17 days in Israel Itinerary

17 days in Israel Itinerary

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17 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Nazareth
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Eilat
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Dimona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Jerusalem
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Toronto

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.
St. Gabriel's Church and Citadel of Acre will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Joseph Church and International Center Mary of Nazareth. Explore Nazareth's surroundings by going to Bahai Gardens and Shrine (in Acre), Capernaum (Church of the Multiplication, The House and Church of St. Peter, & more) and Magdala (in Migdal). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Beit Shearim, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yardenit, explore the ancient world of Megiddo National Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nazareth trip itinerary planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Nazareth is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Nazareth, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Nazareth to be warmer, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Capernaum, Acre, Kiryat Tivon, Yardenit, Church of the Primacy of Peter
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St. Joseph Church ©
St. Joseph Church
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus ©
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
International Center Mary of Nazareth ©

5
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nabatean Avdat Acropolis and Botanical Garden Of Eilat. Go for a jaunt from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: admire nature's extreme beauty at Eilat Action, have some family-friendly fun at Funtasy, explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Dekel Beach Eilat.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Eilat trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nazareth to Eilat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nazareth in December, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Dimona.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mitspe Ramon
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis
Mosh Beach ©
Mosh Beach

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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Masada Fortress, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Masada Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ein Bokek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bokek River, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fine Art & Doll Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dimona online trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Eilat to Dimona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Dimona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arad, Ein Bokek, Dead Sea Region, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

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 Christian Quarter and Jaffa Gate. Visit Old City of Jerusalem and Church of Saint Anne for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Tel Aviv (Independence Hall Museum, Sommer Contemporary Art, & more) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, delve into the distant past at Temple Mount, and take a stroll through Ben Yehuda Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Dimona to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. December in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Christian Quarter ©
Christian Quarter

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