Yardenit: The Baptismal Site Not to Miss

Yardenit: The Baptismal Site Not to Miss

Baptism is a holy ritual that all Christians take seriously. Even non-affiliated followers will often baptize their children for the sake of tradition, family, and, well, just in case. For this reason, baptism sites are popular tourist attractions for traveling Christians, and Yardenit is one of the two most frequently visited baptism sites in the entire world. If you are planning a trip to the Middle East this year, you’re going ...

The Cenacle: The End That Began It All

The Cenacle: The End That Began It All

In an ancient artifice within the timeless Old City of Jerusalem, there stands a room. This room is not like any other room. No, it is known across the globe and throughout the centuries. This room is revered for its significance, and after all, how many individual rooms are you aware of that have gone down in history let alone changed the course of it? The Cenacle, known also as the Upper Room, holds tremendous importance for a ...

Gethsemane: The Timeless Tale of Selfless Sacrifice

Gethsemane: The Timeless Tale of Selfless Sacrifice

To the east of the Kidron Valley, not far from the hustle and bustle of the active city of Jericho, sits an ancient structure carved into the walls of a mountain. Gethsemane is a historical monument, and it holds several cultural and religious points for Christians, making it one of the first stops on any Christian Israel tour. Check out some of the highlights before your trip. The Garden of Olives A picturesque grove of ...

Spotlight on the Christian Quarter

Spotlight on the Christian Quarter

Israel, in general, holds several significant Christian monuments, areas, and cities. Bethlehem, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and Capernaum are just a few. None, however, house as many cultural and religious holy places for Christians as does the Old City of Jerusalem. Tucked away amidst the sloping Jerusalem stone paths, the Christian Quarter is a treasure trove of fascination to anyone traveling in t ...

Fascinating Finds from Ancient Times in Modern Israel

Fascinating Finds from Ancient Times in Modern Israel

Israel is known for its far-reaching religious, historical significance, and archeologists are corroborating its claims as the Holy Land even more with every dig. Check out some of the most interesting finds from this past year and the exact locations where you can visit these exciting historical sites. #1 Buried Treasure in Caesarea In May of 2016, divers off the coast of Caesarea made a tremendous discovery; an ancient merc ...

Spotlight on Israel: Tabgha

Spotlight on Israel: Tabgha

Tabgha is a beautiful area in the north-western shore of Israel, and it is also of historical importance to Christians across the world. If you are visiting the Middle East this year, be sure to stop by this lovely region, and learn a little interesting history while you do. Tabgha in the Text According to Matthew 14, Tabgha was a luscious garden that was miraculously able to house and feed five thousand people. Jesus man ...

4 Popular Christian Communities in Israel

4 Popular Christian Communities in Israel

The birthplace, childhood home, and burial place of Jesus, Israel, is obviously a fertile ground for proliferating Christianity. If you’re visiting the Holy Land this vacation tour, be sure to hit up some of these prominent Christian cities dotted around the country. Haifa Believed to be named after St Peter (Keipha is Aramaic for Peter), there has always been a strong Christian presence in Haifa. Today the Christian co ...

Spotlight on Bethlehem

Spotlight on Bethlehem

Just outside of Jerusalem lies the ancient city of Bethlehem. While Jerusalem is the holy capital for Jews, Bethlehem holds the crown for Christians all over the world. The birthplace of Jesus, this prominent city has seen its share of rises and falls throughout history, and today it is the number one stop for any Christian tourist traveling in the Middle East. Here’s a closer look at this beautiful town with beautiful significan ...

Top 3 Must-See Holy Christian Sites in Israel

Top 3 Must-See Holy Christian Sites in Israel

Everyone knows that Israel is a holy place for Christians. The birthplace of the Savior as well as his childhood home, Israel holds tremendous significance for Bible believers, and hundreds of thousands of people flock to this country each year to be immersed in the atmosphere of their inception. If you’ve never been to Israel (or never done it right), here are the top three locations you must visit to make your Israel trip compl ...

Top 5 Tour Sites Where Biblical Battles Were Fought

Top 5 Tour Sites Where Biblical Battles Were Fought

Among the most memorable passages in the Bible are those relating to military conflict. Often wrapped up in issues of political intrigue, clashes of cultures and prophetic visions, these battle narratives are compelling and epic. Some of israel's most compelling archeological sites are believed to be the very spots where landmark biblical battles occurred. Read on to learn about five of our favorites. Elah Valley Few battles ca ...

5 Places to Experience 20th Century History in Jerusalem

5 Places to Experience 20th Century History in Jerusalem

The 20th century saw the establishment of a vivid modern society in the State of Israel, with all the loss and joy that entailed. Visit these sites in the capital to breathe it all in. Ammunition Hill (Givat HaTachmoshet) – With the trenches and fortifications of battle still in place, this hill in northern Jerusalem reminds visitors of the fighting that characterized the Six Day War. Today, it's also used as one of the main ...

Israeli Beaches with Historical Significance

Israeli Beaches with Historical Significance

In Israel, it often seems that every rock on the ground is laden with history and meaning. The same can be said of the grains of sand on Israel's many beaches. Enjoy the sunshine at the following sites, presented here in alphabetical order, with the knowledge that there is that much more to the beach on which you tread! Ashkelon National Park – Located in the center of the ancient city of Ashkelon, just southwest of the ...

