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What is Abraham’s Path and Why It’s Perfect for You

Posted by Gil Travel on October 23, 2019

If you ever wanted to walk on a path that leads through various places associated with Abraham/Ibrahim, you’re in luck, as such an exciting and enriching path really exists. This cultural route called Abraham’s Path is comprised of several regions. It offers a hugely important experience, because it allows those who walk on it to connect with their fellow travelers, but also reconnect with their origins. What we find here is great hospitality and kindness, as well as knowledge about each site we visit and its peoples, and how those two are connected to Abraham. We’ll meet the wonderfully diverse communities that live in these areas, which themselves are linked by their common heritage and Abraham/Ibrahim as their common ancestor. 

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Topics: Israel Travel, World Travel

Four Nabataean Towns on the Negev Incense Route

Posted by Gil Travel on October 15, 2019

Welcome to a fascinating and ancient site, of a great historical significance for a number of nations and through multiple centuries. The Negev Incense Route encompasses incense roads, as well as the spice and luxury goods routes, which once linked Arabia to the Mediterranean, all the way back during the Hellenistic-Roman period. Knowing this, you can imagine its relevance at the time. The end of the incense route in the Negev Region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides the forts, caravanserai, and the irrigation system, you’ll find here the four Nabataean towns, situated on the main route from Gaza to Petra, which prospered particularly between 300 BC and 200 AD. The Nabataeans were an Arab people who lived in the northern Arabia and the Southern Levant, and they were immensely skilled at engineering in the difficult conditions of the region. You can witness their way of life in the antiquity, and see just how masterful they were, in their four ancient cities.

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Topics: Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage

Choose Your VFI (Volunteers for Israel) Adventure

Posted by Gil Travel on October 10, 2019

There are many types of tours that Gil Travel offers, and each is special in its own right. However, this time, one of Gil’s newest offers to travelers deserves to be highlighted – Volunteers for Israel (VFI). There are many things that make this tour phenomenal, a major one being that anybody, no matter the age or how many times they’ve visited Israel before, can join and enjoy it. That’s not all! This is actually not one tour, but three different options in conjunction with VFI that are available to all travel fans. This amazing program with exceptional service is an absolutely perfect match for all of you who want to have the experience of volunteering at an IDF base, while using the free time to travel around Israel, all-inclusive style of course, as you deserve it. 

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Topics: Israel Travel

Top 5 Most Breathtaking Places in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on October 1, 2019

Whether you’re looking for a land adventure or a sea adventure, the modern cities or traditional villages, or you want to explore the deserts and the mountains – Israel’s got it all. Wherever your interests lie, you are bound to find a myriad of spectacular sites to visit – sites which can only be visited in Israel, and which offer to their guests a variety of experiences. These are the places of great and inspiring beauty, but also of immense historical and contemporary value. Some of the massively popular places you must see in this country include Jerusalem, Baha’i Gardens, Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, Tel Aviv’s White City, Jaffa’s old city and port, and much more. However, for this occasion, we’ve chosen to show you five special and truly breathtaking places you might want to include in your itinerary next time you visit Israel.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Three Awe-Inspiring Sites in the Eilat Mountains

Posted by Gil Travel on September 6, 2019

There are indeed numerous famous and breathtaking sites in Israel – so many that it becomes very difficult to pick just a few to fit into an itinerary.  We’re talking about both nature-made and man-made wonders in Israel, which are the sites of an immensely long and rich history, and which welcome all of its visitors who want to learn their stories. If you decide to visit the beautiful Eilat Mountains within the southern Negev, you will soon realize that there’s an abundance of reasons to do so, each guaranteeing an exciting, educational, enriching and entertaining experience. Here are just three of absolute must-visit, exceptional and unique sites in this part of the country.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on September 2, 2019

Israel might be a small country, but there is a myriad of world-renowned, one-of-a-kind, treasured wonders here, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for you to see and admire. These are inspiring places, ought to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Some were created by nature, others by people living in the area centuries ago, but what they all have in common is a long, significant history each encompasses. Whether we talk about the Old City of Jerusalem, Tel Hazor, Tel Beer Sheva, Masada, or Bahá’í Shrine and Gardens in Haifa, they all tell a story of society, history, culture and religion, which is several thousand years old and certainly worth hearing. Let’s take a look at some of these magnificent sites located across the country.

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Topics: Israel Travel

Why the Jerusalem Winner Marathon Tour is a Perfect Choice

Posted by Gil Travel on August 20, 2019

For a truly unique experience in Israel, how about joining thousands of runners in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon, where you’ll get to enjoy the exciting course through the old and modern city of the beautiful Jerusalem?  If you feel excited at the thought of it, this special six days/five nights-tour is the perfect choice for you. But running the marathon is not all.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel, Jewish Heritage, Jerusalem

Israel’s Artist Colonies and Quarters you Must See

Posted by Gil Travel on July 31, 2019

Israel has a deep love and respect for art and is not afraid to show it in every city, in every street, on every corner, and in its numerous galleries and museums displaying some of the world’s greatest artistic wonders created by renowned international artists and a great number of celebrated Israeli artists. Art is born and cherished through a myriad of mediums and in a myriad of spaces in this country, but some of the most fascinating sites where the creators converge to create and display their works are artists’ quarters, villages, and colonies. Let’s take a look at three such captivating places in Israel.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel

Wonderful Druze Villages in Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on July 23, 2019

Some 143,000 Druze living in Israel are a unique ethnic minority amongst Arab citizens of this country. They speak Arabic language, and they also serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Druze are a religious minority too, but even though the religion of this community originated from Ismaili Islam, generally speaking, Druze are not considered Muslims. They mostly inhabit several lovely villages and multi-religious Arabic towns, particularly in the north of the country, in Upper and Lower GalileeMount Carmel, and the Golan Heights. Let’s check out a few wonderful Druze villages in Israel.

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Topics: Arts and Culture in Israel, Israel Travel

Best Non-Denominational Tours of Israel

Posted by Gil Travel on June 27, 2019

While Israel is steeped in religious sites, there is so much history, culture, architecture, and nature to see on a tour that doesn't have a strong religious focus. These are experiences you can have nowhere else in the world. Travelling through the deserts and plains, natural parks and coastal areas, you are bound to fall in love with the country. Plus, you are always escorted by a professional and highly knowledgeable guide who will tell you the story of a place and its inhabitants, and answer any question you might have. 

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Topics: Israel Travel