See the best of the Holy Land from the comfort of your couch.

By Stacey Leasca
April 14, 2020
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While it may not be safe to hop on a plane just yet that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore the world.

Virtual offerings are becoming all the rage as we safely wait out the spread of the coronavirus at home. That includes virtual museum tours, online hikes in some of the coolest parks in the United States, art lessons, and even workouts. And now, new destinations are getting in on the action, including the entirety of Israel. Here are a few of the digital offerings from Israel so you can explore the nation at home for now, and perhaps be inspired to see it in real life later.

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One day in Jerusalem:

Sygic Travel VR created a 360-degree virtual tour of Jerusalem’s Old City. “Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Jerusalem is one of the world's foremost pilgrimage destinations,” the tour company explained. “You may feel moved, energized, or swept into the maelstrom of contemporary issues — but the city will not leave you unaffected.” Watch here

The Israel Museum:

The museum is offering a virtual tour of many exhibits, as well as virtual children’s activities, to keep everyone entertained. Its children’s offerings include printable coloring sheets of some of the museum’s famous masterpieces so kids can take the tour offline too. Watch and download here.  

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art:

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art wants to keep fans fully entertained while social distancing. To help, the museum now hosts a number of virtual tours and released video footage of some of its coolest exhibits. It also has online voice guides, live broadcast tours of the museum, and more. View here

Israel Virtual Experience:

For an all-around tour experience, Virtually Israel created an entire suite of 360-degree videos to “cater to a variety of interests.” That includes virtual tours of some of Tel Aviv’s best beaches, as well as a bird’s eye view of the city on a hot air balloon ride. There are also tours of the Dead Sea, the Tower of David in Jerusalem, Independence hall, and more. Check out its YouTube page here for all the tours

Israeli hotspots:

3D Israel is bringing its A-game when it comes to online tours. “Our mission is to give you a tour of Israel using our ultra high definition panoramas of Israeli hotels, cities, attractions, holy places, and to help you understand Israel and plan your vacation,” it explained. View everything from Haifa in the north to Eilat in the south. View here.

You can also head to YouTube for a handful of other virtual adventures including a trip through the Western Wall tunnels, the Via Dolorosa, the Sea of Galilee, and even Tel Aviv Pride.