Israel vacations offer numerous unique opportunities, whether you are planning trips to the Mediterranean coast in the warm months or planning an individual or group pilgrimage to religious sites during Israel holidays. The accommodations that await travelers planning a vacation in Israel are varied, ranging from luxury hotels and resorts to inexpensive hostels, and three and four-star hotels, promising a comfortable place to stay no matter what your budget.
Arranging vacation packages through tour agencies ensures a fascinating vacation by providing you with an itinerary of guided tours and sightseeing trips to Israel to experience the culture and history of the country. In addition, because the country is small, planning Israel vacations to include extended trips into Egypt and Jordan is possible, with tours to Cairo and the Sinai Desert complementing your visits to Tel Aviv or the Negev Desert.
Popular places to visit during Israel holidays include Jerusalem where you will walk the streets of the Old City that has stood for centuries. Stand before the Wailing Wall, take a guided tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, and walk the Via Dolorosa to see the stations of the cross en route to the site of the crucifixion of Jesus.
A vacation in Israel outside the two major cities can include tours to archaeological sites and sightseeing at ancient Roman ruins and bathhouses that retain their original mosaic tiles. The sites of Megiddo and Masada date back to ancient times; the former is the site of major battles described in the Bible, and the word Armageddon comes from the Hebrew phrase Har Megiddo, which means Mount of Megiddo. The latter is the site of an ancient fortress built by King Herod in the first century BC.
Another fascinating site to visit during Israel holidays throughout the year is the outdoor Roman Theatre, also built in the first century BC by King Herod, in the city of Caesarea. The theater now hosts performances in this ancient, historical setting, allowing travelers to sit where ancient citizens once watched gladiators compete.
A vacation in Israel for outdoor enthusiasts can include visiting the lush gardens at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Tel Aviv University Botanic Garden, or the Utopia Orchid Park in Bahan. Vacationers and backpackers can hike across the country on Israel's National Trail, visit Mount Carmel National Park, see the ruins of a fishing village from the time of Jesus at Capernaum National Park, or scuba dive at Coral Beach Nature Preserve.
Scuba diving is a particularly popular pursuit. Israel has access to four seas—the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea—and there are many beach areas where travelers can relax at resorts, with the Mediterranean and the Red Sea near Eilat being particularly popular for diving and other water sports.
Israel vacations along the Mediterranean include a variety of activities for those interested in sun and water sports. Swimming, sunning, fishing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving await those interested in water activities. In Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean's Gordon Beach is a tourist destination with accommodations at luxury hotels, and near Caesarea, Aqueduct Beach, named for the Roman aqueduct that still stands, is a good location for sightseeing and boating.
Ein Gedi Beach at the Dead Sea, known for its heavy salt content, provides soothing mineral waters and relaxing swimming, while the fresh waters of the Sea of Galilee is excellent for boating, sightseeing and romantic sunset strolls.
For swimming, snorkeling, and dolphin watching in the Red Sea, vacationers can spend the day at Dolphin Reef Beach and Coral Beach Nature Preserve in Eilat. Israel vacations offer opportunities for many unforgettable experiences, and taking in its natural beauty is surely one of the most memorable.
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