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!

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.

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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.

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!

Interested in a full wine tour of Israel? Check out or most recommended wineries!

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.

Read more about the starry night sky in the Negev

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.

A bar mitzvah is an important milestone in any young man’s life, as well as a landmark celebration for the whole family. While some choose to throw big parties with tons of family and friends, some people opt for a family trip in order to celebrate the momentous occasion. A Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved, and will surely make a special milestone even more unique. Our Israel travel experts have put together the highlights for a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel so you can get a better idea of all the wonder that awaits!

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After landing in Tel Aviv and taking some time to relax and unwind in your hotel, it’s time to explore the White City and learn more about its history.

To begin the day, start by visiting the Old City of Jaffa where you can explore the charming stone streets, wander through the Shuk Hapishpishim flea market, and marvel at the stunning architecture. Stop for a quick bite to eat or a fruit shake and admire the Mediterranean coast and the small harbour.

Next, visit the Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard. This spot is important on any visit, especially on a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, due to its historical significance. It is the spot where Israel’s declaration of independence was signed in 1948.

Near Tel Aviv is also the Ayalon Institute Museum, which is on a kibbutz and was once an ammunition factory. The museum now exhibits interesting machinery and weaponry as well as explanations of the site’s historical significance.

Looking for more things to do in Tel Aviv on a budget? Check out our expert tips!

Explore Tzfat and the Golan Heights

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Next on your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, visit the holy city of Tzfat. Here, you can get an introduction to the interesting secrets of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Aside from Kabbalah, 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.

After Tzfat, you can stop at Mount Carmel to take a look at Nimrod Fortress. Everyone will enjoy the stunning hike and learning the history of this amazing place.

What’s a visit to the Golan for your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel without some adventure? Rent some kayaks and go floating down the Jordan River for a refreshing afternoon activity. You can also hire some 4x4s or Jeeps to go off-roading for an up-close view of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

Jerusalem, Old & New


It goes without saying that any Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel must have a stop in Jerusalem. While you’re in the ancient holy city, make sure to leave enough time to explore both the old and the new attractions.

In Jerusalem’s Old City, wander around the Jewish Quarter and learn its history, dating back to ancient kings. You can also stop to shop at the marketplace, where you can sample delicious Israeli treats and also pick up a few precious keepsakes. In the City of David, the entire family can enjoy learning about the archeological site. Discover how it is tied to both the history of the city and Judaism itself.

In the newer part of Jerusalem, you can visit a few museums and also get your hands dirty. The Yad Vashem is a powerful Holocust memorial museum, which we always recommend visiting as it is an important place to stop and reflect on your Jewish heritage and history. Another worthwhile museum is the Israel Museum, where everyone will love visiting the exhibits of archeological digs, the fun sculpture garden, and especially the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Lastly, stop at the Jerusalem Forest, where the whole family can enjoy a bonding experience of planting a tree in Israel in honor of a family member or in honor of the Bar Mitzvah milestone.

Want this itinerary in a day? Visit Jerusalem on an organized day tour.

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Kotel

bar mitzvah tour in israelWhile we do recommend spending in a few days in Jerusalem as there is so much to see, many families opt to have a full day in Jerusalem dedicated entirely to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel (Western Wall). This allows you enough time to cherish the momentous occasion, and also to get together for a family lunch or dinner, or simply take the time to relax and allow the moment to sink in. Contact us to organize a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel. We’ll be able to tailor the ceremony to you specific religious needs.

Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, and Masada

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The next stop on your Bar Mitvzvah tour in Israel is a little more south, as we venture into the desert to visit some exciting spots.

Spend the morning hiking or taking the cable car up to Masada and learn about the ancient fortress site and what happened there. Many families also opt to perform the Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Masada instead of the Kotel. If this is your preference, let us know and we can arrange it for you.

Drive to Ein Gedi, where you can go for a leisurely hike through the desert oasis and stop for some refreshing cool dips in the cool springs and waterfalls. Make sure to keep an eye out for some ibex!

The last stop on this fun-filled day is at the Dead Sea. Cover yourself in some Dead Sea mud and float atop the sea at the lowest point in the world.

Learn more about Israel’s incredible Dead Sea!

The Negev and Sde Boker

sde bokerOn the last day of your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, we recommend visiting Israel’s Negev Desert.

