Find your idyllic version of this nation when you check in at one of the many excellent hotels in Israel...
Stylish city break, holy pilgrimage or sun-soaked holiday by the water’s edge, Israel hotels welcome a wide range of visitors with genuine warmth.
From rock stars to rock climbing, from bird watching to opera, the range of travel experiences in Israel will exceed your expectations of this Middle East nation.
Israel is a small country, about half the size of Switzerland, and many visitors book car hire to travel between the main destinations with ease. You can travel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in just over an hour by road, or journey south to the vibrant port city of Ashdod. Dead Sea resorts, such as Ein Gedi, can be reached in around two hours by road from Tel Aviv, should you tire of the Champagne-soaked beach parties of this hip city by the sea.
Wherever you plan to stay and whatever you plan to do with your time, save yourself the stress of finding a hotel when you arrive and book accommodation in Israel before you go. You can check in at your dream hotel, whether that is a budget-friendly guesthouse or one of the many luxury hotels in Israel that combine style and tradition with elegance and top-notch service.
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Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel and attracts a great number of visitors. It has holy sites in abundance: Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are just a few places that are hugely significant for many religions. It also has historic monuments, great shopping opportunities and a surprisingly lively nightlife scene. Hotels in Jerusalem reflect the many faces of the city; opt for a stay in a cosy, traditional guesthouse or plump for opulence in one of the many four- and five-star hotels. Areas to look for hotels close to the attractions of Old City include New City and East Jerusalem.
Stay in Tel Aviv, officially Tel Aviv-Yafo, for the liveliest nights in Israel. Check in at beachside hotels near the golden sands and enjoy all the trappings of a holiday at the edge of the Med. Hotels here veer towards the luxury end of the market so book early to bag a bargain.
The Red Sea resort of Eilat is Israel’s premier holiday destination. Known for great diving, cheap shopping and superb restaurants, visitors check in at the waterfront hotels of North Beach for a week or two in the sun.
Another popular destination in Israel is the city of Haifa, a beautiful place that is dotted with gardens. It offers easy access to some of the northern parts of the Holy Land, such as Galilee.
A number of Israeli holidays punctuate the months of September and October. During this time, hotels in beach destinations such as Eilat and Tel Aviv will be in big demand. So if you plan to visit during these months, book a hotel as soon as possible to secure your stay.
Being the home of some of the world’s most important historical sites means there’s plenty for visitors to see...
Top five attractions
In Tel Aviv, walking and cycling are among the most popular leisure activities. It’s easy to understand why when you see the Tayelet – a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle promenade that runs alongside stunning stretches of beach.
Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
One of the most significant landmarks in the Jewish Faith, the Wailing Wall is an icon of Jerusalem’s Old City. Visitors pray at this ancient site and post their written wishes into the cracks in the stone.
Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock
An important, multi-faith site, Temple Mount and the surrounding area carries great religious significance. Tourist access is restricted so check ahead before arrival.
The best vantage point for high-altitude views is the Azrieli Observatory in Tel Aviv. Take in the sprawl of the city before dining on the 49th floor.
Located in Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, is the charming Dolphin Reef. Visitors have the opportunity to get up close to a group of bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat.
Religious events dominate Israel’s social calendar, but there’s still plenty of room for arts and culture...
Israel Festival; May: Each year, Jerusalem is handed over to the world of dance and music in a two-week celebration of performance art.
Tel Aviv Jazz Festival; May: What cosmopolitan city is complete without a spot of toe-tapping jazz? This annual springtime event brings some of the world’s best jazz stars to Tel Aviv.
Israeli Opera Festival; June: Held at the foot of ancient fort Masada by the Dead Sea, thousands gather each year for world-class opera in the open air.