Tipping – Tipping is expected throughout Israel in cafes and restaurants, where leaving 10 – 15% is normal. Have some notes and coins on hand, as often tips charged as part of credit card payments do not go to the waiters/waitresses. Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power plugs – The power sockets in Israel are mostly designed to accommodate a unique plug with two flat pins and a grounding pin. An adapter is required for Australian and New Zealand appliances, and check if your items require a current converter for your trip. Currency – The Israeli New Shekel is the local currency in Israel. Check with your bank for the options available to you (and fees involved) for accessing your funds overseas. Advise your bank of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions flagged or blocked while you are overseas.
What should I bring?
Light scarf – A scarf is a practical addition for women to cover up when visiting religious sites where conservative dress is customary. A scarf or wrap is also handy for men and women alike to protect against the wind and sand while you are out exploring. Sun protection – Include a hat made from lightweight breathable material for your trip, along with sunglasses and sunscreen. Pack a light singlet and long thin layers to protect you from direct sunlight and consider a cooling neck wrap for hotter days. Carry a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while out sightseeing. Comfortable clothing – Pack comfortable clothing, particularly footwear. It is likely you will spend a lot of time on your feet exploring so it is important to have practical shoes. Include light loose layers for comfort, and for women it is important to have some outfits that cover shoulders and knees for visiting religious sites.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Israeli cuisine – Like much of the region, Israeli menus are rich with hummus, falafels, tahini, and bread. For a sweet snack, pick up traditional halva from a market or for something a little more indulgent, try a signature Israeli Chocolate Rugelach – a chocolate and dough twist to satisfy your sweet tooth. Explore the religious sites – Long known for its religious ties, Israel offers up countless spiritual and historical sites. Let your guide bring these to life as you explore the city of Jerusalem. Visit the Western Wall, the Church of Holy Sepulcher, and Dome of the Rock for a glimpse into the architectural and spiritual marvels of Israel. Check out a market ("shuk") – While on your trip, venture to a local marketplace, known as a shuk in Israel. Full of colourful and aromatic produce, it is the perfect place to stock up on tropical fruits, falafel and dips or baklava for your daypack. Pick up olives or medjool dates for an authentic Israeli shopping basket.