When you think of Israel, what are the first images that pop into your mind? Most people asked will think about religion, history and archeology. Have you ever thought about nature, repelling down ancient hills, or sleeping under the stars in the desert?
Imagine landing in an ultra modern airport in one of the world’s most ancient lands. No need to fill out awkward custom papers to enter. Just hand your passport to the Custom’s agent, collect your luggage and let the fun begin. No matter where you begin, Israel is an eye-opening experience for all of the senses.
Tel Aviv is described by some of New York City on the beach. It is a modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city with beautiful stretches of the Mediterranean beaches and marinas dotting the coast. In Tel Aviv, discover art galleries, shopping boutiques, craft bazaars and more. Then rest on the beach because the famous night life awaits you. Along the same coast, ancient cities of Caesaria and Acco will whisper stories of the past in your ears.
Jerusalem, the ‘City of Gold’, offers the most iconic of sights including the Old City where Judaism, Christianity and Islam meet. A walk through the Old City pulls you towards ancient fortresses, shopping bazaars, blending rich cultures and heritages. As you step out of the Old City from Jaffa Gate, you can pass through the modern Mamilla Mall and enter the New City of Jerusalem. There you find fine cuisines from all over the world, delicious street food and one of the oldest open markets, Machane Yehuda. Further into the city, one of the foremost art museums, The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem, memorial to the Holocaust round out your visit.
Traveling toward the desert, your eyes will meet lush date palm trees springing up from the oases. En Gedi, a nature preserve, offers a glimpse of nature and indigenous animals. Continuing on with the Dead Sea at your side discover Qumran and Masada. You might even want to refresh by floating on the Dead Sea. As you get closer to the desert, ATVs and camels are waiting to take you to Bedouin tents for your overnight experience and star gazing. In the morning rappel the ancient mountain sides then continue on the ancient paths through Timna and into Eilat, the diving capital of the Red Sea.
In the north, travel the green paths and hills of the Galilee and Golan. Ride mountain bikes through nature reserves or kayak the Jordan River. After your day of active travel, relax the next day with some leisurely sightseeing and visit one of Israel’s 227 wineries. You can also try a farm to table experience with one of the many local farmers or kibbutzism.
Israel offers so much to see and do. It is the perfect destination to visit for every age. If you have already visited, then it might be time to come back!
For more information about visiting Israel and planning your trip, call Tikva Tours; 877-499-2005 or visit their website: www.tikvatours.com