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Dead Sea Travel Information

How would you like to travel to The Dead Sea and smother yourself all over with the medicinal Dead Sea Mud? It's supposed to do wonders for the skin. Ask the girls on the left for their opinion.
A mere 40 minute drive from Jerusalem, and you reach the lowest place on earth- 400 meters below sea level. Even in the middle of winter, Jerusalem tourists can jump in the car, and reach a completely different climate. Highly recommended for any winter tourist to Jerusalem is to experience the breathtaking beauty of The Dead Sea area, with its wonderful nature reserve hikes, the flowing streams and waterfalls, and of course the experience of The Dead Sea itself.
There are endless trails in The Dead Sea area, yet most people choose the Nahal David trail. It begins by the Dead Sea, and moves into the mountains, winding up into the hills passing several beautiful water falls and pools. Swimming is permitted in all these pools. The more adventurous can bring sandals along and follow the trail in the water. The scenery is wonderful, and the experience unforgettable. The Nahal Arugot trail is for the fitter tourists, and some trails can take up to 6 hours. Take plenty of water, and always wear a hat. There is a small fee to enter ( about 4 dollars), but it is worth every cent.
Last but not least, there is floating in The Dead Sea itself. Take a paper, and put your feet up! A truly surreal experience that is unique to the salty Dead Sea. Get ready for pain if you have any minor cuts!
Jerusalem tourist sites

The Western Wall, pictured on the left, is the last remaining wall from the Second Temple destroyed in 70CE by the Romans. Many leave in a personal note in the wall with a wish for the future.
The Haas Promenade ( in Talpiot ) has the most magnificent view of the Old City ( and a cute restaurant in the middle of the promenade open on Fridays and Saturdays only with one of the best views in the world!) This unique promenade features paths of Jerusalem stone, wooden pergolas, and terraces landscaped with 600  olive trees.

Nahalat Shiva is a pedestrian shopping area in West Jerusalem, featuring a wide variety of restaurants and quaint shops. The entire street is renovated from early 1900's buildings. and is a perfect place to have breakfast at one of the many outdoor cafes.

Don't forget to visit the "SHUK" on Jaffa Street - an amazing daily produce market, where both the quality and price cannot be matched throughout Jerusalem. Ein Kerem is a picturesque neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem (take the no.17 bus) not to missed.
Jerusalem, resting in the Judean Hills, provides the tourist with both a breathtaking and spiritual experience never to be forgotten. Steeped in history for the world's three main religions, visitors to Jerusalem attest to its uniqueness, and an ambience that sets it aside from every other city on earth.
he walls of the old city glow with 2500 years of history, for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. In the alleys of The Old City, you will feel as if you have gone back to an ancient time. Yet not five minutes away, you will enjoy an enchanting neighborhood built in the late 19th century - Yemin Moshe - a picturesque neighborhood of homes, artists' studios and art galleries. Named after Sir Moses Montefiore, it was built as the first neighborhood outside the  walls of Jerusalem's Old City.
Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Tel Aviv - Jaffa a Vibrant City that Never Sleeps

Vibrant, brash, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Israel’s major metropolis and the country’s business center. Tel Aviv - “The Hill of Spring” did not even exist until 1909, when a group of Jaffa residents moved north to build a new city on the sand dunes
With its sidewalk cafes, fine museums, lovely parks and beaches, concert halls and theaters, elegant restaurants, chic shopping malls and boutiques, Tel Aviv was made for strolling and browsing. You can walk for miles along the beachfront promenade from the north of the city down to Jaffa, passing Tel Aviv’s luxury hotels and the striking new Opera Tower shopping and entertainment center.
The Carmel Market in the Yemenite Quarter is one of the biggest open-air markets in the Middle East. The multi-media Bet Hatfusot Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, located on the campus of the Tel Aviv University, houses a large store of information about Jewish life. The Ha’aretz-Land of Israel-Museum focuses on different aspects of Israel’s past.
Tel Aviv is called the country’s culture and art Mecca, pride and joy comes from the new Golda Meir Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Israel famous Opera, dance companies, theater companies and concerts. The Mann Auditorium, home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, considered among the worlds best.

The Habima Theater and the Helena Rubinstein Hall are also well known. Art galleries and craft centers abound, offering the finest in local and international creative talents. Dizengoff Street is lined with boutiques, exclusive stores and sidewalk cafes.

Old Jaffa is a seaport, thousands of years old. Today it is a fascinating place, housing a restored Artists’ Quarter - a maze of picturesque alleys with galleries and stores selling a range of ornamental objects.

Visit the Greek Orthodox Church and then the Flea Market with wares old and new. Lunch at Jaffa’s fishermen’s port on the quay, where you can watch the marina and fishermen while enjoying a meal of wine, fish and fresh fruits of the sea. This marina together with the Tel Aviv Marina hosts yachting tourists from around the world. Tel Aviv’s cosmopolitan life-style is mirrored in the enormous number and variety of restaurants, from fast-food eateries to European-style cafes, from sidewalk cafes to elegant restaurants. The city that never sleeps offers you a range of pubs and nightspots, bringing you to the small hours of the morning, only to begin again the next day
Israel Visa Information 

General: Every visitor to Israel must hold a valid passport. Visitors are allowed to remain in Israel for up to three months from their date of arrival, subject to the terms of the visa issued. Visitors who intend to work in Israel must apply to the Ministry of the Interior for a special visa.
Visitor's Visas:Citizens of the following countries will be issued visitors' visas (or transit visas - see right) free of charge at every port of entry into Israel:

Europe : Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany (Persons born after 1.1.28), Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea
Africa: Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland.
The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts, & Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad, & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

Transit Visas: Visitors interested in stopping over in Israel en route to other destinations may request five-day transit visas that may be extended for a further ten days on arrival in Israel. Cruise ship passengers visiting Israel will be issued Landing Cards allowing them to remain in the country as long as their ship is in port. No visa applications are required.Collective Visas: Collective visas are issued by Israeli diplomatic or consular missions for groups of no fewer than five and no more than 50 persons.
Extending your visa: Visas may be extended (for a nominal fee) at offices in the major cities.