Traveling to ISRAEL? All You Need to Know (By a Professional Tour Guide)

Traveling to ISRAEL? All You Need to Know (By a Professional Tour Guide)

If you’re thinking about flying to Israel
or starting to plan your trip to Israel then you are at the right place. Hi guys, my name is Oren and I’m a professional
tour guide. Now my whole internet site and channel is
dedicated to Israel, I’ve written about the sites, the Israeli society, the best hotels
and hostels, but I wanted to do one video, this video, with all the most important stuff. So, let’s get started and I will start by
saying that Israel is a safe destination, if you’re not afraid flying to New York or
Berlin then you shouldn’t be afraid flying to Israel. Before people come to Israel they are concerned
with safety issues, once they arrive they are concerned with how expensive things are
and I will talk about it in a minute. Now you will probably land in Natbag, this
is the name the Israelis call the airport, but it is also called Ben Gurion Airport,
or TLV. It has the perfect location right in the middle
of Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the
airport to the middle of Tel Aviv and a little bit longer to Jerusalem. Now to Jerusalem you can take the train; the
line will be open in the middle of 2018. Until then you need to or take a bus: there
is a bus 485 that goes every hour to Jerusalem, or there are shared taxis: these are taxis
of ten people that you can take to Jerusalem, or of course take a cab. To Tel Aviv there is the train and I will
say that the first station in Tel Aviv is HaHagana and it is also very close to the
Tel Aviv central bus station, but that is not a good area, you don’t want to hang around
that area, especially not at night. It is much better to take the train to Savidor
Center or Arlozorov, these stations located in the middle of Tel Aviv and from there you
have many buses, you can take a taxi, you can also email your hotel or hostel what is
the best way to get there. But south of Tel Aviv, your first night in
Israel: it’s not a good idea. Now as I said Israel is expensive. If money is not an issue then go for the best:
sleep in Jerusalem at the Mamilla Hotel or the King David Hotel, and in Tel Aviv in The
Norman hotel. Take a private guide with a car every day. But if money is an issue then there are things
you can do about it. The biggest expense is accommodation and hotels
in Israel are expensive. The average night is more than 200 dollars
in hotels but you can also take hostels. In the last couple of years some great hostels
opened in Israel and all of them also offer private rooms. So you basically sleep at a hostel, pay less,
but have a room like a hotel. So I can really recommend that. Another thing is that Israel has great street
food so you can have lunch for 7/8/9 euros/dollars and it will fill you up. Now street food is never healthy but I will
say that the Israeli street food is great and is way healthier than what they sell in
Europe or in the US. The best time to travel to Israel is March,
the beginning of spring. It is still low season so the prices are lower,
everything is beautiful and green, and the chances that it will rain are quite small. Winter is also a great time to come to Israel,
especially if you come from Europe where it is cold. And Israel has a safe friendly desert so if
you are coming from October to March then plan as much time as you can in the desert. Summer is very very hot. You can expect more than 35 degrees every
day. Great if you like the beaches or go to churches
and museums but if you want to go for long hikes then the summer (so June, July, August,
even September) are a little bit too hot. Now when it comes to planning a trip in Israel
I like to use three words: the heart, the line, and the land. The heart of every trip in Israel is Jerusalem. The Old City of Jerusalem is a must-see. If you haven’t been there you simply haven’t
been to Israel. Jerusalem is one of the most important cities
in the world. If you have only one long weekend to spend
in Israel, book a hotel or hostel in Jerusalem. I’ve written a lot about the different sites
in Jerusalem, but the most important ones are the Old City, where you will find the
Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa. Outside the Old City you can head to the top
of Mount Olives, visit the churches and the Jewish Cemetery. In the New City be sure to visit Mahane Yehuda
Market, the Israel Museum, and Yad Vashem. Two days are the absolute minimum you will
need. And from Jerusalem you can always take a one-day
