A diverse country that is full of volume with plenty of attractions to make any tourist happy is what’s best describe for Israel. To truly see everything Israel has to offer, unluckily, every visitor isn’t able to spend enough time in the country. We have planned out a country-wide journey through “Land of Milk and Honey” in the mock itinerary.
Arriving in Jerusalem is like entering a time capsule. Pace the Old City streets made of Jerusalem Stone, take a view on the remarkable architecture and bargain with the hundreds of vendors in the Arab Souk. Of course, without dropping by at the religious sites, no visit to Jerusalem would be accomplished. Not even atheists would find it hard not to be stimulated by Jerusalem’s holy history. Believed to be the last standing remnant of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem, the Western Wall is a popular religious journey point for devout Jews who come to pray at its base. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is another must-see, especially for Christians. This is a practice believed to be the place of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
Masada is a ‘must-see’ on any trip to Israel, whack in the middle of the Negev Desert. Best known for the mass suicide of Jewish rebels that took place during the first Jewish-Roman war for this immense fortress. It also happens to be one of the best observation posts over the Dead Sea and the Negev in all of Israel besides the archaeological ruins at every take.
The second half of the day must be spent exploring it up close once you’ve looked out over the Dead Sea. Not only is it the lowest point below sea-level on earth and steeped in history, but swimming in the Dead Sea is a bit of an illusory experience, the high salt content makes it unimaginable to sink! Not fond of swimming? Worry not. Without so much as a blink, anyone can paddle into the Dead Sea and simply bob on top of the water. Before splashing into the water, take care apply yourself in the therapeutic mud loaded with minerals as it can sting a little to expose vulnerable skin to this super salty sea.
Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee, is also encircled by some of the best nature trails in the country. Try out the Peaks of Arbel and don’t forget to tie up the hiking boots. The trail presents some scenic lookouts over the Sea of Galilee and the end of the trail is distinct from the historic Arbel Caves.
In the story of Hanukkah, as, according to Jewish tradition, it was in these caves that Judah Maccabee and his followers got ready to fight at odds with the Greek-Macedonian Seleucid Empire as these caves became the witness and played an important role.