Jerusalem is an extraordinary city, the cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A guided tour of Jerusalem provides insight into the complex history of this 4,000-year-old city. The Old City of Jerusalem is only 1 square kilometer in size, but the city is marked by the succession of cultures and powers, both Eastern and Western, that have ruled Jerusalem and left their mark on the city.
Ideas for a visit to Jerusalem: the first neighborhoods of Jerusalem outside the walls, the German colony, the Mahane Yehuda market, the Israel Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls Museum, the 2,000 square meter model of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple, the Supreme Court, the Knesset, Yad Vashem, Ein Kerem and its churches dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and the archaeological park of Emek Zurim
15 km from Jerusalem, why not discover Abbu Gosh and its extraordinary Crusader church still in operation.
Tel Aviv is Israel’s major economic city with 450,000 inhabitants and 1.5 million in its suburbs. Founded on sand in 1909, its name means “spring hill”. The city is classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site “White City” thanks to its thousands of buildings in the international and Bauhaus style. Jaffa is the historic part of Tel Aviv. It is 4,000 years old and is often mentioned in the Old and New Testaments for its port, one of the oldest in the Mediterranean.
A tour along the coast is a unique experience to discover the diversity of sights that Israel offers. Caesarea with its Roman theater, hippodrome, Roman baths and the 3rd largest port in antiquity, Haifa and its UNESCO World Heritage Bahai Gardens, St. John of Acre and its Crusader fortress, Rosh Hanikra at the northern tip with its extraordinary caves carved by the sea.
The Galilee became the new center of Judaism between the first and eighth centuries CE. Two of Israel’s four holy cities are in the Galilee: Tiberias, where the Talmud would be written, and Safed, the capital of the Kabbalah. There are also many Christian sites around Nazareth and Capernaum
30 minutes from Jerusalem, the Dead Sea offers a unique set of sites with an always exceptional panorama between the Judean desert and the mountains. It is an almost uninhabited space, where it rains only 5 days a year and 400 meters below sea level.
The Negev is the largest region in the country, representing 60% of the territory. But its desert climate explains why this immense region is populated by only 6% of the population. Most of the Negev is classified as a nature reserve and many visits are possible at any time of the year.