12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Haifa
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Eilat
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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 some historical perspective at Sea of Galilee and The Baha'i Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Church of the Annunciation and Church of the Primacy of Peter. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: Capernaum (Church of Mount of Beatitudes & Mount of Beatitudes), Acre (Citadel of Acre & Sinan Basha Mosque (alBahr Mosque)) and Magdala (in Migdal). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hula Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Gardens and Shrine, and take a stroll through Akko Old Town.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Haifa tour itinerary maker site .

Chicago, USA to Haifa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Haifa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Haifa to be much hotter, temps between 66°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Acre, Capernaum, Magdala, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Hula Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens

3
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilat, My City History Museum and Erotic Museum. Get outdoors at Dolphin Reef and Coral Beach Nature Reserve. Spend the 25th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Eilat Action and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Haifa to Eilat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Haifa in December, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

5
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.
Visit Masada National Park and Old City of Jerusalem for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Israel Museum and Jaffa Old City. Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Masada Fortress (in Arad) and Tel Aviv (Tayelet & Tel Aviv Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dome of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, and see the interesting displays at Shrine of the Book.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jerusalem online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Jerusalem takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Eilat in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Jerusalem, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Masada National Park, Masada Fortress
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

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