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.

Education

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:

Degania

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Looking for interesting things to do throughout the country? Check out our recommendations of 15 off-the-beaten track things to do in Israel!

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.

With the first signs of spring comes the most popular holiday in Israel: Easter. Every year, thousands of visitors travel to Israel to spend a memorable Easter in Israel’s holy and historic sites. The crowds and options can be overwhelming. Therefore, we’ve created the ultimate guide for you to get the most out of your once-in-a-lifetime experience of Easter in Israel. Read on to find out where to go on your trip, as well as information about all the 2019 Easter events.

Palm Sunday

easter-in-israel_palm-sundayIn 2019, the fun begins on April 14th, which is Palm Sunday. On this day, many Christians head up the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. They do this to recreate Jesus’s entrance to the holy city of Jerusalem. Next, you’ll proceed through the iconic streets of Old Jerusalem and join the procession that goes down the Via Dolorosa. On the way, you’ll pass some beautiful sites, such as Saint Anne Church and Steven’s Gate. You can choose to either take part in this amazing procession, or join the onlookers lining the sides of the streets. Whatever you choose, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience! There is definitely no better way to kickstart your Easter in Israel trip than Palm Sunday in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Over the next week until Good Friday, there are daily masses happening at a few locations in Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden of Gethsemane church.

The schedule for Palm Sunday in Jerusalem is as follows:

  • 8:00am: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Pontifical Mass
  • 3:10pm: St. Savior’s Church, Pilgrimage and Washing of the Feet service
  • 9:00pm: Garden of Gethsemane, Prayer and holy hour

Discover our expert tips for traveling in Israel to make the most out of your Easter in Israel experience!

Good Friday

easter-in-israel_via dolorosaIf you’re here for Easter in Israel, then celebrating Good Friday is a given. This year, it falls on April 19th (which is also the same date as the Jewish holiday of Passover). Good Friday will also see tons of visitors lining the streets of Jerusalem. Many visit the Old City to recreate the pilgrimage of Jesus’s journey to be crucified. The Way of the Cross procession will begin around noon. However, be sure to arrive to Jerusalem with plenty of time, as there will be massive crowds who all want to be a part of the amazing procession. Pilgrims will head down the Via Dolorosa, and many of them will carry crosses on their backs to symbolize Christ’s walk to his crucification.

The Good Friday schedule is as follows:

  • 7:15am: Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Celebration of the Passion of Christ
  • 12:15pm: Via Dolorosa, The Way of the Cross procession
  • 8:10pm: Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, “Funeral Procession”

Looking for ideas on where to spend next Christmas in Israel? See our roundup of Christmas events here!

Holy Saturday

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On Holy Saturday, huge crowds of Christian pilgrims go to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. You can also go witness the incredible Holy Fire annual miracle. The Holy Fire starts as two candles lit by the Patriarch of Jerusalem over Jesus’s tomb. He prays and uses these two candles to light the candles of other pilgrims. The light gets passed around from pilgrim to pilgrim, until every candle is lit. It is said that the Holy Fire does not burn, and you can often witness many pilgrims waving their hands through the flames (though we do advise caution).

On Saturday, you’ll also find an Armenian parade, consisting of a marching band with drums, bagpipes, and procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

There is also an English sunrise service at The Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Here is the schedule in Jerusalem for Holy Saturday:

  • 6:30am: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Easter Vigil
  • 3:30pm: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Entry and solemn procession
  • 6:00pm: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Solemn Vespers the Holy Tomb

Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are the main events. However, on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, there are further processions and masses at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

After you’ve experienced a traditional Easter in Israel, there are still tons of other holy Christian sites for you to explore! Stick around for a few days and visit the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth. Furthermore, you can also enjoy the natural sites of the Holy Land with a visit to the Sea of Galilee, the Negev desert, and the Dead Sea.

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Contact us for help in planning your perfect Easter in Israel tour. Leave the planning to the experts and we’ll make sure you don’t miss out on any part of this important holiday!

