16 days in Israel Itinerary

16 days in Israel Itinerary

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16 days in Israel Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Jerusalem
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Masada
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Safed
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Haifa
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Tel Aviv
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

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.
You'll explore and learn at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center and Levantine Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Western Wall and Mt of Olives. Change things up with these side-trips from Jerusalem: Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve (in Beit Shemesh) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Gethsemane, and wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jerusalem trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Jerusalem is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Israel Standard Time (IST) is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Sydney in June, plan for much hotter days in Jerusalem, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Masada.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve, Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, En Gedi Nature Reserve
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

1
night
Masada

Masada ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Masada National Park, take an in-depth tour of The Masada Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Masada road trip planner .

You can drive from Jerusalem to Masada in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Safed.

Things to do in Masada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

The Masada Museum
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Masada National Park ©
Masada National Park
The Masada Museum ©
The Masada Museum

2
nights
Safed

Safed ©
The birthplace of the Kabbalah movement, Safed boasts a mystical and spiritual heritage as one of the country's four holy cities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Beatitude Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee, examine the collection at The Ancient Galilee Boat, then delve into the distant past at Magdala, and finally steep yourself in history at Mount of Beatitudes. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Old City of Safed, then admire the sheer force of Iyon Stream Nature Reserve, and then admire the sheer force of Banias Waterfall.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Safed road trip app .

You can drive from Masada to Safed in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Safed can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Haifa.

Things to do in Safed

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Iyon Stream Nature Reserve, The Ancient Galilee Boat, Magdala
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Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes
Magdala
Magdala

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Beit Hankin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nazareth Village, then admire the striking features of The Church of the Annunciation, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Achziv Beach National Park. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Nisco Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Caesarea National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dado Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Baha'i Gardens.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Haifa trip planner.

Getting from Safed to Haifa by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June in Haifa, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Haifa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nazareth, Achziv Beach National Park, Beit Hankin, The Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music, Caesarea National Park
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The Baha'i Gardens ©
The Baha'i Gardens
The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Nazareth Village ©
Nazareth Village

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall and Sarona Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tayelet and Jaffa Old City. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, identify plant and animal life at Safari Park, stop by Neve Tzedek, and look for gifts at The Markovitch Cheese Farm - Eretz Zavat Chalav.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tel Aviv trip planner.

You can take a train from Haifa to Tel Aviv in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Markovitch Cheese Farm - Eretz Zavat Chalav, Safari Park
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Tayelet ©
Tayelet
Tel Aviv Museum of Art ©
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City

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