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Despite its diminutive size, this remarkable country is surprisingly diverse, and is famed for its shimming coastline and fabled cities as much as its epic desert landscapes. So, whether you’re planning a relaxing beach break or heading off on an urban adventure – or perhaps considering a combination of the two – you’ll find there are heaps of things to do in Israel.
If what you’re craving is lazy days in the sun, Israel offers a bunch of options. You can head to the seaside city of Eilat on the Red Sea where, besides topping up your tan, you can enjoy duty-free shopping and discover an array of marine life while snorkelling amongst beautiful coral reefs. Alternatively, visit one of the spa resorts near the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth and Israel’s most unique natural wonder. Or, for something a little more lively, make your way to Tel Aviv. A buzzing city on the Mediterranean Sea, it’s got endless bars and restaurants, a rich arts scene, and tonnes of striking Bauhaus buildings – plus a 14-kilometre waterfront dived into 13 separate beaches.
If you’re more of a history buff than a beach babe, you’ll find the best things to do in Israel are mostly in Jerusalem. A sacred place for Jews, Christians and Muslims, this fascinating city is packed with iconic religious monuments like the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. But of course there are yet more ancient treasures to be found elsewhere. Whether you just go for the day or stay overnight, the likes of Nazareth, Haifa, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee and Masada National Park are all worth a visit. Or, to get to grips with Israel’s past in a different way, a museum visit should feature somewhere on your list of things to do in Israel. With over 200 to choose from, it has the highest number of museums per capita in the world.
Of course you needn’t spend all your time in Israel stuck in the past or lounging at the beach. You can also get your kicks by engaging in an exciting range of watersports or thrilling activities like sandboarding and canyoning. Or spend a day sampling the local offerings on a refined wine tour. If you’re not entirely sure what you want to tick off, just give our travel specialists a call. They’ll happily help you plan your entire trip.
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When you stay at Hilton Tel Aviv, you’re guaranteed amazing sea views – the hotel is in the heart of Independence Park, a large recreation area right by the beach. You can stroll down to the Mediterranean Sea whenever you fancy a dip, and you’ll be within easy walking distance of Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Tel Aviv Marina.
Carefully designed with tranquillity in mind, Isrotel Dead Sea Hotel is as impressive as it is relaxing. This five-star hotel is set against a mountainous backdrop just a stone’s throw away from the Dead Sea, so it’s is in a prime location for getting out and about.
We love the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem for its famous high standards, excellent service and top-class facilities. You can look forward to mouth-watering cuisine, a sumptuous spa, and an amazing rooftop bar – what could be better?
If you’re looking for a luxury base from which to explore Jerusalem’s Old City, David Citadel Hotel ticks all the boxes. You can skip the taxi ride when you stay at this five-star hotel, as you’ll be just a short stroll from loads of famous age-old sites.
If you’re looking for a stylish base in Tel Aviv, look no further. Housed in a beautiful building dating back to 1866, The Drisco Hotel Tel Aviv combines old-world character with modern luxury. And it’s just a stone’s throw away from the hip neighbourhood of Florentin and fascinating Jaffa
If you’re looking to experience the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv whilst being right on the beach, Isrotel Royal Beach Tel Aviv is a fantastic choice for your holiday. The hotel’s just steps away from great shops, bars, cafés and, of course, a beautiful white-sand beach.
Stretching between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth – 434 metres below sea level, to be exact – and you can stay right by it at Herods Dead Sea Hotel. From the hotel’s private beach, you can enter the dense, salty waters and float naturally, without any effort whatsoever.
Set between the shores of the Red Sea and the majestic Edom Mountains, this five-star hotel is in a beautiful spot. Royal Beach Eilat, Isrotel Exclusive Collection is on one of the best stretches of the North Beach area of Eilat.