24 days in Israel Itinerary

24 days in Israel Itinerary

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24 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tel Aviv
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Eilat
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Masada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Haifa
— 5 nights
train + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Ein Gedi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 9th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, take in the waterfront at Tayelet, get engrossed in the history at Eretz Israel Museum Complex (Haaretz Museum), and contemplate the waterfront views at Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City, USA to Tel Aviv is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Tel Aviv at 78°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Tours Museums Parks
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Walking tours
Food Tours

3
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the gorgeous colors at Coral Beach Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): meet the residents at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, then explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and then don't miss a visit to King Solomon's Mines.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Eilat trip tool .

You can fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, expect Eilat to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Masada.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Timna Park ©
Timna Park
Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Underwater Observatory Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Masada

Masada ©
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Masada online travel route planner .

Getting from Eilat to Masada by car takes about 3 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum

4
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.
Jerusalem is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Israel Museum, contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives, admire the striking features of Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jerusalem holiday planning site .

You can drive from Masada to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Jerusalem can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Walking tours

5
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: Crusader Fortress (in Acre), Nazareth (The Church of the Annunciation & International Center Mary of Nazareth) and Caesarea National Park (in Caesarea). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, wander the streets of Akko Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tabor.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Haifa trip itinerary app .

Getting from Jerusalem to Haifa by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Acre, Tiberias, Nazareth, Capernaum, Kiryat Tivon
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation

3
nights
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi ©
On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at En Gedi Nature Reserve, then make a trip to Nachal David Stream, and finally explore the activities along Dead Sea.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ein Gedi visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Haifa to Ein Gedi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ein Gedi are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dead Sea Region
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Dead Sea ©
Dead Sea
En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden ©
Ein Gedi Botanical Garden

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