- May 25, 2023
- Israel, Travel
- Donny Arkush
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Best Times to Visit the Holy Land
Whether it’s for yourself OR your church group, when planning or booking your trip to the Holy Land, don’t underestimate this ONE key factor: The importance of timing your trip to Israel.
The goal of this Travel Guide is to focus you (or your group) and help you imagine your ideal Holy Land trip.
People often forget timing when planning their trip. Just like the rest of the world, different seasons bring various weather conditions, events, and holidays, affecting the atmosphere of the country and impacting the character of your trip.
Knowing the best time of year to visit Israel will help you select the ideal time for you (or your church group) to visit or tour the Holy Land. As an early part of your planning, be sure to pick the right month or season so you can properly organize your ideal Holy Land tour.
This Travel Guide breaks down the most (and least) desirable times to travel to the Holy Land by season and presents tour package ideas from DIY options to white glove service. Whether you’re a pastor or small group leader wanting to travel as a church group OR as a family or couple, we’ll help you save money and get more value from your trip.
Best Times of the Year to Tour the Holy Land
Table of Contents:
- Best Time for Sightseeing & Pilgrimage of the Holy Land
a. Spring (March to May)
b. Autumn (September to November)
- Less Popular Time for Sightseeing & Pilgrimage of the Holy Land
- The Least Desirable Season for Traveling to the Holy Land
- Fitness & Safety Considerations
Best Time for Sightseeing & Pilgrimage
Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November)
The temperatures tend to be mild, pleasant, and mostly dry during these times of the year. Of course, that also means that these are peak tourist seasons so prices may be higher.
Religious holidays, such as Easter, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, attract large numbers of pilgrims to Israel during this time. Mild temperatures also make these seasons optimal time to try hiking and biking in Israel.
It’s also the perfect time to explore Israel’s neighboring countries with a mini-tour of Jordan and Egypt. If you want to add such extras, call us, and we’ll help you build them into your trip. 1-855-958-6877.
To learn more about calculating how much to plan on spending for a Holy Land trip, read our article titled: How Much Does a Trip to the Holy Land Cost?
Spring (March to May)
Springtime in Israel is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Many people incorporate the holidays of Passover and Shavuot into a Holy Land pilgrimage. Passover is the Jewish holiday commemorating the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. And Shavuot, also called the Feast of Weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after Passover commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and the giving of the Torah.
While it can be an unforgettable experience, we do not recommend traveling to the Holy Land during these holidays. In general, the rates are much higher, and many hotels require a minimum 5-night stay, which will impact your overall tour schedule and destination plan. Additionally, many businesses and tourist stops can be shut down due to the national holidays.
Other than during these important holidays, hotel and flight prices are comparatively moderate. Call us today to discuss which time of year fits your schedule and plan the best. 1-855-958-6877.
Autumn (September - November)
Just like Spring, there are religious holidays in Autumn to be aware of as well. If you’re so inclined, you can also incorporate these holidays into a Holy Land pilgrimage.
Rosh Hashana celebrates (rather than dreads) the day of judgment. Similarly, Yom Kippur celebrates the Day of Atonement.
Sukkot, Shemini Alzeret, and Simchat Torah celebrate and reflect on the importance and thankfulness of God and the Torah.
If you travel to Israel during these holidays, your hotel and flights may be more expensive, but if you can avoid the dates, the prices during Autumn can be quite moderate. As with the Spring holidays, we do not recommend traveling to the Holy Land during these holidays unless it’s an absolute must.
Less Popular Time for Sightseeing & Pilgrimage
As with much of the world, the winter months (December to February) tend to be less popular and appealing to people. For some groups and individuals, this can be a good time to travel as the weather is cooler, and there is less risk of rain. Of course, there’s always the allure of Christmas in Bethlehem, but that trip can become quite expensive. Worthwhile if it’s a priority and important to you and your faith, but otherwise, Bethelem and the area are best enjoyed in other seasons.
The winter also has colder temperatures and higher rainfall. The benefit is that this time of year (winter) can offer lower prices for travelers on a budget.
Summer Is a Less Desirable Season for Traveling to the Holy Land
It might seem to go against common sense that summer is the least desirable season for a trip to the Holy Land. Summer is often thought of as vacation time, after all. But, during this time of year, temperatures are the hottest, and the weather is often very dry.
Because of the popularity, hotels, and airfare become expensive. More than that, the tourist crowds can become massive. That’s why we highly recommend traveling to Israel in the other seasons of the year.
Even if you don’t mind the weather and crowd sizes, the cost might be the deciding factor.
