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    Forget the Shekels - bring US Cash!

    by TravellerMel Updated May 8, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Every vendor - from large hotel to street vendor - I encountered in Israel was willing to accept US Dollars, and in fact, they seemed to prefer it. You can get Israeli Shekels from any ATM, and you will probably get a better exchange rate paying in local currency, but my advice would be to bring US dollars, and lots of small bills, to make your purchases in Israel. Doing so will save you the hassle and expense of converting your unused Shekels back to US currency, and will make it easier to negotiate your bargains.

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    MAIL

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 23, 2012

    Favorite thing: Letters and packages are handled by iPost.

    Service in the post offices is a bit slow, but very extensive. The cost for sending postcards is low, but it takes time to get the stamps.

    iPost post office interior IPost branch office
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    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

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    Best time to visit Israel

    by iblatt Written Jan 25, 2012

    Favorite thing: The weather is best in May & June, and then in late September & October. The temperatures are moderate then, there is no likelihood of rain in June or September, a minimal chance in May and a low chance of precipitation in October.

    Unless your aim is to visit Israel during the holiday season (Passover/Easter in April, Jewish New Year and High Holidays in late September or October), it is best to avoid these months: Prices are higher, flights are harder to find and air-fares are higher, tourist attractions are more crowded.

    Therefore, all things considered, May and early June are the best months.

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    • Religious Travel
    • Family Travel

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    IT'S NOT THE HAT !!!!

    by DAO Written Oct 3, 2011

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    Favorite thing:
    Years ago when I visited the Wailing Wall, I had the good fortune to be travelling with a young lady. We noticed that people were walking toward the Wall and we approached. Suddenly we found ourselves being shouted at form every direction. That was when we realised we had walked past a large box containing cardboard Kippahs or Yarmulkes. Essentially small, round head coverings. We retreated back to the box, fished out 2 suitable examples and placed them on our heads.

    Forward we went again. And now more shouting! Again in Hebrew!

    Finally I heard a voice (slightly Biblical).

    “It’s not the hat! It’s the woman!”

    Yes, that’s right; I was in the right place (actually the left side) in the Men’s section. Women pray in the section on the right. So I shed (temporarily) my female companion.

    (There was a happy ending)

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    Trips to the dead Sea and Massada

    by iblatt Written Sep 14, 2011

    Favorite thing: The Dead Sea in Massada can be done as a day tour from Jerusalem, same as Florence can be done as a one day tour from Rome...

    It all depends on time and interest, but I would recommend doing this in 2 days: Go from Jerusalem to Kumran, then to Ein Gedi or Ein Boqeq and stay overnight there; next day Massada and Ein Gedi / Ein Boqeq (depending on what you haven't done yet), and back to Jerusalem.

    Other than that, if you have an interest in desert hikes, you can go to the Ein Gedi field school or to Metzokei Dargot and do some amazing hikes in the Judran desert.

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    • Desert

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    Travel Insurance

    by i-s-a Written Jul 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: I usually get one whenever I travel for more than a week. Below is a sample of the package I got in 2009 ... only cost me around Php1,500. Value for money. Be sure to get one from a reputable company.

    Economy (in Philippine peso)
    Coverage: 31days

    Medical Expense: Up to 500,000
    Evacuation & Repatriation: Unlimited
    Personal Accident: 750,000
    Child Guard: Travel Costs plus up to 5,000/day
    Compassionate Visit: Travel Costs plus up to 5,000/day
    Emergency Trip Cancellation: up to 25,000 (deductible 500)
    Emergency Trip Termination: up to 25,000 (deductible 500)
    Baggage Delay: up to 5,000 per 12hrs (eight payments maximum)
    Baggage and Personal Effects: up to 15,000 subject to limit of 7,000 for any
    one item (deductible 500)
    Flight Delay: 2,000 per 12hrs (eight payment max)
    Loss of Travel Documents: up to 20,000
    Hospital Income (10days): 1,000 per day
    Strikes/Hijacking: 1,000 per day
    Funeral & Burial Expenses: 15,000
    Personal Liability: up to 500,000

    insurance coverage
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    • Adventure Travel

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    Currency Converter

    by i-s-a Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: .
    I must admit I'm a bit obsessive with details.
    Whenever I travel, I make currency charts from 1USD to 100USD.
    That way, I could easily gauge how much money I'm spending :0)
    Very helpful website for this is www.xe.com.

    August 2009 rates:
    1USD = NIS3.48 = PHP48.45
    1NIS = USD0.29 = PHP13.92

    As of today (July26, 2011):
    1USD = 3.39ILS (Israeli Shekel) = PHP42.34

    See how the dollar plummeted against the peso and how it somehow retained it's value against the shekel (ILS is same as NIS). A good record of how things change over time.

    20 shekels 100 shekels
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    Visa Requirement

    by i-s-a Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: .
    Israel tourist visa is NOT required for citizens of Philippines for a stay up to 90 days.
    Just make sure that your passport is valid for 6months and there are enough space for the stamp.
    Also make sure that you have all the important papers/document such as accommodation bookings, return flight bookings, etc.

    This website is helpful:
    http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist+Information/Planning+your+trip/Visa.htm#tourist visas
    http://israel.visahq.com/requirements/Philippines/

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    Planning Your Itinerary for Israel

    by iblatt Updated Apr 16, 2011

    Favorite thing: Israel, although small in size, is varied and rich in its geography, history, nature and ethnicity.
    There is a lot to see and to do, and planning your itinerary heavily depends on your preferences:
    Archaeological sites?
    Nature reserves?
    Jewish history and religion?
    Christian or Muslim religious sites?
    Israeli life and ethnic communities?
    Museums?
    Beaches?
    Sports activities?
    Cities, nightlife? etc.

