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Best Time to Visit Israel

Israel is a land of vast stretches of sandy deserts and crystalline beaches enveloped by its love for soulful music that waft through the ancient pathways you meander through. As you walk through the alleys and hidden corners of Jerusalem’s old that take you back in time, you’ll realise that Israel can be seen in different shades and colours as each season changes. Which shade to witness in Israel is totally your choice. We, at Thomas Cook, will make sure you make the right decision by helping you choose when to take the big step. Each season in Israel has something different to offer. Here, we have for you all the information that you may require in order to choose the most ideal time to travel. Listed for you are also the precautions that you must take before and while you are on your trip.

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Peak Season – April to August 

Shoulder Season – September to November and March to May 

Low Season – December to February

Travel Seasons Min./Max. Temperature Season
Summer 27-43 °C Comfortably Warm Days
Spring 10-18°C Slightly Cooler with Frequent Rain Showers
Winter 5-15°C Cool Winds with some snowfall

Israel In Summer (June to August)

Temperature - The air temperature during the season of summer fluctuates between 27°C and 43°C.

Weather – The resplendent dome shrines shine brighter; the ancient pathways of Nazareth and Jerusalem are illuminated by the morning rays. The beaches of Israel glimmer under the sparkling light of the sun as the cushiony sand burns hot under your feet. This is summer in Israel. This time of the year is bustling with activities and tourists flock in from all over the globe to enjoy their summer holiday. You could also take a boat ride at the Sea of Galilee to get some relief from the warm weather. This is also a good time to engage in some outdoor yoga, surfing and paddleboard. This is considered to be the best time to visit Israel if you wish to head outdoors and acquaint yourself with the surroundings.

Significant events - It isn’t just the balmy summer nights, towering buildings and quaint ancient pathways of Israel that call out to you, but also a number of activities and festivals that give you a taste of its culture. The main highlight of this time of the year is the Tel Aviv White Night. The White Night is celebrated in the month of June and is identified as the biggest cultural event in the city. This event hosts a number of beach concerts and parties, exhibitions and tours that go on all night from June 30 to the 1st of July. Some of the venues where this event is held are - Jaffa Port, Rabin Square, Sarona Market, Hatachana, Kikar Habima, Kiryat Sefer, Gan Hahashmal and Menachem Begin Park. You will also be thrilled to know that eateries and food joints will be open all through the night to feast on! Another major highlight that draws tourists to Israel at this time of the year is the Annual Jerusalem International Film Festival held in the month of July. This ten-day festival is dedicated to the filmmakers and enthusiasts from all over the globe. Over 200 films hailing from 60 different countries are screened every year during the course of this festival. The event also hosts panels and conversations with a number of local and international filmmakers. This is also a good space for those willing to learn by engaging in some professional workshops and events.

Why you should visit now – This time of the year is marked with a constant spur of excitement in the air. Since it is the peak season; festivals, celebrations and colours light up the streets of Israel and there is never a dull moment during this time of the year. Summer is also a good time to simply relax by the sea and unwind with a cold beverage soothing your senses. Some of the popular beaches to visit while in Israel are Gordon Beach, Banana Beach or Ajami Beach. 

Things to know before the visit –Since this is gradually becoming a preferred holiday destination by people from all over the globe, the summer season invites a high number of tourists to this region. Hence make sure that you book your tickets and accommodation well in advance. Also, be warned that the summer season in Israel can get as hot as 43°C in extreme climatic conditions.  However, if you are visiting religious places such as Jerusalem or orthodox towns and villages, do dress appropriately. Be prepared to be interviewed thoroughly at the airport for security reasons. 

Tips – Since this is the peak season, be mindful of the fact that discounts may not be available and hence weigh your options carefully before booking your accommodation. Plan your activities and itinerary according to the weather. While you pack, make sure you include cool clothes. Carry a sunscreen from home since it is quite expensive in Israel. Also, book an accommodation that is centrally located and accessible.

Israel In Spring (March– May)

Temperature - The air temperature during the season of winter ranges between 10°C and 18°C.

Weather – Israel in spring is about the blooming of flowers synonymous to a wide yawn, as the state wakes up from a deep slumber from the winter season. The air gradually wraps you in a warm embrace after the cold of the winter retires. With warm days and pleasant, cool nights; Israel in Spring breathes life back into its very soul. This is also a good time to wander and frolic around in Israel’s natural hot springs. You could either head to Ein Hanatziv in the Beit She’an Valley in northern Israel or Ein Shokek in the Valley of Springs area to witness their magic.

