What is the baggage allowance?

For international flights, you are generally allowed one checked bag and one carry-on at no additional cost, with the following parameters: up to 50 pounds and 62 inches (L+W+D) for checked bag and up to 40 pounds and 45 inches (L+W+D) for carry-on.  Baggage restrictions often vary by airline.  It is important to refer to the airline’s international baggage regulations prior to packing, as these can change without notice.

If I am flying with the group, can I upgrade my ticket or confirm specific seats on my flights?

Unfortunately, the airline’s group contract does not permit upgrades or allow MST to guarantee seat choices in advance. Please see information for making own flight arrangements. MST is pleased to assist with these arrangements upon request.

If making own flight arrangements, will I receive an airline credit off of the tour cost?

Yes! If you notify Morning Star Tours (MST) in writing prior to October 16, 2022, you will receive a credit of $1,075. If you notify MST between October 16, 2022 and December 15, 2022, you will receive a credit of $975. No credit can be given after December 15, 2022.

If making own flight arrangements, when should I purchase airline tickets?

Morning Star Tours recommends waiting to purchase your airfare until the minimum number of guests have registered for this tour.  This is in order to avoid penalties and fees imposed by the airlines should changes occur. Morning Star Tours will notify you once this number has been reached and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding airfare.

If making own flight arrangements, when should I arrive into Tel Aviv?

Please plan to depart the U.S. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, and arrive into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

If making own flight arrangements, when should I depart from Tel Aviv?

Please plan to depart from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) on Friday, March 10, 2023 (after 10 PM), or the morning of Saturday, March 11, 2023  *(Hotel overnight on March 10, 2022, is included in tour cost).

Can I use frequent flyer miles to purchase my airline ticket?

Yes; however, due to airline contract restrictions, MST cannot purchase these tickets for you. Please see Tel Aviv arrival and departure information.

Can Morning Star Tours help me with my flights?

Yes! We are pleased to assist with flight arrangements! Please contact Jenny Davis, at jenny@morningstartours.com.

What is the Cancellation Policy for this tour?

To review the Cancellation Policy for this tour, please go to the Terms and Conditions.

What are the Covid protocols for visiting Israel?

At this time, Israel does not require Covid vaccination nor a negative arrival test. Please note: specific airlines and countries may require a negative Covid test for presentation at check-in. Please check with your particular airline and transiting countries regarding their specific policies. Israel is requiring for tourists to have a proof of insurance covering the costs of medical treatment related to Covid, including quarantine coverage if it were to be needed.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

At this time, Israel is requiring guests to provide proof of insurance that covers Covid-related illnesses before entry. Companies vary regarding the length of time to purchase trip insurance to cover pre-existing conditions and/or the “cancel for any reason” feature (example: TravelSafe requires purchasing insurance with 21-days of your deposit date). You are welcome to use any company for trip insurance. The company we have worked most closely with is TravelSafe Insurance, and their plans with pricing can be reviewed on their website. Using this link provided will link your policy to Morning Star (which makes it much easier for us to assist you should a claim be necessary).

Are all gratuities included?

Yes! A generous tip to guides, drivers, hotel staff, and those serving you at applicable sites is included in your tour cost. We pray that this provision is a blessing and a testimony to those who serve you in The Land.

What out-of-pocket expenses should I expect?

Please plan to bring spending money for lunches (about $20-$30 per day), sodas, bottled water, and personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, or room service.

Should I bring my young children on the tour?

Young children may find the pace of the tour to be too rigorous, and may find the time on the tour bus and quiet times of teaching challenging. We recommend that guests be age 13 or above.

How much walking will we be doing?

You will average three to five miles of walking per day on your tour. This walking is done in small increments throughout the day and you will have frequent opportunities to rest if needed. To prepare yourself, start walking a little each day. We recommend properly “breaking in” any shoes you plan to wear while touring.