You’ve covered yourself in mud and floated on the Dead Sea, climbed Masada before the sun came up, explored the enchanting old city of Jerusalem and the vibrant beaches of Tel Aviv, devoured your bodyweight in hummus, and maybe even innocently fell victim to the charm of a beautifully bronzed Israeli. Now that all the ‘must-dos’ are out of the way, you ask yourself what is left to see in this tiny Middle-Eastern country. As it turns out, you’ve only just scratched the surface of things to do in Israel. From the northernmost border to the edges of the Red Sea in the south, there’s no lack of adventure to satisfy every kind of traveller.

1. Enjoy two seasons in a day

Skiing isn’t the first activity that comes to mind of things to do in Israel. Though the country is primarily desert, during the winter months you can hit the slopes on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, a mountain which straddles the borders of Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. Since Israel is so small, you can spend your morning enjoying the winter wonderland and still have time to relax by a Mediterranean sunset on the beach as your après ski.

In Tel Aviv for the winter? Here are 8 cool things to do on your visit.

2. Kayak through the grottoes

On the border with Lebanon you’ll find Rosh Hanikra, a huge white cliff with impressive views of the Mediterranean coastline. The short cable-car ride to the foot of the cliff is the steepest in the world. It’ll bring you to a plateau where you can learn more about the history of the place and take a walk through caves overlooking picturesque turquoise grottoes. For a unique viewing point, you can organize an excursion to kayak to the grottoes and explore them from the sea.

3. Visit the fortified city of Acre

things to do in israel_acreAcre, or Akko, is unique within the country because it’s one of the few places that boasts a truly mixed population. It is home to Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Baha’i people. This makes it a diverse city full of culture and history perfect for a day trip. 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. Arguably the best part of the city is the classic Middle-Eastern food. The city’s diverse cultural background comes alive in the flavours on your plate, and many Israelis agree that the country’s best hummus can be eaten here.

4. Wind down with some wine tasting

Israel’s wine industry is some serious business. The northern region of the country boasts dozens of wineries that distribute internationally. A good place to begin your self-guided wine tour is at Tishbi Winery. It’s the first modern winery in Israel, where you can participate in a wine and chocolate tasting. At the Golan Heights Winery, you can take a tour of their vineyards and guzzle down some of their award winning selections.

5. Spend the day in the Garden of Eden

Gan Hashlosha, also known as Sachne, is one of the most beautiful places in the country. The local Israelis have dubbed it “The Garden of Eden.” This national park has natural pools that are constantly at 28 degrees, in other words, perfect for swimming year-round. Pack a picnic and spend your day among the lush greenery within this real-world paradise.

6. Stuff your face in Nazareth

A short stop in Nazareth is just enough time to load up on sweet Arabic delicacies. Though the city is a hot spot for religious tours, some could argue that Jesus of Nazareth is no longer the main event. Foodies love Nazareth for all the tasty street food, that stars of which are the honey-drizzled pastries. Be sure not to leave without trying some homemade baklava, knafeh, and awameh.

7. Take in some local art at Ein Hod’s artist village

Ein Hod is a small artist’s colony near Haifa. Israeli painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers call this eclectic little village home. In Ein Hod you’ll find multiple museums, galleries, and workshops. If you’re the type who prefers exploring on foot, you can wander through the town’s winding streets lined by the artists’ striking work.

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8. Take a graffiti tour

things to do in israel_tel avivThe street art in Tel Aviv is abundant and part of what makes the city so colourful. You can either sign up for a guided tour, or easily put together a DIY version. While street art can be found almost anywhere in the city, it is a lot more common in the south, particularly in the Florentine neighbourhood.

9. Take a tour of Tel Aviv’s vegan cuisine

Israel has the most vegans per capita. It’s no surprise that Tel Aviv is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world. Not only does nearly every restaurant have vegetarian or vegan options, but Tel Aviv is home to some of the best vegan restaurants. It’s not just the falafel; you’ll find many adventurous vegan eats such as Ethiopian or Georgian restaurants.

