Israel cruises

Israel. The name alone carries weighty connotations of religious devotion, natural beauty and incomparable history. A place where you will not only encounter some of the most revered religious sites in the world, but also some unexpected treasures that will last long in the memory.

Highlights

The capital city Jerusalem is – perhaps unsurprisingly – the number one tourist destination in all of Israel. The Old City of Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and is filled with historical and religious buildings, sites and relics. While in Jerusalem, make sure to visit the City of David. This is the oldest part of Jerusalem, and the main attraction is Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a 1600-foot long passage. And of course, no visit to Jerusalem is complete without a visit to the Dome of the Rock, one of the most photographed buildings on earth. Housing a stone that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, it was here that Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son, according to the Jewish faith.

Another must-see destination during your Israel cruise is Tel Aviv, sometimes called the ‘white city’ thanks to the abundance of white buildings. It is the second largest city in Israel, and also one of its most modern and exciting. It occupies a long, sunny slice of coastline and is renowned for culinary innovation and outgoing lifestyle. Whilst here, head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bauhaus Buildings that give the city its nickname, or one of the many museums and art galleries such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Beit Hatfutsot. To experience historic Tel Aviv, take a stroll in the Old Port, the Old Railway Station, or the vibrant Carmel Market – the metaphorical heart of the city.

Location

Israeli cuisine also deserves a mention, and is notable for its fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Baba ghanoushshawarma and falafel are all traditional dishes that you will have the chance to try during your Israel cruise.

Climate

For the most part, and particularly in the northern and coastal regions, Israel has a warm, Mediterranean climate. The summers are hot, long and dry, while the winters can be cooler and rainy. The eastern and southern parts of Israel have more of a harsh, arid climate.

It is well worth packing light yet protective clothing to keep your skin safe in the heat.

Important information

The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic, although there are a host of other languages and dialects spoken in communities across the country.

The currency used in Israel is the Israeli New Shekel (NIS). You will generally need to tip 10-15% in restaurants as service charge is rarely included on the bill. 

Ports we visit in Israel