Israel is a gem of tourism. It is uniquely located at the point where Europe, Asia and Africa meet. Israel is one of the most diverse natural settings in the world and its small physical size allows tourists to travel within just hours from lush forested areas to the arid desert and from the snow covered mountains to the tropical shore. Throughout history the greatest empires fought for control of Eretz Israel, leaving their marks through spectacular archeological sites, immense fortresses and awe inspiring feats of construction. Israel is an advanced modern country that offers incoming tourists a wide range of high quality lodgings and transportation. Israel’s wealth of cultural institutions, museums and vibrant entertainment options round out the tourist’s experience and make it an unforgettable event.
Migrating with Birds
The biannual migration of birds through the skies of Israel is unparalleled. Every autumn millions of birds make their way from Europe and West Asia to Africa for the winter. In the spring, some six months later, the birds return northward to their European and Asian nesting grounds. Israel, which is located between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the broad desert areas to the east, serves as a narrow land bridge with an abundance of water sources. Large flocks of birds crowd around these bodies of water, creating a spectacular scene for all birdwatchers. The Hula Valley, at the foot of the Golan Heights, is one of Israel’s finest bird watching sites, drawing tens of thousands of ornithologists to see this breathtaking natural wonder.
Immersing in History
Eretz Israel has a special place in the eyes of believers from the three monotheistic religions, and every year avid pilgrims make their way to see the many holy sites described in the scriptures. The Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, is especially significant to Christians, as told in the New Testament: “At the time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9) Not only can pilgrims see the Jordan River, they can also be baptized at the modern baptismal site facility and experience the historic event for themselves.
Pure Desert Magic
The Negev Desert in southern Israel is an arid desert area with spectacularly beautiful natural landscapes. Unique geological phenomena, such as the makhtesh, soft sand dunes and high cliffs create an extraordinary combination. The plants and animals living in this area had to develop special characteristics that allow them to exist in the dry climate and the people who choose to live in the Negev have had to adapt to desert life as well. The modern Israeli towns lying on the edges of the desert provide easy access for tourists to the barren wilderness. Numerous different tours of varying lengths offer desert experiences - on foot, in vehicles or even on camels.