Israel means many things to many people. For millions of travellers around the world, this is the ‘Holy Land', sacred for the three great monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Archaeology buffs, eco-tourists and beach bums all find their own reasons to visit. For others, Israel evokes images of war and broken peace treaties. However you view the country; Israel is an undeniably beautiful slice of the world, with alternating scenes of sea, desert, ancient towns and nature reserves.
- Jerusalem, walk the emotive streets of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the final journey undertaken by Christ en route to his crucifixion.
- Visit the caves at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed in 1947.
- Bethlehem and the site of the Church of the Nativity.
- Travel down the Jordan Valley to the ancient city of Jericho, one of the West Bank’s most important Palestinian settlements.
When to go
The climate is Mediterranean, with a pleasant spring and autumn. Winters in the north can be cool. Occasional light rain in winter is possible, particularly in Jerusalem, though recent years have seen insufficient rain. Snow is rare. Summers can be very hot, especially in the south. Spring an autumn is the best times to travel as the temperatures are mild and there are less crowds than the peak summer months.
Why not take a short break to Israel on our comprehensive long weekend trip alternatively combine Israel with Jordan to create a longer holiday and include the highlights of Petra and Wadi Rum.