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Top 20 Things To Do In Israel

Soaring mountains in the north, enchanting desert in the south, religious sites on every corner, and gleaming beaches for miles—welcome to Israel.

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10 Best Jerusalem Tours To Put On Your Bucket List

This bucket list of Jerusalem tours includes experiences in the Old City, trips to other neighborhoods and locations in Jerusalem, as well as day trips to incredible places that are outside of Jerusalem. These Jerusalem tour ideas can help you make the most of your time here in Jerusalem, and ensure that you don’t miss any of the amazing sites.

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Manila Tourist Attractions: The Best Spots

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila, is an ever flourishing metropolis with a rich history, a cutting-edge culture, and a robust economy– a great introduction to the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

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The Best Diving Spots in the Philippines

The Philippines is known for its pristine beaches and azure waters, with arguably the best beaches in the world. However, what you’ll find underneath the ocean surface is second to nothing – the Philippines is considered among the top diving destinations in the world! In this post we’ll cover the best diving spots in the Philippines so you won’t miss out on any amazing dive while you’re here.

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Jerusalem Food: Incredible Food To Try In Jerusalem

While you might come to Jerusalem for the history, culture, and sightseeing, there’s one thing that’s undeniable about this city: Jerusalem food is in a league of its own. From Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food to the cuisines of the world, you’re never too far from an incredible meal when you’re in Jerusalem. The biggest problem you might run into? Figuring out exactly what to eat. Here’s our ultimate guide to Jerusalem food!

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Manila Bars: Our Top 20 Recommendations

Manila is a destination where visitors and tourists flock for a stress-free night out with block parties, hole-in-the-wall bars, and a loud and vibrant night with strangers. Whether you prefer a chill vibe or grand partying with a group of friends, there is no better way to exhibit your fun side than to visit the best Manila bars.

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Abraham’s guide to the Best Israeli Beer

For beer enthusiasts, a trip to Israel is incomplete without a perusal of the local brewery scene, where you can learn more about the industry’s history and marvel at the Israeli beer distillery process in action. 

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Sip and Enjoy: The 9 Best Cafés in Jerusalem

While you might head to Jerusalem to go on tours of the Old City, and wander around ancient sites, you’ll definitely want to add cafes in Jerusalem to your to-do list. If you’re anything like us, you’ll need plenty of caffeine to get through the day. Plus, many of these cafes have breakfast, lunch, snack options, and even dinner, to keep you fueled while you explore. Here’s our list of the best cafes in Jerusalem you should definitely visit while you’re in Israel.

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Makati Restaurants: Our Top Recommendations

Have you ever been curious about the latest cuisine trends in Makati Restaurants? Have you ever had a strong desire to explore your neighbourhood, eat some new and scrumptious dishes, and meet new people? Worry not, for there are plenty of excellent options available, including elegant upscale restaurants, renowned restaurants serving foreign cuisine, bustling bars offering delectable snacks, and much more. Get ready because we have prepared an exciting gastronomic experience for you to explore the best Makati Restaurants. 

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Beautiful Bohol Tourist Spots: A Traveler’s Heaven

The Philippines’ white sand beaches, sandstone formations, and pristine islands have instantly become popular among tourists, mainly backpackers who spend time travelling. However, beyond the breathtaking beach resorts and coasts, a rich collection of wildlife, biodiversity, cultural legacy, historic sites, landscapes, and underwater life are undoubtedly a treasure. Bohol, a gem of a place in the Visayas, is a prime example of this.

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The Full Guide to Solo Female Travel in Israel

While there are many different types of travelers, and we like to think that the world is safe and comfortable for everyone to explore, things are a little bit different for a solo female traveler. As every solo female traveler probably knows, there are certain places in the world that are more accessible, comfortable, and safe for women traveling alone.

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Best Bars in Tel-Aviv – Staff Recommendations 

Much like the city of Tel-Aviv, which is full of contradictions and different types of people, so is our team full of people with different tastes and preferences. We decided that it was time that our team gathered a list of the best bars in Tel-Aviv that you don’t want to miss on your next visit. Here are some of our favourite recommendations.

