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Many of the world’s monotheistic religions have major sites in this Middle Eastern country, which also features Dead Sea resorts and a lively metropolis.

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.

Popular cities in Israel

West Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Al-Aqsa Mosque
    Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Western Wall
    Western Wall
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Jaffa Port showing a sunset, a city and a river or creek
Tel Aviv
Known for Beaches, Cafés and Culture

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Reasons to visit

  • Old Tel Aviv Port
    Old Tel Aviv Port
  • Jaffa Port
    Jaffa Port
  • Carmel Market
    Carmel Market
Bat Galim beach
Haifa
Known for Gardens, Beaches and Cafés

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Reasons to visit

  • Baha'i Gardens
    Baha'i Gardens
  • Haifa Port
    Haifa Port
  • Bat Galim beach
    Bat Galim beach
Dolphin Reef which includes general coastal views as well as a small group of people
Eilat
Known for Beaches, Sea and Snorkelling

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Reasons to visit

  • Dolphin Reef
    Dolphin Reef
  • Eilat Marina
    Eilat Marina
  • Coral World Underwater Observatory
    Coral World Underwater Observatory
Nazareth
Nazareth
Known for Historical Buildings, Tours and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Basilica of the Annunciation
    Basilica of the Annunciation
  • St. Joseph's Church
    St. Joseph's Church
  • Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
    Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
Akko Harbor
Acre
Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments and Temples

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Reasons to visit

  • Akko Harbor
    Akko Harbor
  • Hamam al- Basha Turkish Bath
    Hamam al- Basha Turkish Bath
  • Citadel of Acre
    Citadel of Acre

Popular places to visit in Israel

Masada
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Masada

One of the country’s most significant archaeological areas was once an impressive Roman palace. Today it’s a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Carmel Market
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Carmel Market

One of the largest markets in Tel Aviv is also one of the most exciting, a dizzying collection of food and clothing vendors, full of noise, color and energy. 

Israel Museum
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Israel Museum

Browse the exhibits at this large museum, which hosts valuable art collections as well as precious historical artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Yad Vashem
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Yad Vashem

Encompassing a museum, monuments, galleries and more, this complex is designed to record, remember and educate people on the events of the Holocaust.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art

This architectural gem of a museum houses some of the finest art collections in the Middle East, from classic to contemporary.

Mount Zion
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Mount Zion

Immerse yourself in history and culture at the summit of this beautiful hill, which is a place of great religious importance.