It is hard not to overuse the word ancient when talking about Israel. History was made here, but the highlights include not only centuries old biblical cities but also the saltiest sea on earth – the Dead Sea, fascinating local markets, incredible desert landscapes, and the high-rise metropolis of Tel Aviv.
• Centuries old biblical cities
• Saltiest sea on earth – the Dead Sea
• Fascinating local markets
• Incredible desert landscapes
• High rise metropolis of Tel Avi
In the low season (Dec–Feb) it may be chilly in the north, especially at higher elevations. It is a great time to head to the warmth of Eilat and the Dead Sea. During October, November & March through to June it may be rainy but more often warm and sunny. Spring wildflowers make March and April ideal for hiking. In the high season (Jul & Aug) it will be warm in Jerusalem, muggy in Tel Aviv as well as Eilat, Tiberias,
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Why we love it Who could not love this land of living history! It’s a fascinating place to visit to observe the contrasts of ancient Judaism with other aspects of life that are surprisingly 21st century.
Weather In the low season (Dec–Feb) it may be chilly in the north, especially at higher elevations. It is a great time to head to the warmth of Eilat and the Dead Sea. During October, November & March through to June it may be rainy but more often warm and sunny. Spring wildflowers make March and April ideal for hiking. In the high season (Jul & Aug) it will be warm in Jerusalem, muggy in Tel Aviv as well as Eilat, Tiberias,
Social customs & quirks Israelis are often considered brusque or even rude by Western visitors, but this is customary rather than deliberate, and honesty, directness, openness and warmth are the norm here. Hospitability is commonplace and locals delight in sharing their country with visitors.
Festivals & events If you would like to see Pharaoh eagle owls, pied wheatears, McQueen’s bustards and Nubian nightjars come to Eilat in March for the Eilat Bird Festival. During this time many millions of our feathered friends will arrive for the spring migration season.
If jazz is more your thing, come late July for a four-day international festival featuring all styles of jazz. You will be spoilt for choice with about eight concerts playing every evening in bars and clubs.
For a fun festival involving beer, the Jerusalem Beer Festival will deliver. Held in August in downtown Jerusalem’s Hebron Road Old Train Station, its highlights include the 100 beer brands from across the globe, with micro-breweries well represented. Lots of food stalls, top bands and beer brewing demonstrations complete the picture.
The Karmiel Dance Festival sees over 80 events and performances take place, and a huge bazaar and other activities are part of the fun. The Galilee city of Karmiel bursts at the seams with 5,000 Israeli and international dancers arriving every August.
For soulful, exotic sounds of traditional Jewish Klezmer music, visit ancient Safed in August. There are eight stages set up in the Old Quarter’s public squares and parks.
We recommend coming in July and August for the Jerusalem Summer Culture Festival. You will have a great time in this festival involving music, dance and theatre performances held everywhere from the alleyways of the Old City through parks and gardens to the major theaters.
One of the most traditional of all the Jewish festivals is Sukkot rooted in the ancient Israeli traditions of the 40 years spent wandering the desert as described in the Old Testament. During the festival, tents are erected and covered with greenery and produce, with families eating at least one meal in their sukkah each of the seven October evenings.
Mid-December sees the start of Israel’s friendliest social event featuring bluegrass, country, blues, Irish, Scottish and folk music. Jacob’s Ladder Festival takes place over a long weekend on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, it’s a laid-back, cool event which draws regulars every year.
Health* Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.