Israel is the country where you can combine a rich cultural program with ecotourism, walking and traveling through the desert with active recreation, the bustling atmosphere of large cities with serene beach tranquility. In the majestic Jerusalem, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sights are located literally at every turn. This holy place is the center of pilgrimage for believers from all over the world. Tel Aviv is a strikingly different from the modern bustling city, famous for a large number of restaurants and shops. Travel lovers are attracted by the historical region of Galilee, where the remains of ancient buildings and churches are located.
Israel's third-largest city, the northern capital, located on the Mediterranean coast, is Haifa. It is the only metro city in Israel, but it also has a rather unusual appearance - an underground cable car that connects the Lower and Upper cities. In the upper city, there are entertainment and shopping centers, expensive houses and hotels. The main attraction of the city is Mount Carmel, on which the prophet Elijah lived. Today, the mountain is decorated with magnificent gardens and parks, with scenic landscapes overlooking the city and the surrounding area, as well as the grand Bahai Temple, decorated with Persian gardens, which is a true masterpiece of landscape art. There are many museums in Haifa: Museum of Ancient World History, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Japanese Art, Museum of Music, National Maritime Museum, Haifa Museum. The beaches of the city are known far beyond the country: almost 5 kilometers in length, they are the cleanest and probably the most beautiful in Israel. From Haifa, you can go on excursions to the Western Galilee, Nazareth, Acre, Carmelim, famous for its wine cellars.
Israel restaurants, as well as hotels, offer high-quality products and excellent service. Hotel breakfasts are rich and delicious, with a wide selection of light and wholesome meals (dairy, fruits, greens, eggs). The cost of dining at restaurants and cafes is quite high, so be prepared for this, but the dishes are professionally and deliciously prepared. It offers both Eastern and European cuisine.
Traveling to Israel will, in any case, be interesting, but remember that not all residents of the country speak Russian, so it is advisable to know at least a minimum of English. During the excursions and meetings with the Bedouins it is good to have small dollar bills because the inhabitants of the desert are unlikely to find a deposit of $ 10-20. The Sabbath is a holy day for the Jews and is revered at the state level. From Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon, some cities in Israel do not operate shops, restaurants, and have no transportation. In order not to spoil your mood and rest, you should be prepared for this state of affairs.