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ISRAEL HOLIDAYS   >   MIDDLE EAST   


State of Israel in the Middle East on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

Districs in Israel [ mehozot ] : Central Mehoz, Haifa, Jerusalem, Northern Mehoz, Southern Mahoz and Tel Aviv

Capital City of Israël : Jerusalem


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Car Rental Israel

Car rental

Car Rental Israel  Sixt   -    

Holiday Rentals / Apartments

  Good Morning Jerusalem   -   The Israel Holiday Apartments Center
Apartments in Jerusalem and in the Tel-Aviv area. They also have a wide selection of kibbutz and moshav apartments.

Hotels in Israel

  Booking  -  Hotels in Israel   -   Hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

  Yamit Park Plaza Hotel ****, 79 Hayarkon St., 63432 Tel Aviv
The four-star Park Plaza Yamit Tel-Aviv is located in a prime city center location, facing Tel Aviv's famous beach promenade overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The hotel offers 182 luxurious air-conditioned guestrooms including executive studios and suites. All rooms have Internet access and feature every modern comfort; all suites have a balcony and kitchenettes and come equipped with a refrigerator and electric stove .
The hotel has an elegant breakfast room with panoramic views, a lobby bar and a business lounge, which can also be used to hold small meetings.
Other hotel facilities include a business center, car parking, spa & fitness club with activity rooms, spinning hall, sauna, massage, beauty treatment rooms and a swimming pool with sun deck and a Jacuzzi.
  Park Plaza ****, Vilnay 2, 95435 Jerusalem
Rising above the entrance to Jerusalem, the hotel is the gateway to the ancient treasures of this Holy City. The location offers easy access to business centres and the main attractions.
Standing adjacent to Jerusalem's International Convention Centre, and only a short walk from the Israel Museum, the hotel is ideal for business and leisure travellers. Nearby you will also find the Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus, the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the new Egged Mall. Easy access to the Begin route on the way to Malkha Mall or Har Hotzvim high-tech and industrial park is also available.

   -    Hotels in Arad, Bat Yam, Eilat and Jerusalem

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 
Hostelbookers.com is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability. 

  Bed & Breakfast Guide Israel 
All-inclusive listing of bed & breakfast [ b&b ] accommodations in Israel using interactive maps to quickly & easily pinpoint location according to area, attractions and religious sites.

National Parks

  Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority
Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, Galilee, Lower Galllee and the Valleys, Mt. Carmel, The Coast, Central Israel, Judean Desert and the Dead See, The Negev, Eilat and the Arava.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators 

  Responsibletravel.com  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations.

  Jet2Holidays

 G Adventures
*   Israel - Highlights of Israel
A spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, Israel occupies a unique place in Middle Eastern history. With sacred sites central to all three of humanity's major religions - you could spend a lifetime in Israel and never experience all of its wonders. This trip delivers you to the country's top natural, historical and cultural treasures in style. From the historic seaport of Jaffa to the glittering desert jewel that is Jerusalem, you'll always begin and end your day in the comfort of a well-appointed hotel. Hey, "adventure" doesn't always have to mean "roughing it," right?
*   Israel Explorer
Highlights: Visit a Palestinian refugee camp, explore the biblical towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem, swim in the Dead Sea, gaze across the Negev Desert, stay in ...

  
Create your perfect trip to Israel.

Thomas Cook



  Deadsea Holidays
Many thousands of people travel to the Dead Sea each year to undergo treatments for psoriasis and other health problems. Most benefit greatly from the special sunlight conditions, the unique mineral waters and the superb, tranquil landscape
  Longwood Holidays
  Paxtravel   -   a leading name in pilgrimage organisation for > 25 years
Itineraries on a mixture of religious and cultural themes, for groups large and small and individuals.
  Peltours   -   Holy Land Specialist

