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Israel , is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country with a long coastline on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba). Israel is bordered by Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest, by Jordan and the West Bank to the east, and by Syria and Lebanon to the north. It shares borders to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea with the West Bank and Jordan. The West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have been under Israeli de-facto rule since 1967Israel is considered part of the Holy Land (together with areas of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories). The three major monotheistic religions -Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - all have historical ties to the region. Israel contains a vibrant modern history and culture, based in part on the diverse, immigrant origins of its inhabitants returning from the Jewish Diaspora. These aspects make Israel a fascinating destination for many travelers and pilgrims. As a result of this vast mix of culture, in addition to the official languages of Hebrew and Arabic, Russian and Yiddish are also spoken by a significant minority of Israelis. English in many ways acts as second language. Within Israel's recognized pre-1967 borders, about 80% of Israelis identify themselves as Jewish, the remainder classify themselves as either as Arab and or Palestinian, Bedouin or Druze.

Israel is an alluring destination with astounding historic relics, impressive religious sites or breath-taking natural beauty, and while some arrive in the Holy Land on a spiritual quest, others arrive in search of cultural enlightenment, sunny white-sand beaches or becoming one with nature. From the barren, rocky deserts of the south, dotted with oases, ancient ruins and the great Dead Sea in its midst, to the green, rolling hills and valleys of the north steeped in Biblical history, Israel offers a variety like nowhere else. The old cities of Nazareth, Akko and Tzfat are a step back in time, while modern Haifa and Eilat, and the vibrant seaside city of Tel Aviv represent the secular, cosmopolitan side of the country. The Dead Sea, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea each emanate their own character, their appeals ranging from unique geological phenomena to tranquil spirituality or vibrant holiday resort.

Jerusalem , few cities in the world can attest to the life that Jerusalem has experienced. As the meeting point for three world religionsJudaism, Christianity and Islam - it is a fascinating living museum of ancient buildings, cobbled alleys and fervent worship. Market streets weave through the jumble of ecclesiastical buildings, each of the four quarters as different in its architecture as they are in the beliefs of their inhabitants. At the core of the Old City are three of the most significant religious buildings on the planet – the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock. Israel is a modern country with excellent facilities for tourists. High class hotels, well-equipped budget hostels, charming guesthouses or desert eco-kibbutz are all represented, while those looking for something tasty to eat will find the country is positively bursting with good food. From the street snacks such as falafel and hummus to gourmet restaurants and trendy cafes, the choice is enormous. Public transport is efficient, the locals are welcoming and the weather idyllic. There are crumbling temples, ruined cities, abandoned forts and hundreds of Biblical sites. There are extreme sports, cultural tours, nature and wildlife experiences, hiking and cycling opportunities and relaxing sea- or lakeside retreats.

Israel Cities Attractions :
Jerusalem - Capital of Israel; a city sacred for millennia to three religions: Jews, Christians and Muslims
Akko (Acre) - an ancient town with a historic port the most sacred Baha'i site
Beer Sheva - the de facto capital of the Negev region
Eilat - the 'Goa of the Middle East', Israel's window on the Red Sea, a vibrant resort city
Haifa - center of the Bahá'í Faith, home to the Shrine of the Báb and Terraces and the German Quarter
Nazareth - the hometown of Jesus, now the largest Arab city in Israel
Tel Aviv - the most vibrant city in the country and the region, includes the White City, a site of Bauhaus architecture.
Tiberias - a modern resort town with an ancient background on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee
Safed (Tzfat) - fascinating city filled with artists and mystics, home to ARI who established Kabbalah school of thought

Other Destinations :
Beth Guvrin - a chain of caves which was used for various purposes in ancient times
Caesarea National Park - ancient Roman city and much of it remains
Dead Sea - a sea of hypersalinated water that keeps people afloat and the lowest point on Earth
Ein Avdat - beautiful steep canyon and a popular hiking spot
Masada - high on a plateau above the Dead Sea, the scene of the Zealots' last stand against the might of Rome
Megiddo - an ancient Canaanite and Israelite city and the location of several key battles, both ancient and modern
Mitzpe Ramon - crater/cliff in the middle of the Negev desert and the largest of three similar craters found in Israel
Sea of Galilee - the home of Christ and the largest freshwater lake of the country
Zippori - an archaeological site with the best preserved mosaics in a Roman town

Israel Flights & Airports : Israel's main international airport is Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV) which is located approximately 40km from Jerusalem and 12 km from central Tel Aviv, and serves both cities. Ben Gurion acts as a hub for Israel's three main international airlines, El Al  Israel's largest airline and flag carrier offering flights across the globe, Arkia Israel Airlines , Israel's largest domestic airline who also serve a number of European destinations, and Israir who also serve many European destinations as well as New York City. Around 50 international airlines fly to Ben Gurion airport from around the world, including Delta, Continental, US Airways, Turkish Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Iberia, LOT, Olympic Airways, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Transaero, Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air (vai Air Sinai), Ethiopean Airlines, Korean Air, Cyprus Airways, Air Canada, AeroSvit, Tandem Aero, Swiss, CSA, JAT and more.

You can also fly in to Ben Gurion International via low cost airlines from London (Luton) and Geneva on Easyjet  and from Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf or Munich (direct) and many other European cities on Air Berlin or Germanwings . Israel's second international airport (used mostly by charter carriers) is located at Ovda . Ovda Airport (VDA) serves the south of Israel, predominantly, Eilat

Summit Tours offers travellers intrested in Israel plenty of travel options and Travel Services Including Holidays Packages , wide range of Best Hotels offers and discounts , Return Flights to and from : Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV) . Our Holidays Pakages Include Israel Culture & Classic Tours - Israel Christmas & New Year Tours - Israel  Pilgrim Tours - Israel Beach Holidays Packages .
 

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