#Travel: Discover Israel, one of 2019’s hottest destinations

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Tourism to Israel is growing by leaps and bounds!

Recently released statistics show that by the end of 2018 Israel will surpass 1 million tourists from North America and 4 million globally, breaking all previous records. With iconic religious sites, historical monuments that date back 5,000 years, golden beaches and pulsating cities, it’s little wonder this remarkable nation has moved to the top of travelers’ bucket lists.

Here are a few of the remarkable 2019 trips to Israel offered by Insight Vacations:

Israel Discovery: This astounding 8-day journey brings biblical stories to life. You’ll visit some of the world’s most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites and walk in the footsteps of Jesus as you journey from his birthplace to the site of his crucifixion. See both modern Tel Aviv and the ancient city of Jaffa, and enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner with a local family. Visit the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth, built on the site where the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary, and later get a brief introduction to life on a kibbutz. Take a dip in the buoyant salt waters of the Dead Sea, and ride the cable car to the fortress of Masada. See Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial and visit the museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and see the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Stations of the Cross.

Israel and Jordan with Dead Sea: This epic 15-day itinerary visits iconic religious sites and fascinating hidden gems of both Israel and Jordan, where Roman legions, Muslim armies and Christian crusaders all made their mark. You’ll discover modern Tel Aviv as well as the ancient markets and squares of Jaffa, and enjoy a Shabbat dinner with a local family. See the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Ride the cable car to the top of Masada, float in the Dead Sea, and get an introduction to life on a kibbutz. Marvel at the rose-red city of Petra, then wind your way through the canyon to explore the Roman Amphitheatre, which once seated 3,000 spectators, and the ancient tombs.

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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