12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
1
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Masada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Eilat
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem

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.
You'll explore and learn at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palmach Museum and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Ayalon Institute Museum (in Rehovot) and Bograshov Beach (in Tel Aviv). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dominus Flevit, and take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jerusalem online route planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Jerusalem. In December in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Masada.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Ayalon Institute Museum, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum

2
nights
Masada

Masada ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Masada trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Jerusalem to Masada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Avdat National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Ein Yorkeam, then explore the striking landscape at HaMakhtesh HaGadol, and finally explore the ancient world of Shivta. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, then take an in-depth tour of Ben-Gurion Hut, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorful Sands Park, and finally revel in the low prices at Faran Natural Cosmetic.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon road trip tool .

Getting from Masada to Mitspe Ramon by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yeruham, Shivta, Ben-Gurion Hut
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
HaMakhtesh HaGadol ©
HaMakhtesh HaGadol

3
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
We've included these beaches for you: Migdalor Beach and Princess Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Red Canyon and Mosh Beach. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Botanical Garden Of Eilat, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Eilat, My City History Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Eilat online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mitspe Ramon in December: highs in Eilat hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach

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