Is this a religious tour? While this is a non-denominational / pluralistic tour, we certainly see and experience the religious, holy sites for the major religions. We learn about all of the religions that make up the Israeli society - Jews, Muslims, Christians, Bedouin , Druse and more.
What is the size of the tour? Due to the distinct nature of this trip and some of the more "personalized" events, we keep our groups small and intimate (15-25). These numbers will vary slightly but we are very committed to maintaining the smaller size to be able to have our travelers truly "experience" the country.
When does registration for the tour close? When we reach our max number. Sometimes we will add a person or 2 in an effort to satisfy roommate requests. Contact us and we'll let you know if there is still space available!
Will we have a full-time Tour Guide? Yes, we have a licensed tour guide with us the entire time that will share the history and stories of the places we will visit.
Do you recommend the travel insurance? Although this is a personal decision, we certainly encourage all of our participants to be fully ensured. It's peace of mind! The tour operator offers AIG, however, you are welcome to use any other travel insurance you would like.
What other expenses should we plan for? The registration form (attached) details what is included and not included. In addition to spending money, there is an optional show in Jaffa (if they are performing while we will be in Israel) as well as an optional bike ride through Tel Aviv.
NOTE: HEALTH REQUIREMENT:
Participants need to be in good shape and good health. We spend a lot of time walking the streets, towns and villages. Although the pace is casual, the walking will be consistent and can be hilly at times. You also need to consider the weather - it can be very warm. Due to the fact that we are traveling in a country with thousands of years of history, there is a lot of uneven pavement, cobblestone streets and hilly in various areas. Our days are filled with fun, fabulous sites and ... great attitudes!
Do we have to have a minimum # for a private, organized tour? No, we work with individuals or large groups.
Can we have a few days of "off" days vs touring each day? Absolutely! You choose how you would like to organize your time. We will certainly make suggestions, based on our experience. Likewise, we recommend if you are using a tour guide that you have as many consecutive days as possible because our top guides always prefer having consecutive work days vs starting and stopping with a group.
How expensive are the tours? Price is a function of group size, level of accommodations, # of touring days, if the guide / driver need accommodations as well as the itinerary itself. We work with all price points and make sure you get the best experience at the price point that works for you.
Is it safe to travel to Israel? YES! This is probably the most commonly asked question and the biggest shock when our travelers finally arrive. They always mention how interesting it is that they feel safer in Israel than many of them feel in their own home town. Tours are also very connected (behind the scenes) to the security services of the country. If there are any questionable activities in any area, alerts are sent out and buses are redirected. I would venture to say that Israel is probably one of the safer countries in the world!