  Camel Riders   -   Desert Exporation Tours
  Desert Eco Tours
For tours & trips in Sinai, Jordan, Petra, all Israel tours, Egypt, the Western Desert & Eastern Sahara, Negev and Eilat Mts. A wide range of desert tours, jeep safari, 4X4 tour, camel trekking and hiking,all customized according to clients' requests. Diving cruises & safaris in Sinai & the Red Sea. Holidays, excursions, trips, vacations. Eilat hotels.
  Jordan River Rafting [ Hebrew language ]
  Midreshet Sde Boker   -   Gateway to the Negev   -   Touring the Negev
Although the Negev is known to be hot, the highlands in its center are a cool surprise. Even in summer the weather here is quite pleasant, for the highlands rise from 450 to 1,000 meters above sea level.
Although in the past most Negev settlement was in the highlands, today the region is very underpopulated. It contains only one city, Dimona, the two small towns of Yeruham and Mitzpe Ramon and a few kibbutzim and moshavim.
The absence of modern civilization is, however, a blessing which has preserved many of the highland's fabulous natural attraction. Among them: three craters, unique flowers like the Yeruham iris and exceptionally beautiful riverbeds, canyons and desert springs.
Besides colossal natural sites, the highlands offer some of Israel's outstanding national parks. Within their confines are the reamins of four excavated ancient Nabatean cities: Avdat, Mamshit, Shivta and Nitzana.
  Succah in the Desert 
Succah in the Desert is an ecological dwelling that combines the ruggedness of the nomad with the conveniences of modern technology.It is protective space which enables you to encounter your own creative inner place,inspired by the desert magic.
Eight cozy dwelling or succot (plural for Succah-Biblical term for a temporary desert dwelling) await and welcome you for a unique vacation experience.

  Snuba Diving [ Eilat ]

Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Lonely Planet ) - ISBN 1741044561 Travel Guides Israel / Related Books

Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Lonely Planet)
Michael Kohn and Dan Savery Raz
Religious tourism remains a big draw to visit this region for all 3 major religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. This guide covers the whole region including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It also includes a chapter on Petra in Jordan and Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Paperback: 452 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th edition edition (1 Mar 2010); ISBN-10: 1741044561; ISBN-13: 978-1741044560.

Transport / How do I travel to Israel

Israel is bordering Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and shares the coastlines of the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Aqaba / Gulf of Eilat, and the Dead Sea.

  Tel Aviv   -   Yafo Ben Gurion Airport   -   Ben Gurion Airport
  Tel Aviv-Yafo Sde Dov Airport
  Airports Eilat, Haifa, Herzlia, Dov Hoz, Ovda, Rosh Pina

   -   Flights to Israel
Book cheap flights to Israel at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets Israel, price comparison possible

  Israel Railways

  Maps International   -  Travel Guides Israel  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Online Maps of Israel [ Uni Texas - Perry-Castañeda Library - Map Collection ]


Links
 

  Go Israel   -   Tourist Board of Israel  -  Discover Israel
Israel, perfectly located at the fulcrum of Europe, Asia and Africa, is a world-class destination for sophisticated travelers. Israel offers cultural attractions on a par with Europe and the U.S., luxury hotels, glamorous spas and a hot restaurant scene - all within an atmosphere that combines the very ancient with the ultra high-tech, and the exotic with the contemporary

