Although revered for its association with world religion, Israel has long attracted visitors keen to explore not only the country's wealth of impressive biblical locations but also its countless historic artefacts and attractions and remarkable natural beauty.
At every turn this holy land is blessed with ancient and fascinating religious sites, and customers who embark with Great Rail Journeys upon an escorted rail tour of Israel can expect to be both awe-struck and inspired by destinations including the Sea of Galilee, upon which Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of walking on water, Acre, a former stronghold of the Knights Templar and one of the oldest continuously-inhabited locations on earth and Masada; the mountain-top site of King Herod's fortress and refuge.
In towns and cities such as Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Jerusalem, exploration is its own reward. Each has its own unique character and history and each is steeped in stunning architecture and a diversity of unmissable sights and attractions both historical and modern.
Travelling in comfort between each of these compelling destinations there is ample time to soak up Israel's magnificent and varied landscapes. From multi-coloured rock formations in arid desert scrublands to the lush oasis-like surroundings of the Dead Sea or the panoramic views of offered at the summit of Mount Beatitudes, Israel's ever-changing scenery is as unforgettable as its many other wondrous attractions.