Most visitors will land in Tel Aviv, where the Ben Gurion international airport is located. Spend a few days in this vibrant city where you can enjoy museums, art galleries, and warm sandy beaches. Jerusalem, the national capital, is not to be missed. Located between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, it is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered a holy city for Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Visit Jerusalem's ancient Western Wall which is a sacred prayer site, or the 4th-century Church of the Holy Sepulchre. See the Temple Mount, Damascus Gate, Mount of Olives, and the Dome of the Rock. When you rent a car in Israel, you also have the option to visit holy sites such as the Sea of Galilee.
Israel is blessed with a combination of history and culture that's without comparison. Visiting religious sites and other landmarks of significant importance are some of the must-do activities. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and discover the historic and spiritual significance behind its walls. Divided into four quarters, you’ll find extremely interesting historic attractions in the Old City, such as King David’s Tomb, the Tower of David, Temple Mount, and the Last Supper room. In Tel Aviv, head to the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for having the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world. Contemporary art aficionados will surely love the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, showcasing the best of Israeli art. Further south towards the Red Sea, you can enjoy activities such as floating in the Dead Sea, or head to Timna Park, with opportunities for camping, biking, and ziplining. Don’t miss the Coral World Underwater Observatory near Eilat, with its spectacular nature exhibits, fish tanks, and pools featuring turtles, stingrays, and sharks.
If you look at a map of Israel and Palestine, the country has a diverse geography, with deserts in the south and snow-capped mountains in the north. Coastal plains are predominant along the Mediterranean coastline, with rolling hills dotted all over the country. The Great Rift Valley runs to the Gulf of Aqaba, while the Dead Sea is the country's lowest point. The River Jordan is the natural border between Israel and Jordan. Given the varied topography of the country, Israel boasts different stunning landscapes characterised by craters and spectacular rock formations in the deserts, lush vegetation on the mountainsides, and natural waterfalls and springs. Underground rivers and caves are also spectacular sights to behold.
|Language||Hebrew and Arabic|
|Currency||Israeli new shekel|
Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv, is the main airport in Israel, with many flights from Europe, Asia, and North America. From the UK, there are also direct flights from London to Israel. Rental cars are available at the airport. Motorists in Israel drive on the right side of the road, and vehicles are left-hand drive. The legal age to drive a vehicle is 16 years old. To rent a car in Israel, you must be between 21 and 75 years of age. As in many other countries, younger drivers may be levied a surcharge. The speed limits are 120km/h on motorways, 110km/h on secondary high-speed roads, 90km/h on non-urban roads, and 50km/h on urban roads. Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers. The blood alcohol consumption limit is 0.024%.