In the small town of Sde Boker, visit the burial site of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. His burial site is also a desert oasis, where you’ll find a quaint garden and many desert animals. The nearby Kibbutz he lived on has been partially converted to a museum. This a great opportunity to learn more about Ben Gurion himself as well as Israel’s Kibbutz life and culture.

Visit the welcome center at Mitzpe Ramon and learn more about how this massive crater was formed. While you’re in Mitzpe Ramon, you’ll have another opportunity to take a Jeep tour through the desert if you so wish.

As the Negev Desert is home to many Bedouins, an authentic Bedouin-style lunch or dinner is on the menu for today! Learn about this interesting way of life as the whole family gathers around the table for a delicious feast.

Your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel can be completely customized to meet your needs. If you’d like to change or add something that we didn’t include on this sample itinerary, simply let us know. We can create a bespoke tour just for you! Contact us today to get started on your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel.

As the home to the three major world religions, Israel has no shortage of holy sites to see. There are several world-renowned churches in Israel that are worth visiting and admiring. With the churches in Israel spread across the country, it can be tricky to see them all. Our experts have compiled a list of the best-known churches in Israel to help you decide which ones to see on your visit.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem


Undeniably the most famous church in Israel, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre should be on your itinerary regardless of your religious affiliation. Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is known for being the site where Jesus was crucified and where he was resurrected. Within the church and surrounding it are the stations of the Via Dolorosa, where there are often processions recreating the crucifixion. The church is shared among many different denominations of Christianity, making this a definite must-see for anyone affiliated with the Christian faith. The church itself is grand and beautiful on the inside, and it is considered as one of the most frequently visited sites in Jerusalem.

If you have more time to spend in Jerusalem, here are some of the most amazing things you can do while you’re there.

Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth

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The Church of the Annunciation was built in 1969 and is the biggest Catholic church in the Middle East. The church itself was constructed on top of former Crusade and Byzantine churches. According to Catholic tradition, the church is on the same site of the house of the Virgin Mary and where the angel Gabriel told her that she would give birth the Jesus. Therefore, this site is revered by Christians and considered to be one of the holiest religious sites. The church contains some lovely mosaics of Jesus and Mary, which have been donated by Catholic communities from all over.

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

things to do in bethlehem_church of the nativityConsidered to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, this site is one of the holiest in Israel. It also has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously used churches in the world, with its establishment dating back to 325. While largely unchanged since its construction, there have been renovations and additions throughout the years. Today, the expanded church is now made up of three different monasteries: a Greek Orthodox one, an Armenian Apostolic one, and a Roman Catholic one. The Church of the Nativity is one of the most important things to do in Bethlehem, and it’s a site that should not be missed!

Looking for other things to do in Bethlehem? Check out our blog post to find out all the best things to do.

Church of All Nations, East Jerusalem

Also referred to as the Basilica of Agony, the Church of All Nations is located on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The Church of All Nations is said to be the place where Jesus prayed before he was arrested. Inside the Catholic church there are several mosaics that are meant to represent the 12 nations that assisted in the church’s funding. It sits next to the Garden of Gethsemane, which is both beautiful and historically significant due to its 2,000 year-old olive trees.

St. Peter’s Church, Jaffa

St. Peter’s Church is located in the Old City of Jaffa, not far from Tel Aviv. The church is dedicated to raising Tabitha from the dead, which was an act performed by St. Peter in Jaffa. The church itself is striking because of its tall brick exterior and bell tower. It is actually the largest building in Old Jaffa and is very recognizable due to its bell tower. The interior looks similar to many cathedrals in Europe, containing stained glass, marble walls, and high ceilings. The artwork inside the church depicts the life of Saint Peter and his miracles. The church is also home to remnants of the 13th century St. Louis’ citadel, including two rooms where Napoleon was said to have lived in 1799.

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, Galilee

Another one of the famous churches in Israel, this site is renowned for being the location where Jesus multiplied a few loaves of bread and two fish in order to feed thousands of his disciples. There are several beautiful 5th century mosaics in the church, and the most prominent one shows two fish surrounding a bread basket, which represents the miracle that happened there. A slab of limestone rock is meant to be the place where the meal was made. The church is less than 100 years old, however, it was built in the aesthetic style of an original Byzantine-era structure.