tour to the Judaean Desert or Tel Aviv. The line is Highway number 1, connecting Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem and the Judaean Desert. In Tel Aviv you will find the ancient port
of Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew), the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Museum of the Jewish
People at Beit Hatfutsot, many Bauhaus buildings, and, of course, the beaches. Although there is a lot to see, Tel Aviv doesn’t
have the important sites that Jerusalem does. And many of the buildings look rather neglected. But the charm of Tel Aviv doesn’t lie in the
importance of the sites or the buildings, but in the atmosphere. You can walk in the middle of the night in
Tel Aviv, 2am, and cafés and restaurants are open and people sitting there as if it
is the middle of the day. The Judaean Desert, about an hour away from
Jerusalem and two hours from Tel Aviv is the nearest and most accessible desert. The main sites are the Dead Sea, Masada, and
the Ein Gedi nature reserve. If you plan to spend five days traveling in
Israel, then these places are more than enough. I would recommend staying two or three nights
in Jerusalem, one night in the Judaean Desert and another one/two nights in Tel Aviv. If you like the desert and plan on coming
in winter, then maybe spend two nights in the Judaean Desert, and if you prefer the
beaches and nightlife then stay a little longer in Tel Aviv. The land is basically all the rest and there
is a lot to see. The Negev Desert, Nazareth, Haifa, the Sea
of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Acre, Caesarea, and much more. Here I can’t really summarize it all into
a few sentences, since it really depends where you are coming from, when you’re coming and
what are your interests. I will just say that if you come in wintertime
then spend more time in the desert Negev. And if you’re a practising Christian, then
a tour to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee is a must. Now there is a lot to see in Israel but many
of the sites are not impressive. Unlike Egypt where you go and see the Pyramids
and they are just impressive, no matter how much you know about them. In Israel if you want to understand the sites,
you need to know what you are looking at, you need to know the history. Most of the most important places, like the
Wailing Wall, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, are not impressive in themselves. You need to know what you’re looking at. The best option is to take a private guide,
you can always join a tour or purchase my booklets. I have a booklet about Tel Aviv, Jerusalem,
the Judaean Desert, that I talk about the history of the important sites. Another thing you need to take in consideration
is the Jewish calendar. Now in Israel we have two calendars: the Gregorian
calendar (the one that you know starting at January) and the Jewish calendar. And you need to know this because the holidays
in Israel are mostly by the Jewish calendar. Now it’s great being here on a holiday, on
Sukkot, Pesach, Hanukkah, but there is no public transportation, and the prices of flights
and hotels will be higher. And I’ve written a long post about the Jewish
holidays: what they are about, when they are, and what you can expect. About transportation, I will say that when
you’re in the big cities you don’t need a car but if you want to go to the Golan Heights
or to the Negev Desert, it is much easier hiring a car. You can also go there with public transportation,
but it is way more convenient with your own car. Now there is something very important you
need to remember: that in Israel there is no public transportation between Friday afternoon
and Saturday night. So if you land in Natbag on Saturday or Friday
night then there are no buses, no trains, and you have to take a taxi, and on Saturdays
the taxis are more expensive. Now one last word about the land and the people. Israel is basically a corridor, a corridor
where Africa, Asia, and Europe meet, where great empires went through, where Judaism,
Christianity and Islam met. And like the land and the history, so are
the people: restless, something interesting is always going on, people here are always
hurrying. I think that Israel is the most interesting
piece of land that exists on this planet. Come and see for yourself. That’s it, guys, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did then please help me grow my new
channel by subscribing. Now these videos are for you so please write
me down here what you want my next videos to be about: the desert, Jewish sites, churches,
how to plan your trip. That’s it, guys, see you in the next video,
and bye for now.

