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Jewish Sites to Visit on Your Next Trip to Israel
18 Oct

Jewish Sites to Visit on Your Next Trip to Israel

Israel is one of the most popular tourist destinations for all people. But obviously, Jewish people have even more reason to visit this beautiful country. But, what places are most worthy of your attention? In this blog post, we rank the most popular and important Jewish attractions in Israel, sites that are featured on our Jewish Heritage Tours.   Wailing Wall The Wailing Wall or Kotel, as it's also known, is one of the best known attractions in all of Israel. More than 11 million people visit this place...

Explore Central Europe with Israel Tours
4 Oct

Explore Central Europe with Israel Tours

Central Europe is one of the many corners of the world you can explore on your next vacation with Israel Tours. Here, we rank the top attractions in the central European countries where we offer tours. Hungary Castle Hill: Castle Hill is a fantastic tourist attraction located on the west side of the Danube. It is officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was done in 1987. However, the area has been around way longer than that. Settlers first saw it in the 11th century. When you visit as a tourist,...

Israel: a Food Lover’s Paradise
20 Sep

Israel: a Food Lover’s Paradise

If you love food, as most people do, you will surely love Israel. Of course the area is also rich in history, art, culture, architecture- but we’re here to talk about food. In this blog post, Israel Tour explores some of Israel’s most popular (and traditional dishes) that you have to try on your next Israeli adventure.   Falafel The origins of falafel go way back and whichever nationality lays claim to the invention, there’s no doubt it’s a core element of Israeli cuisine today. You’ll find it on many restaurant menus.....

An American’s Guide to Touring Cuba
6 Sep

An American’s Guide to Touring Cuba

There has been a lot of press surrounding Cuba recently. In 2016, Obama moved to cement his administration’s historic opening with Cuba by issuing a directive that has lasted beyond his presidency, setting forth a new United States policy to lift the Cold War trade embargo and end a half-century of Cuban policies shrouded in secrecy. The action formalized a shift towards improved Cuban-American relations that our former president unveiled nearly two years ago with the announcement that he and President Raúl Castro of Cuba had agreed to repair their...

Features of Canada’s Jewels, Montreal and Ottawa
23 Aug

Features of Canada’s Jewels, Montreal and Ottawa

Montreat and Ottawa, the two stars of Canada, are featured heavily on Israel Tour’s Discovering Jewish Ottawa and Montreal Tour. Canada has a lot of appeal to tourists of all creeds and denominations, but it holds special significance for those with a Jewish faith background. Canada has the fourth largest Jewish population in the world behind the USA, Israel and France. It is also the native land of Rabbi Vaisberg and Cantor Marer, the two guides on the trip. They speak to Canada’s rich, vast Jewish history and culture. All...

9 Aug

Explore the Culture of India with Israel Tour

India is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination due to its rich culture, delicious food and impressive sights. Israel Tour offers an incredible journey through India led by Rahel Musleah, an award-winning journalist, author and voice for the Jewish community in Calcutta. You can check out the tour here, or if you want to learn a little bit more about India and the best attractions in each city, keep reading.   Mumbai (formerly Bombay) Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Built in 1903 by the Parsi industrialist JN Tata, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is...

Top Attractions to Check Out in Western Europe
26 Jul

Top Attractions to Check Out in Western Europe

Western Europe is one of the most popularly visited places in the world. If you desire a Jewish perspective on some of the most famous sites of all time, look no further than a Israel Tour’s guided tour of western Europe. Whether the Ireland, Scotland and England Tour or the Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain strikes your fancy, you’re sure to have an amazing time exploring historical sites, eating culinary masterpieces and soaking in the culture. Check out this list of the top things to see in each country. Spain La Sagrada...

Israel Tour's Guide to the Baltics
12 Jul

Israel Tour’s Guide to the Baltics

Lumped together geographically and culturally, the Baltic countries are Europe’s best kept secret. With the entry of each country into the European Union, there’s no better time to visit northern Europe’s crown jewels. Arguably the best way to see the region is through Israel Tour’s Baltic Jewish Heritage Tour. Below, we rank the top attractions in each country, giving you a comprehensive guide to the Baltic nations. Estonia Kuressaare Castle: Built in the 14th century, with some elements added between the 15th and 18th centuries, Kuressaare Castle is a must-see for anyone...

30 May

Israel: Visiting the Old and the New

There are many things to do and see when going on guided trips to Israel. However, there are only two places you can go: the Past and the Present. Do you wish to go exploring the bustling cities and modern-day achievements? Or would you prefer to walk through time and view the remnants of Israel’s famous events? No matter which option you choose, there are plenty of reasons to visit both kinds of locations on your trips to Israel. They each offer a unique perspective on how far the country...

27 Apr

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel – Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5778

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel - Acharei Mot - Kedoshim 5778   As a result of the observance of Passover for seven days in Israel, and eight days outside of Israel, the Jewish community in Israel and in the Diaspora, have not been reading the same Torah portions since the conclusion of Passover.  However, this week, as we read the double portion of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, we have finally caught up to the Torah readings - and Israel is also reading Parashat Kedoshim.  Parashat Kedoshim, which means holy, is like...

19 Apr

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel Happy 70th Birthday to Israel !  I am so envious of all those lucky people who are in Israel now, celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday - many of which I know are touring on an ITC, Israel Tour Connection tour. As we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, and marvel at the many incredible things our favorite 70 year old has accomplished, I wanted to make a list of 70 of my favorite things related to Israel. This list is in no particular order -...

13 Apr

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel – Parashat Shemini – Keeping Kosher

This week’s Torah Reading, Parashat Shemini outlines the basic laws of keeping Jewish dietary laws, the laws of Kashrut. An animal is deemed Kosher if it has a split hoof and chews its cud. A fish is considered appropriate or fit to eat, ie- Kosher if it has scales and fins. Birds of prey are not allowed to be eaten. Bird fit to eat, or Kosher, must be domesticated birds which are not birds of prey.  The Torah provides a list of animals which are deemed not it to be...

11 Apr

MARIE FRANCE ASIA LISTS TEL AVIV AS #1 VEGAN DESTINATION

Listed as well by Lonely Planet as the "vegan nation", Israel has the most number of vegans per capita. And this makes Tel Aviv a "heaven for the herbivores Coming in at first out of ten, Tel Aviv ranks highest on Marie France Asia’s list of top vegan-friendly destinations in the world. “Listed by Lonely Planet as the ‘vegan nation’, Israel has the most number of vegans per capita. This simply means that almost 15% of Israelis are vegetarians while another 5% are vegans. Or in other words, at least 1...

4 Apr

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel – Passover and Yizkor 5778

I hope all have been having a wonderful Passover holiday.  We conclude Passover, as we do Sukkot and Shavuot, and Yom Kippur, with the recitation of the Yizkor, Memorial Prayers.   There is the tradition for many whose parents are still alive, to not stay in the sanctuary during the recitation of Yizkor. However, there are many who have passed, who have no one saying memorial prayers for them.  Hence, even if those who are blessed to still have parents alive, they too can stay in the sanctuary, and recite memorial...

30 Mar

Rebbe El on Travel and Israel – Passover 5778 – Next Year in Jerusalem!

While many people dread Passover, it is my favorite holiday.  Since I was a young child, Passover has held a special place in our family’s traditions, whether it was taking down my mother’s Passover dishes, helping set the Seder table, unpacking the little hens with the bowls underneath it, where we put the eggs, or a new Haggadah each year, to add to my collection of Haggadot. The holiday of Passover is filled with traditions and customs, and it is a great holiday to add your own customs and traditions....