Recommended minimum time to experience Israel
- Two nights/three days – See the highlights of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea.
- Six nights/seven days – Experience more then just a taste; spend two nights each in Tel Aviv, the Galilee and Golan Heights and Jerusalem.
Best time of year to travel:
Israel’s unique climate makes it perfect for a visit almost all year round. July and August are the hottest months, while January and February see some rain. Prices vary according to season and are highest in the summer months.
Milestone’s Pick – October & May
Get the Milestone’s experience in Israel’s most mild, comfortable and dry weather!
We always recommend traveling light since you’ll be on the go. One suitcase and one personal carry on per person should be enough. Don’t worry; all hotels have laundry service! Please make sure to check your airline baggage restrictions before you fly.
Changing money into Shekels
Israel’s currency is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). Rather then changing money at the airport, wait till you get to any of the many ‘no fee’ change points throughout Israel’s major cities.
There are many options, including:
- Order a cell phone in advance and have it waiting for you upon arrival
- SIM for your blackberry or IPhone
- Local US # for your Israeli cell
- Minute packages – ‘pay as you go’
Israel is an Internet friendly country and most cafes have and offer free Internet. Hotel Internet, on the other hand, can be expensive. We suggest renting a USB ‘net stick’, which for $5 a day will provide you with unlimited Internet throughout Israel.
Major international credit cards work in Israel including Master Card, Visa and American Express. Be sure to check with your credit card company beforehand for any international fees. It is recommended that you change your ATM pin to 4 digits as many machines in Israel won’t accept larger pins.
All travelers should carry a universal adapter and converter.