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Destination Information

About 265 miles from north to south, Israel lends itself to a two-week itinerary by chauffeur-driven car. Of course, you can drive yourself — the roads are marked in English as well as in Hebrew and Arabic — but some cities, such as Nazareth, are extremely congested. Also, if you want to cross into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank — to Bethlehem, for instance — assistance is essential. Despite routine mayhem in the Middle East, Israel seldom feels like a country in crisis. Here the abnormal is quite normal, so people just get on with daily life. Tel Aviv sprouts skyscrapers, the high-tech and financial industries continue to boom and a dynamic economy has created an accelerating demand for new hotels, resorts and restaurants of an international standard.

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Israel, dial 011 (international access) + 972 (Israel code) + city code and local numbers in listings.

When to Visit

The long summer is dominated by hot, dry air from the Arabian Desert to the east. From October to April, low-pressure systems sweep in from the Mediterranean.

Time

Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).

Currency

New shekel (ILS). Fluctuating rate valued at ILS3.43 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

U.S. Embassy

Jerusalem, Tel. (972) 2-630-4000. Tel Aviv, Tel. (972) 3-519-7575.