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Israel Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Israel in a way like no other. A country known for its diversity of faith and ancestry, the intrigue of Israel tours will take you on a journey of remarkable depths. Stroll through its cities and simultaneously hear the Islamic call to prayer whilst witnessing a picture of revered rabbis being sold in a shop. We will take you to hallowed sites where major events have impacted the religions that dominate the world, etching out the history of humankind. Despite being in the cradle of civilisation, you’ll experience moments of pure awe beyond the ancient and sacred. Soak up the cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, admire contemporary art and slip into a vibrant mood of eat, drink and be merry. With Trafalgar, you will be exposed to Israel’s multiple layers of diversity that move beyond systems of belief. Not least of all in the addictive cuisine - teeming with an intensity of scent and spice - and incredible landscapes surrounding the Dead Sea. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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"Created as a state for the Jewish people after the Second World War, Israel is a fascinating confluence of nationalities, cultures and religions"
Peter, Travel Director
Israel at a glance
Set in the cradle of civilisation, Israel is filled with hallowed sites, ancient relics, and a diversity of faith and ancestry. From the floating Dead Sea, to the cosmopolitan scene in Tel Aviv, your expert Trafalgar Travel Director will take you on a journey of remarkable depths.
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בוקר טוב (boker tov)
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ערב טוב (erev tov)
Israeli Cuisine

What to pack for Israel

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A light scarf or shawl

If you plan to visit a synagogue, church or mosque, it’s a good idea to pack a light scarf or shawl to wrap around your head and shoulders out of respect. Clothing for men and women at these sacred sites should be of the modest variety – longish, preferably over your knees and elbows.

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For those with tender feet, sandals may be a necessity for navigating the pebbles around the Dead Sea. Otherwise, go barefoot and enjoy the natural pressure-point massage they will give you before you float.

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Considerate clothing

T-shirts with political statements or bold humour are better left at home on most trips, but particularly to the spiritual lands of Israel. Avoid feeling out of place by wearing simple, humble clothing at all times.

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A market bag

Whether a humble backpack, a woven basket or your favourite shop’s tote, an easy to carry market bag is always an ethical and pragmatic way to haul around your market finds. In Israel, we guarantee there will be many.

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A reusable water bottle

For those travelling in the dryer months, a water bottle is a necessity, as you will traverse much of the Holy Land by foot under the dense sun. Even though tap water is generally considered safe to drink, a bottle with built in filtration will help avoid illness.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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