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Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the west, Lebanon, and Syria to the north, Jordan to the east, Egypt to the southwest, and the Red Sea to the south, Israel is no larger than New Jersey.
Despite its size, Israel presents visitors with an impressive and diverse selection of geography, history, cultural activities, and cuisine.
From the lively nightlife of Tel Aviv to the history of Jerusalem, we are breaking down the top five places you must visit while in Israel.
Tel Aviv is Israel's second-largest city and the financial and cultural hub of the country. The city is most famous for its nightlife and is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean.
If you’re looking for a more culturally enriching experience, Tel Aviv is also home to the national opera and philharmonic orchestra.
Situated on a plateau high above the Dead Sea is the old fortress of Masada. Masada is known for being the last final Jewish stronghold to fall to the Romans in the first Jewish-Roman war at the end of the first century.
Today, Masada is a popular hiking excursion for visitors and is especially spectacular at sunset. Or, an alternative is taking a cable car up the hill for those who don't want to hike.
Haifa is primarily an industrial and port city located along the Mediterranean, but the Baháʼí World Center is worth making the trip. Unlike most attractions in Israel, the impressive Baháʼí Gardens are relatively new. Completed in 2001, the gardens are meant to represent the spiritual unity of all humankind.
As the lowest elevation on land and ten times saltier than the ocean, the Dead Sea is truly a must-visit location. Not only can you effortlessly float in the water, but the mud is believed to have healing properties and medical benefits. Be sure to pick up some skincare products while you’re there!
Jerusalem is regarded as the holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. As one of the world's oldest cities, Jerusalem features dozens of historical sites that have withstood the test of time.
The historic Old City is divided into four quarters, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian, where you'll find some of the city's top attractions, including the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock.
Cairo & Jerusalem itinerary
I’ve put together a really fun itinerary for some clients which includes a couple of days in Cairo followed by spending the rest of the week in Israel. They’re staying in a central hotel in Jerusalem, and getting to tour and see so many great sites and places in the area, including some of the ones I’ve mentioned here. Click here to see their itinerary.
I’d love to help you travel to the small yet amazing country of Israel. Let me know if that’s on your bucket list, and I’ll help you get there!