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.