- Israel Luxury holidays
Israel is among the most compelling destinations in the world, not only for tourists but also particularly for religious travellers keen to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem - the largest city and de facto capital of the country, and a holy city not only in Christianity, but also Judaism and Islam. The city skyline is instantly recognisable thanks to the Dome of the Rock, a hemispherical shrine roof that shines in the sun not just with the colour of gold, but with an actual coating of the precious metal funded by a donation of over $8 million by King Hussein of Jordan.
The pilgrim trail to Israel
For obvious reasons, religious tourism is hugely important to the Israeli market, and two thirds of all visitors include a trip to the Western Wall, better known to many as the Wailing Wall. The imposing structure originally supported a rectangular platform upon which a temple was built, and what remains visible today is just the tip of the iceberg, with a further 17 courses of stonework below street level.
From the city to the beach
Israel's broad appeal for tourists ranges from city breaks - including the chance to take in some of the country's non-religious architecture and archaeology, and its unparalleled number of museums per capita - to coastal holidays on the beaches. This is where the Mediterranean climate of the coastline becomes a major crowd-pleaser. The Dead Sea is on Israel's border with Jordan, and is visited by many people for the perceived health benefits of its extremely salty water, but also by some just to experience the unusually high buoyancy of swimming in such high salinity.
When should I visit Israel?
Israel has a surprisingly broad range of climatic conditions, from a very dry summer throughout the period from May to September - leading to a keen focus on water conservation in the country - to the other extreme of snowfall at high altitudes once or more per year. On the coast the summers are long and hot, the winters cool and wetter; in the south desert conditions can be found all year round; and in the central part of the country it is semi-arid, with less rainfall than the coast. Be sure to check your destination and its local climate before deciding what to pack for your trip.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
With a luxury holiday, you can discover the world’s most fascinating countries in comfort. If you want a delicious and familiar breakfast to kick-start your day, it’s there for you. If you’re dreaming of Mediterranean adventures, your luxury hotel will help you to plan the perfect itinerary. The object of a luxury holiday is to enjoy a break you’ll never forget, or an adventure like no other. Even though your luxury getaway may come at a cost, you won’t regret that extra spend. Israel offers that energy and adventure so many of us seek from a luxury holiday. Full of natural wonders and breath-taking scenic views, it’s the perfect destination for all-season travel.