Nowhere on earth stirs up passion quite the way Israel does. Admiration at the breathtaking beauty of its natural features: the Dead Sea; green hills and valleys of the Israel National Trail and the multicoloured canyon of Makhtesh Ramon. Religious devotion in the Jews, Christians and Muslims who come to visit the Holy Land’s sacred sites – those on Jerusalem‘s Temple Mount are among the most revered in the world. And of course fiery debate, as noone leaves Israel without encountering the often confounding politics of the region.
Of course there are plenty of places to unwind too, not least the cafes, bars and beaches of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv or the boutique wineries of the Galilee region. One thing’s for sure, spending time here never fails to challenge ideas and offer the most unexpected experiences.
Discover The Western Wall on the Eve of Sabbath
Be part of the flow of worshippers making their way downhill through the bazaars and alleys of the Old City as they move toward the Western Wall. Feel the magnetism and charisma that this remnant of the ancient Temple possesses for millions in the Jewish world.
Visit Iconic Places
The Dead Sea, Galilee, Golan Heights, and the Negev Desert.
Stay in a Kibbutz
The country’s most unique communities and a unique experience.
Ride a Jeep or Camel in the Desert
The Negev Desert’s Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater) is a type of geological formation unique to this region.
It is a must for visitors wanting to understand the history of the Jewish people. No visitor can leave unaffected.
Take a relaxing float in the Dead Sea
The lowest point on Earth.
Eat like a Local
Falafel, fresh pita bread stuffed with fried eggplant, hardboiled egg, hummus, tahini, spices, chili sauce, amba (pickled mango sauce) and salads.
King David Hotel
Built in the 1920s, this stately hotel with a pink quartz facade is within 2 km of the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The refined rooms feature old or new city views, plus free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and desks; some have balconies. Suites add separate sitting areas, and some include whirlpool tubs and/or meeting rooms.
There’s a formal restaurant, and a casual eatery with a terrace, as well as 2 bars. Other amenities include a spa, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and a kids’ pool, plus a business center and free parking.
The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya
Across from a marina overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this luxe hotel is 7 km from the Ramat Aviv Mall, 10 km from Yarkon Park and 13 km from the Cameri Theater.
Plush rooms with sleek, contemporary decor and sea views have Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and some have balconies. Opulent suites include Nespresso machines, and some have saunas; room service is also available.
A stylish lobby lounge offers continental breakfast (fee), and there’s also an elegant kosher restaurant and a rooftop bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa and a 24-hour gym.
Overlooking the desert and Ramon Crater, this posh hotel in a contemporary stone building is 11 minutes from Hai Ramon and 6 km from Colored Sand.
Featuring desert views, the modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers, plus gardens or balconies. Upgraded rooms have private pools or crater views.
Parking and breakfast, served in a chic restaurant with crater views, are free. Other amenities include a casual bar, a kids’ club, an exercise room, an indoor pool and an outdoor infinity pool with desert views. The spa area has a sauna, a Hammam, a Jacuzzi, massages and beauty treatments.
The Scots Hotel
In a former 19th-century Scottish hospital, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, this upscale hotel is 14 km from the renowned Church of the Multiplication.
The refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes, plus tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms have Scottish decor and some feature stone walls.
Freebies include breakfast and parking. There’s a fine-dining restaurant in a former maternity ward, along with a wine cellar and a traditional Scotch whiskey bar. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, an archaeological visitors center, an art gallery and a lake-view spa with a gym. There’s also a garden with whimsical gazebos.
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