17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Arad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Eilat
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Haifa
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  15​h
End: New York City

4
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: Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek & Tayelet), Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa) and Gan HaKaktusim (in Holon). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem road trip planning site .

New York City, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Jerusalem. Traveling from New York City in March, you will find days in Jerusalem are much hotter (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Arad.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Change things up with these side-trips from Arad: ANZAC Memorial Center (in Beersheba) and Mitspe Ramon (Avdat National Park & Ramon Crater). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, examine the collection at Fine Art & Doll Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Arad Contemporary Art Center, and explore the ancient world of Shivta.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arad visit planner.

You can drive from Jerusalem to Arad in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Eilat.

Things to do in Arad

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mitspe Ramon, Shivta, ANZAC Memorial Center, Masada National Park, En Gedi Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

4
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, nature, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, and see the vivid underwater world at Dolphin Reef.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Eilat sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Arad to Eilat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Eilat sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nazareth (Nazareth Village & The Church of the Annunciation), Magdala (in Migdal) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Baha'i Gardens, appreciate the history behind The statue of Alexander Zaid, identify plant and animal life at Hula Nature Reserve, and steep yourself in history at Tel Yodfat.

Plan trip to Haifa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and train from Eilat to Haifa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Eilat in March, expect nights in Haifa to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kiryat Tivon, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Tel Yodfat, Hula Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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