18 days in Israel Itinerary

18 days in Israel Itinerary

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18 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
1
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ein Bokek
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mitspe Ramon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Eilat
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  3​h
5
Acre
— 3 nights
End: Jerusalem

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ben Yehuda Street and Mt of Olives. Do your shopping at Nachlat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall and Dizengoff Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Jaffa (Ilana Goor Museum & Jaffa Old City) and Tel Aviv (Sarona & Sarona Market). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Western Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), and wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jerusalem vacation planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Jerusalem. In September, daytime highs in Jerusalem are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Ein Bokek.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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St. George's Monastery ©
St. George's Monastery
Jaffa Gate ©
Jaffa Gate

2
nights
Ein Bokek

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at En Gedi Nature Reserve and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, then explore the activities along Dead Sea, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Bokek River, and finally kick back and relax at Ein Bokek Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ein Bokek online tour itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Ein Bokek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dead Sea Region, Ein Gedi Botanical Garden, Masada National Park
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En Gedi Nature Reserve ©
En Gedi Nature Reserve
Bokek River ©
Bokek River
Ein Bokek Beach ©
Ein Bokek Beach

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Avdat National Park and HaMakhtesh HaGadol. Get a sense of the local culture at The Alpaca Farm and Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev. And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the ancient world of Shivta, explore the striking landscape at Ramon Crater, and stop by Faran Natural Cosmetic.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mitspe Ramon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ein Bokek to Mitspe Ramon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Mitspe Ramon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Eilat.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ramat Negev, HaMakhtesh HaGadol
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

5
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Princess Beach and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Relax by the water at Dolphin Reef and Dekel Beach Eilat. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, stroll through Migdalor Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Eilat Wines.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Eilat online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Eilat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mitspe Ramon in September, you will find days in Eilat are somewhat warmer (44°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Acre.

Things to do in Eilat

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Botanical Garden Of Eilat ©
Botanical Garden Of Eilat
Eilat Action ©
Eilat Action
Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon

3
nights
Acre

Acre ©
Acre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of the Northern District, Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like International Center Mary of Nazareth and Bahai Gardens and Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea of Galilee and Church of Mount of Beatitudes. Change things up with these side-trips from Acre: Mishi Chocolate Boutique (in Kiryat Tivon), Banias Waterfall (in Qiryat Shemona) and Cana (in Nazareth). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Crusader Fortress, take in the dramatic natural features at The Grottos at Rosh HaNiqra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dado Beach, and contemplate the long history of Capharnaum the Town of Jesus.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Acre tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Eilat to Acre in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in September, you will find days in Acre are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Acre

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Capernaum, Nazareth, Dado Beach, The Grottos at Rosh HaNiqra, Mishi Chocolate Boutique
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Citadel of Acre ©
Citadel of Acre
Banias Waterfall ©
Banias Waterfall
International Center Mary of Nazareth ©

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