What to see in Israel in 3 days
Israel is a country with a history of many thousands of years. Despite the small size of Israel, sights of different eras are found at almost every step …
If you came to this amazing country for a short time, but want to see as many attractions as possible, it is better to make radial trips from the city where you stayed.
Jerusalem is the oldest city in the Middle East. The list of its attractions is not at all limited to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Kubbat al-Sahra mosque and the Wailing Wall.If you have only three days at your disposal, devote them to the historical part of Jerusalem: meet the dawn on Mount of Olives, take a walk along the fortress wall, visit the observation deck of the Austrian hospice, get lost in the ruins of the abandoned village of Elevator and enjoy the silence in cozy Yemin Moshe. And if you still want to see other cities, use public transport, which is very well developed in Israel.
In this city, according to the gospel, Jesus Christ was born. From here comes the biblical king David.
In addition to the Basilica of the Nativity of Christ, one of the most significant shrines of the Christian world, there are many other religious buildings in Bethlehem and its environs.
Getting to Bethlehem from Jerusalem on your own is not so easy. Bus No. 231 runs from Damascus Gate to the checkpoint on the Palestinian-Israeli border. To get to the key sights of the city, use local public transport or a taxi.
Masada fortress is located on top of one of the cliffs of the Judean desert. Over 2000 years ago, it served as a refuge for the family of King Herod the Great and a repository of royal gold. In the year 67 e. the Romans took the fortress. Three years later, not wanting to give up, Jewish men inside the fortress killed their wives and children, and then each other – by lot.
When the last man remained, he set fire to the fortress and burned himself alive. Now the ruins of the Herod’s palace, synagogue, bathhouse, Byzantine monastery, water tanks, as well as fragments of wall paintings and mosaics have been preserved on the territory of the complex.
Buses to Masada depart every hour from Jerusalem’s central bus station and stop at the foot of the mountain. Not far from the stop there is an information center where you need to buy a ticket to the fortress itself and to the funicular (optional). The mountain offers incredible views of the mountains and the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is called the saltiest lake in the world. Due to the high salt content, its water is not suitable for fish and other organisms. Due to the unique composition of salts and minerals, the water and mud of the Dead Sea have healing properties.
The Dead Sea
In addition, the Dead Sea is the lowest land on the planet, and the oxygen content here is 10% higher than over other bodies of water. Swimming in the sea and even getting close to it is allowed only on the beaches of comfortable resorts, otherwise you can fall under the hard salt crust. Before swimming, it is advisable to wear goggles for swimming: if water gets into your eyes, rest on the Dead Sea will be ruined. Keep in mind that the beaches of the saltiest lake in the world are always crowded.
The Dead Sea
The most popular Israeli Dead Sea resorts are Ein Bokek and Ein Gedi. You can feel the state of weightlessness after walking around the Masada fortress. Buses run regularly between the Masada Center bus station and resorts. Ein Bokek can be reached in 15 minutes by buses No. 444, No. 384 and No. 486, and to Ein Gedi in 30 minutes by buses No. 384 or No. 486. From Jerusalem to Ein Bokek there are buses No. 444 and No. 486, to Ein Gedi – No. 486. Travel time is 1.5 hours.
If you went to Jerusalem directly from the airport, be sure to devote a day to Tel Aviv.
This is a real city of contrasts: from the promenade, along which ultra-modern hotels are built, a view of ancient Jaffa opens, and skyscrapers rise in the background of small, cozy houses of Neve Tzedek.
It is best to immediately leave for the northern part of the city, relax after the road in Yarkon Park, then slowly move towards Jaffa.
You should definitely visit Bialik Square and Dizengoff Square, take a walk along Allenby Street, collect seashells on the beach near Charles Clor Park, walk along the streets of the old Neve Tzedek and watch the sunset in Jaffa.
And after sunset, you can admire the evening Tel Aviv from the observation deck of the Azrieli Tower.
Tel Aviv Central Bus Station has a bus number 405 every 15 minutes. In order not to get lost and get to the bus stop, install the MoveIt application on your phone: all Israelis use it.
From Tel Aviv and Netanya
In the former capital of Israel, keeping up with the times, usually come to business conferences or for treatment.