Tour Info and Travel Tips
 
Let us know which tours you are interested in and about your group (relevant ages, interests, anything important to know, special diets or allergies, whether everyone has been to Israel before, etc), and we will send you additional details and fees for guide, entrance fees and transportation. Not what you had in mind? No problem, We'll be happy to create an itinerary just for you!
 
Important Information:
- Tours include a good amount of walking and stairs. Let us know if you'll be visiting with a stroller, wheelchair, or if you'd just like to go easy on the walking, so we can suggest the tours that are perfect for your group.
-There are many nice options for places to eat along the routes. Or, feel free to bring along a lunch for a picnic.
- Let us know if you have kids ages 5-12. We have great games and prizes, crafts and surprises that will make the touring even more fun.
- Let us know if you have any allergies, difficulty walking, or anything that would be helpful to be aware of.
- Please note that we do not run tours on Saturdays or Jewish holidays. On Fridays, we offer 4 and 6 hour tours only.
- Guiding fee does not include your entrance fees (if any), or transportation, meals, and personal expenses.
Fee includes planning tour with client and scheduling site entrances and other arrangements for the day of the tour, games, and prizes. Guiding fee is payable at the end of the tour in US cash, shekel equivalent or by credit card (plus a 3% service fee for credit card payment).
-There is a 25% non-refundable deposit required to hold each tour date. In the unlikely event that a particular guide is not available on the day booked, an equally skilled guide will do the agreed upon tour.  
-A guide has right to refuse to take someone on a tour in the warmer months who does not have adequate water or a head covering from the sun.
- For tours requiring driving, we only work with taxis or drivers licensed for driving tourists. We do not do tours in rental cars. 
- Let us know if you need assistance to find your way to the first site on the itinerary.
 
What to Bring?
*Hat - essential in warmer months to help everyone safe and healthy, sunscreen even in winter
*Water - Each person should have their own bottle that is easy to access. An insulated water bottle carrier is helpful. Tip: freeze half-full bottle and refill throughout the day to keep cool in the summer.
*Comfortable shoes with good treads - essential for Old City walkways and the City of David
*Snacks - there are places to buy snacks, but good to have something "just in case" or if you prefer particular options.
*Modest clothes are required for holy sites and government offices such as the Knesset (cover shoulders and knees, no low-cut shirts or tank tops). In Jewish holy sites, a kippah (yarmulka) head covering is required for men. Any kind of hat is also fine, and most holy sites give out souvenir kipot.
*In general, it's best to use backpacks for tour days as opposed to side bags for large or heavy items. 
*Good water sandals and a flashlight are necessary for the water tunnel at the City of David, the Dead Sea, and the Gush Etzion water tunnel. Inexpensive flashlights are available at the City of David site.
*Some sites require backpacks to be checked such as Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum, and the Knesset. The Supreme court does not allow bags inside and does not have a place to store them. Purses are ok in all sites.
*Passports are required for the Knesset and Supreme Court.
*Tissues and hand sanitizer can be useful for bathrooms that aren't always well stocked.
*Layers are helpful for winter months. Flannel, fleece, thermals, waterproof shoes are all good for being outside and active in Jerusalem's winter weather (which can be much cooler than other areas of the country.)
 
Tips:
*Highly recommended having an Israeli cellphone or arrange a cell and data plan for your phone to easily be in contact with the guide (and others) when meeting up or if there are any questions.
*Make sure to arrange travel health insurance.
*Tell your credit card company you will be traveling so they will honor your purchases in Israel.
 

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