Israel packs in riches from cherished religious sites to stunning archaeological treasures to spectacular natural wonders. Holy land to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this is where biblical places like Jerusalem and Galilee come alive. Colorful features in Fodor's Israel help travelers experience all of this and more: awe-inspiring ancient cities, delicious food and wine, and a vibrant contemporary culture. -COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: With its focus on modern pleasures as well as historical attractions, Fodor's Israel is the best-selling guide to this exciting, diverse country. It's well positioned to take advantage of growing American travel to Israel: a record 623,000 Americans visited in 2013. -EXPANDED COVERAGE: This edition includes a new and expanded chapter on the world wonder of Petra, a popular side-trip excursion in neighboring Jordan. Fodor's Israel captures the latest developments in this fast-changing country, including the hot restaurant scenes and endless shopping opportunities in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. -ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Browsable features highlight quintessential Israel, both ancient and modern. Topics include "The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem"; "Bauhaus Style in Tel Aviv," "Masada"; "Jesus in the Galilee"; and the "Wines of Israel," giving travelers an unparalleled sense of the country. -INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: The "Experience Israel" chapter provides an overview of the country, with special features on getting around; the best foods and markets; great beaches; and the most interesting activities for kids. Features in each chapter make it easy to prepare for a trip and plan which places to see, and detailed itineraries address specific kinds of visitors, including first-timers. -DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Israel offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. -ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's travel guide is researched and written by local experts.