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Israel

Known as one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the Middle East and home to several sites of importance to the world’s largest religions, Israel is steeped in history. In Jerusalem, a city where multiple religions collide, you’ll find biblical treasures intertwined with Islamic and Jewish heritage. Israel is a tiny country – roughly the same size as Wales or South Africa’s Kruger Park.

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Floating in the Dead Sea is a must-do on your trip to Israel as well as ascending to the top of Masada, an ancient fortification before its destruction during a violent clash that saw Jewish patriots attempting to fight off the Roman army. In bustling Tel Aviv, you’ll find beaches and a city atmosphere that lends itself well to the climate. Tel Aviv is often known as The Manhattan of the Middle East for its creative residents, booming economy, and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city is also home to a flourishing, and ever-growing, LGBTQ+ population with some of the best gay bars and clubs anywhere in the world.

Israel is a destination that does city and coast equally well and you’ll find promenades and white-sand beaches running alongside markets and cloud-touching skyscrapers. There is also an abundance of luxury properties to be enjoyed throughout the country, ranging from smaller boutique hotels to sprawling all-inclusive resorts. It may be small, but in cultural and historic terms it’s a place of huge significance.


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Gay Group Trip: Israel And Jordan Explorer
Gay Group Trip: Israel And Jordan Explorer

Group Trip Departs: • 21st March 2024 • 30th May 2024

Join this gay Israel group trip to discover one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Although it’s no bigger than Wales, in cultural terms it’s a giant. Jerusalem is the capital of the three great monotheistic religions. It’s...

Israel and Jordan including Petra
Israel and Jordan including Petra

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This eight-day itinerary allows you to explore the best of Israel as well as visiting one of the new seven wonders of the world, Petra in Jordan. Israel is a picturesque country, steeped in history and you’ll visit some of...

Gay Group Trip: Israel Adventure
Gay Group Trip: Israel Adventure

Group Trip

Discover the Holy Land in style on this gay group trip. From the Dead Sea to Galilee and The Jordan Valley, you’ll see the great historical sites. Israel arguably has more major historical relics than any other country. This is,...

Luxury Israel
Luxury Israel

Tailor-Made

Israel may be a tiny country but there’s so much to see. Naturally, Israel’s historic importance is a major draw. This is where the three major monotheistic religions collide. Israel is also the gay capital of the Middle East. Tel...

Tel Aviv City Break
Tel Aviv City Break

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Explore historic gay Tel Aviv on this city break. Stay at one of our handpicked hotels, enjoy the beaches and cafe culture that Tel Aviv is famous for and explore the history of the old town of Jaffa. The cosmopolitan...

Explore Israel
Explore Israel

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This seven-day itinerary allows you to explore the best of Israel. A picturesque country, steeped in history, you’ll visit some of the most well-known sites on earth, as well as getting to swim in the Dead Sea. In Jerusalem you’ll...

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A country rich in culture and history that is experiencing an ongoing contemporary cultural boom, Tel Aviv is a thriving city, with lots to do and see. The city’s center has plenty going on and is only a short drive away from the beach; there is also a plethora of fascinating destinations to be explored in the surrounding region. The ‘White City’, known as such due to the color of the buildings found here, is a collection of unique Israeli-designed buildings in the center of Tel Aviv that are a year-round hotspot for visiting travellers.

Jerusalem is only a short drive away from Tel Aviv. Take a city tour here and get a feel for the history which still feels present in the streets. For the best city views, head to Mount of Olives where you will be rewarded with a panoramic picture of Jerusalem’s skyline. After visiting Mount of Olives head to Mount Zion and visit King David’s tomb, the room of the last supper, and the Dormition Abbey. The list of things to do and see truly is endless.

A trip to Israel isn’t complete without a trip to the dead sea. The high salt concentration means that you float on the surface of the water with unbelievable ease – the perfect way to utterly relax in gorgeous surroundings.

Israel is a country where despite strong religious influence, LGBTQ+ individuals can live openly and freely. Although same-sex couples can not marry in Israel, the country was one of the first to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples and validates many LGBTQ+ marriages performed overseas. The country inherited anti-homosexuality laws from its British occupation, but formally repealed these in 1988.