10. Desert road trip

A few friends, a car, and a good playlist are all you really need for this one. Israel’s Negev desert begins about one hour away from Tel Aviv. It stretches all the way down to Eilat in the south. Route 40 is well paved and full of fun stops along the way, like the Mitzpe Ramon crater and Ben Gurion’s grave located in a desert oasis. The drive itself is scenic with endless sand and mountains as far as you can see. Pay attention to the signs and watch out for crossing military vehicles and camels!

12. Visit the desert inhabitants

things to do in israel_hai barThe desert is home for many different animals, and there are a couple great places to observe them. The Hai-Bar Nature Reserve aims to preserve and breed endangered species. Here you can drive through the park and see different breeds of oryx, wild donkeys, large felines, and curious ostriches that like to poke their beaks into cars. Another option is an alpaca farm near Mitzpe Ramon. Here you’ll be able to feed crooked-toothed alpacas as well as camels and horses.

11. Spend a night in the desert

If you’re looking to escape the constant commotion of Tel Aviv, spending a night in the desert is the perfect way to reenergize. Picture this: a calm night spent under a starry sky surrounded by friends and a hookah where the only sound is the crackling fire. There are a few designated campsites and even some rustic accommodations that allow you to take in the incredible spectacle that is the desert at night.

13. Swim with the fish in the Red Sea

The Red Sea is known for it’s spectacular underwater life and diving conditions. The waters are shallow and the visibility is clear. You don’t even need to put on your scuba gear to get up close and personal with the corals and sea life. At the Coral Reef Nature Reserve in Eilat, you can spend your day snorkelling and admiring the colourful world under the sea.

Check out our picks for the best beaches all over the country.

14. Explore the desert highs and lows

things to do in israel_timnaWhen looking for things to do in Israel, it’s a no-brainer to visit the expansive desert. Not far from Eilat there are several great hikes to do. Aside from gorgeous scenic views, Timna Valley Park holds a number of geological and archaeological sites. There are hiking trails to suit different levels and you’ll be able to observe stunning nature and wildlife along the way. The Red Canyon hike is not to be missed. You’ll be running to get your photo-op when the sun hits the red canyon walls to create an eye-catching mix of lights and shadows.

15. Watch the sunrise over 4 countries

Mount Tzfachot is about as south as you can get in Israel. It’s undeniably worth waking up in the pitch black to take in one of the most unforgettable sunrises. A short hike up this mountain will reward you with an incredible peaceful view over four countries. With your feet planted in Israel, you’ll be able to see the sun come up over Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

As you can see, there are no shortage of things to do in Israel. Did we miss something that’s an absolute “must do?” Let us know in the comments below!

With 273km of stunning coastline, there are quite a few choices for sunbathers and beachgoers in Israel. While some people prefer the hustle-and-bustle of the lively city beaches, some may prefer a quieter retreat to nature. Thankfully, Israel has it all covered when it comes to beach options. From north to south, and everywhere in between, here are our picks for the best beaches in Israel.

Achziv Beach, Rosh Hanikra

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You can begin your tour of the best beaches in Israel at the northern-most tip of the country, Rosh Hanikra. After spending a few hours touring the stunningly-blue grottoes and learning about the location’s history, head down towards Achziv Beach for a relaxing break. In the summer months, this beach is known for the hatching sea turtles that are released back to the sea. You can also find other interesting sea life here, including octopi and sea urchins. With the looming cliffs of Rosh Hanikra as your backdrop, this beach is the perfect relaxing spot for those who want a quiet break from the noise.

Kinneret Beach, Galilee

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If you find yourself exploring the beautiful sights of the Galilee region, a stop at the Kinneret, or Sea of Galilee, is defintiely worth it. Though it doesn’t have the sandy appeal of the Mediterranean, the Kinneret boasts warm, calm water perfect for swimming. If you don’t like salt water or big waves, this is a great place to cool down after a day of touring all the fantastic religious sites in the area. There is plenty of shade as the sea is lined with palm trees and other greenery, making the Kinneret great for families and young children. It’s also popular, especially with young Israelis, to camp on the banks of the water. So if you want to spend the night outdoors, pitch a tent and enjoy a barbecue and a night among the stars in the open fresh air of the Galilee.