Church of the Beatitudes, Galilee

The Church of the Beatitudes is know to be the site where Jesus spoke some of his most famous phrases: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God.” The phrases are meant to be uplifting and inspiring to his believers and the world. As a representations of Jesus’ eight beatitudes, the church has eight sides. It is surrounded by serene nature, and its small stature does not impose on the beautiful area that overlooks the Sea of Galilee.

While there are many more churches and religious sites to be visited in the Holy Land, these are the most popular churches in Israel to visit. If you have enough time to visit all of them, each one offers something unique and inspiring. However, if you’re short on time, we suggest contacting our travel experts so that we can build an itinerary that fits your schedule and includes the best churches and other sites.

Haifa is a gem of a city sitting on the slopes of Mount Carmel edging the Mediterranean coast. As the third-largest city in Israel, it has some unique stopping points for visitors to admire. However, while some tours may only take you to the Baha’i Gardens before moving on to the next stop, slowing it down and taking a couple days to explore Haifa is definitely worth your while. Here are our suggestions for the best things to do in Haifa.

Baha’i Gardens

things to do in haifa_bahai gardensIt goes without saying: the Baha’i Gardens are an unmissable attraction in Haifa. It’s not only one of the most popular sights in the city, but in the entire country itself! The Baha’i Gardens are a world heritage site, and its easy to see why. The stunningly manicured gardens are relaxing and beautiful to walk through. The view from the top over the length of the gardens and the bay is one of the most iconic of the region. There are daily tours that can take you through the tranquil gardens for a closer look at its natural beauty.

Louis Promenade

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One of the highly recommended things to do in Haifa, the Louis Promenade is a fantastic place to take in the surrounding sights. Located on Mount Carmel, this 400m long promenade is the most picturesque walkway in the city. From here, you can take in the view from the top of the Baha’i Gardens, as well as the port of Haifa on the Meditteranean Sea. On a clear day, you can even see the city of Acre in the distance as well as the Galilee Mountains.

Looking for things to do in Jerusalem? Check out our suggestions!

Stella Maris Monastery

things to do in haifa_stella marisA stunning monastery situation on Mount Carmel, the Stella Maris is one of the most unforgettable things to do in Haifa. The current structure dates from the 19th century, but the sites history goes all the way back to the 13th century. Both the inside and surroundings of this church are extraordinary. The Italian art and painted ceiling on the inside makes the Stella Maris a grandiose sight. From the grounds surrounding it, you can also get a wonderful view over the city and coastline, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset.

Visit Haifa & The Western Coast


things to do in haifa_beachesHaifa is a city built on the side of a mountain, so walking around up and down hills all day can be quite tiring. Take time to enjoy the beaches of Haifa and relax in the sand and sun. There are a few beaches to visit in and around the city. If you’re arriving by train, the Hof Hacarmel train stop sits right in front of the beach, so you’ll be greeted to the stunning blue shades of The Med as you step off the platform. The Dado and Bat Galim beaches are also popular spots for locals and tourists alike.

Haifa Museum of Art

things to do in haifa_haifa museum of artDating back to 1951, the Haifa Museum of Art is one of the biggest in Israel. If you’re looking for things to do in Haifa on a rainy day, or simply to escape the heat for a little while, this museum is the perfect choice. With exhibits of contemporary art from both local Israeli artists and international ones, the museum is a must-see for art lovers.

German Colony

things to do in haifa_german colonySitting at the foot of the Baha’i Gardens, Haifa’s German Colony is a popular and vibrant neighborhood to explore. Originally built by German Templars in the 1860s, the German Colony has now been restored and is considered to be THE place to be in Haifa. The main road, Ben Gurion Boulevard, is lined with cute cafés, boutiques, and restaurants. It’s a great place to slow down and relax on your visit to Haifa. It’s also a popular area to enjoy the nightlife of the city. If you’re visiting, a trip to the German Colony is absolutely one of the best things to do in Haifa.

