12 days in Israel Itinerary

12 days in Israel Itinerary

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12 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Safed
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Haifa
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Eilat
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Accra

2
nights
Safed

Safed ©
The birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed boasts a mystical and spiritual heritage as one of the country's four holy cities.
For shopping fun, head to Camus Gallery or Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nurit Gallery and Tzfat Gallery of Mystical Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Safed: Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and Magdala (in Migdal). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, view the masterpieces at Yom Tov Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Hula Nature Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Primacy of Peter.

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Accra, Ghana to Safed is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Accra to Safed. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Accra in December; daily highs in Safed reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Safed

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nurit Gallery, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Magdala
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Leon Gallery ©
Leon Gallery
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Mishi Chocolate Boutique, examine the collection at Beit Hankin, admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation, then make a trip to Nazareth Village, then appreciate the history behind The statue of Alexander Zaid, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Meridian Beach, then stroll through Dado Beach, then view the masterpieces at Ein Hod Artists Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Jarina Mosque.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Haifa trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Safed to Haifa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiryat Tivon, Nazareth, Beit Hankin
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village

2
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
On the 21st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see the vivid underwater world at Dolphin Reef, and then ponder the design of Musical Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, and then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Eilat.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Eilat trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Haifa to Eilat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Haifa in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
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.
Let the collections at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Mahane Yehuda Market and Stern Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tel Aviv (Tayelet & Neve Tzedek). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Western Wall, contemplate the long history of Bethesda, admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, and look for gifts at Jerusalem Pottery Hagop Karakashian.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Eilat to Jerusalem by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Eilat in December: highs in Jerusalem hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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