18 days in Israel Itinerary

18 days in Israel Itinerary

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18 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Rishon Lezion
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Eilat
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  2​h 45​min
3
Haifa
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Jerusalem
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
Rishon Lezion

Rishon Lezion ©
Rishon LeZion is the fourth-largest city in Israel, located along the central Israeli coastal plain 8km south of Tel Aviv. On the 30th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Weizmann House, then stroll through Gil Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): steep yourself in history at St. George Church, then see the interesting displays at Ayalon Institute Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hof Palmahim National Park, and finally kick back and relax at Hasela Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rishon Lezion holiday planning website .

Charlotte, USA to Rishon Lezion is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rishon Lezion when traveling from Charlotte in May, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Rishon Lezion

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rehovot, Gil Beach, St. George Church, Hasela Beach, Safari Park
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Weizmann House ©
Weizmann House

4
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Get outdoors at Dolphin Reef and Coral Beach Nature Reserve. Spend the 2nd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, examine the collection at Erotic Museum, get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Eilat vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rishon Lezion to Eilat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rishon Lezion in May, with highs in Eilat at 97°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
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.
Visiting Sea of Galilee and Mount Tabor will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Baha'i Gardens and Church of the Primacy of Peter. Explore Haifa's surroundings by going to Netofa Winery (in Mitse Netofa), Magdala (in Migdal) and Capernaum (Church of the Multiplication & Mount of Beatitudes). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Achziv Beach National Park. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Annunciation and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Haifa online trip itinerary builder .

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. When traveling from Eilat in June, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Haifa: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capernaum, Church of the Primacy of Peter, Mount Tabor, The Church of the Annunciation, Sea of Galilee
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Masada National Park and Masada Fortress. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City of Jerusalem and Israel Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Jerusalem side-trips: Tel Aviv (Neve Tzedek, Tayelet, & more) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, and explore the ancient world of Western Wall.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jerusalem route planner.

Getting from Haifa to Jerusalem by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Masada Fortress, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park

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