Israel is located in the Middle East between Egypt and Jordan and borders Lebanon and Syria to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the south.
Established by Jewish settlers in 1948, the country's history has largely been shaped by its geographic location and conflicts with neighbouring Arab states. Despite the delicate political situation, Israel rewards visitors with its spectacular scenery and some of world history's most important cultural and religious sites.
Jerusalem, the country's main drawcard and a city with ancient roots, has seen the rise and fall of many empires and has long been a site of religious pilgrimage for a variety of faiths, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
This walled city dates back at least 3,000 years and and is best explored with an experienced Israel Travel Guide, so much is there to take in. Some of the famous sights include the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, the Garden Tomb and the Damascus Gate.
The city buzzes to the footsteps of locals and tourists alike pounding its labyrinthine streets and bustling bazaars.
Many Israel tours also include a visit to a kibbutz ‐ a kind of collective community – which aims to produce a cooperative and sustainable lifestyle for those who dwell within. Kibbutz communities often accept volunteers wishing to learn Hebrew, explore Jewish culture and experience an alternative lifestyle.
Be intrigued by Israel's natural and historical bounty
There are also plenty of both natural and contemporary urban wonders for visitors to explore on Israel holidays, from soaring mountains to sparkling beaches and much in between.
Some of the highlights include the Masada desert mountain fortress, Tel Aviv's vibrant nightlife scene, the salty waters of the Dead Sea, Eliat's coral reefs and Red Sea beaches and the seaside Caesarea National Park, featuring extensive Roman ruins dating back to the era of Herod the Great.
Flights to Israel depart Australian capital cities regularly, so book one today to explore one of the Middle East's most fascinating ancient lands.