This small Middle Eastern nation along the Mediterranean Sea is a vibrant mix of old and new: There are ancient holy sites and Crusader-era ruins as well as gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. In Jerusalem, visitors may encounter Orthodox neighborhoods where modest dress codes are enforced, while Tel Aviv is a westernized metropolis with a thriving party scene.
This predominantly Jewish country is also home to Islamic and Christian populations, and its famous pilgrimage destinations include the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There are holy sites here important to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and there is a long history of religious and territorial conflict in this region.
|Airport:||Ben Gurion Airport|
|Peak:||July - August|
|Off-Peak:||November - February|
|Currency:||Israeli new shekel|
|Electricity:||220 V, 50 Hz|
|Tipping:||10-12% in restaurants|