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How Much Does A Trip to Israel Cost?


  • Jun 14, 2023
  • Israel, Travel
  • Donny Arkush
How Much Does A Trip to Israel Cost?

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One of the most critical steps in planning a trip to Israel is researching travel costs. We’re frequently asked, “How much does a trip to Israel cost?”

This article aims to break down the costs associated with traveling to Israel, including the tour packages offered by Tradition Tours. We provide white-glove service to help you plan every step of your journey.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re unaware of the intricacies and options available to you when traveling to Israel, this travel guide will help you feel more confident in planning your trip of a lifetime.

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How Much Does a Trip to Israel Cost?

Table of Contents:

  1. Cost Breakdown for a Trip to Israel
    a. Airfare
    b. Accommodations
    c. Local Transportation
    d. Food & Drink
    e. Attractions
    f. Other Spending
  2. Save Time & Money with an Israel Tour Package
  3. What’s Included in a Tour Package
  4. What’s Not Included in a Tour Package
  5. Israel Tour Packages
  6. Create a Tailored Israel Experience with Tradition Tours

Cost Breakdown for a Trip to Israel

One of the most common mistakes people make when planning and budgeting a trip to Israel is not realizing how much is involved in preparing for a tour of this importance. We’ve outlined the details for you here, including many items people often overlook.

We’ll provide insight into the costs of airfare, accommodations, local transportation, food & drink, attractions, and other spending items you might forget to plan and budget for.

If reading through these details brings up further questions you need to discuss, please give us a call to talk them through. 1-855-958-6877.

You can also read our complementary article titled How Much Does a Trip to the Holy Land Cost?


You might assume you’ll fly into Jerusalem on your trip to Israel. In reality, you’ll fly into Tel Aviv, where the airport is approximately 15 miles from downtown and 40 miles from Jerusalem. Because they’re so geographically close, you can drive to Jerusalem in an hour.

This is why most of our tours begin in Tel Aviv (technically Ben Gurion airport) and spend a couple of days there so you can get acclimatized and adjusted before heading to Jerusalem and all the other sites that Israel offers.

Note: Our church tours only spend one day in Tel Aviv so that you can get to the historical (biblical) sites quicker.

Some European flights arrive in Eilat, but if you’re coming from North America, expect you’ll land in Tel Aviv. Landing at Ben Gurion doesn’t impact the cost of your flight because it’s the primary option available.

There may be (up to) a $600 (per person) difference between winter and summer flights. To discuss those details, give us a call at 1-855-958-6877.


You’ll have various accommodation options in Israel, including hotels, hostels, and vacation rentals. When booking through Tradition Tours, we’ll arrange beautiful hotels, including up to 5-star deluxe hotels.

Of course, different locations and varying amenities impact accommodation prices. For instance, hotels within cities (prime, popular locations) will tend to be higher priced. Weekends (Thursday and Friday) in Galilee or the Dea Sea area will also increase costs.

Local Transportation:

Israel has many different transportation options, such as taxis, public transportation, and rental cars. In various cities, we recommend different modes of transport.

But if you’re traveling between cities, then public transportation might be your best choice. In Galilee, we recommend renting a car. Or, if traveling between Tel Aviv and Haifa, train is your best option.

Of course, the best option is for Tradition Tours to plan every detail for you, including transportation via shuttle bus (or coach bus). Transport is an often-forgotten but essential detail that can significantly impact the enjoyment of your trip to Israel. To have us arrange the details for you, let’s discuss our Tour Package options.

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Renting cars may be more expensive, while local buses, trains, and taxis can be less expensive. But most people don’t want to fumble around for loose coins to pay the cab fare. Let us handle the details for you ahead of time.

Food & Drink:

While you have various food options in Israel, you should budget your daily restaurant stops based on similar prices to food in the USA. You can also grab a shawarma for $15 to $20, then meal prices increase.

As with most vacations, you shouldn’t plan on cooking your meals. Budget for eating in restaurants, food stands, and shops. And don’t forget to enjoy the nightlife, too.


While in Israel, you’ll want to explore the natural beauty, including participating in popular outdoor activities like hiking, snorkeling, and visiting national parks. The costs for these activities can add up if you don’t follow your budget daily.

That’s part of why we recommend guided tours: the daily costs are a “known” quantity instead of a surprise while in-country.

You may be interested in cultural activities like visiting museums, attending festivals, or experiencing local traditions. The costs associated with these activities vary based on type and season.

Other Spending:

Souvenirs and Shopping:

In Israel, you’ll discover plenty of souvenir shops and local crafts. As with any trip, you can spend as much or as little as your budget allows. We advise you to make a list of the people and items to purchase so you don’t overspend (and don’t waste time searching).

Travel Insurance:

While only partially necessary, purchasing proper insurance for your trip is a good idea. Whether it’s flight insurance to cover expenses in case of cancellation or trip insurance to cover hotel problems or illness, we highly recommend you invest in insurance before your trip to Israel.

As mentioned with souvenirs, you can spend as much or little on insurance as your budget allows. As a quick rule of thumb, you can get an “OK’ policy for around $200 to $350 per person, depending on numerous factors. When you give us a call, we can suggest some options for insurance coverage.

