The world has fallen in uncertain times. Thousands are in quarantine due to Coronavirus fears. Countless flights around the world have been cancelled. Dreams of trips not taken have been shattered. Many people were disappointed to learn that they won’t be able to visit Israel until further notice. Furthermore, many returning citizens are stuck indoors for 14 days as a security measure. So, whether you’re looking for something to do while in isolation, or you’re looking to fill the void of your postponed trip to The Holy Land, here are some great Israeli TV shows you can binge-watch in the meantime.

The Beauty and the Baker (Lehiot Ita) – Amazon Prime

Featuring the stunning Rotem Sela, an Israeli model and actress, this drama-filled romantic comedy series has something for everyone.

The plot follows Noa Hollander, a model an heiress, as she falls for a low-class baker, Amos Dahari. The show follows their impossible love story as they navigate their relationship which is threatened by multiple outside factors, including Amos’s questionably-stable yet hilarious ex-girlfriend, Vanessa, Noa’s jealous manager, and Amos’s lively Yemenite family.

The series is well-rated and loved in Israel, and ABC even picked up the show to adapt into an English series of the same name.

When Heroes Fly (Bishvila Giborim Afim) – Netflix

This drama TV show is one of the most beloved of Israeli TV shows.

The story follows a group of friends who served together in the IDF during the 2006 Lebanon War. During the group’s travels to Colombia after their army service, one of their friends, Yaeli goes missing and is presumed dead. Years later, a recent photo of her surfaces and the group reunites to track down the whereabouts of Yaeli.

The cast includes Ninet Tayeb, a well-known Israeli singer-songwriter, who playes the role of Yaeli. The dramtic show is full of exciting twists and turns and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Hostages (Bnei Aruba) – Netflix

This suspenseful drama follows a family as they are held hostage in their home by a group of masked intruders.

The mother of the family, Yael, is a respected surgeon who is expected to operate on the prime minister the next day in a routine surgery. The group of intruders insists that the she deliberately botches the operation so the prime minister dies during the surgery, or the group will kill Yael’s whole family.

The TV show was broadcast in multiple European countries and was also picked up and adapted in the states (however, most viewers agree that the original Israeli series is the better version!).

Prisoners of War (Hatufim) – Hulu

Produced by acclaimed Israeli producer, Gideon Raff, this is one of the most internationally-recognized of all the Israeli TV shows. In 2013, it won the Israeli Academy Award for Television.

The series follows two recently released prisoners who were captured during the Lebanon War. After years of negotiating their freedom, they are finally released and returned to their families. The series follows their reintegration into society and the trauma they endured. When questioned by a military psychiatrist, the two soldiers’ stories don’t add up, which leads to more questions and a belief that they are hiding something.

Does the plot sound familiar? Prisoners of War was adapted into the popular American series Homeland, which was also produced by Gideon Raff.

Mossad 101 (HaMidrasha)- Netflix

One of the more action-packed Israeli TV shows on this list, Mossad 101 is a thrilling show to watch.

The show follows a secret Mossad compound that operates a training course. 13 trainees are sent out on missions to see how they respond and think on their feet. The unit, headed by Yonna, uses special technicals and technology to get the trainees used to extreme situations.

The series focuses on both the action-packed drills they go through as well as the humane side of of the agents by depicting personal experiences.

Fauda – Netflix

Fauda is one of the Israeli TV shows that has taken the country by storm. This non-stop action show will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The plot to this show involves many characters, plot twists, and flashbacks, so it’s important to pay attention. The show follows Doron, a retired soldier who was responsible for killing a prominent terrorist. Moreno, his old unit commander, visits him to tell him the terrorist is still alive. The show then follows Doron and a host of other complex characters as they attempt to finish the job they thought was done years ago.

The show has been applauded for showing both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as we see the good and bad in characters on both sides of the conflict.

In 2017, The New York Times awarded Fauda the title of the best international show of the year. The show also won many awards in Israel for acting, screenplay, special effects, cinematography, and more.

The Spy – Netflix

One of the first things you’ll notice about The Spy is that it’s in English, so you can give your eyes a rest from reading translated subtitles!

The show stars the iconic Sasha Baron Cohen, who portrays the famous Israeli spy, Eli Cohen. It’s based on real events of an Israeli spy who infiltrated Syrian high command during the years leading up to the 1967 Six-Day War. The show follows Eli Cohen as he befriends key players in Syrian high society and eventually infiltrates the Syrian Ministry of Defence. Eventually, Eli is appointed as Syria’s Deputy Defence Minister and acts as an advisor to Amin al-Hafiz, Syria’s future president. It also shows the strain put on Eli’s family as he is away from large periods of time.

The show, along with Sacha Baron Cohen’s performance, were praised by critics and viewers alike.

Shtisel – Netflix

This show is loved for giving a glimpse into the life of a strict religious family, something not often depicted even in Israeli television.

The show follows the Shtisel family, led by patriarch and Rabbi Shulem Shitsel. The family lives in a religious community without internet in Jerusalem. The family abides by strict haredi traditions, but some members are more interested in adopting a secular lifestyle, which leads to tension in the family and community.


We hope that binge-watching these beloved Israeli TV shows will help you through these hard times! Remember, you can always reach out to Mazada Tour’s travel experts for questions about travel to Israel or to start planning a future trip. Contact us today with any questions you may have!

Not only is it one of the most impressive tourist sites in all of Israel, but it’s also our namesake! If you’ve already visited, or if it’s still on your Israel tour bucket list, we’re sure that these interesting facts about Masada will dazzle and impress you. Read on to learn more about this interesting site in Israel.

Masada Facts

1. Since it’s near the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on earth, the base of Masada is at a point that’s below sea level. That means that even when you’re standing at the top of Masada, you’re not even that high up! The mountain’s summit is at a mere 58m of elevation.

Want to learn more about the Dead Sea too? Read 20 cool facts here.

2. The top of Masada is an ancient fortress, originally built by Herod the Great in 30 BCE. It was meant to be a strategic location for Herod. From this vantage point, his armies could sight any approaching enemies.

