Welcome to Holyland

As a location central to the beliefs of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, the Holyland has long been the destination of pilgrims the World over.

Each city of the Holyland has its own flavour, its own identity: from the walled Old City of Jerusalem, its venerated holy sites the scene of divine messages and miracles, betrayal, battle, and conquer, to Bethlehem and its biblical significance as the birthplace of Jesus Christ (pbuh), to ancient Jericho the oldest town in the whole World.

There is perhaps no city in the world as fascinating as Jerusalem which has witnessed and played host to the events that have shaped the world we live in.

Seemingly every major civilization through the ages have at one point conquered and ruled Jerusalem. It has been besieged over 50 times, conquered 36 times and history has seen the city destroyed 10 times. Every stone of the Old City has a story to tell and each turn down every narrow street reveals another piece of our history. With sacred shrines and sites revered by the three major monotheistic faiths, Jerusalem is venerated the world over.

Holyland is not only a Holy Place, but also a country in which to find culture, history and relaxation. It is a country of culture where tourists can experience folklore and heritage by visiting many museums and folk centers. They can also stay with families to experience the life style of the people and enjoy their well known hospitality.

Finally, it is a country in which to relax. Visitors enjoy the lovely weather throughout the spring and summer seasons in most of the cities. Besides, there are comfortable hotels and many tourist facilities such as shops, festivals, pubs, restaurants, and cafes.

General Information The Holy land is probably the only place in the world where geography and history are so closely cross-linked. Every inch of the land has a story to tell, every hill the scene of a battle, and every stone a monument or tomb.

It has always been and is still making history, providing lessons for future generations to learn.

Area 

28,630 km2

Population 

7,981,058 (2012)

Capital 

Jerusalem

Capital population 

910,000 (Est. 2012)

 Location Southwestern Asia, bordering eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, bounded on the north by Lebanon, on north east by Syria (Jolan heights), on the east by Jordan, on the west by the Mediterranean sea, and on the south west by Egypt.

 

Business Hours: Everyday from 8:00 to 17:00 except Fridays from 8:30 to 13:00 - Saturdays Off.

Predominantly Muslim areas like East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the West Bank towns remain open on Saturday but are closed all day Friday. Christian owned businesses concentrated in Jerusalem Old City close on Sunday. Standard shopping hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 or later.

Keep in mind that on February (Shabbat), all Israeli shops, offices and places of entertainment close down. Shabbat starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown Saturday.

Entry Requirements: European, American and most countries in south America can to get a Free Entry VISA upon Arrival at A/P or crossing points, others need to apply for A Visa in advance which can take up to 14 working days. Note: If you want to visit Syria, Lebanon, and/or Iraq, no Israeli stamp or any crossing point with Israel stamp should be on your passport this includes Arava border, Sheikh Hussein border, Rafah border, and Taba border.Tourists can ask for a stamp at separate paper.

Currency & Exchange Facilities: The main currency in the Holy Land is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) which equals $0.25 US Dollars. One NIS is 100 Agorot.

Coin denominations are: 10, 50 agorot and 1, 5, 10 NIS. Paper denominations are: 20, 50, 100, 200 NIS. US Dollar can be used in East and West Jerusalem. Jordan Dinar is used in East Jerusalem (1 JD = 6 SH).

There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency one can take in or out of the country, nor is one compelled to change any set amount on arrival. Visitors are advised to take US.Dollars, but any other major European currency can also be freely changed at banks and with currency exchange offices.

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diners Club and AMEX are accepted. Nearly every establishment takes credit cards. Many bank foyers are equipped with cash dispensing ATMs accepting all of the major international credit cards.

Climate: April through October are rain-less,June to August are hot summer months, November to March are winter months, with cool to cold temperatures and rain. The climate is clear anytime of the year. In winter, Jericho is a favorite resort and even Jerusalem sun can be warm during the day. Winter can be cold, rainy with the possibility of snow in some areas. Spring is definitely the best time to visit, the weather is temperate enough making it enjoyable to travel around.

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