Visa and Entry Fees:

Americans traveling to Israel do not require a specific visa to enter the country. You’ll receive a no-cost, three-month visitor visa upon arrival in the country at the airport. Other countries (such as Jordan and Turkey) require visas before entry.

For more information, including additional entry fees or permits that may be required for your trip, read the FAQs of our Best Christian Holy Land Tours article.

Currency Exchange Rates:

Most businesses in Israel will not accept USD, so you’ll need to have local currency called the NIS (New Israel Shekel). Ask your local bank if you can order NIS a few weeks ahead of time.

Credit cards are also widely accepted. However, use one that does not charge foreign exchange rates, as those fees can add up throughout your trip.

Again, all the details you need to know about currencies for your trip are available in the Best Christian Holy Land Tours article (FAQ section).

We recommend using or checking with your local bank for the most up-to-date exchange rates.

Save Time & Money with an Israel Tour Package

As you’ve seen, there are a lot of details to think through and plan for your trip to Israel. For many people, the best reason to have Tradition Tours plan your trip is the convenience and stress reduction we offer.

The logistics and planning can make the trip feel out-of-reach and undoable. Instead, our tour packages can provide a hassle-free travel experience. We know which hotels to book, the transportation to arrange ahead of time, and the activities for you or your group.

We provide a combination of expert guidance and local knowledge. Our tour packages include knowledgeable guides who can provide insights and context throughout your trip. The value of having a local guide who can enhance the overall experience. You’ll come back home feeling inspired in ways you can only imagine.

Another advantage of Tradition Tours is the cost savings and value for money. Through our partnerships and experience, we can offer competitive prices by leveraging group rates and negotiating better deals. You’ll save money by including meals, attractions, and transportation in our tour packages. Don’t worry about your budget getting out of control through the nickels and dimes of unexpected or unplanned events. We provide better value compared to arranging everything on your own.

You’ll also experience the enhanced safety and security of our 25 years of experience. More than that, travel packages can provide protection, especially for travelers unfamiliar with Israel. What’s more, the presence of a tour operator who can help you handle any unforeseen situations or emergencies.

Using the Israel tour packages from Tradition Tours also provides you with social interaction and group dynamics that you wouldn’t otherwise have if you planned the trip on your own. You’ll meet and connect with fellow travelers in a group tour setting. The shared experiences, camaraderie, and friendships formed during the trip are unbelievable.

What’s Included in a Tour Package?

When you book your trip to Israel with Tradition Tours, you’ll make the wise decision to hand off the fine details of your trip to our team with decades of experience.

Your tour package includes all transfers upon arrival and departure and all your hotel accommodations. You’ll travel from destination to destination in an air-conditioned comfortable, modern vehicle with a driver. Also included are all entrance fees to museums and attractions, too.

More than that, on most tours, all breakfasts and dinners are included daily. And your group tours will be led by an expert state-certified and licensed tour guide.

What’s NOT Included in a Tour Package?

Your tour package includes most ground tour details. With that said, airfare is not included in the tour package. Nor are items purely of a personal nature, such as souvenirs.

Most tour packages include breakfast and dinner, but lunch is not included.

The border fees are not included if your package includes stops in Jordan or Egypt. You’re also encouraged to ensure your travel insurance policy (if you choose to purchase insurance on your own), as it’s not included in the price quotes for the tour.

And, of course, any tips or gratuities you want to gift to tour guides or operators are not included. Note that many church tours DO include tips, so check beforehand if you’re unsure.

Israel Tour Packages

Taste of Israel

This 14-night tour includes ancient Jerusalem, modern Tel Aviv, historic Galilee, and beautiful Eilat. This tour is designed to give you a broad-strokes introduction to all the highlights of Israel. If it’s your first time to the Holy Land, this package is a great trip to start.

Check out all the details of this tour HERE.

Israel & Jordan Tour

Our 12-night tour allows you to step back in time and connect with the stories and sites of the past. The highlights of Israel plus a few essential stops in Jordan, such as Amman and Petra.

Check out all the details of this tour HERE.

Israel Tours

Whether you visit Israel for a pilgrimage, to experience its culture and history, or to relax on vacation, there will be something in this fantastic destination that will stay with you forever. Click this link to find our list of Israel tours.

Discover the tour options HERE.

Create a Tailored Israel Experience with Tradition Tours

If you’re planning (or hoping to plan) a trip to Israel soon, our top recommendation is to let us help you plan and curate your trip. With over 25 years of experience creating memorable, meaningful, and fulfilling experiences in Israel, we know the destinations and deals to recommend or avoid.

Whether traveling alone or planning a group trip with your church, Tradition Tours operates a full-service travel boutique. We’re proud to offer you “white glove” concierge services to make your trip to Israel unforgettable.

Call us today @ 1-855-958-6877.

Planning a trip to Israel can be overwhelming and exhausting. Let us help guide you through the process. Call now.

Call us at Tradition Tours to talk about your Holy Land tour.

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Donny Arkush

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.

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