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Introducing Israel

Israel has quite a timeline—and from its ancient cities to ultra-modern Tel Aviv, its many iterations are vibrantly evident. With millennia-old religious sites, uniquely middle eastern cuisine, swimmable Mediterranean coastline, and world-class hiking, the travel appeal to this many-layered country is universal.

When is the best time to visit? 
Spring and fall are the sweet spots here—specifically May and September. Summer (June through August) is simultaneously busy and very hot. You'll find popular sites and Tel Aviv's sandy beaches packed with people during the day, though mornings and evenings (and the excellent, air-conditioned Israel Museum) provide respite. December through February is chilly and wet, but the end of winter brings excellent conditions for hiking in the northern Golan Heights region: wildflowers and mild temperatures abound. Keep religious observances in mind throughout the year; this is a country that goes quiet during holidays.

How many days do I need?
Israel is small in size, but substantial in terms of history and culture. Those with limited time could check out Jerusalem's highlights in a day or two; travelers planning for 3-5 days can also visit the Galilee region or the beaches of Tel Aviv. If you plan to spend at least a week, you can do all of that and more: lounge by the Red Sea in the resort town of Eilat, visit Bethlehem, Jericho (the world's oldest city), and other important Biblical sites, or head into neighboring Jordan for an extended adventure. 

Things to Do in Israel
Visiting Jerusalem's Old City is an absolute must. Weave through the maze of market alleys, making your way through the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Armenian quarters. While in Jerusalem, you'll also want to visit the Machane Yehuda food market for falafel, rugelach, and za'atar. Stroll down Tel Aviv's funky Dizengoff Street, take a surfing lesson, and explore the 4,000-year-old port city of Jaffa. Head north to visit beautiful Haifa, mystical Safed, ancient Acre, and the rolling hills of the Golan Heights. And of course, don't forget to take a dip (er, float) in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea.

Israel Travel Insights

Al Khazneh, Petra
Map of Explore Israel & Petra - 6 Days
Explore Israel & Petra - 6 Days

Explore ancient history and culture in Israel on this 6-day trip. Visit ancient synagogues and King David's tomb in Jerusalem, tour the ancient fortress of Masada, and let the healing waters of the Dead Sea soothe you. End your trip in Petra, Jordan's incredible desert city.

Old City in Jerusalem
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Family Adventure in Israel - 12 Days

From Jerusalem's old city streets to the underwater world of the Red Sea, this family-friend adventure is the perfect 12-day getaway. Explore the City of David and see the Western Wall and visit the ancient desert fortress of Masada and soak in the Dead Sea. End your trip in the modern city of Tel Aviv for ancient ports and snorkeling in the Red Sea.

Dome of the Rock and Mount of Olives in Jerusalem
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History & Religion in Israel - 9 Days

Dive deep into Israel's history and religion on this packed 9-day itinerary. Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem and see the City of David, visit the lowest place on earth and float on the Dead Sea, explore the Judean desert, and tour ancient religious sites like the Mount of Beatitudes and Megiddo. Round off the tour with stops at Safed to learn about Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) and a free day in the beach city of Tel Aviv.

Blue skies over Jerusalem's Old City
Tel Aviv & Jerusalem - 8 Days

From Mediterranean beaches to the shores of the Dead Sea, this compact 8-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Israel. Splitting your time between modern Tel Aviv and ancient Jerusalem, you'll tour the cities' cultural landmarks and historic highlights before embarking on a series of fascinating day trips into the surrounding landscapes. Take a cable car to the breathtaking hilltop fortress of Masada, wander the colorful markets of Acre, and look out over the Bay of Haifa from the fabled Hanging Gardens of Mount Carmel.

Jerusalem's skyline from the Mount of Olives
Discover Israel & Jordan: Jerusalem, Amman, Petra & Tel Aviv - 9 Days

This 9-day journey through Israel and Jordan introduces you to some of the Middle East's most fascinating cultural and spiritual sites. After strolling the ancient waterfront and modernist squares of Tel Aviv, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to soak up the history and atmosphere of the Old City. Head west into Jordan to discover Roman ruins in Amman, then skirt the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo to reach the spectacular Nabataean city of Petra. After a detour into the wilds of the Wadi Rum desert, it's back to Tel Aviv for some beachside downtime before your departure.

