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It may only be about the size of Wales, but this Middle Eastern gem manages to pack a hell of a lot into its borders. On a holiday to Israel you’ll come across biblical icons, ancient ruins, natural wonders and spectacular beaches – as well as a whole of host of dramatic, and varied, landscapes.

Followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam all regard Israel as the biblical Holy Land, so there are tonnes of important religious sites to explore. In Jerusalem alone you could spend days walking through the pages of history, visiting famous landmarks like Temple Mount, discovering archaeological treasures at the City of David, and witnessing Orthodox Jews in quiet prayer at the Western Wall. Over in Tel Aviv, meanwhile, things are a little bit different. The country’s economic and technological hub, this is a thriving modern city with an exciting culinary scene, non-stop nightlife, avant-garde art galleries, plus the largest collection of Bauhaus buildings in the world. What’s more, it’s got some incredible – and incredibly underrated – beaches. In fact, there are a whopping 13 of them to choose from, all bordering the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.

But Tel Aviv isn’t the only place you can get your tan on during a holiday to Israel. There are also the relaxing resorts along the Sea of Galilee – where Jesus is believed to have performed some of his most well-known miracles – as well as lively Eilat on the Red Sea, where top-notch snorkelling and extensive entertainment venues mean you’re guaranteed a good time. And, of course, you shouldn’t miss the Dead Sea. One of the country’s main attractions, this unique natural wonder is the place to go for a spot of pampering.

Away from the water, though, Israel offers up a whole heap of other exciting environments. Its vast deserts feature unusual geological phenomena, like the Ramon Crater and the pink-hued, asymmetric Red Canyon, while its alpine peaks present opportunities for hiking, climbing and even skiing. Then there are the serene waterfalls, stunning caves and fertile plateaus, where many wine growers have planted grapes.

If you’re tempted by the idea of a holiday to Israel just give our travel specialists a call. They can help you plan your entire trip.

Sacred sites

Beaches in Israel

Things to do in Israel

Best time to visit Israel

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Sacred sites in Israel

Israel’s ancient landscapes are filled with holy sites considered sacred to three different religious groups – Christians, Jews and Muslims. The capital city of Jerusalem is home to most of the big-name historical attractions, like the Temple Mount complex, which includes the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al-Aqsa Mosque; the Wailing Wall – nowadays known as the Western Wall; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is where Jesus is said to have been crucified, buried and then resurrected.

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To the north lies the fabled city of Nazareth. Once a quiet village, it’s now a bustling Arab metropolis. Amongst its many churches you’ll find the Basilica of the Annunciation, which stands on the site of Mary and Joseph’s home. Then in nearby Haifa you can explore a site important to followers of the Baha’i faith. The resplendent Baha’i Gardens – also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa – ripple down 19 terraces, on the slopes of Mount Carmel, to the domed Shrine of the Báb.

 

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Beaches

This small country lays claim to four sizeable bodies of water, so you’ll have plenty of chances for a beach day during your Israel holiday. The west coast lies on the Mediterranean Sea and about two thirds of the way down you’ll find Tel Aviv, which has bagged some of the best stretches of sand in the country. Gordon Beach is the main one, with sunloungers, volleyball courts and tonnes of restaurants, while Maravi Beach is popular with surfers, and Hilton Beach is the LGBTQI+ community’s second home.

 

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Over on the Red Sea you’ll find the popular beach resort of Eilat, where colourful coral reefs offer fantastic swimming, snorkelling and diving opportunities. Then there’s the Sea of Galilee – Israel’s largest freshwater lake – which is both historically rich and breathtakingly beautiful, with a string of dazzling beaches surrounding it. Finally, there’s the Dead Sea – a fascinating natural wonder and an absolute must-see during any Israel holiday. Outlined by salt deposits and backed by striking desert cliffs, this is the lowest place on Earth. Its cobalt waters are packed with so much salt you automatically float to the top, while its mineral-rich mud is used in all kinds of beauty treatments at the various spas found close by.

 

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Things to do in Israel

Even when you’re not busy basking in the sun at the beach, or taking in important historical sites, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied on an Israel holiday. For starters, you could head out into the Negev or Judaean Deserts where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the nomadic Bedouins and engage in a range of exciting activities. Explore the wadis and ravines on a Jeep tour, spend the night camping under the stars, glide down dunes on a sandboard or watch for wild animals like camels, ibex, ostriches and leopards.

 

 

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Hiking’s another popular pastime in Israel, with hundreds of trails passing through the southern deserts, the northern green hills and along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Or, if you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, you could try your hand at canyoning, rappelling, or potholing in a spectacular salt cave. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more sophisticated during your holiday to Israel, you might want to join a wine tour. There are five vine-growing regions across the country, and between them they produce various different kinds of red, white and rosé wines.

