12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  1​h
1
Eilat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Arad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Jerusalem
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
5
Haifa
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Step out of the city life by going to Red Canyon and Dolphin Reef. Step off the beaten path and head to Eilat Action and Migdalor Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Princess Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and explore the striking landscape of Timna Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Eilat road trip planner .

Tel Aviv to Eilat is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 44°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Migdalor Beach ©
Migdalor Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then delve into the distant past at Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, then make a trip to Ben Gurion Tomb, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Avdat National Park. On the next day, view the masterpieces at HabereH Pub, then take an in-depth tour of Ben-Gurion Hut, then learn about winemaking at Carmey Avdat, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mitspe Ramon trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in September, you will find days in Mitspe Ramon are little chillier (38°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Arad.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sde Boker
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Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Adi Miraro Jewelry, explore the ancient world of Masada Fortress, explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then see the interesting displays at Fine Art & Doll Museum, and finally examine the collection at Glass Art Museum Arad.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arad day trip planner .

Drive from Mitspe Ramon to Arad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Arad

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Masada National Park
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Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Israel Museum and Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City of Jerusalem and Jaffa Old City. Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Tel Aviv (Tayelet, Independence Hall Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Western Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Mount, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, and steep yourself in history at Jaffa Gate.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Arad to Jerusalem in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Gardens and Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Annunciation, then get great views at International Center Mary of Nazareth, then explore the ancient world of Megiddo National Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, engage your brain at Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Gabriel's Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Haifa route maker .

Take a bus from Jerusalem to Haifa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Haifa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Nazareth, Bahai Gardens and Shrine
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International Center Mary of Nazareth ©
St. Joseph Church ©
St. Joseph Church

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