SUMMER (June-early Sept)

Temperatures are usually in the high 80’s (27C), 90’s (32C). Tel Aviv and Tiberias will be hot and humid (like New York or Miami). Jerusalem is dryer and cooler, particularly at night. Massada and Eilat are extremely hot (possibly above 110F (43C), but dry. Not a drop of rain.


SPRING (late Mar-May) and AUTUMN (late Sept-Nov)

Temperatures are very pleasant; around 60-70F (15-25C) degrees in most of the country (still hot, though, around the Red Sea and Dead Sea). Jerusalem will be in the 40-50F (5-10C) in the evening. There will be some rain – nothing torrential.


WINTER (Dec-early Mar)

Winter weather fluctuates. Some winters are mild and sunny, while some are severe and overcast. There’s often heavy rain. In January and February it may even snow in parts of the country. Temperatures range in the 50-60F (10-15C) in most places, but in the 40’s (5C) in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills – where it can be very cold at night.


What to Pack for a Holy Land Tour

Spring/Summer Travel in Holy Land Packing Guide – April to October

  • Light weight and loose fitting clothing
  • Short-sleeved and sleeveless shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sneakers and sandals
  • Skirts/Dresses (below the knee length for Shabbat and the Western Wall)
  • Bathing suit, water shoes and towel (Dead Sea)
  • Pajamas
  • Evenings, Jerusalem and the north can be cool. It is a good idea to pack a sweater or lightweight jacket/layers
  • Hat for the sun – really important
  • Undergarments
  • From May – September the sun is most intense. Long shorts, skirts and even long-sleeved shirts will help you stay protected


Winter Travel in Holy Land Packing Guide – November to April

Winters in Holy Land are mild compared to North America but can get quite cold.

  • Jeans/pants
  • Pack a shell or rain jacket as well as other layers
  • Sweater, fleece jacket, hat and gloves
  • Pajamas
  • Undergarments
  • You may start the day out with a jacket, by midday take it off and put it on again come evening.


From October – April temperatures range from the high 40s to the high 60s. Showers may fall during this period, so an umbrella is wise. Bring a jacket, a few sweaters and long pants for visits between these months.


Year-round in Holy Land Travel Packing Guide

  • Sunglasses and a hat. You’ll find the sunlight is stronger than what you’re accustomed to, even in the winter. A hat is also useful sun protection, year-round
  • For women – have an easy, packable skirt, scarf and/or shawl for covering up in Holy Land’s holy places. Throw it in your bag in the morning and you’re ready for whatever stops you make
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sneakers and sandals
  • Swimwear is appropriate year-round, whether it’s to splash in the hotel’s indoor pool or hit a beach on a warm, winter day in the southern part of the country
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent are useful items as well
  • Water bottle – it’s a dry country and you should be drinking regularly
  • It is a good idea to bring a small bag for day trips, especially for trips to the Dead Sea or Eilat
  • For hiking, you will need good shoes and a lot of water. Be sure to have either a canteen or several bottles