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Beautiful Churches You Must See While on a Christian Tour to Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on September 13, 2018

Israel is a place of great religious and historical significance an extremely important place for millions of people across the world. No wonder then that there are mesmerising churches of great historical and cultural significance everywhere in Israel, from Roman Catholic to Greek Orthodox churches, from old edifices to modern structures. These architectural beauties are visited throughout the year and are packed during Easter and Christmas periods, welcoming all travellers who wish to enter. When on a Holy Land Christian tour to Israel, here are some of the most beautiful churches to visit.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Visiting Some of the Greatest Jewish Monuments in Eastern Europe

Posted by Gil Travel on September 6, 2018

It is impossible to make a mistake when choosing which monument to see while on a Jewish tour of Eastern Europe. There is truly a great number of Jewish monuments in this part of the world, and it is extremely difficult choosing just a few to highlight here, so we will be taking a closer look into some famous and some lesser known, but all extremely relevant memorials one ought to visit in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, respectively.

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Fantastic Places to See on the Israel National Trail

Posted by Gil Travel on August 30, 2018

For those who want to enjoy the beauty of Israel, of its nature, of its ancient and its modern sides, as well as meet friendly Israelis along the way and spend time with the welcoming locals in kibbutzim, learning about their unique culture, the Israel National Trail is a perfect opportunity to do just that during one of the best tours to Israel from the USA. This hiking path was inaugurated in 1995 and, being 1,015km long, it crosses the entire country, taking 45-60 days to complete. Its northern end is near the Lebanese border at Dan, while its southern end is Eilat, on the Red Sea. National Geographic listed it as one of the most “epic trails”. It is now divided into smaller sections that can be completed in a couple of days.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Rosh HaNikra Grottoes: One-of-a-kind Experience

Posted by Gil Travel on August 23, 2018

A visit to Rosh Hanikra is, without a doubt, an unforgettable experience that you cannot have in any other place in the world. This geological formation and its vast network of grottoes and caves are located along the Mediterranean coastline in the Western Galilee region, on the border between Israel and Lebanon. The enchanting scenery and the historical significance of Rosh HaNikra make it a place truly worth visiting.

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Fairy-tale Palaces in St. Petersburg You Must See to Believe

Posted by Gil Travel on August 16, 2018

We all dream of spending some time in fairy-tale-like castles, to walk below high gilded ceilings and over marble floors, to waltz in gorgeous ballrooms underneath grand chandeliers, or to climb grand staircases towards richly decorated rooms. If you wish to take a glimpse into the lives of the aristocracy and Russia’s rich history, there is no better place than St. Petersburg’s palaces. Many rulers had a place to call home in this city of turquoise, deep red, white, pinkish, and golden-yellow edifices.

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Jewish Heritage in Russia: Must-See Places

Posted by Gil Travel on August 9, 2018

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The history of Jewish people in Russia is long and complex. In 1913, the Russian Empire was home to the largest population of Jews in the world – between 5.3 and 6 million people. Even though the community thrived for centuries, Jews were deported to the Pale of Settlement. During the Soviet rule, some Jews converted to Orthodox Christianity or hid their identity, while others left the country. Russia is a very different country now, and Russian Jews are reconnecting with their heritage and reviving the culture. If you’d like to explore Jewish history of Russia on your escorted tour to Eastern Europe, here are some significant places you will visit.

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Fun Things to See and Do in Prague as Recommended by Locals

Posted by Gil Travel on August 6, 2018

Visiting famous tourist sites is a lot of fun for most of us. Yet, many of us would also like to explore the other side of cities we visit – that known only to the locals. Prague is the place of dreams, filled with castles, fabulous architecture, thriving art scene, celebrated beer, and much more, but it’s also the perfect city for those who are looking for places and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. So, when you join one of many available escorted tours, you will have a chance to visit the following hidden gems recommended by locals, in order to have a unique and full Czech experience.

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Topics: escorted tours

Exploring Israel through wine tours

Posted by Chaim Helfgott LLM on August 2, 2018

A few words about the history of wine tours

Wine regions in France such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire and the Rhône have always been popular destinations with wine lovers. These regions produce the most sought-after wines in the world, and for avid wine lovers a visit to these vineyards and wineries is comparable to a religious pilgrimage. However, many of the destinations—Bordeaux and Burgundy, for example offer little else of interest to visitors from overseas; if not for the wine, there is very little reason to explore the region.

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Picturesque Rosh Pina: Things to See and Do

Posted by Gil Travel on July 30, 2018

If you are looking for picturesque alleys, cute cafés, and wonderful scenery, Rosh Pina is the perfect place for you. Located in the Upper Galilee, this charming small town neighbours Safed, and with Hazor, they make a three-city attraction famous for their rich history, spectacular scenery, light industry (things like consumer electronics or the clothing industry. It's less capital-dependent and more manufacturing oriented), and tourism. Rosh Pina was founded in 1882 by 30 families who emigrated from Romania, and it was the first settlement in Israel under the Baron Edmond James de Rothschild’s patronage. Rothschild built a synagogue first, followed by houses and schools, and this is what we know today as the old, lovely neighbourhood of Rosh Pina and a town of some 3000 residents.

Here are a few places in Rosh Pina you will be able to check out during an escorted tour.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Historical Places to Visit in Josefov (Jewish Quarter) in Prague

Posted by Gil Travel on July 26, 2018

While on one of the escorted tours to Eastern Europe, consider visiting Josefov. It occupies an extremely relevant place in the history of the Czech Republic. Located between Prague’s Old Town Square and the Vltava River, the history of this Jewish Quarter starts with the 13th-century order for Jewish people to settle in one region. Besides Jewish people from Prague, those banished from Moravia, Germany, Austria, and Spain settled here too over time. Huge parts of Josefov, aka the Prague Jewish Ghetto, were destroyed and remodelled over the centuries, but the most significant structures survived. Today they form the Jewish Museum in Prague, the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in Europe.

Here are some of the places you ought to visit in Josefov.

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Topics: World Travel