Galilee Holy Sites Tour

Dor Habonim, Haifa

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The best beaches in Israel are all unique and offer something different to cater to all beach-going styles. If you’re more outdoorsy and like to work before you relax, then Dor Habonim beach and nature reserve is the ideal spot for you. Located south of Haifa, this area offers a few beautiful hiking trails with gorgeous panoramic views of the Mediterranean blues. On the trails, you’ll find a few different beaches set between rocky grottoes where you can relax for a while. While it’s not the easiest beach on the list to get to, visitors are rewarded with rugged beauty, tranquility, and smaller crowds.

Caesarea

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Caesarea should be a stop on your Israel tour regardless of the beach. Known for its ancient Roman ruins, this site makes for an interesting tour on your trip to Israel. If you want to fit both history and beach time into your busy schedule, this is the perfect spot. After visiting the amphitheater and other ruins, go for a dip in the water at the beach set by an ancient Roman aqueduct dating back to 1 BC. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also visit the underwater museum. Go for a dive to discover a whole other set of treasures and ruins on the ocean floor. As a mix of adventure, history, and natural beauty, Caesarea is easily one of the best beaches in Israel!

Western Coast Private Tour

Netanya

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The beach in the lovely city of Netanya is a fantastic spot to kick-back and catch some sun. Set beneath the city cliffs, visitors to this beach need to take a glass elevator down to the sand. The waters here are calm enough for a relaxing swim. There are also fun activities like surfing lessons or volleyball. On the weekends the beach gets busier, and at night you might find a DJ and a dance party going on as well.

Tel Aviv

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When discussing the best beaches in Israel, Tel Aviv’s coastline is a clear contender. As one of the main attraction of Israel’s most modern and lively cities, this beach definitely isn’t the place for people looking for a quiet break. Tel Aviv’s beaches are almost always busy. In the summer months it can be hard to find a spot unless you go early. However, don’t let that deter you. The beach is wonderful for people-watching, cooling down after exploring sunny Tel Aviv, and absorbing the international vibe of the city. The city’s beaches are divided by location. There’s Banana Beach, Hilton Beach, Gordon Beach, and Metzizim Beach, just to name a few. Generally, the farther north you go on Tel Aviv’s beaches, the quieter it gets. However, many people enjoy the non-stop atmosphere of the busy sections, where you can almost always find surfers, a volleyball competition, musicians playing on the boardwalk, and people from all walks of life enjoying the sun and salty air.

Palmachim Beach, Rishon Lezion

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Not far from Tel Aviv near the city of Rishon Lezion, you’ll find Palmachim Beach. This beach is relaxing and scenic. It’s also surrounded by some cliffs perfect for walking along to get a panoramic view of the place. Unlike the neighboring Tel Aviv beaches, there aren’t many amenities here. Visitors like to pack a cooler full of food and set up a spot to spend the day and enjoy a family picnic.

Dead Sea

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This is undeniably one of the most memorable beaches in Israel. The mineral beaches of the Dead Sea make for an amazing day trip. As the lowest point on earth, The Dead Sea is a “must-see” when coming to Israel. Visitors love to cover themselves in mud, walk into the still waters, and float on the surface as if by magic. Since it’s in the desert, the weather here is perfect. The beach can be visited at any time of the year. While you’re visiting, you can make your stop here even more memorable by booking a spa day or massage overlooking the Sea.

Dead Sea Spa Tour

Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Eilat

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We’ve finally reached the most southern-point in Israel: Eilat. The Coral Beach Nature Reserve is definitely one of the main draws of Eilat. Eilat sits on the Red Sea. Unlike the Mediterranean, there is much wider variety of marine life going on here. Rent a snorkel at the Coral Beach Reserve and dive into the calm waters to explore the world underneath it. There’s a huge variety of fish to be seen. The best part is that you don’t even have to be a diver to see them. They’re very visible even if you’re just floating on the surface. If you have the time, you can also head to the nearby Dolphin Beach, where there are often dolphins who swim up to shore to say a quick hello.

Now you have a better idea of the best beaches in Israel. We challenge you to pick your favorite ones and visit them on your tour to Israel! Of course, if you want to see them all, you’ll need to consult with the experts to fit them all in your itinerary. We can help you see the most magificent beaches in the Middle East AND a variety of other fascinating historical and cultural sites. Contact us today to start your planning!

