We often hear the question “when is the best time to visit Israel?” While its always a great time to explore the Holy Land, the optimal time of year to plan your journey depends on your unique interests. Different seasons bring different weather conditions, events, and holidays, effecting the atmosphere of the country, and impacting the character of your trip. Regardless of the season, the experience is sure to be a memorable one. However, learning about the best times to visit Israel will help you select the ideal time for you! Of course, once you do visit, its highly likely that you’ll want to return and sample every season here! That’s the magic of Israel…
Summer in Israel – Best time in Israel for Beach Lovers
If you’re a beach lover that enjoys baking in the Meditteranean sun, there is only one season for you to travel to Israel: summer. Between June and September you’re practically guaranteed to enjoy blue skies and soaring temperatures. And the entire country hits the beaches in celebration. During the summer months, beaches are buzzing with sunbathing chairs, beach bars, and lifeguards perched on their towers. If you crave a daily dose of vitamin D, you’ll be in your element! Tel Aviv is the place to be in summertime, and there are tours leaving from the city that never sleeps every day.
The promenade is sprinkled with community gym stations and bronzed joggers, in addition to the leisure-inclined crowd. Check out our best beaches in Israel guide for more inspiration. Summer in Israel is one of the best times to visit for another reason: Tel Aviv Gay Pride is celebrated each June, attracting visitors from all over the world and filling the city with joyous energy. Give yourself something to look forward to: book your special Summer in Israel Package Tour, or Tel Aviv Pride Package Tour today.
Spring & Fall in Israel – Best for Touring Israel’s Highlights
Both spring and fall seasons are the perfect time for touring Israel’s highlights. The weather is pleasant and – apart from the Passover, Rosh HaShana, and Yom Kippur holidays – tourism is quieter. As a result, you can visit the country’s top attractions without the hustle-and-bustle of high season and hotels are cheaper! Springtime in Israel is one of the most beautiful times of year, as flowers blanket the hillsides and wildlife come out of hibernation. In the Hula Valley, millions of migrating birds pass through during the spring and fall. Whats more, the mild temperatures make these seasons the optimal time to try hiking and biking in Israel.
This more temperate time of year is also the perfect time to explore Israel’s neighboring countries, with mini-tours of Jordan and Egypt that leave right from your hotel. Alternatively, you can let us do the planning with a package tour of the three historic countries!
Passover or Rosh Hashana – Best time to visit Israel for Jewish Family Time
Passover and Rosh HaShana are the two biggest Jewish holiday times in Israel. The Passover holiday falls in March/April and Rosh HaShana in September/October. Schools are out and businesses close for the high-holy days. However, tours still run as usual: check out our Jewish themed day tours, or a package tour of Israel where we’ll take you through all the highlights of Israel’s Jewish history. What better time than the High Holidays to delve into your heritage? Join our exclusive 3 Day Jewish Heritage Jerusalem Tour for an enriching journey in the holiest Jewish city.
Due to the popularity of traveling to Israel during this time, hotel and flight prices are high. That being said, experiencing the high holidays in Israel is remarkable and truly unforgettable, and something that every Jewish traveler should do once in their lifetime.
Christmas and Easter in Israel – Best for Christian Pilgrims
If you’re a Christian, there is no better time to experience the Holy Land than Christmas or Easter. During these sacred holidays, pilgrims flock to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to immerse themselves in the transcendental energy that is palpable at these holy sites. Regardless of the season, Israel is an important pilgrimage destination for many faiths. So its always a great time to make the journey. But there is something truly special about visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem during Christmas and Easter.
Check out all our Christian interest day tours in Israel, or read more information about a package tour of the Holy Land. Taking this pilgrimage to Israel over Christmas and Easter is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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