Planning ahead for your Vacation to Israel

If you’ve ever planned a vacation to Israel before, you know how exciting and challenging it can be.  You have to research hotels in Israel, rental cars, airfares, sightseeing tours, etc., and come up with the best possible itinerary at the best possible price.  It can be a rather daunting task to meet all of your needs.  That’s why we’ve come up with the following suggestions to help you plan a successful vacation.  

– Start your planning early – Give yourself enough time to plan.  If you’re thinking of a summer trip to Israel, then start researching different hotels in Israel at least six months before.  Focus on narrowing your selection based upon price, vacancy factor, and location.  You’ll be surprised that some hotels in Israel are booked up to a year in advance depending upon the season.  Prices also vary greatly according to the season.  During the high season, such as summer or Passover, prices at hotels in Israel can be up to 75% higher than during the low season (fall, winter, and late spring).  

– Choose the right airline for your needs – If you’re traveling from the States, your trip to Israel takes anywhere from 11 to 20 hours, depending on where you live and how many stopovers you have.  If you’re traveling with small kids, try to choose the airline that has the least number of layovers.  You want to arrive at your hotel in Israel in one piece.  However, if you have the time and inclination, then having a planned stopover might just be what you want.  Some airlines even allow you to have a one or two night layover for either no extra charge or a slight fee.  It just might be your chance to see some of Europe.  

– Plan a realistic itinerary – Unless you plan to take one of the organized group tours, make sure you plan a practical daily itinerary.  Leave enough time to get from point A to point B.  You don’t want to run around from one hotel in Israel to another and from one tourist site to the next without enjoying some down time.   After all, you’ll be on vacation – so enjoy yourself and rest a little.