2016 Israel Tours - Holy Land Tours
On Israel tour packages 2016 you are immersed in a history that began nearly 5,000 years ago. Very few countries can boast of a history that goes as far back as Israel’s. See gilded temples dolted between several skyscrapers in some of the oldest towns in the world. Visit busy bazaars and bustling avenues inside Jerusalem's golden limestone walls. Whether you want to browse the Israel markets (souks), explore one of the 50 national parks located in Israel, follow the path of the cross in Jerusalem's Old City, swim in the dead sea or go diving in the Red Sea located in the town of Eilat, there is much for you to do.
The antiquity and culture of this place can easily match other places such as Rome or parts of China. Along with all these attractions there are activities for nature lovers as well. The bottom line is that whether you are visiting for religious, historical or cultural reasons, Israel is a treasure trove for any type of traveler. The following are the five most popular places to visit in Israel.
No visit to Israel would be complete without a visit to Jerusalem. Most of the above mentioned history happened in around this ancient city. Christianity, Islam and Judaism consider this city sacred. The most visited spots in Jerusalem are the Wailing Wall, Church of the holy sculpture, Temple Mount, al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock. To get a good idea of the culture of modern as well ancient history of Israel, a visit to Har Ha Zikaron and Yad Vashem museums is a must. To visit all of these sites, set aside at least 2 days.
Tel Aviv is the largest city in Israel and like New York, it is also a city that never sleeps. If you are into some great sightseeing and shopping then the Caramel Market is the place to go to. Another place to start the day would be Allenby Street. This area is teeming with cafes, restaurants and shops. After the sun goes down there are countless theaters, dance and concert halls, bars and museums to keep you going all night.
Moving away from cultural activities and night life, Eilat is the town to visit if you want to get your feet wet. It is located in southern most part of the country and borders the Red Sea. The place has some fantastic waterborne activities such as, sailing, scuba diving to take a closer look at the coral reefs and beautiful fishes. This place can also boast of an underwater observatory! Mount Sinai is a short drive from Eilat, another highly visited place.
Nazareth is perhaps one of the most popular places of visit for religious Christians. It is after all, where Jesus Christ is said to have spent most of his childhood. The 3 most visited spots in Nazareth are Josephs Workshop, the Church of Annunciation and the Nazareth synagogue.
The Dead Sea
Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated sites of Israel is the Dead Sea, the mystical salt water lake nestled between Israel and Jordan. It is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water and at its greatest depth, it is the lowest elevation on dry earth (-1,237 ft. deep). Its shores are 1,388 ft. below sea level. The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It is warm enough to swim in even in the winter months. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. Despite this, the Dead Sea's salt content is so high that it cannot actually support any life, hence the name, "Dead Sea."