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Best time to visit Israel

Generally, the best time for an Israel holiday is during either spring (March to early June) or autumn (September to November). Although you may experience the occasional rain shower if you visit at these times of year, the weather is usually warm and sunny, making it ideal for hiking and sightseeing as well as lazy days at the beach. By the end of June, however, things really start to heat up and the summer months become unpleasantly hot and humid. In most parts of the country, July and August see highs of around 30°C and lows just above 20°C. But in certain places it gets even hotter, with temperatures in the popular resort of Eilat, for example, often exceeding 40°C.

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By contrast, the winter months of December to February see highs in the low to mid-twenties in this particular region. So it’s a great choice if you fancy some winter sun. The rest of the country is typically chillier at this time of year, though, with daytime temperatures usually somewhere in the teens. Rain is also common in winter, and snow sometimes falls at higher elevations.

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Essential info

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Israel if they’re staying for fewer than 90 days
Language: Hebrew
Currency: Shekel (₪)
Time difference: GMT + 2 hours
Flight duration from London: 5 hours direct to Tel Aviv
Capital city: Jerusalem

 

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Sacred sites

Sacred sites in Israel

Israel’s ancient landscapes are filled with holy sites considered sacred to three different religious groups – Christians, Jews and Muslims. The capital city of Jerusalem is home to most of the big-name historical attractions, like the Temple Mount complex, which includes the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al-Aqsa Mosque; the Wailing Wall – nowadays known as the Western Wall; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is where Jesus is said to have been crucified, buried and then resurrected.

Show More
Show Less

To the north lies the fabled city of Nazareth. Once a quiet village, it’s now a bustling Arab metropolis. Amongst its many churches you’ll find the Basilica of the Annunciation, which stands on the site of Mary and Joseph’s home. Then in nearby Haifa you can explore a site important to followers of the Baha’i faith. The resplendent Baha’i Gardens – also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa – ripple down 19 terraces, on the slopes of Mount Carmel, to the domed Shrine of the Báb.

 

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Show Less

Beaches in Israel

Beaches

This small country lays claim to four sizeable bodies of water, so you’ll have plenty of chances for a beach day during your Israel holiday. The west coast lies on the Mediterranean Sea and about two thirds of the way down you’ll find Tel Aviv, which has bagged some of the best stretches of sand in the country. Gordon Beach is the main one, with sunloungers, volleyball courts and tonnes of restaurants, while Maravi Beach is popular with surfers, and Hilton Beach is the LGBTQI+ community’s second home.

 

Show More
Show Less

Over on the Red Sea you’ll find the popular beach resort of Eilat, where colourful coral reefs offer fantastic swimming, snorkelling and diving opportunities. Then there’s the Sea of Galilee – Israel’s largest freshwater lake – which is both historically rich and breathtakingly beautiful, with a string of dazzling beaches surrounding it. Finally, there’s the Dead Sea – a fascinating natural wonder and an absolute must-see during any Israel holiday. Outlined by salt deposits and backed by striking desert cliffs, this is the lowest place on Earth. Its cobalt waters are packed with so much salt you automatically float to the top, while its mineral-rich mud is used in all kinds of beauty treatments at the various spas found close by.

 

Show More
Show Less

Things to do in Israel

Things to do in Israel

Even when you’re not busy basking in the sun at the beach, or taking in important historical sites, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied on an Israel holiday. For starters, you could head out into the Negev or Judaean Deserts where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the nomadic Bedouins and engage in a range of exciting activities. Explore the wadis and ravines on a Jeep tour, spend the night camping under the stars, glide down dunes on a sandboard or watch for wild animals like camels, ibex, ostriches and leopards.

 

 

Show More
Show Less

Hiking’s another popular pastime in Israel, with hundreds of trails passing through the southern deserts, the northern green hills and along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Or, if you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, you could try your hand at canyoning, rappelling, or potholing in a spectacular salt cave. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more sophisticated during your holiday to Israel, you might want to join a wine tour. There are five vine-growing regions across the country, and between them they produce various different kinds of red, white and rosé wines.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Israel

Best time to visit Israel

Generally, the best time for an Israel holiday is during either spring (March to early June) or autumn (September to November). Although you may experience the occasional rain shower if you visit at these times of year, the weather is usually warm and sunny, making it ideal for hiking and sightseeing as well as lazy days at the beach. By the end of June, however, things really start to heat up and the summer months become unpleasantly hot and humid. In most parts of the country, July and August see highs of around 30°C and lows just above 20°C. But in certain places it gets even hotter, with temperatures in the popular resort of Eilat, for example, often exceeding 40°C.

Show More
Show Less

By contrast, the winter months of December to February see highs in the low to mid-twenties in this particular region. So it’s a great choice if you fancy some winter sun. The rest of the country is typically chillier at this time of year, though, with daytime temperatures usually somewhere in the teens. Rain is also common in winter, and snow sometimes falls at higher elevations.

Show More
Show Less

Essential information

Essential info

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Israel if they’re staying for fewer than 90 days
Language: Hebrew
Currency: Shekel (₪)
Time difference: GMT + 2 hours
Flight duration from London: 5 hours direct to Tel Aviv
Capital city: Jerusalem

 

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