And it’s what they promised in the Promised Land – yes Israeli clear of Covid regs now.
Our friends in the Land of Milk and Honey will be removing on-arrival PCR tests from May 20 and letting people fly with an antigen test from May 10.
Right, we know that it hasn’t been a biblical 40 years since Israel was this open rather than just these last two years.
But it’s just made us more impatient, and that goes too for our dream makers too, our travel providers, who are lining up all manner of packages for us.
Lots of fun at the YMCA
Now our eye fell on the YMCA 3 Arches particularly when we saw that it had been designed by the architect of the Empire State Building in New York.
And that means tall with the 3 Arches a 152ft tower with views of the YMCA gardens below and historic Jerusalem vistas, many with views of the King David Street.
Not forgetting of course those modern day facilities we all expect… sports center with fitness room, pool, sauna, jacuzzi and group exercise studio.
The tour providers
Travel Israel helpfully do all the work for us offering flights from Edinburgh to Tel Aviv (you can also go from Glasgow and London Heathrow) and accommodation for £1,255.
With the excellent SWISS International Airlines.
And they list out a number of excursions you can add on.
Like Christmas (well, this is the Holy Land) you can go mad ticking off the trips you want.
And the excursions
The Jerusalem Day Tour we imagine does what it says on the tin, and at a competitive £63 for two.
You will drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city.
And stop at Mount Zion to visit King David’s Tomb,Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey.
No visit to Jerusalem would be complete without a visit to the Jewish Wailing Wall.
And channel your inner Jesus at the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre.
Before you’ll then proceed to the New City and a visit to Yad Vashem, the Memorial to the Holocaust.
But seeing you’re here you really should tick off as much as you can.
Two unforgettable days
And the 2 Day Tour of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada & the Dead Sea Small Group Tour does just that.
You’ll depart on Day 1 and take in Jerusalem (obvs) and the Old City; Western Wall; church of Holy Sepulcher and Bethlehem. And overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2 will take in Massada, a swim in the Dead Sea (been there, but would always go again).
Of course as comprehensive as this is there’s always more.
So check out their Galilee offers and in Jesus’ Steps packages.
And so let’s celebrate Israeli clear of Covid regs.