18 days in Israel Itinerary

18 days in Israel Itinerary

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18 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8 h
1
Jerusalem
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Ein Bokek
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Eilat
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Haifa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Masada
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Safed
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Tel Aviv
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Zurich

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount of Olives as well as Western Wall. On the 21st (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Church of Saint Anne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), then delve into the distant past at Western Wall, and finally steep yourself in history at Mount of Olives.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem online itinerary creator.

Zurich, Switzerland to Jerusalem is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Jerusalem due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jerusalem, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Western Wall ©
Western Wall
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dead Sea as well as Ein Gedi Botanical Garden. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, then identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dead Sea.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ein Bokek trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden ©
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Dead Sea ©
Dead Sea

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 24th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon itinerary builder.

Getting from Ein Bokek to Mitspe Ramon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ein Bokek in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Mitspe Ramon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater

4
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dekel Beach Eilat and Mosh Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Dolphin Reef and Princess Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Migdalor Beach, admire all the interesting features of Camel Ranch Eilat, and explore the striking landscape of Timna Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Eilat trip builder.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, Eilat is somewhat warmer than Mitspe Ramon - with highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach
Migdalor Beach ©
Migdalor Beach

1
night
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Caesarea National Park. On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Meridian Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Haifa itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Eilat to Haifa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Eilat in April: high temperatures in Haifa hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Masada.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caesarea National Park
Highlights from your plan
Meridian Beach ©
Meridian Beach
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park

2
nights
Masada

Masada ©
Masada is a kibbutz in northern Israel. On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Holy Caves of Nazareth, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Wedding Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tabor, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sussita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Beit She'an National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Masada tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Haifa to Masada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Safed.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holy Caves of Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Susita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park, Franciscan Wedding Church
Highlights from your plan
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor
Holy Caves of Nazareth ©
Holy Caves of Nazareth

2
nights
Safed

Safed ©
The birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed boasts a mystical and spiritual heritage as one of the country's four holy cities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mount of Beatitudes, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Mount of Beatitudes, and then identify plant and animal life at The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tel Hazor National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Safed tour planner.

Getting from Masada to Safed by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Safed

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Capernaum, The Nahal Snir Nature Reserve (Hasbani), Tel Hazor National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tel Hazor National Park ©
Tel Hazor National Park
The Beatitude Monastery ©
The Beatitude Monastery

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Frishman Beach and Jerusalem Beach. Family-friendly places like Safari Park and Tayelet will thrill your kids. There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Old Tel Aviv Port Area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv sightseeing planner.

Drive from Safed to Tel Aviv in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
Jerusalem Beach ©
Jerusalem Beach

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