Israel celebrated 70 years of independence in 2018 - in what is a truly ancient land. The world’s only Jewish and democratic state is home to sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While these holy places are truly unique attractions, there is more to Israel than religious heritage and complex politics. Jerusalem is the official capital and holy city to three world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, while Tel Aviv brims with beaches and bustles with urban vitality. Then there’s the Dead Sea and Masada, the stark, stunning Negev, and fertile Galilee. The number of museums and cultural institutions per relative area is larger in Israel than anywhere in the world.