Fitness & Safety Considerations
Sometimes people forget, so let’s be very clear. Pilgrimage groups can involve a lot of walking or hiking and sometimes traverse over difficult terrain. If your goal is to do a lot of hiking during your time in Israel, which most pilgrimage trips include, then we have a few recommendations:
If you’re not already in good physical condition, add some exercise to your daily routine. Start going for daily walks and be active for the months leading up to your trip
Pack appropriately. If your pilgrimage will include a fair amount of walking, make sure you bring the right outfits with you. Less formalwear and more casual clothing.
Get the proper insurance. Of course, with added exercise comes added risk, so plan ahead by getting extra insurance on your flights and hotels.
One further recommendation: We advise wearing new (hiking) shoes before your departure. There’s little worse than breaking them in (or discovering you don’t like them) during your trip. Break them in a week or two before you leave.
Create a Tailored Holy Land Experience with Tradition Tours
If you’re planning (or hoping to plan) a trip to Israel in the near future, our top recommendation is to let us help you plan and curate your trip. With over 25 years of experience creating memorable experiences to the Holy Land, we know the destinations and deals to recommend or avoid.
To see some of our most popular destinations and packages, read our Travel Guide of the Best Holy Land tours.
Whether you’re traveling on your own or planning a group trip with your church, Tradition Tours operates a full-service travel boutique. We’re proud to offer you concierge services to make your trip to the Holy Land unforgettable.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donny Arkush is the President and Co-Founder of Tradition Tours. Donny has more than 19 years of experience in the travel industry. He’s driven by a desire to ensure that every single Tradition Tour traveler has the best Holy Land experience possible. To get regular emails from Donny, click here.
What to Pack for your La Dolce Vita Experience in Italy | Tradition Tours
Discover the romance, history, and allure of Italy, a country synonymous with fashion, art, and culture. Packing for Italy with Tradition Tours means preparing for an adventure that indulges all the senses. Our comprehensive packing guide ensures that you’ll be well-equipped for the stylish streets of Milan, the ancient ruins of Rome, and the picturesque landscapes of Tuscany.
Your Essential Italy Packing Guide – Experience La Dolce Vita with Tradition Tours
Decoding Italy’s Varied Climate
Italy's weather varies from the Alpine chill in the north to the Mediterranean warmth of the south. It's essential to pack according to the time of year and the regions you plan to visit with Tradition Tours.
Spring (March to May): Pack layers for this temperate season, with a mix of light clothing and a warm jacket for cooler evenings.
Summer (June to August): Light, airy clothing will serve you well under the Italian sun. Remember your sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat for protection.
Autumn (September to November): Expect crisp air and possible showers. Layers are again your friend, alongside a reliable waterproof jacket.
Winter (December to February): Northern Italy demands warm clothing and a heavy coat, while the south remains milder but can be damp.
Fashion Meets Function: Italian Style
Italy is at the forefront of fashion, and the way you dress can impact your experience. Italians appreciate chic and smart attire, but comfort should not be compromised for style.
Women: Think elegant dresses, skirts, and trousers paired with comfortable walking shoes for daytime exploration. For evenings, a stylish ensemble accessorized with a scarf will blend right in.
Men: Tailored trousers and collared shirts strike the right balance between sophistication and comfort. Leather shoes are a staple for Italian men in the evening.
Accessories: A pair of good-quality sunglasses and a stylish hat not only protect against the sun but also add an Italian flair to your outfit.
Footwear: Walking in Comfort
Cobblestone streets and long walks through museums and ruins demand comfortable footwear. Opt for well-cushioned shoes that provide support. Sandals are perfect for coastal areas in the summer, but make sure they’re sturdy for walking.
Beach Bliss and Island Hopping
If your tour includes the Amalfi Coast or the islands of Capri and Sicily, swimwear, a cover-up, and beach footwear are essential. A quick-dry towel and snorkeling gear might also come in handy.
Tech Essentials for the Modern Traveler
A smartphone or tablet with a good camera will ensure you capture the memories. Don’t forget your chargers, an international power adapter, and a power bank to keep your devices charged on the go.
Seasonal Packing Lists
Women: Sundresses, light blouses, skirts, and a light sweater for breezy nights.
Men: Shorts, breathable shirts, and a lightweight jacket for the evening.
Children: Similar to adults, with extra swimwear for those gelato-fueled beach days.
Women: Warm layers, stylish boots, and a heavy coat for the chill, especially in the north.
Men: Wool trousers, sweaters, and a warm jacket or overcoat.
Children: Insulated jackets and thermal wear to keep cozy while enjoying Italy's winter delights.
Packing for Italian Art and Culture
Remember to bring a small backpack or crossbody bag to carry daily essentials like a water bottle, guidebook, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way. Binoculars might be a great addition for appreciating architectural details.
Tradition Tours’ Expert Advice
Should you have any questions about preparing for your trip, Tradition Tours’ specialists are just a phone call away at 1-855-958-6877. Get personalized advice to tailor your packing list for an unforgettable Italian journey.
