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Top Choice National Park in Sde Boker

En Avdat National Park

En Avdat is a freak of nature in this otherwise bone-dry desert – a freshwater spring that miraculously flows via a waterfall into a narrow and winding ravine with steep sides of soft white chalk. Reached via an eas…
Top Choice Gardens in Haifa

Baha’i Gardens

The best way to see these world famous gardens is to take a free, 45-minute Upper Terrace Tour from the top of the gardens. Except on Wednesday, an English-language tour starts at noon, with additional tours in Hebr…
Top Choice Park in Hula Valley

Agamon HaHula

This is one of the best places in Israel to see flocks of cranes, pelicans and storks. By road, the site is 7.5km north of the Hula Nature Reserve, and 1.2km off Rte 90.
Top Choice Church in Nazareth

Basilica of the Annunciation

Dominating the Old City’s skyline is the lantern-topped cupola of this Franciscan-run Roman Catholic basilica, an audacious modernist structure that’s unlike any building you’ve ever seen. Constructed from 1960 to 1…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Golan Heights

Yehudiya Nature Reserve

One of the most popular hiking areas in all of northern Israel, the 66-sq-km Yehudiya Nature Reserve offers walks suitable for casual strollers as well as experienced hikers, especially those who aren’t averse to ge…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Beit She’an

Beit She’an National Park

Beit She’an’s extraordinary Roman ruins are the best place in Israel to get a sense of what it was like to live, work and shop in the Roman Empire. Colonnaded streets, a 7000-seat theatre that looks much as it did 1…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

This reserve consists of two roughly parallel canyons, Wadi David and Wadi Arugot, each of which has its own entrance complex and ticket office.The key to a successful hike in the reserve is the excellent colour-cod…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Lower Galilee

Beit Alpha Synagogue

No one was more surprised than the members of Kibbutz Heftzibah when they went out to dig an irrigation channel in 1928 and uncovered a stunning, Byzantine-era (6th-century) mosaic floor. Further excavation revealed…
Top Choice Church in Northern Shore

Mount of the Beatitudes

This breathtaking hillside Roman Catholic church, built in 1937, stands on a site believed since at least the 4th century to be where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), whose opening lines – the …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Northern Golan

Banias Nature Reserve

The gushing springs, waterfalls and lushly shaded streams of Banias Nature Reserve form one of the most beautiful – and popular – nature spots in Israel. The park has two entrances on Rte 99 that are about 3.5km (1½…