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Israel was founded as a Jewish homeland, but today its religious sites attract as many Christian and Muslim pilgrims as they do Jewish visitors. Explore the many holy sites gracing its central cities and relax on its Dead Sea and Mediterranean coasts.
The holy center of Israel is Jerusalem. Here, Muslim and Jewish pilgrims converge on the octagonal, gold-crowned Dome of the Rock, a shrine for Islam and a holy site for Judaism. Join crowds around another Jewish holy site, the nearby Western Wall, the remnant of a temple built in the first century BC. Jerusalem features the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and entombed before coming back to life. Nazareth and Bethlehem contain additional religious landmarks.
While Jerusalem is often a destination for enriching the soul, Israel’s Dead Sea may have positive effects on the body. Both the mud and waters of this sea, one of the saltiest in the world, are touted to help the skin. Float on the surface of the salty water and spread your skin with the dark mud. Explore the surrounding area, which includes Ein Bokek and other resort towns; stay at a spa and buy fresh Dead Sea salts.
Head to Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, a modern destination with skyscrapers and seafront high-rises along the Mediterranean coast. See historical attractions in the small old port district of Jaffa. Spend the day on Gordon Beach, enjoy a drink at a gay bar on Shenkin Street and dance at one of Tel Aviv’s many nightclubs.
Violence regularly breaks out in Israel due to the country’s delicate relationship with the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank that fall within its borders. Stay safe by avoiding these areas and their surroundings and by monitoring the news before planning your trip.
Fly into Ben Gurion Airport at the center of Israel to begin exploring this historic and holy nation.
There was no bell boy service. Our room's air conditioner didnt work so well. Our room (for 2 people) had only 1 towel and 1 robe. I had to ask twice. But other than this we highly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The beach and pools were very pleasing. Plenty of room to lay down and enjoy. The buffet restaurant ...
David Citadel is a lovely facility with excellent staff. The location is perfect across from the Mamilla mall and a few minutes to Jaffa gate, one of the main entrances to the old city. The concierge, Maya, was extremely helpful and encouraged us to go to the Israel Museum, even giving us free tickets. ...
I had a nicely renovated room, very clean and well situated. The overall property needs modernization. Guess when the renovations are done this will be addressed. But if you get a renovated room. I would recommend this location. Staff is very nice and helpful.
all was good. when checkingout did not expect (as a guest) the 20$ surprising charge for the parking...
The hotel itself is very nice. There are stores and a food court below it, so food is readily available. The staff were very pleasant and even gave us a to-go breakfast. It is just not very close to the airport. We reserved this as a way to be close to the airport and still be able to go into Tel ...