Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • What is the currency of the Holy Land? - The currency is Israeli Shekel (₪) however Euros (€) and U.S. Dollars ($) are also widely accepted.  There are numerous ATM available but these only distribute Israeli Shekel.  Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.  If you make a payment in US Dollars, this is always rounded up; therefore, Shekel is perhaps the best currency.  Many pilgrims ill take a mixture of both currencies.
  • What is the time difference between London & Jerusalem? - 2 hours ahead of the United Kingdom
  • What languages are spoken in the Holy Land?  - Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages although many people speak English.
  • How much should I factor in for lunch? - Normally $12 - $15 per day for a lunch meal.
  • What will the weather be like when we visit? - During mid-September the weather is slightly cooler than the summer months but can reach highs of 30+.  Evenings & nights can be cooler especially in Jerusalem, so a light warm jacket will be required.  Best to dress in layers as the temperatures can vary between 18 – 30 degrees during the day.
  • What is the voltage for plugs? - 230V A/C. 
  • Will I need to bring a travel adaptor? - Yes, the standard for H plugs (3 flat Y-shaped pins) and sockets was recently modified to use round pins, so most modern sockets accept both type C (Euro plug with 2 round pins) and type H plugs.  The same applies in the Palestinian Authority areas.
  • Will I need a visa? – No. Since January 2013, on arrival, visitors are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp.  YOU MUST SAFELY keep this card with your passport until your departure. This is evidence of your legal entry into Israel.
  • Do I need to follow the entire pilgrimage schedule? - If you feel tired or unable to keep-up with the group pace, please inform your representative so alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Is there much walking involved? – Our coaches and guides are familiar with the needs of pilgrimage groups.  We try to park the coach as close to the key-religious sites but some walking is necessary.  In the Galilee region, access to sites is very practical, on flat terrain and manageable with no long, strenuous walks.  In Jerusalem, coaches cannot enter the Old City, therefore walking is necessary within the Old City and on the Mount of Olives (we descend the Mt of Olives).  Again, at the Dead Sea, should you wish to bathe, access is only possible by taking a lengthy staircase to / from the water-edge.  There is a panoramic café at the visitor centre where pilgrims can relax should they decide not to walk down to the sea.
  • Will my mobile work in Israel/Palestine?  - We recommend that you contact your mobile service provider to learn if your mobile is set-up for International calls in the Middle East region.  Please also enquire about charges and data roaming fees as these can be costly.  SIMS for Israel can be purchased online before departing Ireland.
  • What is the dialling code from the Holy Land to home? -  Calling the UK = 0044 (then drop the first 0).
  • What type of clothing should I bring? - It is advisable to bring a light rainproof jacket, a warm jacket and comfortable walking shoes are a must!  Most religious sites require modest dress, no sleeveless shirts.  If wearing shorts, please ensure they totally cover your knees.  Should we visit the Temple Mount; women need to wear long sleeve tops & full-length trousers.  Some ladies may also prefer to wear a light lose hair veil during visits to religious sites (not compulsory).  A pashmina is useful as a wrap-around skirt for ladies once entering key religious sites.
  • Is porterage at our hotel included?  - Yes, a porter service is included at both hotels.  Upon arrival at each hotel, your luggage will be unloaded and placed at the side of the coach or in the hotel reception.  When you check-in, the reception will provide you with numbered sticker tags which you must affix to your luggage.  You can then relax as your luggage will be delivered to your room.  At check-out,   your guide will inform you at what time you must have your luggage ready for collection from the rooms. Tips are included for porterage.    
  • I want to bring my tablet; is there WIFI?  - WIFI is available in both hotels.
  • Can I bathe in the waters of the Dead Sea?  - Yes, you will need to bring a bathing suit. Goggles are also practical.
  • Should I bring a map to track my pilgrimage route?  - During your first transfer, your guide will present you with a special Holy Land Map, which you can follow and highlight the places we will visit.  This map is complimentary.
  • Will the hotel rooms have a kettle for tea/coffee? – Yes, all our hotels have a range of in-room amenities including kettles, security safes, WiFi and hairdryers.  You might consider taking some of your preferred tea-bags!  
  •  Any suggested reading materials? – Obviously, a bible is a must. You may want to bring a small New Testament, as the Gospels really will come alive!  This will also be good for referencing places we will visit.   Also, we suggest the following books available online –
    • The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel: by John A Beck
    • Every Pilgrim's Guide to the Holy Land Paperback: by Norman Wareham & Jill Gill
    • In the Steps of Jesus: An Illustrated Guide to the Places of the Holy Land: by Peter Walker