Frequently Asked Questions
Israel may not be a conventional holiday destination but it is just a flight away from several of the world’s major cities and has much to offer
Q1. When is the best time to visit Israel?
Israel is great to visit during all seasons, weather-wise, the best time to visit is in the spring (April and May) or autumn (September and October) when temperatures are mild in most areas. November and March are also pleasant but do see some rain, especially in the coastal areas and up north. Eilat in the South of Israel is pleasant in November, but the Golan region will be cold and wet.
Q2. Does it require a long visit to experience Israel?
Israel is not a very large country and 10-12 days would be sufficient for a first visit to this beautiful and enigmatic country. Even those visiting for a shorter period (or adding a few days of vacation to a business trip) can experience a taste of what the country has to offer.
Q3. Is there much to do in Israel
Israel offers a wealth of activities – Religious sightseeing, relaxing beach spots, action packed adventures and family-friendly activities. Travelers can visit religious and historic monuments, experience the local culture, cuisine, shop, sample the local wines and much more.
Q4. Is Israel expensive?
Travelers from many parts of the world will find Israel to be a good holiday option, prices are moderate. The cost for rooms will vary by location and standard – slightly more expensive in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and less so in smaller towns or the countryside.
Q5. What type of food can travelers expect?
Israel has a variety of amazingly delicious foods available, this is largely due to the huge melting pot of culture. Due to the friendly relations between India and Israel there are a number of Indian restaurants in Israel and vegetarian food is easily accessible. No matter what you decide on, the food will always be flavorsome. An Israeli breakfast is something to look forward too.
Q6. Can travelers drive in Israel?
Self drive is not advisable in Israel unless pre planned and routes mapped out. Although it is extremely safe, this is mostly because of confusing locales. It is however possible along certain coastal routes and smaller towns and along the Negev Desert. An international driving license is accepted.
Q7. Can you experience Adventure Sports in Israel?
Extreme sports in Israel are ever popular and wide ranging and from sea to land, high to low, and even beneath ground, almost every extreme sport conceivable is possible in Israel. Windsurfing and kite surfing, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and rafting and mountain biking are all possible in Israel.
Q8. What major historical sites must one visit in Israel?
Some of the historical sites that you must visit whilst you are in Israel are the Holocaust Museum, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the city of Jaffa, the Wailing Wall and the fortress of Masada amongst others.
NAMASTE TOURISM – FAQ’S
Q1. Why is a customized holiday better than travelling in a group?
a) You can set your own pace of travel and include the sights and activities that interest you and exclude those that you wish to avoid.
b) b) Whilst travelling in a group, you are with strangers who you may meet for the first time and you are compelled to see all sights included and cannot increase or reduce the time at any location as you have to follow a fixed schedule.
Q2. What is the difference between SIC and private transfers?
a) SIC – Seat in Coach basis, where on arrival at your destination, you will be transferred to your hotel by a coach i.e. along with several other people in a group. There could be delays due to flight arrivals in your transfers.
b) Private Transfers, where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in your own vehicle and will not have to share the transport with anyone.
Q3. After reservation what type of confirmed documents will the customer receive?
a) You will receive a confirmed Travel Program which includes the itinerary with hotel details and our office/guide contact information along with the hotel vouchers.
b) You will also receive e-tickets if you are booking flights with us.
c) Any other tickets will be waiting at the hotel reception or will be handed over by our partners at the destination.
Q4. Is there any minimum number of days before travel to book with Namaste Tourism?
There should be a minimum 4 to 6 weeks before actual date of travel if you wish to book with us. For special events and peak seasons, it is recommended that you book at least 3 to 6 months in advance to get the best deals on flights as well as accommodation. Last minute bookings are subject to availability and may also work out relatively expensive.
Q5. Does the company provide Visa and Airfare services?
Yes, we do help in Visa processing and airline ticket bookings as part of the tour programme.
Q6. Is there any amount of deposit that needs to be paid in order to book with Namaste Tourism?
A minimum of 30% deposit needs to be paid to initiate the booking process and once confirmed, the balance has to be paid immediately or as per our standard terms and conditions of booking. In case of events or peak season bookings, 100% payment may be necessary at the time of booking.
Q7. Is there a possibility to customize my travel plan?
Yes, Namaste Tourism specializes in customized holidays and that is our USP as we have 26 years of experience in this field.
Q8. Where can I book my holidays?
You can book with Namaste Tourism or any of our preferred travel partners – Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Destination Planners.