Monday, June 2, 2014

Planning for Your 2014 Virtual Tour of Israel

            Here on the blog, we are preparing for an exciting new adventure, we have never attempted before. While the hubby and I are leading a tour group of friends through Israel, I would like to invite you to join us on a virtual tour of Israel as well.
            We have been meeting with, sending emails with information, and generally doing our best to prepare our group for this exciting trip.
            We board the plane, and leave for Tel Aviv, Israel in a few days, so if you want to join us on the virtual tour, we want you to be prepared too.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the weather like in Israel?
Surprise! For those of you living in the southwest and New Mexico, the weather in Israel is very similar. Israel and New Mexico are on the same latitude lines, thus are the same distance from the equator. In early summer, the weather is starting to warm up. We can expect 70’s – 80’s for the temperature. And yes, as the joke goes, it will be a ‘dry heat’ there too. Also, like New Mexico, in northern Israel there are mountains, tall trees, plenty of green everywhere. In southern Israel, it is hotter, dryer, with less foliage, more rocks and sand.
Do we need any special vaccines?
Nope. None required.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Israel is a modern country, not a third world country. The food is fresh and delicious, and the water is safe to drink. However, like other countries, the water is different from the US, so bottled water abounds.
What should we wear? Do I need a head covering?
In most places, cool and comfortable are the keys to dressing. However, dress for the Holy sites call for modesty. No head coverings are needed for women. Men should wear some type of hat at the Jewish sites. No hats at the Catholic churches. Legs should be covered at all the Muslim sites. Is that confusing enough? Your host or tour guide will tell you at each place what is appropriate. Pants or capris and short sleeve shirts are generally accepted at all the Holy sites.
Is it safe?
Yes. Last year 2.5 million visitors traveled to Israel without any incidents of terrorism or war. The economy in Israel depends on tourism, and both Jews and Muslims benefit from the tourists; therefore, tourists are not a target for political violence. That being said, like any major city in the world, individual crime can occur anytime. Use common sense, as you would in any city regarding your valuables and safety.
We hope this answers any questions before we head to the Land of the Bible. If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them before we take off.
Bookmark this page to join us on the 2014 Virtual Tour of Israel.

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