Luxurious stay at Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
The inspirational environment of Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem makes it your home away from home. Since 1930 the hotel's legendary service has made each stay unforgettable. Click here for more information
IDF Elite Training Experience
Now you can train in a real tactical facility of the Israeli Defense Academy with special forces instructors and using equipment of elite units. Click here for more information.
New tours of the Savransky Jewelry Center
Join the tours of Savransky private jewelry center which proudly features only the finest quality of diamonds available in the world, set within exquisite craftsmanship of the highest standard. Click here for more information
Jaffa Stories & Coffee - New experience in the Old City
Over a meal, hear a story of Doris Hillawi that shows the complexities of the mixed population city, speaks to the Arab Christian identity in Jaffa. Click here for more information
Unique Tel Aviv Tours
We offer a variety of walking tours and cultural experiences. Click here for more information
City of David and the night time presentation "Hallelujah"
The presentation tells the story of the rebirth of ancient Jerusalem using advanced technology and 3D projection onto the ruins of the City of David.
Christian hospitality in the Galilee
A unique experience in the village of Dir Hanna, in the lower Galilee. We will arrange an informal meeting in the home of one our Christian hosts in the village. Click here for more information.
New Apartment available – Ruppin Apartments Tel Aviv
See the video of this newly refurbished very large apartment near the sea. 2 bedrooms with lounge, dining and big balcony. Total apartment 90sqm size.
Guided electric bike tours - Tel-Aviv
Electric bikes are the best way to explore the city’s sites, history and contemporary culture. Ride around Tel Aviv's bike paths with a Certified Tour Guide! Click here for more information.
Argan Oil Farm visit – Jordan Valley
On the tour of Oren's farm you will receive an insight into the life of an agricultural family in the Jordan Valley and learn about growing grapes, figs, dates and argan, which is known as the "tree of life".
Kurlender Dairy Farm and Visitors Centre – Upper Galilee
Experience bottle feeding the calves. Try our tasty chocolate milk. Make fresh cheese in our workshop. Click here for more details and pictures
Beit Shalom Estate - A hotel with a historical story to tell
A Boutique Hotel, Chef Restaurant, Cafe-Bar and ArtGallery, located in the historic quarter of old Metula. Click here for some of the beautiful pictures
Luxury furnished apartments available in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Stylish apartments in prime locations with finest beds and linens and premium amenities. Click here for more information
Cruise Ship Tours of Israel
Naftali Tours offering private tours of Israel from the Ports of Haifa and Ashdod. Click here for more information
Queen of Sheba Eilat Hotel
Latest pictures from the newly renovated Queen of Sheba hotel on the Eilat beachfront. For more information click here
TLV SHOW - a completely new way to experience the city
Part mystery show, part walking tour and part scavenger hunt game - this original concept will give you a memory of a lifetime. Click here for more information
New service - Smartphone available with every car rental
Naftali Tours now offers smartphone rental with every car hire at a small additional cost. For further details Click here
Yad Vashem - Drop-in tour in English every Friday
History, memory and personal stories converge in an English guided tour of the Holocaust History Museum. Click here for more information.
A Silan (date honey) workshop in nature
Together with a hands-on tour of the date palms in Mevo'ot Yericho. Click here to download PDF with more information
Kibbutz Magal - A tour of the Greenhouse Innovation Centre
The visitor will have an opportunity to gain insight into the technological innovations and achievements of "Netafim" in the area of precise irrigation methods. Click here for more information
New Link Hotel Tel Aviv - opening June 2018
Dan Hotels is proud to announce "Link Hotel & Hub" their new hotel, due to open in June 2018. Click here for more information
Tel Aviv Central Bus Station tour
Discover hidden tunnels and secret spaces, a bat cave, a Yiddish Museum and artist galleries that are all part of the urban fabric of the station today.
Whiskey - Bar, Restaurant & Museum
A unique complex among the most important of its kind in the world, combining a bar, a restaurant and a Whiskey Museum
New 2br unit available at the Ruppin Apartments
A sun-filled bauhaus style apartment with high ceilings and a pleasant outlook onto tree-lined Ruppin Street. Carefully fitted-out by a professional interior designer and completely refurbished. Click here for video footage of the apartment.
Changes to Daylight Saving Time in Israel 2018
Israel is moving to Daylight Savings Time on 23 March 2018
New Biblical Cooking Tour – Neot Kedumim Park – Central Israel
A short tour of our beautiful nature reserve, identifying some of the staple food growing here, followed by cooking your own light meal outdoors. Click here for more information
New experience - Krav-Maga program
Elite invites you to learn krav-maga – an advanced Israeli combat method taken from the counter-terrorism units of the IDF and Israeli police. Enjoy a half day training in krav-maga and a shooting exercise in a special battle field zone. Click here for more information
Contemporary Art Tours - Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s engaging contemporary art scene offers insight into the modern cultural dialogue present in today’s ‘holy city’ - one concentrated with innovation, setting itself apart from other art scenes around the world. For further details Click here
Bedouin Desert Experience
Meet the desert in person - Bedouin Desert Experience, much more than accommodation. Click here for more information
New Hotel: Leonardo Boutique Jerusalem
Click here to read about Leonardo Boutique Jerusalem, which is a designer boutique hotel located in the heart of Jerusalem
Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem
Click here to read about the Herbert Samuel Hotel, which is located in the heart of Jerusalem and surrounded by historic centers and dynamic cultural institutions.
By the rivers of Babylon – Jerusalem
The Bible Lands Museum is proud to present a special exhibition focusing on one of the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people – the Babylonian exile.
Weekly Tours – Early Bird Specials
Discounts on selected tours for any departure date in 2016.
City of David : New tours in the ancient city - Old Jerusalem
Click to read PDF about a variety of fascinating tours in the ancient city from walking tours, riding on a Segway to an archaeological excavation.
Agricultural Tours in Southern Arava - Jordan Valley
Click to read the PDF about interesting agricultural tours in Southern Arava.
Travel Notes