Footsteps of Biblical Women

Footsteps of Biblical Women

Some of the most memorable stories from the Old Testament revolve around women, and sometimes, the geographic settings of these narratives is part and parcel of their drama. When you travel in Israel, give the women of the Bible their due. Visit these memorable sites that are closely associated with biblical women, presented here in alphabetical order according to site name. Cave of Machpelah Truth be told, this site, also known ...

5 Reasons to Visit Jaffa

5 Reasons to Visit Jaffa

The ancient city of Jaffa has been folded into the modern city of Tel Aviv, but there are many reasons to make a special visit to Jaffa itself. The quirky, timeless port town offers plenty of fun spots and worthy attractions to spend a few hours during your trip to Israel. A Timeless Fishing Port Jaffa’s port is so ancient that it is referenced by name in the biblical book of Jonah. It was once the primary shipping hub in the L ...

Family Activities in Holon

Family Activities in Holon

A commuter city located just 15 minutes southeast of Tel Aviv, Holon was founded 75 years ago, but public projects here often focus on the young. Dubbed the “Children’s City,” Holon is home to a number of family-oriented activities and attractions which will enhance your trip to Israel. A Museum Just for Kids The Israel Children’s Museum aims to promote tolerance, respectful dialogue and non-violent communication betw ...

Jordan Park: A Paradise for Nature Lovers   

Jordan Park: A Paradise for Nature Lovers  

The longest river in Israel, the Jordan is significant to Jews and Christians because it was by crossing the Jordan that the Israelites returned to their homeland following 40 years traversing the desert. The Jordan River is also significant to Christians as the site where John baptized Jesus. One of the most compelling ways to enjoy this beautiful natural river on your trip to Israel is by spending a few hours at the Jordan Park n ...

Jerusalem’s New Gazelle Valley

Jerusalem’s New Gazelle Valley

Looking to do something new and different on your trip to Israel? The Jerusalem municipality has recently opened a new nature park called Gazelle Valley, nestled between the Givat Mordechai neighborhood and the bustle of Pat Junction. Rampant construction and feral dogs in the area threatened the herds of gazelles that make their homes in the meadows of southern Jerusalem. These animals are the mountain gazelles mentioned in the ...

Top 3 Spots for Boat Rentals in Israel

Top 3 Spots for Boat Rentals in Israel

Despite its size and Middle Eastern climate, Israel is a country rich with bodies of water, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River and numerous springs, tributaries, streams and waterfalls. One of the best ways to enrich your appreciation of Israel’s various waterfronts is to rent a boat and feel the current under your feet. Before you finalize your Israel trip itinerary, consider including these th ...

Top 5 Activities for the Adventure Traveler in Israel

Top 5 Activities for the Adventure Traveler in Israel

A trip to Israel doesn’t have to be limited to the types of destinations that people generally associate with the Holy Land: archeological finds, holy sites, Middle Eastern locales and desert landscapes. If you’re into outdoor extreme adventures, you can indulge your passion while getting to know Israel’s beauty and history. We’ve chosen five adventure tour experiences we think you won’t want to miss. Rappelling into C ...

Saluting Righteous Gentiles at the Friends of Zion Heritage Center

Saluting Righteous Gentiles at the Friends of Zion Heritage Center

A brand new museum has just opened in Jerusalem, dedicated to the Christians who have helped make the State of Israel a reality. We recommend that all groups include stops at this innovative multimedia museum on their upcoming itineraries. The interactive tour here lasts about an hour and includes seven exhibits that tell the story of Christian Zionism. Watch a personal message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Ch ...

Where to Find Amazing Horseback Riding Experiences in Israel

One of the best ways to enjoy Israel’s natural beauty is from the back of a horse. Wide expanses of undeveloped land lend themselves to horseback riding in many regions of the country. Wear comfortable clothing, grab some bottles of water and head out for the most exhilarating adventure of your upcoming Israel trip. The Dor Ranch is a seaside facility just off the Carmel shore, slightly north of Caesarea. This ranch offers hor ...

5 Expansive Forests Worth Seeing in Northern Israel

5 Expansive Forests Worth Seeing in Northern Israel

A trip to Israel often doubles as a trip through several different climates. The Dead Sea is dry and arid, Eilat is tropical, and northern Israel is green and lush. To fully appreciate Israel’s north, pay a visit to a few of its more impressive forests. Blossoms of the Gilboa Mount Gilboa is one of the few mountains mentioned in the Bible. It was the scene of the famous battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, in ...

Fine Dining Inside Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market

Fine Dining Inside Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market

The Machane Yehuda Market is a hot destination for tourists interested in exploring the flavors of the Jerusalem urban experience. No trip to Israel is complete without a stroll through the colorful shuk, with its stands selling everything from spices and vegetables to clothing and housewares. The shuk is an excellent place to pick up some snacks or souvenirs and – surprisingly – also a source of delicious cuisine created by ...

Why Visitors to Israel Find the Arava Region So Captivating

Why Visitors to Israel Find the Arava Region So Captivating

The flatlands that run north of Eilat are called the Arava, a dry and arid region all year long. Especially if you’re driving down to Eilat – and no tour of Israel is complete without a trip to this resort town on the Red Sea – you will want to make some stops in the Arava for some sightseeing. Kibbutz Ketura’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental studies and research program in the Midd ...

Things to Do on Your Second (or Third) Trip to Israel 

On your first trip to Israel, you hit all the super-iconic, must-see sites like the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Eilat. But that didn't satiate you. Now you’re coming back for more! While the top holy sites, natural wonders and antiquities may warrant repeat visits, you'll also want to fill your days with some new and exciting things to do – but you might not know where to start. Here are some sites you ...

