A South African citizen holding a valid South African passport does not need to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Israel. A tourist visa, valid for a 3-months stay, will be issued upon entry to Israel. However, Legal residents of South Africa holding a valid Re-Entry Permit, Temporary Passport or a Refugee travel document must apply for a visa at the Consulate.

We can refer you to companies that can assist you. If your nationality requires you to procure a visa for Israel, we suggest booking far in advance.

Yes, we do. This is not included in the base price but highly recommended. We can include it in the final quote. 

The currency in Israel is the Shekel. There are no restrictions on the import and export of Israeli or foreign currency. Credit cards can be used in Israel for larger purchases. Please be advised that the ATM machines dispense money in SHEKELS – NOT US DOLLARS. U.S. dollars are recommended for use for small purchases and tipping. Please Note: We suggest you call your bank and/or credit card company before you leave, to let them know you will be out of the country and using your ATM card or credit card.

Electricity in Israel is 220 volts 50 Hz and uses the European plug with two round pins. You will need to bring along the necessary converters and adapters to operate any 120-volt appliances such as hair dryers and electric razors as well as camera and cell phone chargers.

The time zone for Israel is 1 hour ahead of GMT. Approximate travel time from Pretoria, South Africa to Jerusalem, Israel is 8 hrs, 13 mins

Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed.


The best time to travel to Israel is anytime! The weather varies throughout the year but is generally gorgeous. There is almost no chance of rain from May – September. July and August are the hottest months of the year with temperatures reaching 100 degrees (F)/35 degrees (C) or higher, and with high humidity in many parts of the country. Winter in Israel can be chilly with temperatures going as low as 40 degrees (F)/4 degrees (C), but in most areas the weather is quite moderate. Late Winter and early Spring bring the bloom of many flowers and pleasant weather.

  1. If you are traveling with a group from Abbys World Travel the minimum is 20 and maximum size is 40.
  2. If you are forming your own group, the minimum is 20 and maximum size is 40. If you are more than 40, we can arrange several luxury buses.

We are located in South Africa. Our office is located in Bedfordview Johannesburg.

All the hotels are handpicked with the best customer service and the best possible locations.

We will send you a receipt, your tour document (up to 1 week prior to arrival) and any other relevant information you will need.

Yes. If you choose to exclude flights, you are required to arrange your own transfers from the airport to the hotel. In most cases you will miss the first day of touring as the first few sites are on route to the hotel.

We offer the option to join an existing group tour, Pastors & Leaders tour and tailor made or private tours.

  1. Joining a Group Tour- These tours have a pre-set itinerary and includes 20+ travellers.
  2. Forming Your Own Group: Includes 20 + travellers.
  3. Tailor made or Private Tours- We can tailor the tour to suit your needs.

Yes. Breakfasts and Dinners are included called a HB -Half Board.

Tipping is included in the final price. An amount of $16 per day per person and is given in cash to your guide/driver at the end of your time with them.

Yes, it is safe to travel to Israel. The reality of what goes on in Israel is very different from what is portrayed in the media. There are trained professionals on public transportation, in many buildings, at tourist sites and even walking around the streets to keep you safe. Additionally, our suppliers on the groundwork very closely with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the local police departments to make sure that we are kept as up to date as possible about any alerts that may go out.

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