Jerusalem Aquarium

Photo Credit: http://touchpointisrael.com

Photo Credit: http://touchpointisrael.com

According to a report by Abigail Klein Leichman, a national aquarium is set to open in Jerusalem this fall. The exhibit, designed by Raviv-Tal Environmental Architecture of Haifa, cost $25 million and is located on five acres next to the Jerusalem Zoo.

See Ms. Leichman’s article and photos here.

 

Happy New Year 5777

Discipleship Travel LLC wishes all our friends in Israel a Happy New Year 5777!

Pomegranate ©2016 Craig Dunning

The Shofar Factory

Many of our travelers purchase a shofar as a gift for someone special or simply as a personal souvenir of their trip to Israel. Below is an interesting video showing the process of transforming a horn into a shofar.

Israel is 68 years young!

The modern state of Israel is 68 years young. In honor of that milestone the Foreign Ministry produced a cute and informative 6-minute video highlighting 68 amazing, interesting, and fun facts about modern Israel. Enjoy!

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport 4th Best in World

Departure Hall Ben Gurion

The departure hall at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel is a comfortable place to relax and enjoy drinks and a light meal while waiting for your international flight. Duty free shopping is also available around the perimeter of the departure hall. Photo ©2015 Craig Dunning

The Condé Nast Traveler “2015 Best Of” survey results are in, and Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport was selected as the fourth best international airport in the world.

Named after Israel’s first prime minister, this airport’s highest score was for easy access from downtown Tel Aviv, nine miles to the north west. Known primarily for being one of the world’s most secure airports, 15 million passengers passed through here in 2014 and it has consistently won awards for best airport in the Middle East.

Here is Conde Nast Traveler’s list of top ten international airports:
1. Changi Airport Singapore (SIN) Readers’ Rating: 83.356
2. Dubai International (DXB) Readers’ Rating: 77.889
3. Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Readers’ Rating: 75.735
4. Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) Readers’ Rating: 73.414
5. Seoul-Incheon (ICN) Readers’ Rating: 72.355
6. Tokyo Haneda (HND) Readers’ Rating: 71.628
7. Hamad International Airport (DOH) Readers’ Rating: 71.374
8. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU) Readers’ Rating: 70.948
9. Zurich Airport (ZRH) Readers’ Rating: 70.601
10. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Readers’ Rating: 70.227

Notably, Asia and the Middle East dominate the rankings, each receiving four top ten rankings. Europe and North America had one each, securing the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Neither Africa nor South America made the survey.