 The Best Ways to Kick off a Trip to Israel

You’ve made a long list of sites and attractions to hit up during your trip to Israel, and now you are finally in the process of organizing it into a workable itinerary. Here's something to consider. Once you have landed and settled in at your accommodations, the ideal would be to start your sightseeing with a destination that serves as a great introduction to the country – something especially beautiful, meaningful or emblemat ...

Explore Fascinating Caves in Israel

Explore Fascinating Caves in Israel

Israel is home to thousands of caves, and more are discovered here all the time. Whether your trip to Israel is planned for the summer or winter, there will be days when you want to get out of the sun and enjoy the semi-darkness of caves with historical, geological or archaeological significance. Here are five that we recommend checking out. The Historical Bar Kokhba Caves If you like crawling around in narrow spaces, you wil ...

5 Ways to Enjoy Israel in the Dark

5 Ways to Enjoy Israel in the Dark

Touring Israel at night is a special treat. The weather is generally pleasant, even in midsummer and midwinter, and the streets are filled with locals relaxing after their long days at work. During your trip to Israel, take advantage of these night experiences to get out of your hotel room and enjoy some one-of-a-kind attractions. Travel through History with the Tower of David Light Show At this multimedia extravaganza, the s ...

Top 5 Things to Do with Teens in Israel

Top 5 Things to Do with Teens in Israel

When you bring teens with you on a trip to Israel, it’s important to find activities that they will find fun, exciting and meaningful. Many of the main attractions in Israel are appropriate for any age, but there are some sites that teens often connect to more than others. If you have one or more teens coming on your trip, consider these activities. Dig for Treasure at the Temple Mount Sifting Project When a series of refur ...

The 5 Most Interesting World Heritage Sites in Israel

The 5 Most Interesting World Heritage Sites in Israel

The 5 Most Interesting World Heritage Sites in Israel Over 1,000 sites worldwide are designated by UNESCO as being of cultural or natural significance to the citizens of the world. These sites have special status as World Heritage Sites, and they are legally protected by international law. Your trip to Israel should definitely include these sites, as they're officially deemed to be significant to humanity as a whole. Nahal ...

5 Israeli Waterfalls That Will Take Your Breath Away

5 Israeli Waterfalls That Will Take Your Breath Away

5 Israeli Waterfalls That Will Take Your Breath Away Nothing beats the majestic power of a waterfall as it splashes down from a mighty stream into a clear pool below. Israel has been blessed with many beautiful waterfalls, and a hike to see at least one of them is an essential element of a trip to Israel. History and Nature at the Banias The Banias spring carries water from Mount Hermon to the Jordan River, with an impress ...

5 Amazing Archaeological Sites in the Judean Desert

5 Amazing Archaeological Sites in the Judean Desert

5 Amazing Archaeological Sites in the Judean Desert The harsh environment of the Judean Desert has kept it relatively untouched by human inhabitants, from ancient times until today. But there have been some extremely interesting residents of the region, and the ruins of their settlements are considered by many to be must-sees on a trip to Israel. If you want a quick overview, you can see all of these sites in one (long) day, ...

5 Amazing Archaeological Sites in Jerusalem

5 Amazing Archaeological Sites in Jerusalem

Because Jerusalem’s history spans more than 3,000 years, the city is brimming with compelling antiquities. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence speaking to the lives of the ancient Israelites and the many other peoples who lived here over the course of the millennia. Here are five Jerusalem archaeological sites that are not to be missed during your upcoming trip to Israel. City of David Biblical scholars have long debated t ...

The 5 Most Beautiful Nature Spots in Israel

Israel is a tiny country with amazingly diverse natural features. In a short distance, you can travel from mountains and cold temperatures to deserts and dry heat. Visit the breathtaking landscapes of Israel’s top nature spots and make your trip to Israel unforgettable. Rosh Hanikra The cliffs and sea caves at Rosh Hanikra provide some of the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. A cable car takes you down to the g ...

6 Ancient Synagogues to Visit in the Galilee

6 Ancient Synagogues to Visit in the Galilee

The Galilee is a treasure trove of ancient synagogues with remains that you can still see today. These synagogues date back to Second Temple-era Judaism and the time of early Christianity, so they are of interest to everyone. When planning your trip to Israel, try to fit in visits to a few of these – each one has its own interesting features and back story. Korazim This fourth or fifth century place of worship was at the ce ...

5 Awesome Things to Do in Israel in the winter

5 Awesome Things to Do in Israel in the winter

5 Awesome Things to Do in Israel in the winter Planning a trip to the Holy Land during the winter months? Israel generally has relatively mild weather even in the winter, although it can get stormy, cold and even snow in some parts of the country. You can take advantage of the cold weather for some winter sports, or you can escape to the warmer regions, where it’s almost always warm enough to swim. Float on the Dead Sea ...

Top 5 Spa Hotels in Israel

Top 5 Spa Hotels in Israel

Trips to Israel are often whirlwinds of touring, since there's so much to experience within limited time frames. If you want to take a break from the fast pace for a little while, visit one of Israel’s spa hotels to relax, rejuvenate and get energized for the rest of your trip. There are many spa hotels to choose from in Israel, so we've picked five for you that are especially great options. The Canaan Spa Hotel sits atop ...

