49 days in Israel Itinerary

49 days in Israel Itinerary

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49 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Ashkelon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Jerusalem
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ein Gedi
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dimona
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Eilat
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  2​h 45​min
6
Haifa
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Rosh Pina
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

5
nights
Ashkelon

Ashkelon ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Ashkelon: Rishon Lezion (The Wedding Escape Room & Hof Palmahim National Park), Rehovot (Ayalon Institute Museum, Tower Tag - Laser Tag VR, & more) and Negev Brewery (in Kiryat Gat).

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ashkelon planner .

Washington DC, USA to Ashkelon is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 7 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ashkelon can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Ashkelon

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashdod, Beersheba, Rehovot, Rishon Lezion, Gedera
Highlights from your plan
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Ayalon Institute Museum ©
Ayalon Institute Museum
Weizmann House ©
Weizmann House

11
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.
Explore Jerusalem's surroundings by going to Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon, Neve Tzedek, & more) and Omni Virtual Reality (in Petah Tiqwa). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, delve into the distant past at Western Wall, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, and explore the galleries of Old City of Jerusalem.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jerusalem route planner .

Getting from Ashkelon to Jerusalem by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Tel Aviv, Safari Park, Omni Virtual Reality
Highlights from your plan
Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum
Walking tours

6
nights
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ein Gedi: Mitspe Ramon (HabereH Pub, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, & more), Bokek River (in Ein Bokek) and Masada Fortress (in Arad). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ein Gedi trip planning app .

You can drive from Jerusalem to Ein Gedi in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ein Gedi can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dimona.

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mitspe Ramon, Dead Sea Region, Ein Bokek, Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve, Masada Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve

2
nights
Dimona

Dimona ©
Dimona is an Israeli city in the Negev desert, 36km to the south of Beersheba and 35km west of the Dead Sea above the Arava valley in the Southern District of Israel. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, browse the exhibits of Adi Miraro Jewelry, and then stroll through Nahal Tamar. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Carmey Avdat, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Avdat National Park, and then delve into the distant past at Shivta.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Dimona road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ein Gedi to Dimona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Eilat.

Things to do in Dimona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carmey Avdat, Masada National Park, Nahal Tamar, Avdat National Park, Adi Miraro Jewelry
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Carmey Avdat ©
Carmey Avdat

8
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Step out of Eilat to go to Mitspe Ramon and see Beresheet Desert Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, get your game on at Funtasy, explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Eilat trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Dimona to Eilat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 105°F in July, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Haifa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Beresheet Desert Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Reef ©
Dolphin Reef
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

8
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haifa: Caesarea (Caesarea Antiquity Museum, Caesarea National Park, & more), Zichron Yaakov (Beit Aaronsohn - N.I.L.I. Museum & Ramat HaNadiv) and National Park Beit Alfa - Bet Alfa Synagogue National Park (in Afula). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Gan HaShlosha National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zippori National Park, take some stellar pictures from International Center Mary of Nazareth, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Annunciation.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Haifa trip itinerary planner .

You can 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. Traveling from Eilat in July, you will find days in Haifa are a bit cooler (87°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rosh Pina.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazareth, Caesarea, Acre, Zichron Yaakov, Kiryat Tivon
Highlights from your plan
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Caesarea National Park ©
Caesarea National Park

7
nights
Rosh Pina

Rosh Pina ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rosh Pina: Tiberias (Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, & more), Mount Arbel (in Migdal) and Mount Tabor (in Kfar Tavor).

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rosh Pina sightseeing planner.

Drive from Haifa to Rosh Pina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Haifa in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Rosh Pina, with highs around 94°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rosh Pina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capernaum, Tiberias, Galilee, Safed, Migdal
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes

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