Visiting Israel is an exciting trip full of intrigue and complexity, no matter who you are. The Holy Land draws travelers from all walks of life and from around the world, whether it is for a luxurious vacation, religious pilgrimage, or out of interest. From the Mediterranean to the Negev, Israel is full of wonder and excitement as the country will give you the experience of your life and a fuller understanding of the world’s most complicated places.
No matter where you go, exploring Israel has a vast range of natural features, history, and culture, archeological sites that span centuries, hotspots for foodies, and spiritual walk for the religious. Every step in this land of intrigue is a step into the past, present, and future as all three connect to make Israel the state they are. That first step is always the hardest, and an excellent tour guide will help you enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Whether historical or political, Jerusalem is the most important city in the world. It is the home to the Old City and houses some of the most religious sites in the world like the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. In Jerusalem, you’ll also find the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center and the Tower of David. Jerusalem is a sacred city where the deep roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity dig deep.
You’d be hard-pressed to not spend any time in the bustling city of Tel Aviv. It sports beautiful beaches, historical sites, and even modern-day architecture (the mosques and synagogues are beautiful). In the city center is the Camel Market, you can adventure through the neighborhood of Old Jaffa, and if you want to go wild, the nightlife is considered iconic. If you’re a shopper, then check out Miraflores and the restaurants are a must for the foodie in all of us. For the history buff, the Beit Hatfutsot Jewish History Museum is a must-see.
Eilat is known for its pristine beaches located along the Red Sea. There you can snorkel and dive through schools of fish and coral reefs. If the beach life isn’t for you, there is also the Underwater Observatory, or you can check out Timna Valley, the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, and even the Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve.
Tiberius is a popular spot for tourists and Israeli’s alike when it comes to being a vacation spot. It is located on the west side of the Sea of Galilee and is a holy city in Judaism. Nearby are hot springs, an ancient synagogue in Korazim National Park, and you can enjoy an evening light show featured on the Tiberius Promenade. Visitors can windsurf, kayak, or enjoy other water-based activities on Lake Kineret, also known as the Sea of Galilee.
The Negev Desert takes up over half of Israel’s landmass. The sunrises and sunsets are enchanting as the tan sands shift in colors from red to yellow. Visit the Negev Camel Ranch and the sandstones pillars of Timna Park. Take a guided tour around the Ramon Crater and through the valley of Ein Avdat. Bring something to drink as the temperature is hot. If you don’t wish to hike, hire a driver in an air-conditioned SUV for a more refreshing journey.
In northern Israel lies the modern city Haifa. It features a large tech industry and a diverse collection of people. You can come here for Mount Carmel and admire the Bahai Garden along with the Golden Dome Temple. If you’re a cultural or history buff, the city offers museums, parks, and even sports centers to keep you busy. Overlooking the town is Yefe Nof street and is a perfect place to take a stroll and take in the majesty of this Israeli city.
Garden of Gethsemane
For those on a pilgrimage, near Jerusalem at the foot of the Mount of Olives is Gethsemane. For Christianity, this garden is known for the place where Jesus ascended into Heaven. Even if you’re not on a pilgrimage, the site offers beautiful olive trees that are a must-see in Israel.
The Dead Sea
A trip to Israel wouldn’t be the same without visiting the legendary Dead Sea. While it may be the lowest point in the world, it’s a great float to exfoliate your skin with the mud, salt, and heat that’ll purify the body. The sea is so salty, eight times that of the oceans, you can’t swim but float as if you wore a life preserver vest.
Many consider Nazareth to be one of the best places to visit. Whether it’s a pilgrimage or a love for history and culture, Nazareth offers the Basilica of the Annunciation along with Mary’s Well. While being the place where Jesus grew up, it features a substantial Arab Muslim and Christian population. Don’t forget to visit the Holy Caves, St. Gabriel’s Church, Megiddo National Park, and the Ancient Bath House of Nazareth.
In Israel, there are so many things to see and places to visit. The country offers a lifetime of exploration for people of all walks of life. Whether you’re here for business, culture, or even a small pilgrimage, Israel will give you a lifetime of memories. Her natural features and historical architecture alone will fill you with a sense of wonder. Her people will leave you breathless. As a spiritual center of the world, Israel will strengthen your soul.
For those wanting to nervous to adventure alone, Elijah Tours & Travel offer guided and private tours to enrich your experience in this legendary country. Take a dip in the Dead Sea, dance the night away in Tel Aviv, and drink a glass of wine in Jerusalem as your visit enhances your life and supplies you with memories that last forever.