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Israel

In the heart of the Middle East lies a small country with a long-standing religious history. Bordered by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the Gaza Strip, Israel was founded as a Jewish state, and belongs to the Holy Land. Millions of people visit its capital city of Jerusalem each year.

Despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel is a wonderful place to visit, and not just for its religious background. The country has a strong economy and an even stronger urban core, which is why the bulk of its tourist market can be found in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Safed, Akko, and Haifa.

Flights to Israel

Israel has a diverse set of local and international airports. The largest of these are Ben Gurion, Eilat, Sde Dov, Ovda, Haifa, and Bek Ya’akov. Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv had passenger traffic clear the 14 million mark in 2013, making it the busiest in the country. It is a central flight hub for El Al, Arkia Israel Airlines, and Israir Airline, and is consistently ranked as one of the Middle East’s top airports with respect to passenger satisfaction and security scrutiny measures.

Direct flights to Israel from the United States can be boarded via United, Delta, US Airways, and El Al, while international passengers have their pick from British Airway, Lufthansa, Air France, Alitalia, Aeroflot, Korean Air, SAS, and Finnair.

What to Do in Israel

Spring is probably the best time to visit Israel due to beautiful foliage that sprouts after the winter rainstorms. Hiking is a prime attraction during this season. The country’s landscape is geographically disperse and diverse, with the regions of Galilee, the North Coast, the Coastal Plain, Shephelah, and Negev containing a vast array of natural beauty.

Take a tour to the Dead Sea and see what it is like to float (this body of water has the highest concentration of salt). Jerusalem is the oldest city in the world, so that in itself makes a day trip worthwhile! Other popular attractions include the mountain fortress of Masada, the Ramon Crater, and the nightlife scene in Tel Aviv!

Smart traveling in Israel

The Sabbath is fully observed in Israel, and that means all public transportation is shutdown from Friday evening to Saturday night. The country’s bus system is quick, reliable, and affordable, but the minivan (monit sherut) network is even faster. If you are not afraid of talking to random strangers, know that hitchhiking is well received in Israel! The country’s official languages are Hebrew and Arabic, but English is a very popular language known conversationally by most of the locals, especially residents of Tel Aviv. The New Israeli Shekel is the principal currency, so consult an exchange bank to get the best rates. Affordable hotel accommodations in Israel are just within reach! Use our online hotel price comparison tool to find the best rate on a hotel. We strive to offer the lowest rates on the web, thanks to up-to-date price checks.

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