Egypt Travel Tips

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Travel Protection/Insurance, Passports & Visas
Please double check that you have travel protection/insurance and valid documents (passport, visa, etc.) before leaving home.

Packing & Baggage Information
Please note: air carriers are also strict about the size and weight of carry-on luggage. Please contact your air carrier or travel agent for specific information prior to departing on your tour as the air carrier's size and weight limitations may vary from Cosmos limitations. Cosmos is not responsible for additional fees imposed by air carriers.

Pack a pair of comfortable, tried-and-tested walking shoes; don't forget insect repellent, sunscreen, sun hat, and sunglasses, especially for summer touring. Smart casual evening wear is fine. Climate changes according to region; allow for variable weather if you are travelling in spring and autumn and bring warm clothes for winter tours. Nights can be cold, so include a wool jacket and some warm sleepwear. Having laundry done can be expensive, so you may wish to pack some travel soap.

Note that as Egypt  is a Muslim country is preferable not to wear shorts or to have shoulders uncovered except in tourist areas such as Pyramids, Khan el Khalili and Upper Egypt.

Items for your hand luggage: a good supply of any medication you are taking, extra film and spare batteries for your camera, a pen, light rainwear, a sweater, a road map if you enjoy "plotting your progress," and maybe a small travel pillow. Label your camera and rolls of film with your name and tour code; should you lose them, there's a better chance of their being returned. Remember to check that you have not left your camera or film on the motorcoach at the end of your tour.

Carry all documents and money on your person but not all in the same place to limit the inconvenience in case of loss. We recommend use of a money belt while touring. Do not take with you excess money and valuables outside in the street. The suggestion is to use the safety deposit boxes where available, otherwise locked in your suitcase in the hotel room.

Remember a good quality international plug adapter for using electrical equipment abroad. The local current is 220 V. To reduce charges on calls home, we recommend you use pre-paid phone cards which area widely available.

For your own comfort and that of fellow passengers, please limit the size of your hand luggage to 30 x 28 x 14 cm. (12 x 11 x 6 in.) for easy storage on the motorcoach. Please note that international air carriers are also strict about the size and weight of carry-on luggage. Wheeled carry-on cases are not suitable as hand luggage for motorcoach travel. Porterage for one suitcase on tour is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, this single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 76 x 53 x 28 cm. (30 x 21 x 11 in.) and weight not exceeding 60 lbs. (27 kg.)

Important New Information Concerning Luggage:

In compliance with motorcoach legal weight limitations, we regret we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits. If you are carrying extra luggage, please make independent arrangements for its storage while you are touring.

To Know About Your Destination

Please pass your ticket to our representative at Cairo international airport/ border to be re-confirmed and returned back to you next day with a re-confirmation slip on it.  Also you should be prepared to change approximately US$150 per person at the bank in the airport before travelling to the overnight hotel in Cairo. Banks and exchange offices are very likely many in the places where we will be visiting.

Avoid eating raw and unwrapped street fare and iced drinks (especially during midday heat). Drink bottled water and allow for this in your budget. You may also want to eat a little less at dinner for a day or so until you adjust if you are dining later than usual. For health and hygiene reasons perishable food items should not be carried due to lack of refrigeration. Please remember that it is not customary in Europe to drink iced water with meals. Many restaurants only serve bottled mineral water (for a fee.. 90 c per 1 litre  bottle  ). Ice is not normally added to drinks unless specifically requested. Tea and coffee making facilities are not available in hotel rooms. Breakfasts at the hotels are: “ American  Buffet Breakfasts”. Food items are generally: coffee, tea or chocolate, orange juice, cold and hot milk, cereals, yoghurt, 2 types of bread, croissants, jam, butter, cold cuts (cheese and salami - Please note no pork products are available in Egypt), eggs, sausage and fruits . Also for safety reasons, the use of portable water heaters is not allowed. Bring a hair dryer if required.


