The beautiful 'Holy Land', Israel is a country that every traveller should visit, at least once. Bathed in sunshine, this petite middle-eastern gem is blessed with almost 200km of stunning Mediterranean coastline, home to pristine beaches and deep blue waters. Further inland, you're greeted with majestic mountain ranges, vast desert plains and the natural wonder of the Dead Sea, which forms part of Israel's eastern border with Jordan.
Israel is a cultural melting pot, exuding a modern, innovative and entrepreneurial vibe in stark contrast to its ancient past. There is no other country of such religious or archaeological significance, with centuries-old biblical sites of fantastic significance for pilgrims and locals, alike.
Venture back in time and visit biblical sites in Nazareth, Jerusalem, or Bethlehem and discover the enthralling history of this ancient land, now intertwined with its current nine million inhabitants and culturally rich, modern way of life.
Although Jerusalem is the capital, Tel Aviv's thriving, youthful vibe makes this city the capital of 'Middle Eastern Cool'. Fashion and shopping are cutting edge, with restaurants, beach bars, cafes, and nightlife buzzing.
Geographically, Israel is a small, crowded country with short distances between cities, fascinating towns with religious and historical attractions. Several day-tours take in numerous sites, and both Jerusalem and Bethlehem can be seen in one day if that's all your schedule permits.
Nature lovers will enjoy Israel's diversity from snow-peaked mountains, lakes and seas, to the renowned natural beauty of The Galilee region. Israel has 40 National Parks and hundreds of nature reserves and desert landscapes, also abundant with tropical oasis. Getting off the pilgrim's beaten track will uncover the depth and splendour of this fascinating part of the world.
Beach resorts are plenty along the Mediterranean coastline, from small family-owned boutique hotels to international chains. Visiting historical port towns is a casual change-of-pace, between Israel's more crowded and bustling cities and archaeological sites. Water-sports, including excellent diving, are accessible all year round.
The warmer months, between April and October see temperatures ranging from 27-32 degrees celsius and are generally rain-free. Desert days are sweltering, but the nights are cold so make sure to pack accordingly.
Most rain falls between November and March. Winter is mild to cool, although moderate on the coast. Temperatures vary greatly in the mountains, so be prepared, especially at night.
Holy festivals are the most crowded periods, but they vary from year to year so we recommend checking before booking your trip to Israel.