A Guide to Planning Your First Trip to Israel

Posted on Mar 21 2018 - 1:00am by jc

IsraelVisiting Israel is on the bucket list of many people. Therefore, when the opportunity comes up, you need to be ready. Here are some reminders to help you enjoy and make the most out of your LDS Holy Land tours, especially if you are going for the first time.

When is the ideal time?

You can visit Israel any time of the year. However, most travelers plan their trips around two major considerations: the weather and the holidays. The country’s summer season is from April to October while winter lasts from November to March. Since Israel is a Jewish country, busy travel schedules should be expected during the major holidays such as the Rosh Hashanah and Passover. October and August are the busiest months, so if you intend to travel around this time, make arrangements well in advance.

Shabbat and Saturday travel

In Israel, Saturday, also known as Shabbat, is the holy day of the week. As such, businesses and public offices are closed. While restaurants and lodges in Tel Aviv remain operational, the buses and trains to just about anywhere do not operate, and if they do, they are on an extremely tight schedule. This can make your Saturday trips hard to coordinate unless you have a car.

Kosher dietary

Being a Jewish country, most people think Israel is purely kosher. While most of the big hotels in Israel serve kosher, there is no law limiting them from serving non-kosher foods. In that case, you will find plenty of hotels in Tel Aviv that are non-kosher. However, if you want kosher foods, you can easily find a kosher restaurant, with a public display of their kashrut certificate.

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Have you established the areas you want to visit in Israel? There are plenty of places you can go to and activities you can do. There are secular attractions, sacred sites, and vacation ideas to help narrow down your focus for a memorable Israel tour.