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Israel is a fascinating destination steeped in history. Visit the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, with its modernist and Bauhaus style buildings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1930. It has a Mediterranean feel with sandy beaches, lively bars and restaurants. Jerusalem, on the other hand is seen as the cultural capital, filled with fascinating shrines, ruins, markets and temples and a history that dates back over 3,000 years. The Sea of Galilee, is home to numerous biblical sites and the Dead Sea to the centre of the country is the ideal place to relax after a tour.

What to see

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is a vibrant place, with lots of buzzing restaurants, bars and clubs. The city also has interesting bauhaus architecture around the UNESCO white city, and superb beaches.

The Masada
The Masada, King Herod’s desert fortress on a hilltop overlooking the Dead Sea, is an amazing place. This was the site of the Jews last stronghold in their war against the Romans in around 73 AD. You can ride a cable car up to the fortress, which commands spectacular views of the area.


With over 3,000 years of history, Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest cities. Highlights include the Wailing Wall, where you can write a wish on a piece of paper and push it between the cracks of the giant stones of the temple of the Western Wall.

Tour Collection

Browse our collection of small escorted group tours and luxurious private journeys.


Browse our tailor-made section and design a holiday to suit your interests, tastes and budget.

Key Facts

Capital: Tel Aviv
Flying time from London: 4 hours 35 minutes
Time difference: GMT +2
Population: 7,116,700
Currency: Israel Shekel (ILS)
Official Language(s): Hebrew, Arabic, English
Visa (UK Passport Holders): British citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.

Before You Go:

Jerusalem: The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore (2011)
The epic story of Jerusalem is told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it.


Bruno Stevens, Gideon Levy & Robert Fisk (2011)
Ground is the result of a decade spent taking pictures in Israel and Palestine, documenting every imaginable occurrence, accompanied by an essay by Robert Fisk.

Waltz With Bashir

This visually-stunning animated film reconstructs the 1982 invasion of Lebanon through the suppressed memories of veterans.
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