The colder months are upon us, and while many choose to hide away in layers of sweaters at home, there are some things in Tel Aviv that are just better in the winter. Tel Aviv’s sweltering summers may be too much for some, but visitors can rejoice in knowing that the winter in Tel Aviv can be just as fun. Here are 8 cool things to do this winter in Tel Aviv:

1. Take a Surf Lesson

The Mediterranean isn’t know for it’s big waves like many other bodies of water. In the summer, the sea is calm with some pleasant waves. However, during the winter, they get bigger, enticing droves of Israeli surfers to strap on their wet suits and hit the waves. The winter in Tel Aviv is the best time to catch some waves, and if you’re new to surfing, there are plenty of lessons available to wannabe surfers of all ages.

2. Enjoy the Stormy Weather

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It’s a fact that some people just prefer the smell of rain to the feeling of sun on their faces (I know, we don’t understand it either). Winter in Tel Aviv can be quite wet, with regular rain, wind, and storms. While this forces most people indoors, wandering around the boardwalk can bring some beautiful sights of crashing waves and thick clouds. Make sure to bring a cover for your camera so it doesn’t get too wet!

3. Watch a Stunning Sunset

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Every Tel Avivian knows that the winter sunsets are far superior to the summer ones. When the storm clouds settle down and the rain clears, the sun sets and brings with it bright colors that are hard to miss from anywhere in the city. The beach is a popular place to watch the sun go down, but we recommend finding a spot closer to Old Jaffa. The sight of the setting sun and colorful sky behind the old Clock Tower of Jaffa is like a painting and is worth seeing if you’re here for the winter in Tel Aviv.

Want to get out of Tel Aviv? Here are 10 cool things to do around Israel during the winter.

4. Grab Some Seasonal Fruits in the Carmel Market

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Regardless of the season, Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market is always bustling. Most of the produce in Israel is local and not imported, which means we have the freshest fruits to choose from on a daily basis. However, you have to enjoy them while you can because the produce available in Israel really depends on the season! During the winter months, the local citrus fruits are king. Make sure to pick up some juicy oranges, grapefruits, clementines, and pomelos to snack on during the day.

5. Watch the Wind and Kite Surfers

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Unless you’re experienced, we don’t suggest taking up this hobby on your trip to Tel Aviv. However, on a windy day you’ll notice tons of people out on the boardwalk watching the brave wind and kite surfers fly over the surface of the water. On any windy day during the winter in Tel Aviv, you can look up and notice the different colored parachutes dotting the sky.

6. Warm Up With a Cup of Sachlav

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If you’re wandering around the city and looking to duck in to a coffee shop to warm up from the cold winter in Tel Aviv, be sure to ask for a sachlav. Sachlav is a Middle Eastern drink that hits the spot more than any hot chocolate can. Its base is made up of warm milk thickened with ground sahlab orchid bulbs. The base is typically scented with vanilla, orange, or rose water, and then sprinkled with cinnamon, dried fruit, or nuts. It’s the perfect thick drink to warm up with on a cold winter day.

What else should you eat on your trip to Israel? Find out our suggestions for the dishes you just can’t miss out on!

7. Visit Some of Tel Aviv’s Museums

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Tel Aviv has some great museums to visit on a rainy afternoon. Pop into the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to enjoy both local and international artists. The permanent collection includes Picasso, Klimt, Dali, and more. The Museum of the Jewish People is also a great museum with displays about the history of the Jewish diaspora over thousands of years. The smaller Bauhaus Museum is also worth checking out for those interested in Tel Aviv’s unique architecture.

Looking to escape from the rain? Here are our top ten things to do in Israel when it’s raining.

8. Go for a Pampering Spa Day

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Image from Sheva Spa.

Lastly, you deserve a day to relax and unwind. The winter in Tel Aviv can be dark and tiring. However, you can easily lift your spirits by enjoying a pampering spa day overlooking the stunning Mediterranean sea. Our personal favorites are the Sheva Spa at the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel, and The Setai Hotel Spa in Jaffa. Whichever spa day you choose, you definitely won’t be disappointed that you spent your day rejuvenating indoors and away from the rain and wind!

