15 days in Israel Itinerary

15 days in Israel Itinerary

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15 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
2
Mitspe Ramon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Eilat
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Capernaum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Haifa
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: New York City

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 find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tayelet (in Tel Aviv). On the 28th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate the long history of Dome of the Rock, see the interesting displays at Israel Museum, and don't miss a visit to Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Jerusalem is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: highs in Jerusalem hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon trip builder.

You can take a bus from Jerusalem to Mitspe Ramon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Jerusalem in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mitspe Ramon, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

4
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and cool off at Dekel Beach Eilat.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Eilat trip planner.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mitspe Ramon in May; daily highs in Eilat reach 97°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Capernaum.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

2
nights
Capernaum

Capernaum ©
A trip to Capernaum takes pilgrims and tourists to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which represents one of the major historical sites to see in Israel.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Capharnaum the Town of Jesus, explore the striking landscape at Tabgha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Multiplication, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hula Nature Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Capernaum trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Eilat to Capernaum in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Eilat in May, with highs in Capernaum at 86°F and lows at 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Haifa.

Things to do in Capernaum

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tiberias, Hula Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes
Hula Nature Reserve ©
Hula Nature Reserve

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haifa: Ramat HaNadiv (in Zichron Yaakov), Caesarea National Park (in Caesarea) and Nazareth (International Center Mary of Nazareth, The Church of the Annunciation, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome, steep yourself in history at Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Gardens and Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Haifa holiday planner.

You can drive from Capernaum to Haifa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Capernaum in May, you will find days in Haifa are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Beit Shearim, Ramat HaNadiv, Bahai Gardens and Shrine, Caesarea National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park

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