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Israel

Israel Destinations Travel Guide

 

 

 

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Language: Hebrew, Arabic

Currency: Shekel (ILS)

Calling code: 972

Vocabulary

 

 

 

Travel Destination in Israel

 

Acre or Akko

 

Ancient Akko is a historic part of the modern Acre that is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Holy Land.

Aphek

 

The city of Aphek or Afek is located 15 km from Tel Aviv on a road 483. Its name is derived from a Hebrew word for "springs" as it was the main strategic feature of the town.

Appolonia

 

Ruins of ancient Apollonia in Israel are situated on a beaches of the sea.

Ashkelon

 

Ashkelon contains ruins from the Bronze Age to medieval Crusader fortifications.

Beit Alpha

 

Beit Alpha Synagogue hold some of the best preserved mosaics in the Middle East.

Belvoir Castle

 

Ruins of Belvoir Castle built by the Crusaders is a textbook example of European military fortifications.

Beth Shean

 

Ruins of ancient Scythopolis at Beth Shean in Israel will take a whole day to explore.

Bethlehem

 

Bethlehem in Israel harbors Rachel's tomb and claims as a birth town of Jesus Christ.

Caesarea

 

Caesarea was a major ancient Roman port in the region and a seat of procurator. Including the most famous of all Pontius Pilate.

Capernaum

 

Capernaum is an ancient Jewish settlement where Jesus Christ led some of his sermons.

 

Ein Avdat National Park

 

Ein Avdat National Park is an oasis of protected wild life in a vast Israeli desert.

 

Ein Gedi National Park

 

Ein Gedi is an oasis to the West of the Dead Sea in close proximity to Masada plateau and Qumran caves.

Eleutheropolis

 

Ancient ruins of Eleutheropolis are situated not far from the Jerusalem.

Ein Fara

 

Christian Orthodox monastery at El Fara is merely a small portion of a huge monastic community that once existed here.

Ein Karem

 

Ein Karem was found during the Bronze Era, but it is particularly famous as a birth place of John the Baptist.

Gorny Monastery

 

Gorny Monastery is a Russian Orthodox Monastery in Ein Karem, 7 km to the South West of Jerusalem.

Herodium

 

Herodium is and ancient castle built by Herod the Great and his final resting place.

Jericho

 

Jericho is probably the oldest site that was continually inhabitant by humans.

Jerusalem

 

Jerusalem in Israel is without a doubt holiest city in the World venerated by three major World religions.

Jezreel Valley

 

Jezreel Valley is a large valley in the south region of the Lower Galilee in Israel.

Mar Saba Monastery

 

Mar Saba Monastery is one of the earliest Christian monasteries in the World. It is located 17 km (11 mi) East of Bethlehem in Israel.

Maresha

 

Abandoned underground city of Maresha is probably more impressive than what is left above ground.

Masada

 

Masada is a palace of Herod the Great that became infamous as a site of Jewish struggle against the Roman empire.

Megiddo

 

Megiddo has been settled for the past 9000 years, but it became thanks to Bible as a site of the final battle between good and evil.

Mount of Beatitudes

 

Mount of Beatitudes is famous as the site where Jesus Christ preached his famous teaching that became known as the Sermon on the Mount.

Nebi Musa

 

Nebi Musa according to the Muslim tradition is the resting place of Moses who died on the border of the Holy Land.

Nimrod Fortress

 

Massive medieval Nimrod Fortress holds strategic location on top of the mountain.

Qumran

 

Qumran is a home to an ancient Jewish groups that latter influences monastic movement in Europe.

Hippos/Sussita

 

Hippos or Sussita is an ancient archaeological site in Israel situated on the bank of Sea of Galilee.

Tabgha

Tabgha is the site where Jesus fed 5,000 followers with five loaves of bread and two fishes. 

Tiberias

Tiberias is a historic town located on the Western side of the sea of Galilee. 

Yardenit Baptismal Site

 

Yardenit Baptismal Site is an alleged site of baptism of Jesus Christ as it was described in the New Testament. Actually the real site of baptismal is in Qasr el Yahud

Judaean Desert

 

Judaean Desert stretches from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea. Despite its barren appearance it has one of the most historic buildings it the Holy Land.

     

 

 

Tips:

-this is not your state college, nobody cares about your solution for Middle East crisis. Stay Swiss for your own safety.

-mid-spring to early summer is probably the best time to go. It is usually warm during the day and semi-arid soil holds some moisture.

-drink plenty of bottled water

-cold beer is not available in Muslim quarters, alcohol also dehydrates your body by decreasing ADH (anti- diuretic hormone) so it is not the best way to cool yourself in a hot climate

- wear plenty of sunscreen

-cover your head and sunglasses. Sun can be unforgiving and affect you unexpectedly

-even in summer nights can be cold

-wear insect repellant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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