3. Today, many new IDF army recruits swear their oaths of allegiance at this site. They swear to never let Masada, and by proxy, the state of Israel, fall again.

4. Masada has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001.

5. In the summer months, it’s much too hot to trek up to the mountain on foot. Visitors can choose to take the cable car up or hike in the early hours of the morning, which many do to admire a sunset from the top of the mountain.

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6. In 66 A.D., a small group of Judean rebels known as the Sicarii fled Jerusalem and settled atop Masada. After the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in 70 A.D., the rest of the rebels joined. The Romans then wanted to take down Masada and built camps surrounding the mountain. They also built a ramp and tower on the Western slope of the mountain. When it became clear to the Judeans that the Romans would take Masada, the whole community of 960 people took their own lives instead of becoming Roman slaves. A couple of women and children hid in the cisterns instead of taking their own lives, and they, later on, told the story of the Masada fortress.

7. The area remained uninhabited for centuries, until 1828 when some scholars rediscovered Masada. In 1953, the site was uncovered by Israeli archeologist, Shmariya Gutman. In the 1950s and 1960s, more excavation was done and many artifacts were discovered.

Private Tour of Masada & the Dead Sea

8. The fortress had many different complexes, many of which have ruins which you can see today. Some of the different rooms in the fortress include bathhouses, swimming pools, a synagogue, a church, a palace, and many storerooms for food and weapons.

9. In the 1950s, pottery shards were excavated from the site. On the shards, archeologists were able to make out the names of Jews who lived there. They also unearthed tallit and tefillin (Jewish prayer objects) and found some bones. The bones were given a proper army burial.

10. Many of the ancient structures have been well-preserved. There are even beautiful mosaic floors and walls found in the bathhouses and in some other buildings.

11. Today, Masada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Israel. There is even a captivating sound and light show projected onto the side of the mountain.


12. Due to the site’s historical and religious significance, many young Jews choose to have their Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Masada.

13. There are special occasions where you can attend operas and concerts at the foot of the mountain. The area provides excellent acoustics, which attracts musicians and orchestras from around the world. In fact, the famous Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, performed at Masada with an opera in 2011.

14. At the edge of the plateau on the summit, there is an Echo balcony. Here, you can yell into the mountainous desert and hear the desert yell back to you. Due to the geography of the region, your echo sounds like an army of thousands of people. Some historians say that the Judean rebels used this to their advantage to make them seem like a bigger army than they actually were.

Plan Your Masada Tour Today

If you’re planning to come to Israel, visiting Masada is definitely a must-do. You can visit the ancient fortress as part of a day tour that can also include stops at the Dead Sea and Ein Gedi. Need help planning out an itinerary that includes a stop at Masada? Contact our travel experts and we’ll take care of it!

When it comes to cities to visit in Israel, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem usually get all the fame and glory. Tel Aviv is known for its beautiful beaches, trendy nightlife, and vibrant food scene. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is a spiritual hotspot known for its incredible history, religious importance, and cultural significance. However, if you have enough time on your tour, there are plenty more cities to visit in Israel than just these two. Learn more about some of Israel’s hidden gems and all they have to discover.


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Acre, or Akko as the locals call it, is one of the more unique cities to visit in Israel. This is because it’s one of the few places that boasts a truly mixed population. Acre is home to Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Baha’i people. This makes it a diverse city full of culture and history perfect for either a day trip or to spend a few nights. You can walk along parts of the old city walls for a panoramic view, stroll through the old town, and visit historic sites like the Hospitallers Fortress or the Templars’ Tunnels. Tourists favorite part of visiting Acre is the classic Middle-Eastern food. The city’s diverse cultural background comes alive in the flavors on your plate. In fact, many locals agree that the best hummus in Israel can be found in Acre.



Tzfat is one of the most magical cities to visit in Israel. It’s also considered to be one of the most holy cities in the country. So if you are looking for the special feeling you get in Jerusalem without all the crowds, head here. In Tzfat you can get an introduction to the interesting secrets of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. The city itself is beautiful and offers the opportunity for a lovely stroll through the ancient streets. Be sure to also visit the artist’s colony in Tzfat where you can purchase some unique Judaic artwork. Tzfat is a great place to spend a few nights, as you can also use it as a base to discover nearby landmarks, like Mount Carmel and Nimrod Fortress.

Tzfat Day Tour



Known primarily among locals as a student’s town due to the university there, Bersheeba (or Beer Sheva) is an up-and-coming city in Israel. The city itself was built by the Ottomans, and you can still see some relics today. The Negev Museum of Art is a popular stop, as is the Turkish railway built during WWI. There is a weekly Bedouin market in Beersheba that has been taking place for decades. Bedouins from surrounding villages congregate to sell authentic Bedouin items. Here, you can find unique gifts like glassware, jewelry, crafts, and a lot more. Don’t miss out on the Bedouin food at the market either! If you want to venture out of the city, the Israel Air Force Museum is a great nearby stop.



Ashkelon is one of those cities in Isreal that is often left off of most itineraries. However, if you’re looking for something a little less touristy to do, head here. Ashkelon is home to a national park that contains ancient ruins, medieval walls, and beautiful beaches. It also contains sand dunes you can explore and interesting desert vegetation. The beach here is also lovely, and a popular spot with surfers when its the season. The marina is ideal for an evening sunset stroll, or you can also hire a sailboat for an unforgettable day on the Meditteranean Sea.

Mitzpe Ramon

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Aside from the crater that gives the town its namesake, Mitzpe Ramon is another one of those special cities to visit in Israel that remains a little more undiscovered. Many visitors simply pass through and stop at the crater’s lookout point without giving the town a second thought. However, the town of Mitzpe Ramon is a great stopping point on its own right. Those who stay here longer can enjoy embarking on some fantastic desert hikes or jeep tours. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try abseiling down the cliffs of the crater. It’s also a beautiful place for stargazing at night, as the small town and vast desert offer little light pollution. Nearby, there’s an alpaca farm that’s fun for the whole family. There’s also an interesting Spice Quarter that has been transformed into a bohemian wonderland, complete with galleries, clothing stores, and chic restaurants.