Wadi Nisnas

things to do in haifa_wadi nisnasWadi Nisnas, often referred to simply as “The Wadi,” is an Arab neighborhood in Haifa. There are a few things to do here that will surely fill up an afternoon. The bustling market offers a ton of local delicacies, including coffee, herbs, olives, traditional Arab pastries, and much more. There are also stalls with lovely Jewish and Arab artisinal products. The area itself is full of winding narrow alleyways that are a treat to explore. Be sure to come hungry, because this neighborhood is home to some of the best Israeli foods, particularly falafel, you’ll likely eat.

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Carmel Park

things to do in haifa_carmel parkBoasting 21,000 acres, the Carmel Park is one of the top things to do in Haifa if you’re looking to escape to nature. There are paths for both bikes and jeeps, offering something for all levels of adventurers. There are also fantastic observation points to take in the lush surroundings. The archeological remains on the mountain are also a draw for many visitors. If you have enough time to stop and rest on the mountain between all the fun things there are to do, you can enjoy a picnic or a quick nap by the running streams.

As you can see, there are no shortage of things to do in Haifa! You can easily spend a few days exploring this magnificent city, and still have things to do when you come back on your next visit.

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The Israeli Kibbutz is an attraction for many visitors due to its completely unique style of communal living. While you’re visiting Israel, we definitely recommend visiting one of the many Kibbutzim to get a better understanding of this different way of living. The name itself, Kibbutz, means “gathering” or “clustering” in Hebrew, as it was a place for people to gather together. Aside from offering an alternative lifestyle, Kibbutzim are intrinsically important to the history of Israel as a country. Before taking a Kibbutz tour, here is a short background to help you understand their importance and place in Israeli society.

History of the Kibbutz

The first Kibbutz, Degania, was established in 1909 by pioneers. It sits just south of the Sea of Galilee and was originally focused on agriculture. The Jews who created this Kibbutz worked on draining nearby swamps in order to establish agriculture and make the land more inhabitable. Once Degania Kibbutz was officially established, many other similar community settlements popped up around the country.

kibbutz tourBy 1920, there were approximately a dozen Kibbutzim in Israel, with more popping up regularly. Due to the escalating conflict, the Kibbutzim took on a more military purpose, with some of them manufacturing or purchasing weapons for defense. In fact, the location and economies of the Kibbutzim became important to the country’s establishment as well as to its military strategy:

“The planning and development of pioneering Zionist were from the start at least partly determined by politico-strategic needs. The choice of the location of the settlements, for instance, was influenced not only by considerations of economic viability but also and even chiefly by the needs of local defense, overall settlement strategy, and by the role such blocks of settlements might play in some future, perhaps decisive all-out struggle. Accordingly, land was purchased, or more often reclaimed, in remote parts of the country.” – Yigal Alon, Israeli soldier & statesman

Kibbutz Economy

As you’ll notice on your Kibbutz tour, these communities place a high importance on agriculture. In fact, this was their main industry when they were first established. In the original Kibbutzim, many members worked in the fields, or did other necessary jobs such as working in the kitchens or schools.

kibbutz tourToday, the Kibbutzim have branched out to several other industries. You’ll find Kibbutzim with economies based on tourism, public services, and manufacturing industries.

The economy on Kibbutzim works with social values. All income from the community and its members are put into a common pool. Then, this money is used for multiple purposes: to continue running the Kibbutz, offer aid to its members, and make investments. This money is also divided equally between families based on their size, however the alloted budgets are never based on job titles or positions.

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Kibbutz Ideology

The Kibbutz ideology is fairly simple, but it took a lot of thought to create an integrated community that functions still to this day on shared values. Let’s take a look at some of the main factors that contribute to the unique style of living found on a Kibbutz.

Raising Children

Children were raised in communal environments, where their parents were not the only ones responsible for raising and educating them. Historically, there were children’s houses, where kids would spend most of their days. Here, they would learn, play, and sleep, under the supervision of trained nurses. The children then spend the afternoon with their parents once they were done with work. The environment fostered by these children’s houses were made to promote creativity, individuality, and trust. In this way, it was not only up to each parent to raise their children, but also to the whole community to raise the children together.


The education is tied closely to the children’s houses, with children receiving education from a young age according to their age group, just like in a regular elementary or high school. Since the Kibbutzim were originally based on agriculture, higher education was not seen as a necessity. However, and more specific industry developed on Kibbutzim, there was a need for skilled workers, and university education became more popular. In keeping with the communal model, the Kibbutz would often pay partially or in full for a member’s university education.

