Accessible Travel

Access to public amenities for people with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, is approaching the levels of Western Europe and North America. Almost all hotels and HI hostels are required to have one or more rooms outfitted for wheelchair users, and many tourist attractions, including museums, archaeological sites and beaches, are wheelchair accessible to a significant degree. Quite a few nature reserves offer trails designed for wheelchairs (see www.parks.org.il and www.kkl.org.il), with new ones are being added each year. Restaurants are a mixed bag because few have fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. Kerb ramps for wheelchairs are widespread.

For details on accessibility, check out the website of Access Israel, www.aisrael.org. Yad Sarah Organisation (www.yadsarah.org) lends wheelchairs, crutches and other mobility aids free of charge (deposit required).

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel