11 days in Israel Itinerary

11 days in Israel Itinerary

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11 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Eilat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mitspe Ramon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Masada
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Jerusalem
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
5
Haifa
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  8​h
End: Zurich

2
nights
Eilat

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Dolphin Reef, explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, and then get outside with Sea and Desert Adventures. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, then get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and finally ponder the design of Musical Fountain.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Eilat trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Eilat is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Eilat. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Eilat at 27°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mitspe Ramon.

Things to do in Eilat

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

1
night
Mitspe Ramon

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, explore the striking landscape of Avdat National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mitspe Ramon online trip maker .

Drive from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Eilat in December, expect Mitspe Ramon to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ramon Crater ©
Ramon Crater
Avdat National Park ©
Avdat National Park
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis ©
Nabatean Avdat Acropolis

1
night
Masada

Masada ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve, and then explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Masada road trip site .

Drive from Mitspe Ramon to Masada in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Herod's Western Palace
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
Herod's Western Palace ©
Herod's Western Palace

3
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) and Tayelet (in Tel Aviv). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Bethesda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City of Jerusalem.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jerusalem vacation maker site .

Getting from Masada to Jerusalem by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tel Aviv
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Mt of Olives ©
Mt of Olives

3
nights
Haifa

Haifa ©
A picturesque city in the north of the country, Haifa combines history and appearances to create an interesting and relaxing destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haifa: Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias), Mount of Beatitudes (in Capernaum) and Magdala (in Migdal). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at The Baha'i Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Gardens and Shrine, see the interesting displays at Nazareth Village, and admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Haifa travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Jerusalem to Haifa by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Haifa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Magdala, Bahai Gardens and Shrine, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee
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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

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