1. When is the best time to visit Israel?
March and April are great, as it isn't too hot and the countryside is green and the fruit trees are in blossom.
May is also great with Independence Day celebrations.
And September is great, as we have the Jewish holidays of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, which are celebrated in the traditional fashion.
2. If I'm not Jewish, can I go to the Western Wall?
Yes, of course, you can go. All synagogues and churches are open to visitors of any religion. But, you are required to dress modestly and to show respect and common courtesy.
3. Will my kids be bored?
Not if they have a good guide who incorporates fun activities into the itinerary!
4. Why do I need a guide if I buy a guide book?
I have travelled with my wife to many countries. Each country has its own culture, customs, history, feelings, emotions - things that you can't pick up from a book.
5. Can I drink the water in Israel?
Yes. All the water running in the taps is perfectly safe to drink, unless marked otherwise, as at the Dead Sea.
Water used for irrigation and some public gardens is reclaimed sewage water and should be avoided.
6. Do you need inoculations (vaccinations) to go to Israel?
This is something you should discuss with your doctor. It's always a good idea to be up to date with all your routine vaccinations, including a flu shot and a tetanus shot.
7. Do I need a visa to enter Israel?
You do not need a visa to Israel for visits up to 90 days if you are from the U.S., Canada, most European countries, Mexico, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, for example. You can check on this government website to see if you need to obtain a visa. http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-Tourists.pdf
For information concerning all types of visas, check out http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Pages/Visas.aspx
You do need a passport with at least 6 months validity left on it from your planned date of DEPARTURE from Israel.
8. What kind of clothes should I bring?
Check the weather forecast before your trip. The summer can be very hot. The spring and fall are very pleasant. (Bring sunscreen!!) Rain from April to September is very rare. The winter is when it is cold and rainy and in the higher altitudes it can snow.
But, no matter when you visit, bring casual clothes and good walking shoes for touring.