Gender Equality

In order to establish their vision for a Utopian society, it was important that there were no gender gaps within this communal settlement. Therefore, women and men were seen as equal. The children’s houses allowed women to continue to work instead of focusing entirely on raising them and running a household. At the beginning, even marriage on a Kibbutz was different. A man and a women would request a room together, and that would be enough to consider them “married.” This was in order to avoid a patriarchal society with male and femlae roles. Many women worked in the same or similar positions as men on the Kibbutz. However, today the system is more modernized. Women can choose to be officially married and even to stay home and raise their children if they wish.

kibbutz tourWhere to Visit on Your Kibbutz Tour

Now that you have some background on the history and ideology of the Kibbutz, you may be wondering where to go visit! At this point, there are around 270 Kibbutzim in Israel, each one unique and interesting. Here are our picks for the best ones to visit for a Kibbutz tour:


As the original Kibbutz, this is a popular choice for those looking for a Kibbutz tour. There are two on-site museums that showcase the history of the place and its development over the last 100 years.

Sde Boker

Kibbutz Sde Boker is another popular destination on a Kibbutz tour. It is famous for being the home of influential Israel prime minister, David Ben Gurion. Located in the Negev desert, this Kibbutz is unique for its geographical location, and desert terrain. It is important as it was paramount to Ben Gurion’s dream of seeing Israel’s “desert bloom.”

Magaan Michal

Located on the Mediterranean coast, this Kibbutz is one of the largest in Israel, with approximately 2,000 members. This Kibbutz is unique for being a place where many new immigrants go. It is especially popular as a place to learn Hebrew in a communal setting once they arrive to the country.

As you can see, there are so many interesting facets to the Kibbutz way of life. Once established out of necessity to grow and protect the land, Kibbutzim today offer a sustainable alternative to city life. Your Kibbutz tour will show you exactly how these communities function and why they are so important to Israeli society.

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“Tel Aviv” and “budget” are not often found in the same sentence. Known as one of the world’s most expensive cities, this Middle Eastern city is generally not a wallet-friendly destination. With everything from the price of hotels to a glass of beer costing more than the average European getaway, it can seem tricky to make a vacation in Tel Aviv work according to your own budget. However, with a few tips and tricks from our local experts, you can enjoy a holiday in Tel Aviv that doesn’t break the bank. Here are our top tips for seeing Tel Aviv on a budget.

Visit the markets

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The Carmel Market lies at the heart of Tel Aviv and a few minutes walk from the sea. Here you’ll find everything from popular souvenirs, food shops, and tons of fresh local produce. While simply walking around this constantly-bustling market is entertainment in itself, visitors can snag some great deals here. Of course, that all depends on how much you’re willing to bargain. Twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, there is also a local crafts fair right next to the Carmel Market on Nachlat Binyamin. Here you’ll find artisans from all over Israel coming to sell their work. You can find some truly unique gifts here that won’t break the bank.

Another great place for shopping in Tel Aviv on a budget is the Shuk Hapishpishim in Jaffa. 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.

Enjoy the street food

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There are tons of chef restaurants to sample if your wallet allows. However, if you’re visiting Tel Aviv on a budget, then the local street food will do just as well to satisfy your tastebuds, if not better! Typical Israeli foods like falafel, sabich, shawarma, or a bowl of hummus typically cost between 15-40 shekels, making these lunches filling and good for those wishing to save on the cost of fine dining. The markets are also a great place to try both Israeli food and dishes from around the world that offer a Mediterranean twist. Not only are foods like falafel, sabich, or shawarma budget friendly, but having your food stuffed into a pita means that you can take it with you to continue sightseeing so that you don’t miss a beat!

Use public transportation

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The public transportation in Tel Aviv is a great way to get around. Between buses, trains, and shared taxis, there is virtually no area of the city that isn’t covered. You can buy a bus pass, called a Rav Kav card in many grocery stores or pharmacies, fill it up with your desired amount, and use the bus system to tour the entire city. No need to rent a car and sit in traffic, there are buses that go everywhere. You can also use the train to go from the south of the city to the north in just a few minutes. That way, you can explore different neighborhoods and attractions, like Hayarkon Park, in no time at all.

