Old City of Jaffa

Elma Arts Complex Hotel

The Dead Sea

Masada

 

 

There are many reasons why a trip to Israel would be lots of fun. It’s exotic, different, rich in culture and history, and it’s an absolutely amazing culinary destination. The country, due to its size, is easy to travel through and you can easily go from one city to another to get the full experience.

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Beit Kandinoff

 

Tel Aviv has an awesome vibe – the architecture is interesting and the design of restaurants and bars is incredibly artsy. I highly recommend going to Racha and Beit Kandinof. A stop in the Old City of Jaffa is worth it if you like to bargain your way through flea markets, where you can find all kinds of unexpected objects and clothes. You can also visit older buildings, stop by one of the street cafés and restaurants, or enjoy more delicious food.

Old City of Jaffa

Old City of Jaffa

If you enjoy drinking wine, you must spend a night at Assaf Winery in the Golan Heights. A family-owned winery and bed and breakfast, they have the best pairing of tapas and wines located in a splendid oasis of tranquility. An option for art lovers is the spectacular hotel built in Zichron Ya’akov by award-winning architect Yaakov Rechter, the Elma Arts Complex Hotel.

All of this makes for a perfect warm-up to the magical town of Jerusalem, a place you think you know, but will take you by surprise with its enchanting ambiance. This is it. So much has taken place here and it’s the birthplace of three crucial religions; Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It will push the limits of wonder and it’s like travelling in time, a spiritual experience that will change your perception of time and history.

 

 

Masada

Mahane Yehuda Market

Machneyuda

Machneyuda

Elma Arts Complex Hotel

Mahane Yehuda Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should plan to visit for at least two days, as there is much to see. I stayed at the Orient Hotel Jerusalem. I also went on a culinary tour in Mahane Yehuda Market. You need to go to the restaurant Machneyuda, described as an “organized chaos” by Chef Assaf Granit, which was rated the best restaurant in the country. Granit even co-owns the award-winning Palomar in London. You should also check out Jachnun Bar while you’re in Jerusalem, which serves the most delicious Malawach, a flaky, fried bread traditional in Yemeni and Israeli cuisines.

This incredible experience doesn’t stop here. You should visit the famous Masada and then close by, the wondrous Dead Sea. For a grandiose finale, make a stop at the Beresheet Hotel. This five-star hotel is in the middle of the dessert and next to the Ramon Crater. It’s quite modern and you’ll feel as though you’re hiding away in a James Bond movie. This is a perfect oasis to reflect on your journey, and I can’t think of a better way to end such an incredible experience.

 

Beresheet Hotel

Beresheet Hotel

Beresheet Hotel

Beresheet Hotel

 

 

This trip was made possible through REALITY Style and Design, an amazing initiative on behalf of the Schusterman Foundation. This family foundation is a global organization that supports high-quality education and inspires leaders to take action and “tikkun olam,” which is Hebrew for repairing the world. They encourage social change and innovation within our industry and community. I will always be grateful for such a mindful experience and an amazing itinerary provided by Roots Travel. They had the absolute best tour guides and I highly recommend it for a better travel experience.

For some people, Israel is a dream destination, a place to visit for its fascinating history. It’s true that there is a dense layer of conflicts overshadowing the country with no simple solution. Everyone has their own perception, experience, and reality. Israel, however, is guaranteed to take you on a spiritual journey that will enrich your culture and deepen your vision of the world. If I could have extended my trip I would have made it to the Palestinian side and tried to expand my understanding on the long-lasting conflict. My trip is far from over, as I’m sure I will be taking the time to visit again and make it across that border.

One thing is for sure: this cradle of civilization will leave you a changed person.

 

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