Solemn prayers on the Western Wall. Lively beats on a Tel Aviv rooftop. Scents floating around ancient markets. Israel is a small country with a million new impressions, a destination to stir the soul and surprise an explorer. It’s beaches, bars, Bethlehem, ancient pathways to the Dead Sea and eating mezze from an alfresco vineyard table. The call to prayer, the calls of market traders, and a call to explore a history that changed the world. Israel is paradise for the curious visitor and has an endless capacity to both excite and confuse. It’s a destination you’ll remember many years after returning home.
Getting here and around
Modern, beachside Tel Aviv has a direct flight connection to Vienna and Munich, plus scores of other European cities. This is the country’s key international airport. Israel is a very small country and Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is only one hour by road. You’ll get around with a private car and guide.
Climate & seasons
Pleasant temperatures make spring and autumn the best times to visit Israel. Summer is very hot, especially inside the cities, while winter is cold enough to bring snowfall to the mountains. The country is very busy during religious holidays like Easter and Passover. Festive dates vary year on year and there are pros and cons about travelling on these dates - ask us personally about this.
Where to go
Modernist Tel Aviv has many sides, from its white architecture to sandy beaches, art galleries, night clubs, artisanal workshops and the ancient neighbourhood of Jaffa. Jerusalem is a maze of contrasting ideas and traditions, a place of spirituality and secrets, a living museum of religion. All across Israel you’ll find legendary names from history, like the City of David, Galilee, Mount of Olives and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. All these places can be combined in a long weekend. Add in a spa retreat at the Dead Sea if you have more time, or an exploration of Israel’s more rural areas.
What to do
Exploring Israel requires an excellent guide. You are not visiting a museum but exploring tradition and a heritage that is changing year on year. So whether it is the best restaurant table, a local market or an iconic old church, your guide narrates what to do and what’s the story. A lot of your experience will be based around history, but gastronomy and art also play important roles, especially unique experiences with artisans, wine makers and chefs.