Israel was founded as a Jewish homeland, but today its religious sites attract as many Christian and Muslim pilgrims as they do Jewish visitors. Explore the many holy sites gracing its central cities and relax on its Dead Sea and Mediterranean coasts.
The holy center of Israel is Jerusalem. Here, Muslim and Jewish pilgrims converge on the octagonal, gold-crowned Dome of the Rock, a shrine for Islam and a holy site for Judaism. Join crowds around another Jewish holy site, the nearby Western Wall, the remnant of a temple built in the first century BC. Jerusalem features the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and entombed before coming back to life. Nazareth and Bethlehem contain additional religious landmarks.
While Jerusalem is often a destination for enriching the soul, Israel’s Dead Sea may have positive effects on the body. Both the mud and waters of this sea, one of the saltiest in the world, are touted to help the skin. Float on the surface of the salty water and spread your skin with the dark mud. Explore the surrounding area, which includes Ein Bokek and other resort towns; stay at a spa and buy fresh Dead Sea salts.
Head to Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, a modern destination with skyscrapers and seafront high-rises along the Mediterranean coast. See historical attractions in the small old port district of Jaffa. Spend the day on Gordon Beach, enjoy a drink at a gay bar on Shenkin Street and dance at one of Tel Aviv’s many nightclubs.
In general, Israel is a safe and modern country, however travel to areas in and around the self-governing Palestinian territory of Gaza should be avoided, and care should be taken when traveling through the West Bank territory. Due to the delicate political relationship between these areas and the government of Israel there is the potential for flare ups of civil or military unrest.
Fly into Ben Gurion Airport at the center of Israel to begin exploring this historic and holy nation.
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Kerem HaTeimanim hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Tourist Information Office and Carmel Market. Frishman Beach and Gordon Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The First Station, Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, and King David's Tomb. L.A. Meyer Institute for Islamic Art and Jerusalem Great Synagogue are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Jerusalem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tombs of the Kings, Garden Tomb, and Rockefeller Museum. Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock are also within 15 minutes.
Sea Executive Suites is just steps from the beach and its lively promenade. Guests can drive 7 minutes to the bustling bars and restaurants of Tel Aviv Port, while the ancient city of Old Jaffa, with its market stalls and winding alleyways, is 30 minutes away by car.
This family-friendly Tel Aviv hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Frishman Beach and Gordon Beach. Dizengoff Centre and Old Tel Aviv Port are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located within a modern 30-story building, this central Tel Aviv hotel is about a 2-minute walk from the beach. Rabin Square is 1.2 km (0.7 mi) from the hotel; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is 1.8 km away.
Located in Jerusalem City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ben Yehuda Street and Mamilla Mall. Machane Yehuda Market and Garden Tomb are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carmel Market and Dizengoff Centre. Tel Aviv HaHagana Station is 22 minutes by foot and Tel Aviv HaShalom Station is 23 minutes.