22 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

22 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

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22 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Eilat, Israel
— 4 nights
+6
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Arad, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Tiberias, Israel
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

4
nights
Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum). Jaffa Old City and Food Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tel Aviv to go to Nahsholim and see HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 10th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, take in the waterfront at Old Tel Aviv Port Area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Russian Orthodox Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Tel Aviv is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in May; daily highs in Tel Aviv reach 78°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Eilat.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

4
nights
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Botanical Garden Of Eilat and Eilat, My City History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, examine the collection at Erotic Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and see the vivid underwater world at Coral Beach Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Eilat vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, things will get a bit warmer in Eilat: highs are around 97°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Eilat City Museum ©
Eilat City Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Petra. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, explore the ancient world of The Great Temple, then delve into the distant past at Street of Facades, and finally explore the ancient world of Byzantine Church.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Petra - Wadi Musa sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Eilat to Petra - Wadi Musa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Arad.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades

3
nights
Arad, Israel

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Masada National Park and Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at ANZAC Memorial Center and Carasso Science Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Arad: Beersheba (Negev Museum of Art, Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Masada Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Adi Miraro Jewelry, examine the collection at Fine Art & Doll Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Masada Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arad trip planner .

Getting from Petra - Wadi Musa to Arad by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Arad

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Beersheba, Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture, The Masada Museum, Masada National Park
Highlights from your plan
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, explore the ancient world of Western Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Anne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dome of the Rock, then delve into the distant past at Temple Mount, and finally contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, contemplate the long history of The Garden Tomb, then take an in-depth tour of Israel Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem travel route planner .

Getting from Arad to Jerusalem by bus takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Tiberias.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

4
nights
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea of Galilee and The Church of the Annunciation. Get some historical perspective at The Baha'i Gardens and Magdala. Change things up with these side-trips from Tiberias: Madatech-Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space (in Haifa), The Circassian Museum (in Kfar Kama) and National Park Beit Alfa - Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park (in Afula). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mount of Beatitudes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cana, admire the natural beauty at International Center Mary of Nazareth, and wander the streets of Akko Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tiberias road trip planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Tiberias by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiberias

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Capernaum, Nazareth, Haifa, Magdala, The Ancient Galilee Boat
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

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