Travel to Israel and Experience the Holy Land
Israel is the place where the ancient meets the modern and the spiritual contrasts with the material. It is a place where east meets west. The special place that has birthed the world’s three main monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Where religious tolerance and democracy flourishes. Revered by billions across the globe. For centuries it has been considered the crossroads of civilizations, where armies marched, merchants traded, and migrants traversed its hills and valleys. No other place in the planet can match its palpable energy.
Every year over a million travelers and tourists visit Israel. It has become one of the more sought out destinations for today’s traveler. From Jerusalem’s Old City’s ancient stone roads to Tel Aviv’s trendy cafés, everyone can find his or her place and feel at home. The blend of Israel’s sounds, exotic smells and unique sights cannot be found anywhere else.
Although Hebrew and Arabic are both the official languages of Israel, travelers can get away with communicating in English or French. Time can be spent touring or just simply shopping in an Arab shuk (open air market). Travel in Israel is very relaxed and easy. The common traveler can map out his or her own itinerary, join a tour or hire their personal tour guide in Israel.
There are many different tours available - depending on what the traveler is looking for. Christian tours offer packages that concentrate on Christian holy sites in the Galilee (Nazareth and Capernaum), Jerusalem (Via Dolorosa), Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity), along with other popular sites.
Jewish tours are plentiful as well. On a Jewish tour you will probably visit the ancient holy city of Hebron. In Hebron you can visit and pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, where the forefathers of the Jewish nation (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) are buried along with their wives. A "must see" for everyone is the The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is considered by many to be the holiest site in Judaism.
There are many places to visit in Israel that are worth the effort. There is much to see, from the Golan Heights and Rosh HaNikra in the north, to Eilat, Masada and the Dead Sea in the south and desert region. However, any travel expert will undoubtedly tell you that the crown jewel of travel in Israel is Jerusalem.
Although Jerusalem is not a big city compared to other world capitals, it is replete with many tourist attractions. Touring in the Old City of Jerusalem alone can take at least two days. The Christian Quarter’s Via Dolorosa is an absolute pilgrimage site for every Christian. There is also plenty to see in the Armenian and Muslim quarters as well. While visiting the Jewish Quarter, one cannot miss visiting sites, such as The Burnt House, the underground Western Tunnel Tour, and of course, The Western Wall. Just outside of the Old City, no visitor can omit visiting The Mount of Olives or The City of David archeological grounds – which include King Hezekiah’s Tunnels.
Deciding on hotels and accommodations in Israel should not be much of an issue. Israel boasts plenty four star, five star, and boutique hotels with western standards. If traveling on a budget, there are plenty of clean and hospitable B&Bs and youth hostels to choose from. The selection of hotels and accommodations in Israel is as diverse and varied as its culture – so there is plenty to choose from for every type of traveler.
Your travel to Israel should be one of the most fulfilling and unforgettable experiences ever. Experience the Holy Land and all it has to offer. Take in all of its sights, let your senses be free and savor every minute of your trip to Israel. Make an indelible note of every site and store every memory. Appreciate Israel for its physical and spiritual beauty – as there is no other place in the world that can match it. Enjoy your travel to Israel and your experience the Holy Land.