Top Shopping Destinations in Jerusalem

Top Shopping Destinations in Jerusalem

Even if you didn’t make a trip to Israel in order to indulge in retail therapy, you won’t want to leave without buying a few souvenirs for family and friends. You probably also want to purchase some gifts for yourself, to keep the memories of the trip fresh in your mind for longer. While exploring Jerusalem’s various tourist attractions, keep your eye out for especially interesting shops selling local products you can’t get ...

How to Get the Best Deals at Israel’s Open-Air Markets

How to Get the Best Deals at Israel’s Open-Air Markets

The hustle and bustle of a Middle Eastern open-air market (locally known as a "shuk" in Hebrew, or "souk" in Arabic) is an amazing experience for Western tourists on their first trips to Israel. Even veteran locals still get a kick out of it. Israel’s major cities all have great shuks where you can buy trinkets, souvenirs, curios, home wares, artwork, clothing and, of course, food. Standard retail establishments don't come close ...

Viewing Jerusalem from Above: The Ramparts Walk

Viewing Jerusalem from Above: The Ramparts Walk

Did you know that you can see much of Jerusalem's Old City from above while staying on your feet? Take a walk along the ramparts of the Old City walls on your next trip to Israel and get a birds-eye view of the ancient city. The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent built the wall around the Old City between 1535 and 1538 in order to protect Jerusalem from invaders. In 1981, the walls received UNESCO World Heritage Site status ...

Free Activities for Families in Tel Aviv

Free Activities for Families in Tel Aviv

Not everything in Tel Aviv costs money. If you are planning a trip to Israel with your family, you will want to include some free activities that can fill up a few hours in between other attractions. As a family-oriented city, Tel Aviv has lots of fun family activities to offer. Here are ten of them that we think are especially noteworthy. The Beach – Many of Tel Aviv’s beaches are free, although some charge for parking. Tr ...

5 Reasons to Make Sure Your Israel Trip Includes a Visit to the Dead Sea

5 Reasons to Make Sure Your Israel Trip Includes a Visit to the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is one of Israel’s most compelling natural wonders. It’s the lowest point on earth, and it is the body of water with the highest concentration of salt in the world. There are tons of reasons to visit the Dead Sea on your trip to Israel. Here are our top five.   The Dead Sea is a natural health spa. Dead Sea mud is known for its ability to make you look and feel younger and healthier. A swim in the s ...

5 Tel Aviv neighborhoods you won’t want to miss

5 Tel Aviv neighborhoods you won’t want to miss

The first city to be founded by Zionists, Tel Aviv is a fascinating combination of historical and contemporary metropolis. But not every area of town is the same. To gain a true sense of Tel Aviv's character, you need to make sure your Israel itinerary includes visits to these five neighborhoods of the Big Orange.   1. Ports and Fleas in Old Jaffa   The Old City of Jaffa is technically a neighborhood of the Te ...

The best spots for taking memorable photos of Jerusalem

The best spots for taking memorable photos of Jerusalem

With its limestone structures, radiant light, diverse inhabitants and architectural juxtapositions, Jerusalem is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. If you like to take photos, be sure to visit some of these great photo opps on your trip to Israel. With a name that basically means “Lookout Mountain," Mt. Scopus is one of the best places from which to photograph the Old City. Situated right below the Hebrew Universi ...

Israel’s Best Artist Colonies

Israel’s Best Artist Colonies

Your upcoming tour of Israel will be greatly enhanced with a visit to an artists' colony (or two or three), where you can see local artists at work and purchase beautiful works of art to take home as souvenirs. Israel's art, design and handicrafts scenes are vibrant and full of discoveries, and these hotbeds of activity are extremely inviting. Ein Hod is a picturesque village on Mount Carmel in northern Israel, and it's home to ...

5 Jerusalem neighborhoods not to be missed

5 Jerusalem neighborhoods not to be missed

As a 3,000-year-old city, Jerusalem is rich in history as well as plenty of lively contemporary urban culture. A trip to Israel is not complete without strolling through some of Jerusalem’s most fascinating neighborhoods. Here are our picks for five of the most compelling ones. You can spot Yemin Moshe from afar by its landmark windmill, commissioned by Moshe Montefiore. The neighborhood was established in 1891 with the financ ...

5 Tips for Touring Israel with Children

5 Tips for Touring Israel with Children

Bringing kids on your trip to Israel? Israeli society is especially family- and youth-oriented, so your kids will be accepted almost anywhere you take them. In order to make your holiday and theirs more enjoyable, here are some tips for touring Israel with kids. Stay at a family-friendly hotel. Many Israeli hotels offer activities for children so they don’t get bored during down time. If your children are small, look for hotel ...

Top 5 Tel Aviv beaches

Top 5 Tel Aviv beaches

No trip to Israel is complete without spending a few relaxing hours on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel’s beaches are clean, pleasant, picturesque and sometimes even relatively quiet. Adults and children will enjoy the white sand and the clear water as well as the beautiful weather. In the summer, the water is the perfect temperature for bathing, but even in the winter, you can dip your feet in and take it easy. ...

Discover the hidden gems of Jerusalem’s Old City

Discover the hidden gems of Jerusalem’s Old City

With its narrow alleyways and enclosed courtyards, the Old City of Jerusalem is a treasure trove of delightful surprises. Take the time to discover some of these fascinating spots on your trip to Israel. Just off the Via Dolorosa, at the junction of El-Wad Street, is an oasis belonging to the Roman Catholic Church called the Austrian Hospice. This is a rest stop and hostel for weary pilgrims, where you can relax in the sprawling ...

