Israel Travel Tips
Israel is one of the world's oldest travel destinations. Everyone from Moses to Mark Twain has dreamed of coming here. Travelers still come in droves to this land, considered holy by countless millions from many religions.
The appeal of Israel's ancient and holy past may be obvious, but many new arrivals are surprised to discover that Israel is much more than a lesson in history. While Jerusalem is a dazzling amalgam of past and present, the whole country is a tightly packed ball of attractions, from Mt Masada to taking a float in the Dead Sea.
Contrary to popular belief, Israel is not a war zone to be avoided, and it has such rigid security that travel is surprisingly safe. Enter the Holy Land on a clean slate and you'll never watch the nightly news the same way again.
Possibly the grandest and most awe-inspiring natural site in the whole of Israel, the Makhtesh Ramon is a giant geological feature at the peak of Mount Negev roughly 50 miles south of Beersheba near ...
Every visitor to Israel must see Jerusalem
– the cherry on the cake – but if you have at least one more day, why
not see the icing? When you see the salt deposits at the Dead Sea you’ll
In attempting a journey along the Via Dolorosa (or the Stations of
the Cross, as Catholics describe it), it is important to get your
priorities in order. Depending on the nature of your visit, a ...
About 45km south of Jerusalem in the Ella valley, where David fought Goliath, lie the ruins of an ancient agricultural settlement from Iron age II, Hirbet Midras. The site contained a large Jewish ...
The living home of the world’s three major religions, Jerusalem is also a vibrant city for outdoor sightseeing. Stroll along pedestrian walkways and streets lined with Ottoman architecture, past ...
Accepted by most members of the United Nations as the de facto capital of Israel, Tel Aviv is not, in fact, the city that Israel names as its capital. Officially, the city of Jerusalem is the ...
Ultramodern Tel Aviv is a Mediterranean-style beach city, with cosmopolitan cafes, boutique shopping and world-beating museums. The city’s boundless nightlife and 24-hour lifestyle are legendary, but ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, February 2012
One of the oldest continuously occupied areas in Israel , Akko (or Acre) contains the structural remnants of a tumultuous past. The annals of history may include nearly continuous conflicts, ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, October 2011
Located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank near the northern end of the Dead Sea, Jericho is both the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth and the oldest continuously occupied city known to ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, August 2011
Easily one of the world’s very oldest natural health spas (frequented by noteworthy figures from Herod the Great on down), The Dead Sea (also known as the Salt Sea) is a legendary salt lake in ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, May 2012
Often referred to as the “evergreen mountain”, Mount Carmel is
actually more of a mountain range than a single peak. Though it is
decidedly lacking in altitude (its summit is a mere 1,724 feet ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, December 2012
The coastal community of Eilat is located at the southern tip of Israel ,
and consists mainly of a four-mile strip of beach along the Red Sea. To
say that the town is a resort community would be ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, March 2012
Accessible by bus from the much larger (and far less interesting) town of Tiberias, Israel , is the tiny kibbutz on the banks of the Sea of Galilee known as Ginosar. Founded in 1937 by socialist ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, October 2012
Hiking in Israel
is a many splendored thing. There’s no need to waste time singing its
praises. Better to share as many options as possible among the seemingly
endless list of worthy ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, February 2013
The weather does not usually get as cold during the Israeli winter as it does in the West, but that doesn’t mean that there is not a winter. Once in a blue moon a sliver of white snow comes down and ...
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