- May 11, 2023
- Israel, Travel
- Geoff Kullman
Need help figuring out the best time of year to visit Israel? Give us a call, and we’re happy to discuss your options.
Best Times to Visit Israel
It’s a common question that we often hear from travelers starting the planning stages of their trip to Israel. What time of year should they book their trip? What is the best time to visit Israel? Or what month is the best to travel to Israel?
Is February a good time to visit Israel?
Is November a good time to visit Israel?
Is October a good time to visit Israel?
Is December a good time to visit Israel?
What is the best time to visit Israel and Jordan?
After you’ve read this travel guide, you’ll know the best time of year for you to visit the Holy Land based on your priorities. Depending on your reasons for choosing Israel, one month may be better than the next. The best time to visit depends on your individual interests and priorities (or those of your group).
The goal of this article is to help you build a trip to Israel based on the preferred experience you want to create. We’ll also provide you with additional information on the curated tour packages that Tradition Tours has to offer.
You’ll also be interested in reading our Travel Guide on costs and budget.
How Much Does a Holy Land Trip Cost?
Best Times of the Year to Visit Israel
Table of Contents:
- Best Times for Experiencing Isreal’s Highlights
- Holidays in Israel
- Best Times for a Beach Vacation
- Best Times for Jewish Family Time
- Cheapest Time to Visit
- Least Busy Time to Visit
Best Times for Experiencing Israel’s Highlights
Spring (Match - May) and Fall (September - November)
We recommend these seasons because the temperatures are mild, pleasant, and mostly dry. You’ll be able to visit the country’s top attractions without the hustle and bustle of the high season, and hotels are comparatively cheaper.
January and February are especially popular with church groups. The weather can be hit-or-miss that time of year, but it’s a quiet time and easy to get arranged.
Springtime in Israel is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The mild temperatures make these seasons the optimal time to try hiking and biking in Israel. It’s also the perfect time to explore Israel’s neighboring countries with mini-tours of Jordan and Egypt.
To learn more about traveling to Israel, read our Discover Israel page, where you’ll see details of multiple Israel packages.
Holidays in Israel
You likely already know the major religious holidays, such as Easter, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. These holidays attract large numbers of pilgrims to Israel during this time. Also of note, during these holidays, there are huge displays and parties.
What’s more, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are two major holidays celebrated in Israel, which often cause the country to shut down completely. You can travel to Israel during this time of year, but most (or all) of the tourist and religious destinations will be closed.
As we’ll note below, this doesn’t mean that you can’t visit the Holy Land during these holidays. But you’ll want us to help you plan the trip to ensure you organize things properly.
Passover is also a tricky time to travel to Israel as hotel prices tend to spike during the holiday, and bread may not be served in supermarkets and kosher restaurants.
All reasons to give us a call so we can help you plan your trip to Israel. Call us at 1-855-958-6877.
Best Times for a Beach Vacation
Summer (June - August)
At Tradition Tours, we recommend visiting the west coast beaches of Tel Aviv and beyond in summer. We can also arrange tours leaving from the city every day.
You’ll also want to consider travel to Eilat as a resort location.
Remember that the nightlife and club scene are best in the summer. The temperatures are also the hottest during this time. And summer is when crowds are at their peak.
As with most travel, summer is the most expensive time to visit Israel.
Best Times for Jewish Family Time
As we mentioned, there are two biggest Jewish holiday times in Israel.
Passover in March/April.
Rosh Hashana September/October.
And Sukkot also in September/October.
You’ll want to be careful when planning your trip to Israel during those months on your own. It may be difficult without an inside edge, as most tours don’t run during this time. One prime example of why it’s so important to plan your trip with an expert. Give us a call at Tradition Tours.
Remember, hotel and flight prices are higher due to the popularity of traveling to Israel during this time.
If your preference is to visit Israel during these times of the year, don’t plan it yourself, as there are too many details that might fall through the crack. Give us a call. 1-855-958-6877.
Cheapest Times to Visit
The shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall are beautiful and a great time to visit. With milder weather and fewer tourists, these seasons are the best time to balance saving money, avoiding crowds, and enjoying the weather.
Winter (November to March) may also work for your travel plans. With fewer tourists and lower prices for hotels and flights, we often recommend groups consider Winter.
Be warned: some shops and businesses may close during this time due to fewer tourists, but the weather remains warm and appealing. Shops may also close earlier as it gets darker earlier.
November is the cheapest time to fly to Israel.
Least Busy Time to Visit
As mentioned, winter (December to February) may be the best time to visit Israel.
With its cool and dry weather, it’s a great time to explore the country.
Some attractions and activities may be closed, but there are also fewer tourists to crowd those attractions and cities.
Remember to consider the shoulder season (March to May, September to November) as a good time to visit. These off-season months will be more affordable, which is often an important factor if you’re traveling with a church group.
Create a Tailored Holy Land Experience with Tradition Tours
To summarize and restate the information above, the best times to visit Israel are based on your individual interests and priorities. You’ll also need to consider the importance of the weather, tourism levels, and personal preferences when planning a trip to Israel.
At Tradition Tours, we make traveling and planning a memorable trip to Israel simple and worry-free. With more than 25 years of experience creating memorable experiences in the Holy Land, we know the hiccups to watch for and plan around.
As a full-service travel boutique, we offer full-service, personalized concierge services for individuals, families, and church groups traveling to the Holy Land. More than that, we also have package tours that include Egypt, Jordan, and Greece.
If you’re starting to plan your trip, don’t do it alone. Your trip to Israel is an important, life-changing, amazing experience that we’ll gladly help you plan and organize. Give us a call. 1-855-958-6877.
If you have questions after looking at our tour packages, we invite you to call us. We’ll help you decide the best seasons to travel to Israel before planning your trip. We can also provide you with additional information on our curated packages.
We’re happy to share stories from people who’ve traveled with Tradition Tours. Here’s just one:
“Tradition Tours made the planning of our trip personal for us. Donny provided details on different tours, gave us time to make a decision, and worked closely with us after complications delayed our much-anticipated trip to Israel and Egypt. The tour in Israel exceeded our expectations. Tradition Tours worked with us every step of the way. Highly recommend Tradition Tours without any hesitation whatsoever!” – David B, Virginia
Call us at Tradition Tours to talk about your Holy Land tour.CALL US : +1 855 958 6877
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Geoff Kullman is a freelance copywriter and former pastor. Geoff traveled to the Middle East (and Holy Land) in 2007 and has been an avid researcher and writer of history and archeology since. He has traveled to 5 continents and loves learning about the world's cultures.
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