18 days in Israel Itinerary

18 days in Israel Itinerary

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18 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  10​h 30​min
1
Haifa
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Eilat
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ein Bokek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Manchester

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.
Attractions like The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani) and Dado Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Magdala (in Migdal), Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and The Beatitude Monastery (in Capernaum). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens, engage your brain at Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, delve into the distant past at Tel Shikmona, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nazareth Village.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Haifa trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Haifa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Haifa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Haifa to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Eilat.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mishi Chocolate Boutique, The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani), The Beatitude Monastery, Hula Nature Reserve, Magdala
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Hula Nature Reserve ©
Hula Nature Reserve

5
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Bring the kids along to Underwater Observatory Marine Park and Dolphin Reef. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, and put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Room Eilat.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Eilat trip maker .

Getting from Haifa to Eilat by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Haifa in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park, and then get a taste of life in the country at The Alpaca Farm. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, then revel in the low prices at Faran Natural Cosmetic, and finally explore the ancient world of Shivta.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mitspe Ramon day trip planning website .

Drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in December, expect Mitspe Ramon to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Shivta
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Ein Bokek

Ein Bokek ©
Sandwiched between the turquoise waters of evaporation pools and desert-like landscape, Ein Bokek features a strip of hotels and luxury resorts on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, stroll through Ein Bokek Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Bokek River, and then admire the landmark architecture of Masada Fortress.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ein Bokek tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Mitspe Ramon to Ein Bokek takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Masada Fortress, Masada National Park, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, En Gedi Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Safari Park and Tayelet. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Art Quest - Club Allenby 28 (in Tel Aviv) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, delve into the distant past at Bethesda, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Western Wall.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ein Bokek to Jerusalem takes 2 hours. In December in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Safari Park, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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