At present, the economy of Israel is considered to be a success story. Despite the fact that the country has virtually no natural resources and in spite of a major ongoing armed conflict and waves of immigration from all over the world adding to the enormous load placed on it, Israel is still ranked as one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Two of the contributing factors to this success are aid provided by Israel’s allies and a highly educated work force.
Since the State of Israel was founded in 1948, its exports have grown from around thirty million dollars per year to more than thirty billion. Over this period of time, a lot of changes have taken place in its field of economy. During its start, Israel’s main exports were citrus fruits along with processed diamonds and a few industrial products. Today, Israel’s strongest products come from its high-tech industry, applied to such diverse areas as electronics, hardware, software, optics, communications and the medical industry.
Over time, the ideology driving the Israeli economy has also transformed. When it was just getting started, this economy’s nature was prominently centralist, marked by a lot of government involvement. Following a major political change in government as a result of the 1977 elections, Israel’s governing administrations have gradually adopted a more liberal policy regarding the economy.
The GDP of the country is estimated to be about 179 billion US dollars and the GDP per capita is some 27,300 US dollars, ranking Israel in the 21st place compared with all the other OECD countries in 2008. Its export sum around 2.98 billion US dollars a year, while imports total around 3.3 billion US dollars. The yearly growth rate in 2008 was estimated to be 4.1%, the inflation rate in early 2009 was about 3.4% and the unemployment rate back then was around 6.8%. The Israeli economy is characterized by the predominant sector of high-tech, which came to play this role after greatly contributing to the country’s impressive economic growth in the 1990s. Additional prominent sectors include pharmaceuticals, tourism, chemicals, the military industries, the metal industry and processed diamonds.
The Land of Israel is situated in a subtropical climate area, with offers two main seasons: a rather hot and dry summer alongside a cold and semi-wet to wet winter. However, thanks to generalized influences such as Israel’s being positioned between a sea to its west and two different deserts in the east and south, as well as more localized influences like the varying altitudes, the weather in Israel can be quite diverse, offering those vacationing in Israel a huge range of activities, from skiing at the snow-covered Mount Hermon in the north to swimming and diving in the southern and sunny Bay of Eilat.
As a rule, Israel can be divided into three main climate areas. In the northern and central parts of Israel, the weather tends to be Mediterranean, mainly translating into a hot summer and a rather rainy winter. The coastal plain, which is the most densely populated part of the country, is characterized by humidity during the summer months while the winter is usually quite a comfortable season. Meanwhile, up in the mountainous areas of the land, summer is marked as dry while the winters can be rather cold. To the south and east, Israel is a desert, with a climate that is both hot and dry during the day with marked drops in temperature during the night. Between these two main areas, the desert and the Mediterranean regions, lies the semi-arid zone, where the climate is a transitional one.
Fittingly, Israel is a land characterized by bright sunshine and its amounts of light and sun radiation are among the highest recorded in the world. This ensures any visitor a lovely suntan, but also requires taking the appropriate protection.
Most of the country’s precipitation is provided by the rainy winters, with the Hermon, as the land’s highest mountainous peak, being covered by snow every single year. The majority of the Mediterranean climate area sees more than 400 millimeters of rain falling each year, while the desert areas are marked by a rainfall of less than 250 millimeters in the same period of time. The semi-arid region is characterized by rainfall of somewhere between 300 and 400 millimeters annually. While the rainy season officially starts in October and ends in May, the majority of the rains fall during the months of December to February. The heat which marks the dry season peaks around the months of July and August.
The temperatures are generally quite comfortable during the months of September to November and April through June. This time of the year is marked by few rains and sunny days, making it ideal for beach going and pleasant hiking through the desert areas.
When visiting during the summer months, one should pack light clothing and it’s also recommended to bring bathing suits. If winter is the time of visit, one should pack warm clothes and just in case, also bring an umbrella. The winter tends to be quite comfortable, making outdoors hiking a wonderfully pleasant option. If one encounters an unusually rainy week, the southern port city of Eilat can always offer shelter as it is practically perpetually sunny.
The official languages of the State of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. While not an official language, English is regarded as the main language for international communication and therefore is widely spoken by a majority of Israelis and it’s also heavily featured on most signposts as well as commercial products.
