17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  21​h
1
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Arad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​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
train + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Independence Hall Museum in the Shalom Mayer Tower, Neve Tzedek, & more) and Gan HaKaktusim (in Holon). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall, steep yourself in history at Temple Mount, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem tour builder tool .

San Diego, USA to Jerusalem is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 10 hours. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Jerusalem are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arad.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Herod's Western Palace, explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then delve into the distant past at Masada Fortress, and finally browse the exhibits of Adi Miraro Jewelry.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Arad trip maker app .

Getting from Jerusalem to Arad by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Arad

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Herod's Western Palace, Masada National Park
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace

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.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, delve into the distant past at Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, and then take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Beresheet Desert Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then make a trip to Ben Gurion Tomb.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mitspe Ramon trip planner .

You can drive from Arad to Mitspe Ramon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Mitspe Ramon, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ben Gurion Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Eilat

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: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, experience the excitement of Funtasy - Eilat's attractions center, explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef.

Plan my day in Eilat using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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 October, plan for a bit warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Haifa side-trips: Magdala (in Migdal), Mount of Beatitudes (in Capernaum) and Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias). The adventure continues: stroll through The Baha'i Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Hula Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Gardens and Shrine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Primacy of Peter.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Haifa day trip planning site .

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Eilat in October: highs in Haifa hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Magdala, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Bahai Gardens and Shrine
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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