Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea

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  • 1. Beit Guvrin–Maresha National Park

    Ruins

    This national park encompasses some 1,250 acres of rolling hills in the Judean lowlands, where for thousands of years people dug quarries, burial...Read More

  • 2. Church of the Nativity

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At this church marking the traditional site of the birth of Jesus, the stone exterior is crowned by the crosses of the three denominations sharing...Read More

  • 3. Clos de Gat

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Winemaker Eyal Rotem puts a premium on quality at this boutique estate winery that produces 90,000 bottles a year. While it's not kosher, the...Read More

  • 4. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

    Ruins

    This beautiful nature reserve has a number of well-marked trails to explore, all of which are off the main entrance. It is home to Nahal David...Read More

  • 5. Jericho Cable Car

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    To the west of Tel Jericho is the Mount of Temptation, identified by tradition as the "exceedingly high mountain" from which Satan tempted Jesus...Read More

  • 6. Masada

    Ruins

    A symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, Masada (Hebrew for "fortress") towers majestically over the western shore of the Dead Sea. Its unusual...Read More

  • 7. Milk Grotto

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Legend has it that when Mary stopped here to nurse the baby Jesus, a drop of milk fell on the floor in this cavelike grotto and the walls turned...Read More

  • 8. Mini Israel

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    One of the most popular attractions in Israel, this theme park spreads over 13 acres and contains nearly 400 models of the most important historical...Read More

  • 9. Qumran National Park

    Ruins

    The sandy caves in the cliffs north of the Dead Sea yielded the most significant archaeological find ever made in Israel: the Dead Sea Scrolls...Read More

  • 10. Sataf

    Farm/Ranch

    Just outside Jerusalem, Sataf was one of many Arab villages that were abandoned in the 1948 War of Independence. You can hike here on well-marked...Read More

  • 11. Shepherds' Fields

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just east of Bethlehem is the town of Beit Sahour, famous in Christian tradition for the Shepherds' Fields, where herdsmen received the "tidings...Read More

  • 12. Synergy Spa

    Spa–Sight

    At the Ein Gedi Hotel's impressive spa, you can float in an indoor pool rich in sulfur, magnesium, and potassium as you enjoy the stunning view...Read More

  • 13. Abeer Haela

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Aram Dekel was the first to brew beer in the rolling green hills of the Ella Valley, brimming with biblical history. Some of his bottles evoke...Read More

  • 14. Arava Road

    Scenic Drive

    Traversing the Arava Valley from Ein Bokek to Eilat, the 177-km (111-mile) Route 90 parallels the Israel-Jordan border, almost touching it at...Read More

  • 15. Auja Eco Center

    Educational Institution

    This tiny Palestinian village north of Jericho has turned an acute water shortage into an ecotourism opportunity at this center. Established...Read More

  • 16. Biankini Beach

    Beach

    This beautiful beach has a spa with mineral treatments and massages and a Moroccan restaurant serving couscous on imported crockery. There is...Read More

  • 17. Buster's Beverage Co.

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    South African Denny Neilson brews alcoholic apple cider and hard lemonade in Beit Shemesh. The brewery is named for the family dog; the cider...Read More

  • 18. Church of St. Catherine

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by Franciscans in 1882, Bethlehem's Roman Catholic parish church incorporates remnants of its 12th-century Crusader predecessor. Note...Read More

  • 19. Dig for a Day

    Ruins

    Archaeological Seminars, in Jerusalem, runs this program at Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park. The three-hour activity includes supervised digging...Read More

  • 20. Domaine du Castel

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This vineyard consistently produces some of the country's best wines. The small winery, with its exquisite cellar, runs tours and tastings of...Read More

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