Yes! There is a lot of security in public places in Israel and national security policies have helped minimize the threat of terrorist attacks. Our experienced tour guides know the area well and will never take you anywhere that is risky.
Yes – your passport must be kept with you at all times. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter the country.
No vaccinations or shots are required for U.S. or Canadian visitors to Israel. (If you’ve visited a country prior to coming to Israel where cholera, typhoid or yellow fever is endemic, you will need a vaccination certificate.)
Visitors are urged to bring sufficient quantities of any medications which they take regularly as not all medicines are available. Anyone requiring unexpected medical attention, however, can be assured that the level of medicine practiced in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank with the very best in Europe or the United States.
You may want to purchase travel insurance. Enclosed is the information provided by Travelex, or you can check with your insurance agent, or Diana Lynn Rau (our travel agent) to compare. You may want to take your health insurance policy with you. Medicare does not cover you oversees so you may want a supplementary policy
Yes, tap water in Israel is safe. You will also find bottled mineral water everywhere.
All food at the hotels will be Kosher and it is okay to eat the food and drink the water. However, while in Old Jerusalem we recommend that you DO NOT eat any salads/raw vegetables due to sanitation issues.

Biblical Tamar Park serves mostly American style food.

International airline regulations allow 50 pounds per check through suitcase. We suggest you bring only ONE (1) large suitcase and ONE (1) carry-on, you can also have a purse or a computer bag. Pack as light as possible. 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.
We suggest a lighter all-weather jacket. Comfortable walking shoes are a must! Plan to bring a swimsuit/towel for the Dead Sea and a blow-up neck pillow is nice to use while floating. Daytime is comfortable casual. If you are working at Tamar bring jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, gloves, and a hat. Israel does not have laundromats and the hotel laundry valet is expensive. Other suggested things to pack include: Bible, hand creams, sunglasses, passport, prescription drugs or medicines, suntan lotion and camera. If you are taking electrical items that are rated for 230 volts such as a cell phone or camera you will need an adapter plug (Meijer & Walmart has them). Hotels in Israel do not supply washcloths, so you may want to pack some or bring the disposable kind. A neck pillow is nice to have on the long flight also. Take more memory, batteries, video tapes, etc., than you think you will need. These are available where you will travel, but they are more expensive out of the U.S.

*Please note that 110 volt blow dryers from the US are not advisable to take.

We suggest that you take $150-$200 to pay for meals that are not included, snacks, and beverages, (coffee and juice are included only at breakfast). Visa and MasterCard are usually accepted. Travelers checks are more difficult to use. ATM machines are readily available and will give you shekels which is the currency. A Currency Exchange desk and a machine is available when you arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport.
Yes, all our tours have the option to extend your stay as a volunteer. The cost to stay starts at $20 per day and includes three meals per day and an air-conditioned room.
Our tours are generally during the months when the weather is most enjoyable (temperatures generally ranging in the 60s and 70s).average temperatures in israel
Yes. Some hotels are free but you will need to check when you arrive in order not to be charged. At Biblical Tamar Park there is a computer available in the dining commons that has free Wi-Fi for checking emails or surfing the web. Due to very limited bandwidth in the desert, please do not download large files or stream movies while at Biblical Tamar Park.
Check with your carrier – some charge for texting out @ 50 cents a text and incoming @ 5 cents a text. You can also order a rentable cell phone and pick up at the Ben Gurion airport