Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have a roommate in the hotel?
Yes, the price is based on double occupancy and you can either request a roommate or you’ll be placed with someone close to your age and gender. If you want to request a single room, you can but the price is significantly higher – just let me know if you’d like that option.
How many bags can I carry on and check in?
Each traveler is allowed one carry on (plus a personal item) in addition to being allowed to check 2 bags in for the overseas portion of the trip. However, I ask that you limit it to one check in, if possible, to help us while we’re on the ground in Israel. It’s much easier for you when checking into hotels and saves us room under the bus if as many of us as possible only check in one bag.
What will the weather be like?
When we’re in the Galilee area, the weather will be warm (in the high 60’s and 70’s). When we’re in Jerusalem, the weather can be significantly cooler (50’s and 60’s during the day and even cooler at night). I recommend bringing a warm jacket for the evenings in Jerusalem and a light sweatshirt or sweater for the evening in the Galilee.
Will there be time to shop?
Yes, there will be plenty of time to shop. We know the best places that give you the best prices and we will do our best to steer you away from the places that like to take advantage of tourists.
How much money should I bring?
I recommend carrying no more than $200 cash with you. Most places that we go do take credit cards and there are also cash machines that will take your debit card and give you shekels (the Israeli currency) in return.
Will we swim in the Dead Sea?
Yes, we will spend some time in the Dead Sea for a swim.
Do you provide travel insurance?
No, I don’t provide travel insurance and leave that up to the individual traveler if they are interested in obtaining that for themselves.
What kind of clothing do you recommend packing?
I encourage people to pack modestly. There will never be a time where you have to ‘dress up’ (so leave the tuxedos and evening gowns at home). While touring, it’s perfectly fine to wear shorts and tee shirts. Jeans are acceptable everywhere we go. There are some sites that require that everyone wears pants and shirts with sleeves and we will let you know which ones they are so that you can dress appropriately on that day. The most important thing to pack is a pair of comfortable walking shoes as we do a lot of walking in the land.
Will there be baptisms in the Jordan River?
Yes, we will stop at the Jordan River and those that would like to be baptized will have that opportunity.
What do we do in the evenings?
Each evening is absolutely free. There will be times that we’ll have leaders from the Land meeting with us in a private conference room at the hotel. However, after dinner each evening, you’re free to do whatever you’d like. When in Jerusalem, we’re walking distance from the Old City and when in the Galilee area, we’ll be on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and you’ll be free to walk on the seashore or walk to nearby Tiberias and experience Israeli nightlife.