Travel Info Israel

A list of recommended places, cities, museums, national parks, archeological & Biblical sites that you can visit with your private tour guide.

Recommended Sites

Northern Israel

Haifa: Is the largest city in Northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 264,900. Haifa has a mixed population of Jews and Arabs. It is home to the Bahai World Centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Haifa has fine Hotels and beaches and it is also the home to the “Technion” one of Israel’s leading Hi-Tec institutions.
Old Acre: The city’s fascinating historical heritage, a rare blend of East and West, authentic sights from the past, a unique meeting place of art and religion alongside the remains of various cultures – all these have made Acre one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Acre’s most prominent sites include ruins from the Hellenistic-Roman period and buildings from the Crusader and Ottoman periods: The El Jazar Mosque, the buildings of the Order of Saint John, the subterranean Crusader city, Khan Al Omdan, the Turkish Bathhouse, the Bahai Temple and more. A visit to Acre is one-of-a-kind experience and an exciting trip to the splendid past.

Atlit Detention Camp: Was constructed by the British Mandate in Israel, at the end of the 1930s, as a military camp on the Mediterranean coast. It was converted by them between 1939-1948 to a detention camp for “illegal” immigrants. (JewishVirtualLibrary.org)

Bahai Gardens: The Terraces of the Bahai Faith are garden terraces that form nine above and nine below the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel within Haifa, Israel. Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa and described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. (Wikipedia)

Tiberias: Tiberias has been a popular destination for tourists for more than 2,000 years. As early as Roman times, this thriving recreation spa, built around 17 natural mineral hot springs more than 600 feet below sea level, welcomed visitors from every part of the ancient world. Built by Herod Antipas (one of Herod’s three sons which divided up Palestine after his father’s death), the city was named Tiberias in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.

Sea Of Galilee: The Sea of Galilee or Lake Kinneret, is Israel’s largest freshwater lake, being approximately 53 km (33 miles) in circumference, about 21 km (13 miles) long, and 13 km (8 miles) wide. The lake has a total area of 166 km², and a maximum depth of approximately 43m.

Hamat Tiberias: An ornate synagogue and ancient therapeutic baths in Tiberias.

Capernaum: Was a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is an archeological site today, but was inhabited from 150 BC to about AD 750. The town is mentioned in the New Testament: in the Gospel of Luke it was reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. In Matthew 4:13 the town was reported to have been the home of Jesus himself. (Wikipedia)  

Tabgha: Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes.

Yardenit: In the days of the Prophet Elijah’s disciple Elisha, the special benefits of immersing in the Jordan River first became known (2 Kings 5:10). And ever since John baptized Jesus in the Jordan, immersion in these waters has been a highlight of Holy Land pilgrimage. Nowadays, it has become a tradition to be baptized at Yardenit, near the point where the Jordan exits the Sea of Galilee. Here, in the tranquil shade of eucalyptus trees, both comfort and inspiration can be found.

Corazim: A Jewish city in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee, ruins of a large ancient synagogue can be seen at this national park.

Megiddo: Is a hill in Israel near the modern settlement of Megiddo, known for theological, historical and geographical reasons. In ancient times Megiddo was an important city state. It is also known alternatively as Tel Megiddo (Hebrew) and Tel al-Mutesellim (Arabic). According to some interpretations of the Christian Bible, this place will be the venue for Armageddon (that derives from the name of this place in Hebrew) or the final battle between the forces of light led by Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness led by Satan or the Anti-Christ after the End of Days. Megiddo is a Tel (archeological hill or mound) made of 26 layers of the ruins of ancient cities in a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge, which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel from the west.

Mount Tabor: Mount Tabor is located in Lower Galilee, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of the Sea of Galilee. Its elevation at the summit is 575 metres (1,843 ft) above sea level. It is believed by many to be the site of the Transfiguration of Christ and site for the battle between Barak and the army of Jabin, commanded by Sisera. It is also known as Har Tavor, Itabyrium, Jebel et-Tur, and the Mount of Transfiguration. (Wikipedia)

Nazareth: Nazareth is the capital and largest city in the North District of Israel. It also serves as an Arab capital for Israel’s Arab citizens who make up the vast majority of the population there. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical associations. Nazareth is home to The Church of the Annunciation which is the largest Christian church building in the Middle East. (Wikipedia)

 Zichron Yaacov: Zikhron Ya’aqov was one of the first Jewish settlements in the country, founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and named in honor of his father, Ya’akov. In Zichron you may find several museums that tell the history of this beautiful settlement and several wineries which are considered to be the best in the country.