  Jerusalem City 

  Acre / Akko   -   Old Acre
The walls of the city, its fortresses and citadels, its churches and mosques and the other buildings within its boundaries, tell the history of the many rulers who governed it and fought for it, who built the city and glorified it.
  Arad   -   Municipality of Arad
Located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, 25 kilometers (15.5 mi) west of the Dead Sea. The city is notable for its clean, dry air and serves as a major attraction to asthmatics worldwide.
  Ashkelon   -   Municipality of Ashkelon   -   ancient seaport
Coastal city in the South District of Israel on the Mediterranean coast, 50 km (31 mi) south of Tel Aviv. Ashkelon is the northern terminus for the Trans-Israel pipeline.
  Bethlehem
  Caesarea
  Eilat   -   Municipality of Eilat
Eilat, the southernmost city of Israel, is a unique oasis extended on the coast of the Red Sea. Eilat lives by the rhythm of the sun, the desert, the sea and nature itself. The calm transparent waters of the Red Sea reveal a delightful surprise - breathtakingly beautiful Coral Reefs and an enchanted underwater world, featuring thousands of varieties of fish and other marine life forms.
  Ein Bokek [ Dead See ]  -  tourist and therapeutic complex
Ein Bokek is now a modern oasis and panacea for health seekers and tourists alike, and lies in stark contrast to the barren, rugged and genesis landscape of the Judean Desert Cliffs surrounding the area. Notwithstanding, it has been visited by humans since their hunter-gatherer days many thousands of years ago throughout history to the present day. In biblical times the area supplied salt to the world from the huge deposit known as Mount Sodom just south of Ein Bokek. Because of the great value of salt as a meat preserver, it was widely desirable. Roman fortresses were erected and manned to protect the caravansaries transporting these shipments, one of which was situated at Ein Bokek. These archaeological remains and those of a nearby perfume and medicine factory which was also in operation at that time, open a door into another era.
  Haifa   -    Haifa City   -   Largest city and cultural hub northern Israel
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa has a history dating back to Biblical times. Haifa's main tourist attraction is the Bahai World Centre, with the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb and the surrounding gardens.
  Modiin / Modi'in Maccabim-Re'ut   -   City of Modi'in Maccabim-Re'ut 
The planned city, which was merged with the neighboring communities of Maccabim and Re'ut, is now home to over 75 thousand inhabitants.
Back in ancient times, the Modi'in area was already a bustling metropolis comprising of a great many cities, communities and inhabitants. At 300 meters above sea level, Modi'in is open to light northwest winds. The city enjoys the low humidity typical of mountainous regions and the temperature is comfortable.
The city was planned in such a way as to completely separate the industrial and commercial districts from the residential areas in order to ensure the quality of life of its inhabitants.
  Nazareth City
History,  Tourism,  The Museum,  Holy Places,  Events and more
  Netanya   -   Netanya Municipality  -   capital of the surrounding Sharon plain
Its 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) of beaches have made the city a very popular tourist resort. Netanya not only offers a great starting point for your trip accross Israel and the Middle East, but also a great place to spend you days, with its great museums, galleries, culture events and other activities. See Netanya Tourism
  Ramat Gan   -   home to Israel's second largest university, Bar-Ilan University, with 24,000 students
The city is also the location of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat Gan College, and Beit Zvi acting college.
  Ramla   -   Municipality Ramla
Ramla lays along the route of the Via Maris, connecting old Cairo (Fustat) with Damascus,
  Tel Aviv   -   City of tel Aviv - Yafo
What's on, Tourist information
  Tiberias   -   city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee
Tiberias is blessed with unique natural resources due to the sweet waters of the Kinneret and the warm waters of "Tiberias Springs", the therapeutic qualities of which are renowned throughout the World.
In Tiberias itself, as well as in the surrounding areas, there is an abundance of tourist locations, historical sites and the source of legends related to the three monotheistic religions.
In the 2nd-10th centuries, Tiberias was the political and religious hub of the Jews of Palestine. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for devout Christians. See Tiberias Municipality

