16 days in Israel Itinerary

16 days in Israel Itinerary

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16 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Jerusalem
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ein Bokek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Eilat
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  2​h 45​min
5
Haifa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) and Frishman Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Herodyon National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat) and Tel Aviv (Bograshov Beach & Palmach Museum). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Jaffa Gate, admire the striking features of Church of Saint Anne, and explore the ancient world of Bethesda.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem online driving holiday planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Jerusalem is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Herodyon National Park ©
Herodyon National Park

2
nights
Ein Bokek

Ein Bokek ©
Sandwiched between the turquoise waters of evaporation pools and desert-like landscape, Ein Bokek features a strip of hotels and luxury resorts on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the striking features of Masada Fortress, explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, and then kick back and relax at Ein Bokek Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Mamshit, get a new perspective on nature at Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture, and then stop by Porat Ein Yahav.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ein Bokek trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture, Masada Fortress, Mamshit, Masada National Park, Porat Ein Yahav
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Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at HaMakhtesh HaGadol, delve into the distant past at Shivta, then explore the stunning scenery at Avdat National Park, and finally do a tasting at Carmey Avdat. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, take in the exciting artwork at HabereH Pub, and then explore the striking landscape at Colorful Sands Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon online trip planner .

Getting from Ein Bokek to Mitspe Ramon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Mitspe Ramon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yeruham, Shivta, Carmey Avdat
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
HaMakhtesh HaGadol ©
HaMakhtesh HaGadol

3
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Canyon and Dekel Beach Eilat. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mosh Beach, stroll through Princess Beach, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Eilat online trip maker .

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Mitspe Ramon in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Migdalor Beach ©
Migdalor Beach

4
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Magdala and The Baha'i Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like The German Colony and Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: Netofa Winery (in Mitse Netofa), The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and Franciscan Wedding Church (in Kfar Cana). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, take a stroll through Wadi Nisnas, kick back and relax at Bat Galim Beach, and stroll through Meridian Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Haifa vacation planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Eilat to Haifa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Eilat in April: high temperatures in Haifa hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nazareth, Franciscan Wedding Church, Magdala, Netofa Winery
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The German Colony ©
The German Colony
Magdala ©
Magdala

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