Looking for other things to do in the desert? Check out the top things to do in The Negev!


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Netanya is one of the bigger cities in the country and home to many new immigrants. It’s quite modern and offers a variety of activities for all ages. The beach here is unique since it sits at the base of cliffs, so to access the main beach you need to take an elevator located near the city’s main square. Like Ashkelon, it’s also a popular spot for surfing, and a great place for young children to learn. The Planetanya Planetarium is a perfect rainy-day activity with children (or a great way to escape the heat). You can also enjoy a nice picnic by the stream at Hof Bet Yanai National Park.


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Nahariya is located in the north of Israel, this unassuming city by the sea offers some great attractions. The Achziv National Beach Park is a loved destination by both locals and tourists. Here, you can see sea turtles in their natural habitat and you can also go camping here. Nahariya is also home to a botanical garden and a zoo as well as a gorgeous Byzantine Church. Nature lovers will also enjoy basing themselves out of Nahariya, as you can explore the Rosh Hanikrah grottoes, the Keshet cave, or go on a leisurely hike by the shaded Nahal Kziv river.

There are plenty of cities to visit in Israel besides the obvious. If visiting tourist hotspots isn’t your thing, then these seven cities make for fantastic options. If you’re looking to build an itinerary for your visit to Israel, contact us for help getting started. We’re happy to add these cities to your itinerary or recommend others that are more your style!

Tourism to Israel has been increasing year after year. There are many established and new accommodations popping up all the time. If you want to make your trip even more unforgettable, booking a luxury hotel in Israel will undeniably help. The luxury hotels in Israel range in locations from right in the city centers, to more secluded and quiet areas. There is a luxury hotel in Israel to suit all tastes, so read on to see our favorite picks.

The Beresheet, Mitzpe Ramon

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This tried-and-true hotel is a classic on the luxury hotel in Israel scene. Found outside the small town of Mitzpe Ramon, this stunning hotel is perched on the edge of the Ramon Crater and looks out over the endless desert. There’s a beautiful outdoor swimming pool where guests can relax and cool down. Guests can choose between rooms with desert or crater views, as well as villas that come fit with private pools. Other amenities on-site include a bar, restaurant, and luxury spa. If you’re heading down south to Israel’s desert and you plan on exploring the Negev, this is the coveted hotel to stay at for a couple nights.

The Setai, Tel Aviv

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Located in Jaffa in the south of Tel Aviv, this popular hotel has quickly been recognized as one of the most luxurious spots in the city. It’s set by the sea in an Ottoman building featuring original stone and marble elements. The 120 rooms themselves are a mix of old and new and combine modern design with the area’s history. The rooftop pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is one of the best spots in Tel Aviv for sunset.

King David, Jerusalem

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Perfectly set near Jerusalem’s Old City, the King David is a luxury hotel in Israel not to be missed. The hotel frequently ranks as one of the top 100 in the world, so its luxury status is internationally recognized. When prominent characters such as presidents, prime ministers, or celebrities visit Jerusalem, this is usually their preferred choice of accommodation. The rooms and suites are regally decorated and tastefully designed. It’s home to multiple high-end restaurants and a bar with an extensive wine menu. There’s an outdoor pool, panoramic views over the Old City, fitness facilities, and a tennis court.

Looking for things to do in Jerusalem? Here are our top picks.

The Efendi Hotel, Acre

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Found in the quaint streets in the Old City of Acre, this luxurious boutique hotel looks over the sea and ancient crusader walls. The interior is full of pieces from a different time, including a 900-year old fountain in the lobby from the Crusader era, and a brick wine-cellar from the Byzantine era, dated at more than 1,500 years old. The hotel hosts 12 uniquely decorated suites over three floors. The rooms include marble bathrooms, king-sized beds, and all the trimmings fit for royalty. The Efendi Hotel also has a 400-year old Turkish hammam that has been restored.

The Norman, Tel Aviv

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The Norman has been receiving countless awards and accolades since its inception in 2014. This luxury hotel in Israel is made up of 50 different rooms set in a restored 1920s Bauhaus building. It’s perfectly situated in the heart of Tel Aviv, near the bustling Rothschild Boulevard. The rooms are decorated with a mix of modern art and 20th-century furniture. The rooftop infinity pool is one of the coolest places to hang out in Tel Aviv’s summers, and The Library Bar boasts fantastic cocktails in a trendy setting. There are two restaurants on-site, and the hotel is renowned even among locals for its exceptional breakfast.

The Setai, Sea of Galilee

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Established in 2017, this sleek new luxury hotel in Israel is set on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. There are 110 suites and luxury villas with incredible views over the sea and the surrounding mountains. Some of the rooms even have their own infinity pools or hot tubs. This hotel is home to the largest spa complex in Israel, so you can be sure to get the most relaxing stay during your visit. There is an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a Turkish bath. This beautiful hotel is the perfect spot to base yourself to explore the natural wonders of the area.

Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

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Located only a few minutes from Jerusalem’s Old City and conveniently on the chic Mamilla Avenue, this hotel is another fantastic option when visiting Israel’s capital. The rooms are styled in a modern and trendy decor that is also peaceful and rejuvenating. Nearby, guests can enjoy shopping at high-end boutiques, explore delicious local and fine-dining restaurants, and explore the city’s nightlife. There is also a spa on-site that focuses on holistic treatments and wellbeing.

Elma Arts Complex, Zichron Yaakov

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Art aficionados, rejoice. This is the perfect luxury hotel in Israel if you’re looking to learn about the local talent and art scene. The hotel includes galleries with paintings and sculpture and two concert halls. There are also studios for artists-in-residence who teach master classes. The 84-room hotel is also perfectly situated among the mountains overlooking the wineries of Zichron Yaakov as well as the ocean.

