Skyscrapers and archaeological sites, pilgrimages and high technology, occupied territories and luxurious celebrations all coexist in this Holy Land of Jews, Christians and Muslims. A Middle Eastern country located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is a tourist gem. Its claimed capital Jerusalem includes the most sacred sites of this destination, concentrated in the old city: the Temple Mount, with the sanctuary of the Dome of the Rock, the famous Wailing Wall, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tourism, especially religious tourism, represents a significant part of the country's economy. Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel's financial centre, is renowned for its beaches and Bauhaus architecture, but also for its festive evenings that bring together the jet set, around waves of champagne and caviar basins. Very touristic also Eilat seaside resort on the Dead Sea where one devotes oneself to nautical pleasures and particularly to diving by taking advantage of the rich seabed. Nature lovers will go to see the Salt Lake, but also the ruins of Massada. Nazareth and Lake Tiberias are a must for Christian pilgrims. You will find in your tourist guide information on a very particular story that takes place over more than 3 millennia.

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When to go to Israel?

The high tourist season runs from July 1 to August 31, as well as from mid-December to January 1. The periods from mid-September to October 20 and from April 1 to early May are also busy. They also vary according to the Jewish holiday calendar. During the latter, most shops are closed, public transport is more than limited, and hotel prices are rising. If Israel can be visited all year round, the best seasons are spring or autumn, when the temperatures are not too high. It is also during these months that the light is most beautiful. In winter, the south is more pleasant than the north, which becomes rainy. In summer, on the contrary, it may be too hot. Visiting national parks and nature reserves is a major expense. If you stay for a long time, buy the access card, called Blue Card, Green Card and Orange Card, which gives access for 14 days to a certain number of sites.

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This tourist destination is widely offered in the catalogue of tour operators. You have the choice between the many cultural stays and pilgrimages to the Holy Land but also in a long list of simple packages with just a flight to a hotel with breakfast in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem in all categories.

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Major European cities are connected to Ben Gurion airport, 20 km from Tel Aviv. Haifa airport is connected with Cyprus and Turkey. There are countless international and local car rental companies, from Ben Gurion airport to cities and tourist centres. To get to the Occupied Territories, rent a vehicle on site. A vehicle registered in Israel is likely to be targeted by stone throwing. Of course, avoid Gaza!

The bus is the best way to travel to Israel at a low cost. Egged's comfortable, air-conditioned buses serve all of Israel (except for Sabbath). The Occupied Territories have a network of older buses, managed by private Arab companies. You can use collective taxis that are only slightly more expensive than buses, more comfortable. A train runs along the Mediterranean coast north of Tel Aviv, and a link exists between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

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    When to travel?

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    In Israel, the climate is characterized by strong sunshine. On the coasts: in winter (10/20°C) and in summer (20/30...
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    Budget

    In Israel, the currency is the new shekel (NIS) divided into 100 agorots. In the Palestinian Territories, payments ar...
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    Formalities

    No visa required for EU nationals. To enter Israel, you only need a valid passport (preferably valid for 6 months aft...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    Major European cities are connected to Ben Gurion airport, 20 km from Tel Aviv. Haifa airport is connected with Cypru...
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    How to get organized?

    This tourist destination is widely offered in the catalogue of tour operators. You have the choice between the many c...
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    Getting around

    The bus is the best way to travel to Israel at a low cost. Egged's comfortable, air-conditioned buses serve all of I...
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