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Want to gain a deeper understanding of life and have an experience of a lifetime? Visit this Middle Eastern country, Israel, where you are sure to come across historic religious sites mentioned in the Bible. Other than these, you’ll also encounter ancient Roman ruins and other archaeological ruins dating back thousands of years. In case you are someone who isn’t much interested in the old things, the astonishing country has some great beaches, a sophisticated cultural scene, and good outdoor opportunities as well. From the desert to the sea, Israel is anything but boring. This holy land draws travelers worldwide who come out of interest, religious pilgrimage, or to simply have a luxurious vacation.
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Ben Gurion's Tomb
Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park is located 3 kilometers (1.86 mi) south of the Sde Boker kibbutz. Here, Ben Gurion was buried side by side with his wife, Paula, in the center of the park. Surrounded by a beautiful canyon, you will not be regret visiting this place because you’ll learn a lot about the life of the first prime minister of Israel and history of the state. Other than that, this is a great place for you to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy breathtaking views of Nahal Zin Valley and the Negev Desert. There is also a large car park that provides easy access, and no fee is required to enter the National Park.
Another place to go when visiting Sde Boker is Avdat. Avdat is an amazing place that is full of history. Also known as Abdah, Ovdat, and Obodat, this place is a part of ruined Nabatean. Today, Avdat is acknowledged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is well preserved. One of the interesting things that happened here is that it was used as a filming location for Jesus Christ Superstar. This place is incredibly interesting and you can enjoy spectacular views from the top of the hill. You also can enjoy the history of the temple of Oboda. The temple was built for the worshipping of the Nabataean king Obodas II and was used as an eternal resting place. This temple is near two other temples, a Christian chapel, and a western temple.
Ein Akev Oasis
Enjoy wonderful views at Ein Akev. Here you will find an amazingly clear oasis under a small waterfall. It’s a nice place to swim and is refreshing after a long day exploring Zin Valley. The oasis is very deep even in summertime and this place is a source of drinking water for the birds, and other animals as well as a place for animals to bathe.
Ein Avdat National Park
Ein Avdat is absolutely the most attractive and beautiful place you should go when you visit Israel. Located in the heart of the Negev Desert, Ein Avdat National Park will offer you a spectacular view from the top of the hill. The most amazing views of Ein Avdat and the Zin Valley can be seen from Ben Gurion’s grave in Midreshet Ben Gurion. You can also see the longest valley in the Negev as a result of the water flow. According to archaeologists, Ein Avdat was populated by Nabateans and Catholic monks.
The winter months of November to March are the coldest in Israel with snow in the northern reaches of the Golan Heights, and occasional snowfall in Jerusalem. The coast experiences the heaviest rainfall at this time though temperatures in places like Eilat are reasonably pleasant still. Jerusalem and other highland areas are splendid in the summer (June - August) when temperatures are high with balmy evenings, and little chance of rain. Tel Aviv and the far south of the country are usually several degrees warmer, making it the perfect place to soak up the sun beachside. If you plan on visiting the Dead Sea or Negev Desert be sure to pack a hat to protect you from the sun. The seasons of spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time to visit Israel when temperatures are pleasantly mild throughout the country. During these spring and autumn months pack clothes that you can wear in layers, so that whether sunny skies or cool weather you will always be prepared.
Israel is home to a land that has been inhabited for many millennia. The Kiryat Shmona area in the North is a part of the rich history stretching back to the Iron Ages of 1200 BCE. In addition to the thousands of years of history, this area has unparalleled natural beauty.
Eilat is a port and resort in Israel, located in the south of the country, on the Red Sea. The city is known for its beaches, where visitors can swim in the calm waters and experience marine life. It’s a popular spot for Israeli families and Eastern Europeans to the holiday. Between the beaches and other attractions including parks, nature reserves, and music festivals, Eilat offers plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the warm sun and the scenery.
Hadera is a city located in the Haifa District of Israel, in the northern Sharon region It was established in 1891 as a farming colony by members of the Zionist group, Hovevei Zion, from Lithuania and Latvia.
The quality and standard of a hotel can best be revealed through the firsthand experience of travelers. Through personal experience, the reviews of the travelers are always truthful and trustable. Israel is a wealthy city that has many great and outstanding hotels judging from its reviews, location, service, interior, and atmosphere. Hameiri Estate gives you views of Hula Valley and the Golan Heights. Hameiri Estate is a 19th-century stone house set on the highest point of Rosh Pina Old Town. You can enjoy lazy afternoons by the goldfish pond with facilities like free WiFi, free parking, and hot tubs. Its spacious rooms and suites are decorated with exposed stone walls and stained glass windows.
Planning a trip to Israel is just the start of an unforgettable visit to the Holy Land. This tiny country is one of the world's most exciting and diverse destinations. Before you go, you'll want to take a run-through of some useful resources and reminders, especially if you are a first-time traveler to Israel and the Middle East. Israel is a small country but also one that is extremely rich in history and culture. Bordering Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the Southwest, Jordan to the east, Syria, and Lebanon to the North, Israel leaves itself open to a gorgeous long coastline to the west. Politics aside, this country has so much to offer in terms of history – dating back as old as the world itself. Together with Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Territories, Israel is part of the Holy Land and thus has some fantastic sites on offer for travelers looking to explore more of the Middle East. Here’s everything you need to know before you go to Israel, in order to make the most of your trip!
Passport stamps are no longer, so you needn’t worry about outdated advice claiming to beware of a stamp showing you have been to Israel. Instead, nowadays a paper visa is issued at entry which shows your stamp. Visas are issued on arrival (free of charge) to USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Irish passport holders.
Hebrew & Arabic are the official languages of Israel and the Palestinian territories, however, English is widely spoken.
Israeli New Shekel
Israel is blessed with an oversupply of doctors and contains a network of well-equipped, modern hospitals and Magen David Adom clinics, where you can get emergency treatment for flu, fevers, fractures, and upset stomachs, as well as for more serious emergencies. You are never far from good medical care. If need be, your hotel can arrange a house call with a licensed local physician who will be delighted to have a private case (and private payment). Pharmacies are well stocked, and you'll encounter many international name brands, but drug prices outside of Israeli insurance plans -- even for nonprescription medicines such as aspirin or basic anti-diarrhea medicines -- are comparatively high. Jordan and Sinai are not as well covered with major hospitals. Private consultation with a local physician will usually be relatively inexpensive.
When it comes to the customs and etiquette of Israel, most of Israelis sometimes compare themselves to the prickly pear or sabra: said to be tough and prickly on the outside yet sweet and soft on the inside. Israelis are direct in a way that might seem abrupt, even rude, in other parts of the world. Do not be offended by this as Israelis do not mean to insult or offend in any way. Directness and honesty are often valued over politeness and projection of niceness. Direct personal questions are common, and should not be taken as offensive. But Israelis are also very kind and hospitable. Strangers will gladly assist you, and make great efforts to help a lost or inquiring tourist, sometimes overwhelming you with advice and questions. When you make a friend here, they will do their best to take care of you while you’re in their country. Foreign visitors are deeply appreciated and are generally shown the utmost respect by locals. Many will even go as far as to show you around some areas in Israel as a sign of their own national pride and towards respect for tourists.
Israelis, both Arab and Jewish, will often speak openly about current events, and sometimes without prompting. There are views along the entire spectrum, from the far right Israeli settler movement to Arab nationalists, which can provide visitors with many colorful views. However, travelers should be sure to listen more than they speak. Israelis can be defensive, and often think that their opinion is the right opinion. Keep the conversation about the conflict light, and take cues from the locals.
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