  Coral Islands [ Eilat ]
  Coral World   -   The Underwater Observatory Marine Park Eilat
  Dead Sea
The Dead Sea in Israel is renowned worldwide as a treatment spa for people with psoriasis and other skin, muscle and joint conditions. The unique combination of filtered sunlight and dense mineral waters produces consistently excellent results
  Dolphin Reef Eilat   -   Attraction
Dolphin Reef Eilat, on the shores of the Red Sea, is a unique attraction. At the Reef, visitors are given the special opportunity to meet and observe dolphins in their natural habitat.
A group of Bottlenose dolphins, including babies born at the site, have made Dolphin Reef Eilat their home. They maintain their normal routine of hunting, playing, courting, and socializing.
  Gulf of Akaba   -   one of the world's premier sites for diving
The Gulf is located to the east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland with three important cities at the northern end: Taba in Egypt, Eilat in Israel, and Aqaba in Jordan. All three cities serve both as strategically important commercial ports and as popular resort destinations for tourists.
  Jordan Valley
120 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide and runs from Lake Tiberias in the north to northern Dead Sea in the south. It runs for an additional 155 kilometer south of the Dead Sea to Aqaba.
  Lake Tiberias / Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)
Here the miraculous catch of fish [ a miracle attributed to Jesus in the early Christian canonical literature known as the Gospels ] took place. It's situated in northern Israel, near the Golan Heights, in the Jordan Great Rift Valley, the valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian Plates. See Bibleplaces.com.
  Negev Desert
A rocky desert coverering more than half of Israel. It has some interesting cultural and geological features. Among the latter are three enormous, craterlike makhteshim [ box canyons ], unique to the region; Makhtesh Ramon, Makhtesh Gadol, and Makhtesh Katan.
The northern Negev was inhabited by the Tribe of Judah and the southern Negev by the Tribe of Shimon [ according to the Hebrew Bible ]. The Negev was later part of the Kingdom of Solomon and then part of the Kingdom of Judah.
  Qumran
Qumran is a ruin from the days of the Second Temple on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. It became famous since 1947 when a number of ancient manuscripts were found in nearby caves. These manuscripts are now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls...
  Red See
  Sinai desert
  Taba Region

  Dead Sea Research Center    -   Arthritis, Rheumatism, Psoriasis, Asthma Treatments
The Dead Sea area, famous for its health promoting environment for thousands of years, contains an unique solar irradiation, an increased oxygen density, a high density salty sea with an unusual salt composition, thermo-mineral springs and a special natural mud. The effects of these unique properties are presently being critically evaluated in terms of types of diseases treated, modes of therapy, and mechanism of healing. These endeavours are designed to help patients to find ways to promote their health by taking advantage of this unique environment in an optimal way.
  Dead Sea Tourism Guide
Recognized as a mini-universe with its own micro-climate, the Dead Sea is the saltiest and most mineral-laden body of water in the world. The unparalleld buoyancy and warmth of the water has everyone floating. And its health promoting thermo-mineral springs and world famous cosmetic black mud have been praised by visitors for millennia.
  Garden Tomb Website   -   near the Damascus Gate
It is believed by many to be the location of the garden of Joseph of Arimathea, outside the city walls, and the tomb where Jesus Christ was laid after His crucifixion; and rose from death.
  Nativity Church in Bethlehem
The Nativity Church is the oldest church in the Holy Land and probably the oldest in the world. In the year 135 A.D. Hadrian desecrated the cave of Nativity, surrounding it by a temple dedicated to Adonis. This desecration of the cave served to fix the site indelibly for the future. Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, built in 324 AD a magnificent basilica over the cave of Nativity. The basilica in an octagonal structure was very richly decorated with marble mosaics and frescoes. In 529 AD, the church was badly damaged by the Samaritans who revolted against the Byzantine Empire. Remains of the mosaic pavements of this church are still visible inside the basilica. Justinian had the basilica rebuilt, adding a trifoil shaped triple apse. In 614, when the Persians destroyed all churches and convents, the Church of the Nativity was the only church which evaded destruction.
  Qesem Cave   -   archeological site ca. 12 km east of Tel-Aviv
The Qesem Cave contains one of the earliest examples of regular use of fire in the Lower Pleistocene and dated during the Lower Paleolithic as having been occupied by early humans from before 382,000 BP (Before Present) to around 200,000 BP. Israeli archaeologists reported on December 27, 2010 that they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man. See Qesem Cave Projecties

  News from Israel   -   Haaretz
  News from Jerusalem   -   Jerusalem Post

  University Israel   -   Tel Aviv University
  University Israel   -   Bar-Ilan University  
The University is comprised of students from all over Israel; secular and religious; Jews and non-Jews; Sabras and new immigrants. Included within the BIU family, as well, are a multi-faceted academic faculty and administrative staff. Their confluence represents a mosaic of the State of Israel, providing a unique atmosphere for open exchange of ideas and embracement of the "other." Diversity is a key on the BIU campus, and tolerance and civility our operating code.

