12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Ashkelon
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Eilat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ein Yahav
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Sde Boker
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

1
night
Ashkelon

Ashkelon ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Ashdod Citadel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etgarim Lakhish Park, and then kick back and relax at Gil Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ashkelon trip planner .

Bucharest, Romania to Ashkelon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bucharest in January; daily highs in Ashkelon reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Ashkelon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ashdod
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Etgarim Lakhish Park ©
Etgarim Lakhish Park
Ashdod Citadel ©
Ashdod Citadel

1
night
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 14th (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at Eilat Action, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Botanical Garden Of Eilat, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Princess Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Eilat vacation planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Eilat is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. In January, Eilat is warmer than Bucharest - with highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Botanical Garden Of Eilat ©
Botanical Garden Of Eilat
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon

1
night
Ein Yahav

Ein Yahav ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley, engage your brain at Arava Vidor Center, then explore the engaging exhibits at Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture, and finally make a trip to Biblical Tamar Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ein Yahav trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Eilat to Ein Yahav in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Ein Yahav

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hazeva, Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley, Arava Vidor Center
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Arava Vidor Center ©
Arava Vidor Center
Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley ©
Antelope Ranch in the Arava Valley

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ramon Crater Visitor Center - Makhtesh Ramon as well as Ramon Crater. On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, then explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, then contemplate the long history of Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev, and finally delve into the distant past at Shivta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Ramon Crater Visitor Center - Makhtesh Ramon, then do a tasting at Carmey Avdat, and then get outside with Peimot Midbar.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mitspe Ramon trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Ein Yahav to Mitspe Ramon in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sde Boker.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ramat Negev, Peimot Midbar, Carmey Avdat
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Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater

1
night
Sde Boker

Sde Boker ©
Sde Boker is a kibbutz in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Ben Gurion Tomb, then explore the fascinating landscape at Yeruham Park and Lake, and then explore the activities along Zin River.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sde Boker day trip planning site .

Drive from Mitspe Ramon to Sde Boker in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Sde Boker

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yeruham Park and Lake, Zin River
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Zin River ©
Zin River
Yeruham Park and Lake ©
Yeruham Park and Lake
Ben Gurion Tomb ©
Ben Gurion Tomb

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.
Popular historic sites such as Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil) and Christian Quarter are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Frishman Beach and Jerusalem Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Route 90 (in Ein Bokek), Ein Gedi Botanical Garden (in Ein Gedi) and Kalia Beach (in Kalia). Make the 24th (Thu) a rough and rugged day at local off-road trails. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at The Masada Museum, shop like a local with Ben Yehuda Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jerusalem trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sde Boker to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. In January in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Tel Aviv, Route 90, Kalia Beach, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve

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