Dr. Randal Price answers the question many people are asking: Does archaeology support the Bible?
Israel has been blessed with an unusually wet winter already, and severe rain has been experienced all over the country since Saturday. However, the rain is expected to turn to snow beginning as early as Wednesday PM. That means you may see scenes like these:
One of the most common questions asked about the climate/weather in Israel is, “Does it ever snow?” Many are surprised to hear that it does actually snow in Israel, and that Israel has a ski area in the Golan Heights on Mt. Hermon, which is on the northern border that is shared with Lebanon and Syria. By the way, there is a clue in the Bible that Israel gets snow: Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made whiter than snow.”
Every other year or so, the higher elevations of the country also get snow, sometimes pretty heavy snows.
In this photo, the cemetery on the Mt of Olives has a nice blanket of snow. In the distance, you can see the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.
If you are interested to know more about the weather in Israel, you can see The Weather Channel’s 10-day forecast here.
All of the precipitation is good news. Not only does it mean stunningly beautiful touring in the late winter and spring, it also replenishes the Sea of Galilee, which has reached dangerously low water levels.
Many people ask, “What is included in the price of the tour?” This is a great question because many companies have hidden costs that surprise passengers after it’s too late.
Discipleship Travel LLC offers an “all-inclusive” package. And by that we mean “ALL INCLUSIVE,” which includes:
1. Round trip coach airfare to/from Israel on a major airline. Upgrades to business class are usually possible at an additional cost according to airline availability.
2. Transfer to/from the airport/hotel in Israel.
3. Double occupancy rooms in a superior or deluxe hotel. (Certain groups may contract for other level hotels, but that is clearly stated in the specific group contract.)
4. Full Israeli buffet breakfast and dinner each day. Breakfast includes water, tea/coffee, milk and juice. Dinner includes water. Other drinks may be available at an additional cost.
5. All tour related transportation. Most of the transportation is provided on climate controlled motor coach, but travel on a boat, train, registered taxis, and licensed off-road vehicles are also common elements of our tours. Participants may choose to do extra activities outside the tour itinerary, and any transportation costs for such activities is not included in the tour price.
6. Entry for all sites on the published itinerary. Participants may choose to do things not on the itinerary (e.g. ride a camel or donkey, or use certain pools or spas, etc.), and any related fees are not included in the tour price.
7. Tips for the driver(s) and guide(s) and hotel staff.
Please note that personal items, health related costs, travel and/or health insurance, passport fees, souvenirs, lunch and certain drinks at meals are NOT included in the tour price. It is important to read the disclaimers in the “fine print” section of your tour brochure for information on other possible additional costs.
Hotel rooms in Israel are typically smaller than average hotel rooms in the United States. And in some cases, significantly smaller. In fact, our ground company in Israel has told us that certain hotels are “off limits for Texans because they will feel too cramped and not enjoy their stay.”
The specific amenities at each hotel vary by chain, location, age of the building, and rating. All of our hotels have dining halls and provide breakfast and dinner buffets. Additionally, you can expect a clean comfortable room. Though some hotels have spas or fitness centers, you should not expect one except at the Dead Sea. If the hotel does have a spa or fitness center, it usually requires a day membership. The hotels along the Dead Sea offer free access to pools, but charge for massage/therapy treatments.* For those groups who are staying at the Dead Sea and are interested in massage/therapy, please speak with your guide early in the trip so the appropriate reservations can be made.
Many hotels provide hair dryers, and most offer access to an iron. If you MUST have a hair dryer, the safest course of action is to bring one with the necessary converter. Each hotel provides bath towels, but no wash cloths. If you require a wash cloth, please bring your own. However, make sure to keep your wash cloth separate from the towels in the bathroom because room service often unknowingly gathers them with the towels. All hotels provide a laundry service for an additional fee. Like in the United States, some hotels offer free wi-fi and others have fee based access to wi-fi. All of our hotels have a 24-hour front desk, luggage service, and provide wake up calls upon request.
Usually, we will not know the specific hotel your group will get until a few days before departure, and that is subject to change up to the last minute. The hotel managers often “trade” groups between comparable hotels in order to accommodate the flow of traffic based on group size and number of nights. Sometimes availability is limited to specific nights, which might require a group to stay a couple nights at one hotel and a couple nights at another hotel in the same city, or even to split their time in Jerusalem to the beginning and end of the tour.
*Massage/Therapy treatments are NOT INCLUDED in the tour price and are the responsibility of those who use the service.
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