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.
To phone hotels in Israel, dial 011 (international access) + 972 (Israel code) + city code and local numbers in listings.
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.
Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).
New shekel (ILS). Fluctuating rate valued at ILS3.43 = US$1.00 as of April 2020. Note: All of our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.
Jerusalem, Tel. (972) 2-630-4000. Tel Aviv, Tel. (972) 3-519-7575.