Israel is a country with a rich history and world famous religious sights. Millions of international tourists visit annually and there is history around every corner with holy sites located throughout the country. From sightseeing in Jerusalem, experiencing the atmosphere of Tel Aviv, seeing the spectacular Galilee lake to visiting ancient Bethlehem, there are so many places to visit and things you can do here.
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Israel.
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Getting to Israel is fairly simple, you can even fly with Easy Jet from the UK and if you book in advance you will get a great deal on prices. Most flights fly into Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and from here you can venture out and see more of the country. From the USA to Israel take around 14 hours, some cheaper routes have stop offs.
Israel is a part of the Holy Land. Three of the world's major religions - Christianity Judaism and Islam – are tied to the region. Israel is one of the world's oldest travel destinations and there is plenty to do here. From the capital city of Jerusalem (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to the mountainous peaks of Mount Hermon and to the most vibrant city in the country, Tel Aviv, Israel has something to offer everyone.
A walk around Nazareth or seeing the Baha'i Gardens in Haifa is recommended whilst the beaches of Eilat and the stunning Negev desert scenery are a must see. You might be suprised to learn that Tel Aviv is one of the most popular party destinations in the world, there is amazing nightlife here. There are lots of different options where you can travel in a small group, make new friends and enjoy one of the most fun experiences of your life. Prices vary depending on where you would like to visit and how long you would like to stay.
Israel is a historic, cultural and vibrant country to visit. We list gap year programs for students, graduates, career breaks and for people seeking adventure and something a little different from the normal travel experience. From exploring the holy city of Jerusalem, joining a Kibbutz to experiencing the youthful atmosphere of Tel Aviv there are so many different experiences to be had during summer and all year round. Tel Aviv is an incredible city with a young vibrant atmosphere - there is also an amazing nightlife. Jerusalem is one of the most historic cities in the world .The beaches of Eilat is amazing. The stunning Negev desert scenery is a must see.
Isreal is a really up and coming gap year destination, in the past decade the security situation has improved dramatically and now more travellers and gappers are choosing to visit this historic country. Backpacking is becoming easier and there are now more gap year programs available than ever before, so if you have an interest in learning more about the country, would like to visit historic religious sites or would just like to experience a different culture a gap year visiting Israel will appeal to you.
When you land in Israel you will be able to see the cultural differences straight away, this will be the gap year of a lifetime. There is a good public transport system operating throughout the country which is cheap and reliable, this is perfect if you are looking to get between places e.g. Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Sometimes taking a shared taxi can work out around the same price too. We highly recommend joining a structured gap year program to see the very best of Israel where you will get to do new things, learn a lot and also get guided and taken to the most popular locations in a safe experience. These programs are very popular with people taking a year in Israel after high school / education.
By joining a gap year program in Israel you will get real world, hands-on experience in your field of work or study, participate in cultural events mixing in the local culture and working with Israelis, learn about the country and develop new skills, get an entry on your CV / resume and improve career opportunities. We also list gap year placements where you can help communities in Jerusalem or teach English in Tel Aviv. Gap year work in Israel can include taking part in a Kibbutz which are usually located at rural agricultural settlements in Israel. Kibbutz roles can vary from working in the fields, helping animals or being part of production lines in factories.
There are also more community and group trips available. Most programs are unpaid and sometimes you will need to pay a fee to participate. If you are keen to secure a gap year job in Israel there are flexible summer and year round positions available to internationals.
"Israel had always appealed to me and when I saw some good flights with Easy Jet I decided to incorporate it into my gap year. My best advice would be to venture outside of the cities and see the rural areas. Eilat was one of my favourite destinations although not the best if you are on a budget. Just go, you won't regret it." - Andy, Italy
Some organisations offer placements throughout the year but you will need to pay a fee to join, generally this includes:
Prices can vary depending on how long you visit, which company you apply with and also the time of year. You might need to pay for flights separately. You might want to also join a structured trip to save money and eliminate the hassle of travelling especially if you plan to go solo, taking a gap year independently can be expensive when you add up accommodation, transport, food and sightseeing. You'll get photos to remind you of wonderful memories - this will be the most incredible experience of your life!
"I spent my gap year helping at a Kibbutz which was a totally different experience. I would really recommend it to anyone considering it. One of the best things was meeting new Israeli friends who then become tour guides showing me around where they live. It was an incredible experience." - Emma, USA