When is the best time to visit Israel?

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May 24th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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When is the best time to visit Israel?

I'm planning on summer 2014, for about 2 weeks. First week in Jerusalem to see Holy Sites (Church of Sepulchre, Gethsemane, ect) and then the second week in Tel Aviv to go to the Beach, and experience Israeli culture in a more modern context.

Also, is there anything specific I need to know about visiting Israel (ex. How much money should I bring, the Dollar to Shekel ratio, Good Hotels, How much English Israelis know, ect...)
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May 24th, 2013, 07:34 PM
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Hi,jeckjiem . I thought you'd be asking about what time of the year is best to visit, Summer is not really it, because of the heat, but you'll be in good company because that's when most people visit.

To answer some of your other questions
How much money? Ideally you wouldn't actually bring cash, but plan to withdraw money at ATM machines (available in every city and town) and to pay larger bills with a credit card.If you're asking about how much things cost, well are you going on a group tour, hiring a private guide, or traveling independently by car, or taking public transportation
Are you looking for upscale hotels and inns or more modest accomodations? Are you also planning to see Christian sites in the Galilee?

In general, Israel is a modern economy not that different from the US . That's a simplification but hotels will be $200+ per night, meals can be $10 or $50 or more per person. Entrance fees to sites %5 - $25. You get the idea. YOu can travel at different price levels as it suits you.
The major cost difference from the US will be the cost of gasoline if you're driving, It's about double or more what it is in the US. On the other hand, cars are much smaller on average (better gas mileage) and distances are shorter.

Israels generally speak English. Younger people , those in the bigger cities, and people in tourism businesses generally speak it well, in some small towns and local businesses less so. Major road signs are in English, and virtually all tourist sites have brochures in English and sometimes guided tours in English (though not as often as Hebrew tours)

Dollar to Shekel exchange has been varying a little lately but all in the 3.5 to 4 shekels per dollar range
Hotels and car rentals will quote you prices in dollars.

Feel free to ask more questions and people will be happy to help. The biggest decision to start you off will be whether you travel independently or with a group.
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May 25th, 2013, 08:25 PM
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You have received great answers. I would encourage you to do more than just Christian sites while in Jerusalem. THere are great things to see that have nothing to do with Christianity. Jerusalem is also the place to start off from for a day trip to Masada and the Dead Sea.
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