Cruising on the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee

Cruising on the calm waters of the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is one of the most beautiful spots in Israel and is of historical and spiritual significance both to Judaism and Christianity. The city of Tiberias was the center of Jewish study in the Land of Israel for many years, and the Galilee was the primary location of Jesus’ ministry. An excellent way to see these important sites on your trip to Israel – and to enjoy some sunny recreation – is with a cruise on the ...

Visit the historic German Colonies of the 19th century Templers

The Templers were a German Protestant sect who first settled at the foot of Mount Carmel in 1868. As Germans, they were masters of urban planning, having established public transportation, postal service and public works infrastructure that served as the basis for systems still in operation today. They eventually settled in other parts of the Holy Land as well, and on your tour of Israel, you can visit many of the picturesque commu ...

Experience the creativity of world-famous jewelry designer Michal Negrin

World-renowned jewelry designer Michal Negrin invites you into her workshop to see how her ideas become works of art. The World of Michal Negrin is a gallery dedicated to the artist’s vision and technique and should not be missed on your trip to Israel. Open to the public, the facility is located in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv. Michal Negrin is an internationally respected designer with stores in Israel, Tokyo, Paris, New ...

4 Science Museums in Israel You Don’t Want To Miss

4 Science Museums in Israel You Don’t Want To Miss

Science is one of the most developed sectors in Israel. To gain an appreciation for the country’s scientific prowess, consider visiting any or all of these impressive science museums during your trip. 1. The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive and educational institute perfect for the whole family. It features a section exclusively for preschoolers, a science garden and an Imax theater. Exhibits cover biom ...

Follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in the Holy Land

Follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar in the Holy Land

Members of a monastic order that settled in the Holy Land with the aim of enabling pilgrims to the Holy Land, the Knights Templar left their mark here from the 12th to the 14th century. You can follow in their footsteps on your trip to Israel by visiting the places where they once settled. When the Knights Templar first reached the land that is now Israel, they lived near the Temple Mount and guarded the site of the Jerusalem Te ...

From Joshua to the twenty first century: The History of Qasr el Yahud

A visit to Qasr el Yahud is an integral part of any Christian pilgrim’s trip to Israel. The site of Jesus’ baptism has been considered a holy site for centuries, and has recently been renovated and designed for an inspirational and spiritual experience. The site has a long and rich history, from biblical times until the twenty first century. Qasr el Yahud is traditionally thought to be the site where the Israelites crossed t ...

Baptism in the Jordan River through the ages

The first baptism ever recorded was the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by the John the Baptist. However, the baptism rite does have more ancient origins in the Old Testament, where ritual purification was part of daily life. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, baptism became an integral part of early Christianity, which during that period involved full or partial immersion in a pool of water. In the third or fourth centur ...

Jerusalem’s Fifth Quarter presents: The world of biblical calligraphy

A new gallery, workshop and store called Jerusalem’s Fifth Quarter has recently opened on Cardo St. in the Old City. The shop provides a rare opportunity for hands-on learning about writing holy texts on parchment. Don’t miss this fun and educational activity on your trip to Israel! Jerusalem’s Fifth Quarter offers workshops which teach children, teens and adults to write Hebrew letters on parchment with a feather quill. T ...

Where was Jesus baptized?

Where was Jesus baptized?

The Bible reports that Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, but doesn’t tell us at which exact spot. Since the river runs along almost the entire border between Israel and Jordan, pinpointing the exact location is not an easy task. According to Matthew (3: 1-17), John the Baptist was "preaching in the wilderness of Judea," and "people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him…. Th ...

Enjoy a few hours at Jerusalem’s newest cultural center

Enjoy a few hours at Jerusalem’s newest cultural center

A nineteenth century railway station in the heart of Jerusalem has been turned into a cultural center, perfect for spending an afternoon on a trip to Israel. The railway, which traveled from Jerusalem to Jaffa, was operated by private investors and ran until 1998, but after the War of Independence it ceased to be in demand and was not maintained properly. In recent years, a preservation project has brought back the glory of the tra ...

The evolution of baptism, from Old Testament to New

The evolution of baptism, from Old Testament to New

Although the word “baptism” does not appear anywhere in the Old Testament, purification rituals play a large role in the texts. The book of Leviticus, which is largely dedicated to the priestly duties in the Temple, mentions immersion of people (Leviticus 22:6) and vessels (Leviticus 11:32). Immersion took place in a natural body of water, such as a river or a sea. Thus, we read in 2 Kings 5:14, that Naaman, captain of the Syri ...

5 holy sites of Israel that inspire multi-faith families

5 holy sites of Israel that inspire multi-faith families

A trip to Israel will be a life-changing experience for a multi-faith family. As the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and a holy land for all three monotheistic religions, Israel has much to offer people of all faiths. These five holy sites are not to be missed on any trip to Israel but especially for multi-faith families looking to experience the Holy Land together. Once an ancient fishing village, Capernaum was home to a ...

Hidden Secrets of the Jordan Valley

Hidden Secrets of the Jordan Valley

From Bible to State: The Hidden Secrets of the Jordan Valley. The Jordan Valley stretches from the Dead Sea in the south all the way up to the Sea of Galilee in the north. Although sparsely populated, the valley has a rich history and many interesting places to visit on your trip to Israel. The Jordan River crossing marks the spot where Joshua and the Israelites crossed over from the Sinai desert into the land of Israel after ...