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below how you’d spend your day during the winter in Tel Aviv!

While we say goodbye to 2018 and the record-breaking amount of tourism it brought to the Holy Land, we look forward to another incredible year before us. 2019 is exciting for so many reasons: new luxury hotels, international concerts, and festivals that are bigger and better than ever before. If you’ve been constantly planning & putting off your trip to Israel, an Israel tour in 2019 is a fantastic idea, and here are 19 reasons why:

1 – Eurovision

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Last year’s Eurovision got the whole nation together for two reasons: to rally behind winner Netta Barzilay, and to collectively get excited to host the world’s biggest song contest in 2019. Expect appearances from the infamous Dana International and other previous Eurovision winners. Additionally, it is rumoured that the event will be hosted by none-other than the stunning Israeli supermodel, Bar Rafaeli. Be sure to book your accommodation way ahead of time, since many people are planning their Israel tour in 2019 around this event!

2 – Jon Bon Jovi concert

Another huge musical event taking place in July 2019, is Jon Bon Jovi’s return to Tel Aviv. The rock legend will be playing in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv. As always, it’s expected to be a great show. His 2015 show saw 50,000 audience members singing along to “Livin’ on a Prayer.” We’re sure the 2019 show will be even bigger!

3 – Elections

While not quite a tourist attraction, the Israeli elections were called earlier than scheduled and will now be held in April of 2019. Anyone with an interest in Middle-Eastern politics will surely keep a close eye on the campaigning and lead-up to election day. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Israeli politics!

4 – Slash Concert

Israel always gets a few big acts that pass through each summer, and 2019 is no exception. If Eurovision and Bon Jovi weren’t enough to keep you satisfied, you also have the chance to see Slash in concert in July 2019. The legendary frontman of Guns N’ Roses will be playing with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators in Tel Aviv. Get your tickets in advance!

5 – Virgin Atlantic Flights

Since Israeli Shai Weiss became the CEO of Virgin Atlantic, he’s been trying to compete for popular routes to Tel Aviv. Lookout for new Virgin Atlantic flights between London and Tel Aviv starting this year. In May, Virgin hopes to fly in 200 fans from London to Tel Aviv to enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest!

6 – Even More Tourism

2018 was a record-breaking year for tourism to Israel. Before that, 2017 was a record-breaking yea for Israeli tourism. (Notice a pattern here?) There’s no doubt that with new airlines coming in, beautiful new hotels, and Eurovision, there will be a huge influx of tourists visiting the Holy Land. With all the excitement, accommodation and entertainment are sure to get booked up quickly, so if you’re planning an Israel tour in 2019, get a move on and contact us so we can help you plan before it’s too late!

7 – Pride Parade

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Tel Aviv Pride is a yearly event that sees thousands of tourists coming each June to celebrate love and the LGBTQ community. Tel Aviv’s parade is known internationally as being one of the best. Last year, there were over 250,000 parade attendees! In 2019, the parade is expected to be even bigger, so if you’re planning your Israel tour in 2019 for June, be sure to pack some rainbow-colored clothes and join in on the fun!

8 – The Dead Sea

Fodor’s listed The Dead Sea as one of the top 50 places to visit in 2019, and we can see why. They describe it “like nowhere else on earth. This shimmering saltwater lake appears in the distance like a mirage in the desert. It’s somehow both otherworldly and right in the middle of it all, surrounded by Israel, Palestine, and Jordan in the heart of the Middle East. It’s undeniably special here and the kind of place that you’re not likely to forget.” Need more reasons to visit The Dead Sea during your Israel tour in 2019? Check out our list of cool facts you didn’t know about The Dead Sea.

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9 – Midburn

Another yearly even that happens in the Negev desert is Midburn. The event is modelled after Burning Man, which takes place in the deserts of Nevada. The Israel version features tons of incredible art installations, different types of wellness events, parties, and show-stopping costumes. Many people fly in from outside Israel just to attend this unforgettable week in the desert.

