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Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Israel.

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Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem is Israel's capital city and is probably best known for its religious significance and associated sights such as the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is also a city to just wander around and visit the many varied districts with their alleys and bazaars or see the Israel and Holocaust museums.
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The Dead Sea, Israel
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world at nearly 400m below sea level. Take a float in the famous highly salinated waters and use the mineral-rich mud to cover your body for an impromptu mud bath. The Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is nearby where you can walk amongst the many springs and waterfalls in this lush oasis.
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Masada, Israel
This mountaintop fortress is near to the Dead Sea and is known for being King Herod's base and the site of a famous Roman siege. It is worth arriving before dawn to ensure you see the amazing sunrise from the top. You can either climb the steep path or take the cable-car that runs regularly. There are also laser light shows held in the evening.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv
Situated on Israel's Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv is an exciting modern city with plenty to do and see. Visit the golden beach during the day and experience the many clubs and bars at night.
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Galilee, Israel
Famed for its significance to Christians, the Sea of Galilee is found in Israel's green and lush northern lands. There are numerous trails around the lake where you can experience the wooded highlands and various castles and ruins including Belvoir Castle and Hazor.
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Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev Desert, Israel
Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev Desert
Best known for the enormous Ramon Crater, this area is also one of the best bases to experience the Negev Desert from. Explore the many hiking trails or take a jeep or a camel tour and stay overnight in the Bedouin tents.
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