Israel is one of the most historically important places in the world. It intersects countries, continents and religions, situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and home to three of the world’s greatest and most important religions. The fascinating history of this land and its enduring legacy means it remains one of the most iconic travel destinations to visit. There are some truly amazing places to visit in Israel and the Israel tours offered by Encounters will give you a wonderful introduction to this beautiful country.
Whether your interest is primarily in the history, landscapes, people or culture, a tour of Israel is the perfect way to learn more about this captivating country and discover how Israel has shaped the world through the ages. From the religious fervour and bustle of Jerusalem to the tranquil villages along the Sea of Galilee and exciting, modern day Tel Aviv, we are passionate about showing you the best the country has to offer. Our small Israel group tours can also combine Israel with neighbouring countries such as Egypt and Jordan. A typical Encounters Israel tour will take in many of the important ancient religious and historical sites of this unique country and there are so many places to visit in Israel it can be hard to narrow them down.
Recommended highlights on our Israel group tours include the excavations of Caesarea, the Roman capital of Judea, and Megiddo, identified in the Bible as the site of Armageddon. The beautiful port city of Haifa has a panoramic view of the bay and from here you can easily reach Acre which was the Crusader capital for more than a century. A boat trip across the iconic Sea of Galilee takes you to the ancient synagogue at Capernaum, and the site of the fish and loaves miracle at Tabgha. You could witness where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount at Mount of the Beatitudes and the beautiful Golan Heights, with its majestic mountains and beautiful valleys, should ideally be seen as part of any tour of Israel. The desolate landscape of the Judean Desert can be explored en route to Qumran and most visitors are reluctant to miss a trip to the mysterious Dead Sea to float on the strange salty waters!
Israel is not just about the old. A tour of Israel will also expose you to the new and vibrant aspects of this ancient country, with the nightlife of Tel Aviv among the best examples of just how exciting, bustling and modern Israel can be. The cities all have their own unique charm however, whether you thrive on the cosmopolitan buzz of Tel Aviv or the ancient and fascinating history of Nazareth and Bethlehem. Jerusalem is a fine example of old meeting new, full of intricate alleyways and with both the old walled city and the new town to explore. Some of the most interesting places to visit in Israel are in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount. Israel is simply full of incredible monuments, ruins, churches, mosques and synagogues. Wherever you choose to focus your tour we are sure you will be as enchanted by this unique land as we are and Encounters would be delighted to help you put together your perfect Israel tour.