A Spring Trip through Israel: Biblical Sites, Adventure Travel and a Modern Metropolis

The view from Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev desert of southern Israel

The view from Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev desert of southern Israel

Like many other first-time visitors to Israel, I was excited about visiting some of the country’s many Biblical sites that have remained, for centuries, holy pilgrimage destinations. They include religious heavyweights like the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount, Golgotha (where Christ was crucified) and, of course, the tomb where he resurrected from the dead.

I also got a chance to look at more contemporary sites such as the spectacular Israel Museum (where the Dead Sea scrolls are exhibited) and the modern Tel Aviv Museum of the Arts. With added elements to my itinerary, I also tapped into several adventure tourism escapades, namely hiking (lots of it and in interesting places), rappelling, biking, swimming in the Dead Sea, jeep touring through the Negev Desert, and Segway-ing along the promenade that skirts the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv.

My seven-day Israeli visit at the beginning of March came with mild, comfortable temperatures, elaborate breakfast buffets at my hotels and incredible evening meals at some noteworthy restaurants—plus indelible impressions of the nation, its rich religious heritage and its amazing topography; its mix of peoples; and its colorful blend of ancient and modern cultures.

In the capable hands of private tour guide Uri Golani I joined two other adventurous travelers and took a rather eccentric path southward from Jerusalem, past Masada and the Dead Sea into the sparsely populated Negev and the Makhtesh Ramon, a unique geological “crater” that’s part of Israel’s largest national park. From here, we ventured north again to the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv with its oceanside swatch of skyscrapers that abruptly merges into the ancient and lovely port of Jaffa.

Read about my Israeli adventures in three parts, all linked below:

 


For more information on Israel, log onto visitisrael.com.

Dave Zuchowski

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Rate this post

About the Author

Dave Zuchowski
Dave Zuchowski has been writing about travel for more than 25 years, and his articles have made the pages of many newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Tribune-Review, the Erie Times, the Hartford Currant, the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, AAA, Pathfinders, West Virginia Magazine, Southsider, and Westsylvania. For 10 years, he was the travel correspondent for the 86 newspaper consortium, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., and his travel articles are posted to the cnhinews.com website.His travels have taken him to Europe seven times, to Mexico several times, to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, almost all of Canada's provinces from Newfoundland to British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and all 50 US states. Some of his favorite places are the Cote d'Azur, California, Portugal, France, Oregon, Mexico, Napa and Sonoma, New England and Quebec - both the city and province.

Be the first to comment on "A Spring Trip through Israel: Biblical Sites, Adventure Travel and a Modern Metropolis"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.