So, you're going on Birthright Israel – are you really ready? There's a lot to take in, but that's why we're hooking you up with the insider's guide to Israel.
From breathtaking views of the lowest body of water on Earth to colorful markets and stunning red rock formations, there is something for everyone. So, grab your camera, hop on your bus, and let's check out some of the best spots in Israel.
Let's start in the Golan Heights, where you can take in the stunning views overlooking the Israeli/Syrian border. Trust us, it's worth the hike up. And if you're looking for more adventure, head over to Tzipori National Park for an ATV ride through the mud.
Next stop: Jerusalem. You can't miss the unique and diverse Shuk Machane Yehuda, a marketplace in the center of the city. It's filled with fresh fruits, veggies, spices, and other goodies for purchase. And for a taste of history, head over to the Old City, where you'll find a blend of architectural styles and markets from different cultures. Don't forget to visit the Kotel or Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Israel.
If you're a fan of stunning views, Masada Fortress is the place to be. Catch the sunrise or sunset and watch the colors of the sky blend with the desert landscape, Dead Sea, and mountains of Jordan in the distance. And speaking of the Dead Sea, it's the saltiest body of water and lowest point on Earth. Not only can you float in its mineral-rich waters and mud, but you can also snap some unbelievable pics.
Heading to Tel Aviv, you'll find beaches and innovation galore. From sunbathing to surfing, there's something for everyone. And while you're there, make sure to check out the bustling open-air Shuk HaCarmel, where you can taste cultures from around the world and snag some unique handcrafted jewelry and clothing. Don't forget to wander the streets and take in Tel Aviv's eclectic architecture, from white minimalist Bauhaus buildings to colorful modern structures.
Don’t forget to visit Haifa for a unique spiritual, cultural, and architectural experience at the Bahai Gardens. Its stunning beauty and rich history are sure to impress.
And if you're up for some adventure, head to Eilat to snorkel in the Red Sea and see the colorful coral reefs and unique sea creatures. Or hike, climb, or rappel through the Red Canyon's stunning red rock formations.
We know it’s a lot to take in. There’s so much more even than this, but now you’ve got a great starting point. Soak up the magic of Israel and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.