Interested in visiting some wineries? Check out our favorite ones.

Herods Vitalis, Eilat

Set in Israel’s most southern city, Eilat, is for adults only and operates as both a business and leisure hotel. Luxury facilities at Herods Vitalis include heated swimming pools, a spa, and fine dining options. You can also enjoy picturesque views over Eilat’s Red Sea. Guests here can expect a relaxing and pampering vacation in a pampering environment.

There is no shortage of luxury hotels in Israel. If you’re looking to include one of these hotels on your next visit, let us know so we can get you the best room at the best deal. Contact us to start planning your trip to Israel and one of our travel experts will be able to create a luxurious itinerary just for you.

Israel may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think “honeymoon.” However, many young couples, particularly Jewish couples, are choosing the Holy Land as their romantic getaway destination. The appeal of having your honeymoon in Israel goes much farther than the country’s interesting history and stunning beaches. Israel offers a variety of beautiful and romantic settings as well as exciting activities perfect for newlyweds. Have a look at all the places you can visit on your honeymoon in Israel

Celebrate in Tel Aviv

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After a long flight, spend a few nights unwinding in Tel Aviv. This city is the perfect combination of relaxation and excitement. Head to the beach to lay in the sand and enjoy the calm Meditteranean seas, or head to one of the dozens of hotels that line the beachfront for a romantic Israeli breakfast spread overlooking the water. Once you’re beached-out, Tel Aviv offers fantastic nightlife opportunities. Try out some delicious cocktails with your sweetheart at Imperial Craft Cocktail bar, considered to be one of the best bars in the Middle East. If you’re still in a dancing mood after your wedding, you can also head to some of the fantastic clubs that the city is known for.

Wander in Jerusalem


Jerusalem is a must for any honeymoon in Israel, regardless of if you’re a more religious couple or not. The city offers a multitude of both spiritual and fun activities to partake in. Start by strolling through the Wohl Rose Park to appreciate all the lovely smelling flowers. Wander around Jerusalem’s Old City to admire the charming ancient architecture, historical sites, and appreciate the area’s religious significance. Don’t miss the night show at The Tower of David. The historic structure is lit up with a projected light show and accompanying music. If you enjoy splurging, head to Mamilla Mall to do some shopping at chic stores and boutiques.

Stargaze in Mitzpe Ramon

The Negev is the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon in Israel. The vast desert offers tons of opportunities for silence and solitude away from the crowds of the city. Stay at the iconic Beeresheet Hotel that overlooks the Ramon Crater and enjoy stunning desert views from your own private pool. At night, you can have a romantic dinner together in quiet surroundings. Later on in the evening, take a Jeep tour out into the desert where you can stargaze under the brilliant night sky, away from any noise and light pollution.

Looking to spend more time in the desert? Check out our expert guide of where to go in the Negev.

Discover Masada and the Dead Sea

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While you’re already in the Negev, continue your honeymoon by visiting Masada, an ancient fortress set on top of the mattress. You can either take a cablecar up or choose to hike your way to the top. Once you’ve arrived, you can learn the tragic history of the place, and admire the stunning desert views from an elevated vantage point. Many people opt to hike the mountain in the early morning hours and then enjoy the sunrise from the top. Next, unwind at the Dead Sea where you can cover yourself in therapeutic mud and float on the sea’s surface. Go for a couple’s massage by the sea so that you can continue your honeymoon feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Fly High in The Galilee & Golan Heights

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The Golan Heights is the perfect setting for a honeymoon in Israel. With lush green mountains, adventurous activities, and plenty of opportunities to relax, it is an ideal couple’s destination. First, visit one of the many wineries in the region for a tour and a tasting of some award-winning Israeli wine. For something more exciting, you can choose to go on either a hot air balloon ride or opt for a helicopter tour to get a bird’s-eye view on this beautiful area. You can end your day up north with a glass of wine and delicious Israeli food overlooking the Sea of Galilee while admiring the sunset.

Helicopter Tour to Winery in Golan

Get “Roman”-tic in Caesarea

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Caesarea is another popular destination for a honeymoon in Israel. These ancient Roman ruins don’t need any more romanticizing, the structures are so beautiful they speak for themselves. Take a tour of the ancient Roman amphitheater and snap some adorable couple’s photos by the Roman aqueduct. Then, stop for a bite to eat and gaze over the impressively blue waters of the sea before you.

Enjoy Yourself in Eilat

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Eilat is typically seen as a family destination for the local Israelis, however, that shouldn’t deter you from this beachside destination. This lovely resort town has plenty of things to do during your honeymoon in Israel. If you’re feeling active, you can go for a hike in the desert and walk through stunning canyons. If you’re dying to be by the water, you and your newly betrothed will enjoy snorkeling in the Red Sea’s world-renowned coral reefs. You can also visit Eilat’s Dolphinarium to swim and interact with the local dolphins.

These are only a few examples of the places you can visit and things you can do during your honeymoon in Israel. The options for enjoying a romantic vacation together are endless. Contact our travel experts to begin planning your honeymoon in Israel and let us help you create a perfectly romantic and unforgettable itinerary.

Some people choose to visit Jaffa only for a few hours or even a day while they’re in Tel Aviv. However, Jaffa, Tel Aviv’s old port city, has so much more to offer its visitors. There are bustling markets, beautiful alleyways to discover, tons of artwork, and some of the best food in the city! If you’re visiting Tel Aviv, we definitely recommend spending a good amount of time exploring Jaffa. Read on for our local expert’s tips for the best things to do in Jaffa.

Jaffa Flea Market

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Aside from Tel Aviv’s colorful Carmel Market, there’s another hot spot nearby to find some fun treasures. Shuk Hapishpishim in Jaffa is a flea market chock-full of fantastic finds and lively Middle-Eastern vibes. This market is more for recycled second-hand items, and you’ll see a lot of locals shopping around to furnish their apartments. However, there are also some great vintage finds like jewelry and clothes. Grab a fresh juice from one of the nearby stalls, wander around the bustling market, and practice those bargaining skills while looking through all the interesting items.

