Israel, Jordan and Egypt are packed with historical sights and architecture, but head to the capitals and your clients will find a city break with a difference, says Jo Gardner
What to see: With its sandy beaches, quirky cafes and easy-on-the-eye locals, Tel Aviv is as historical as it is hip. Tick off the main sites – Rabin Square, where prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated; Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the world; and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art – before mooching around the neighbourhoods.
Nachalat Binyamin is a traffic-free mall where live street music and arts and craft stalls await, while in Sheinkin you’ll find more independent shops and cafes than you can shake a coffee bean at. Suggest your clients don’t leave without finding a spot on the beach to watch a volleyball match – or to simply marvel at the sparkling sea.
Where to sleep: Costas Anastasi, product manager at Cyplon Holidays, recommends clients stay at the five-star Royal Beach Tel Aviv for a conveniently located chic stay. “This hotel from the Isrotel Exclusive collection is ideally located along the famed Herbert Samuel street, adjacent to the Tel Aviv coastline, providing direct access to the beach,” he says.
The hotel towers at 19 storeys with all rooms benefiting from sea views. “The interior design is modern and chic, with facilities including a popular Israeli- Mediterranean gourmet restaurant,” adds Anastasi.
Things to do: For breakfast, head to Benedict, the first restaurant in the world to serve breakfast around the clock. Get the morning off to a zing with scrambled eggs in tomato sauce with chilli peppers, onions, paprika, cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
Farmers’ markets are another way to experience Tel Aviv’s innovative culinary choices – clients can head to Carmel Market where farmers and young entrepreneurs run cooking courses and demonstrations.
For an evening meal, you can’t beat the fish shawarma at Joz ve Loz, a retro spot with mismatched furniture and a good selection of fruity wine. For a nightcap, head to Bar 223, a cocktail bar with a cool New York vibe.
Book it: Cyplon Holidays offers a five-night stay at the Isrotel Royal Beach hotel on a B&B basis including flights and transfers from £1,299pp based on two sharing. cyplon.co.uk