Experience Your Best Israel Vacation
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Israel and the adjacent Palestinian territories offer many opportunities for travelers. Long thought to be an off-limits area to tourist because of decades of violence, millions of intrepid travelers visit Israel each year, hailing from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. From lovely beaches to ancient ruins and holy areas, Israel and Palestine beckon.
Best time to take a trip to Israel
Mediterranean-influenced Israel offers climates that range from subtropical in northern and coastal areas to arid and dry in the southern and eastern regions of the country. Israel experiences a rainy season from October through May. A few higher peaks in Israel, such as the Golan Heights, experience some snow in the winter, but much of the country relies only on rain for its moisture. Temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the rainy season and from 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit during desert summers. Many travelers visit Israel during Jewish and Christian holiday seasons, which can lead to higher fares and rates due to lesser availability. Great deals can be found through Orbitz.com during nonholiday periods.
Insider tips for Israel travel
Trendy Tel Aviv
A trip to cosmopolitan Tel Aviv gives travelers a trendy Mediterranean beachside destination hidden in plain sight along Israel's coast.
Ancient Rome and Mount Masada
History buffs will enjoy tours of ancient Roman encampment remnants in Mount Masada, near the southern end of the Dead Sea.
Immerse in the history of crusaders and ancient seafaring travelers in Akko, an ancient Arabic walled city along the Western Galilee.
Bar'am National Park
Bar'am National Park is located in the Upper Galilee region and is home to a well-preserved ancient synagogue from the third century.
The Mount of Beatitudes
Travelers familiar with Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount will revel in the history of the Mount of Beatitudes, where this sermon may have been preached two thousand years ago.
Things to do in Israel
Culinary Delights in Nazareth
Many new restaurants have opened in Nazareth in recent years, ranking this city among the top culinary destinations in the Middle East.
Jerusalem's Old City
The center of the holy world for many believers, Jerusalem's Old City allows travelers to experience the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, and the Crusader Church of St. Anne, among many other holy sites.
Haifa's Breathtaking Views
Hotels located on top of the Carmel Mountains offer one-of-a-kind views to tourists and a great base camp for visitors to Akko and the Holocaust Museum.
Baha'i Shrine and Gardens
Haifa is a center of the Baha'i faith, and the Baha'i Shrine is a historical holy site dating to the founding of this faith. The Gardens feature 19 manicured terraces in bloom year round.
The Dead Sea
Saltier than other inland seas and located a quarter mile below sea level, the Dead Sea is a large inland sea and the site of many Biblical stories.
Located on the Dead Sea, visitors can take part in full-body mud baths with mineral-rich properties that lead to a rejuvenating experience.
Tzfat Artists' Colony
Founded in the 1950s, the Tzfat Artists' Colony located in the old Arab Quarter in the Upper Galilee region is the home of many artists and galleries.
Israel Bible Museum
The one-time home of the Ottoman governor, the Israel Bible Museum houses Biblically inspired works of art and sculptures, all created by artist Phillip Ratner.
Beersheva Bedouin Market
The Negev region of Israel is both the ancient and modern-day home to the Arabic Bedouin tribes, and the Bedouin Market offers the best of their meats, crops and handmade crafts.
The West Bank
Called "the Territories" by the Israeli government, the West Bank is home to more than two million Muslim and Christian Arabs and includes Bethlehem and Jericho.