Israel

Travel Guide
Frishman Beach showing landscape views, a coastal town and a sandy beach
Stunning natural landscapes, sacred religious sites, long sandy beaches and mouthwatering food make this Mediterranean Middle Eastern country a must-see destination.

Steeped in history, Israel is perhaps most famous for its religious pilgrimage sites and ancient cities. But look beyond the obvious to discover world-class diving, hip urban quarters and gorgeous golden beaches.

Spend a few hours exploring the ancient City of David, the oldest part of Jerusalem. It has been in the process of excavation since the mid 19th century. Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a long passage of waist-deep water that was mentioned in the Bible.

Step inside the somber yet sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be the location of Jesus’ tomb. Marvel at the gold-plated Dome of the Rock, a shrine on Temple Mount which is thought to contain the rock from which Mohammed ascended to heaven. Join the pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall, an ancient limestone wall that surrounds Temple Mount and is the holiest place for Jewish people to pray.

Culture-loving visitors will want to see the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which is housed within a striking angular building. Don’t miss the contemporary art exhibitions at the Museum on the Seam, a gallery located on the border between East and West Jerusalem.

Pick up some fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and pastries at the Mahane Yehuda Market, a bargain food market and restaurant hub in Jerusalem. Find some vintage clothing and furniture at the flea market in the lively Jaffa neighborhood of Tel Aviv.

Tour the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, a picturesque collection of garden terraces which also includes the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb. Take the ferry from Haifa to Akko, and explore the underground Templars’ Tunnel and the medieval Hospitaller Fortress.

Fly into Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and then ride the train or bus to neighboring towns and cities. Rent a bicycle to explore the streets of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Rent a car if you want to explore the country at your own pace.

Offering much more than meets the eye, Israel is an exciting, multifaceted destination.

Popular cities in Israel

Mount of Olives which includes landscape views, a city and a sunset
Jerusalem
Known for Historical, Museums and Cathedrals
Jerusalem is one of the world’s truly great cities. For thousands of years, people have been visiting this meeting point of civilisations and religions, and it remains one of the most fascinating travel destinations into the 21st century. It is safe to say that human history is tied to Jerusalem like no other place on Earth, so take the time to discover and explore as much of the city as possible during your holiday in Jerusalem.

Reasons to visit

  • Western Wall
  • Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Jaffa Gate
Jaffa Port showing a river or creek, a city and a sunset
Tel Aviv
Known for Beach view, Cafes and Art
Experience Israel at its most modern in the thriving coastal city of Tel Aviv, a cosmopolitan cultural hub lined with stunning beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Jaffa Port
  • Jerusalem Beach
  • Gordon Beach
Bat Galim beach
Haifa
Known for Gardens, Beach view and Cafes
Combine the leisure of the sandy beaches and green parks with a history brought to life by museums and temples in one of Israel’s largest cities.

Reasons to visit

  • Haifa Port
  • Baha'i Gardens
  • Bat Galim beach
Eilat Marina which includes a bay or harbor
Eilat
Known for Beach view, Sea and Snorkeling
From little more than a tiny police station over 65 years ago, this area has grown to be a major sunny vacation destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Eilat
  • Eilat Marina
  • Coral World Underwater Observatory Aquarium
Nazareth
Nazareth
Known for Historical, Tours and Cathedrals

Reasons to visit

  • Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
  • Mary's Well
Masada National Park which includes building ruins and heritage elements
Tamar
Known for Sea, Spas and Beach view

Reasons to visit

  • Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
  • Masada National Park
  • Ein Gedi Spa

Popular places to visit

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