Encounter Israel

Israel is rich with the most poignant of holy sites, archaeological treasures, buzzing cities and exhilarating natural beauty. The region is also one of the most bitterly contested on earth, fought over for decades between Israelis and Palestinians. With a backdrop like this, it's almost inevitable that politics ends up colouring many experiences here - not least a visit to Jerusalem's magnificent and contentious Old City. But there's plenty more to this place than news headlines. Artsy, liberal hubs, gorgeous beaches and scenes of sincere spirituality are just some of the highlights of a visit here, topped only by discovering the many unexpected areas where Arab & Jewish cultures overlap.