Veria: A Deep Dive into Paul's Legacy | Tradition Tours
As Apostle Paul once walked its streets, spreading the teachings of Christianity, the city of Veria was etching its place in the annals of religious history. Today, with Tradition Tours, we delve deeper into the city's rich historical tapestry and embrace the layers of its past.
Paul's Enduring Legacy in Veria
Beyond its scenic charm, Veria holds a weighty significance in early Christian history. The "Vima of Apostle Paul" isn't just a monument but a living testament to Paul's profound impact. This revered spot is believed to be where Paul introduced Christianity to the locals, laying the foundational stones of a faith that would flourish in the region. In Veria, you're not merely walking through historical landmarks—you’re retracing the steps of one of Christianity's most pivotal figures.
Historical Bedrock: Veria's Centuries-Old Heritage
While Paul’s influence is paramount, Veria's history extends further back, boasting a mosaic of influences from the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Jewish eras. The city has been a melting pot of cultures, each leaving indelible marks. From the remnants of old synagogues bearing witness to a once-thriving Jewish community to the Byzantine structures that showcase an era of art and architectural evolution, Veria is like an open museum waiting for you to explore.
Private Tours: Delving into Veria's Heartbeat
There’s an intimate beauty in exploring at your own pace. Tradition Tours’ private tours in Greece ensure such a unique experience. Feel the cobblestone streets, absorb the stories behind the historic edifices, and immerse yourself in a city and region that has woven centuries of history into its daily life.
Churches of Veria: Beacons of Faith and History
Veria’s churches are not just places of worship—they’re time capsules. With Tradition Tours’ Church Tours, you’ll discover the layers of Veria's Christian heritage. From the Church of Christ with its Byzantine-era frescoes to the old Metropolis echoing the chants from centuries past, each sanctuary offers a unique narrative that blends faith and history.
**Expriance Veria’s Nature **
Amidst its storied streets, Veria’s natural beauty unfolds, providing a tranquil backdrop to its history. The gentle currents of the Tripotamos River, the green expanses of the Barbouta district, and the majestic Vermio Mountains offer rejuvenating respites.
History isn't just about dates and events; it's about stories, legacies, and the continuous threads that connect the past with the present. Veria is a testament to this tapestry of time. So don’t wait to hear about Veria after you get home, and regret you didn’t see it. Don’t let that happen. Give us a call to start planning your trip (or your church trip) today.
Weather in Italy: Your Year-Round Guide for the Perfect Italian Getaway | Tradition Tours
Embark on an Italian adventure that takes you through the rolling hills of Tuscany, the historic streets of Rome, and the sun-kissed shores of Sicily. Understanding Italy's weather patterns is essential for a seamless travel experience with Tradition Tours. Let's explore the seasonal climates that make Italy a year-round destination.
Italy's Weather: A Diverse Climate Awaits
Italy's climate is as varied as its pasta shapes, ranging from the snow-capped Alps in the north to the Mediterranean warmth in the south. Here's what you can expect during your visit:
Spring Splendor (March to May)
The countryside blooms, and the cities are not yet crowded. Northern Italy thaws with a crisp air, while the south begins to warm. Perfect for sightseeing and Easter festivities.
Temperatures: North (46°F-64°F), Central (50°F-70°F), South (52°F-72°F).
Key Events: Easter celebrations, Rome's Birthday, and the Flower Festival in Spello.
Summer Sunshine (June to August)
Italy basks in glorious sunshine, making it prime time for beach destinations. Coastal breezes offer respite, while inland cities can get hot.
Temperatures: North (60°F-85°F), Central (65°F-90°F), South (70°F-95°F).
Key Events: Venice Film Festival, Palio di Siena, and Umbria Jazz Festival.
Autumn Ambiance (September to November)
The heat subsides, the grapes are harvested, and the tourist crowds thin out. A wonderful time for wine tours and autumnal festivals.
Temperatures: North (45°F-65°F), Central (50°F-72°F), South (54°F-75°F).
Key Events: Alba White Truffle Festival, EuroChocolate in Perugia, and the Chianti Olive Oil Harvest.
Winter Wonders (December to February)
Ski enthusiasts flock to the Alps, while milder southern regions offer respite from the cold. Festive markets and carnivals light up the season.
Temperatures: North (28°F-45°F), Central (35°F-55°F), South (50°F-60°F).
Key Events: Venice Carnival, Christmas Markets, and New Year's Eve celebrations.
Packing Tips Revisited: Weather-Wise Wardrobe
If you've read our previous blog on packing for Italy, you'll remember that smart packing is key. Our weather guide complements your packing list with Tradition Tours:
Spring: A versatile jacket and layers to adapt to the changing temperatures.