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Fauzi Azar Hostel – The Full Video Guide

When you’re in Israel – Tel Aviv and Jerusalem may be high on your list of places to visit. And while there is much to see in the big cities – there’s a quiet oasis waiting for you in the hills of the north. Nazareth is an ancient city with biblical significance,
so go ahead – plan a few days for a trip to Nazareth.

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The Full Sinai Travel Guide

The Sinai peninsula is an incredible part of the Middle East. It is vast, interesting, and full of stunning places to visit. Simply referred to as “Sinai,” this part of Egypt is sometimes compared to Mars, because of its red jagged mountains and sandy features. But unlike Mars, Sinai is home to pristine Sinai beaches that are excellent locations for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kite surfing.

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The Judean Desert – What To Do, See & Expect

The Judean Desert is a stunning wilderness stretching from East Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, where it meets the Negev in the south. This breathtaking expanse, referred to as Yeshimon (desert or wildland), is laden with mountains, deep ravines, sweeping dunes, and bundles of rock, intersected with pockets of lush greenery and seasonal streams.

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The Old City: Ultimate Guide to the Quarters of Jerusalem

The Old City of Jerusalem is arguably one of the most exciting, historical, and controversial places in the world. For thousands of years, Jerusalem has been the epicenter of religious events, and the city has been conquered and ruled by many different groups of people. Today, the Old City is divided into quarters, and these quarters of Jerusalem represent the different religious and ethnic groups that have lived in the walled-in city for centuries.

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Best of the West Bank tour – Video Guide

Israel is beautiful, it has ancient history, delicious food, and it’s lively. But Israel is also complicated. Take the West Bank for example. The West Bank is home to the Palestinian people, it has ancient sites that are holy to Arabs and Christians, and has modern-day cities that are colorful and thriving.

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Diving in Sinai – The Best Diving Spots and more

A renowned tourist destination in the Middle Eastern desert, the magnificent beauty of the Sinai Peninsula, located between the Mediterranean Sea at the north, and the Red Sea in the south is a region of glorious weather, rich history, sensational sites and tranquil beaches.

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Everything You Need To Navigate Israel Public Transport

Israel’s public transport has come on leaps and bounds over the last few decades, with the introduction of new train lines, bus routes, and even rentable bikes and scooters across various cities making this compact, yet diverse country, more and more accessible. Israel’s modern and ever-growing transportation network navigates visitors across most parts of the country without much hassle, and inter-city travel, such as with Jerusalem and Tel Aviv public transportation, has never been more swift!

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All the Best Sites for Diving in Eilat

Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat, resting in the Negev Desert, is located on the cusp of the Red Sea—and with year-round sunshine, a glistening waterfront, tax-free shopping, and effervescent nightlife, it’s no wonder the city is a magnet for both locals and tourists. Temperatures easily surpass 100°F in summer, but thankfully, the water is always within reach to cool down.

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Undiscovered Middle-East Paradise: The Sinai Beaches

The Middle East is unlike any region in the world, and on your next trip to Israel, you can easily visit other incredible countries. And while the beaches of Tel Aviv might be some of the best you’ll find just about anywhere, down in neighbouring Egypt, the Sinai beaches offer a quiet and peaceful getaway on the stunning Red Sea.

When you think of Egypt, you might think of ancient pyramids and the tombs of pharaohs, but the Sinai peninsula is a distinct part of the country which provides travelers with a different experience. In Sinai, you’ll find quiet and pristine beaches along the Red Sea, world-class diving sites, coral reefs, resorts, and several unique cities. Because of all it has to offer, it’s very common for travelers from Israel to cross the southern land border to visit Sinai.

Interested in visiting the Sinai beaches and cities on your next trip to Israel? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Weather in Israel – Winter VS Summer. When Is the Best Time To Go to Israel?

Israel is synonymous with its magnificent weather that holds up for most of the year, meaning the best time to go to Israel is any time!. Even in the winter, sunshine is known to break through the clouds and gleam its light across regions north to south of the country. Also, Israel’s temperatures by month vary, depending on the region and time of year.

You may think summer is the best time to go to Israel and you’re not wrong, but the winter months are just as enthralling and are a welcome opportunity to escape the sweltering heat the summer months bring. With many sites and cultural landmarks to explore, there are also many special events to attend that time of year.

