Make the Most of Your Pilgrimage to Israel – the Top 4 Things to Do Beyond Religious Excursions
For a great many years, ITS Travels has held its place as the UK’s leading pilgrimage organisers. In fact, since 1991 we have had the privilege of dedicating our day-to-day to helping those looking to reconnect with God, deepen their faith, and expand their understanding in organising bespoke and escorted religious pilgrimages all around the world.
Unsurprisingly, one of our most popular religious pilgrimages is to Israel, The Holy Land. On the ITS website, you can find a huge range of suggested itineraries to meet the requirements of pilgrimage to Israel. Of course there are places of biblical importance that are part and parcel with a pilgrimage to Israel; Bethlehem, Jericho, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations amongst them. Here, we want to share some of the additional and lesser-known experiences that can be enjoyed during your time in The Holy Land with ITS Travel.
It might not be the first thing you think of when taking your pilgrimage in Israel, however Israel is something of a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. Including the Hoopoe, Israel’s national bird, the country is home to over 500 bird species. Whilst most of these species can be seen all year round, spring migration is a truly outstanding experience. If your pilgrimage to the Holy Land is mid-March, you can expect to see this yearly spectacle.
White Water Rafting on the River Jordan
For families and pilgrimage tour groups, kayaking the River Jordan is fun and thrilling change to the hustle and bustle of the busy pilgrimage points of interest. Getting out into Israel’s stunning nature, white water rafting on the River Jordan is an unforgettable way to cool off in the summer months.
Floating in the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the world’s lowest point and is renowned for its natural splendour, healing powers, and vistas – so why wouldn’t you want to immerse yourself in it? Floating in the Dead Sea is unlike any other bathing experience. With a salt concentration of 34% – the highest of any body of water on earth – the water of the Dead Sea is much denser than that of other water, thereby causing the body to easily float!
Visit the Fortress of Masada
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, any visitor to this ancient fortress will agree that it is truly outstanding. Built in the year 30BC by King Herod, the fortress of Masada is as rich with a tumultuous history as it is overwhelming in natural beauty. Masada can be ascended by foot on a winding path, or by the cable car that can be taken at the tourist centre at the foot of the site. If you can manage to see the sun rise over the desert, an early rise is one of the most rewarding experiences.
There you have it; four of the phenomenal sites and activities that can really add to your pilgrimage to The Holy Land. To learn more about the pilgrimages to Israel organised by the friendly and experienced team at ITS Travel, get in touch today!