17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tel Aviv
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nazareth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Tel Aviv
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Old Tel Aviv Port Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Tayelet, take an in-depth tour of Ben-Gurion House, then don't miss a visit to White City, then wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, and finally appreciate the history behind Clock Tower.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tel Aviv planning site .

Chicago, USA to Tel Aviv is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Tel Aviv. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Tel Aviv at 67°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nazareth.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Neighborhoods Beaches Outdoors
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
Saint Peter Church ©
Saint Peter Church

3
nights
Nazareth

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea of Galilee and St. Gabriel's Church. Explore hidden gems such as Zippori National Park and 3 Vines Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nazareth: Acre (Kashash oriental sweets & Akko Old Town) and Beit Shearim (in Kiryat Tivon). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Annunciation and pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Wedding Church.

Start your trip to Nazareth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Tel Aviv to Nazareth in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Nazareth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franciscan Wedding Church, Beit Shearim, Sea of Galilee, Akko Old Town, 3 Vines Winery
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Beit Shearim ©
Beit Shearim
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ein Bokek Beach and Masada Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Masada National Park and Western Wall are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda, and steep yourself in history at Jaffa Gate.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jerusalem trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Nazareth to Jerusalem in 2 hours. January in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ein Bokek Beach, Masada National Park, Masada Fortress
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Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

4
nights
Tel Aviv

Take a break from the city and head to Caesarea National Park and Let's Walk - Hike & Travel Israel with Omer Ziv. Your inner history buff will appreciate Raanana Park and Beit Ha'ir History Museum. Go for a jaunt from Tel Aviv to Herzliya to see Sidna Ali Mosque about 30 minutes away. See even more of Tel Aviv: admire the masterpieces at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Bograshov Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Independence Hall Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tel Aviv itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sidna Ali Mosque, Caesarea National Park, Raanana Park
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Food Tours
Bograshov Beach
Bograshov Beach

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