12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Haifa
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Eilat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Arad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haifa: Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor), Magdala (in Migdal) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Annunciation, look for all kinds of wild species at Hula Nature Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at The statue of Alexander Zaid.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Haifa trip maker site .

Washington DC, USA to Haifa is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Haifa. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Haifa, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Hula Nature Reserve, Mount Tabor, Mount of Beatitudes
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

2
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Eilat. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, and then get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Eilat trip itinerary site .

Getting from Haifa to Eilat by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Haifa in January, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Timna Park ©
Timna Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Mitspe Ramon

Mitspe Ramon ©
Founded in 1951, the small desert town of Mitspe Ramon overlooks the Ramon Crater, a massive 40 km (24 mi) long dip in the Negev desert, created by erosion and notable for its interesting rock formations.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, see Beresheet Desert Tours, then take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park, and finally look for gifts at Faran Natural Cosmetic.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Mitspe Ramon attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Eilat in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Mitspe Ramon, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arad.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Beresheet Desert Tours ©
Beresheet Desert Tours

1
night
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Fine Art & Doll Museum, view the masterpieces at Adi Miraro Jewelry, then explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, and finally admire the striking features of Masada Fortress.

Start your trip to Arad by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Arad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Arad

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

4
nights
Jerusalem

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek & Tayelet) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Saint Anne, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Arad to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

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