When planning your year, scheduling time for relaxation is just as important as scheduling meetings or a big business trip. Vacations are a time when you rest your body and recharge your soul.
January may seem a bit too early in the year to be planning vacations, but to those who know about productivity and time management, it’s as natural as the sun rising in the east.
If you’re considering a trip to Israel in 2022 and want to make the most of your time there, you might want to consider a guided tour of Israel to make sure you hit all the important sites.
Israel day tours often consist of all the city’s sights: from the mountains to the sea, important sites and museums, and the best restaurants around. However, if you’re Jewish and are looking for a more spiritual experience, you may want to consider a Jewish Tour of Israel.
Home to Jerusalem, Israel is the historical center of plenty of stories told in the Tanakh and dotted with many locations to visit and affirm your faith. Any Israel Jewish tour should include at least some of the following sites in their itinerary.
Valley of Elah
A great way to start your tour is at the Valley of Elah, the stage of the battle between David and Goliath. Though you will probably not see any giants, you can still walk through a field of sunflowers, anemones, and lupins.
The Temple Mount
Time later, David, now king of Israel and Judah, would conquer the city of Jerusalem where he was to raise an altar to God at The Temple Mount. Now considered the holiest place in Judaism, it is an epicenter of Israel’s history and God’s dwelling place and ministry on this earth. This is where Solomon built the first Jewish Temple.
Not too far from here, you will find the Western Wall (Kotel HaMaaravi in Hebrew), also known as The Wailing Wall. This is the last remnant of the Second Jewish Temple and has heard Jewish prayers for centuries.
The Mountain of Sodom
If you’re looking for another famous scene from the bible, the Mountain of Sodom is a view for the list. Made almost entirely of Rock Salt, it is a site to ponder the consequences of vice and sin.
Not far from it, you can find a pillar of salt believed to be Lot’s wife after ignoring the angel’s instruction and looking back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Mount of Olives
For a final stop on your Jewish heritage tour, the Mount of Olives is a mountain that has served as a burial ground for Jewish people for 3000 years. With around 150,000 graves of notable rabbinic figures and the tombs of the prophets Haggai, Zachariah and Malachi.
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This overview is but a fraction of the historical and biblical sites that wait in Israel, not to mention all the other beautiful natural wonders like the Dead Sea,Ein Gedi, and Gan HaShlosha.
To make sure you can fully experience Israel on your 2022 holiday, ITAS Tours is a travel planning and advisory service for trips to Israel. We offer custom tours so you can experience Israel’s culture, environment and cuisine in full, all at your own leisure.
Let us do the planning, and we’ll make sure you have a wonderful and fulfilling vacation.