Looking for things to do in Israel is not hard, everywhere you turn there are museums and archaeological sites. Amid the waves of these, you can miss some amazingly unique, exciting and unusual things to do in Israel. From rafting down the Biblical River Jordan, to paragliding over the Coastal Plain, and from reading a newspaper whilst floating in the Dead Sea, to swimming with dolphins in Eilat, Israel is the land where it is possible!
Kayaking down the River Jordan via sachlav_texas on Flickr
1. Rafting down the River Jordan. The Biblical river is not just used for water and baptisms. Israeli’s have put it to another, fun and exciting use, with a number of rafting centers having been set up, renting out inflatable rafts and kayaks.
Paragliding through Israel's valleys by Flickr user piedrastudio
2. Paragliding in Israel. Imagine soaring high above archaeological ruins like a bird. From the heights of the Golan to the flat and magical Coastal Plain, this offers a unique perspective, and a unique way to see the land.3. Spend a night living like a Bedouin, experiencing Bedouin Hospitality. The nomadic desert people still live in Israel, notably in the Negev Desert. Many have opened up villages aimed at tourists who can experience their unique culture, and sleep under the stars in tents, traditionally-Bedouin-style.
Vineyards in the Golan Heights by Flickr user Eagle XDV
4. Take a wine tour. Whilst Israel has been a wine-making region for thousands of years, and is now once again a world leader. Wineries are dotted across the country and tours allow you to explore this amazing industry and taste some great wines.
5. The rugged and extreme Negev Desert is home to many extreme sports including canyoning, the sport in which you climb down a cliff face (fastened of course). You get great views, and an amazing rush of adrenaline.