10 – Michael Jackson Tribute

Another one of the great concerts happening in 2019 in Israel. The Michael Jackson tribute concert will be touring around the country in February, so you can be sure to catch it during your Israel tour in 2019. The “I Am King” performance will include a Live Orchestra, broadway dancers, and classic hits in 20 shows around the country

11- Eilat Ramon Airport

In addition to the new Ovda Airport 60km north of Eilat, a new airport, Eilat Ramon, is set to open in 2019. The new airport will replaced Eilat’s current Eilat J. Hozman Airport. The opening of Ovda Airport saw tons of new low-cost international airlines flying directly into Israel’s south. We’re sure to see more exciting routes when the new airport opens in 2019!

12- Crusader Wall Tour in Caesarea

A new tourist attraction will open in 2019 in the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. Tourists will now be able to walk on the ancient walls with the new Crusader Wall Promenade. This is part of a project to increase tourism to the city. Caesarea has always been a magical place to visit with it’s 2,000 year-old history and archeology, this is sure to be an exciting addition!

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13- Eilat Jazz Fest

The Red Sea Jazz Festival takes place in February, and features both local Israeli acts and international artists. Definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in live Jazz music!

14 – Six Senses Shaharut Hotel Resort

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Six Senses Shaharut photo courtesy of Six Senses

A luxurious hotel resort by the Six Senses chain is slated to open in 2019. The hotel will be in Israel’s Negev desert in the Arava Valley. It will include 58 suites and villas with private pools, and a private high-end spa for guests. The hotel is focused on sustainability and wellness. It will also include a Camel ranch and an open amphitheater, and Bedouin-style tents for an authentic Middle-Eastern experience.

15 – Jerusalem Marathon

Run 5k, 10k, a half-marathon, or the full 42.2KM in the annual Jerusalem Marathon! (We also won’t blame you if you just want to stand on the sidelines and cheer). Due to its hilly terrain, the Jerusalem Marathon is known to be a tough one. Runners from around the world come to participate in this challenging event. Is 2019 your year?

16 – Tel Aviv White Night

Tel Aviv’s annual White Night falls at the end of June. It typically includes a night of fun live musical shows, art installations, street parties, food stands, and more. The event is popular with locals and internationals, and has fun events for the whole family.

17 – Christmas in Bethlehem

If you didn’t get to spend your 2018 Christmas holiday in the Holy Land, then let’s help you get here for 2019. There’s no better way to spend Christmas in the Holy Land than visiting Bethlehem for an unforgettable midnight mass. See what else you can do for Christmas in Israel here!

18 – Purim

Another annual holiday and event that takes place around the country is Purim. Typically, children dress up, bake triangular shaped cookies, and enjoy a fun day to celebrate this holiday. However, leave it to Tel Aviv to turn this children’s day into a massive party! Every year, thousands of people get decked out in incredible DIY costumes and attend any of the hundreds of street parties and events happening around the city. Jerusalem is also known for having huge Purim events. Iff you’re here for an Israel tour in 2019 in the month of March, be sure not to miss out!

19 – White City Center

Known for it’s unique Bahaus architecture, Tel Aviv is known as the White City due to all the white buildings that dot the Mediterranean Sea. A new center, set to open in a historic building in 2019, will preserve this historic architecture and tell its story. It will also be a place for events, and it will offer tours related to the beautiful architecture.

As you can see, there are no shortage of things going in in Israel this upcoming year. Contact us today to help you plan your Israel tour in 2019!

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Like Christmas and New Year, Valentine’s Day in Israel isn’t as commonly celebrated as it is in much of the Western world. While this may be comforting for many singles who cringe at the sight of anything red and pink, hopeless romantics of the Holy Land won’t find the usual array of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates or googly-eyed stuffed animals anywhere on February 14th. For those wishing to inject a little more romance into an otherwise average day in Israel, we have some easy suggestions for you this Valentine’s Day.

