12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  18​h 45​min
1
Haifa
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Eilat
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
3
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Haifa side-trips: Capernaum (Church of Mount of Beatitudes & Mount of Beatitudes), Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Caesarea National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tabor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Haifa custom trip planner.

New York City, USA to Haifa is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Haifa, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Haifa reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Capernaum, Caesarea National Park, Bahai Gardens and Shrine, Sea of Galilee, The Church of the Annunciation
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

4
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, see the vivid underwater world at Dolphin Reef, take in the views from Harbour Bridge, and take in the waterfront activity at Eilat Marina.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Eilat trip builder.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Haifa to Eilat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Haifa in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Tel Aviv Museum of Art (in Tel Aviv) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). On the 19th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, admire the striking features of Church of the Holy Sepulchre, explore the ancient world of Temple Mount, and take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem vacation builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Jerusalem in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eilat in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Jerusalem: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

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