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Welcome to Israel

Combine beautiful natural landscapes with holy sites for three of the world's major religions and you have Israel. What some would call the heart of the Middle East has much to offer travelers. In Tel Aviv—the cosmopolitan hub on Israel's Mediterranean coast—sightseeing tours highlight UNESCO-listed architecture and culinary hotspots, while the Dead Sea region boasts the oasis of Ein Gedi, ancient Masada, and, of course, one of the world's oldest natural spas. Nazareth, Jericho, Masada, and Bethlehem are popular day trips from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the region's religious history.

Top 10 attractions in Israel

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Caesarea

Caesarea

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About 2,000 years ago, Israel’s beautiful fishing port of Caesarea was a Roman capital, dedicated to Caesar Augustus. Today, it is one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, with archaeological ruins, beautiful beaches and an impressive Roman theater.Caesarea was built by Herod the Great over 12 years, from 25-13 BC, and was one of the grandest cities in the area with a deep sea harbor, aqueduct, hippodrome and amphitheater, which is still utilized today. The site holds concerts and other performances, while the hippodrome, although still identifiable, is now a banana field. It is smaller than the Circus Maximus in Rome but still held 20,000 spectators for chariot races at one point.Caesarea’s harbor is an engineering marvel with both an inner and outer area. It was constructed using hydraulic concrete to create breakwaters. Caesarea Aqueduct Beach, on the other hand, is considered one of the best beaches in Israel. As its name suggests, there is an ancient aqueduct marking its edge.If you are interested in museums, Philanthropist Harry Recanti founded the city’s Ralli Museum, which includes galleries that focus on Latin American and Sephardic Jewish artwork. The city even boasts an underwater museum, where visitors can dive through ancient ruins.More
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Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

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An open-air synagogue where worshippers recite prayers, Israel’s historic Western Wall (Wailing Wall) is where travelers come to kiss pale gold stones the color of the Negev desert and to stuff paper prayers between the stones. The beating heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, this is a must-see sacred site in the Jewish Quarter.More
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Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

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The ancient winding streets of Jerusalem’s Old City house some of the world’s most sacred religious sites for Jews, Muslims, and Christians, including the Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Dome of the Rock, and the Western Wall. Plus, each of the district’s four quarters has a unique character well worth experiencing.More
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Kidron Valley

Kidron Valley

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Set on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem, the scenic Kidron Valley is an ancient burial ground renown for its religious significance and natural beauty. The valley divides the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives and is prominently featured in both the Old and New Testaments, making it an important stop on many religious pilgrimages.More
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Coral Beach Nature Reserve

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

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The Coral Beach Nature Reserve in Eilat is home to a unique coral reef with more than 100 types of coral and 650 species of fish, making it a popular spot for snorkelers. It is the only coral reef in Israel, and one of the most densely populated in the world.Running parallel to the beach, the reef is over a kilometer in length and can be accessed right from the beach via a pier. Once underwater, trails are marked by buoys, and spectacular underwater gardens created by unique and colorful coral are immediately revealed. Along the way, snorkelers will spot a variety of fascinating tropical fish, including the parrot fish, butterfly fish, nocturnal fish, and many more besides.More
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Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)

Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa)

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The Way of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) is an ancient path in Jerusalem’s Old City, where it’s believed Jesus carried the cross to his crucifixion. Also known in Catholicism as the Stations of the Cross, it’s a pilgrimage that’s been followed going back to the fourth century. The route has changed over the years, and today there are 14 stations along the path, each marked with a plaque detailing what took place at that location.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

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The Church of All Nations is a prominent Roman Catholic church perched on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is also known as the Basilica of Agony, with its walls' golden mosaics depicting the suffering of the world as assumed by Jesus. Tradition has it that Jesus kneeled on a rock here in the Garden on Gethsemane prior to his arrest by the Romans. The slab of rock is now encompassed by a circle of iron thorns.Historically the site of a Byzantine church, it was converted to a basilica in the 4th century by Crusaders. The present stone structure has domes, walls, and pillars built in Byzantine style although built from 1919 to 1924. Its construction was fueled by donations of Catholic communities from all over the world. Symbols of each nation that donated were built into the glass of the church’s ceiling.More
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City sits on what is thought to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Christianity’s holiest site, the church stands at the end of the Via Dolorosa—the route Jesus is believed to have taken on the way to his crucifixion.More
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Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