    When you deicde on your preferences I, and all other Israeli VTers, can help you plan your route.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    No need visa for Russians!

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 21, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Israel was the first country which I visited without visa. The agreement between the Russian and Israeli governments which allowed visiting our countries without visa was signed just before my visit. It was so convenient! That’s why I gathered in that trip for about two weeks and could change dates just before departure.
    Now I can revisit Israel in any time when I find it possible without any difficulties. I’m already thinking it over!
    It sounds strange for EU-citizens and Americans. But for us – Russians – it is very important. I dream I would visit the EU and the USA without visa one day.

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    My Eighth Day in the Holy Land

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 19 April 2009 – Julian (Orthodox) Easter.
    Swimming and sunbathing from 8.00 till 10.00 (2 hours).
    A walk around Eilat from 10.00 till 12.00 (2 hours). The King’s City. Promenades. The Central Park. Coming back to the hotel and leaving the room.
    Driving by bus to the Ovda Airport from 13.30 till 14.30.
    Departure to Moscow by Aeroflot at 17.00.
    Goodbye, the Holy Land!
    Arrival to Moscow at 22.30.
    The end of the Holy week in the Holy Land.
    I'll come back for sure!

    King's City

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    My Seventh Day in the Holy Land

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 18 April 2010, Saturday– Orthodox Great and Holy Saturday
    A walk along Eilat’s Promenades from 9.00 till 11.00 (2 hours). Jordan border. Marina and lagoons.
    An excursion around the Aqaba Gulf by glass bottom yacht from 11.00 till 13.30 (2,5 hours). The Coral Reef. Watching underwater.
    After dinner a walk along beaches and promenades from 15.00 till 20.30 (4,5 hours). The Monument to the Negev Brigade soldiers, Umm Rashrash 's mud-brick building, the Model of the S.S. “Dolphin”. Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Coral World Underwater Observatory.
    Swimming and sunbathing on the Coral beach. A walk to the Egyptian border.
    Coming back to the centre of Eilat by bus.
    After supper - a walk around Eilat since 21.30 till 23.00 (1,5 hours). The King’s City. Promenades.
    Night in Eilat.

    Eilat resort

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    My Sixth Day in the Holy Land

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 17 April 2009, Friday – Orthodox Great and Holy Friday
    An excursion to Jordan (Petra and Aqaba) from 7.30 till 20.00 (12,5 hours).
    Driving by minibus to the Border Terminal and passing the border of Israel-Jordan from 7.30 till 8.30.
    Driving by bus from Aqaba to Petra via Wadi Rum and Wadi Musa from 8.30 till 11.30 (3 hours).
    An excursion in Petra from 11.30 till 15.30 (4 hours).
    Horse ride to the Siq Canyon. Walking along the Siq to the Treasury, the Theatre, the Street of Facades. Climbing to the Tombs.
    After dinner driving by bus to Aqaba from 16.00 till 18.00 (2 hours).
    An excursion around Aqaba from 18.00 till 19.00 (1 hour).
    Passing the border and coming back to Eilat at 20.00.
    After supper - an evening walk along Eilat from 21.00 till 22.00 (1 hour).
    Night in Eilat.

    Me in Petra Me in Petra
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    • Archeology

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    My Fifth Day in the Holy Land

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 16 April 2009, Thursday – Orthodox Great and Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
    A walk along the coast early morning from 6.00 till 7.00 (1 hour).
    Departure from Tel-Aviv 7.30.
    Driving by bus to Eilat via the Dead Sea (Ein Boqeq) from 7.30 till 14.30 (7 hours). Lahav forest. Arad. Negev desert.
    Accommodation in the Vista hotel.
    The first walk along Eilat from 15.00 till 16.00 (1 hour). Promenade and beach.
    Driving by bus to the Coral Beach close to the Egyptian border. Swimming and sunbathing from 16.30 till 18.00 (1,5 hours).
    Driving by bus to the Eilat Mountains from 18.00 till 20.00 (2 hours). The Solomon Mount, Mount Yoash, panorama of the four countries: Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
    Sunset over Sinai.
    Night in Eilat.

    Tel-Aviv

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    My Fourth Day in the Holy Land

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 16, 2010

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    Favorite thing: 15 April 2009, Wednesday –
    Jewish Seventh Day of Passover (Pesah) - the end of the Jewish Passover in Israel
    Great Orthodox Wednesday

    A bus excursion to Galilee from 7.30 till 20.00 (12,5 hours).
    Driving to Nazareth via Netania. Megiddo Hill (Armageddon).
    Nazareth. The Basilica of the Annunciation (Lower and Upper Churches, the Grotto of the Annunciation), the St. Joseph's Church.
    Driving to Kinneret around the Tabor Mount.
    Yardenit – Baptismal Site, Jordan River, the Tiberias Lake, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Church of the Beatitudes.
    Capernaum, the Church of the 12 Apostles.
    Coming back to Tel-Aviv.
    The second evening walk around Tel Aviv from 20.30 till 22.30 (1,5 hours).
    HaYarkon, Jabotinsky Street, Ibn Gabirol, Gan Hair Tower, the City Hall, the Rabin Square, Gordon Street, Dizenghoff Street, Arlozorov Street, the Mediterranean coast.
    Night in Tel-Aviv.

    Galilee -Yardenit baptismal site

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