Clock Tower

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One of the most noticeable landmarks of Jaffa is the tall clock tower that sits in the middle of the main square. Originally built in 1906, this late-Ottoman clock is made from limestone and is one of the most iconic spots of the city. It’s a great historical relic of Israel’s Ottoman era, and a fantastic place to begin delving into the atmosphere of the vibrant and bustling city of Jaffa.

Hapisga Gardens

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If you’re looking to unwind and relax in the old city, head to Hapisga Gardens for some lovely greenery. After a short climb to the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with the best view of Tel Aviv. From this point, you can see the city’s long coastline as well as the skyline set against the clear blue sky. You can also see some important points in Jaffa, such as the port and the clock tower. It’s the perfect spot for memorable photos of your trip!

Great Mosque

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Also named the Mahmudiye Mosque, this mosque was built in the 19th century by Mahmud Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Jaffa and Gaza. The mosque was built in different stages throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Roman columns from Caesarea and Ashkelon were brought in to use in the church’s construction, however, the builders accidentally set them upside down, making the construction here particularly unique. The mosque’s tall minaret is one of the most noticeable parts of Jaffa’s skyline.

Jaffa & Tel Aviv Day Tour

St Peter’s Monastery

For one of the best things to do in Jaffa, head to St. Peter’s Monastery, a towering iconic Roman Catholic Church from the 19th century. Together with Jaffa’s clock tower, it is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the area. It was built on top of a 13th century Crusader castle and an even more ancient acropolis. The church was named in order to honor Apostle Peter’s visit to Jaffa.

Jaffa Harbor

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One of the best things to do in Jaffa is to visit the old port, the heart and soul of this city. This port has been in operation for hundreds of years and used to be the main entryway to the center of Israel. Today, you’ll still see hundreds of fishing boats crowding the marina.  However, now the port is surrounded by shops and great restaurants where you can stop for some freshly-caught seafood and a beautiful view over the boats and Meditteranean sea.

Alleys & Galleries

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Getting lost in Jaffa’s meandering alleyways is easy, getting back out is hard. Not because of the alleyways themselves, but because of all the fantastic art galleries you’ll want to pop into on your way. With over 50 different galleries to explore, this quaint and delightful area is an art-lover’s paradise. Head to the infamous Ilana Goor Museum from some beautiful art and exhibitions, including sculptures, structural work, ethnic arts, drawings, and much more. The building itself is a work of art as well, with its construction dating all the way back to 1742.


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It’s no secret that one of the best things to do in Jaffa is to eat. Due to the heavy Arabic influence of the area, the food is a fantastic mix of traditional spices fused with new and exciting flavors.

If you’re around for breakfast, the place to be is the famous Dr. Shakshuka. Sample some of the best Shakshuka in the city from the expert himself. For a hearty lunch, we recommend stopping by the very popular Old Man and the Sea in the harbor. You’ll be greeted by dozens of delicious salads and dips and handmade pita bread, and then treated to some fresh seafood. For a trendy dinner spot, head to Onza for a new twist on local delicacies. Lastly, soothe your sweet tooth by going to Malabi Dajani. Get some of the best Malabi (a traditional Israeli milk pudding) topped with a variety of syrups and nuts. Don’t be put off by the long line of both tourists and locals, it’s worth the wait!

Wondering what else to eat while you’re here? Take a look at our post of food you must try in Israel!

Visitor’s Center

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If history’s more your cup of tea, then make a stop at Jaffa’s Visitor’s Center in Kdumim Square. Here, you can learn more about Jaffa’s historical significance, as well as admire the archeological discoveries from the area. It’s also worth stopping to see the audio-visual presentation. You’ll get a good overview of the town and important historical events that have happened there.

Whether you have a lot of time or just a half-day, visiting Jaffa is always worth the effort. We definitely recommend getting a guide in order to fully appreciate the town’s architecture and history. These are just some of the best things to do in Jaffa. There is still so much more to discover there! Let our travel experts help you plan your trip to this old port city so you can make the most out of your visit.

With so many faiths meeting in one tiny country, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas in Israel. Every year, The Holy Land offers multiple ways for visitors to get involved in the local holiday spirit. Though it may not be as splashy as the festivities in most Western countries, spending Hanukkah or Christmas in Israel is special in its own right. Read on to see all the fun and unique things you can do during the holidays in Israel.

Sample the Sufganiyot

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There’s no denying that one of the best parts of spending Hanukkah in Israel is the oily treats. For those who love sufganiyot (donuts) more than their savory counterpart, latkes, you’re in luck. Every December, bakeries across the country churn out their best version of this sweet treat. You can easily get yourself into a sugar coma by stopping at all the bakeries to sample the different flavors. The classic sufganiya is a simple fried donut with jelly stuffing coated in powdered sugar. Many people swear by this version, but in the last few years, some bakeries have decided to go over the top and create more intricate donut flavors. So go out, sample a few (or a dozen, we won’t tell), and decide for yourself the winner of this year’s best sufganiya.

Nazareth Christmas Celebration

If you’re spending your Christmas in Israel, Nazareth is one of the best spots to stop. As the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Nazareth is a fantastic place to get into the holiday spirit. There are a few things you can do in Nazareth. First, there is the annual tree lighting ceremony. There is also a Christmas market that pops up, so you can get some warm food and shop for gifts. Closer to the holiday itself, there is a parade that passes through the center of town. It’s always packed with locals and visitors, so be sure to go early and grab a spot! Lastly, all the historic churches in Nazareth will hold mass, so pick one or a few to visit and have a memorable mass experience in The Holy Land.

For more things to do in Nazareth, check out our article here!

Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony

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You’ll be able to find a candle lighting ceremony in most major cities across the country. However, we do recommend checking out Jerusalem’s candle lighting ceremony if you have the chance. Many important figures including politicians and rabbis attend this yearly event held at the Western Wall. If you missed the first night, don’t worry, this ceremony takes place every night of the eight-day holidays. There is also a concurrent ceremony nearby in the Old City at Mamilla Mall, which is often more lively than the one at the Western Wall.