Egypt  International Purchases

When buying carpets at our recommended shops in Egypt you will probably be asked to sign on the back of the carpet at the time of purchase. This is in order to validate/identify the authenticity of the purchased carpet and ensure it is not different from the one you have chosen whilst in the shop. Please make sure that you are certain about the colour and size of the merchandise and if in doubt then we suggest not to make any deal as once a deal has been struck and money paid, refunds are possible yet this siuation may create some hassle for yourself and the Tour conductor . We can assist you only for issues relating to carpets/rugs being damaged during the shipping. In general shipment takes up to about eight weeks to arrive (or sometimes longer if you are having an item specially made). Ensure that when you purchase the carpet it is made clear to you whether you retrieve the carpet directly at home or whether you have to clear it through customs. Please be aware that duty/customs charges will be collected upon receipt of the merchandise when shipped. Appraisal values may vary based on market value, country or origin, materials used etc. Please retain all receipts and purchase information to include quality, colour and size of the merchandise.

International Purchases

If you buy items on tour to be shipped to your home, customs import charges are usually not included in the price. If you use a credit card (make sure that the expiration date is more than a month after finishing the tour), you will be debited in the local currency and your bank will establish the rate of exchange on the debit. You should bring cash of your home country, where accepted in Egypt ( Euro, $, S .pound ) . Also traveller’s cheques are widely used.  Remember to have your PIN number to enable you to draw cash at ATM's if required.

On the Coach

For safety reasons all passengers are reminded to remain seated while the motorcoach is in motion. Coaches in Egypt are not equipped with safety bills .  You are kindly requested to refrain from using a mobile phone while on a moving coach except in emergencies.


Major credit cards are widely accepted but you may encounter shops or restaurants that require a minimum charge for using them. You might consider bringing more than one card, as some outlets may not accept all types. An ATM (automatic teller machine) card may also be helpful; however credit cards are NOT accepted in Turkey (traveller’s cheques are accepted).

Be sure to activate your ATM and/or credit card with your bank before travelling, and don't forget to bring your PIN code(s) to facilitate use for both ATM and credit card(s).

Check with your bank to ensure you can withdraw cash on your card abroad if necessary.

Check that your cards do not expire while you are abroad and are still valid for at least 30 days after completion of your tour.

Ask your credit card(s) and traveller’s cheque companies for the emergency telephone numbers to report any losses; always keep these numbers with you while travelling, but separately from your card(s) or cheques.

Cash in local currency will be necessary for minor purchases, tipping in restaurants, taxis, etc. (US dollars is  always  accepted). Do not rely completely on ATMs to obtain small amounts of local currency - the minimum you are permitted to withdraw may be much higher than you actually require. For tipping your tour director, driver and local guides, dollar bills will be useful. Hide a couple of $50 bills on your person as emergency funds while travelling; these can always be exchanged at a bank for local currency. A small supply of US$1 bills (US$25-$30 total) will also come in handy.

You may also wish to bring some money in traveller’s cheques; see "Your Spending Money" in Tips for Travellers for guidelines regarding use. In most cases you will not be able to use traveller’s cheques to purchase items in stores or pay for restaurant meals; instead exchange cheques for cash at a local bank. We suggest larger denomination cheques ($50, $100) because of fixed rate service charges per cheque when you exchange for local currency. Traveller’s cheques can also be used for tipping tour directors and drivers. That is why small denominations of US dollars come in handy. Also in some countries fees for changing traveller’s cheques are extremely high.

As a general guideline, aim to bring a variety of means to "pay your way" just in case you have difficulties with your preferred method of payment.

Tipping Guidelines

US$3 to $5 per person per day to your tour director, and US$3 to $5 per person per day to your driver for a job well done, as well as a tip to your local city guide and airport transfer man  for a good performance. You may wish to tip other personnel on a discretionary basis.

A Few Words of:

Arabic: French:
Good Morning: Sabah el khair

Good morning / day: Bonjour

Good Evening: Masaa el khair Good evening: Bonsoir
Thank you: Shokrun Goodbye: Au revoir
Please: Men Fadluck Please: S'il vous plaît
How much is this?: Bikam dah?          Thank you: Merci
Tea: Shaay Yes: Oui  /  No: Non
Coffee: Ahwa. Do you speak English?: Parlez-vous anglais?
Not at all : Afwan. I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
How much?: C'est combien?
Telephone: Le téléphone
Toilet: Les toilettes
Tea: Thé
Bottled water: De l'eau minérale
Cheers!: Santé!
Have a nice day!: Bonne journée!




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