Israel holidays

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Far more than the sum of its history, Israel is a fascinating and diverse country with both attractive countryside and a buzzing and glamorous capital. Israel's historic and cultural credentials need little introduction. This small country is at the centre of several world religions and has a history which has changed the world and a legacy which can be felt virtually everywhere, from the Crusader city of Akko to the atmospheric sights of Jerusalem and Nazareth. Perhaps the only thing that defines the country is incredible diversity;this is a true melting pot of people, cultures, traditions and religions which have co-existed for thousands of years –albeit not always harmoniously. If curiosity outweighs your hesitation, you'll be pleasantly surprised to discover a beautiful country with much to enjoy. Many visits begin in Tel Aviv, arguably the Middle East's most cosmopolitan city where you'll discover excellent modern culture –including delicious food, world-class art, fantastic shopping and throbbing nightlife –juxtaposed against thousands of years of history. Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Mount of Beautitudes and the Sea of Galilee are all of great historical importance, but offer more, too. Israel's people are passionate, spirited and diverse;city neighbourhoods provide an insight into the true modern Israel. Rural areas are not only beautiful but allow you to meet local food and wine artisans. For relaxation, recline on the beach in Tel Aviv or head to the Dead Sea to bathe in cleansing waters and enjoy a mineral treatment.

Israel with A&K
Israel maybe small, but as a cultural, historic and religious destination, it's a giant. A complex giant. Witness Friday in Jerusalem's Old City. At noon, thousands of Muslims head for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, followed, three hours later, by Christian pilgrims from around the world retracing the Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, and then, at sunset, throngs of Jewish worshippers ushering in the Sabbath at the Western Wall. All within a few hundred yards.

To get the most out of this remarkable country, where history oozes from the sun-bleached stone and desert wilderness sits alongside vibrant contemporary life, you need the most highly qualified, passionate guides. And that means A&K. We select our's to match our guests' interests, be it biblical archaeology, Byzantine history or modern art. Perhaps its Jewish heritage, flora and fauna, or even cuisine - the Old City's premium hummus, Bethlehem's ultimate kebab or Mahne Yehuda Market, where falafel and shawarma stands, cafes and restaurants are laced through250 stalls. Add in the best vehicle fleet and long established contacts, and we arrange safe seamless travel through this intoxicating nation.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Israel in 2014 and 2015 and we'll reveal two very contrasting cities. As locals say: Go to Jerusalem to pray, Tel Aviv to play. They aren't joking. Just 45 minutes from Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, Holocaust Museum and Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, belongs to a different world. It's modern, rich and dynamic, with hi-tech start-ups and a hedonistic beach scene.

You'll find a very different sea at Galilee. At the waterside town of Capernaum, one of the oldest synagogues - Jesus once taught - is overlooked by Mt Beatitudes, scene of the Sermon on the Mount, just 400 yards from where Peter was appointed the first among the apostles.

And you're only just starting. There's the subtropical Red Sea playground of Eilat, the Judean desert wilderness: site of John the Baptist's teachings, Masada's dramatic fortification, and the salt-rich Dead Sea - the earth's lowest point with its unique mud spa treatments - overlooked by Qumran, hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

It's a compelling mix - and with A&K it's all possible.

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Best time to be there

Israel can be visited throughout the year although the ideal time is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The climate is cooler and temperatures are mild in these months making it the perfect time to explore the country.

Fly to

Tel Aviv (British Airways, Easyjet)

flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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We had an outstanding guide, Mr Upali Guneratne. His expert knowledge about the temples and ancient sites we visited, Sri Lankan history and customs, and the Island’s flora and wildlife made it a memorable experience for us both.

- AM, Hampshire

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Israel

Nights: 8 | from £3,695

Spend 8 nights exploring Israel's holiest shrines, some of histories most important sites, the coolest restaurants and the quirkiest local shops with... Find out more

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Highlights of Israel

Nights: 6 | from £2,395

A&K's 7 day adventure through Israel will take you to some of the world's most sacred sites while teaching you about this ancient and complicated country. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Jordan & Israel

Nights: 7 | from £2,595

Take in Jordan's ancient history and explore the city of Petra, before crossing into Israel and continuing your sightseeing on this 8 day holiday. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Jerusalem

Nights: 3 | from £1,245

Your journey begins with an international flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, you will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred... Find out more

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Gourmet Israel

Nights: 8 | from £3,795

A glorious tour for foodies, this 8 night trip to Israel travels the length of the country in search of delicious cooking and local flavours. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

The Scots Hotel


The luxurious Scots hotel was established by the Scottish Church in 1999 in the historical compound of the Scottish Hospital, and uniquely combines the...Find out more

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The King David Hotel


The King David hotel Jerusalem, a six-storey landmark opened in 1931, offers 283 guest rooms and suites. All uniquely designed to fit the special architectural...Find out more

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David InterContinental

Tel Aviv

Sleep well in the 550 comfortable spacious rooms and suites, which overlook the sea and city. For relaxation or recreation the hotel offers a fabulous...Find out more

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Dan Hotel

Tel Aviv

The Dan Tel Aviv Hotel reflects Tel Aviv's dynamic lifestyle. Stay at the Dan Hotel and any major attraction in the city is a walk away. Tel Aviv's famous...Find out more

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American Colony Hotel


The American Colony Hotel has been providing luxurious hospitality for more than 120 years. Personified by classic Arabian arches, elaborate furnishings...Find out more

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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