Israel is a small country blessed with a broad variety of extraordinary spiritual-religious locations, fascinating historic and archeological sites and breathtaking beautiful nature. Such diversity of super attractive tourist sites cannot be covered in a single trip. Here is a unique selection of the most powerful, enjoyable and memorable Israel tourist sites
The Dead Sea Mud experience
The miraculous water and mud of the Dead Sea contain an extraordinarily dense and rich cocktail of salts and minerals, famous worldwide for their undoubted healing properties. At the lowest point on Earth, with highly oxygenated air and safe from harmful UV sun rays, the Dead Sea magic mud experience completes with a floating sensation in the marvelously calm, water of extreme salinity that marvelously makes you float! An amazing feeling of relaxation and tension relief. The floating experience is intensified at sunset when the whole scenery becomes shimmering gold and orange. The sense of rejuvenation and restoration of both body and soul will make you want to come back for more.
Is the location of a grand desert Fortress of majestic beauty situated atop an isolated rock cliff, representing a remarkable fascinating story of heroism. The thousand men, women and children Jewish rebels who stayed there under a hard siege of the Romans, chose death over surrender and decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives. The heroic story with its dramatic end, embodies a model of Jewish resistance against foreign conquerors. The Masada site stands as a symbol for any past, present or future determination for independence of the Jewish people to be free in its own land. Undoubtedly, climbing Masada by cable or by foot is a powerful experience that should not be skipped.
Tel Aviv Beach
The Tel Aviv experience would be incomplete without a visit to the true heart of the city – The Sea. The wide sandy beaches, each offering a different kind of ambiance, perfectly suit every type of crowd. The Gordon-Frishman TLV beaches are one of the world’s 10 best urban beaches (By Yahoo!). The Tel Aviv weather is well suited for enjoying its marvelous beaches, all year-round. In summer as an alternative for A.C, and during the short Israeli winter there are plenty of days you can enjoy a walk in shorts on the beach. When coming to Tel Aviv, be sure to bring your bathing suit.
The Western Wall
The Western Wall “Kotel” is the most significant site for the Jewish people, as the last remnant of the Second Jewish Temple. The Holy of Holies – the core of the Temple, was built around The Foundation Stone at the peak of Mount Moriah (Temple Mount) which is believed to be Gods chosen place where many other pivotal biblical events occurred. This wall part that survived the temple’s destruction, is the most sacred due to its proximity to the Holy of Holies. It is visited by millions yearly, as a place for prayer and yearning, often followed by notes written to G-d that are placed between the ancient stones. These large stones that have witnessed the Jewish people’s birth, exile, and redemption, is a living testimony to the strength and resilience of the nation. Just be there to absorb the magnificent history and holiness of this remarkable place.
Church of the holy sepulcher
Known as the Church of the Resurrection, in the Old City of Jerusalem, is the holiest Christian site in the world. It is believed to be placed where Jesus was crucified, and built around the tomb (sepulcher) where he was buried. The church’s chaotic fascinating history is evident in every corner Byzantine, Medieval, Crusader, and modern elements mix in an odd mish-mash of styles, creating a special sacred atmosphere. In many ways, a visit to the church ensures a meaningful experience. Especially now in the Christian Year Of Faith.
The city of Haifa
A pretty, multi-faceted city with an interesting mix of everything Modern and old, churches and mosques, mountain and sea, all surrounded by abundant nature.
With residents from all major and minor religions and faiths, the city’s religious mosaic includes, Arab Moslems and Christians, Christian presence with many churches and a famous monastery, Ahmadi Muslim community, and the Bahai Faith World Center with its breathtaking complex and spectacular gardens on the slope of Mount Carmel. Visit the variety of holy sites to experience Haifa as a symbol for outstanding co-existence and tolerance.
Sea of Galilee
Just like the rest of Israel’s tourist sites, Lake Kinneret is holy, historical, important attraction located in the beautiful biblical Plain of Gennesaret. The Sea of Galilee, or lake “Kinneret” is referred to by the rabbis as “Although God has created seven seas, yet He has chosen this one as His special delight.” Spend a day or two and visit the variety of Israel’s best tourist sites along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and make sure to combine a tour with a relaxing swim in this picturesque lake and a unique local meal including local fish.
Qumran, about 2000 years old is where the oldest bible ever – The Dead Sea Scrolls, was discovered. Located near Jericho overlooking the Dead Sea, on the edge of the Judean Wilderness, Qumran provided a perfect location for the isolationist sect of Judaism called the Essenes, seeking spiritual purity. The site includes many archeological reconstructions that recall the way of life of the Essenes. A dramatic view of the cave in which most of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found tops off the experience, and whets your appetite to view the scrolls themselves at the “Shrine of the Book” in The Israel Museum.
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. That safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. An experience that combines all range of feelings and thoughts and will leave a mark for life.
Mini Israel, is an exciting attraction, featuring hundreds of beautifully crafted exact replica models of Israel’s most important sites, situated among rich greenery Bonsai trees and miniature figures. Whatever your desires, Mini Israel has it all. Small. A wonderful whole day experience, of Israel’s diversity and richness of touristic sites, all in one magnificent place.
This unique selection of Israel tourist sites will give you a bunch of experiences you will certainly want to treasure, for life.
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