Israel may be a small nation but is filled with great diversity.
Are you thinking of visiting Petra from Israel? A day trip or overnight trip is easily achievable if you have the time in your schedule – and Petra is well worth the visit! While there may be a few unknowns when booking your trip, here’s what to expect when visiting Petra, to help you relax and enjoy your time at this wonder of the world!
So what is all the fuss about Petra? Petra is an ancient lost city famous for its rock-cut architecture.
The Dead Sea is a unique part of the world and also has the claim to fame of being the lowest place on earth! At -427 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea has an amazing amount of benefits including increased oxygen levels and minerals in the water. Read on for some tips and what you need to know about visiting the Dead Sea!
For directions on getting to the Dead Sea by car from Jerusalem, see my previous post on visiting Masada and Ein Gedi.
There are plenty of organised day tours to Ein Gedi and Masada from Jerusalem (check out Abraham Tours), but if you want to travel independently, it can be a little harder to find information on this area! Some tours can be quite pricey and won’t include a guide. Sometimes its just better to do it yourself, so read on about how to visit Ein Gedi and Masada.
We hired a car for a portion of our stay in Israel to get from Jerusalem down to Eilat in the south.
Are you thinking of traveling to Israel? While Israel is diverse and there’s so many good reasons to visit, it can be one of those daunting places that is hard to find info on or know much about (at least we found this, anyway!) Here’s some tips and info on what you need to know about visiting Israel, to make your planning smoother and make sure you get no nasty surprises when you get there!
Is it safe?
Despite what you see in the media, Israel is a normal functioning and almost west
The Old City of Jerusalem is a maze of covered walkways, narrow markets and disorienting alleys. While its fun to explore from ground level, its also good to get a different perspective from up high. Here are the top three viewing points we found in Jerusalem!
Three: Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives lies east of the Old City and has a lookout point great for getting some perspective. It is a fairly easy walk/climb from the Old City or there area always taxis willing to take you there.
In the middle of the busy modern city of Jerusalem lies the Garden Tomb, a peaceful oasis hidden among busy streets and markets. The Garden Tomb is a possible site for the crucifixion and burial of Jesus that has grown into a garden for visitors to come and experience. It is free to enter and there are free tours and audio guides available.
The Temple Mount and Western Wall are two icons of the city of Jerusalem and are symbols of two different religions: Muslim and Jewish. The whole area is steeped in history for both religions and the significance to their faiths is huge. Being in practically the same location, it can cause some tension in terms of what land belongs to who and who is allowed where. Keep reading to learn more about these sites or if you plan on visiting the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The Mount of Olives features heavily in the New Testament of the Bible as the place where Jesus would gather with his disciples to pray. Despite its name, the Mount of Olives is more of a hill across the valley from the Old City. The mount lies east of the Old City of Jerusalem and is also a great vantage point to see over the city. Today, the hillside is covered in hundreds of Jewish graves, dating back hundreds of years and includes some well-known people.
The Old City is divided up into four sections, or ‘quarters’, of people groups. Jerusalem is a special place for these groups for different reasons and each group has left their mark on the city, which makes for a uniquely diverse environment. The four groups that have staked their claim on the Old City are the Muslims, Christians, Jews and Armenians. Their sections are not actually four exact quarters, but more like neighbourhoods within the Old City walls.