History beckons in compact, complex Israel. Holy land to Christians, Jews and Muslims, the country cradles archaeological wonders at every turn. Jerusalem's Old City sits at its centre, holding sacred religious sites like the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and gold-capped Dome of the Rock. Beyond its bustling cities, Israel's rugged hills and desert valleys brim with natural wonders. Trek up to the Masada mountaintop fortress, and you'll be rewarded with sweeping views over the Judea desert. Explore the otherworldly crater at Makhtesh Ramon to spot prehistoric ruins and wild porcupines. Relaxation comes easily in Israel. The trendy cafés and farm-to-table restaurants in Tel Aviv's Port showcase sparkling Mediterranean vistas. Wander through the terraced greenery at the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, snorkel through the vibrant coral reefs in the Gulf of Eilat and treat yourself to a muscle-soothing soak in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.