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): explore the gorgeous colors at Dolphin Reef, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Timna Park, and then get outside with Sea and Desert Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Underwater Observatory Marine Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and finally admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our 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. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get much hotter in Eilat: highs are around 27°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can 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.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Ramon Crater, take in breathtaking views at Avdat National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Nabatean Avdat Acropolis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mitspe Ramon vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Eilat to Mitspe Ramon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Eilat in December; daily highs in Mitspe Ramon reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Mitspe Ramon

Parks Nature 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, then go for a walk through Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve, and then explore the ancient world of Herod's Western Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Masada sightseeing website .

Drive from Mitspe Ramon to Masada in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jerusalem: Tayelet (in Tel Aviv) and Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, don't miss a visit to Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, contemplate the long history of Western Wall, and explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jerusalem vacation planner .

Drive from Masada to Jerusalem in 2.5 hours. In December in Jerusalem, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Haifa side-trips: Mount of Beatitudes (in Capernaum), Sea of Galilee (in Tiberias) and Magdala (in Migdal). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at The Baha'i Gardens, stroll around Caesarea National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor, and stop by Mishi Chocolate Boutique.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Haifa trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Jerusalem to Haifa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Haifa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Magdala, Sea of Galilee, The Church of the Annunciation, Caesarea National Park, Mount Tabor
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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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