If you’re on the lookout for a holiday that is guaranteed to surprise, delight and intrigue, allow us to suggest something a little unexpected – Israel. While that might be met with a raised brow, there’s so much more to this Middle East country than dusty deserts and ruins. Israel is a place of incredible cultural and religious significance, attracting travellers the world over to get a glimpse of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are widely regarded as the most important religious writings in the Western world. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the many nature reserves, taking a dip in the Red Sea and exploring the Negev Desert filling your days (and nights), hitting the dunes on a 4X4 Jeep adventure, stargazing from a Bedouin Camp or getting your daily step count up by hiking up the Snake Path to the top of Masada National Park (or catching the cable car and say you hiked) for sunrise. Be sure to check out Tel Aviv, a vibrant and bustling city known for its lively beach culture and nightlife, while the Machaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem is a must-see for foodies. For a poignant and educational stop, be sure to visit the Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Israel is a country that promises to surprise and delight at every turn. If you’re up for the adventure of a lifetime, speak to one of our travel experts about our Israel package holidays.
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Frequently asked questions
International media coverage of Israel often focuses on the violent conflict in Gaza and the West Bank, however, it’s important to note that these aren’t areas commonly associated with tourism. The main tourist areas including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Negev, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea are generally deemed safe.
Israel may be a small country but it’s bursting with must-see sights including the Western Wall and Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and the ancient city of Masada, to name just a few. Tel Aviv is a vibrant and bustling city known for its lively beach culture and nightlife.
If the words scorching and soaring describe your ideal temperature situation, you’ll want to aim for June to September. If, however, you prefer things a little cooler (and less sweaty), aim for spring, which is from March to May, or fall, September to November.
Israel holidays are filled with unexpected adventure at every turn. Float your worries away in the Dead Sea, explore the Negev Desert from a dune buggy, stargaze from a Bedouin Camp or climb to the top of Masada National Park for sunrise. Check out the Dead Sea Scrolls and numerous other historical sites and then, when you need to rest and recharge, head to Eilat for a spot of snorkelling on the Red Sea.
It depends how much you want to see and do but as a general guide, 10-14 days would be sufficient time to check out some of the main sites including Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv.
Comfortable shoes are a must! As a significant religious centre, visitors should dress modestly including long skirts or dresses and a pashmina scarf or shawl to use as a head covering for holy sites.
For a compact country, Israel packs a punch when it comes to scenic desert landscapes, breathtaking beaches and some of the most important historic sites in the world. We could write an entire book on where to go in Israel, but for the hyper-condensed version – Tel Aviv for the beach culture and food, Jerusalem for the sites, the Dead Sea for the healing benefits and the Negev Desert for the scenery.