Ari Bauer