23 days in Israel Itinerary

23 days in Israel Itinerary

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23 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
train:  1​h
1
Haifa
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Safed
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Jerusalem
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Arad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mitspe Ramon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Eilat
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Haifa: Nazareth (Tel Megiddo National Park, The Church of the Annunciation, & more), Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor) and Caesarea (Caesarea National Park & Caesarea Antiquity Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Gardens and Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tel Yodfat, and appreciate the history behind The statue of Alexander Zaid.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Haifa trip itinerary builder tool .

Tel Aviv to Haifa is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. December in Haifa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Safed.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazareth, Kiryat Tivon, Caesarea, Mount Tabor, Ramat HaNadiv
Highlights from your plan
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor

4
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.
Explore Safed's surroundings by going to Migdal (Mount Arbel & Magdala), Church of the Multiplication (in Capernaum) and Israel National Trail (in Kibbutz Dan). There's still lots to do: stroll through Sea of Galilee, don't miss a visit to Nimrod's Lookout, walk around Montfort and Goren Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Primacy of Peter.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Safed day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Haifa to Safed takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Safed

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Capernaum, Migdal, Galilee Region, Tiberias, Church of the Primacy of Peter
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Hula Nature Reserve ©
Hula Nature Reserve
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes

6
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 find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tayelet, & more) and The Arches Pool (in Ramla). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and explore the ancient world of Western Wall.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jerusalem online vacation builder .

Traveling by bus from Safed to Jerusalem takes 3 hours. December in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Arad.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, The Arches Pool
Highlights from your plan
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

2
nights
Arad

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Masada Fortress, explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Adi Miraro Jewelry, and finally explore the world behind art at Fine Art & Doll Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve, examine the collection at Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture, and then don't miss a visit to Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arad vacation planner .

Drive from Jerusalem to Arad in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Arad

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

En Gedi Nature Reserve, Moshav Nevatim Cochin cultural center, Masada National Park, Joe Alon Center - The Museum of Bedouin Culture
Highlights from your plan
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mitspe Ramon: Ben Gurion Tomb (in Sde Boker) and Hazeva (Vidor Center & Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get a taste of life in the country at The Alpaca Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mitspe Ramon trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Arad to Mitspe Ramon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mitspe Ramon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ramat Negev, Hazeva, Ben Gurion Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Eilat

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Eilat is known for wildlife, zoos & aquariums, nature, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Eilat trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mitspe Ramon 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 25th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Eilat

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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