When we think of this small but fierce country many things come to mind. This is literally the place from the Bible – where Jesus grew up and performed miracles and rose again! Israel has seemingly been untouched since those days and provides tourists with an amazing experience of reliving history with every step that you take. Come explore this BEAUTIFUL country and explore the past for yourself.
1. Explore The Old City of Jerusalem
The history here travels back 2500 years ago. This is a great place for pictures and exploring – or you can take a guided tour. Follow your nose past extraordinary spices, incense, fresh foods and a vast array of Middle eastern delicacies.
2. Visit The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
Every room tells a different story of what happened during the holocaust – an emotional experience. After going through the moving and detailed exhibit you may understand why Israel is opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, which repeatedly has stated its goal of destroying the Jewish state. Be prepared for a very sobering experience.
3. Pay Your Respects At The Western Wall Of Israel
A holy place where you feel the presence of a higher spirit. The best time to visit is at sundown when all Jews of different denominations come together to pray welcoming the Sabbath. Revered by Jewish people throughout the world as the holiest place in the world today, the Western Wall, remaining from the Second Temple, is an amazing place to visit and experience – for Jewish people in particular.. but when in Rome?
4. Explore Hezekiah’s Tunnels
One of the few 8th century BC structures that people can visit and walk through. This takes you back in time and is a true masterpiece. There is an option to take the shorter route if you do not want to get wet, but trust us you don’t want to – wear water shoes, take a torch and role up those shorts!
5. Swim In The Sea Of Galilee
Strolling down the promenade you get such a sense of history here and cannot help but want to dip your toes in this water – we urge you to do so.
6. Have Dinner In Old City Jaffa
The place were God met Jonah! Enjoy all the sights and sounds (and smells) walking around this almost ancient city, buying stuff on the streets or in old boutiques. The mix of religions, nations and everything gives you a truly unique experience.
7. Visit The Garden Tomb
An amazing place to go to for reflection and peace. This site is believed to have been the tomb in which Jesus’ body was laid, and from which He rose from the dead. Words are inadequate to describe the experience of being here and is a must see for yourself.
8. Swim In The Dead Sea
The saltiest sea in the world where swimming feels like floating. Also, the waters here are said to have healing powers – so muddy yourself up and rinse off in these healing waters.
9. Explore The Masada
The word Masada literally means fortress in Hebrew. This is the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood.
10. Visit The Church Of The Nativity
Located in Bethlehem, the Church Of The Nativity is a major Christian holy site and marks the traditional place of the birth of Christ. It is also the oldest surviving Christian churches.