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Abraham Day Trips From Tel Aviv

Abraham Tours offers affordable, expert-led day trips from Tel-Aviv spanning the entire country and nearby regions. Whether it’s day trips to discover the sights, smells, and history of a new city, or a three-day tour delving deeper into the magnificent regions this spellbinding country has to offer, we have it all!

There really is no better way to explore this breathtakingly beautiful land than with Abraham’s trips department from Tel Aviv. Here’s a taster of what awaits.

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How to Experience the Perfect Honeymoon in Israel

Israel is the idyllic setting for both a romantic and meaningful honeymoon as a married couple.
Despite its small size, this breathtaking country brims with fascinating and unique wonders.
Captivating culture, historical marvels, delectable cuisine, sublime nature, and glorious yearround weather, there is nowhere quite like Israel.
Whether it’s a month-long trip or a whirlwind vacation, the possibilities are endless. Here is
how to soak up everything this exhilarating country has to offer as you honeymoon in Israel.

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What To Know About Jordan Tours From Israel, & Traveling To Jordan

Backpackers could spend a lifetime exploring Israel and all its wonders, but just to the west of Israel sits Jordan, a country which is rich with culture and history, and is a perfect destination for travelers. Since Jordan is so vast and many of the best sites to see are far from each other, many travelers consider Jordan tours from Israel, especially when it comes to visiting Petra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

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Abraham Hostel Eilat Video Guide

The city of Eilat is like an oasis in the desert. Nestled on the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea in southern Israel, this city is known for scuba diving and snorkeling, red rocky mountains, and epic sunsets. We here at Abraham love the city so much, we decided to open our newest hostel here!

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Jerusalem Dual Narrative tour – A glimpse into the most complicated city in Israel

The history and current reality of one of the holiest and most controversial cities in the world will be exposed during this 4 hours tour. The tour is a deep dive into the different communities in Jerusalem, and will give you a new perspective of the old conflict that hides in every stone of the Old City wall. The only promise we can make is that the tour will probably leave you with more questions than answers.

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Corona Guide to Israel

Last updated March 1st 2022

Abraham here with some great news: after Israel’s latest closure to tourists, the country is once again opening its borders. This means international tourists and backpackers can travel to Israel once again, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Truth be told, our hostels have been lonely without their usual community of travelers from around the world. While our staff and Israeli guests are awesome, international travelers really are the lifeblood of Abraham Hostels.

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Best Israeli Art Museums And Galleries

Israel is known for its incredible food, deep history, archeological wonders and stunning landscapes, but what you might not realize is that Israel has an art scene that is vibrant and one-of-a-kind. There are incredible Israeli art museums and galleries all over the country, which feature the works of Israeli artists as well as international artists. From massive museums to boutique galleries, there is artwork in every corner of the country. Israeli art also spans from ancient to modern, and you can find all kinds of art, in all mediums and forms.

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The New Responsible Tourist: How Travelers Want To Become More Responsible

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the world, and that it transformed the way people travel. Yes, people still want to get out there, and as we like to say, “stop working and start traveling,” but things are definitely a little different now. Not only is the world different, but travel is very different, as are the habits of travelers. But as it turns out, some of these changes might actually be for the better, because they have to do with one of our favorite things: being a responsible tourist.

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Abraham Hostel Tel-Aviv Video Guide

Tel Aviv is one of the most incredible cities in the world for travelers, but we know that it can be tricky deciding which hostel to stay at during your next trip to Israel. We’re certain that you’ll love everything Abraham has to offer, but if you’re wondering exactly what it’s like to stay at our Tel Aviv hostel, you’re in the right place

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Things To Do In Tel Aviv – The Ultimate Tel Aviv Travel Guide

A bustling city perched on the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is unlike anywhere else in the world. Here you’ll find trendy bars, never ending nightlife, a world-class food scene, and the pristine Tel Aviv beaches merged seamlessly with Middle Eastern culture and history. The only downside to visiting this sunshine-flooded metropolis is that because there’s no shortage of things to do in Tel Aviv, it can be tough to decide how to spend your time here. Should you bask on the beach all day? Which amazing restaurant should you visit for lunch? And how do you even begin to explore the Tel Aviv nightlife scene? Never fear, Abraham is here with your ultimate Tel Aviv travel guide.