Significant events – Israel is in full bloom during the spring season. With a sweet aroma omnipresent in the air, spring in Israel is the season of mellow fruitfulness as the summer heat knocks on the door. A number of festivals and events are celebrated during this time of the year, attracting tourists from all over the globe. This time of the year is dotted with a flurry of festivals. The main highlight of the spring season is the food and literature festival at The Banquet at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim from May 16 – 19. This is your chance to taste some Greek treats as you discuss your love for literature with local fiction writers. Your children will be entertained too with some musical performances and other activities. The Jacob’s Ladder Music Festival celebrates folk music along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This thirty-year-old festival attracts Israelis and Anglos to simply celebrate the existence of folk music and some blues.

Why you should visit now – This time of the year feels like a bright, sunny morning after a night of thunderous rain showers. Israel is just waking up as tourists slowly start to flock in. This is also a good time to marvel at the magical terraces of the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa. This spot attracts tourists from all over the globe with its elegant structure and beautiful dome shrines.

Things to know before the visit – Do not forget to check the weather reports before booking your tickets and accommodation. Book a hotel that is centrally located and accessible. Carry some cash in case you plan to travel to remote areas. Try booking your tickets in advance as tourists gradually start to flock in. Be mindful of the fact that Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest commences a few minutes before sunset on Friday, lasting till Saturday. Know that most shops, restaurants and public transport are shut during this time of the week. Hence, plan your schedule accordingly.

Tips – Do carry a lightweight jacket. Carry sunscreen, sports shoes and mosquito repellents. Carry light and cool clothes that are also appropriate when you venture outdoors.

Israel In Winter (December– February)

Temperature - The air temperature during the season of winter fluctuates between 5°C and 15°C.

Weather – Israel in winter is in a state of bliss as the white colour envelopes the holy state. However, the snow is sometimes washed over by occasional spells of rain that accompany it. This time of the year also calls for some skiing at Mount Hermon at the northern most tip of the country, if there is enough snowfall. However, always carry a sunblock and some glasses with you for protection. Winter in Israel could be either wet and snowy or warm and sunny!

Significant events – The dreary winter does not manage to kill the spirit of Israel. A plethora of festivals and events breathe life into Israel during this time of the year. Plenty of heart-warming festivals are in store for you if you are planning to head to Israel in the winter season. One of the main highlights of this season is the Hamshushalayim festival held towards the end of November or December. This four-week long festival gives tourists and locals alike a chance to get intimate with Israel’s culture, nightlife and art. You will surely not feel like hitting the bed as Jerusalem will make sure you party till the wee hours of the night! You will witness street theatre shows, night tours and soothing musical performances starting from dusk to dawn. Do not forget to take advantage of the low-priced menus offered by Jerusalem’s eateries and food joints as well as discounts provided by various hotels.

Why you should visit now – If you would rather take the road less travelled, this is the best time to visit Israel. You will be greeted with low prices, suitable weather and lesser crowds at this time of the year. This is also a good time to head to Eilat city for some warmth and entertain the adventurer in you by engaging in activities such as snorkelling, diving and swimming while in the Red Sea.

Things to know before the visit – Do check for discounts that may be available at this time of the year since this is the off season. Plan your activities and itinerary keeping the weather in mind. Book a hotel that is centrally located and is accessible. Make sure the hotel you have booked has a central heating system and all the basic amenities to keep you warm.

Tips – Carry woollen clothes. Some routes may be blocked due to heavy snowfall and hence plan your itinerary accordingly. Stay hydrated by sipping on water, tea or a hot beverage. Do carry shawls, mufflers and gloves to keep yourselves warm.

If you are intrigued and tempted to pack your bags right away, visit the Thomas Cook website and go through the Israel packages that we offer. If you have any more questions, you will get the answers that you are looking for on our page. Contact us immediately to book your tickets and accommodation!

JUN- AUG 27 to 43oC
DEC- FEB 5 to 15oC
MAR- MAY 10 to 18oC
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15 C to 30 C Min/Max temp
April to July Summer Season
15 C to 30 C Min/Max temp
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