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

Visas

Not required

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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Guest Testimonial

Thank you so much for organising a very elaborate and a wonderful tour tailored for us to visit Jordan and Israel. The itinerary was perfect and things went really smooth from the pick up at the airport until the drop off at Tel Aviv airport. Everyone from Airport Supervisor Motasem Rababah, driver Sami in Jordan, all the guides and to the driver George in Jerusalem were all very patient and helpful.

- RS, London


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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 £3,495pp

See Israel’s classic must see sights accompanied by our fan-tastic guides, who will unveil the vast history of this land as well as introducing you to... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Israel

Nights: 6 | from £2,395pp

A captivating 7 day tour of Israel’s most historic holy sites, encompassing Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee and Capernaum. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Jordan & Israel

Nights: 7 | from £2,595pp

Encompassing Amman, Jerash and the Rose City of Petra in Jordan and Israel’s most historic holy sites, this 8 day itinerary takes you to many of the places... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Gourmet Israel

Nights: 8 | from £3,795pp

A touring itinerary that has been created for foodies, travelling the length and breadth of Israel over 8 nights in pursuit of its glorious cuisine while... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Israel: Crossroads of History

Nights: 7 | from £3,725pp

Explore a vast array of biblical and historic sites, including the mountain palace of Herodion, accompanied by a local expert. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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The Scots Hotel

Tiberias

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

Jerusalem

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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The Dan Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

The Dan Tel Aviv reflects Tel Aviv's dynamic lifestyle. Stay at The Dan Tel Aviv 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

Jerusalem

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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Guest Testimonial

Thank you so much for organising a very elaborate and a wonderful tour tailored for us to visit Jordan and Israel. The itinerary was perfect and things went really smooth from the pick up at the airport until the drop off at Tel Aviv airport. Everyone from Airport Supervisor Motasem Rababah, driver Sami in Jordan, all the guides and to the driver George in Jerusalem were all very patient and helpful.

- RS, London


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