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Suggested Holiday in Israel
Israel is a special holiday destination. The extraordinary mix of ancient and modern; bustling urban centers and clear dry desert air; the peacefulness of the Jordan Valley and the party atmosphere of Eilat - all mean that Israel holidays offer something for everyone. In addition, the country is under five hours’ flight from most European cities, has excellent weather, and the local exchange rates make it highly affordable. Personal security in and around the main tourist destinations is high, and visitors, including pop diva Madonna, have commented on just how safe they felt whilst on holiday in Israel.
The fact that Israel is such a compact country – you can drive the length of the country in less than seven hours – means that it is possible to combine a relaxing holiday with day trips to some of the country’s major attractions. But even if you prefer just relaxing, you will find everything here: beautiful sandy beaches; great cuisine, a buzzing nightlife and plenty of shopping opportunities. Israelis are renowned for their hospitality, and even if you spend most of the time in the vicinity of your hotel, you are bound to remember the exceptional and warm service that you received from hotel or local restaurant staff. Israelis genuinely want to offer great service with a personal touch. Holidays in Israel are available from many major departure points in Europe and North America. The main point of entry is Ben-Gurion international airport: a twenty minute drive from
Tel Aviv and a forty minute drive from Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv Holiday
For a holiday package in Israel with a buzz, head for the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. It’s an exciting and non-stop action city, with a lively beach scene, a staggering range of restaurants, shopping opportunities to satisfy the most diehard shopper, and a fantastic nightlife, including all-night cafes, bars and nightclubs.
Tel Aviv is a compact city, and most attractions are within walking distance or a short ride by public transport. Local taxis are inexpensive and a great way to get around. Most of the big four and five star hotels are located along the Tel Aviv promenade, with many rooms overlooking the Mediterranean. Those seeking a more intimate holiday in Israel will find a suitable alternative in one of Tel Aviv’s boutique hotels, located a short walk from the central beach area. Budget travelers are also catered for with inexpensive hotels and hostels, all within a short walking distance from the beach.
For site seeing tours of the country, most hotels will be able to book day trips to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Galilee. If you prefer to stay in the city, take a tour of the world heritage listed Bauhaus architecture or visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for its fine modernist and impressionist collection.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and one of the world’s great holy cities. It is like no place on Earth, and a unique destination for a holiday package in Israel. Stay here and visit some of the world’s holiest sites, including the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Although the major hotels are scattered around the New City, some of the big ones, including the famous King David Hotel, are located close to the Old City and within walking distance of the major attractions.
For a contrasting view of the city, see the Chagall Windows at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, the Biblical Zoo, and visit the Yad Vashem Jewish memorial to the Holocaust. No Holy Land tour is complete without the spectacular views of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus. Jerusalem is under one hour’s drive from the Dead Sea, making it a convenient base for day trips to the lowest point on Earth and its nature trails and the spectacle of Massada.
Dead Sea Holiday
For a package in Israel with a difference The Dead Sea is a unique holiday destination. At -400 meters below sea level, it is the lowest point on Earth, and the enriched oxygen air creates a revitalizing affect that simply has to be experienced. Imagine a holiday in Israel in the middle of the desert and a stone’s throw from the spectacle of Massada, and yet with all the facilities that you would expect from a premier resort, including five star hotels, spas and world class service.
Most of the major hotels are located at the southern end of the Dead Sea, one and a half hours’ drive from Jerusalem. Many of the large hotels will offer transfer services from Ben-Gurion airport near Tel Aviv. For a holiday closer to nature, try Ein Gedi guesthouse – a short distance from the region’s best hiking trails.
Eilat is the quintessential destination for a holiday package in Israel. With its year-round sunshine, turquoise waters, and resort style hotels, it is a sun worshippers’ paradise. Situated on the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the border with Jordan and Egypt, Eilat is a desert oasis. Eilat can be reached by a one hour internal flight from Ben-Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv. There are also direct flights from London and Paris to Ovda international airport, forty minutes drive north of Eilat.
The city has every kind of hotel imaginable, from resort style hotels with an in-house entertainment team, to quieter and more intimate lodgings. Families will appreciate the range of activities offered for kids and adults alike. There are also plenty of night clubs and bars for visitors who want to party. Eilat is a great place to learn to dive or windsurf. There are also excellent snorkeling opportunities along the local reef or with wild dolphins at Dolphin Bay. Alternatively, the underwater observatory offers wonderful views of the local marine life, as do the regular glass bottom boat tours around the bay.