Get a registered tour guide as there is far too much history here to try to tackle it all alone. This list captures maybe 2% of the places and not 1/10,000th of the amazing details.
An interesting historic settlement, and the location of the recording of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Kibbutz Kalya, Kalia, Israel
The center of it all. Go on a Friday evening to see the Orthodox welcome Shabbat.
West Bank, Jerusalem
Another chance to “walk the original paths”
Walk the Main Street of Byzantine Jerusalem, and from time to time peek down through time to the thousands of years before
Fascinating history here and obvious religious significance. Ask about the ladder out front.
Christian Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
Actually the stations of the cross are all over the place and I don’t feel like making so many posts right now, but go to all of them
Via Dolorosa St, Jerusalem
Go with someone who can tell you the stories of the people who fought and died for freedom and dignity, and who rest here.
Fascinating history and views
Mt of Olives, Jerusalem
Just gorgeous (gorges?)
One of the four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Tzfat, and Caesarea, sitting on the Yam Kineret.
Spend time in this ancient city. Walk the Streets. Welcome Shabbat with the Kabbalists who are waiting here for the Messiah
The oldest continually-inhabited site on earth. Visit the remains of the Crusader fortress
The Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee
More of a creek, but an important one
Go SCUBA diving and swim with dolphins in the Red Sea
The ancient port of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
See the desert bloom. Try to arrange to spend a night or two with the Bedouin
Be'er Sheva, Israel
Crusader Tiberias from the Crusader States period
If you really want to chase down the JC side of things
Walk the streets through Jerusalem’s old city
Armenian Quarter, Jerusalem
Beautiful desert-scape. Best seen from the air
A 2200 year old wine press in a garden
hagat Tel Aviv
They keep finding more so always return here, but see subterranean Jerusalem, walk the original Streets, and come as close to the Holy of Hokies as anyone can
Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
Grab a drink at the iconic hotel where the British overlords sat and oppressed the locals while playing them off each other
23 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel
An ancient man-made quarry rich in history
An ancient and beautiful necropolis from the time of the Mishnah following the First Jewish Revolt against Rome
Another signpost to the development of civilization
One of many kibbutzim you can and absolutely should visit
Sde Boker, Israel
Another iconic biblical site
Historic and a place for a beautiful walk
Home of the original pillar of salt
Not quite a manger anymore
Israel is full of beautiful wadis and oases to hike around, but this is a pretty cool formation
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