17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
1
Haifa
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ashkelon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dimona
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Eilat
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Zurich

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 find plenty of places to visit near Haifa: Magdala (in Migdal), The Church of the Annunciation (in Nazareth) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park, appreciate the history behind The statue of Alexander Zaid, and steep yourself in history at Mount of Beatitudes.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Haifa travel planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Haifa is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Haifa hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The statue of Alexander Zaid, Sea of Galilee, Bahai Gardens and Shrine, The Church of the Annunciation, Mount of Beatitudes
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Gan HaKaktusim (in Holon), Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Tel Aviv (Tayelet, Neve Tzedek, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City of Jerusalem, and explore the galleries of ‚ÄčThe Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Haifa to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ashkelon.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Gan HaKaktusim
Highlights from your plan
Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum
Walking tours

2
nights
Ashkelon

Ashkelon ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Negev Brewery, and then don't miss a visit to Black Arrow Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture, then examine the collection at Weizmann House, then examine the collection at Ayalon Institute Museum, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with The Wedding Escape Room.

Plan my Ashkelon trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Jerusalem to Ashkelon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dimona.

Things to do in Ashkelon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kiryat Gat, Rehovot, Black Arrow Memorial, Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture, The Wedding Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Weizmann House ©
Weizmann House

2
nights
Dimona

Dimona ©
Dimona is an Israeli city in the Negev desert, 36km to the south of Beersheba and 35km west of the Dead Sea above the Arava valley in the Southern District of Israel. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Masada Fortress, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, and then delve into the distant past at Herod's Western Palace. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Nahal Tamar and then explore the stunning scenery at Avdat National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dimona trip planner.

Getting from Ashkelon to Dimona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Eilat.

Things to do in Dimona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Avdat National Park, Masada Fortress, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

4
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Explore Eilat's surroundings by going to Mitspe Ramon (Ramon Crater & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Eilat Action.

To plan Eilat vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Dimona to Eilat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Eilat, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mitspe Ramon
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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