There is, perhaps, no other place on earth as famed, as historic, as loved, and yet as controversial as Israel. For Jews it is the ‘promised land’ of milk and honey; for Muslims it is the site of the Prophet Mohammad’s ascent to heaven; for Christians it is the setting for Jesus Christ’s ministry, crucifixion, death and resurrection. As the centre of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, this land has also been at the heart of continuous conflict throughout the millennia. The intractable dispute between Israeli and Palestinian is ever-present, but provides a unique opportunity to learn, listen and debate. Leave your preconceived notions behind when stepping off the plane.
Whether you want a sun-and-sea beach break, are on a religious pilgrimage searching out spirituality, have your backpack strapped on and a limited budget in your pocket, or are a fitness fanatic craving strenuous hiking and biking, this land really does have it all. Smaller than Belgium, Wales or the state of New Jersey, the range and diversity of attractions crammed into Israel and the Palestinian Territories is incredible. Within just one day you can lie on the beach, pray at the site of Christ’s crucifixion and finish off with a beer in a fashionable bar.