The Promised Land
Israel is a small yet mighty country. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the west, Lebanon, and Syria to the north, Jordan to the east, Egypt to the southwest, and the Red Sea to the south, Israel is no larger than New Jersey. Despite its size, Israel presents visitors with an impressive and diverse selection of geography, history, cultural activities, and cuisine. From the lively nightlife of Tel Aviv to the history of Jerusalem, you must-visit these while in Israel. Three religions were born in this region of the world – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Haifa is primarily an industrial and port city located along the Mediterranean in northern Israel, but the Baháʼí World Center is worth making the trip. Unlike most attractions in Israel, the impressive Baháʼí Gardens are relatively new. Completed in 2001, the gardens are meant to represent the spiritual unity of all humankind.
Bahai World Center and Baháʼí Gardens
Also in the northern part of the country are Nazareth, Tiberias, and the Tiberias Sea.
Fall in love with the city that doesn’t stop. Tel Aviv is Israel’s second-largest city after Jerusalem and the financial and cultural hub of the country. The city is most famous for its nightlife and is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. If you’re looking for a more culturally enriching experience, Tel Aviv is also home to the national opera and philharmonic orchestra.
Energy-packed, inspirational, or fun-filled relaxation, the city can be anything you want it to be. With great weather virtually all year round, you can chill on dazzling stretches of golden beaches, take in the colorful markets or just simply wind your way through the streets with their fascinating Bauhaus buildings feeling the trendy vibes (it is designated as the World’s best Gay city).
Situated on a plateau high above the Dead Sea is the old fortress of Masada. First fortified by Herod the Great at the end of the first century, Masada is known for being the last final Jewish stronghold to fall to the Romans in the first Jewish-Roman war.
Today, Masada is a popular hiking excursion for visitors and is especially spectacular at sunset. There is also a cable car that will take you up the hill for those who don’t want to hike.
Although we were scheduled to visit this city, lack of time forced us to miss seeing the mosaic tiled oldest known map of the world in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George there. See a re-creation below.
As the lowest elevation on land and 10x saltier than the ocean, the Dead Sea is truly a must-visit location. Not only can you effortlessly float in the water, but the mud is believed to have healing properties and medical benefits. From the Cobalt blue waters, the Dead Sea is a place of tranquility, health, and inspiration for body and soul alike. Be sure to pick up some skincare products while you’re there!
Float on the waters or take a mud bath or simply enjoy the sun’s brightness 330 days a year. There are beautiful beaches and hiking trails along the over 100-mile stretch of shores.
The Dead Sea shortly after sunset with a few clouds as seen from our hotel.
Jerusalem is regarded as the holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and one of the most fascinating cities of the world with its 3000-year old history. Jerusalem features dozens of historical sites that have withstood the test of time. The historic Old City is divided into four quarters, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian, where you’ll find some of the city’s top attractions, including the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock.
Discover its innumerable historic sites and archaeological wonders and magnificent vistas which will leave a lasting impression. The modern attractions promise excitement and pleasure for lovers of culture, arts, music, and culinary delights.
The Negev Desert has dozens of amazing nature sites, including rock formations.
There are 100 vineyards/wineries and dozens of mountains, rivers and lakes in Northern Israel.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, 3 million years old and is a candidate for one of the 7 new Wonders of the World.
Jerusalem has 2,000 archeological sites, 60 museums, and 90 hotels hosting 9,000 rooms.
Mt. Hermon is Israel’s only ski resort in the Northern providence.
More Photos from our trip to Israel
Haifa looking towards Lebanon
Zippori – above 2 photos show mosaic tiled floor (& other remains); Mona Lisa of Galilee, & below a view from the area
View across the Sea of Galilee above
From Capernaum – future synagogue (built as roman temple prior to Judaism) where Jesus taught;
statue of St. Peter near the Sea of Galilee & view behind St. Peter
For more information about traveling to Israel, please contact Getaway Dreams Come True Travel , call 724-752-2655, or schedule a planning session.
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(future blog about Jerusalem coming soon)