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Israel is located at the fulcrum of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is one of the world's oldest centres of faith and civilisation. The State of Israel was established in 1948 but has long been considered a Holy Land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike.

Jerusalem, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, is a fascinating blend of cultures. In the old city you will see priests and nuns alongside mullahs and rabbis, churches of every denomination share the spotlight with the gold domed mosque of the Haram-al-Sharif, while the wailing wall nearby bustles with activity. Alongside the devotion, Jerusalem is also a very busy market place. Capital of Israel, Tel Aviv, is a lively and modern city. It has good beaches, top restaurants and excellent nightlife.

Israel's club scene is part of the international circuit, drawing DJ's and club fans from North America and Europe to all-night parties. Head out on the coastal road to Caesarea and explore ancient Roman and Crusader ruins, or take a boat ride on the tranquil Sea of Galilee Sea, site of an ancient wooden boat said to date back to the times of Jesus. This is the place where biblical figures trod and the land oozes history and significance. The Negev desert dominates the south. Follow the River Jordan to the shores of the Dead Sea, lowest place on the planet and one of the hottest regions in the world. Enjoy a dip in the therapeutic and mineral-rich waters. Nearby is the awe-inspiring fortress of Masada where, around 70AD, a brave band of Jewish zealots held out for three years against the Roman legions. The caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, are just up the road. Israel has a network spa resorts in the Galilee, at the Dead Sea and at Eilat which lies at the southernmost point of Israel. This Red Sea beach resort is a tourist hot spot and world-class dive site.

 

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