It is important to know though, that public transportation does not operate on Shabbat, Friday afternoons until Saturday night. However, there are still shared taxis available that pick up the slack for some major bus routes. Simply flag one down when you see it, jump in, pay the driver, and let him know when you want to get off. Share taxis, otherwise known as a Monit Sherut, are an absolutely necessity if you’re visiting Tel Aviv on a budget.

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Self-guided tour with bikes & scooters

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If riding in buses or taxis isn’t your thing, not to worry. You’re still not forced to take an expensive taxi or rent a car. There are tons of shared low-cost transportation options in Tel Aviv. If you want to bike around the city, then bicycles from Tel-o-Fun or Mobike can be easily rented from your phone for as long as you want to use them. Otherwise, there are tons of electric scooter companies that have recently set up shop in the city. You’ll find tons of Bird, Wind, and Lime scooters all over Tel Aviv, and even more people using them to get around! Using one is as easy as downloading the app. Then you can easily explore the city at your own pace and budget with the wind in your hair.

Did someone say happy hour?

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Bar hopping in Tel Aviv isn’t the cheapest. But, if you go to the right places at the right times, you can have a great night that won’t leave your wallet feeling too light. During the week, a lot of bars have great happy hour specials where you can get deals on both drinks and food. Check out the bars on Dizengoff street, such as Spicehaus. You can get great cocktails at a 2 for 1 price and a discounted food menu usually until around 8:30pm. Salon Berlin is another great option, with a happy hour that extends until 1am. Many bars in Tel Aviv have outdoor seating. It’s great for people watching, enjoying the beautiful evening weather, and mingling with locals.

Budget accommodation

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While the city has some great hotel chains and boutique hotels, they’re not always the best if you’re trying to see Tel Aviv on a budget. Hostels have become a popular choice. Depending on the season, you can get a bed for around $25 a night. Over the last few years, the hostels in Tel Aviv have become a lot higher quality, so even the most weary traveler will find it to be a pleasant stay. There are also a ton of Airbnb options so that you can feel like a local in your own Tel Aviv apartment.

Hang by the beach

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Lastly, if there’s anything that you should be doing when visiting, it’s the beach. If you’re here visiting Tel Aviv on a budget, there’s no better way to do it than by relaxing by the water. You can rent a beach chair and umbrella for around 20 shekels. Or you can simply bring a towel and some watermelon and enjoy the Mediterranean sun and waves. On the weekends, walking down the tayelet (boardwalk) is a hectic but enjoyable experience. You’ll likely see a variety of different street performances in a stretch of only a couple kilometeres.

Tel Aviv is an expensive city. If you know where to go and when, you can make your visit here a lot more budget-friendly. What you save in accommodation, food, and shopping, can easily go towards fun day trips to get you out of the city for a few hours. Check out our amazing day trips from Tel Aviv and start planning your next vacation with Mazada Tours!

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Jerusalem is a special city for everyone who visits. As a home to three major religions, visiting Jerusalem is a spiritual experience for many people. There are countless things to see and do when visiting this holy city, and it can be difficult to cram so many things into a short visit. We’ve handpicked the most essential things to do in Jerusalem in order to help you plan your trip to this wonderful city.

The Western Wall


This iconic wall goes by many names: The Western Wall, The Wailing Wall, and The Kotel to name a few. Found at the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, this wall is absolutely not-to-be-missed on your visit. The wall itself is probably the most holy site in the Jewish religion, as it is the last remnant of an ancient temple. You can observe many Jews visiting the wall, touching or kissing it, and scribbling prayers down on small bits of paper and pushing them into the cracks. Visiting The Western Wall is undeniable one of the most amazing things to do in Jerusalem, and we strongly suggest not skipping it.

Mount of Olives


Admire sweeping views of the entire city of Jerusalem, both old and new, from the top of Mount of Olives. Located in the east of the city, the site is significant in a few religions. It is important in Judaism as it is the site of over 150,000 graves. In the area surrounding The Mount of Olives, there are many different Christian churches to visit. The mountain is also a prominent site for both Jewish and Christian pilgrims due to its biblical significance.