Summer: Breathable fabrics and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection.
Autumn: Comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof coat for the occasional shower.
Winter: A warm coat, gloves, and thermal layers for the northern chill.
Capture the Climate: Best Times for Photography
Photographers will find the golden hours of Italian sunsets a dream. The soft spring and autumn light offers the perfect backdrop for your photos, while summer offers vibrant blue skies.
Tradition Tours' Commitment to Comfort
No matter the season, Tradition Tours is dedicated to making your Italian vacation comfortable and memorable. Our local guides are weather-wise and ready to adapt your itinerary to any conditions.
Get in Touch with Tradition Tours
For further advice or to book your next Italian escapade, call Tradition Tours at 1-855-958-6877. Whether it's basking in the summer sun or enjoying a winter festa, we tailor your trip to the perfection of Italian weather.
What to pack for your tour to Greece | Tradition Tours
Essential Packing Guide for Your Greek Odyssey with Tradition Tours
Embarking on a Grecian adventure with Tradition Tours is an invitation to encounter mythology, history, and breathtaking landscapes. To ensure you’re well-prepared for the Aegean sun, the whisper of the olive groves, and the cobblestone alleys of history-steeped villages, this comprehensive packing guide is your perfect checklist.
##Preparing for the Grecian Climate
Greece celebrates a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Your packing list will vary significantly depending on whether you're sun-kissing on the islands or exploring the ancient ruins during the off-season.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
The shoulder seasons in Greece are idyllic, marked by pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and the perfect conditions for exploration. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing but don’t forget a versatile jacket and some long-sleeve options for the evenings.
Summer (June to August)
The Grecian summer can be torrid, especially in the islands and the mainland’s south. Prepare with light cottons, linens, and plenty of sun protection. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, and a reliable sunscreen.
Winter (December to February)
While milder than northern Europe, Greek winters can be brisk, particularly in the north and in mountainous regions. Ensure you have layers—a thermal base layer, sweaters, and a warm jacket.
Cultural Considerations: Dressing Respectfully
Greece’s rich historical and cultural tapestry means that you'll likely visit religious sites like the monasteries of Meteora or the iconic Parthenon. Opt for modest clothing that covers shoulders and knees; a pashmina or scarf is invaluable for impromptu cover-ups.
Footwear: Walking Back in Time
Whether it’s the steps of Santorini or the ruins of Delphi, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Consider durable sandals or walking shoes for the daytime and a smarter option for evening dining by the sea.
Beach Days and Island Hops
If the cerulean blues of the Greek seas are calling, include a swimsuit, a quick-dry towel, and reef-friendly sunblock. A tote bag for your seaside essentials and snorkeling gear can enhance your experience with the Aegean's marine life.
Tech and Connectivity
Stay connected with the world and capture your memories by packing your smartphone, charger, and a travel adapter for European outlets. A power bank ensures you never miss a photo opportunity amidst Greece’s endless beauty.
A Daypack for Daily Adventures
A lightweight daypack is your trusty companion for carrying essentials—water, a camera, snacks, and small souvenirs from the local 'agora' (market).
Seasonal Packing Lists
Men: Light pants, shorts, T-shirts, a long-sleeve lightweight shirt for sun protection, and a sweater for breezy nights.
Women: Shorts, skirts, light dresses, T-shirts, tank tops, and a light cardigan or shawl.
Children: Similar to adults, plus sunhats and swim diapers for the littlest ones.
Men: Jeans, trousers, long-sleeve tops, sweaters, and a warm jacket.
Women: Pants, leggings, tunics, sweaters, and a warm, waterproof coat.
Children: Warm pants, sweaters, and jackets, mimicking adult attire.
To the Shores of the Aegean: Eilat and the Dead Sea
For those seeking the sun-soaked bliss of Greece's beaches, swimwear, cover-ups, and sun protection are essential. For island-hopping, consider a separate, smaller suitcase or a duffel bag to streamline travel between ferries and accommodations.
Dressing in Layers: The Greek Way
Greece's climate can fluctuate—chilly mornings may give way to warm afternoons. Embrace the art of layering. It's practical for adjusting to temperature changes and ideal for transitioning from outdoor adventures to elegant tavernas.
Your Tradition Tours Safety Net
We at Tradition Tours are always at your service. If you’re uncertain about an item or need a last-minute packing tip, our team is a call away at 1-855-958-6877. Our priority is to alleviate the stress of preparation so you can indulge fully in the wonder of Greece.
Packing for Greece is an exercise in balancing practicality with respect for the culture and anticipation of the elements. From the sun-drenched shores to the shadowed recesses of ancient ruins, every item in your suitcase should serve a purpose, allowing you to roam freely