Spots along the ancient pilgrimage road to Jerusalem

Spots along the ancient pilgrimage road to Jerusalem

The Book of Luke describes Joseph and Mary’s annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem’s temple on Passover. On your tour of Israel, visit stops on the ancient pilgrimage road and experience some of the excitement of what was once an arduous trip to the holy city. Jesus visited Jerusalem a number of times. At age twelve, he joined his parents on a pilgrimage and questioned the sages there about their interpretation of scripture. He vis ...

Seeing Jerusalem through the eyes of Jesus

Seeing Jerusalem through the eyes of Jesus

Pilgrimage sites relating to Jesus's experiences at the Temple No Christian tour to Israel is complete without a visit to the sites which relate to the experiences of Jesus at the Temple. Raised as a Jew during the Second Temple period, Jesus saw the Temple as the pinnacle of Jewish spirituality and was angered at the corruption he saw at the holy sanctuary. A visit to the Temple Mount is a spiritual experience. Although the ...

Follow in the footsteps of John the Baptist

Follow in the footsteps of John the Baptist

Tour the sites of John the Baptist in the Holy Land, a spiritual experience in the footsteps of John the Baptist. On your tour of Israel, take some time to visit the sites associated with John the Baptist, the first follower of Jesus to perform baptism. The stark Judean Desert has historically been mostly uninhabited and an excellent place for religious retreat. John the Baptist preached in the desert, traveling between Jerus ...

Beit El: Abraham’s first home in the Holy Land

Beit El: Abraham’s first home in the Holy Land

Visit Beit El, the origin of the term “promised land.”Follow in the footsteps of the patriarchs in Beit El. One of the most important biblical sites, Beit El was the first home of Abraham in the Holy Land and the first place he built an altar to a monotheistic God. The modern community of Beit El welcomes tourists to Israel who want to follow in the footsteps of the patriarchs. Abraham built an altar and called in the nam ...

5 Ways to experience life in biblical times

5 Ways to experience life in biblical times

Go back in time to the period of the Bible. Experience daily life in the time of the Patriarchs and Jesus. Step into the ancient Holy Land at these 5 biblical villages. A number of tourist attractions in Israel are dedicated to giving visitors a taste of what daily life was like in the time of the Bible. Stories of the Patriarchs, Israelite kings, Romans and Jesus all come to life while experiencing ancient agriculture and socie ...

Tura Estate Winery

Tura Estate Winery

Also known as Samaria, the Shomron region is home to a number of high quality vineyards, which grow their grapes in the area's signature rocky soil, combining ancient agriculture and modern methods to create delicious wines. Located in Rehelim, Tura welcomes visitors for compelling tours and tastings. The winery was established in 2003 to produce wines from a vineyard in the town of Har Bracha, located near Mount Gerizim. The vi ...

Visit Joshua’s altar on Mount Ebal

Visit Joshua’s altar on Mount Ebal

A little off the beaten path, near Shechem (Nablus), is the site of the altar built by Joshua, as described in the Book of Deuteronomy. Your tour of Israel will be greatly enhanced by a visit to Mount Ebal and the archaeological remains of the biblical altar at its peak. The Book of Deuteronomy instructs the tribes of Israel to gather on Mount Ebal and the adjacent Mount Gerizim, for a reading of the blessings the Israelites wil ...

Psagot Winery

Psagot Winery

The visitors' center at the Psagot Winery combines a wine tour with an overview of ancient and modern lifestyles in the Benjamin region. This area is often overlooked on tours of Israel, but its beauty and history make it worth a visit. The Psagot Winery was founded in 2003 and is already producing 200,000 bottles per year, many of which are exported to countries around the world. The wines made here are produced from vineyards ...

5 Thrilling Natural Pools in Israel

5 Thrilling Natural Pools in Israel

Natural pools make for a fun activity for the whole family – especially on a scorching hot day. Israel has an abundance of natural pools, and some of the most exciting have been dammed up and walled off to create an extra welcoming swimming experience. If you’re touring Israel in the summer months and participating in many hikes, make sure to stop off at as many of these pools as you can! Churshat Tal, in the north of Israel, ...

Hula Valley Nature Reserve

Hula Valley Nature Reserve

The Hula Valley Nature Reserve is one of the world’s most finest bird-watching sites. The swamp here serves as a resting and refueling space for thousands of migrating birds traversing Asia, Europe and Africa. It's also home to many species which depend on the food and shelter available year round. On your tour of Israel, plan to spend a day appreciating the aquatic birds, exotic water rodents and rare plants and fish of the Hula ...

5 Foods You’ve Got to Eat During Your Tour of Israel

5 Foods You’ve Got to Eat During Your Tour of Israel

Israeli cuisine is based on dishes that were imported by Jewish immigrants from all over the world, but especially from the culinary traditions of European and Middle Eastern communities. Today, these dishes are generally still being cooked by first- or second-generation immigrants, so they are authentic and delicious. You won’t want to miss getting a taste of these five iconic local delicacies on your tour of Israel. Falafel ...

Experience Israel’s military heroism with IDF museums

Experience Israel’s military heroism with IDF museums

Throughout the nation's short but remarkable history, the Israel Defense Forces have played a major role in every battle, skirmish and diplomatic event. Because the State of Israel would not exist without the IDF, there are a number of impressive museums dedicated to it which are well worth a visit during your trip to Israel. Learn about the history of Israel’s Armored Corps (tanks division) at Yad Lashiryon in Latrun, with a ...