Spoken by six million Jewish people as well as other inhabitants of the land, Hebrew is the most common language. The next one is Arabic, which is common amongst over a million people, whether they’re Arabs, Jews who originate from an Arab country or people who have set out to learn the language. Israel is considered to be a melting pot due to the many immigrants who have populated it, additional languages can be heard among the various communities, with the most common ones being Russian (around 900,000 speakers), Jewish-Arabic (300,000) and Yiddish (200,000).
Amongst the many options open to you when you decide to book a private tour in the Holy Land, we highly recommend the VIP package. It boasts a first class service and is specifically built with small groups in mind, such as families looking to maximize the comfort element of their vacation, shore excursion travelers who have precious little time in the country and businessmen who are interested in adding exhilarating experiences to their trip, to name but a few.
The VIP Israel tours include the very best that this land has to offer, including luxurious accommodation, deluxe transport vehicles, gourmet restaurants, the finest spas available and much more. All this will be arranged with the intention of turning your holiday into a fully pampering retreat, leaving you free to rest, relax and explore the land. And as always, your itinerary during the journey will be customized to fit your specific needs, requirements and wishes in order to guarantee one hundred percent satisfaction.
Planning any trip requires quite a lot of thought, organization and familiarity with the land you’re about to travel to as well as knowing how to meet your goals through the best decision making possible. It’s for this reason that in the following page you can find helpful tips and pointers on how to best plan your journey through Israel and maximize your enjoyment during your stay.
When booking a private tour, naturally all arrangements are made for you and the trip’s itinerary will be customized to suit you specifically and your needs and wishes. These points for thought will help you point out to your private tour guide what aspects of the country you’d like to explore together and in what ways.
Which time of the year are you counting on for your tour in Israel?
There are marked differences between visiting Israel during the summer versus during the winter time in terms of weather and optimal ways of having a good time during each season. Holy Land Private Tours can attune your trip accordingly and will always be at your service, no matter what time of year you come or by which means you plan to travel, whether by air, sea or land.
Who are the travelers?
The trip can best be planned when taking into account the identity of the group of travelers coming: how many will they be and of what age or ages? Are there any participants with special requirements or interests?
How do you prefer to tour the land?
Israel is a small country, relatively speaking, yet transportation can always be tricky. Despite the short distances, you’ll find that you are crossing three different climate zones and decidedly different geographic conditions. This is why means of transport matter so much and you get to decide how it best suits you to travel.
Where would you prefer to stay?
At Holy Land Private Tours, all you need to do is state what is your preferred means of accommodation in order for us to get the best rates for you with minimal need for your involvement. However, if it is your preference to take care of this part of your trip by yourself, we could recommend the hotels that would best serve your need when taking into consideration your itinerary and budget.
What are the sites that you would want to visit?
You can use the many itineraries, specialty offers and traveling suggestions on this site to get an idea of what the places that you would prefer seeing in Israel are and which kind of trip you would like. By letting Holy Land Private Tours know what these are, your itinerary can be constructed specifically for you, with all of your wishes in mind, to optimize your time here and make sure you see all the sites you would like to visit in the best possible way.
What’s my first step in making my dream of a trip to Israel a reality?
Providing you with all of our knowledge, experience and information, we are always at your service. You can simply use the contact option available on this site and give whatever initial info you have on when you are coming and what you’d like to see and we will assist you in everything, step by step into order to turn your dream into a spectacular reality.
The best way to see the land of Israel in a manner that is most suited to your needs and wishes is by signing up for a private tour. It can fit a small group of travelers, like a family, a small bunch of cruise passengers or business people with little free time on their schedule. This promises you an optimal way of touring the country, as you are subjugated to no external obligations and are free to craft a journey that perfectly suits your wants, requirements and pace.
Once you make contact, you will be helped in the planning of an itinerary that is centered around your own expectations, taking into account trip logistics and managing overall quality, so you get to be in control every step of the process while enjoying Holy Land Private Tours expertise in touring Israel.
These private tours will be carried out on any one of top quality touring vehicles, merging comfort with practicality. Traveling together with an experienced and highly professional tour drivers, it’s the highest standard of touristic transportation you could wish for.
If you are interested in adding small, but fun and pampering amenities to your travel in Israel, one of the best ways to go about it is to book a group tour. These little touches add to the atmosphere and the experience of traveling in the Holy Land as you enjoy the company of the people in your group.
Another option open to you is to use Holy Land Private Tours’ logistical assistance even when using a tour agency’s service. When contacting the agency, you can ask for an external private tour guide to lead your group or act as your representative in hiring the best services at comfortable rates.
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