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. Yet Jerusalem is not just her Old City. You will also find a vibrant, bustling and multi-ethnic modern city, home to Israel’s most loved Mahane Yehuda market, and several outstanding museums. Jerusalem is also a perfect base for day trips to the remarkable Judean Desert including Masada and the Dead Sea.
The focus of Jerusalem may be history, yet just an hour’s drive to the west lies Tel Aviv, a Mediterranean beach city totally consumed by the present – or in the case of its many tech start-ups – the future. A hedonist’s mecca, Tel Avivians flaunt their bodies on the beach, indulge at mind-blowing restaurants and watch the sun rise from roof top parties. From an Israel touring perspective, Tel Aviv is an important part of the puzzle. During your Tel Aviv tour you will learn about the ideologically motivated creation of this first modern Hebrew City, about its relationship to the ancient port city of Jaffa, and its unique Bauhaus architecture and creative spirit.
The Jerusalem environs are extremely rich with exciting places to discover and tour.
Venturing about half an hour outside of Tel Aviv is the Ayalon Institute (also known as Mahon Ayalon), one of our favourite spots in the country.
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.
Tel Aviv is a sensual, good time city where the joie de vivre is tangible. Cafés buzz with constant chatter, twenty-four hour restaurants and bars serve unimaginably delicious fare, and the long stretches of sandy beaches always beckon.
The naturally oxygen rich air is infused with vapours rising from the mineral rich Sea.
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