A myriad of marvellous wonders
Why visit Israel
Compelling ancient history is intertwined seamlessly with modern-day life in this beguiling land. Welcoming, energetic and exhilarating, Israel is brimming with a myriad of marvellous cultural and geographical wonders.
Why we love Israel
Size isn’t everything
Or in this case, it is. Israel is a small country, which means getting around is quick and easy. Bask on a beach, bathe in the waters of the lowest place on earth, visit sacred cities, arid deserts and snow-capped mountains all in a single trip.
Crossroads of Religion
As a touchpoint for 3 of the world’s monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Israel is permeated in spiritual transcendence. It is a land rooted in the richness of both tradition and heritage and the ambience is stirring.
Capital of Cool
This self-proclaimed start-up nation is a leader in cutting edge technology. It has come a long way since its first kibbutz communities began experimenting with agriculture. But Israel still exudes unbelievable chutzpah when it comes to innovation.
The Land of Milk and Honey
It’s not all shakshuka, falafel and halvah! Israel’s eclectic food revolution is flourishing alongside the local favourites. The nations ebullient eating culture incorporates a melange of eateries from market stalls to fine dining restaurants and everything in between.
Our Israel highlights
The unique pulse of Tel Aviv is accentuated by its reputation as the “city that never stops’. It is a contemporary hub with a Mediterranean beach vibe and buzzing nightlife. The collection of impressive Bauhaus buildings label it the White City.
The capital Jerusalem is steeped in 3000-year-old history, with over 2000 archaeological sites to boot. The juxtaposition of the old and new results in fascinating layers of time built on a cluster of hills offering illustrious views. The Western Wall, Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulchre only scratch the surface of the must-see list.
A mere 10km from the Old City of Jerusalem, lies Bethlehem. A town in the West Bank and the site of the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
The Dead Sea, a salt lake is the lowest point on earth. It is obligatory to lather yourself from head to toe in the mineral-rich mud and float on the therapeutic waters! Nearby lies Masada National Park, home to the well-preserved ancient fortress built by King Herod. Climbing Masada at sunrise affords travellers with spectacular views of the Negev Desert.
Another prominent lake is Lake Tiberias also known as the Sea of Galilee. It is famous for its biblical associations and is the largest and lowest freshwater lake in Israel. Hot springs in Tiberias, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum and the Baptismal site on the Jordan River – Yardanit are just some of the nearby attractions.
Nazareth is not only home to over a dozen Christian sites including the Basilica of the Annunciation. It is also the country’s largest Arab city. The shuk (market) still retains an air of authenticity and is a great place to soak up the Middle-Eastern atmosphere.
Acre or Akko to the locals is a historic port city in the north. A UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of the remains of this crusader town both above and below the ground, make it a great place to explore. The Baha’i World Centre is found in both Acre and its twin city Haifa, where you can visit the immaculately landscaped Baha’i Gardens sloping down Mount Carmel towards the Mediterranean.
In southern Israel, on the shores of the diving mecca the Red Sea, is Eilat. Its calm beaches and year-round sunshine make it a much sought-after resort town.
Some of our favourite accommodation in Israel
The American Colony Hotel
Originally an Ottoman Palace, The American Colony Hotel is a landmark in Jerusalem
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