Tree-lighting Ceremony in Jaffa

Though Tel Aviv doesn’t have as much of a Christmas vibe to it as some other cities in Israel, it’s still possible to find some celebrations. Most of the events will take place in Jaffa’s Old City. There’s a winter market with some warm treats, a fair, and tons of beautiful sparkling lights to walk around and enjoy. The week before Christmas there is a tree-lighting ceremony, where many locals and visitors go to enjoy some holiday cheer in Israel’s most beachy city.

Midnight Mass in Bethlehem

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Christmas in Israel just isn’t complete without a Christmas Eve visit to Bethlehem. Bethlehem is known for it’s a spiritual and sizable celebration, which often attracts large crowds year after year. Go for a wander and see all the churches with different Christmas events, admire the Christmas lights and decoration, and visit the classic nativity scenes on the streets of the city. Of course, the most popular thing to do is attending the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Tons of people gather at Manger Square in front of the Church of Nativity and celebrate midnight mass together. It’s truly a special sight that should not be missed!

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Participate in the Torch Relay

The annual Torch Relay is the beginning of the Hanukkah festivities in Israel. In Modi’in, a city near Jerusalem, residents and visitors light the streets and pass a torch from hand to hand. The line of people is so long that it reaches all the way to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The torch is then used to light the giant Hanukkiah by the Western Wall.

Haifa’s Holiday of Holidays

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It’s definitely possible to celebrate Christmas in Israel if you find yourself in the north of the country. If you’re in Haifa for Christmas, there are a few interesting things you can do, including a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday markets, and a Christmas mass. However, the thing that’s most unique to the city is the annual Holiday of Holidays event. Since Haifa is home to the three major religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the Holiday of Holidays event celebrates all holidays happening at this time of the year. Therefore, you can get a taste of Hannukah, Eid-al-Adha, and Christmas in Israel all at once. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about new cultures and traditions.

Clearly, there are plenty of things to do for Hanukkah and Christmas in Israel, the only problem now is choosing where to celebrate! If you’re in The Holy Land for the holidays, don’t be shy – contact our travel experts! We can organize a special holiday tour for you so that you can have an unforgettable Hanukkah or Christmas in Israel.

Many people hop over the border for a day or two to catch a glimpse of the revered ancient city of Petra. This world heritage site carved into the red sandstone is undeniably worth the trek. However, there are several other places to see in Jordan that are also worth a visit besides Petra. If you’re curious about visiting this stunning Middle Eastern country, our travel experts have got you covered on the best things to do in Jordan. Read on and start planning your dream trip!

Marvel at Magical Petra

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It goes without saying that if there was ever a “must-see” spot in Jordan, it’s obviously Petra. It is the main draw for tourists to Jordan, and with good reason. This stunning UNESCO world heritage site will appeal to travellers of many tastes. Dating back centuries, this site was originally used by the Nabateans as a trading hub. Today it is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the Middle East. In the day time, visitors can enjoy desert hikes, exploring the different temples and structures carved into the rocks, mingling with locals Bedouins, or indulging in a camel trek. At night, Petra lights up with hundreds of candles and lights, making this already-spectacular site even more magical. It goes without saying that Petra is usually number one on the list of things to do in Jordan.

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Explore the Desert in Wadi Rum

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Visiting Wadi Rum is another one of the more popular things to do in Jordan. This picturesque desert is home to many Bedouin communities. Many travellers love staying in Bedouin camps to get the full Jordanian experience, including learning about local traditions and experiencing a typical Bedouin meal. In Wadi Rum itself, visitors can enjoy a number of exciting activities, including hiking, exploring the stunning canyons, snapping pictures on the sand dunes, going on a jeep safaris, and viewing the clear night sky dotted with thousands of visible stars. Additionally, Wadi Rum is notable as being the home of the famous T.E. Lawrence, otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia. Therefore, there are many monuments and sites in his honour, including his former home and rock formations named for his legacy.

Discover Historic Jerash

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Jerash is known as being home to some of the best and most well-preserved Roman ruins. In fact, it is believed to be one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture outside of Rome. Excavations of the site began in the 1920s, and the ruins that were discovered are amazing. Some of the main points to see here include the massive hippodrome, cardio maximus, as well as Hadrian’s Arch. The beauty of Jerash is that the site is so well maintained that visitors can really appreciate the size and magic of this ancient city and its history.

Float on the Dead Sea

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One of the best things to do in Jordan is to visit the Dead Sea. Known as the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea draws tons of visitors every year for its healing qualities. Many people visit The Dead Sea to take advantage of the natural spa treatment. The water and the surrounding mud contains minerals that are meant to be very good for your skin. Due to the water’s high salinity content, it’s actually impossible for swimmers here to sink! Upon entering the Dead Sea, you’ll feel the incredible sensation weightlessness as you effortlessly float on the surface of the water.

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Go Canyoneering in Wadi Mujib

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Recognized as Jordan’s Grand Canyon, Wadi Mujib is great for the more adventurous travelers. Visitors to Wadi Mujib love trekking through the canyons and rappelling down a towering waterfall into the white water. You can swim through natural pools, explore the water canyons, ride down natural slides, and enjoy a day of cooling off in this water canyon.

Hike in Dana Biosphere Reserve

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Explore the town of Dana, which sits in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve cuts through the great Rift Valley, which extends all the way to the middle of Africa. Explore the quaint town, which is now an artists and farming community. Or, enjoy a scenic hike through the natural reserve. With stunning landscapes and gorgeous valleys, hiking in the Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of the best things to do in Jordan if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and enjoy nature.

Wander Around Amman


Most travellers to Jordan will pass through the country’s capital at some point. Whether it’s to catch a flight or a bus to another point in the country, it’s almost impossible to avoid. However, many people will only visit Amman as a point of transportation, but it is worth visiting for its own merit. The city itself feels both laid back and bustling, but most importantly: safe. Visitors will love wandering through the Souk (market), visiting the many museums, or the historical sites such as the citadel or Roman Theatre. Definitely don’t miss strolling around the city and admiring the sweeping views from the top of the hills.

