April 7th 2015
Walk into any travel agency or click on any general travel site on the internet, and your head will soon be swimming with dozens, if not hundreds, of potential destinations that are some combination of exotic, relaxing, affordable and/or exciting. There are so many wonderful places in the world to see.
But a trip to Israel is so much more than just another travel adventure. Whether you’re looking for ancient ruins, Mediterranean beaches, sacred spaces to rouse your spiritual side, mountains to hike and scale, spas to pamper you, or museums to roam, Israel won’t disappoint you. You might even reconnect with yourself while visiting here.
And since the Land of Israel is deeply connected to, and profoundly significant to, three major world religions, every Jewish and Christian tourist to Israel has a chance to connect with his or her faith, heritage, identity and history by experiencing the country’s most significant points of interest.
For Jewish tourists, these sites include the Kotel (Western Wall) and the entire Old City of Jerusalem; Masada, where a group of Jewish survivors from the destruction of the Second Temple took refuge against the Roman army; and the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem. For Christians, a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was taken off the cross and buried, the Via Deloros,a where Jesus walked after his sentencing; Bethlehem, where he was born; and the Sea of Galilee, where he was raised and taught, are must-see destinations.
Even if you were born into one of these religious traditions but don’t feel particularly connected in your daily life, you’re likely to find that a trip to Israel helps you appreciate and come closer to your cultural heritage.
In addition, many ancient and modern destinations in Israel offer tourists opportunities to mark family celebrations in extra-meaningful ways. There’s no better place than Israel to enjoy milestone birthday parties, weddings, wedding vow renewals, Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrations, ceremonies welcoming new babies into the tradition of their ancestors and more. Depending on the location, catering a special meal on the site itself may be worth considering. Your travel consultant can help you sort out all these details. Without question, scheduling a family celebration at one of Israel’s hundreds of significant destinations offers much joy, amazing photos and once-in-a-lifetime memories that will not quickly be forgotten.