As Israel is home to many important religious sites for Christians, Jews and Muslims, it has long been popular with visitors from countries all round the world.
However, there are also many other great reasons for visiting the country, including historical and archaeological sites, national parks and nature reserves, spectacular hiking trails, great beaches, and a lively nightlife.
Below you will find a wide range of information to help you plan your trip, from simple travel tips to ideas on what to do when you arrive.
There are also guides to the main cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Due to its plethora of religious attractions, such as the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, Israel attracts a large number of visitors from all over the world.
If you prefer more active pursuits, you can enjoy hiking some of the dozens of spectacular trails that crisscross the country, or you can scuba dive among the Red Sea coral reefs which are said to be amongst the most pristine in the world.
As well as religious sites, the country also boasts many other attractions, including beach resorts on the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Sea of Galilee.
Although English is widely spoken throughout much of Israel, you might want to learn some basic Hebrew before you arrive as it will help you to settle into your new surroundings.
Many visitors to Israel, whether on a short holiday or a long term stay, will spend at least some time in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv.
If you like to hang-out at the beach, you will love the city’s choice of 16 beaches which are all within easy reach of the downtown area.
Another must is the spectacular view of the city which can be seen from the observation deck of the Azrieli Center.
Although it is the business and financial hub of the country, Tel Aviv is also well-known for its lively nightlife that seems to offer something for everyone.
Culture is also readily available, with a range of museums and galleries to explore, as well as great local markets for those important souvenir purchases.
The Old City is a walled section of less than 1km² that is located right in the heart of Jerusalem.
The Old City is home to many of the most famous religious sites in the world, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock.
From here you can then move on to each of the four quarters; the Armenian, the Christian, the Jewish, and the Muslim Quarter.
Within the walls you will find four distinct neighborhoods known as quarters where you can spend many hours exploring the ancient streets and alleyways.
One of the main entrances to the Old City is the Damascus Gate which leads you directly into one of the most popular areas for sampling the local cuisine.