Booking a Holiday, Tour or Vacation in Israel

Israel

Israel

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to so that is why I try to give a good opinion on those places I have visited. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to take in during your holiday in Israel.

As with many of the other destinations in the world, Israel is not unique with it’s variety of diverse attractions from the Desert and the saltiest sea on earth, the Dead Sea to the snow covered peaks of Mount Hermon. It only takes a few hours to experience the extreme differences.

Israel offers some very unique attractions that are suitable for all the whole family. A must is Jerusalem’s Time Elevator, the new Kings City in Eilat, Mini Israel, and the Haganah Museum to name but a few.

A few of Israel’s historical places have earned the right to be members on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Jerusalem also known as the “City of Gold” is one of those places which as a place is very religious and historical. This sacred place is located high in the Judean Hills, and is the Capital of Israel. It is a city which embraces the ancient with the modern, it is both holy and secular and displays pure natural beauty and stunning architecture which together creates a wonderful experience for the senses.
With it’s magnificent golden limestone and stunning scenery it is hardly surprising that it has earned the name of the City of Gold.

Because of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean location you can experience the amazing beach life, which is not the first thing that springs to mind when planning a trip to these sacred lands, if you know what I mean? For other beaches there is Ashkelon’s and the Caesarea beach equally beautiful and offering something new to see.

Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel where the Christians and half Moslems live together harmoniously. It is one of the most important Christian holy sites in the world and this is why it has become a haven for Christians and pilgrims around the world. The stunningly beautiful Churches and Monasteries are places of tranquillity and peace that even those of you who are not religious will not fail to notice.

Another popular and famous destination for Christians is Galilee because it is believed to be where Jesus spent much of his life and performed many of his miracles.
Galilee is one of the greener regions as in the spring the valleys become an array of colourful wild flowers and trees that are full of bloom.
Bethlehem is considered the most important Christian Holy place due to the belief that Jesus Christ was born here and is situated five and half miles from Jerusalem. Millions of Christians have travelled to Bethlehem over the years to deepen their faith.

Nowhere else in the world will you find a place such as the Living Dead Sea. People from all walks of life and nationalities flock here to receive healing from the natural resources. Considering the climate, 330 days a year of sun, and the mineral qualities, predominantly sulphur, that are found here means that it is the ideal place for therapeutic treatments. All this combined with the amazingly dry air which cleanses the respiratory system adds to the whole experience. More famously the Dead Sea is known for its ability to cradle you in a reclining position with the security of knowing that you are not going to sink beneath its waters.

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Luxury Apartments in Tel Aviv

Luxury Apartments in Tel Aviv

Luxury Apartments in Tel Aviv

There are times when the trivialities of daily life pose out to be a little overbearing. At these moments, all you need is a time off from your busy schedule and let your spirit fly free across the boundaries of your mind.

Tel Aviv is one such place that beckons travelers to have a sip of its self indulging lifestyle. Studded with beautiful high rise buildings, breadth taking beauty of the sea shore, Tel Aviv is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations among tourists. The city is a hub of city hangout offering luxurious shopping malls, night clubs, bars, theatres and the like. Tel Aviv is not just about splendid parties and glamorous shopping complexes. It has more to offer. The city is amply bestowed with rich culture, an aspect that is highly reflected in the pedestals of Yemen Falatel and Hakosem Falatel.

Just as the city is a destination of tourists, it also offers luxury rental apartments where the tired travelers can find an abode of peace. luxury apartments, Tel Aviv are designed keeping in mind the various needs of its residents Continue reading

Vacation Rentals in Israel

Vacation Rentals in Israel

Vacation Rentals in Israel

Hotels vs Vacation Rentals

If you budget is limited, you should know that hotels in Israel are quite expansive, specially in the great cities with most attractions like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Eilat. The innkeeper and the hotel industry in general are aware that those cities are vital for the economy and one consequence is that the rates just rise and rise, since there is not real alternative options for the tourist from abroad. Therefore, people are already ready to spend their money in hotels booking, ignoring other solutions. And as a matter of fact, the situation is even worse if you plan your vacation for the summer: you can easily spend hundreds of dollars per night and per room, and what is more the hotel is not a five stars Deluxe… But touristic guides and travel agencies rarely present other options regarding the sleeping arrangements and in return tourists and travelers tend to go for the most “certain”.

Another alternative is arising and becomes more and more popular among tourists visiting Israel: vacation rentals in apartments to rent belonging to private individual. In general those apartments are available for a short/mid-term, and the first advantage is that they are all-furnished, clean and maintained.

Secondly, unlike hotels, you can really choose the location and avoid the noisy and crowded areas if you don’t like it much. In general, hotels are located in very touristic areas, and sometimes those places are not the best regarding the attractions, landscapes or other features that make a place unique. And if the hotel is in special surroundings, then its rates are accordingly high.

On the contrary, choosing a vacation rental allows you the free choice of the place. People who want to feel “inside”, to blend within the city and its inhabitants, this is the alternative. It is another style of visiting a place, another approach, but much more authentic. Maybe you won’t find a Jacuzzi in your room, yet the prices are lower that’s for sure. And it still provides a great comfort of an apartment and the privacy of its own.

How to find vacation rentals?

Since the deals are made between private individuals, you may not find rentals thru a travel agency, but instead on Internet. There are an increasing amount of websites dealing with this market, and their use is very simple and efficient. No commission, and no troubles with the booking, this system is much easier.

You can find those websites both in Search engine and in directories specialized in Tourism, or Vacation in Israel, and even in general directories under different entries. An alternative option also is to look for these kind of deals in Jewish communality websites. They generally feature directories with general topics and list websites connected to Israel tourism and touristic facilities. Once you have found a good site, just fill the forms and you will have to select an apartment of your choice and then contact the owners/tenants. Much easier and handily designed to help people who want to save money.

Choosing The Right Hotel In Israel

Hotel In Israel

Hotel In Israel

Choosing the right hotel is always difficult. Every traveler has different needs when searching for hotel, and each one wishes to find the best hotel there is, for the lowest price, the best views and comfortable accommodations. Here are some tips that will help you to make the right choice planning vacation in Israel or elsewhere.

Ask yourself what your main preferences and the most important features your hotel should have. What is your primal concern? Is it the lowest price, the most beautiful view, big pool or something else? Deciding about your priorities will help you to find hotel that suits your needs in the best possible way.

Each city has its own special sites. Choose the hotel, which is located near the places you want to visit. Tel-Aviv hotels near the shore and main promenade, Jerusalem hotels – near the important archaeological and religious sites, Eilat hotels near the coral reserves et cetera.

Ask other people who visited the area, and you’ll probably get detailed information regarding the weather, the services and the accommodations. Ask specific questions, which will help you to make the decision, based on your special preferences.

Check out traveler reviews, which give descriptions of hotel services. When booking, make sure you have answers to the requests you make regarding the hotel, its surroundings and your special preferences.

All these will help you to find the hotel you are looking for.
Have a pleasant vacation in the holy land!