Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trips to Masada

Your vacation in Israel will be incomplete without Masada tours being an intrinsic part of your itinerary. It is an unforgettable blend of religion, history and the wonders of nature. Legends that have shaped mankind state that it is right here at the juncture of Jordan River and the Dead Sea that Jesus was baptized. Near this place is the Qumran where John the Baptist lived with his followers. The fabled Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to be located here. And one of the leading Israel tourist attractions, the Dead Sea scrolls is here for the world to see the oldest of all biblical scripts.

You can reach Masada from Tel Aviv as well as from Jerusalem as a day trip. You can of course extend your stay and soak in the natural goodness of the Dead Sea. You can float about in the sea which abounds in rich minerals or soak in the therapeutic mud and sulphur baths in the spas along the shore. What is rare for the rest of the world comes naturally to the place and makes Masada tours more of a glorious experience.

Private tours in Israel

Private tours can be theme or route based. You can choose a day tour or a week long depending on your budget, schedule and your destination. To view the modern day and cosmopolitan Israel you can choose the Tel Aviv tours. If you want to trace the path of early Christianity you can opt for a Holy Land tours or look for Jerusalem tour guides.  

A glimpse at some of the popular Israel private tours:

  • Tel Aviv Tours: A drive through the thriving metropolis of Tel Aviv will bring you to the juncture where modern day Israel shares the podium with the ancient history, art and culture of a place which is known as the Promised Land. Among the places of interest you will find the Dizengoff Street, the Hall of Independence, Rothschild's Boulevard, and the memorial at Yitzchak Rabin Square. Also worth visiting are the Weizman Institute in Rehovot, the Museum of the Diaspora and the notable Ammunition Slik in Nes Tziona. Take time to step into the Great Synagogue and also the famous Safari Zoo.
  • Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour: Get on the holy tour of the holy land to experience spiritual awakening at the birth place of Christianity and Judaism. Witness the Old city and New Jerusalem, the old Carrdo – Jewish market place during the Roman times and pay your respects at the holy place of Kotel – the Wailing Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Jerusalem tour guides will take you further on to Bethlehem to view the Shepherd’s field, Rachel’s Tomb, Manager’s square and the church of Nativity.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Israel tourist attractions - Masada

To reach Masada you descend all the way down to the Judean Desert. And before you further descend to the lowest point of the Earth (the Dead Sea is located at 400m below the actual sea level) you will have the opportunity to pass by and visit the fabled inn of the Good Samaritan. This famous inn is a 19th century Turkish building which is home to one of the largest museums of Mosaic work of the world. And it is also home to the faithful belief that this here the actual Good Samaritan of the Bible worked his kind magic making it rich in both art and history. The displays include archaeological artifacts and mosaics from Jewish and Samaritan synagogues as well as from Christian churches, making the museum a must-visit site in the list of Israel tourist attractions

Planning a vacation in Israel is like packing up your desire for the deep history and spiritualism of the country. And Masada tours offer one of the finest examples of those. Here you will find the famous fortress, the 2000-year old palace which was built by King Herod, where the later Jews rebelled against the tyranny of Rome and then martyred themselves rather than give into the ignominy of slavery. It has inspired many generations of travelers filling them with awe at their brave deed making Masada a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Masada tours also include a nature hike to the Ein Gedi, a national park for endangered animals which also boasts of several ancient sites and refreshing and beautiful pools. When you leave the Judean desert for Jerusalem you will get a splendid view of the Old Roman Road and Jericho.

Israel private tours

While you visit any new country or city there are many questions that pop up in your mind. For instance, how will you overcome the language barrier, understand and be sensitive towards cultural differences, etc. To get rid of such worries and to see the place in the best manner tour guides have been the age old options. And to get more out of your trip you can opt for Israel private tours and discover a whole new way of traveling through Israel.

Israel private tours comes equipped with trained tour guides who are well versed with the history, topography, culture and other detailed information. Additionally many of the guides are skilled at multiple languages like English, Dutch, and French to lift the language barriers. These can be organized for individuals and small as well as large groups of tourists. They will create a detailed trip itinerary for you and make all the desired arrangements for your trip.

Masada Tours

There are lots of things to do in Israel and you need do a thorough research and plan your vacation in Israel well if you want to savor every mile of this beautiful culture packed country. But, no trip in Israel is complete without a touch of Masada tours. The site of the infamous siege and the gory rebel suicides, Masada has been a part of Israeli history from time immemorial. Typical Masada tours include a journey down the stark beauty of the Judean Desert and a visit to the inn of the Good Samaritan, one of the world’s largest Mosaic museums. The main attraction is the 2000-year old palace built by King Herod which later became the site for Jewish defiance of the Roman rule and the subsequent mass suicide.

Once you have seen and felt the magic of the place you can conclude your Masada tour with a therapeutic treatment with the natural Dead Sea mud and salt at the leading spas.

A vacation in Israel is multifaceted with the newer and modern art and culture influence of Tel Aviv to the ancient and traditional feel of Jerusalem and Masada. You will find that there are numerous things to do in Israel including adventure sports and holy land pilgrimage. This diversity is a part of the land’s history, its unique geographical location which encompasses both land and sea boundaries.

