Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating places on earth. Anyone interested in the history of Western civilisation, and in the hot spot where West meets East, ought to visit. It is multi-layered, archeologically rich, and hums with competing human narratives. The Old City streets are crowded with churches, Islamic architecture and ancient Hebrew and Roman remains.
The city air is heavy with history, and with imputed meaning. Yet Jerusalem is not just her Old City. You will also find a vibrant, bustling and multi-ethnic modern city, perhaps best epitomised by the outstanding, colourful Mahane Yehuda food market. The modern city is also home to several outstanding museums including the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea scrolls, and Yad Vashem which is the national monument to the holocaust. The areas around Jerusalem are green and hilly, and offer plenty of opportunities for touring wineries, goat cheese farms, and for hiking and cycling. Jerusalem is also a perfect base for day trips to the remarkable Judean Desert which boasts sites likes Masada – Herod’s desert Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Quasr El Yahud – the Jordan River baptism site, Ein Gedi desert oasis and the Dead Sea.
The Jerusalem environs are extremely rich with exciting places to discover and tour.
Beit Guvrin National Park consists of over 1000 acres of green hilly land. Scratch the surface and find a hard layer of ‘nari’ rock covering a layer of softer chalk.
The area is fascinating to explore, whether for Christian Heritage, as part of a geo-political tour, or out of historical interest.
Cool off from the desert heat at this glorious, green oasis in the middle of the Judean desert.
Traditionally earth's appointed meeting place with heaven, Jerusalem is a city of uncanny spiritual energy, profound creativity, and radical ideas.
Arguably Israel’s most dramatic site, Masada’s mountain top ruins, set against the extraordinary backdrop of the Judean desert, are but a stage for the retelling of a heroic and ancient tale, now ingrained in national mythology.
Today Qasr al-Yahud is a scenic and peaceful spot for contemplation, and for baptisms.
Qumran is the site of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century.
The naturally oxygen rich air is infused with vapours rising from the mineral rich Sea.
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