By: Tully Luxury Travel
Insider’s Look • Israel • Travel
IN A NUTSHELL
You may feel like you “know” Israel and what awaits you; we’ve all been touched by this country’s extraordinary history. But as visitors will tell you, today Israel will definitely surprise you. It’s so rich and diverse with evocative experiences that you’ll leave thrilled and astounded. Whether it’s the haunting desert at Masada or the cliffs and caves of the magnificent Dead Sea, you’ll be deeply touched by Israel’s beauty and grandeur. Remember, Israel is roughly the size of the state of Vermont, so whatever city you are in, you can plan on a number of easy day trips to historic sites you’ve dreamt of all your life.
Jerusalem is a fascinating dive into the past for us all and a deeply personal odyssey for many Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The 220-acre Old City assaults you with more history, culture, and spirituality than any other place on earth. Jerusalem’s cultural diversity will astound you, with white-garbed Christian pilgrims retracing the path of Jesus…Jewish Orthodox worshipers swaying in prayer at the Wailing Wall…Muslim crowds heading to mosques on Friday. But now, there’s a new kind of Jerusalem experience as the city develops a burgeoning food scene with excellent new restaurants, trendy rooftop bars, and charming boutique hotels.
The heart of modern, cosmopolitan Israel, Tel Aviv, with its vibrant nightlife and excellent restaurants, will delight you. The ancient port city of Jaffa, perched on a cliff above Tel Aviv, will be one of the most memorable parts of your trip, with Levantine mosques, historic churches, ancient clock towers and a wonderful range of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars.
MASADA AND PETRA
Fact: your trip simply will not be complete without visiting Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient city and fortress perched atop a secluded plateau east of the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea is one of the world’s truly magnificent, awe-inspiring historic sites. Less than two hours from Jerusalem, book a car and guide for an exceptionally enriching day. Don’t miss a visit to Petra, the ancient archeological and UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as the Rose City for the warm color of its limestone.
– The Tully Team
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