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Yad Vashem


Visiting the Yad Vashem museum is definitely one of the more difficult things to do in Jerusalem. However, the impact of your visit will last a lifetime. This museum is an official memorial site to the six million Jews lost during the Holocaust. There are several indoor and outdoor exhibits. These include a memorial to the murdered children, a sculpture garden, and memorials to The Righteous Among the Nation (non-Jews who helped save Jewish people during WWII). The museum is both haunting and beautiful, and a somber yet important education experience for everyone.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre


The site of this iconic church is believed by Christians to be both where Jesus was crucified and resurrected. It is a major stop on Christian pilgrimages due to its religious significance. Many visitors pour in and out of the church daily to admire the 4th century construction, and to visit the empty tomb of Jesus Christ. It is considered as one of the most sacred places in the world for Christians, and is therefore one of the essential things to do in Jerusalem.

Dome of the Rock


This stunning example of Islamic architecture dates back to the 7th century. The Dome of the Rock, also known as The Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa Mosque, is one of the most prominent landmarks of the Jerusalem skyline. The massive gold dome is striking and one of the most recognizable domes in the world. This site is holy for Muslims as it is said to be the site where Mohammed ascended to the heavens.

Machane Yehuda


Any visit to Israel must include a stroll through a market, or shouk. If you’re looking for things to do in Jerusalem, The Machane Yehuda market is one of the liveliest places to be, day or night. The market is constantly bustling with locals and visitors shopping for souvenirs, locals foods, fresh produce, or sampling the tastes of fresh Israeli cuisine. Going on a Friday before he Jewish Sabbath begins is an unforgettable experience, but not for the faint of heart! The market is busier than normal while all the locals are out shopping for Friday night Shabbat dinner. On Thursday nights, the markets pack up and close and give way for DJs and bars to take over the area, turning it into the most hip bar-scene in the city.

Old City of Jerusalem


Getting lost in the Old City of Jerusalem might just be the highlight of your visit to this city. With it’s winding stone roads that zig-zag though historic sites and a colorful bazaar, there is so much wonder in this small concentrated space that will delight all your senses. Aside from sites like The Western Wall, Tower of David, or Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Old City itself gives off a magical feeling to all those who enter. While you’re getting lost, you’ll be sure to happen upon some local culinary delights. Not stopping to sample some local hummus or knafeh would be a sorely missed opportunity.

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Tower of David


The Tower of David is located next to Jaffa Gate in the Old City. The citadel is home to many permanent exhibitions that tell the history of Jerusalem. There is also an amazing view over the Old City from the ramparts. In the summer months, there is the Night Spectacular Sound & Light show. An unforgettable 45-minute show about the history of the city is projected onto the stone walls. This event is definitely not to be missed!

Israel Museum


Another major museum in the city, the Israel Museum is one of the things to do in Jerusalem that will be fun for the whole family. The massive amount of exhibits range from ancient artifacts to local art to an impressive sculpture garden. The Shrine of the Book exhibit puts the once-lost Dead Sea Scrolls on display. There is also a large Second Temple model to admire.

The Knesset


This building is the parliament building for the Israeli government. Though often skipped by many visitors, this is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Jerusalem. There are daily free tours offered in a selection in languages. Visitors can learn more about Israel’s governmental system and history in a short amount of time.

As you can see, there is clearly no shortage of things to do in Jerusalem. Whether you want to see the holy sites, immerse yourself in local culture, or learn about the city’s rich history, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, let our experts handle everything for you. We can create an amazing Jerusalem tour for you with a 1-day or multi-day itinerary. Contact us today to get started!

At the southernmost point of Israel bordering Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, Eilat is a bustling vacation destination jam-packed with activities for the whole family. Visitors can relax by the beach or choose any of the many exciting attraction in and around the city. Check out our guide for some of the best things to do in Eilat.

Go for a Hike in The Red Canyon

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One of the best things to do in Eilat after a couple days is actually to get out of the city. Not because you’ll get sick of it (trust us, there are endless things to do), but because the surrounding nature is stunning and worth exploring. The Red Canyon is like a much smaller scale version of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This simple hike involves walking through some stunning canyon walls, climbing up them, and seeing the canyon from both the top and the bottom. If you’re looking for hikes in this area, then the Red Canyon hike is definitely one of the best.

