Israel is a beautiful country of the Middle East with a plethora of things to see and experience, including an alluring Mediterranean coastline, dramatic natural landscapes, museums galore, important religious sites, a booming culinary scene, a dynamic night life, and eclectic cities with thriving local cultures which you can immerse in by visiting bustling street food markets and watching street performances. If you are longing to see this charming country for yourself, then you’re in the right place as Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Israel.
Israel is a historic land, dating back thousands of years. The country is home to some of the oldest cities in the world and a plethora of heritage sites and monuments, from old-world German villages to Roman ruins and ancient fortresses. One of the most iconic historic attractions in Israel is the famous Masada - a UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the heart of the Judean Desert. The archaeological site of Caesarea is another fantastic sightseeing spot; this former Roman city contains some well-preserved Roman remains.
Israel is a sacred country offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences; amongst the country’s holy sites is the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth with mineral rich waters and mud baths that are said to promote healing. There are many other sacred sites across Israel that are significant to various major religions, including the Sea of Galilee in the north which is where Christians believe that Jesus walked on water, and the Western Wall, the world’s most sacred Jewish site. Book cheap Israel holidays, including holiday packages to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with Brightsun and look forward to an enriching getaway.
Ge'ula St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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HaYarkon St 145, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6345313, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel’s largest city is unlike any other city you would have ever visited. Everything about this Middle Eastern gem is awe-inspiring and bewildering. Jerusalem has a Mediterranean climate with pleasant weather all year round, plus plenty of charming streets lined with atmospheric souks, a happening night life with wine bars, live music venues, and dance clubs, and a diverse culinary scene with authentic Middle Eastern dishes and international cuisine to savour.
Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities, so there is a lot of history to delve into here with various architectural wonders and archaeological sites that showcase remnants of ancient civilisations. Make sure you explore Jerusalem’s Old City; this ancient marvel is full of cobbled laneways and comprises of the Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and Armenian Quarter. Brightsun Travel offers great value holidays to Jerusalem, taking you to the heart of this city and allowing you to explore its incredible heritage sites.
Jerusalem is famously known as the Holy Land as it’s connected to the three major religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The city is home to some of the world’s holiest religious sites, including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Another sacred site accessible via Jerusalem is the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on earth. The mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea are considered to have healing powers, and you can actually float in these waters due to the high salt concentration.
Tel Aviv is a vibrant modern city in Israel offering everything from beautiful beaches and natural settings to museums, architectural marvels, top-class shopping hubs, and a dynamic nightlife throughout its diverse neighbourhoods. Israel is famed for its tasty exotic food, and what better place to enjoy its cuisine than Tel Aviv. Its street food is particularly worth noting; a trip to the city is incomplete without sampling a shawarma!
Tel Aviv offers a stunning stretch of coastline with beaches dotted all across the city. Famous coastal spots include Metzitzim Beach, which is family-friendly with shallow waters, water sports facilities, and summer beach parties, plus Jerusalem Beach, situated in the heart of Tel Aviv with a bustling seaside promenade. For a more tranquil beach experience, the city’s Tel Baruch Beach is ideal, located a bit further out with ideal swimming conditions.
So, where’s best to explore whilst in Tel Aviv? Neve Tzedek is a good place to start; this is one of the oldest districts in the city lined with historic houses, museums, boutiques, and local cafes. Then there’s Jaffa, a port town located a short coastal walk away from downtown Tel Aviv with a flea market and iconic landmarks including St. Peter’s Monastery. Book amazing value holiday packages to Tel Aviv with Brightsun and look forward to a myriad of travel adventures.
Currency: You’ll be spendings Israeli new shekels.
Language: Hebrew is the official language.
Local Time: Two hours in advance of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately five hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Israel tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Israel, British citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s Israel travel advice.
A: You can stay for up to three months without one.
A: Spring and autumn are usually ideal for holidays.
A: It's usually safe in tourist areas but please follow official advice.
A: Avoid clothing bearing religious or political references.
A: It's not a member, but an associated state.
Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre marks the spot where Jesus was crucified. The church dates back to 325 AD and features Romanesque architecture. The atmospheric Via Dolorosa, 'the Way of Grief', is a pathway that retraces Jesus' final journey through the ancient alleyways of the Old Town. Temple Mount includes the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim holy site. One of the best hiking trails around Jerusalem is the Mount Eilan Loop which runs through the Sataf Forest and has amazing views. The Yehuda Market is bursting with charm, along with fresh produce, spices, grilled meat, and coffee.
Tel Aviv is an ideal base for outdoor activities, particularly scuba diving. Exciting dive sites include a reef known as the Gordon Caves, and the Caesarea Underwater Old Port, a fascinating lost city that dates from the first century BC. Tel Aviv's green spaces are very popular, especially HaYarkon Park, which covers 3.5 square kilometres. It includes different gardens, swans, and walking and cycling trails. The district of Old Jaffa pre-dates Tel Aviv and has quaint, narrow streets and archways. There are also small craft shops, cafes, and wine bars. Tel Aviv also has several museums and art galleries.
July and August are the hottest months with temperatures reaching 32°C (90F). January is the coldest month at 10°C (50°F). It's also the wettest with around 5.7 inches of rain. It rarely rains in August.
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