If you’re an aircraft enthusiast, specifically military aircraft, you must make the trip to the Israeli Air Force Museum during your stay in Israel. An hour and a half from Jerusalem and a few minutes less from Tel Aviv, the museum displays both Israeli and enemy aircraft by the dozens including the two mainstays of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), the F-16 and the F-15
Sde Boker represents the unfinished dream of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, to populate and develop the Negev Desert (50% of Israel’s territory) by the Jewish people’s as a”vital element of our renaissance in Israel.” Equidistant between the southern vacation port of Eilat and cosmopolitan Tel Aviv in the center of the country, Sde Boker grabbed Ben Gurion’s attention one day as he was driven past the tiny kibbutz. He admired the pioneering spirit of the young farmers there and asked, after he retired the first time from the Premiership, to be made a member. He was granted his wish but his membership was hotly contested and only passed by one vote! Ben Gurion and his wife Paula are buried at Sde Boker, overlooking the Nahal Tsin nature reserve.
Say the word Eilat to an Israeli, and a smile comes to his face. Eilat is escapism without a passport. Eilat is booming, honky tonk in the sun. It features indoor ice skating, boardwalks, boat excursions, snorkeling and beach. It is a duty free zone which attracts both internal and foreign tourists to its air-conditioned malls. For the more adventurous, Petra, in Jordan, beckons, an easy day trip from your Eilat hotel room.
How to put together your Water and Wine tour of Israel
On our Water and Wine Tours website you will not find standard tours.
Don’t worry. We’ll make sure that you experience the must-see sites in the country. But we’ve also included a comprehensive list of sites, by region for people with many different interests, with enough description for you to ascertain whether it’s the sort of place you want to spend your time.
You know your budget and how much time you have to spend here.
So here are our recommendations, based on years of leading all sorts of tours throughout the country.
Ask yourself if this trip is a vacation. Do you want to see sites but also feel really relaxed at the end of each day? So that you don’t need a few days of sleep upon your return home? If this is the case then try to restrict yourself to three major sites per day. Between the sites, travel and lunch 8-10 hours will pass quickly.
If you’re more inclined to describe yourself as a pilgrim or someone who wants a survey of sites, then expect to visit up to five sites per day. You’ll be spiritually satisfied but you’ll also need to get a good night’s sleep every night.
“A life changing event”
"Our guide, Zach Levin, made the trip a life changing event for both Linda and me. He was very sensitive to our needs and went out of his way to make sure we got the full Israeli experience. Zach is very knowledgeable and his passion and enthusiasm contributed to our getting the full flavor of the country." Harvey and Linda W
Water & Wine Tours specializes in individually tailored tours catering to the interests of its clients. Our founder, Zach Levin, is an experienced, licensed tour guide who majored in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Our tour guides make the history and culture of Israel come alive. They understand that the customer is always right and want you to experience an unforgettable Israel. We’ll take you to places which you’ll love and never forget. When you need to be left alone we’ll sense it. When you need an extra hand we’re there for you.