When planning a visit to Israel, make sure that you don't overlook Eilat. Located in the very southern tip of the country, Eilat is the only one of Israel's resort towns not on the Mediterranean Sea. Instead, Eilat sits on the Red Sea, and Eilat vacations typically center around the many water activities available.
If you purchase Eilat vacation packages and plan to scuba dive in the Red Sea, you'll find many skilled instructors and guides, along with some spectacular underwater reefs and wrecks to explore. Be sure to visit Coral Beach Nature Reserve for a spectacular display of coral, tropical fish, sea anemones, and other underwater organisms. Dry yourself off for a visit to the Underwater Observatory Marine Park, where you can get up close and personal with sharks and bioluminescent marine life. Check out the Eilat Museum, put together by residents on the site of a former fast-food restaurant to present the history of the city, along with artifacts and information on the city today. Eilat car rentals are recommended to get you to must-see attractions located outside of the city, including Advat National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and beautiful, red-rocked Timna Park.
Eilat plays host to its fair share of festivals throughout the year, so plan ahead to book hotels in Eilat. If you find yourself there in February, grab tickets to listen to music at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival or tone up your abdomen with workshops at the Eilat Belly Dance Festival. The Eilat Birds Festival, hosted by the Israel Ornithological Center, takes place in late March during peak migration season. The Red Sea Jazz Festival is typically held in July or August and consists of concerts and master classes.
No visit to Israel is complete without a stay in Eilat, where you can swim with dolphins and hike in enchanting and historic surroundings. Let Travelocity help you save money on your trip with Eilat packages. You can save up to $537 when you book your hotel and flight at the same time.