100 thoughts on “Traveling to ISRAEL? All You Need to Know (By a Professional Tour Guide)

  1. Great Video! Very informative. We have a trip planned for April and was wondering how safe it is with the recent attacks?
    If we go, what areas should be avoided?
    Thank You for your time.

  2. Nice and very informative video ..

    Pls Make video about whole travel plan of visiting Israel and Jordan in about 8 to 10 days.

  3. Thank you very much for such a great information! Do you offer Spanish tour or can you recommend a person who does?

  4. I would like to come to Israel and stay in cheap hostels and Christian hostels but I would like to go cycling and do a bit of the Christian pilgrimage sites but I'm not sure how to even start and how to arrange to stay in various places when I'm in different parts of the country! I'm also wondering if there is a Christian kibbutz in Israel!

  5. Currently in Jerusalem….. my 7th….there’s always something to learn and discover. Thanks for your your expertise.

  6. Am from Philippines I want to visit israel but m here in jeddah Saudi Arabia. How can I get direct flight what is d procedure to get in israel?

  7. Sir kindly feature machpelah or the tombs of the patriach in your next video. Is it possible to visit that holy place in Hebron and is it safe?

  8. Thanks very interesting video can you do please a video about shopping in Israel how much expensive it is . the hotels renting a car money exchange privately or from the bank do we need to exchange the money before we come to Israel just all the information necessary need

  9. If I am lucky maybe I I'll go and visit beautiful Isreal
    Shalom Isreal ? and peace beloved of the highest ❣️??.

  10. i am very interesting and how much money i need to travel and do that tour. thinks in the economic way but safe

  11. I heard that it would cost around 5,000 to make a trip to Israel from the US, for 1 person. Is this true

  12. Thank you for a great clip. Would love to learn about attractions for teenagers and young adults visiting Israel.

  13. Thank you so much. How do we get your book?If we are in Jerusalem and want a tour guide to take us around the city, where do get the information and how much do we pay for the day? ALSO where are the hostels and how much are they especially to be near the Wailing wall, tomb, and bus station? Thanks.

  14. A visit to the American Colony is assumed by the journalist who cover the Middle East. Otherwise your presentation of Israel is first rageh

  15. Hey mate, can you do a video itinerary for the Holy Sites (Christian) of Israel? ie, how would you spend 4 weeks in Israel as a pilgrimage.

  16. What do many of the tourists due for meals during Shabbat? I've heard that most businesses are closed, and was curious if there are a few restaurants open. Thank you for the suggestion regarding hostels.

  17. Your very impormative ..jerusalem holyland im lucky that im stay here i collect my memories of this country.. thanks for one of a kind videos like this..

  18. Hello, Oren. Thank you very much for the very informative videos. I'm actually visiting Israel for a couple of weeks starting mid-August for a tour, but I need to get ahead to enjoy a solo exploration and your channel helps me a lot. Thank you!

  19. I'd like to find out about how tourists can do a community service in and around Jerusalem. for a few hours? for a day?

  20. Thank you for the video, BUT, there's one thing that I would like you to please, please, PLEASE stop! When you talk, you speak in what is called 'up talk'. Where it sounds like every sentence you say ends up as if it were a question, and not a sentence. Please, don't talk like that. Ending your sentence with a period, is much better than ending it with a question mark.

    Again, many thanks for the video, even though I wasn't able to listen to more than one minute of it. I just turned the audio down to zero and enjoyed the video.

  21. I have been to Israel last November 2017 and see the historical and biblical places.One thing I would remind those who are planning for a tour is about food which is expensive.

  22. Do you know where the ark of the covenant is? It was found in the 1980’s by Ron Wyatt in Jerusalem north of city wall

  23. It would be great to see a video about what a person should where when visiting the religious sites. Sneakers OK? Sandals? Shorts, long pants? Etc. I want to be sure we are being respectful when we visit. Thanks!

  24. what I love about traveling in Israel is that you don't need a car,buses are cheap and I have traveled across the country in the 80's and 90's with buses and hitch-hiking(in that time everyone did it). Don't sleep in less than three star hotels, I have slept in enough two stars to be able to say they are horrible! The food you can buy in the small street-kiosks or what are they called,is delicious!! My favourite places are Eilat,Jerusalem,Tel Aviv and Akko! But every place has its own charm. Haifa was for me just a pass-by place,I didn't like anything about it but I would love to give it a new chance now,I'm sure it has changed since 80-90's.

  25. How to plan to have a holy land tour? How to select a wise group to come with? How will be the expenses look like? I’m a reformer Christian. Will it be a good choice to go with my pastor or not?

  26. I’ll be in the Holy Land in 2021, watched many videos based on traveling to Israel and all those things. Your videos seemed to be the best!?? thankkk youuuu

  27. Great tips… I’m from Philippines, me and my daughter are planning to visit… I’m interested your booklet guide, where to buy..? Thanks❤️❤️❤️

  28. Can you update this? I'm sure some changes since this video…. I'm interested in visiting Israel soon . Thank you.

  29. I am planning a trip to Israel soon and I am a 54 year old woman traveling alone. I was thinking of booking a private room in a hostel. Do people my age stay in private rooms in hostels? Thank you.

  30. Thanks for vid friend ,coming to lsrael in January with 2friends . I don't have much money (never had ) l would love a vid of …..ISRAEL FOR BACK PACKERS ! Where to camp and eat on a budget . Thanks .

  31. I plan on moving to Israel in the near future, How about you make a video for the people that are interested in moving to Israel, inexpensive places to rent an apartment, grocery store and malls.

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