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Israel

Known as one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the Middle East, 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 violent destruction as Jewish patriots attempted 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.

Promenades and beaches are alongside cafes and markets as well as being the hub of Israel’s gay culture .It may be small, but in cultural and historic terms it’s a place of vast significance.

LGBT rights in Israel

Israel is a country where despite strong religious influence, LGBTQ+ individuals can live openly and freely. The country inherited anti-homosexuality laws from its British occupation, but formally repealed these in 1988. Today gay travelers can freely explore all that Israel has to offer.


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

Group Trip Departs: • 2nd March 2023 • 12th October 2023 • 1st June 2023 • 29th February 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...

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...

Luxury Israel
Luxury Israel

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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...

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"Tel Aviv is a hub of queer culture and home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment experiences in the Middle East. It's also an incredibly beautiful city that I personally never tire of. "

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"Israel is a culturally important destination for so many people, and as such it's home to a truly diverse mix of communities and cultures. A melting pot of sorts, it's a completely unique country. "

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A country rich in culture and history which also has a modern up and coming side to it. Tel Aviv is a thriving city, with lots to do and see. The centre has plenty going on and is only a short drive away from the beach. Explore this vibrant city which is known as the ‘White City’ due to the colour of the buildings.

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.

Head to Mount Zion to visit King David’s tomb, the room of the last supper and the Dormition Abbey. The list of things to do and see 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.

Most people stay in Tel Aviv from where you can use this as your pivot point as it is easy to get to and from places. Explore both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in one trip.

Add on a trip to Petra in Jordan into your itinerary as it is relatively close to Jerusalem. Experience the beautiful architecture chiselled out of the pink-hued cliffs.

Since Israel is filled with many archaeological sites why not see them from above? Paragliding in Israel is becoming more popular and is a great way to see the ruins.

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 both car, taxi, bus or by train.

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What It's Like Being Gay In Israel
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"Imagine London Without Gays": How Tel Aviv Pride is trying to attract visitors

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Five globe-trotting LGBT films
Five globe-trotting LGBT films

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