Cuisine  -  Israeli Foods / Jewish recipes

  Dinner Site   -   information of restaurants in Israel on the internet

The Food of Israel: Authentic Recipes from the Land of Milk and Honey  (Periplus World of Cooking Series)
by Sherry Ansky, Nelli Sheffer (Photographer), Beth Elon. ISBN: 9625932682
The Jewish Traditions Cookbook   -   Catherine Atkinson, Marlena Spieler, Trish Davies
Hardcover 512 pages (December 15, 2005);  Publisher: Lorenz Books; Language: English;  ISBN: 0754815846

History of Israel

Independence on May 14, 1948 [ from League of Nations mandate under British administration ]

  History of The Levant
This article deals with the general history of the Levant, which is an antiquated term that refers to a large area in Southwest Asia, south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the west, the Arabian Desert in the north, and Mesopotamia to the east.

  Israel's History   -   Wikipedia
Historical roots / Caliphate, Crusades, and the Ottoman Empire / Modern Zionism / British Mandate / Establishment of the State.
  Israel Antiquities Authority   -   see Gallery of Sites and Finds

  Israel Bible Museum
  Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Center aims to stimulate and foster research on the Scrolls, particularly the great task of integrating the new information gained from the Scrolls into the body of knowledge about Jewish history and religion in the Second Temple period. Such integration will affect areas like biblical studies, Jewish literature and thought of the Second Temple Period, earliest Christianity and the New Testament, the study of early rabbinic Judaism, and more.
  Yad Vashem   -   The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Jewish people's memorial to the murdered Six Million and symbolizes the ongoing confrontation with the rupture engendered by the Holocaust.

Music, Arts & Culture, Events in Israel

  Israel Symphony Orchestra [ ISO ]
The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion  (ISO) was founded in 1988 by the Rishon LeZion mayor Meir Nitzan and  the municipality, and since 1989 the ISO has also served with great success as the resident orchestra of the Israeli Opera.  The first ISO conductors were Shimon Cohen, Noam Sheriff, Asher Fisch and Mendi Rodan.

  Israeli Music

  Culture of Israel
"Israeli culture is inseparable from the long history of Judaism and the Jewish history which preceded it"

  Israel Museum   -   national museum of Israel
It has the largest collection of artifacts from Israel in the world and is situated on a hill in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem.
  Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel's leading museum of modern and contemporary art, and home to one of the world's largest collections of Israeli art. Since its founding in 1932, the Museum has served as one of Tel Aviv's major cultural hubs, displaying a vibrant mix of permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in a wide variety of fields – painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, video, architecture and design.

  City of Lions   -   in Jerusalem's Old City
The royal family invites the public to join the medieval festivities in the wondrous autumn of Jerusalem's Old City. Dozens of musicians and dancers, magicians and soothsayers, knights, princesses, troubadours, court jesters and peddlers from ancient times will return to the picturesque streets within the stone walls and among quaint mysterious locations in the Christian Quarter. Together they will create a moving and magical experience during the twilight and evening hours.
The journey will begin at Jaffa Gate, from there to the Muristan square and back to Jaffa Gate on a circular, fascinating and fun filled route. See Jerusalem - the old city
  International Bird Watching Festival in the Galilee
Many are familiar with the bird migration phenomenon, but not many know that for millions of migrating birds the last stop, the winter hotel, is in the north of Israel, in Galilee, Golan, Spring Valley and more.
The natural and artificial cisterns, the forests, beaches, fields and natural open areas all provide a winter home for millions of birds of different kinds - starting from the little songbirds to the cranes, ducks, seagulls, black and white storks and many more. See Gogalilee.org 'events'
  International Oud Festival in Jerusalem   -   see Confederation House
  Epson Red Sea   -   Underwater Photography Festival
Aside from granting underwater photographers with the opportunity of finally winning some real worthy prizes, the Epson Red Sea competition also aspires to provide photographers with the international exposure they deserve.


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