16 days in Israel Itinerary

16 days in Israel Itinerary

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16 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Train + Bus:  15​h 15​min
1
Eilat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mitspe Ramon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Arad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Safed
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Haifa
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  15​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by Eilat Wines, and make a short side trip with Eilat Action.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eilat road trip website .

New York City, USA to Eilat is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Eilat is 7 hours. In March, Eilat is much warmer than New York City - with highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, get some fabulous bargains at Faran Natural Cosmetic, then explore the engaging exhibits at Ethno Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at HabereH Pub.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon online travel route planner .

You can drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arad.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Shopping Museums Nature
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
HabereH Pub ©
HabereH Pub
Faran Natural Cosmetic ©
Faran Natural Cosmetic

1
night
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then explore the ancient world of Masada Fortress, then explore the world behind art at Fine Art & Doll Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Arad Contemporary Art Center.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arad trip site .

Traveling by car from Mitspe Ramon to Arad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Arad

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Shop till you drop at Carmel Market (Shuk Ha'Carmel) and Stern Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Israel Museum and Old City of Jerusalem. Venture out of the city with trips to Tel Aviv (Under 1000 Art Gallery, Nirit Levav Packer Art Gallery, & more) and Jaffa (Jaffa Old City & Nalagaat Center). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, explore the galleries of Ethnics Artist Co-operative, and take in the exciting artwork at Art & Music Gallery and Gift Shop, Kikar Hamusica Jerusalem.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Arad to Jerusalem in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Safed.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

3
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.
Visit Sea of Galilee and Magdala for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery and Yom Tov Art Gallery. Explore Safed's surroundings by going to Nurit Gallery (in Yesod Hamaala), The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani) (in She_ar Yashuv) and Church of the Primacy of Peter (in Tabgha). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mount of Beatitudes, view the masterpieces at Leon Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Multiplication, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hula Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Safed road trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Jerusalem to Safed in 3 hours. March in Safed sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Haifa.

Things to do in Safed

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capernaum, Tiberias, The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani), Magdala, Hula Nature Reserve
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes
Magdala ©
Magdala

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Beit Hankin, browse the fresh offerings at Shvil Parot HaChalav (Milky Cow Way), and then admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Baha'i Gardens and then explore the engaging exhibits at Nisco Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Haifa online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Safed to Haifa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Safed in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Haifa, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nisco Museum, The Church of the Annunciation, Shvil Parot HaChalav (Milky Cow Way), Beit Hankin
Highlights from your plan
Beit Hankin ©
Beit Hankin
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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