Things To Do In Israel

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is widely known for its spiritual healing properties and is a popular destination for tourists to Israel. Sitting at the lowest point on Earth, it offers a stunning view of the adjacent Masada National Park. Famed for being constructed by King Herod, this historical fort provides visitors with invaluable insight into Israeli history. For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, there’s no better place than the Dead Sea.

Bahia Gardens

For a tranquil escape from the noise of the city, look no further than Bahia Gardens. This 1.7-acre sanctuary offers a safe haven for plants and animals alike, featuring a picturesque garden setting inspired by Joseph’s story in the Bible. With its vivid displays of seven different colors, Bahia Gardens is sure to delight your senses with its stunning beauty.

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is the official Holocaust memorial in Israel. Since its inception in 1953, it has become a symbol of reverence and remembrance for the millions of people who lost their lives during the genocide of World War II. The complex spans over 200 acres and includes a museum, monuments, archives, library and research center. By visiting Yad Vashem, you are invited to stand in silent contemplation in respect to the victims’ stories.

Old City

A trip to Jerusalem isn’t complete without visiting the Old City – a city full of culture, history, and sacred sites. The Old City is divided into four quarters: the Christian Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. Each quarter has its own distinct character and culture that make this ancient city so unique and special. Immerse yourself in this fascinating place for an experience you won’t forget.

Jerusalem is a city full of religious significance for many different faiths, ancient historical sites, and vibrant culture. With a rich mix of Jewish, Christian and Muslim influences, there’s no shortage of compelling sights to explore in Jerusalem. From the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to unique street markets and art galleries, an exploration of this city will give you an unforgettable experience.Take the time to wander through the narrow alleyways of the Old City and visit some of Jerusalem’s numerous religious sites. Don’t forget to take in some of the smaller, but still impressive sites like The Garden Tomb or Mamilla Cemetery.Whether it’s a peaceful stroll through the Old City or a dive into some of its more active markets, there are plenty of cultural and religious sites that will take your breath away. Don’t forget to sample some of the cuisine; From kebab stalls to halva shops and falafel stands, Jerusalem offers an array of delicacies that provide an exciting culinary experience.

  • January

    10°C - 15°C

    Like December, January is another enjoyable winter month in Israel.

  • February

    10°C - 15°C

    The last month of winter, February is a great time to avoid the high summer temperatures.

  • March

    10°C - 15°C

    March is the first month of Israel's spring, and offers a more mild experience for sightseeing.

  • April

    15°C - 20°C

    The height of Israel's Spring, April is a great time to visit the country to enjoy a wealth of natural beauty.

  • May

    15°C - 25°C

    As summer approaches, Israel's weather begins to warm up.

  • June

    15°C - 25°C

    High temperatures and busy tourist spots are common throughout June.

  • July

    15°C - 25°C

    The balmy summer temperatures continue throughout July.

  • August

    20°C - 30°C

    August marks the end of Israel's summer, and visitor levels will subsequently be very high.

  • September

    20°C - 30°C

    Although September is the first month of Israel's autumn, the weather is still pleasant with warm temperatures.

  • October

    15°C - 25°C

    The weather in October is very similar to September, with slightly milder temperatures.

  • November

    15°C - 25°C

    November is the last month of Israel's autumn season.

  • December

    10°C - 15°C

    The first month of winter in Israel, December is marked by low temperatures and smaller crowds in busy areas.

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport is the country’s major international airport. It is the closest to both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. If you are travelling to the beach in Eilat then you will find a smaller regional airport too. The journey time between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is about an hour and can be made by car, taxi, bus, or by train.

Once in Israel, visitors will find a modern and rapidly expanding network of train lines. This mode of travel is a particularly great choice for those seeking a more scenic and relaxed way to explore the country, and train travel can also offer an easy connection to some of Israel’s less visited destinations.

International travellers arriving in Israel should be aware of the strict attitudes towards security that are found across the country. Whilst travellers can expect safety throughout their trip, it’s worth noting that heightened security measures can increase the time spent at airport security and national checkpoints. 

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