- When should I arrive in Tel Aviv?
We can help you with flights. You'll see that option during the registration process. If you're booking your own flights please arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, (ideally between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM). There will be two departure times from Tel Aviv to our first nights stay in Beer Sheva (the southernmost city in ancient Israel). You will be personally greeted and assisted to your transportation to our first group hotel. Please contact us with any questions. Transportation costs to the hotel are included for those arriving on February 13, 2024. If you are planning to arrive prior to Feb. 13 let us know and we will help with those arrangements and reserving the extra hotel night(s) for you. You will then receive an invoice for the extra night(s) and transportation from the airport to the hotel in Beer Sheva. If you are booking your own flights, in order to use the bus transportation to and from the airport you will need to arrive earlier than the group on board the flights being arranged by us, on February 13, 2024 (try to allow at least 1 ½ hours to allow for delays) and at the same time or after the group departs on February 24-25, 2024. Those flights can be seen during the registration process.
- When should I depart from Tel Aviv?
Plan to depart from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) anytime after Saturday, February 24, 2024, after 11:30 PM through Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2024. Hotel overnight on Saturday, February 24 is included in tour cost but is non-refundable. There will be two departure times from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (TLV). If you plan to depart after Feb. 25 and would like assistance with extra night accommodation please let us know. Transportation to the airport is included for flights departing 11:30 PM Feb. 24 through 6:00 PM Feb. 25.
- When should I purchase airline tickets?
May 15th to December 15th is a safe time-frame to secure your flights. We can also assist and include your flights in the tour cost. In order to avoid penalties and fees imposed by the airlines should changes occur, it’s advised to wait until May.
- How much baggage should I bring?
Due to bus size and included tips, please limit to one checked bag, not to exceed 62 inches (length plus width plus depth) and 50 lbs. You may also bring one small carry-on item. Please also consult your airline’s international baggage regulations on restrictions, which can vary by airline.
- Are there hotel upgrade options?
Yes. During the registration process there are upgrade options for hotels available. Upgrade space is limited and on a "first-come, first-served” basis.
- Can I use frequent flyer miles to purchase my flight?
Yes! You can purchase them, however is best for you.
- Can I receive help with my flights?
We can help you with flights, and include your international travel in your final tour price if you like.
- What is the cancellation policy?
Please read the Terms & Conditions for complete cancellation policies.
- Are all tips included?
Yes! Tips for all of our guides, drivers, hotel staff, etc. are included in the tour cost.
- Do I need to exchange my money into the local currency before arriving?
You are not required to do so, as many gift shops and food vendors will take credit/debit cards and/or USD. However, not all gift shops and vendors will take cards or USD. Currency exchange vendors can be found at the airport and in various locations during our stay.
- What out of pocket expenses should I plan for?
Plan to bring spending money for lunches (about $25 per day), sodas, bottled water, and personal expenses like souvenirs, laundry, or room service.
- What about bringing kids?
Children ages 13 and older are more than welcome. For children under 13, please inquire. There is a lot of walking (in magnificent Biblical sites) and a lot of riding (in comfort through the Biblical geography). This is not suitable to all young children or babies.
- How much walking will we be doing?
We average three to five miles of walking per day. This walking is done mostly in small increments throughout the day and you have frequent times to rest. It’s recommended to start walking a little each day now to prepare. And properly “break in” the shoes you plan to wear. Avoid breaking them in there!
- What if I have special needs, with food or mobility?
Our heart and goal is for you to go! Please inquire for any specific requests, needs, dietary restrictions, etc. We will let you know if there is a solution.