Israel is not a particularly large country, but it is absolutely packed to the brim of amazing must-sees.
Whether you’re here for the religious sights, the historic sights, or you just want to float in the dead sea.. Israel is guaranteed to have something for you.
Tel Aviv: If you’re planning on skipping Tel Aviv and heading straight for Jerusalem… wait!! Tel Aviv in and of itself is a place you shouldn’t miss. Don’t miss out on the awesome nightlife (push through that jetlag!) and be sure to try the Shakshuka at Dr. Shakshuka in the old city of Jaffa, which is also remarkably impressive.NewNowNext with GGG founder Kelly at the Dead Sea!
The Dead Sea: Who can resist the opportunity to visit Israel’s most famous attraction? Go, lather yourself with Dead Sea mud, take classic Facebook photos, and float around. It’s really, really neat. Be careful not to get it in your eyes though, it burns! Visit a beach with a shower just in case. We went to Mineral Beach on our visit and it was awesome!
Bahai Gardens: The Bahai Gardens are located in Haifa, and are one of the main attractions here. The Bahai Gardens are stunning, and considered a very holy place for the Bahai faith. Millions of Bahai followers make the pilgrimage to the Bahai Gardens and shrine, which pay homage to the founders of the faith.
Haifa: Entrance from Shderot HaTzionut, Yafe Nof and Shderot Ben Gurion
Akko: The Al Bahaja Gardens
Opposite Bustan HaGalil
Telephone (for both sites): +(972)-4-831-3131
Acre (Akko): The ancient city of Akko sits below the earth under the current city and is continually being excavated. This UNESCO world heritage site will take you back thousands of years in history. Walk among the tunnels used by crusaders, circle the ancient city which resisted Napoleon and several others from conquest, and find out more about how this unique place eventually fell. Definitely a must see.
Masada: If you don’t have time for a whole lot, you really should not miss Masada. The city, set high atop a desert mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, was conquered by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, after a 3-year siege. As it became clear the Romans would indeed claim victory, the people of Masada killed themselves and their families to avoid being taken as slaves. The ruins are in phenomenal shape and are truly amazing.Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem: You kind of can’t come to Israel and not visit Yad Vashem, a holocaust museum and memorial. Tasked with giving names and memorial to the 6 million who died in the Holocaust, the museum is full of history and artifacts that speak volumes to the history of Israel. It’s hard to see, but you really shouldn’t miss it.
Jerusalem: If you’re into history, or religion, you can’t miss Jerusalem. Walk among the ancient streets and find out how the city was continually destroyed and rebuilt. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ along the Vie Dolorosa and visit the site where he died. Tour the Old City and the Western Wall (wailing wall). Jerusalem holds so much history, it’s impossible to see it all in a few days. I would recommend staying at least 5 days to get the hang of it.
Highights: The Wailing Wall, The City of David, Vie Dolorosa, The Room of the Last Supper, The Tower of David (check out their spectacular light show at night).
Stay tuned for our Jerusalem and Tel Aviv city guide!
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