At Tel Aviv Airport, luggage carts are available ONLY by payment with a credit card. The process is time consuming and not easy. Travellers are advised to carry wheeled luggage with them, with as little weight as possible.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
Israel’s climate is mediterranian and warmer than that of Greece. In the evenings however, it is cold ue to altitude in Jerusalem and in Bethlehem, where usually the main accommodation of travellers take splace. The clothing needed is usually summery and light. During the evening hours (even in summer), warmer clothes are needed. Also, more casual clothes and shoes are needed for visiting desert monasteries by walking or soil paths.
For the Old City of Jerusalem, it is necessary to wear shoes with rubber soles due to the slipperiness of the stone paved streets.
Women are advised to have a shawl with them to cover their trousers (if they are wearing trousers), in order to be allowed to enter some monasteries.
EXCHANGE/ LOCAL CURRENCY
The currency of Israel is the “shekel”, which is divided into 100 Agorots. With today’s exchange rate [July 2020], the corresponding currency values are approximately:
1 Euro = 3.85 Shekels.
That is, 1 Shekel = (approximately) 26cents
The electrical voltage in Israel is the same as that of the EU (and Greece) (220 Volts)
Water in Israel is clean and potable. Meals at hotels are clean and are usually based on European cuisine. Also, Israel offers many local fruits.
In the old city of Jerusalem and in Bethlehem, where there will be opportunities for shopping, the Εuro and the US Dollar are accepted by most shops.
Shopping in Israel: Souvenirs, agiotics, crosses, woodwors made of olive tree wood, jewels made of Mother of Pearl (Nacre), gold etc.