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Welcome to Israel

Combine beautiful natural landscapes with holy sites for three of the world's major religions and you have Israel. What some would call the heart of the Middle East has much to offer travelers. In Tel Aviv—the cosmopolitan hub on Israel's Mediterranean coast—sightseeing tours highlight UNESCO-listed architecture and culinary hotspots, while the Dead Sea region boasts the oasis of Ein Gedi, ancient Masada, and, of course, one of the world's oldest natural spas. Nazareth, Jericho, Masada, and Bethlehem are popular day trips from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the region's religious history.

Top 10 attractions in Israel

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City sits on what is thought to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Christianity’s holiest site, the church stands at the end of the Via Dolorosa—the route Jesus is believed to have taken on the way to his crucifixion.More
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Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud)

Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud)

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Damascus Gate (Bab al-Amud), considered the largest and most beautiful entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, has served in this capacity since Agrippa ruled during the first century BCE. As it stands today, the gate dates back to 1537. Crusaders referred to it as St. Stephen’s Gate, as it’s located not far from the site of Saint Stephen’s martyrdom, and some Israelis call it Shechem Gate.Flanked by two towers, the gate serves as the main access point to the Old City from East Jerusalem, and once inside, visitors find themselves amid an authentic market in the Muslim Quarter where locals shop for clothing, crafts, spices, baked goods and other food items.More
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Masada

Masada

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada, an ancient fortress built by King Herod the Great, dates back to 37 BC. It’s location on a cliff overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea is a spectacular spot from which to watch the sunrise.More
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Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Within Old Jerusalem’s al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, lies the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina. The al-Aqsa Mosque, which translates to “the farthest mosque,” sits beside the Dome of the Rock, and it is believed that Muhammed ascended to heaven from this spot after being transported from Sacred Mosque in Mecca.Over the centuries the silver-domed mosque has been destroyed in several different earthquakes and subsequently rebuilt. With four minarets, the present day structure is characteristic of early Islamic architecture. The interior contains 121 stained glass windows, its massive dome painted with 14th-century designs. The dome was recovered in lead in 1985 to replace the aluminum cover with its original cover. Though Israel maintains control of the space, it is overseen by the Waqf, a Jordanian and Palestinian authority of the Muslim holy sites in Israel.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

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The ancient winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City house some of the world’s most sacred religious sites for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, including the Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall. Plus, each of the district’s four quarters has a unique character well worth experiencing.More
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Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

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Hemmed in by the rocky peaks of the Judean Desert to the west and the salty shores of the Dead Sea to the east, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is the largest and most beautiful oasis in Israel. A popular spot for hikers, it’s also famous for its biblical importance: This is the place where David hid from King Saul around 1000 BC.More
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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

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An open-air synagogue where worshippers recite prayers, Israel’s historic Western Wall (Wailing Wall) is where travelers come to kiss pale gold stones the color of the Negev desert and to stuff paper prayers between the stones. The beating heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, this is a must-see sacred site in the Jewish Quarter.More
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King David's Tomb

King David's Tomb

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Some consider King David’s Tomb, on the holy site of Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, to be the burial place of King David of Israel, but whether he was actually buried there is debated. Regardless of the tomb’s existence, the place has deep significance for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and many pilgrims journey to pay their respects each year.More
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Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

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Located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site) is one of the world’s most important places of Christian pilgrimage. It's believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Israel

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Favorite part of our trip
Jesse_B, Feb 2020
Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
This was one of the most fun things on our entire trip in Israel.
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Dead Sea is a must!
mjcook419, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
It’s nice to see Masada and get to know the history.
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Beautiful Tour
John_M, Dec 2019
Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Acre Tour from Jerusalem
This tour is a good way to see the northern part of coastal Israel up to the Lebanon border.
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Good way to see a lot in a day
Marsha M, Dec 2019
Unforgettable Tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh HaNikra from Tel Aviv
Got to see numerous sites.
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Very interesting tour!
Dawn_M, Sep 2019
Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
Not only did we get to see the birthplace of Christ, Milk Grotto and Shepards Field, we got an inside view of the West Bank including some of Banksy's work at the Israeli barrier wall the encloses Palestine.
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Excellent service
annenewzealand, Aug 2019
Private Arrival Transfer from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv City
I don’t think he could speak English and we couldn’t speak Israeli but we managed to communicate without problems.
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Nice tour!
ALVARO_C, Jun 2019
Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
Excellent choice of tour if you don't have much time to visit the country.
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Amazing intro to Israel
Johanna_G, Aug 2018
Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
This trips gives you a great foundation for what to see in Israel and what to do for a future trip.
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It was a great tour to see many...
Masako K, Jul 2017
Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem
It was a great tour to see many historic places in Israel, very efficient visit.
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You get to see alot in such a short...
Kanika W, Feb 2018
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
You get to see alot in such a short period of time .
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Great tour overall. We got the...
Justine E, Feb 2018
Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
We got the chance to see so much of Israel in a day.
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This was a great experience. Border...
Marina D, Apr 2018
West Bank Tour from Jerusalem
I was happy to visit the tomb of the late Palestine leader and talk to the solders guarding the tomb.
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Amazing adventure to visit Masada...
Beth, Aug 2017
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Amazing adventure to visit Masada.
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An extraordinary tour and...
Gioanna B, Jul 2017
Golan Heights Day Trip from Tel Aviv
An extraordinary tour and opportunity to see half of Israel.
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I would have liked a little more...
Kevin K, Sep 2017
Bethlehem, Jericho, and Qasr El Yahud Day Trip from Jerusalem
It was amazing to see the area and how the Israel and Palestinian guides worked together.
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This was an excellent full day tour...
Bruce K, Aug 2017
Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv
This was a very efficient way to see many sights in one day.
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We hade a wonderful time. The guide...
Karin M, May 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Dead Sea - for cruise ship guests only
We totally recommend it if you want to see a lot of Israel.
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Absolutely great. The guide knew...
Alexander T, Apr 2015
Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Tour is beautiful to see the old city and the religion in Israel.
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I especially recommend this...
Joseph_S, Oct 2013
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Private Departure Transfer
You also get a polite, English speaking driver, that knows Israel.
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Jerusalem is such an interesting...
Trevor_F, Jun 2014
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
Israel has much to see but for those interested in History or Religion Jerusalem and Bethlehem are a must.
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