52 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

52 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

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52 days in Israel & Petra - Wadi Musa Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Safed, Israel
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Haifa, Israel
— 7 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ein Gedi, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Ein Bokek, Israel
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
6
Arad, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Masada, Israel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Mitspe Ramon, Israel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Eilat, Israel
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Phoenix, United States


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8
nights
Safed, Israel

Safed ©
The birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed boasts a mystical and spiritual heritage as one of the country's four holy cities.
Visit Capharnaum the Town of Jesus and Mount of Beatitudes for their historical value. Do your shopping at Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery and Sheva Chaya Glassblowing Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Safed: Magdala (in Migdal), Susita (Hippos) Nature Reserve and National Park (in Ein Gev) and The Prehistoric Man Museum (in Mayan Barukh). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Twelve Apostles, examine the collection at The Circassian Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Rabbi Meir, and make a trip to Abuhav Synagogue.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Safed trip planning app .

Phoenix, USA to Safed is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Safed is 9 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Safed, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Safed

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Tiberias, Capernaum, Belvoir National Park, Netofa Winery, Magdala
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Magdala ©
Magdala
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus ©
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
The Beatitude Monastery ©
The Beatitude Monastery

7
nights
Haifa, Israel

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
You'll explore and learn at Ralli museum, Caesarea and Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum. Get some cultural insight at Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and Beit Shearim. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass (in Nahsholim) and Nazareth (Nazareth Village & The Church of the Annunciation). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, stroll through The Baha'i Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Cave of Elijah.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Haifa itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Safed to Haifa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nazareth, Beit Shearim, HaMizgaga - Museum of Archaeology and Glass, Ralli museum, Caesarea
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Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village
The German Colony ©
The German Colony

10
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.
You've added Christ's Tomb, Ben Yehuda Street, Jaffa Gate, and other attractions to your itinerary. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Terra Sancta Museum - Via Dolorosa will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park and Hurva Synagogue. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Herodyon National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas, take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, and steep yourself in history at Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem online journey planner .

You can take a bus from Haifa to Jerusalem in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in January, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park ©
Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park

2
nights
Ein Gedi, Israel

Ein Gedi ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the fascinating landscape at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, then head outdoors with Ein Gedi Eco Center, then make a trip to Nachal David Stream, and finally explore the ancient world of Ein Gedi Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nahal Prazim, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dead Sea, and then identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ein Gedi online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Ein Gedi takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ein Gedi are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Ein Gedi Botanical Garden ©
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Nachal David Stream ©
Nachal David Stream

2
nights
Ein Bokek, Israel

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.
On the 20th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Sea-gal advanced aguaculture, steep yourself in history at Porat Ein Yahav, then see the interesting displays at Arava Vidor Center, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ein Bokek Beach, then get outside with Route 90, and then delve into the distant past at Biblical Tamar Park.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ein Bokek holiday planner.

Ein Bokek is just a stone's throw from Ein Gedi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Arad.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Outdoors Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hazeva, Porat Ein Yahav, Sea-gal advanced aguaculture, Arava Vidor Center
Highlights from your plan
Route 90 ©
Route 90
Arava Vidor Center ©
Arava Vidor Center

3
nights
Arad, Israel

Arad ©
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. For shopping fun, head to The Artists Quarter or Arad Contemporary Art Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Masada Fortress and Fine Art & Doll Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Beersheba (Carasso Science Park, Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum, & more).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arad online route planner .

Arad is very close to Ein Bokek. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Arad

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Beersheba
Highlights from your plan
Fine Art & Doll Museum ©
Fine Art & Doll Museum
Masada Fortress ©
Masada Fortress
Carasso Science Park ©
Carasso Science Park

2
nights
Masada, Israel

Masada ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Masada Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Masada National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Masada tour planner .

Masada is just a stone's throw from Arad. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Masada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
Highlights from your plan
Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace

4
nights
Mitspe Ramon, Israel

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nabatean Avdat Acropolis and The Alpaca Farm. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at HabereH Pub and Ben-Gurion Hut. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mitspe Ramon: Zin River (in Beersheba), HaMakhtesh HaGadol (in Yeruham) and Carmey Avdat (in Sde Boker). There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the ancient world of Shivta, revel in the low prices at Faran Natural Cosmetic, and explore the striking landscape of Avdat National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mitspe Ramon trip tool .

Traveling by car from Masada to Mitspe Ramon takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mitspe Ramon are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramat Negev, Sde Boker, HaMakhtesh HaGadol, Zin River
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

8
nights
Eilat, Israel

At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Eilat, My City History Museum and Erotic Museum. Do your shopping at Mall Hayam and Eilat Wines. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, enjoy the sand and surf at Migdalor Beach, identify plant and animal life at Botanical Garden Of Eilat, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Eilat trip website .

Getting from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Mitspe Ramon in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Eilat, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ice Mall Eilat ©
Ice Mall Eilat
Eilat, My City History Museum ©
Eilat, My City History Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Temple of Dushares, get engrossed in the history at Petra Museum, then admire the striking features of The Great Temple, and finally delve into the distant past at Petra. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, contemplate the long history of Obelisk Tomb, then stop by Mosa Spring Gift Shop, and finally delve into the distant past at Mosesquelle.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa online sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Eilat to Petra - Wadi Musa. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Street of Facades ©
Street of Facades
Obelisk Tomb ©
Obelisk Tomb

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