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About Abraham Hostels & Tours

Welcome to the Abraham Hostels & Tours Blog, your home for everything related to our hostels, tours, and traveling in Israel. We’re so glad you made it here, because just like our hostels, our blog is a very special place.

We like to say that the biblical Abraham was the first backpacker in the Middle East, and not only was he the father of monotheism, but he was also known for his hospitality. Just like Abraham’s tent was always open to offer food, drink, and a place to rest for weary travelers, the Abraham blog is here to offer you guidance and information to help you on your journey the next time you travel in Israel.

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Graffiti Israel: A Street Art Scene Like No Other

Walking through the streets of any Israeli city is a treat for the senses. You’ll notice the smells of foods and spices from around the world. You’ll hear the bustle of markets, as well as songs, prayers, and likely honking car horns. You’ll see incredible historic and archeological sites around every corner. But next time you’re walking through the streets, make sure you look up at the walls of the buildings around you. Israel is home to a thriving street art scene, and the graffiti you’ll find on the walls and storefronts in this country rivals work that hangs inside museums.

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Visiting Palestine & Israel: Best Historic Sites

Visiting Palestine and Israel seem like two very different trips. However, after exploring both areas, you will see that they are not much different from one another. Open your eyes to two worlds full of culture, art, religion, food, and fun!

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Hiking Through History on the Jesus Trail

While the dazzling lights of Tel Aviv and history of Jerusalem might be what first bring you to Israel, it won’t take you long to notice the stunning and unique natural wonders that this country has to offer. From the mountains of the north to the deserts of the south, Israel is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, and one world-class trekking route is unlike anything else on the planet.

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Who are the Real Israeli People and how can you Meet Them?

Israel is certainly a puzzling place.  Firstly, relax and don’t worry! It’s also confusing for those of us who live here.  Many visitors to Israel come with a clear idea of who the people are that live on this sliver of land, but leave quite confused.  On the surface, it looks relatively simple. The population breaks down to around 75% Jewish, around 20% Arab and 5% other minorities.  However, the key to understanding who the Israeli people are is to understand the communities of Israel, and this is where things get a little tricky.
Let’s explore together the communities that comprise the Israeli people and understand in a little more depth who the modern Israelis are; 
(N.B. some communities overlap, and some people may self-identify as belonging to more than one of the following groups – this blog piece just serves to highlight some of the prominent groups.).

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HIKING-TOURS IN ISRAEL
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Hiking in Israel: Everything you Need to Know about Hiking in the Country

Israel’s landscape is magical and diverse, there are so many different places to explore. Israel’s coastline runs along the Mediterranean Sea. There are sandy beaches followed by farmland as you move Eastward. As you move North along the coast, jagged cliffs cut through the shores. Up and down the coast you can also find cities, tourist attractions, and a large agricultural industry. The country is also home to several mountain ranges. In the North is the Golan Heights and the Hills of Galilee. The West Bank toward the center is characterized by a mix of hills and valleys. In the South, the Negev is a dry, spacious desert area with few who actually live there. Come hiking in Israel to interact with the landscape and see the best the country has to offer! 

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Trip to Jerusalem: All of the information you Need to get to & get Around the Ancient City

Jerusalem is a beautiful city with a rich, ancient history. When you enter, you feel as though you have gone back in time. It is a magical place, home to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Armenians, as well as thousands of tourists every year. When you go, make sure to visit the Western Wall or the Shuk Mahane Yehuda. Make your trip to Jerusalem easy and simple with Abraham Hostel’s transportation tips!

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Trip to Israel: The Cheapest Ways to Travel Around the Country

After a ten hour long El Al plane ride from Newark, New Jersey to Ben Gurion International Airport, my friends and I find ourselves in a foreign city–a foreign country. Not only do we not speak the local language of Hebrew, but we do not know where we are. What we do know is this: each of us will have an internship that requires travel within and around Tel Aviv. Each of us will want to go to make the most out of our trip to Israel–to see the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Red Sea in Eilat, the Dead Sea in the Negev. To see these unfamiliar places requires travel, and travel requires money. However, it does not have to be expensive. My friends and I hope to maintain a budget on our trip to Israel, and here is how.

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