Family Fun Among the Dunes of Nitzanim

Family Fun Among the Dunes of Nitzanim

Touring Israel with your children? Spend a day at the Nitzanim sand dune park for some really fun family time. Nitzanim is a nature reserve that protects a beautiful beach, sand dune-covered planes, and native Mediterranean plants such as the rare old ficus sycamore tree. If you look carefully, you might also spot some cool animals, including deer, rodents and monitor lizards (at over 43 inches, these are Israel’s largest). A ...

The New Tel Aviv Port

The New Tel Aviv Port

Once a working industrial hub, the Tel Aviv Port is now a recreational and commercial area where you can breathe in some sea air and enjoy the beauty of modern Tel Aviv. Tourists visiting Israel will appreciate the open-air cafes, the gourmet restaurants and the contoured wooden promenade along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The port first opened in 1938 but was closed in 1964, when all ships were rerouted to the Ashdod Por ...

Archaeological Digs in Action in the Holy Land

Archaeological Digs in Action in the Holy Land

Israel is rich in archaeology, and new discoveries are constantly being made all over the country. In fact, contemporary public works projects are commonly delayed, since builders are required to notify the Antiquities Authority when they happen upon ancient artifacts underground – it happens all the time around here. Include a trip to an active archaeological dig on your tour of Israel, and you just might be a witness to the une ...

5 Awesome Caves Not to Miss When Touring Israel

5 Awesome Caves Not to Miss When Touring Israel

When you hear the phrase "Holy Land tour," you might not necessarily think of caves, but there are actually some interesting and significant caves in Israel well worth checking out, either because of their Biblical associations, their archeological significance or their geological wonders. 1. Elijah's cave, situated on Mount Carmel, is the site where this iconic prophet came to pray before his famous standoff with the idol-worsh ...

Baron Rothschild and the Story of Zichron Yaakov

Baron Rothschild and the Story of Zichron Yaakov

On your way to or from the Carmel Mountain, make a stop at the small town of Zichron Yaakov, popular among Israel tour participants both for its beauty and for its extensive, colorful history. Start your tour with a stroll through the town center, to soak up the atmosphere of the stone streets and the original and reconstructed houses from the 19th century. The town was first built in 1882 with funds provided by Baron Edmund de Ro ...

Touring Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter on Foot

Touring Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter on Foot

The largest of the four quarters that comprise Jerusalem's Old City, the Muslim Quarter is still small enough that walking is the best way to get around. With its narrow, winding, limestone-lined alleys, often bustling with foot traffic, the Old City is hardly car-friendly. Tourists visiting Christian holy sites in Israel find that the best way to traverse the many worthy destinations in this section of the Old City is on foot. St ...

Experience Israeli Art in the Making

Experience Israeli Art in the Making

If you’re an art enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see artists at work during your tour of Israel, also an opportunity to shop for high-quality, distinctive art to bring home for family and friends. Israel is home to many art galleries and artists' colonies, which must be experienced firsthand to be fully appreciated. The Old City of Jaffa was once the country’s primary port, both for traveling people a ...

What Time of Year Should You Visit Israel?

What Time of Year Should You Visit Israel?

Planning a trip to Israel? Trying to decide what time of year to come? There are a few factors to consider before making that decision, including seasonal weather patterns, tourist peak times and understanding the implications of visiting during holidays of different faiths. The first issue to determine is what type of weather you prefer. Israel is particularly hot during June, July and August. The skies are clear and temperatures ...

Tel Shiloh: The Land of the Biblical Judges

Tel Shiloh: The Land of the Biblical Judges

Travel through Israel's rolling hills to visit what was once the location of the Tabernacle, where sacrifices were brought and the high priests resided. This site has only recently been developed and is now appearing on more itineraries for trips to Israel. The Tabernacle was the Israelites' holiest structure during the 369 years that spanned the Exodus from Egypt and the building of the First Temple under the reign of Solomon. It ...

Visiting Christian Communities in Jerusalem

Visiting Christian Communities in Jerusalem

While enjoying a trip to Israel, you have the opportunity to visit many different types of Christian communities within a small radius. Many Christian groups have settled in the land that witnessed the birth of Jesus and Christianity. In fact, more than 161,000 Israeli citizens (about 2.1% of population) are Christians. Israel is the only Middle Eastern country with a growing and flourishing Christian community, because it is the r ...

5 Monasteries You Don’t Want to Miss in Israel

5 Monasteries You Don’t Want to Miss in Israel

As the birthplace of Christianity, the Holy Land has been always been a magnet for those wishing to devote their lives to the Lord. On your upcoming trip to Israel, you won't want to miss out on visits to the most significant monasteries in the country. These are the five that you should make sure are included in your itinerary. Dormition Abbey is a Catholic Benedictine monastery located on Jerusalem's Mount Zion. The abbey a ...

5 Reasons to Spend Time in Tel Aviv on a Pilgrimage to Israel

5 Reasons to Spend Time in Tel Aviv on a Pilgrimage to Israel

Christian pilgrimages to Israel often focus primarily on the holy sites of Jerusalem and northern Israel, but there are plenty of spiritually significant spots to check out in the thriving contemporary city of Tel Aviv as well. We recommend you include these five sites in your itinerary. The House of Simon the Tanner in Jaffa is the location where Peter was praying when he saw the vision of the great sheet filled with unclean ...