Desert Fortress Masada
Map of Jerusalem, Masada & Dead Sea - 3 Days
Jerusalem, Masada & Dead Sea - 3 Days

Experience Jerusalem's ancient history and the beautiful nature of the Judean Desert on this short and sweet 3-day itinerary. Visit the Tomb of King David and stroll through an open-air market, see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and take in the views from the hilltop Masa fortress. End your trip on the Dead see to experience the rich minerals and world-famous salty water.

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Trip Reviews for Israel

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

A Tailored Trip to Israel with the best driver and guide!
Israel | Nov 7 - Nov 13, 2022

Claire
Claire W.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Samir tailored the type of trip was asked for through Israel abs paired us with an amazing driver and Jerusalem guide. I highly recommend KimKim and Samir to use them as their number one drive and number one guide. Both then tailored our trip even more for us once we could focus on what we really really wanted to see on our trip. Although none of the hotels in our voucher where actually booked due to over flow the replacements hotels were in even better relocation for us to make the most of... read more

Samir tailored the type of trip was asked for through Israel abs paired us with an amazing driver and Jerusalem guide. I highly recommend KimKim and Samir to use them as their number one drive and number one guide. Both then tailored our trip even more for us once we could focus on what we really really wanted to see on our trip. Although none of the hotels in our voucher where actually booked due to over flow the replacements hotels were in even better relocation for us to make the most of our trip… so that was also a major win! Thank you for everything!

Hotel Reviews
Tal By the Beach Hotel
Tel Aviv

Did not stay at any of these hotels but I will say amazing to all as don’t want to hurt the hotels.

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Magdala Tiberias
Migdal

Did not stay at any of these hotels but I will say amazing to all as don’t want to hurt the hotels.

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Harmony Hotel Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Did not stay at any of these hotels but I will say amazing to all as don’t want to hurt the hotels.

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Activity Reviews
JORDAN VALLEY TOUR (J) (Tiberias to Jerusalem)
Israel

This was a great day as we wanted to tailor it complete so our driver suggested the Dead Sea… so we had an incredibly beautiful and fascinating drive to the Dead Sea. Great day!

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TEL AVIV / CAESAREA / HAIFA / ACRE (ACO) / ROSH HANIKRA / GALILEE. (J)
Israel

Loved R.H and Gailiee!!! Everything else was fascinating too but really enjoyed that part of the day.

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Professional, prompt, informative, personable and listened to what we’d like to do and flexible with leaving times from Hotels.
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Safed, Golan Heights
Israel

Banias Springs was lovely to walk round and Golan Golan Heights Fascinating

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JERUSALEM TOUR (J)
Jerusalem

Very moving morning to go to the Holocaust museum. Our guide was phenomenal and changed a lot of the planned day to accommodate what I’d really like to see. Amazing day!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Just like our driver… our guide was Professional, prompt, informative, personable and listened to what we’d like to do and flexible with leaving times from Hotels
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JERUSALEM WEST TOUR (J)
Jerusalem
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BETHLEHEM
Israel

Bethlehem is a must!!!!! Incredible day and again our guide and driver made the day so smooth and amazing!

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Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Hi Clair
Was an honor and pleasure.
would we see you again ?
Be well and safe ?
Sam

Israel and Jordan ... an unforgetable journey
Israel | Apr 27 - May 8, 2022

Gloria
Gloria L.
Bradenton, FL | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

In Israel, our guide Joseph was amazing as he educated us throughout the Old City of Jerusalem. He was knowledgeable and invested in what he was doing. He truly cared and enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Our visit would not have been the same without him.

In Jordan, our guide Wasef was a wealth of information. He was kind, he was informative, and he was passionate about giving us the best experience in our journey. He was energetic, spoke excellent English and negotiated for us on our... read more

In Israel, our guide Joseph was amazing as he educated us throughout the Old City of Jerusalem. He was knowledgeable and invested in what he was doing. He truly cared and enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Our visit would not have been the same without him.

