16 days in Israel Itinerary

16 days in Israel Itinerary

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16 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Train:  19 h 15 min
1
Haifa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Capernaum
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Eilat
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Mitspe Ramon
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Jerusalem
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Church of the Annunciation and Crusader Fortress. Visit International Center Mary of Nazareth and Bahai Gardens and Shrine for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Haifa side-trips: Megiddo National Park (in Nazareth) and Akko Old Town (in Acre). There's lots more to do: catch all the local highlights with The German Colony, contemplate the long history of Beit Shearim, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Haifa vacation builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Haifa is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Israel Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Haifa, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Capernaum.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nazareth, Acre, Beit Shearim
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International Center Mary of Nazareth ©
Beit Shearim ©
Beit Shearim
Tel Megiddo National Park ©
Tel Megiddo National Park

1
night
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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Capharnaum the Town of Jesus, steep yourself in history at Church of the Multiplication, steep yourself in history at Tiberias, then contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Mount of Beatitudes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Twelve Apostles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Capernaum trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Haifa to Capernaum in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Haifa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Capernaum, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Capernaum

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tiberias
Highlights from your plan
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus ©
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
The Church of the Twelve Apostles ©
The Church of the Twelve Apostles
The Beatitude Monastery ©
The Beatitude Monastery

4
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Dekel Beach Eilat. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Eilat Marina, kick back and relax at Princess Beach, take in the views from Harbour Bridge, and get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Eilat vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Capernaum to Eilat takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Capernaum in November: high temperatures in Eilat hover around 82°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Eilat Marina ©
Eilat Marina

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ramon Crater and Shivta. Visit Nabatean Avdat Acropolis and Biblical Tamar Park for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Avdat National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Maktesh Ramon, explore the ancient world of Mamshit, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Alpaca Farm.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon custom trip planner.

You can drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, Mitspe Ramon is a bit cooler than Eilat - with highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Biblical Tamar Park, Shivta, Ben Gurion Tomb, Mamshit
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Mamshit ©
Mamshit

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tayelet Haas Promenade, then contemplate the long history of Dome of the Rock, then explore the ancient world of Temple Mount, and finally contemplate the long history of Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ramparts Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), then admire the landmark architecture of Church of Saint Anne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark's Syriac Church.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Mitspe Ramon to Jerusalem takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mitspe Ramon in November, with highs in Jerusalem at 69°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel ©
Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
Mount Herzl National Cemetery ©
Mount Herzl National Cemetery

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