5 Must-See Places in Israel

Israel 2009We all know by now that there are, literally, hundreds of must-see location in Israel. We also know that it would take months, even years, to make the time and truly experience each and every one. An exhaustive list of all the place in Israel would also take some time, but we will highlight five of them here. These five spots represent a diverse range – from historic to more recreational. But regardless of the type of experience you’ll have at each, nobody can deny the fact that they are all located in one of the most beautiful, and historic, places on Earth.

The Old City of Jerusalem

It’s a must-see on just about any list, and it’s home to a number of important religious sites such as the Western (Wailing Wall), Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Dome of the Rock. A visitor to the Old City of Jerusalem could quite easily spend days here basking in the ancient wonders and touching the rocky fabric of the past.

Yad Vashem

A testament to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, this is certainly one of the most somber places to visit. If you want to understand Israel, this memorial is the place to see and be. It’s situated on the Western edge of Jerusalem and is a complex of exhibition halls, museums, a library, resource center and more. Gracing over 45 acres of Jerusalem, it’s not a place to rush through. In fact, it’s a place to slow down, take one’s time and become deeply moved by this tumultuous part of history.

Ramon Crater

It’s not one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but certainly one of the many wonders of Israel, the Ramon Crater stretches 40km long and is 10km at its widest point. It’s unique shape and 500 meters in depth make for an expansive view of the world’s largest crater – which can be driven through by car for the full experience. Or, one can simply stand at the crater’s edge and gaze out into geological history.

Tel Aviv Beach

With so much beauty and natural sights to see in Israel, many guided tours of Israel are including trips to enjoy sunset on Tel Aviv beach. Perched on the sand with a favorite refreshment, visitors enjoy the chance to kick off their shoes and enjoy the sand between their toes as the Mediterranean rolls in gently from the East. Quaint beachside cafes dot the area and offer yet another way to wind down the day and reflect on all that one has had the opportunity to experience.

Baha’i Gardens in Haifa

One of the most celebrated gardens in the world, the Baha’i Gardens pay tribute to the founders of the Baha’i faith and each year people make their way from around the world to immerse themselves in this natural setting. The gardens off breathtaking foliage, trees and flowers and a stunning view out to sea from high atop the promenade. It’s a majestic panorama that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Visitors are urged to dress conservatively in keeping with tradition.

This is a small list of five places to see on a guided tour of Israel. It’s by no means exhaustive, but it will give potential travelers an idea of the variety that’s offered. From historical sites and geological wonders, to panoramic views and the sea at your feet, Israel is a place of wonder for all who travel here to enjoy it.

David Ben-Sira knows every trail and every stone in Israel. A passionate traveller, full time tour guide at Kenes Tours and part time history teacher. Personal hero – Indiana Jones.

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