In Jordan, our guide Wasef was a wealth of information. He was kind, he was informative, and he was passionate about giving us the best experience in our journey. He was energetic, spoke excellent English and negotiated for us on our purchases. He helped save us money by his ability to communicate on all levels.

There were so many highlights during our stay, it was absolutely amazing.

Hotel Review
Enjoy Desert camp
Wadi rum

Amazing place, excellent food, wonderful people. A great experience! Highly recommended, it was a highlight of the trip!

Tips for future travelers

This is a must see... enjoy the camel ride!

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I loved it all!
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JERUSALEM / Old City
Israel
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Our guide was name Joseph and he was intelligent, kind, had passion for educating, and was overall one of the best guides we had. He was born inside the Old City and so was his father who is also still living there.... it was a very special experience!
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Local specialist: Samir Bishara
Samir
Samir Bishara
Local specialist in Jordan | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Thank you Gloria
Was our pleasure hosting you, glad to know that you had a peasant trip.
At your service anytime.
Warm regards
Samir

8 nights in Jordan and Israel
Israel | Feb 14 - Feb 21, 2020

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Danielle B.
Rosemead, CA | Reviewed on Mar 01, 2020

First of all, I want to say thank you to Lena for sticking with us! We took months to plan and finalize our trip, and she was with us through it all, changing our itinerary multiple times and answering our seemingly endless questions promptly!

Jordan was full of natural beauty and we LOVED our hike in Dana and our guide Mohammed. Will never forget having Bedouin tea and freshly warmed pitas with him over lunch. Equally lovely was Wadi Rum. Aicha Camp was gorgeous (and they upgraded us to... read more

First of all, I want to say thank you to Lena for sticking with us! We took months to plan and finalize our trip, and she was with us through it all, changing our itinerary multiple times and answering our seemingly endless questions promptly!

Jordan was full of natural beauty and we LOVED our hike in Dana and our guide Mohammed. Will never forget having Bedouin tea and freshly warmed pitas with him over lunch. Equally lovely was Wadi Rum. Aicha Camp was gorgeous (and they upgraded us to a panoramic tent - superb!), and our driver on our Jeep tour, Adam, was wonderful. We loved our driver for the first portion of our Jordan trip, Hasan. Always on time and very kind! The only thing I wish we had done differently is make sure that we had transportation arranged for our day at Petra, as our hotel was a bit off the main Tourism Street (Petra Quattro). It was easy to hire our own guide for Petra at the Visitor's Center, but I'm sure Lena could have arranged this for us in advance had we wanted! I also want to note that we loved our cooking lesson at Beit Sitti in Amman our first evening!

Lena was very helpful in prepping us on what to expect during the border crossing at King Hussein Bridge. We were a little nervous, but it went smoothly and our driver Awas was waiting for us on the other side.

Jerusalem was an overwhelming city, but we had the most wondeful guide two days in a row for it and Bethlehem (I loved that we got the same guide as it really allowed you to make a connection). Ibrahim was one of my favorite tour guides ever, anywhere. If I am back in Jerusalem, I know who I am calling. He even checked in on us a few days later to make sure we were okay and ask if he could help us with anything more! The location of our hotel was pretty great too (Gloria on Latin Patriarchate Street near Jaffa Gate). It was definitely older (the dining area is currently being remodeled), but the location makes that worth it.

I thought the price we paid for the trip was quite fair, and appreciated the flexibility Lena showed in booking everything for us.

Thank you again for an unforgettable trip!

Local specialist: Lena Sluga
Lena
Lena Sluga
Local specialist in Amman | Reviewed on Mar 02, 2020

Hi Danielle,

Thanks a lot for the feedback, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip! It was very nice for me working alongside with you for the past couple of months, and I'm happy that you had the trip you wanted in the end.

I've passed on your wonderful feedback to all the relevant parties (Mohammed, Ibrahim...), they are all very happy to hear :)

All the best for the future,

Lena