16 days in Israel Itinerary

16 days in Israel Itinerary

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16 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Herzliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Eilat
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Tiberias
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park. Bring the kids along to Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo) and Kalia Beach. Step out of Jerusalem to go to Masada and see Masada National Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. On the 17th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Western Wall, contemplate the long history of Garden of Gethsemane, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem vacation planner .

Chicago, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Jerusalem due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Jerusalem hover around 87°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Herzliya.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kalia Beach, Masada National Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park

2
nights
Herzliya

Herzliya ©
On the sunny Mediterranean central coast of Israel, Herzliya charms its visitors with upscale beachfront restaurants, rolling cerulean coastline, and trendy shops.
On the 18th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Park, take in the waterfront at Tayelet, then get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), and finally take an in-depth tour of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Herzliya vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Jerusalem to Herzliya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Jerusalem in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Herzliya: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Herzliya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Safari Park
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Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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 19th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Avdat National Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon tour builder website .

You can drive from Herzliya to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Herzliya in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mitspe Ramon, with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park

4
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin Reef and Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Get outdoors at Timna Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Migdalor Beach, get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and take advantage of the amenities at Dekel Beach Eilat.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Eilat trip builder app .

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mitspe Ramon in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 103°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Eilat

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

2
nights
Tiberias

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hula Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Tabgha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Mount of Beatitudes, and finally contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tiberias trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Tiberias takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Eilat in June: highs in Tiberias hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 73°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capernaum, Hula Nature Reserve
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Tabgha ©
Tabgha
Hula Nature Reserve ©
Hula Nature Reserve

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