Israel is an ancient land where history plays a vital role in everyday life. It is pressed against Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. This chunk of land has long been considered an important and religiously significant area of the world, especially to those of the Jewish faith. Because of tensions within the region, it has been ruled by conquest after conquest, gaining its current form in 1948.
With windswept deserts, verdant river valleys and the iconic Dead Sea, Israel has huge geographic diversity. Although it is a relatively small country, it is fascinating. Any trip to Israel is an eye-opening one, a way to learn about the past, present and future of the country.
A hugely important region since ancient times, Israel is regarded by many to be a holy land. Plan to visit as many museums, historic sites and parks as you can fit in. The cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are must visits.
Be sure to stop by Eilat Underwater Observatory where you can get up close and personal with Red Sea coral reefs without getting wet. Inland, the weird, wild landscapes of Mitzpe Ramon will blow you away.
Israel’s main international airport is Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport. A second international airport, used mostly by charter flights, is located at Ovda and serves the south, predominantly, Eilat.
After you’ve made it into the country, you can make your way around by the excellent bus system. There are also revamped railways to chug along, while gaining a fuller view of the local scenery.