Get Spiritual at Mount Nebo

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If you’re looking for things to do in Jordan that have more of a spiritual impact, look no further then Mount Nebo. Said to be the place where Moses saw the promised land, Mount Nebo is now a popular spot for religious pilgrimage. On site, you’ll now find an active Byzantium church and monastery. From the top, you can catch a glimpse of both The Holy Land and The Jordan Valley, which is sure to make your visit here unforgettable!

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Drive Down King’s Highway

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If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent a car or join a tour and drive the breathtaking King’s Highway. Stretching 280km, The King’s Highway is the long yet definitely more scenic route that connects Petra to Amman. Visitors love driving through the winding roads, originally an ancient trade route, and admiring the beautiful passing desert scenery. It is absolutely one of the more scenic drives in The Middle East. On the way, you can stop at some Crusader Castles to learn about their history and snap some incredible photos with sweeping views.

Relax and Unwind in Aqaba


If you’re feeling the need for some R&R after touring your way through Jordan, Aqaba is definitely the right place. Perched on the Red Sea, Aqaba is the perfect destination for lounging in the sun and unwinding. The Red Sea itself is beautiful and rich in marine life. Those wishing to go snorkelling or diving will have ample opportunity to do that in Aqaba.

There is clearly no shortage of things to do in Jordan. Many visitors will simply go to Petra without exploring anywhere else in the country. However, we definitely recommend staying for a couple extra days to enjoy the other historic and natural sites the country has to offer. If you found a few things to do in Jordan on this list that you’d love to do, we suggest contacting our travel experts so that we can help you create a customized itinerary based on your preferences. Send us a message today and we’ll be glad to help you plan your next adventure!

Israel’s Negev Desert offers a ton of fun travel opportunities. Visitors love spending time in the Negev for its stunning landscapes, magical oases, and unique Middle-Eastern wildlife. Whether you’re looking to relax by the Dead Sea or embark on a thrilling desert hike, there is something to suit all tastes in the Negev. So, if you’re planning a Negev Desert tour, let our experts guide you in the right direction and have a look at our top recommendations.

See the Sunrise from Masada

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As one of the most visited places in Israel, Masada is an essential stop on your Negev Desert tour. Originally built by King Herod the Great, Masada is famous for its story. At this site, an entire Jewish community committed mass suicide in favour of surrendering to their enemy, The Romans. It is very common for tourists to hike up Masada for the sunrise as the view from the top is spectacular. There is also a cable car that can bring you to the top if an early-morning hike isn’t for you. Masada is rich in history and sweeping desert scenery, making it a favorite site for visitors of all ages.

Have an Adventurous Jeep Ride

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If you want to get up close and personal with the Negev Desert, then one of the best ways to do this is by heading off on a Jeep ride. For those looking for a little more adventure on their Negev Desert tour, a Jeep ride offers the opportunity to enjoy amazing views and even a light breeze. Visit the different desert canyons, or stop for a short hike. Either way, you’ll be sure to fully immerse yourself in the desert landscape with a Negev Jeep tour.

Ride a Camel


If Jeeps are too quick for you and you want to travel at a slower pace, then we definitely recommend riding a camel. As part of your Negev Desert tour, you simply can’t avoid encountering some Israeli camels! While you may often see them standing or sitting by the side of the roads in the Negev, there are plenty of places that offer you the unique experience of riding one through the desert. Let us know if you’d like to ride a camel on your Negev Desert tour and we’d be happy to arrange this for you!

Float in the Dead Sea

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You can’t come to Israel without visiting the Dead Sea. Like Masada, it is one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the country. Therefore, it should definitely be included in your Negev Desert tour. When visiting, it is customary to cover yourself in the mineral-rich Dead Sea mud and then float in the waters. The mixture of the mud and the minerals from the water will make your skin feel baby-soft when you come out! Since it’s in the desert, the weather is good year-round, making this the perfect spot to visit at any time of the year.

Did you know that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth? Learn more amazing facts about the Dead Sea here!

Discover Mitzpe Ramon

mitzpe ramonNo Negev desert tour is complete without a visit to Mitzpe Ramon, one of the most recognizable sites in the desert. The crater is a perfect stop for those interested in geology. Discover more about the crater’s interesting history and origins at the welcome center and learn all ab0ut your surroundings. In the crater itself, you can enjoy a variety of activities. Mitzpe Ramon is perfect for those who want to check out some of the hiking trails or discover local wildlife.

Learn About Sde Boker Museum & Desert Oasis

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Sde Boker is the kibbutz and desert home of the first prime minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion. After his passing, Ben Gurion was buried here and the site was transformed into a museum as well as a desert oasis. Sde Boker is still an active kibbutz, so visitors can opt to stay there overnight. This site offers fantastic insight into Kibbutz life, as well as the opportunity to learn more about Ben Gurion himself and his vision for Israel’s Negev Desert.

Experience Bedouin Hospitality

bedouinWho better to explore the desert with than its nomadic inhabitants? The local Bedouins in the Negev Desert are extremely hospitable and always keen on sharing their culture and way of life with visitors. Learn about how these nomadic tribes live in the harsh desert climate, enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal, and learn about how they sustain themselves and their communities. This is a unique opportunity to have a peek into a culture and tradition that has existed for centuries. We strongly recommend booking a tour with us for visiting a Bedouin village, as it needs advanced planning and you can’t usually just drop in for a visit.

Explore Timna Park

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Located north of Eilat, Timna Park is a fantastic spot to stop at on your Negev Desert tour. Aside from some great hiking trails, the jaw-dropping scenery will surely impress everyone who visits. There are many geological and archeological sites in the park that will delight all ages. Additionally, there are hikes to suit all levels and some desert wildlife to spot along the way.

