Israel

ISRAEL #6: THE DEAD SEA

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There are tons of companies offering (rather expensive) organized tours to these spots, but you can easily reach them by public transport (Egged buses offers numerous departures every day - a round trip to Masada & En Bokek is roughly 25€).

ISRAEL #5: TMOL-SHILSHOM

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ISRAEL #4: JERUSALEM

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ISRAEL #3: TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

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