23 days in Israel Itinerary

23 days in Israel Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  18 h 15 min
1
Haifa
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Tel Aviv
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Eilat
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Mitspe Ramon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Ein Gedi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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.
Get some historical perspective at Capharnaum the Town of Jesus and St. Joseph Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Beatitude Monastery and Bahai Gardens and Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: Nazareth (International Center Mary of Nazareth & Tel Megiddo National Park), Citadel of Acre (in Acre) and Magdala (in Migdal). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Beit Shearim, make a trip to Louis Promenade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery, and view the masterpieces at Ein Hod Artists Village.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Haifa trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Haifa is an approximately 17- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Haifa is 7 hours. In December, Haifa is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nazareth, Capernaum, Kiryat Tivon, Acre, Taninim Nature Reserve
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International Center Mary of Nazareth ©
International Center Mary of Nazareth
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus ©
Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
The Beatitude Monastery ©
The Beatitude Monastery

5
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.
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) and Jaffa Gate will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall and The PhotoHouse. Step out of Tel Aviv with an excursion to Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Jerusalem Beach, take an in-depth tour of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, take a leisurely stroll along Yarkon River and Park Hayarkon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Frishman Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv tour planner.

Traveling by train from Haifa to Tel Aviv takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tel Aviv can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Eilat.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jerusalem, Safari Park
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Jerusalem Beach ©
Jerusalem Beach
Frishman Beach ©
Frishman Beach
Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) ©

5
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Canyon and Mosh Beach. Head to Mall Hayam and Eilat Winesfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Princess Beach, head outdoors with Eilat Action, look for all kinds of wild species at Hai Bar - Wildlife Reserve, and take an in-depth tour of Eilat City Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Eilat trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Tel Aviv to Eilat by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tel Aviv in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Eilat: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Red Canyon ©
Red Canyon
Eilat Action ©
Eilat Action
Princess Beach ©
Princess Beach

4
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 some cultural insight at Nabatean Avdat Acropolis and Vidor Center - A window to Arava agriculture. Escape the urban bustle at Avdat National Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Mitspe Ramon: HaMakhtesh HaGadol (in Yeruham), Arava Vidor Center (in Ein Hatzeva) and Peimot Midbar (in Ein Yahav). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of The Alpaca Farm, contemplate the long history of Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev, don't miss a visit to Ben Gurion Tomb, and stop by Hadasaar Natural Living.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon trip planner.

Drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in December, things will get slightly colder in Mitspe Ramon: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ein Gedi.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

HaMakhtesh HaGadol, Incense Route - Desert Cities in the Negev, Arava Vidor Center, Ben Gurion Tomb, Peimot Midbar
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

3
nights
Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Bokek River, then kick back and relax at Ein Bokek Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at En Gedi Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Herod's Western Palace, then explore the striking landscape of Masada National Park, then explore the galleries of The Masada Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Masada Fortress.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ein Gedi attractions app.

You can drive from Mitspe Ramon to Ein Gedi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Ein Gedi sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ein Gedi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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