Visit a Negev Winery

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Growing food in the desert is not easy. However, producing wine in the desert is even harder, but some wineries have gotten it down to an art. Due to the climate, the wine-making process in the Negev Desert is unique. Therefore, wine aficionados will love visiting Negev wineries to learn about the wine-making, from the growing process, to how the vines are harvested, and the different grape varieties. Visiting a winery on your Negev Desert tour is sure to be an enjoyable experience!

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Cool Down at Ein Gedi


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The Negev Desert can be scorching hot, especially during the summer. If you still want to do a hike but worry about the high temperatures, then Ein Gedi is definitely the place for you. This desert oasis is home to seven waterfalls and small pools. It’s the perfect trail to hike as you can stop every so often for a refreshing dip in the water. This area is also home to some classic Israeli wildlife, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for animals like the desert ibex!

Admire the Night Sky

Lastly, if you haven’t had enough of seeing the Negev Desert during the day, then perhaps seeing it at night will satiate your desert desire! During the day, the desert is vast, hot, and extraordinary. However, at night it is a completely different atmosphere. Experience the absolute stillness and silence of the desert at night. You can even set up a star-gazing tour where you can get a completely clear and unfiltered view of the night stars hanging over the Negev mountains.

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With so many fantastic choices, you can spend a week alone exploring Israel’s Negev Desert. If you’re crunched for time and not sure how you might fit it all in, have no fear! That’s what our travel experts are here for. Simply contact us and let us know what you’d like to see and do, and we’ll be glad to create a personalized Negev Desert tour just for you.

As one of the most unique cities in Israel, there are plenty of things to do in Nazareth that will keep you occupied and interested. Located in the Galilee region in the north of the country, this city is surrounded by a stunning natural landscape and is home to some of Israel’s most important Christian holy sites. As the largest Arab city in Israel proper, Nazareth has become a coveted stop on any Holy Land itinerary. If you’re scouting out things to do in Nazareth, here are a few fascinating places to add to your list:

Nazareth Old City

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Wander around the aged stone walls of the Old City of Nazareth for a real feel of the city’s history. As there are many interesting religious sites in and around the Old City, this is a great place to begin your tour of the city. You’ll find churches and other Christian sites spotted around the Old City, as well as local restaurants serving the most authentic Arab-Israeli delicacies.

Basilica of the Annunciation

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While the current construction of the Basilica of the Annunciation is from 1969, it was built on the site of former Crusader and Byzantine churches. It is the biggest Catholic church in the Middle East. As per Catholic tradition, the church sits on the same site of the house of the Virgin Mary and where Gabriel the angel appeared to her to tell her that she would birth Jesus Christ. For this reason, this site is religiously significant and considered to be one of the holiest sites in the Holy Land. In addition, you can find some great mosaics of Mary and Jesus inside the church that have been donated by Catholic communities worldwide.


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Wander through the bazaar for an unforgettably sensory experience. Here you can shop for souvenirs, clothing, local treats, or just enjoy practicing your haggling skills. One thing is for sure, the shuk is one of the best things to do in Nazareth if you’re looking to spend some time people-watching and having a purely Middle Eastern experience.

St. Gabriel’s Church

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Constructed in the late 17th century, St Gabriel’s Church is definitely on the list of the best things to do in Nazareth. According to some, Gabriel appeared to Mary at this church and not the Basilica of the Annunciation. Though this is of course a disputed fact, it does mean that this church is highly significant to many people. One of the main draws of St Gabriel’s Church is hidden in a crypt. Inside, there is a natural spring that provides water to the church’s well.

Mary’s Well

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Also known as the Virgin Fountain, Mary’s Well is located not far from St Gabriel’s church. According to legend, the waters in Mary’s Well have healing powers, making this a popular draw for devout Christian tourists. The well has become a popular as both a tourist destination and also for the locals. As such, there are many great cafes and restaurants nearby that are perfect for a quick lunch break. In the same square there are many festivities during Christmas time in Nazareth.

Ottoman Architecture


Another one of the interesting things to do in Nazareth is to walk around and admire the unique Ottoman architecture abundant in the city. Originally built for rich merchants, these impressive former homes are notable for their beautiful frescoes and colorful facades. They’re no longer in tip-top shape as they were during the Ottoman era. Nevertheless, their historical significance is interesting enough to still merit a visit. A perfect example of the Ottoman architecture is the El-Rais house. It features a striking red-tiled roof and towering pillars of marble. Inside you can visit 13 different rooms that include stunning painted ceilings. The El-Rais house was the former dwelling of Daher el-Omar, the Governor of the Galilee. Today visitors relish in seeing the old Ottoman architecture on display.

Mount Precipice

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Mount Precipice is also known as Mount of Precipitation, Mount Kedumim, and Mount of the Leap of the Lord. While located just outside the city, it is still one of the great things to do in Nazareth. This mountain is notable from the Gospel of Luke for being site of the Rejection of Jesus. It is said that here Jesus was rejected as the Messiah and he was pushed from the mountain. Mount Precipice is also the site of some fascinating archeological excavations. Ancient human remains where found in a cave and have been the subject of many scientific studies. During his visit to Israel, Pope Benedict XVI held a mass on Mount Precipice with 40,000 people in attendance.

White Mosque

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Located in the center of Nazareth’s Old City and by the Shuk (bazaar), the White Mosque is noted for its pencil-shaped minaret. It is also an example of Ottoman architecture with its green trim and done as well as its cream walls. The White Mosque was completed in the early 1800s and the construction was funded by Egyptian ruler Suleiman Pasha. The White Mosque got its name as a symbol of a new era signifying purity, light, and peace for all faiths represented in Nazareth.

There are plenty of things to do in Nazareth that are sure to keep you busy for days. Our travel experts are Mazada Tours are here to make sure that we create a tailor-made itinerary that suits your tastes. You can let us know what your preferences are and which sites you’re dying to see. Our experts will create the best itinerary for Nazareth and your entire Holy Land tour. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to get started on building your perfect Nazareth and Holy Land tour.