A guide to the holy land
Israel – The holy land. At least that is how it is referred to by Jews, Christians and Muslims, as very many religions consider it sacred. Israel is also famous for the many archaeological sites that can be found within its borders.
This beautiful corner of the world is also known for a cuisine that is a mix of Middle Eastern, North African and European. Israeli cuisine is not only very tasty but also healthy.
To help you find your way around this diverse country, we’ve created an Israel travel guide for a five-day trip.
Day 1 – Jerusalem
In our five-day Israel travel guide, you will start your trip in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is famous for its Old City, churches, mosques and many other interesting sights. You will start your day by visiting what Christians call “Temple Mount” and Muslims call “Haram Esh-Sharif”. It is a hill in the Old City of Jerusalem that has been revered for thousands of years as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Afterwards, you will visit a sacred limestone wall, known as the “Western Wall” among others, which is only a few minutes walk from your starting point. Next, you can visit the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic sanctuary located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Another option for a short visit is the Mount of Olivet, a ridge adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City.
After visiting these places, you can try some classic Israeli food for lunch and relax.
In the evening you will have a tour of the Church of the Nativity of Christ.
Day 2 in Israel – Southern Isreal
- Timna Park – This extensive park is known for its ancient mine shafts, dry, rocky landscape and striking cliffs.
- Jericho – This is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. It is located northwest of the Dead Sea.
- The Baptism Site of Qasar el Yehud – This is a pilgrimage site that is especially considered a holy place for Christianity. It is located on the bank of the Jordan River.
- The Dead Sea
As the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem is a popular and very holy place in Israel. Located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Bethlehem is almost 1.5 hours from the center of Jerusalem. The multitude of churches and religious sites are the main attractions of this holy city. If you want to discover these sights with other travelers, check out JoinMyTrip. There you will find like-minded people and cool trips!
Day 3 – Nazareth
The city of Nazareth is known as the place where Jesus spent his youth. Put yourself in the time of Jesus by taking an archaeological tour of Nazareth Village – also known as the Village of Jesus!
The Basilica of Annunciation is a very famous church built-in memory of Mother Mary. St. Joseph Church is another church built-in memory of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Trail is a trekking and hiking trail. History says that the path of this trek is the same path that Jesus Christ walked.
With a large flea market and some nice eateries, Nazareth is really entertaining. It’s a place you need to spend at least a day if you’re exploring the best of Israel with the help of the guide.
Day 4 in Israel- Galilee and Golan Heights
In one day you can definitely cover the attractions around the Sea of Galilee and visit the Golan Heights. Golan Heights is an area with many waterfalls, including Gamla, Sa’ar and Banias waterfall.
Nazareth is also located near Galilee and is a good alternative for Christian travelers. Yardenit is a baptism site on the Jordan River that can be included in tours to northern Israel.
The Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee, which is surrounded by exciting landscapes, beaches and enchanting views. All this makes this freshwater reserve a MUST.
Day 5 – Tel Aviv
You definitely have to spend one day of your 5-day itinerary for Israel in Tel Aviv. Again, there are numerous options for you to choose from:
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art – This art museum was founded in 1932 in a building that was the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. You can spend about three hours exploring the works.
- Port of Jaffa – This ancient port on the Mediterranean serves as a fishing and marina port, as well as a tourist destination. It offers a variety of cultural offerings and restaurants serving the freshest seafood.
- Tel Aviv Port – This is the business and entertainment district in northwest Tel Aviv, located on the Mediterranean Sea.
After a short rest, you can visit the Jaffa flea market in the evening and do some shopping. This offers a mix of stalls and stores selling clothes, furniture and household goods. There are also cafes and bars to refresh you for further shopping.
With this Israel travel guide, you should be well prepared for the Holy Land. These Israel travel tips should help you get the most out of your travels to this diverse nation and come home with positive memories! If you want to plan a trip yourself, or just want to join a trip, check out JoinMyTrip. There you will find unique trips as well as like-minded travelers!
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