 Dead Sea area

Dead Sea: The Dead Sea is a salt lake between the West Bank and Israel to the west, and Jordan to the east. At 420 meters (1,378 ft) below sea level, its shores are the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. (Wikipedia)

Qumran: The site was most likely constructed sometime during or before the reign of John Hyrcanus, 134-104 BC and saw various phases of occupation until, probably after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Titus and his X Fretensis Legion destroyed it. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs. (Wikipedia)

Ein Gedi Spring nature reserveEin Gedi s an oasis located west of the Dead Sea, close to Masada and the caves of Qumran. It is known for its caves, springs, and its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Ein Gedi is mentioned several times in biblical writings, for example, in the Song of songs; “My beloved is unto me as a cluster of henna flowers in the vineyards of Ein Gedi” (1:14). According to Jewish tradition, David hid from Saul in the caves here.

Masada: Is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the South District of Israel on top of an isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. After the First Jewish-Roman War (also known as the Great Jewish Revolt) a siege was put on the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire and this lead led to the mass suicide of the Jewish rebels, who chose to die as free men and not to fall to the hands of the Romans.

 Southern Israel

Ben-Gurion’s Grave: Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and his wife, Paula, are buried on the edge of a cliff overlooking the stunning landscape of the Zin Valley and the Avdat Plain. The paths from the parking area to the grave sites lead through a landscaped garden with plants which successfully adapted to the dry and saline desert conditions.
David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel and served as the first Prime Minister of the State. (Wikipedia)

The Ramon Crater: Makhtesh Ramon is a spectacular geological feature of Israel’s Negev desert. Located at the peak of Mount Negev, some 85 km south of the city of Beersheba, the landform is not actually an impact crater from a hit of a meteor, but rather is the world’s largest erosion cirque or makhtesh. The crater is 40 km long and 2-10 km wide, and is shaped like an elongated heart. The only settlement in the area is the small town of Mitzpe Ramon  (“Ramon Observation Point”) located on the northern edge of the crater. Today the crater and surrounding area forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.

 Along the Coast and in the Center

Old Jaffa: From archaeological discoveries and ancient documents we learn that Jaffa existed as a port city some 4,000 years ago, serving Egyptian and Phoenician sailors in their sea voyages.

Caesarea: Thinking Roman city, right? What gave it away? Yes, Caesarea is a city that Herod the Great dedicated to Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago. Today, it is one of Israel’s major tourist attractions and an increasingly popular place for Israel’s elite to make their homes. (JewishVirtualLibrary.org)

Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve: Neot Kedumim – the Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is a unique endeavor to re-create the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail.

Beit Hatefutsoth / The Diaspora Museum: The museum uses modern techniques and audio-visual displays to trace the history of communities of the Jewish Diaspora through the ages and throughout the world and to convey the story of the Jewish people from the time of their expulsion from the Land of Israel 2,600 years ago to the present. (Wikipedia)

Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Archaeological Park: Israel’s most important antiquity site, reaches the Temple Mount on the north, the slope of the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley on the east, and the Valley of Hinnom on the west and the south. This exceptional area which has captivated the world’s imagination throughout history has been designated as an archaeological park and open museum.

Western Wall: The Western Wall or simply the Kotel, is a Jewish religious site located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall itself dates from the Second Temple period, (516 BCE – 70 CE). It is sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall referring to Jews who come to the site to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Yad Vashem Holocaust museum: Yad Vashem is the national Authority for the Remembrance of the Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, it was established in 1953 to commemorate the six million Jewish men, women and children that were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the years 1933-1945. The Authority also commemorates the heroism and fortitude of the Jewish partisans and the fighters in the Ghetto revolts, as well as the actions of the “Righteous among the Nations” (non-Jews who saved the lives of Jews while risking their own lives). Yad Vashem is a large complex containing a historical museum, memorial chambers, art galleries, and archives, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities.

Mount of Olives: The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem. It is named for the olive groves on its slopes and is associated with many religious traditions. At the foot of the mountain lies the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Book of Zechariah, the Mount of Olives is mentioned as the place where the dead will be resurrected in the days of the Messiah. For this reason, Jews have always sought to be buried there, and from biblical times until today, the mountain has been used as a Jewish cemetery.

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