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According to the Christian faith, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before his arrest. Today, the Church of All Nations guards this sacred site at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where Franciscan friars stroll past gnarled olive trees alongside pilgrims from around the world.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Israel

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Favorite part of our trip
Jesse_B, Feb 2020
Masada Sunrise Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour from Jerusalem
This was one of the most fun things on our entire trip in Israel.
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Dead Sea is a must!
mjcook419, Feb 2020
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
It’s nice to see Masada and get to know the history.
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Beautiful Tour
John_M, Dec 2019
Caesarea, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, and Acre Tour from Jerusalem
This tour is a good way to see the northern part of coastal Israel up to the Lebanon border.
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Good way to see a lot in a day
Marsha M, Dec 2019
Unforgettable Tour to Caesarea, Haifa, Acre and Rosh HaNikra from Tel Aviv
Got to see numerous sites.
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Very interesting tour!
Dawn_M, Sep 2019
Bethlehem Half Day Tour - Pick up from Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
Not only did we get to see the birthplace of Christ, Milk Grotto and Shepards Field, we got an inside view of the West Bank including some of Banksy's work at the Israeli barrier wall the encloses Palestine.
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Excellent service
annenewzealand, Aug 2019
Private Arrival Transfer from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Tel Aviv City
I don’t think he could speak English and we couldn’t speak Israeli but we managed to communicate without problems.
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Nice tour!
ALVARO_C, Jun 2019
Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
Excellent choice of tour if you don't have much time to visit the country.
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Amazing intro to Israel
Johanna_G, Aug 2018
Highlights of Israel Day Trip from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and the Dead Sea
This trips gives you a great foundation for what to see in Israel and what to do for a future trip.
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An extraordinary tour and...
Gioanna B, Jul 2017
Golan Heights Day Trip from Tel Aviv
An extraordinary tour and opportunity to see half of Israel.
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I would have liked a little more...
Kevin K, Sep 2017
Bethlehem and Jericho Day Trip from Jerusalem
It was amazing to see the area and how the Israel and Palestinian guides worked together.
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This was a great experience. Border...
Marina D, Apr 2018
West Bank Tour from Jerusalem
I was happy to visit the tomb of the late Palestine leader and talk to the solders guarding the tomb.
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Great tour overall. We got the...
Justine E, Feb 2018
Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv
We got the chance to see so much of Israel in a day.
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You get to see alot in such a short...
Kanika W, Feb 2018
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv
You get to see alot in such a short period of time .
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It was a great tour to see many...
Masako K, Jul 2017
Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Jerusalem
It was a great tour to see many historic places in Israel, very efficient visit.
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This was an excellent full day tour...
Bruce K, Aug 2017
Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv
This was a very efficient way to see many sights in one day.
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Amazing adventure to visit Masada...
Beth, Aug 2017
Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem
Amazing adventure to visit Masada.
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We hade a wonderful time. The guide...
Karin M, May 2017
Ashdod Shore Excursion: Jerusalem and Dead Sea Day Trip
We totally recommend it if you want to see a lot of Israel.
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Absolutely great. The guide knew...
Alexander T, Apr 2015
Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Tour is beautiful to see the old city and the religion in Israel.
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Jerusalem is such an interesting...
Trevor_F, Jun 2014
Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv
Israel has much to see but for those interested in History or Religion Jerusalem and Bethlehem are a must.
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Jerusalem, Masada and Dead Sea were...
RAFINE M, Nov 2013
2-Day Best of Israel Tour from Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Masada Tour
We learned a lot and got to see a lot of Israel and float on the Dead Sea.
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