11 days in Israel Itinerary

11 days in Israel Itinerary

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11 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tel Aviv
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Eilat
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  2​h 45​min
3
Haifa
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) and Adina Plastelina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palmach Museum and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tel Aviv: Jaffa Gate (in Jerusalem), Masada National Park (in Masada) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace, brush up on your military savvy at ANZAC Memorial Center, kick back and relax at Frishman Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ein Bokek Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tel Aviv trip itinerary website .

Chicago, USA to Tel Aviv is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Tel Aviv is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Tel Aviv to be much hotter, temps between 67°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Masada National Park, Jaffa Gate, Israeli Children's Museum, Ayalon Institute Museum, Masada Fortress
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum

2
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, and then get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mosh Beach, then kick back and relax at Princess Beach, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Eilat trip planner .

Getting from Tel Aviv to Eilat by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, you will find days in Eilat are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Mosh Beach ©
Mosh Beach
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©

3
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at The House and Church of St. Peter, explore the activities along Sea of Galilee, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Wedding Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Twelve Apostles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter, and finally contemplate the long history of Beit Shearim.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Haifa tour itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Eilat to Haifa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Eilat in January, expect nights in Haifa to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Capernaum, Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, Beit Shearim, Sea of Galilee, Franciscan Wedding Church
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The Church of the Twelve Apostles ©
Church of the Primacy of Peter ©
Church of the Primacy of Peter

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