Walk in the Footsteps of the Virgin Mary

Walk in the Footsteps of the Virgin Mary

On your trip to Israel, you won't want to miss the sites that tell the story of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Mary was a native of northern Israel's Galilee region, and the area is rich in sites dedicated to her and her role in the establishment of Christianity. Mary's journey began in Zippori, where her parents, Anna and Joachim, resided, and where she was born. Walk through the magnificent ruins of the Roman-era town and syn ...

Masada National Park and Cable Car

Masada National Park and Cable Car

 Looming above the southern Dead Sea is Masada, a historical landmark that features prominently in the history of the Roman Empire's conquest of the region. The mountaintop was first inhabited as a fortress built by Alexander Jannaeus in the first century BCE, but Masada was made famous when Herod the Great built two winter palaces, a synagogue and ritual baths on the site, turning it into a Judean fortress that would later be the ...

Megiddo National Park

Megiddo National Park

Megiddo is the name used today in Israel for the biblical Armageddon, which the Book of Revelation identifies as the location of the battle to take place at the End of Days. The site is home to an impressive archaeological excavation of a city from the period of the Old Testament. The remains of a third century church have recently been discovered on the grounds of the nearby Megiddo prison. The mosaic here proclaims in Greek that ...

5 Amazing Israeli Museums not to Miss

5 Amazing Israeli Museums not to Miss

Along with churches and archaeological sites, a Christian tour of the Holy Land should include visits to some of Israel's many excellent museums. We've singled out these five museums as must-sees. Bible Lands Museum Walk through time with thousands of Ancient Near East artifacts on display, from Egypt to Greece and Rome. Experience the most important ancient innovations, such as agricultural technology, art techniques, the i ...

5 Impressive Crusader Fortresses to Visit in the Holy Land

5 Impressive Crusader Fortresses to Visit in the Holy Land

The Christian Kingdom in the Holy Land lasted nearly 200 years, from 1099 to 1291. Ongoing conflicts with the Arab Mamluk neighbors led to the construction of large fortified castles in strategic areas around the land. Eventually, the Mamluks captured the Holy Land and destroyed or built on top of most of these castles. But many impressive Crusader fortresses can still be seen today around Israel. Castellum Regis The ruins of a c ...

5 Most Important Mountains to Christianity in Israel

5 Most Important Mountains to Christianity in Israel

Since biblical times, mountains have been places of worship, since it is easy to feel the majesty of God from atop a lofty peak. Moreover, many of the New Testament's most important events occurred on mountains, several of which serve as key stops on today's better Holy Land tours. Mount of BeatitudesThe location of the Sermon on the Mount, Mount Beatitudes is home to a Franciscan church commemorating the event. The landscape ...

10 Churches Not to Miss in the Holy Land

10 Churches Not to Miss in the Holy Land

As Christianity first began to flourish, many churches were built to mark the locations of various miracles and events in the life of Jesus. Modern churches have been constructed on the same sites and are visited each year by thousands of pilgrims. Read on for our picks of Israel's most iconic places of Christian worship. Church of the Nativity Constructed over the cave that was the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem's Church ...

Ancient ports of Israel’s Coast

Ancient ports of Israel’s Coast

With its strategic location along the Mediterranean coast, it’s no wonder that Israel is home to a number of important ancient ports and cities. From the ancient Roman amphitheater and Christian history at Caesarea to the tactically and scripturally significant biblical mound at Megiddo National Park, and from fascinating Druze villages to a spectacular Mediterranean lookout point, the North of Israel is a pleasure to visit. A ...

Ancient Village Life in Ein Kerem

Ancient Village Life in Ein Kerem

Located in the Southwestern quarter of Jerusalem, the ancient village of Ein Kerem, which literally translates to “Spring of the Vineyard,” has been a Christian pilgrimage site for centuries. While strolling through the quaint village, stop and visit at sites such as the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of the Visitation, the Notre-Dame de Sion Monastery and Mary’s Spring. And don’t leave without checking out the ...

Baptismal Sites in Israel

Baptismal Sites in Israel

One of the most meaningful spiritual experiences in the Holy Land is a baptism in the Jordan River, where John the Baptist purified believers who confessed their sins, including Jesus himself. There are currently only two locations in Israel where organized baptisms take place, Qasr al Yahud and Yardenit. Qasr el Yahud  Reopened in 2010 after a 44 year closure, this Jordan Valley baptismal site is traditionally thought to be the ...

Beit Shean – the Garden of Eden?

Beit Shean – the Garden of Eden?

When Rabbi Simeon ben Lakish, in the third century CE stipulated that "If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, its portals are in Beit Shean" , you better take that matter seriously and come and check out this beautiful section of Israel that is covered in layers and layers of history. Beit Shean is also the site of impressive anti-assimilation construction, with ten city-states set up by the Roman general Pompei after h ...

Christian Archaeological Sites in the Holy Land

Christian Archaeological Sites in the Holy Land

The Holy Land is brimming with archaeological sites, many of which shed light on the most significant events in Christianity. Here are our picks of the top must-see archaeological sites for your tour of the Holy Land. Capernaum Located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum is home to an excavated public building that apparently served as a gathering place for early Christians. The building's inscriptions include phrases ...

Christian Sites at the Sea of Galilee

Christian Sites at the Sea of Galilee

Study of the Gospels reveals that the earthly ministry of Jesus centered around the Sea of Galilee. Although many important events occurred in Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus spent most of his days. The bulk of his parables were told here, and the majority of his miracles were performed on the shores of the sea. A Christian Holy Land tour must therefore focus on this region. Here are our picks for the top not-to-be-mi ...

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