Sunset Bike Ride on the Beach

shutterstock_528282457No bike? No problem. With Tel-O-Fun bikes readily available at multiple stands around the city, you’ll be able to rent bikes by the hour to enjoy the 14 kilometres of Tel Aviv’s beaches. When you get tired, hop off your bikes to enjoy a stroll by the water and enjoy a spectacular Mediterranean sunset.

Stroll Through Old Jaffa

shutterstock_554627308The Old City of Jaffa is a unique city full of charm and surprises, making it the perfect place for a romantic evening. The ancient stone buildings, meandering alleyways, and chic galleries make this a perfect dreamy date destination. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants by the harbour to the sound of gently lapping waves and the sight of the sun setting behind rows of sailboats.

Picnic & Boat Ride in Hayarkon Park

shutterstock_698891233In the north of the city, you’ll find one of Tel Aviv’s best kept secrets: Hayarkon Park. Pack a light lunch of fresh local breads and pastries (don’t forget the amazing Israeli wine!) and picnic in the park by the lake. Rent a boat or paddleboat and venture out into the waters to get a panoramic view of the peaceful park and its gardens.

Spend a Romantic Evening Indoors

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Looking to slow things down a bit after a hectic week? We get that. While Netflix & PJs may be you & your partner’s go-to easy evening inside, why not opt for a change of scenery with a getaway in one of Tel Aviv’s most luxurious boutique hotels? The Norman is located right next to the thrilling Rothschild boulevard, but with the gorgeously decorated rooms, a world-class bar, a gorgeous rooftop infinity pool, and mouth-watering fine dining, why would you even want to leave the hotel?

Nothing Says “Be My Valentine Like Roses

shutterstock_692854465Why get your lover a dozen red roses when you can enjoy 19 acres of 400 varieties of roses from around the world? The Wohl Rose Park in Jerusalem a public garden located across from the Knesset. The park won awards as one of the most beautiful rose gardens in the world, so we’re sure it will be the perfect place to impress your honey.

Visit a Winery

shutterstock_145599823Israel’s north has no shortage of wineries to visit. You can easily spend a day touring the different wineries in the Carmel region with your loved one. Many wineries also offer tours of their facilities and tastings of the different varieties of wine they produce. Imagine yourself taking in beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea with a glass of wine in one hand and your loved one’s hand in the other while Cupid shoots an arrow overhead. (Okay, we can’t promise you Cupid, but the rest we can definitely take care of!)

Helicopter Tour for Two

shutterstock_1015577404Wine sounds nice, but you’re the kind of couple that wants to add some excitement to each outing. Why not take a helicopter tour of the Carmel and Galilee regions? Get a bird’s eye view of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and land next to Château Golan Winery where you can enjoy dinner together. Professional tip: this is a great place to pop the question, and after an unforgettably romantic day together, we can almost guarantee that she’ll say yes!

Relax by the Dead Sea

shutterstock_145798055So maybe slathering mud all over your body isn’t the romantic getaway you were thinking of, but we promise you won’t regret a Dead Sea spa experience! Pamper yourselves at the lowest point on earth with a couple’s massage. You’ll both end the day feeling rejuvenated and thoroughly relaxed, and you can even take the experience home with a visit to a Dead Sea cosmetics shop where you’ll be able to purchase all the mineral-rich skin care products that this area is famous for.

See Flowers Bloom in the Desert

shutterstock_405520864Every year in the month of February, the Negev desert hosts the Darom Adom festival, where the landscape of the northern Negev blooms with thousands of red anemones, Israel’s national flower. This is truly a remarkable sight to see, and with only four weekends a year where you can witness this spectacle, you won’t want to miss it! The festival also features poetry readings and concerts to appease those creative romantics.

Stargaze in Mitzpe Ramon

milky-way-stars-night-skyA tried-and-true classic, stargazing in Mitzpe Ramon is an unforgettable activity that can be done at any time of the year, but isn’t Valentine’s Day the perfect excuse to take a short roadtrip out to the desert? Grab your partner in crime and a thermos full of something warm, and enjoy the silence of the desert under a blanket of stars at the first international night-sky park in the Middle East.

 

Need some help planning a perfect getaway with your loved one? You don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day – contact our travel experts today!