Israel Travel Guide


There is, perhaps, no other place on earth as famed, as historic,
as loved, and yet as controversial as Israel. It is the ‘promised
 land’ of milk and honey to the Jews; the site of the Prophet Mohamed’s ascent to heaven for Muslims; and the setting for Jesus Christ’s ministry, crucifixion, death and resurrection. As the centre of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, this land
 has also been at the heart of continuous conflict throughout the
 millennia. The intractable dispute between Israeli and Palestinian is
 ever-present, but provides a unique opportunity to learn, listen and debate. Leave your preconceived notions behind when stepping
 off the plane.

Whether you want a sun-and-sea beach break, are on a religious
 pilgrimage searching out spirituality, have your backpack strapped
 on and a limited budget in your pocket, or are a fitness fanatic
 craving strenuous hiking and biking, this land really does have it all.
Smaller than Belgium, Wales or the state of New Jersey, the range
 and diversity of attractions crammed into Israel and the Palestinian Territories is incredible. Within just one day you can lie on the beach in Tel Aviv, pray at the site of Christ’s crucifixion and finish
 off with a beer in Ramallah.

Jerusalem – the name alone conjures up images and feelings
 that awaken the senses before one even arrives. But though the
 tangible sense of history and the wealth of archaeology are almost overwhelming, Israel sees past and present living side by side. For
 every holy site in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv has a pavement café-bar. And the contrasts don’t end there: seasonal skiing on Mount Hermon,
diving and snorkelling in Eilat all year round, camel treks into desert
 expanses, and soaks in the steamy Dead Sea waters are all part of
 the experience in the Holy Land.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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