A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling in Israel

Cindy June 9, 2015 0 Middle East

Israel has a long history dating back to before biblical times, located on a tiny strip of land surrounded by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.  Israel has three religions, 3000 years of history and millions of visitors a year.  Israel is a country that everyone should visit no matter what your religious point of view is.  It’s a country of mystery, history, faith and beauty.

Here are a few insider tips to make your Israel experience even better:

A Beginner's Guide to Traveling in Israel

The Bahai Gardens of Haifa

The best time to travel to Israel is in the spring and fall (March-May and September-November). The weather is great year around with 300 days of sunshine a year but the spring and fall are the mildest.  They are also the busiest so you can choose mild weather or smaller crowds.

Make sure your passport has a minimum of 6 months left on it.  You will also need to make sure you have your return ticket before you can even enter the country.

Most businesses, hotels and restaurants take credit cards making it easier to not only purchase anything you need it will also give you a better exchange rate.  They also have ATM’s in most neighborhoods.

Ladies, if you plan on visiting any holy sites make sure to bring a head cover, especially if you plan on visiting the Dome of the Rock.  If you don’t have one you will be able to purchase one before you enter the holy ground.

Some of the most visited locations are both historical as well as biblical.  No matter which of the three major religions you relate to there will be something to see and someplace to visit.  The top destinations are listed below.

A Beginner's Guide to Traveling in Israel

Masada Fortress

The Old Walled City of Jerusalem is one of the top tourist destinations in the country.  With thousands of years of history and the convergence of all three major religions within its ancient walls it is one of the few places on earth where you can experience the mixing and melding of such different cultures all within the walls of one city.

Take a swim in the Dead Sea.  Yes it’s true you can enjoy the day lounging in the sun and floating in this large body of water.  The water in the Dead Sea is approximately 33% salt, compared to the 3% of the great oceans of the world.  When you try to swim the salt makes it virtually impossible and you just float.  This is a very relaxing and peaceful experience.  Word of caution, don’t get the water anywhere near your eyes and don’t swallow it.  It will be a very painful mistake.

From the Dead Sea if you continue south through the desert you will find yourself in Masada.  This is the location of Herod the Greats’ fortress.  Much of it still stands today.  You can walk among the ruins and see walls that still have some of the original artwork that had been painted into the wet stucco thousands of years ago.  There are tours available and it is highly recommended so you not only learn the history of this historic weigh point for anyone who traveled to or from Jerusalem from the south, but it also makes sure you don’t miss anything while you are there.

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