The entire nation of Israel is about 260 miles long from the north to the south, and its width ranges from 60 miles at its widest point to just under 13 miles at its narrowest point. Thus exploring the country is easy enough to do, and it has numerous historical sites and attractions to see for several day trips.

To the far north is the major port city of Haifa, a center of history that dates back to ancient times. It includes the ruins of the nearby ancient town of Shilmona and a Crusader fortress dating to the 12th century. Also to the north is the ancient settlement of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee, which is home to a synagogue where it is believed Jesus may have preached. The 2000-year-old Roman town Tiberias, named after the Roman emperor, is also on the Sea of Galilee. Like Eilat, it is a popular resort area today.

In the middle of the country are the cities of Tel Aviv, "the first Hebrew city," which was established in 1909, and Jaffa, which was an ancient Israelite port dating to the reign of King Solomon.

Of course no visit to Israel would be complete without taking in a trip to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel and the setting of numerous Biblical and historical events. It is the location of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Western (or Wailing) Wall, one of the most sacred of Jewish sites. In the Christian Quarter is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Via Dolorosa.

Other attractions throughout the nation include the ancient Jewish fortress of Masada and the nearby Dead Sea, which is the lowest spot on Earth.

Eilat is an excellent base for tours to Petra (Jordan) and Cairo. Day trips to Petra operate daily  [1] and tours to St Catherines Monastery (Sinai) and the Pyramids are fairly regular too.