Destination Overview ISRAEL

Israel

Cradle of Civilizing – A unique destination.The Land of the Bible with its more than 4000 year old history is a must visit for every human being. Small as it is, Israel is a jam-packed with history, culture, diverse people, landscapes, and experiences. The modern state may be just 73 years old, but its story began thousands of years ago.

Visitors exploring Pre Historic and Biblical archaeological sites, fortresses and ruins across the country discover layer upon layer of history through the ages, throughout differing reigning powers. It is a land of deep significance to Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Bahai believers and many others who live and worship in their own way.

Even the geography and topography offer huge variety – Israel offers opportunities to enjoy not only magnificent history and archaeology, but also a broad range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming, rappelling, caving, and snorkelling, together with an energetic urban culture of museums, concerts, restaurants, bustling boulevards, and shopping.

In addition to the classic sites that tourists typically head to in Israel such as Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, The Dead Sea and Eilat, there are those that are off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. “The magical city of Rosh Pina in the north features quaint cobbled streets, restaurants and art galleries, an ancient synagogue and hilltop lookout over the spectacular Hula valley.Tira market offers a vibrant mix of colours, flavours, and fragrances, along with a wide range of products from clothing and jewellery to spices and fresh fruit. Looking for a coastal treasure? Try Rosh Hanikra, a breath-taking geologic formation on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with a chalk cliff face with spectacular grottos.In the 300,000-year-old Avshalom Caves near Jerusalem, you will find four-meter stalactites that have evolved info magnificent stone pillars. Finally, if you’re around between February and March, head south to see the magnificent site of bright red anemone flowers taking over the Negev.

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Jerusalem – Sacred to three monotheistic religions, it is said to be home to more holy sites than any other city in the world. Synagogues, Mosques, and Churches can be found at almost every turn, especially when exploring the picturesque cobblestone alleyways of the Old City.

The Sea of Galilee – The Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret) is a magnificent geographical marvel surrounded by pretty rural agricultural settlements. Famous because of its prominence among New Testament writings (as is the whole of the Galilee as the place Jesus lived), the Sea of Galilee is one of the earliest settled areas in the Land of Israel and boasts archaeological ruins sitting alongside some of the first pioneering settlements in Israel, as well as religious sites, modern cities, and endless outdoor pursuits.

Tel Aviv – Fascinating culture and art, statement fashion, international cuisine and a cosmopolitan vibe all act as a magnet for the young and young at heart, from all over the world.

The Dead Sea – The Dead Sea, known in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melakh (the Sea of Salt) is the lowest point on earth, surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert. The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest point on the surface of the earth, and the saline water of the lake give lead to the name because no fish can survive in the salty waters. The other result of the salty water is their renowned health and healing properties and the unique feature that one can float naturally in them.

Acre – The Old City of Akko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the remains of the Crusader town both above and below street level and because the city is one of a very small number of Ottoman walled towns with citadels, mosques, khans and baths, which have been preserved. In Akko, these sites were built on top of the ruins of the Crusader structures.

Nazareth – Nazareth’s many legendary churches, mosques, magical Old City, old factories, traditional heritage, colourful market, famous spice shop, craft shops, cultural activities, festivals, true Middle Eastern flavours, scenic panoramic views and fresh mountain air are all reasons that make this exotic city a hit with tourists.

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