The juxtaposition of old and new is common in Israel and nowhere is this more apparent than in the city of Tel Aviv. The towering skyscrapers and state-of-the-art architecture in this cosmopolitan metropolis stand in stark contrast to the cobbled streets and old-world charm of the surrounding areas. Tel Aviv is the financial, technological and economic hub of Israel. Known as a “party capital”, the city is the perfect destination for the hedonistic traveller looking to play in a vibrant, dynamic city that never sleeps. Visitors spend time marveling at the plethora of contemporary art galleries, engaging in retail therapy at artisan boutiques, or relaxing in the sun on one of the Tel Aviv's sizzling beaches, before heading to one of the many restaurants, bars and exclusive nightclubs after dark.
Tiberias is a popular tourist resort located on a steep hillside overlooking Israel’s only freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee. No pilgrimage would be complete without a visit to this holy city, it’s significant religious sites around the lake, and the charming Old City. Aside from its historical monuments, Tiberias is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing summer holiday with numerous leisure activities and watersports on offer. The new city's downtown area is a vibrant commercial centre complete with a variety of restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, bustling bazaars and live music venues. Take a horse-drawn carriage around town or rent a bicycle and spend the day exploring the gorgeous beaches and natural springs dotted along the shoreline.
At 400 meters below sea level, this natural wonder is surrounded by the majestic Mountains of Moab to the East and the Judean Mountains to the West. Floating effortlessly in the Dead Sea’s hypersaline water is a surreal experience offering visitors a sense of peace and tranquility seldom experienced elsewhere. It is named the Dead Sea due to the lack of life forms able to survive in it’s salty waters. The excess minerals in the water provide extraordinary relief to the many ailing visitors who flock to benefit from its seemingly magical healing properties. Add to this a wide range of holiday activities such as camel rides, spa treatments and abseiling and it is easy to understand why the Dead Sea is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Israel.
Jerusalem holds high significance for three major religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) and as a result offers a multitude of historical attractions to all that visit. The walled Old City, with its narrow cobble-stoned alleyways, beautiful bell towers, and charming hidden courtyards, is the epicentre of Jerusalem. Despite it’s small size, the Old City is home to a plethora of ancient sacred sites. These include the Garden of Gethsemane; the Western Wall; and the Dome of the Rock.Step out of the Old City and you will find yourself thrust back into the twenty-first century. All of these historical sites contrast to make Jerusalem a fascinating and inspiring travel destination.