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Cheap flights to Israel

Enigmatic Israel is one of the most fascinating countries in the world today. Few others can boast a biblical capital that was founded in 3000BC and one where Judaism, Christianity and Islam all converge.

Located at the far eastern edge of the Mediterranean, Israel boasts an enviable climate, perfect for enjoying the blissful experience of floating in the salt-laden Dead Sea, a vast lake bordering Jordan; or the Red Sea – a slice of Indian Ocean nestled between Africa and Asia. The Red Sea, with its 5-star diving resorts, is renowned for its perfect underwater corals, that scuba divers of all levels can enjoy. White sandy beaches, rocky deserts and lush green valleys complete Israel’s spectacular geography.

In this living, breathing museum, the bible comes almost to life through Israel’s collection of astounding ecclesiastical architecture – the foremost three in the world being the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock; all located in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Despite Israel’s enduring, more traditional sites like Shuk HaCarmel spice market and Mahane Yehuda souk that offer a chaotic, colourful and aromatic experience; it is also a very modern country. Haifa and Eilat present visitors with luxury resorts and find dining while Tel Aviv is a dazzling sea of skyscrapers and snake-like super highways with bustling cafes, high class hotels, bars, clubs and glamorous beaches. Despite the modernity on offer, it is more than advisable to try Israel’s mouth-watering street food that can be found on most roadsides. 

Visiting the old city of Akko with its minarets, temples and citadels whisks visitors to the days of the Crusaders, the Ottomans and Napoleon. Wander the perfect Persian Gardens in Haifa’s German Colony or make the pilgrimage to the breath-taking Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane or the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. Explore the winding cobbled lanes and bustling souks in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth before touring Israel Museum in Jerusalem to marvel at the Dead Sea Scrolls. Learn more about Israel’s painful past in the extraordinary Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

Hikers and lovers of the outdoors have the Negev Desert on their doorstep with its phenomenal Ramon Crater that is 28 miles long and 5 miles wide. It can be hiked on foot, by jeep or on horseback. A climb to the top of Masada Palace’s hilltop perch will be rewarded with views across the Dead Sea. With over 60 National Parks, Israel has no shortage of natural beauty and mind-blowing archaeological sites.

Alternatively, take advantage of Israel’s four coasts with their pristine beaches or the heavenly spa treatments available along the Dead Sea coast. These really will make you float away.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

The main airport in Israel is Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport located 12 miles from Tel Aviv. It can be reached by car in approximately 20 minutes. The airport is 31 miles from Jerusalem.  A train service operates from the airport to central Tel Aviv taking just 15 minutes. Local bus 5 runs regularly from the airport connecting it with central Tel Aviv and other destinations. Taxis are also available for hire.

What you need to know

Currency: The New Shekel

Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Israel for a period of up to 90 days, but a passport valid for six months from the date of entry is a requirement. Nationals of other countries may require an entry visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age for purchasing alcohol in Israel is 18. Alcohol is not available in the Islamic communities of Jordan and the West Bank apart from for tourists in local hotels and some restaurants. It is wise not to carry alcohol around in these areas. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places including restaurants, cafes, and bars and on all public transport.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Israel is in spring and autumn when temperatures are not as scorchingly hot as during the summer months. The Red Sea Resorts are busiest during the hot summer months and flights are also at their peak prices during this time. Winters in Israel can be cool in the north with some light rain but snow is rare. Israel makes a good all year round beach destination.

Orthodox Christmas is celebrated in January while February brings the famous Jerusalem international Book Fair. April is a moving collection of Holocaust Remembrance events. The Israeli Festival kicks off the summer in June with opera, theatre, dance and music while July boasts the wonderful Film Festival showcasing local and international talent. The Kite Flying Festival in August is one not to miss. Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, is celebrated in September before Ramadan in November. Christmas comes to Israel in December with processions and services held across the country. 

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