Explore the Rock Formations at Timna Park

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An easy tour from Eilat, Timna Park is home to over 15,000 acres of land. In the park, you’ll find some interesting rock formations, as well as great desert hikes. The park is also home to a hidden desert lake, where you can go a cool down after hiking. Timna Park is great for those interesting in nature and especially geology. The main draw of the park is its mushroom-shaped red sandstone rock pillars that dot the area. Here you’ll also find the world’s oldest copper mine. Timna Park is definitely one of the more interesting things to do in Eilat.

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Go Snorkelling or Diving

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The Red Sea is home to crystal clear warm waters and some of the best coral reefs in the world. If you’re looking for things to do in Eilat, exploring the underwater world is an absolute must while you’re there. You can visit the Coral Beach Nature Reserve, relax on the lovely beach, and rent a snorkel for the day. That way, you can jump in and out of the water whenever you want and swim with the fish. If you want a more in-depth view of the sea life, then diving in the Red Sea will be an unforgettable experience. You’ll be able to get an up-close-and-personal view of the colorful fish and marine life, which will be much more interesting than what you can see when floating on the surface.

Visit the Dolphin Reef

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Dolphin Reef is another one of the many fun things to do in Eilat. Spend a day by the beach in this area, with the added perk of encountering dolphins in their natural habitat. There are a few observation points from which you can watch the dolphins, or you can opt to jump in the water in order to swim and interact with them. You can also dive with the dolphins to watch them swim under the water. While at the Dolphin Reef, you can also enjoy a water relaxation spa experience or relax by the beach bar.

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See the Fish at The Coral Beach Underwater Observatory

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If your preference is staying dry but you still want to see the marine life, then the underwater observatory is the place to go. Boasting a large variety of aquariums, the whole family can enjoy seeing stingrays, turtles, an array of fish, and even a shark tank. Once you’ve resurfaced to land, you can relax by the Peace Terrace in the observatory tower. From here, you’ll be in amazed by the surrounding view of the bay that joins Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

Boating on The Red Sea

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As you may have noticed, most of the things to do in Eilat involve water, and for good reason. The Red Sea is unique in it’s geographical location, and also for the variety of water sports people can experience. If you want to get out on the open sea without doing something as involved as windsurfing or scuba diving, you can easily rent a boat. Head to the marina, where there will be tons of people offering boats of multiple sized for a fun little tour around the bay. Our personal recommendation is to book a trip for the sunset. That way, you won’t be sailing in the heat of mid-day, and you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset from the water with a view of four surrounding countries.

Take a Day Trip to Petra

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Depending on how much time you have in Eilat, we definitely recommend a little trip over the border to neighbouring Jordan. From Eilat, you can easily take a day trip to Petra, where you can discover the ancient Nabatean world. Take a camel ride through the canyon, see the grand Treasury, and explore the Rose City carved into the beautiful pink sandstone walls. The beauty of this day trip is that you can head over to Petra in the morning, and be back in Eilat by dinner time. Or, you can opt for a longer trip to Jordan and also visit places like Amman and Wadi Rum. Whatever you decide, we have the perfect tour to Petra already set up for you.

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Relax with Some Shopping

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While tourists head to Eilat for the relaxing beaches, warm weather, and variety of water sports, Israeli’s go south for a different reason: tax-free shopping. The shopping in Eilat is some of the best in the country. You’ll find everything from fun outdoor markets with unique souvenirs, to big malls where you can go to escape the heat. In fact, if you want to confuse your senses, you can even go ice skating at the Eilat Ice Mall! Take a break from the sweltering heat, enjoy some leisurely shopping, and stop for a quick skate before heading back to your hotel.

Explore the Desert on a Jeep Safari

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Since it’s close to the desert, one of the most fun things to do in Eilat is to head out on a jeep safari. You’ll be able to take in the incredible desert views while enjoying the breeze in your hair. On the jeep safari, you can visit different canyons (called wadis), or you can hike up nearby Mount Yoash for an amazing view of the surrounding desert landscape. Alternatively, you might want to check out a night safari. This way you can enjoy some desert stargazing and discover the area’s nocturnal animals.

There are so many great things to do in Eilat that will be fun for the whole family. The only problem is it may be hard to choose just a few things to occupy your time while you’re there! That’s why you should leave it to our experts to help you plan your amazing getaway. Contact us today to start brainstorming your trip to Eilat.