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.

Touring Israel

Unfortunately a substantial number of people would not consider Israel as a tourism destination. Unlike many others, that returns to Israel after having a very successful first visit. Form the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 until today around 60 millions tourists visited Israel. From the establishment of the stat of Israel until today 1652 people where killed by a violent act of terrorism. It means that the chance of getting killed in a terror attack in Israel is 0.002753 %. That percentage does not include the Israeli population that is a main factor, when adding up this number you have even smaller chance to get hurt. The number of 1652 people includes mainly Israeli citizens, so if we take out the number of Israeli citizens of the equation, we are now taking about Israel being the safest country in the world to travel!

Due to Israel’s misfortunate experience in terrorism, Israel became a leading country in the world in fighting terrorism. Israeli doctrines of fighting terrorism are been taught all over the world.
Unfortunately due to the circumstances Israel has a lot of experience in preventing terror attacks. Israel police is spread all around the center of the towns and Israeli police personal are well trained in preventing danger. Add to that the Israeli intelligence forces that consider being the best in the world. No doubt that when you are traveling Israel you can consider yourself in good hands Continue reading

How to Keep It Safe in Israel

Israel tourism is one of the most extraordinary experiences a person can go through. There’s nothing quite like this magnificent Mediterranean country, a magical mix of religion, nature, nightlife and all the pleasures imaginable in the mind of the modern tourist.

Still, many people find themselves wishing to visit Israel but somewhat fear about their personal safety and security. Well, fear no more! Although Israel is indeed a star in the evening news, visiting Israel is not very different than any other vacation travel.

Crime rates in Israel are much much lower than other countries around the world and the rest is pretty much noise and bad publicity. Israel’s first goal is to protect its citizens and the state security is top-notch, perhaps the best in the world. We all heard the stories about ELAL’s security procedures, making the national Israeli airline to be the safest around the globe, and that’s what Israelis do best – keep things on the safe side.

Of course that all of the above doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any precautions when traveling, and there are a few pointers to keep in mind, whether you are planning to go by yourself or join an Israel tour. Continue reading

How To Find Cheap Flights to Israel with Wego Indonesia

Planning you trip to the Holy Land in the near future? Then you might want to start looking for cheap flights to Israel for your trip. By saving on your flights, you can use the extra money for other needs.

It use to be tricky to find best prices on flights and hotels. But recently Wego launch their Indonesian version of their site to help Indonesian to travel better.

Wego Indonesia is a travel search engine that helps you find cheap hotels, cheap flights, vacation packages, activities & tours and travel deals. At Wego Indonesia you can search for cheap flights to Israel and also book for cheap hotels in Israel with one click.

Wego Indonesia

Wego Indonesia

Here’s what you need to do

  • Open Wego Indonesia on your browser (http://www.wego.co.id)
  • On Wego Indonesia’s homepage fill out the search for flights. Then click on “search flights” button
  • Wego will then search over hundreds of online travel agent and airlines websites for best prices
  • You can also filter out the result based on prices, direct / stops, airlines, etc
  • Click on your preferable cheap flights to Israel to continue the process

Wego Indonesia is the right place to plan your trip to the Holy Land.

 

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!

Gay Tour of Israel

Gay Tour

Gay Tour

In the past few years Israel has become an LGBT haven and heaven in the Middle East. Tel Aviv has become known as a Gay Capital and it is not uncommon to see LGBT tour groups walking down the street with a tour guide. This is part of an ongoing growth in Gay travel. Economically, this group has become very significant in world travel, world tourism and even within Israel tourism.

But what is there to see in a gay visit to Israel? More than meets the eye. One place to start with is right by the Hilton hotel. It has the famous gay beach right beside it. No untypical for the Middle Eastern irony, the religious beach, which allows non egalitarian dips, is located right beside the gay beach. Above these two on a cliff is “Independence Garden”, an ancient meeting place for closeted gay men. Historically, there are records of this being a secret meeting place from British Mandate times, dating back to the end of the First World War. Today, there is an ongoing debate about whether a place like this should exist in the shadows or should be lit up and abolished. Walking in to town, an outsider can’t help but notice the vibrant LGBT community, apparent on the streets proudly. Tel Aviv does not have many specifically LGBT businesses. Continue reading

Our Holy Land Tour To Israel

Israel

Israel

Many Christians only dream of visiting the Holy Land someday. Because so much of the Christian faith is built around the land of Israel, it’s truly the vacation of a lifetime to be able to go on a tour of Israel. People will save their money for years in order to be able to go on such a tour.

A trip to the Holy Land allows people to visit all of the places mentioned in the Bible. Of course, there are many things to consider on such a trip, but it’s certainly worth looking into. If you can consult with someone who specializes in such tours of Israel, you will be able to get more information. Many people are surprises to learn that the tours are reasonably priced and quite practical for anyone.

Of course, there are many things that must taken care of. The flight must be schedule, pets and house will need attending, and there must be sufficient funds. It will take a few weeks to plan and prepare for such a trip. If you go to Israel in the springtime, the weather will be mild, not too hot or cold. The flowers would be blooming and the hills would be turning a beautiful shade of green. Packing for this season is especially easy and one can look forward to the nice weather.

You will likely do a lot of walking on your tour, so it’s a good idea to get into good physical condition before going. You can began exercising regularly by walking and biking to help build up your strength and avoid being sore on the trip. Since hiking and walking is such an important part of a tour of the Holy Land, you wanted to be prepared. This is an aspect of the trip that many people don’t realize until it’s too late.

Another thing that you may want to consider is the dress of the Jewish culture. While dress is casual, you will want to bring along some nicer clothes if you plan to visit the Jewish holy places. They will not permit you to enter some of these places without proper attire. One way to help avoid problems is to bring a large shawl that you can use to cover your arms or legs if necessary. Most importantly, always remember to be respectful to the customs of Israel.

Soon, it will be time to pack. You will receive your passports and schedules for your tour of Israel. The big day will finally arrive and you will say goodbye to your family and friends and head off into the skies towards the land of Promise. Once in Israel, you were greeted by tour guides who will help you with the passport controls and luggage. You will then take a bus Tel Aviv where you will likely spend the night.

Once there, you will meet up with the others in your tour group to get acquainted and learn of your plans for the next day. After a good night’s rest, you will enjoy an early breakfast and then head to the Sea of Galilee. You may visit Mount Carmel and the town of Nazareth where Jesus was raised. Later, you may visit the town of Tiberia. You will go to your hotel every evening where you will enjoy an exquisite dinner and, if you like, a time of fellowship with the other tourists before retiring for the night.

Throughout the rest of your tour, you will able to visit such amazing places as the Mount of Beatitudes, the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. You will visit the city of Jerusalem. Old Jerusalem is truly an amazing place, as you will see so many things that you have read about in the Bible. You will see where Jesus walked and talked. You will see where he did miracles, raised people from the dead and turned the water into wine.

Finally, you will also see the place where Jesus was beaten and finally crucified on Golgatha’s hill. You will likely weep when you consider what happened here and how Jesus was innocently killed by people who didn’t understand. Of course, you will also visit the tomb where Jesus was laid after he was crucified. You can then go to the Upper Room, which is where Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and where the Apostle Peter preached his first message.

Tours of the Holy Land are truly overwhelming for many people, as they tried to deal with the many emotions and feelings along the way. It was truly the vacation of a lifetime. You will return home renewed in your faith and thankful for the wonderful opportunity you have experienced.