The wanderlust in you looks for adventure every time you travel to newer lands and your Israel adventure will be an equally unique experience. Israel is the Promised Land mentioned as early as Biblical times and it has also been marked with equal stress and strife in modern times. Yet, every time it has risen to the occasion and shown the world the greatness and glory of its heritage. It is perhaps one the very few countries that draw people for religion and adventure with equal zest.

Therefore, when you plan your vacation in Israel you need to keep these diversities in mind. Plan your tours around the adventurous activities like hang-gliding & paragliding, rafting and kayaking, with camel and jeep tours, water and snow skiing, as well as skydiving. In between these you can sate the history buff in you by visiting the old ruins and archaeological sites, the Dead Se scrolls. And if you are looking for spiritual things to do in Israel then a Holy Land tour should be in your agenda. You can retrace the steps of Jesus’s life from Bethlehem to Nazareth; feel the room of the Last Supper and Christ’s sacrifice and pain in the Crucifixion site.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Israel Tourist Attractions

Israel is a fascinating tourist destination. From Dead Sea to Bahai Garden, mountain fortress Masada to Western Wall and not to forget, the Mount of Olives and Ein Karem- Israel tourist attractions cater to all kinds of tourists. Whether you are a religious person, a scholar with keen interest in history or an excited tourist, travel Israel to satiate the wanderlust in you.

Some of the most visited Israel tourist attractions are:

-          Jerusalem for Temple Mount, Wailing Wall, Mount of Olives, Church of Maria Magdalene, Yad Yashim Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dead Sea- the lowest point on Earth, Mt Zion related to King David and Ein Karem. Interestingly, Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: Christian, Armenian, Muslim and Jewish. It is a beautiful conglomeration of four different faiths. You don’t need to be with luxury Israel tours to visit these places. You can design your own itinerary or go for private tour companies too. But guided tours Israel is highly recommended for these sites so that you can be enlightened about the historical and religious backgrounds of each.
-          Tel Aviv for a cosmopolitan as well as cultural feel. This place is known for its gorgeous beaches. The vibrant night life of Tel Aviv makes it one of the most sought after Israel tourist attractions. With guided tours Israel can be even more fun as you will in-depth insights to every culture packed location.
-          Nazareth for its immense religious significance. This place is marked as the birth place of Christ, is therefore one of the major Israel tourist attractions for Christians the world over.
-          Caesarea for Crusader and Roman ruins.
-          Eliat for the beautiful Red Sea coast. The presence of coral reef makes the water appear reddish. People from the whole world gather here for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Other important Israel tourist attractions are the national parks, nature reserves and hiking trails. Long beaches along the coasts of Red Sea, Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea make it a world class tourist destination.

The luxury Israel tours can make your trip comfortable and hassle free. You will not need to worry about the itinerary, or moving around, multiple bookings or even refreshments on the road. Everything required enjoy your travel Israel will be taken care of by the management. And this does not mean that you have to shell out a lot of money to get this guidance. There are options of guided tours Israel travel in all kinds of budgets, agencies who provide quality service at an inexpensive price. And you can still get to see all the important Israel tourist attractions without spending a fortune.

Monday, May 14, 2012

What to do in Israel?

Israel is an important tourist destination from both religious and geographical perspectives. You never fall short of options in Israel. Let us explore the options of what to do in Israel. Whether you are availing group tours to Israel or be on your personal trip, Israel has much more to offer than you had thought of.

Religious Tour

This section is not complete without the mention of old city of Jerusalem. The Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall or Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Church of Holy Sepulchre, al-Aqsa Mosque etc are some of the answers to your question of ‘what to do in Israel’. The usual tour packages include these points. But if you are on your own, avail service of Israel private tours so that you don’t miss out on anything. These tours will take you through the land where Jesus was born, where he preached all the way to the site of his crucifixion, ensuring that you have truly memorable experience.

Geographical Marvels

Still wondering what to do in Israel? You will be amazed how Mother Nature has blessed Israel with numerous marvels. Among them there is the Dead Sea, the lowest point of the world. Due to excessive deposits of minerals in water, life cannot be sustained here. Hence, the name Dead Sea. The Red Sea, named so after the coral reef, is a treat to eyes. Near the Red Sea is Eliat which is famous for its underwater observatory, upscale resorts and spas and various adventure sports. Other spots that you must not miss out on are Ramon Crater- world’s largest crater and gorgeous beach of Tel Aviv. Whether you are taking group tours to Israel or opting for Israel private tours, you will be taken to all these spots.

Historical Spots

Holocaust is another aspect without which Israel tour is incomplete. To pay homage to the six million Jews who fell prey to the Holocaust you must visit Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. It is a 45 acre land that houses library, museum, monuments and exhibition halls. Overlooking the Dead Sea, there is the fortress of Masada where thousands of Jews chose to commit suicide but did not surrender to the Romans. This is an integral part of Israel private tours as well as group tours to Israel from foreign countries.  

And then there is the vivacious and exuberant night life of Tel Aviv. From dance centers, theatres, galleries to clubs and bars, there is everything you may need it call it a day. And you will wonder why you ever thought what to do in Israel. Undoubtedly, Israel is the most underrated yet rich tourist destination. 

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